In a motorsport race, a pace car is utilized to….if you guessed set the pace, then winner winner chicken dinner! There are many reasons the pace car exists: to keep the competitors bunched up so that advantages of time and space are negated, to conserve fuel, and for safety concerns during bad weather or accidents on the track. In essence, they are the boring cars on the track because they don’t get to race and compete for victory. That’s not to say the pace cars are hoopties, though. They are often performance cars that would dust any commercial vehicle on the market. For example, the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 was a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which boasted 755 horsepower, could go from 0-60 in 2.85 seconds, and had a top speed of 212 mph! Bojan Bogdanovic is a pace car in the NBA. He’s boring and delivers steady production, but there’s muscle under the hood. Last night, Bojan was able to put the pedal to the metal and paced Indiana to victory.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 7 4 0 0 1 4/7 13/22 7/9

The 37 points and 22 shot attempts were both season-highs. His career-high was 44 points back in 2015. I told you. There’s muscle under the hood. Now, since Victor Oladipo succumbed to injury back on January 26th, Bogdanovic has played 15 games and averaged 32.2 minutes, 20.6 points, 3.7 boards, 2.1 dimes, and 0.7 steals. He’s shot 51% from the field on 15.3 attempts, 38% from downtown on 5.5 attempts, and 81% from the line on 3.5 attempts. He’s consistently been a top 100 player, has scored in double figures 18 straight games, and is garnering a usage rate close to 30. Bogdanovic won’t win many weeks for you, but he consistently delivers what you expect from him and has access to ceiling games.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
58 7 10 4 1 4 8/18 16/32 18/18

The Chinese were especially happy with the numbers Harden put up last night. So ridiculous. What else is there to say? Kenneth Faried and Eric Gordon did not play so…..from a fantasy perspective, cut them now!!!

Due to Eric Gordon sitting, the minutes trickled down to Austin Rivers and Gerald Green, who played 31 and 34 minutes respectively. Rivers scored 17 points, while Green scored 6.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
42 17 4 0 0 4 3/8 15/29 9/13

ME F’ING OOOOOOOW! What a beast! The crazy thing is that he scored 23 points in the first quarter.

Andrew Wiggins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 6 1 0 2 2 0/3 4/14 3/5

Yup. What’s going to go down as the worst contract? The four-year, $147 million for Wiggins or the 13 year, $330 million one for Bryce Harper?

Jeff Teague

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 5 1 1 5 0 4/9 5/7

Returned to the starting lineup after missing two games due to injury and played 29 minutes. Not much to say here. It’s all about the knee.

The power forward minutes were split again, except Anthony Tolliver was thrown into the mix. Dario Saric got the start and played 21 minutes, Taj Gibson received 21 minutes, and Tolliver got 20 minutes of run. Blech.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
3 1 0 1 6 1 1/2 1/4 0

Only played 23 minutes due to foul trouble. MEOOOOOOOOW! Turner leads the league in blocks per game at 2.71.

Darren Collison

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 7 9 1 1 2 0 1/9 6/6

Collison has been shooting sub-40% over the past five games, but he’s still providing those dimes, tres, boards, and steals.

T. J. Leaf

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 0 1 1 0 1/1 7/12 3/3

Played 22 minutes off the bench. Domantas Sabonis was out and both Kyle O’Quinn and Myles Turner were in foul trouble, so Leaf floated around on the court. He’s an athletic big man who can shoot from downtown, but he gets punked down low. As long as Sabonis is out, he could get some run, but would likely need more foul trouble from the other bigs to crack 20 minutes.

Cory Joseph

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 5 12 1 2 0 2/4 3/6 0

Played 29 minutes. Tyreke Evans did not play, so Joseph likely got some more run due that. I can never trust Joseph and wouldn’t be surprised if he plays 21 minutes the next game and puts up a dud.

The Magic made the Warriors disappear, 103-96. The Magic are currently the eighth seed in the East and…..brace yourselves….possess the best defensive rating (100) and net rating (11.9) during the month of February.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 15 3 0 1 3 2/5 9/15 2/2

Yes, Aaron! This! More of this please! He’s got the potential and skills. Just has to do it on a consistent basis.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 13 6 0 3 2 1/2 4/15 3/4

As each game ends, the closer Vucevic gets to surpassing Tesla on the Nikola ladder. I’m doing this to see if Tesla figured out how to time travel.

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 5 1 0 2 4/12 5/14 2/2

You usually get what you pay for at Ross, but you’re pleasantly surprised from time to time, which keeps you going back. Or you’re just frugal. I respect both.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 11 2 1 1 3 0/4 8/16 5/6

Played 32 minutes. The prior game, Cousins played 31 minutes and produced 24 points, 11 boards, 3 dimes, 3 blocks, and 1 steal. I’m a stupid, stupid man.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 8 6 0 0 3 5/17 12/33 4/4

Yawn. Curry makes more tres per game than most players attempt.

Kevin Durant did not play, so Alfonzo McKinnie got the start and played 24 minutes. Andre Iguodala did not play as well.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 8 3 0 1 1 3/6 6/12 11/11

Played 28 minutes. Love has played six games since returning from injury. He’s been a top 45 player over that span. If you want to zoom in closer, he’s been top 10 over the past three games, as the minutes have increased from 21 to 28. For those that stayed strong with Love, nice job.

Cedi Osman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 5 1 2 2 3/4 7/10 4/4

Top 20 player over the past four games, as he’s been shooting 60% from the field. That’s obviously not going to continue, as he was shooting in the low-40s for much of the season, but has been over 50% for the past 20 games. For those that held onto Osman through the trials and tribulations, you are freaking Osman!

Collin Sexton 

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 3 0 0 0 2/6 7/15 6/9

Jordan Clarkson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 2 1 1 0 1 3/8 7/13 5/6

Basically the same player. Both are bad, but one starts and the other comes off the bench.

Noah Vonleh

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 10 2 0 0 2 0 7/7 2/5

Got the start but only played 22 minutes. Noah’s are making a comeback! “It’s about time,” says the biblical Noah.

Kevin Knox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 6 2 0 0 1 0/4 3/12 2/4

Knox is the opposite of Osman, yet Osman was just as not Osman earlier in the season, so there’s a modicum of hope.

Henry Ellenson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 0 1 0 0 3/5 4/10 2/2

Played 27 minutes. Ellenson has played 36 and 27 minutes the past two games. He’s replaced Luke Kornet as the tall white guy who can shoot.

Allonzo Trier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 1 0 0 1 2/4 8/15 4/5

Played a team-high 32 minutes off the bench and led the team in points and shot attempts. Iso Zo has the offensive package, but we just have no idea when Fizdale is going to give him the run. Case in point, the second unit played just as much as the starters.

NOT TRYIN’ FOR ZION!!!

Kelly Olynyk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 2 1 0 4 3/4 9/14 0

Continues to start and played 33 minutes. Top 70 player over the past five games, as he’s been soaking up most of the power forward minutes because James Johnson has been out. Olynyk provides points, tres, boards, with some dimes and steals. Don’t expect any blocks.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 3 5 1 2 1 0 3/6 4/4

Hassan Whiteside was out again, so Bam got the start and played 29 minutes.

Goran Dragic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 5 1 0 0 3/6 5/12 8/8

Played 25 minutes. It’s tragic that Dragic missed so many games due to injury, but the minutes are slowly creeping up. Since returning from injury, he’s played 16, 23, 20, and 25 minutes.

Joel Embiid missed his third game in a row, so Jonah Bolden got the start and played 20 minutes. Didn’t Embiid play in the All-Star game? As for Bolden, he scored 14 points, grabbed 3 boards, and stole 1.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 5 3 1 1 1 5/7 11/19 5/5

Played 40 minutes. With Embiid out of the lineup, Harris has been the #3 player in those three games with a usage rate of only 21.5! Someone gonna get piggidy paid this offseason.

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 13 11 2 2 4 0 5/9 1/4

Played 41 minutes. Just another night messing around for Simmons. The same can be said for Tristan Thompson as well.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 8 2 0 3 0/2 9/20 2/5

The tres have been lacking while the free throw shooting has been poor, but the culprit could be the wrist injury he suffered back in January. What’s your excuse, Simmons?

Markieff Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 0 1 0 0 1/3 7/12 2/2

Got the start because Paul George was out, but only played 19 minutes. Since arriving in OKC, Morris has played 17, 20, 14, and 19 minutes.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 0 0 1 0 2/5 10/17 1/2

Top 40 player over the past 24 games. Grant is averaging 34.4 minutes, 14.9 points, 1.4 tres, 5.6 boards, 1 steal, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 52% from the field and 74% from the line on 3.1 attempts. Grant is a poor man’s Pascal Siakam.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 14 1 1 0 3 0 4/9 3/6

The free throw shooting stinks and the blocks are light for a big man, but Adams provides excellent field goal percentage, points, boards, and steals. Whatever. I’m staying on his good side because when the zombie apocalypse comes, I’m going to jump on his shoulders and feel completely secure.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 11 11 1 1 4 1/9 8/24 6/9

Ho hum. Just another trip-dub for Westbrook. Maybe this shooting from downtown thing isn’t working, though, as he’s shooting 27% from beyond the arc. Ben Simmons is like, “See! It’s not worth it!”

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 1 7 1 0 3 2/5 4/15 4/5

Played 33 minutes off the bench. In 535 minutes with Paul George off the court, Schroder has a 34.3 usage rate, an increase of 7.6%, the largest on the team. He just didn’t shoot well last night, but food for thought the next time the scenario arises.

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 3 1 0 0 0/2 4/7 7/8

Played 30 minutes. It’s all about the minutes for Favors. Unfortunately, the range vacillates from 16-32. Points, boards, blocks, and good field goal percentage are what he provides.

Joe Ingles

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 10 2 1 2 2/9 4/12 5/6

The field goal percentage can be a drain, but Ingles provides across-the-board production. Over the past three games, he’s averaged a whopping 38.7 minutes, 4 tres, 5 boards, 6.3 dimes, 1 steal, and 1 block. That’s been good for top 50 production. With that said, he’s more like a top 100 player.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 8 5 0 0 4 4/8 9/19 2/4

Ricky Rubio did not play, so Royce O’Neale got the start, which essentially made Mitchell the defacto point guard. I always love sliding into the DMs. After a slow start to the season, Mitchell is playing at the top 50 level he ended last season at.

Kyle Korver

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 2 1 0 2 6/10 8/15 0

Played 22 minutes. Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeecolas! Korver will pop off like this from time to time, but he’s been too inconsistent from a playing and production standpoint to trust for fantasy.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 13 7 0 0 5 0/1 5/15 6/7

Didn’t mess around. What a Jokic! I kid, which is appropriate in this blurb. Y’all know my love for Jokic. Top 10 player.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 13 3 1 2 1 1/2 7/16 6/6

Played a team-high 38 minutes. That’s back-to-back good games for Barton. Is he back? Only time will tell, but it looks like things are headed in that direction. I know a lot of people have both Gary Harris and Barton on their teams. I’m choosing Barton over Harris no doubt. His versatility allows him to get more playing time, while even if Harris does get back to full health, the backcourt is so stacked in Denver.

  1. Captain Juancho says:
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    Son,

    Who do you like to produce the most over the next month?

    Gary Harris
    Barton
    Oubre Jr

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Barton

  2. Coach Scal says:
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    Hi Son, appreciate the good work!

    My question for you today: Who would you rather own in a 9cat H2H with 8 teams going into the playoffs: Ariza, LeVert or Barton?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ariza

  3. Guillermo says:
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    Hey Son!

    Thanks again for the advice last week! I had to blow a lot of my waiver wire budget and I managed to land T-Johnson and K-Olynyk. The latter had a couple of solid games W and TR.
    Hopefully the former has some good games today and tomorrow.

    My league is 11-cat 14 team with DD and PF as extra cats. I`m in a good place standings-wise with second place pretty much locked up. I do need games during my leagues playoffs Mar 11 – Apr 8 since I have a lot of players only playing 2/3 games these weeks. My current team is listed below:

    Bledsoe, Murray, T.Johnson, Levert, Prince, Isaac, K.Williams, OPJ, Sabonis, Olynyk, Jokic, Embiid (IR)

    Just wanted to ask your opinion on dropping Prince? He’s been extremely frustrating to own most of the season and there are a couple of interesting names on the wire I’ve listed below. As mentioned before, I’m ok in current standing so I’m keeping an eye on players with better playoff schedules and potential spikes in production in a few weeks (I know this is hard to predict w/o a crystal ball lol).

    Waiver – Osman, Beverley, Bullock, Adebayo, Harkless, Huerter

    Sorry for all the rambling and looking forward to hearing your awesome advice!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Guillermo: A lot of good options there. I’d drop Prince and Williams for Osman and either Harkless or Bullock.

      • Guillermo says:
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        @Son: Thanks Son! I was going to drop K.Williams whenever Embiid comes back from IR the next few days to try and preserve the waiver wire budget. I think Osman will be a hot add in my league so I’ll likely have to break open the bank to try and get’em! Otherwise Harkless and Bullock are pretty good fallbacks too. I’m a bit light on PG spots so Beverley seems like a good add as well.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Guillermo: The plan sounds good. I’m good with Beverley as well

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    I love that Harkless was your 2K guy. Going a little further back mine was Anthony Randolph for his wingspan and what I thought potential. He did way better in my dynasty mode than in real life.

    Would you take Harkless over Zubac or Noah? Looking forwArd towards second and third round of playoffs. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Ha! I’ve tried Randolph out as well. His low awareness always pissed me off.

      Harkless over Zubac. I’d lean Harkless over Noah as well, but it’s close

  5. Happy ito says:
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    Who should I go with for the fantasy playoffs? Just need consistency from one of the three.

    Osman
    Barton
    Bogdanovic

    • Happy Ito says:
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      @Happy ito: Bog-Bog to be exact. Forgot to mention

  6. Jc says:
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    Dinwiddie or White?

    White or Harkless?

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jc: White

      Depends if you want dimes or boards

      • Jc says:
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        @Son:

        Good call. Oddly enough, White is on par with Harkless for rebounds since he was named the starter. Thanks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jc: Good catch. I didn’t realize that. Then Mr. White it is

  7. Jc says:
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    Olynyk just hit the wire surprisingly. Is he a better fit on my squad than Rondo, G Harris, Ibaka or Mirotic keeping in mind Denver and LA have four games each playoff weeks. Trying to be patient with Harris. Rondo/Ball and Gasol/Ibaka scenarios are concerning.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jc: The backcourt is so loaded in Denver, but I don’t have a problem being patient with Harris. Malone said he’s going to ramp up his minutes soon, so see what happens then. I’d hold Rondo. It’s between Mirotic and Ibaka for me. I’m siding with Mirotic

      • Jc says:
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        @Son:

        Thank you. For clarity, when you say “siding with Mirotic”, you are saying he is your drop and you are holding Ibaka, right?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jc: My bad. I think I’d rather have Mirotic and would be inclined to drop Ibaka in that scenario. Guess it comes down to what you want. I think the minutes will be in the same range. Ibaka will likely give you more rebounds, but Mirotic will provide more tres and maybe more D stats.

          • Jc says:
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            @Son:

            Thanks….we can’t make moves until Tuesday night so there is time to anguish LOL.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Jc: Ha! Mental mind f’ing can be so exhausting

    • Jc says:
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      @Jc:

      Add Wade to the list….he just go dropped. He has been a 15-4-4 guy past 30 days.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Jc: I’d rather have Kelly O

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