I often reminisce about the 2011 Oklahoma City Thunder squad: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and…..Cole Aldrich. I kid, I kid. Serge Ibaka aka I-block-a…aka Air Congo….aka Serge Protector was a freaking animal, blocking over 3.7 shots a game and grabbing 7.5 rebounds. Man, that team. One of the greatest video game teams of all time? Anyways, Ibaka was raw from an offensive stand point, but was a maven on the glass and defensive end of the floor. If he could hone his offensive game, we were looking at the next superstar. The athleticism was that profound. Well, he did ascertain an offensive game and extended his range out to beyond the arc. Unfortunately, the rebounds went down and the block numbers cratered to the 1.3 mark set last season. He lost a lot of that dog, as he preferred to just chill on the perimeter and shoot jumpers all night. Well, it looks like Bow Wow made a visit because, so far, Ibaka is grabbing more rebounds (over 7 for the first time since 2014) and the blocks have ticked back up. We will never see the 3.7 level again, but any increase is a good increase. We are not here to talk about the blocks and boards, though. We are here to talk about the scoring Serge Ibaka exhibited last night:
A career-high!!! And he wasn’t just camped out outside. He was running in transition and making hard cuts to the basket in the half court. Ferocious dunk after ferocious dunk. Now, he may not start every game, as Jonas Valanciunas will likely go up against bruisers, but he should consistently get around 28 minutes regardless, as Coach Nurse does like play small-ball with Ibaka at the 5. I think a huge change for Ibaka this season is the fewer attempts from downtown. It’s allowed him to shoot a higher percentage from the field and gets him more involved for rebounds, as he’s not just spectating on the perimeter. Don’t ever expect any assists from him, but points, rebounds, and blocks with good percentages are on the menu. Ibaka is currently the #36 player according to Basketball Monster.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Just a G messing around on a Sunday afternoon.
Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator also messed around yesterday, as G was one of it’s favorites.
The Bucks beat down the Kings, 144-109, so G was the only player to receive 30 minutes of run. 13 players saw the court, with Matthew Dellavedova (8 min) and Sterling Brown (8 min) the only two to get less than 10 minutes.
Warm it up, Khris! His poorest shooting performance so far in this young season. Still, has scored in double-digits in all nine games. I always think that Middleton is the most underrated player in fantasy. Did you know that he’s #22 according to Basketball Monster?
Class, what have we learned about the Kings this semester? Nemanja Bjelica (21 min) and Willie Cauley-Stein (19) do not play in blowouts. On the flip side, it’s usually Marvin Bagley III who gets all the garbage run, but….
…in only 20 minutes. <shrug emoji>
He still sucks.
Played 24 minutes. Is a top 50 player for fantasy.
The assists are lovely at 7.6 per game, and he’s shooting 49% on 13.3 field goal attempts. If he can increase the free throw percentage and limit the turnovers, top 50 player could be a possibility.
Only played 10 minutes due to foul trouble. That’s back-to-back games in which he’s played only 10 minutes due to being a hacker. Others are probably just calling him a hack. I still like Vonleh and won’t be worried unless his role is changed.
Got the start again and played 26 minutes. The ideal b&b player, Robinson has gone 7-for-8 from the free throw line in his last two games! I think the ceiling is high for Robinson, and it’s very encouraging that he’s established himself so early.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Played 24 minutes and exited the game due to a back injury. Seven out!
Did his damage in 24 minutes. Even though he’s coming off the bench now and the minutes have decreased, Kanter is still a double-dub machine, albeit one that sputters often. Now that I think about it, he reminds me of the printer I have at home. Works well when the ink cartridges are full, but splotchy when they get depleted…and those things get depleted quickly and often. I’m in the wrong business.
Super Mario played 25 minutes, the most in six games. He could get more run due to the Hardaway injury, but doesn’t look to be a long-term asset.
Played 31 minutes. Morris is a serviceable big man, as he can provide some threeecolas, points, blocks, and rebounds. He is just so inconsistent and the five dimes were an outlier.
Played 31 minutes after getting 23 minutes in his first game back from injury. How funny would it be if Dwight was the one to turn the Wizards season around?
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Got the start because Otto Porter Jr. did not play and received 24 minutes of run. Otto has a toe issue, so more starts could be coming. Oubre will jack up shots, provide threeecolas, and grab boards.
Proof that money allocated for the Wall was well-spent.
The long-range calibration on the BB gun was off, yet the production was still there. Great all-around game provides a high floor and is the reason Beal is the 29th player according to Basketball Monster.
Played 27 minutes and is another player that benefits from the Otto injury. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” – Forrest Gump.
Played 41 minutes! Life is indeed like a box of chocolates. The difference between Jeff Green and Aaron Gordon is that we actually have expectations for Gordon. The ceiling is sky-high for Gordon, but the floor is his vertical leap turned upside down. I hope he gets to the penthouse because I envision it to be a most beautiful thing. Probably won’t be this year, though.
I think this is the first time I’ve written up Augustin this season. What’s the expression? A broken clock is correct twice a day?
Fournier had been struggling with his shot, but he’s gone 14-for-27 in the last two games. He will provide some steals (six in the past two games), dish out dimes (4 per game), and give you threeecolas and points. He has a 25 usage rate for the season, so that provides a relatively decent floor. Don’t fret when he’s not shooting well. His role is secure that he will shoot his way out of it.
In only 16 minutes!!!
Played a season-high 31 minutes. Here are the point totals for the last four games: 17, 7, 17, and 7. If SAT prep taught me anything, it’s that the next game Ross will score 7 points. Ross’s production and minutes allocation are all over the map, which mirrors the experience of shopping at Ross. He can fill up the stat sheet across the board or deliver morning bagels.
Spurs lost to the Magic, 110-117. LMA-O!
Oh, the Spurs started Dante Cunningham and Davis Bertans. Nevermind.
When I re-acquire that DeLorean I sold on Craigslist four years ago, the first thing I will do is go back to the summer and delete all the things I wrote about DeMar and bump up his ranking….a lot.
Played 32 minutes, primarily due to the foul trouble for Bryn Forbes. Mills is a 3-and-D player without the D.
Rudy Gay did not play due to a heel injury.
The Nets blew out the 76ers, 122-97. Wait, what?! 76ers are now 6-5 and have not won a game on the road in five tries.
I may have to start calling him Ario soon because he’s definitely not bringing the D. Now that I think about it, he never did bring the D much. Hmmmph. Anyways, the shot attempts are down and shooting efficiency is at a career-low. Unless there’s an injury, I think he shoots his way out of the slump.
8 shot attempts. Crazy! Probably saving his “shots” for the after party.
So, with Ben, you’re essentially punting three categories: threeecolas, free throw percentage, and turnovers. As a result, he’s the 94th player according to Basketball Monster.
He went to Jarrett!
Quite possibly forever.
LeGood. Has a 26.7 usage rate on the season and has been unreal breaking down defenders on the perimeter and finishing at the rim.
Played 30 minutes, a season-high. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Rondae!!!!
Played only 22 minutes, but continues to be a contributer in points, dimes, and threeecolas. Unfortunately, no D stats and the minutes fluctuate.
Slow-Mo indeed. Watching the fantasy points accumulate is like watching paint dry.
Marc Gasol shot 2-for-13, while Mike Conley shot 3-for-16. Shit happens.
Played 36 minutes after playing 35 and 36 the prior two games. This Temple is not pristine, though, as he is a thief and will contribute some steals. He will also provide some threeecolas and rebounds. Don’t expect much else.
Played 28 minutes. This is the second time in the past week that I’ve written up Mack.
He’s shooting 14-for-21 the past two games and has played 28 and 33 minutes. Who am I to question a Mack? If he continues to get the minutes, Mack could score in double-digits, dish out around 4 assists, grab a couple rebounds, and get his 211 on.
Played 29 minutes, a season-high. The shot attempts and makes were both season-highs as well. A true 3-and-D player, Brooks will provide some steals, but not much else. The minutes probably won’t be there to make a significant fantasy contribution.
Going up against Marc Gasol is a tough assignment, but it’s nice to see Ayton contribute in the periphery categories. He’s currently the #27 player according to Basketball Monster.
Played 35 minutes. He’s baaaaack. I’ve been really impressed with the development of Booker. We know he can score, but the assists continue ticking up. Now, he needs to work on the D stats, lower the turnovers, and increase the shooting efficiency.
Whoopsie. An Okobo on my part. I thought he had a chance to crack the starting rotation, but he’s still young and the coaching staff prefers Isaiah Canaan manning the fort. Only played 14 minutes and can be dropped.
Played 26 minutes, while Josh Jackson only played 13 minutes. Keep an eye on the minutes, as Bridges may be carving out a little niche for himself.
The Timberwolves lost, 81-111, to the Trail Blazers. Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague did not play.
So that’s why Thibs never gives him run.
So that’s why Thibs…..nevermind.
Momma said there’d be days like this.
Par for the course. The uptick in steals has been nice, though. I give credit when it’s deserved. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming: Bashing Wiggins.
In 23 minutes! Impressive until you realize it was against KAT.
Things got so bad for the Timberwolves that Meyers Leonard made an appearance:
The Raptors were up 42-17 after the first quarter against the Lakers! Crazy. And Kawhi Leonard didn’t even play! The Lakers did make a comeback at the end to make the score a respectable 121-107, but we shall never forget the Book Of Toronto 42:17.
Played 34 minutes. After languishing in the 20 minutes to begin the season, Siakam is now entrenched in the starting power forward spot. Elite field goal percentage, points, rebounds, and steals are what you will get. No dimes and the free throw shooting is poor. Surprisingly, the block are not plentiful at 0.6, but I could see that number ending up much higher.
Lowry has been unbelievable to start the season. He’s shooting a blistering 51% from the field and dishing out 11.2 dimes a game. Currently, he’s the #11 player according to Basketball Monster. Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator was all over Lowry, not literally of course, as it had him as the #2 player yesterday.
Played 32 minutes and led the Lakers in scoring. Kuzma will grab some boards and provide threeecolas, but not much else. The sub-1 turnover rate helps elevate his value.
Only played 17 minutes. Was a minus-24 on the night and helped contribute to Ibaka’s huge night. The Lakers are set to sign Tyson Chandler. Ivica Zubac has played some decent minutes backing up McGee, but there is no one else. How much will Chandler play? He’s 36 years old, but he was averaging close to 25 minutes a game the last three years in Phoenix. If he gets some run, that takes some of the shine off McGee. With that said, he should still contribute at a high level.
12team – 9cat – H2H.
Wendell Carter Jr
Bamba (Streamer spot)
Would you consider trading Cp3 and Covington for Draymond Green and either Bledsoe or Jamal Murray?
Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!
@Tenethor: Sorry, I answered this earlier but it got deleted. I’m good with that trade. I think you have threeecolas to trade and would get a boost in the D stats.
Biggest surprises for me really this season are Hield and McGee. Caris, yea, however his teammates already were hyping him up before the season even started, but those two, man, talking about Buddy and Javale. It’s crazy! Hield suddenly becomes Middleton lite, and McGee Gobert-ish type. Hah And this is why we love NBA and fantasy. Who would have thought!
Notched another win yet again, currently sporting a 20-7-0 record. Our squad:
SF3—Otto Porter Jr.
PF2—Larry Nance Jr.
Contemplating whether to drop Cedi and Nance or not. The Cavs are just a train wreck right now. It’s like their players aren’t even motivated to play, things like that come into play am I right? Dysfunction does influence poor play? It has got to, somehow…
Got my eyes on Dotson and Kyle Anderson.
@I just wanna Kawhi:
Might give Chedi a game or two before deciding on his fate, but I’m leaning towards snagging Isaac back up and dropping Chedi in the process.
@I just wanna Kawhi: Rather have Cedi right now
@I just wanna Kawhi: Agree on Hield and McGee. Vivek knew about Hield though! We must bow down.
I’d hold onto Cedi. Dont have an issue dropping Nance. Wouldn’t drop either for Dotson or Mr. Anderson
Ugh yea, Chedi u mah boy but for f’s sake, keep your FG% up! If he could just shoot in the 0.430 range I’ll be a happy man. Hah
Yea Vivek is genius. Everybody laughed at him when they said Hield has the makings of a Stephen Curry, well that’s still a bit of an overstatement! Hah But give credit where it is due, the dude’s improvement was totally unexpected! And amazing!
@I just wanna Kawhi: Yeah, I hear ya. I think the efficiency will come around. He has a relatively nice floor because he gets the minutes and contributes in many cats.
No doubt on Vivek. He is a self-made billionaire after all. It’s probably prudent not to fade those guys.
What do you think about Larry Nance Jr.? Should I hold on to him or is it about time to drop him.
P. Siakam (just picked up and dropped Sabonis)
Larry Nance Jr.
Kris Dunn (IR)
Let me know if you have any advice about me team. Currently in 3rd in head to head league with 9 cats
@Kawhi me a river: Nance is just not getting enough minutes.
You have my RichardSON! You win! Your strongest cat is blocks. Really good in turnovers, rebounds, and steals. Weakest cats are assists and threeecolas
Hey Son! Thanks for all the great daily content. Would you trade Luka straight up for Butler? The owner is frustrated and the Butler situation has to be worked out soon, right? H2h 12 team 8 cat
@Wnwdotcom: Appreciate the kind words! Man, as much as i love Doncic, think you have to make that move
Hope you had a good weekend. Loving the daily notes by you and the other Razzball writers.
Based on your ranks I gabbed Ibaka for Bell after the latter’s anonymous start and haven’t looked back. We have team wins as a cat as well so it’s extra nice. I think his double-double came on the last play of the game…
What do you think about Teague and his balky knee? He’s just been dropped in my league. As has been discussed the T-Wolves are a mess. I’ve got KAT so not sure if I want to double down there but I could use a good PG as I’m short on assists and Teague is decent.
Last two guys on my roster are Bjelica and Wendell Carter Jr. Drop one of them for Teague and hope he gets right? I’ve got Markanen and Collins clogging up my IR slots but not quite ready to drop those guys.
@JakeTPE: Ha! Good to hear! I think Teague is a fine pickup, but I wouldn’t drop thise guys for him
My Conley, Ball and Dedmon/Sabonis for his Lillard and Porter Jr.? i think it’s a long shot but his team is struggling.
@miles proudfoot: Sure
Son, someone dropped Prince, would u drop Ingles for him or hold? 8 cat roto no t/o league
Hey Son!! another big weekend of streamers, and first place in my league is mine again! Lost FG%, blocks, and TO (obv) this week, but i’ll take a 6-3 win anytime.
Made a move and traded Mirotic for LMA, which seemed like a great move to me until I realized Mirotic is putting up more boards…. I can’t take it back, but can you put a positive spin on it for me?
Still streaming Tyus, Okogie, and Rose (if he even plays), would you recommend a swap out on any of them? I can find a replacement pretty easy in a 10man, but I don’t think any are holds after tonight – let me know if you feel differently.
Team is as follows (10man unlimited moves):
PG: Mike Conley
SF: Otto Porter Jr.
F: M. Robinson
UTIL: Tyus Jones
BN: Trey Young
BN: M. Robinson
BN: M. Harrell
Thanks again buddy, hope you had a good weekend!
@Wutang: Wutang is for the people!!! Good win. As long as you end up with one more cat than the other guy, that’s all that matters.
As for the trade….LMA-O!!!! Sorry, couldn’t resist. I like the Mirotic side better.
None are holds
@Son: good joke… thats how i feel too
@Wutang: Lets listen to one of Wu’s finest:
Wzup Son ? 3-0 in my big league… 0-3 in RCL, yikes.
I’m pumped, was able to nab Robinson Friday night! Love his outlook going forward.
My front court is shaping up now,
12 team league, with deep 15 man rosters, no I.R – 13 cats
I’m light at PG/assists, other than that, I’m ok.. Looking to drop Ish… like a dead fish.
See anything here to upgrade ? – Augustin / Mack / Dotson / Knox / Len
Alexander was just dropped, i’m 12th on waiver, guessing he will be gone.
10 team 9 category h2h
It’s my first year playing in a basketball league so these write ups are helping me a ton, thanks! I’m currently 20-4-3 and in 1st place by 7 games.
Made my first trade last week sending
Bazemore (already dropped him to stream, Nance gonna be gone soon too I think)
You like the trade? He obv got more depth but I got Curry.
It’s a fine trade. I probably prefer the CP3 side though.
Took another L (4-5)this week, but the opponent was fully loaded all weekend.
I’m strong with FG%, FT%, 3PT, and TO, but get clobbered in the other 5 cats by about 10-15 pts each.
I had to drop Love after finding out about his toe surgery since I’m stashing Barton on the bench and Boogie in IR as my keeper. (Boogie will cost me a 7th rd pick next year).
I picked up Holiday and Robinson as my streamers. I want someone like Covington to give me a chance at steals. Do you think Klay would work? Your thoughts?
12team – H2H – 4 moves a week
@Lost Love: Really depends on the other owner. Take a look at his roster and see if Klay would fit his team. Also, send your emissary to meet with his people to see how he values Klay. Then tell his people to get back to your people.
WhichHi side would you prefer?
Richardson, Lamb or Millsap,Ball
It’s my RichardSON!!! With that said, I do prefer the Millsap/Ball side.
@Son: Yeah, I might be buying too high as i’ve liked richardson.. just miss him by 1 turn on the draft.
Can’t seem to have a proper trade to get as his owner may be too high on him as well. It doesnt help that he’s having great scoring games recenlty as well.
How about a straight up trade for Millsap? would that be fair?
Fair is a relative term, as value lies in the eye of the beholder. I’d rather want my RichardSON over Millsap
Could you please rank for Westbrook, CP3, Lowry, Kyrie & Lillard ?? H2H 9cat
Lowry, Lillard, Westbrook, CP3, Kyrie
Just got offered Jokic and Tobias for my Embiid, Gary Harris and Collison.
My build is punt AST (First place atm)…what do you think, considering im punting AST, should I just stay put?
@sebapargue: I’m holding
I can try to switch Harris for danilo…would you still hold in that scenario?
@sebapargue: Yeah. Why do you want to trade so bad?
I’m always open for trades…if they help me…but yeah I should just say put.
I do want to move Gallo and Collison though…
PG- Josh Richardson
SG- Gary Harris
G- Kawhi Leonard
SF- Danilo Gallinari
PF -Joel Embiid
F- P.J. Tucker
C -Deandre Ayton
C- Hassan Whiteside
Util- Trevor Ariza
Util – Darren Collison
Bench – Dotson, Okogie ,Jeremy Lamb
@sebapargue: Gotcha. I’m down with that. Was just curious as to the reason
You like any of Trier, Dotson, Mitchell Robinson for a stream tonight against the lowly Bulls? Noticed that Haradway Jr is Q so it seems like someone will have to get buckets/produce.
I have a stream spot that is filled by VanVleet at the moment and I’m not really married to trotting him out there.
@OldMilwaukeePounders: Dotson and MRob
Bogdan Bogdanovic or McGruder ROS? 9Cat h2h
Tough one. I love Bog but I think I’m siding with McFruder for now
Do you prefer Rubio or Fox ROS?
@Son: How about Irving vs Paul?
i’ve got to make a call on Elfrid Payton coming back this week.
got to drop 1 of Tyreke, TJ Warren, and Ilyasova. I’m actually leaning toward ‘Reke but I’m not sure. I have him for his assists, and he hasn’t really been showing up
@Big-D: I’m good with that. Hes just no getting the minutes
@Son: dang do you ever sleep lol?! peace son
@Big-D: Silly human, sleep is for the weak