The Oklahoma City Thunder are Russell Westbrook’s team. Or are they? Westbrook was drafted by the Thunder and has known no other team in his 11-year career. He also leads the team in usage with a 31.2 rate. But….it can be argued that Paul George has been the best player for the Thunder this season. George is averaging more points, more threeecolas, shoots more efficiently from both the field and line, and takes care of the ball better. Last night, George put up:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 8 4 5 1 3 3/6 10/21 13/15

Westbrook also had a great game, which I will discuss further below, so it’s an interesting debate as to who’s been the better player, but there’s no question that George has been a beast this year. From a fantasy perspective, he’s been a top 10 player, consistently for the entire season. That type of performance must place him in the pantheon of Georges: Boy George, Curious George, and now Paul George.

Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator had George as the #2 player last night.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Anthony Davis

AD may have a fracture in his left index finger and could miss 2-4 weeks.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 10 14 1 0 5 1/4 9/20 10/12

Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator had Westbrook as the #1 player last night. No wonder the Stocktonator had this song on repeat all morning:

Anyways, Westbrook is awesome. He’s averaging a trip-dub, but…but…but….Yes, I did stutter….the turnovers are high, and the shooting efficiency is low. Top 40 player on the season as a result.

Terrance Ferguson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 2 1 4 0 1 2/4 6/8 0

Continues to start and played 37 minutes. Billy Donovan has believed and stuck with Ferguson all season long, and the faith is being rewarded, as he’s become an excellent 3-and-D player for the Thunder. Over the past four games, Ferguson has been a top 60 player, averaging 30.7 minutes, 13.8 points, 3.5 threeecolas, and 1.8 steals while shooting 43% from downtown.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 3 2 1 1 0 7/12 0

Adams has scored in single digits only six games all season. Makes sense, as he’s shooting 60% from the field on 10.5 attempts. Even my abacus can make mincemeat of that. Anyways, points, boards, and D stats are what you can expect on a nightly basis. Over the past seven games, though, he’s been converting 70% of his free throws on 3.3 attempts per game and has been a top 30 player.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 15 1 1 2 5 0/1 9/17 4/6

Whoa….Nurkic has been on some kind of heater. Over the past seven games, he’s been a top 25 player, averaging 14.5 points, 10.4 boards, 5.1 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 3 blocks!!! He’s also shooting 50% from the field and 75% from the line on 4 attempts. Too bad Nurkic and Jokic couldn’t co-exist. Regardless, even when Nurkic has an off night on the offensive end, he’s been able to maintain a high floor due to his contributions in the rest of the categories.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 5 8 5 0 5 2/10 12/24 8/8

Top 15 player on the season. Y’all know what time it is.

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 3 3 0 1 4 7/12 11/23 2/2

C. J. will contribute points, threeecolas, and a handful of boards and dimes. He’s a top 75 player for fantasy but mainly meh. Once in a while, he will access a ceiling game to make us forget that he’s actually Steve Urkel.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 11 1 1 2 2 0/2 10/20 2/2

Got the start and played 38 minutes because Nemanja Bjelica (back) did not play. Thee 22 points were a career-high. The future is now? I’m not completely buying that, as Dave Joerger likes having Bjelica’s ability to stretch the defense on the floor, but Bagley should continue seeing elevated minutes for as long as he’s out.

Yogi Ferrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 7 6 2 0 2 2/5 4/13 0

Got the start and played 39 minutes because De’Aaron Fox (toe) did not play. Smarter than your average bear, Yogi can’t outsmart a Fox, so won’t be fantasy relevant unless he’s out.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 9 3 0 1 1/4 6/15 3/4

Got the start and played 36 minutes because Iman Shumpert (rest) did not play. Y’all know my love for BogBog, so I was happy to see him get run and get busy. When the Iman returns to the lineup, BogBog will slide back to a reserve role, but should still get 28 minutes of run and provide threeecolas, boards, dimes, and steals.

Harry Giles

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

Played 23 minutes off the bench. I love the skill set, but the Kings aren’t going to push him so he’s likely capped in the low-20s for minutes.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 1 1 1 2 1/4 8/14 1/1

Top 40 player for fantasy.

P. S., he’s really really good.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 1 0 0 1 0/3 5/13 5/6

Got the start but only played 25 minutes. Ibaka is a top 50 player on the season, but he’s cooled off recently, primarily due to the decrease in D stats and dimes. I want Tazmanian Devil Iblocka back.

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 7 1 1 2 3/6 6/10 4/5

Got the start and played 32 minutes because Kawhi Leonard (rest) did not play. An elite performance for VanVleet. One of the better backup guards because he gets around 26 minutes per game off the bench, but can access ceiling games because he does get the occasional start or two or three. The shooting efficiency isn’t great (40%) but VanVleet provides threeecolas, some boards, dimes, and steals.

Montrezl Harrell

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

Second game starting and played 31 minutes. Maybe he is better off feasting on second units.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 7 4 1 2 1 1/6 1/9 6/6

Only the third time this season being held to single digits. Shit happens.

Patrick Beverley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 9 3 1 0 0 3/10 6/14 1/3

With Danilo Gallinari (back) out, Beverley made his second straight start and played 35 minutes after receiving 42 minutes the prior game. After averaging five shot attempts per game for most of the season, Beverley has hoisted 14 and 9 shots with 10 and 7 from downtown respectively. He’s also grabbed a ton of boards, dished out dimes, and brought the D. As long as Gallinari is out and he continues getting starter minutes, he should be a fantasy asset.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 1 4 0 0 2 1/6 5/16 4/4

Returned after missing two games to injury and played 23 minutes. Sweet! Lou should get ramped up to the 27-28 minute range soon and continue being a usage hog on the second unit.

Harrison Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 1 0 0 0 3/5 7/14 3/4

Led the Mavs in scoring. Also led the Mavs in least number of boards, dimes, steals, and blocks. Not factually correct but that’s only because a few players only received a few minutes of run and bageled in the stat line. Over the last seven games, Barnes has been a top 200 player. He scores and grabs a few boards, but does little else and has been shooting 34% from the field. woo hoo…..

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 6 1 1 3 0/8 5/15 7/10

Almost messed around despite having a poor shooting performance and being hung over from messing around last night…both on the court and at the after party. Not sure if that’s true but I’d put the chances at 99%.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 16 4 1 5 0 0 6/8 1/2

Damn, DJ took us back to the old school when he was blocking over 2 shots per game. I like old school DJ.

Dennis Smith Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 4 1 0 4 1/6 6/17 4/4

Returned to the starting lineup and played 37 minutes after “missing” the past six games. He was rumored to be on the trading block and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Mavs try to boost his value before the trade deadline. From a fantasy perspective, DSJ has been brutal due to high turnovers and poor shooting efficiency. In addition, the contributions in the peripheral categories have been lacking. That makes me sad because I continue having flashbacks of Steve Francis. After watching highlights of Stevie Franchise, maybe I shouldn’t have disrespected him by putting DSJ in the same breath. DSJ is still young, though, so there’s still hope.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 18 7 2 1 2 2/4 10/15 3/5

Predictably tore up the Suns…again. MEOW! It still irks me that KAT was third on the team in shot attempts behind Andrew Wiggins and Jerryd Bayless. Yes, the Timberwolves defeated the Suns 118-91 but still. It happens way too often.

Derrick Rose

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

Got the start and played 23 minutes because Jeff Teague (foot) was out. No foul trouble or injury, so I chalk it up to the “Is Rose an All-Star?” articles that proliferated the interweb before last night’s game.

Josh Okogie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 2 2 0 1 4/7 7/11 3/3

Has started the last 10 games and played 25 minutes last night. The 21 points were a career-high, but it was mostly blowout run production. He was receiving heavy minutes while Rose was out, but those have dissipated with the return of Rose.

Jerryd Bayless

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 4 7 2 0 0 4/11 5/16 0

Played 28 minutes because Teague and Tyus Jones (ankle) were out.

Taj Gibson (13/7) continues to start at power forward and played 25 minutes while Dario Saric (5/4/3) received 17 minutes off the bench.

Dragan Bender

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

Got the start and played 30 minutes. The prior game, Bender got the start and played 29 minutes against the same Timberwolves. In that game, he shot 4-of-10 from the field, 0-of-5 from downtown, scored 10 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out 2 dimes, and blocked 1. Deja vu much?

T. J. Warren only played 16 minutes due to injuring his ankle. Warren got regulated. Josh Jackson is likely the main beneficiary if Warren misses time. Speaking of….

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 10 3 0 3 1 2/4 10/18 5/9

Played 31 minutes. Probably a combination of Warren going down and the Suns getting blown out, but minutes are minutes. Jackson has the ability to contribute across the board. Just don’t watch him play.

Devin Booker

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

Only played 24 minutes because he got ejected in the third quarter when he and Gorgui Dieng got into it. It’s been five games since Booker returned from injury. Over that span, he’s been a top 200 player. The usage rate of 30.6 has been fine, but the points and threeecolas have been lacking due to a decrease of shot attempts. The D stats, or lack of, have also contributed.

  1. Catdog says:
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    Offered their Cauley-Stein and J Lamb for my Middleton

    My team is:
    Conley
    Jaylen brown
    G Harris
    Ben Simmons
    Jokic
    Marcus Morris
    JJJ
    Mr Whiteside
    Siakim
    Rudy gay
    Harry Barnes
    Draymond
    Zubic

    Baze on the IL

    Feels like a no to me…
    Realistic to counter for their Sabinis?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I do like Middleton and think he’s the best player here, but the trade isn’t bad, especially since WCS plays 12 games during the playoffs and Lamb is decent, even though he’s cooled off. You seem okay at center. What’s the motivation here?

      • Catdog says:
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        @Son: was offered to me. Short term was having a hard time seeing how it made my squad better,though the playoff point is well taken. I guess seems like I’m losing a player in a less covered area for ones where I’m better covered

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Catdog: Got it

          • Catdog says:
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            @Son: ended up doing his Stein/lamb for my gary harris which feels like a better outcome

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Catdog: Ok. It does look that way. Good luck my man

  2. JC says:
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    Testing your love for BogBog…..given The Kings have four games each during our two week playoff run (I will get a bye in round 1), would you trade Mirotic for him given Pelicans only play three games each week?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! You know me too well. I’m going with BogBog here. It’s really close though

  3. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    SON!

    In my 12 team keeper league Wendell Carter Jr. was cut loose by a team dealing with a ton of injuries. Would you consider using the #4 wavier priority to stash him?

    I can only keep 4 and I’m not sure he can make the cut anyway, but he seems like an interesting option to stash at the very least.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What are your other keeper options?

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Son: Giannis, Steph, Dipo, Porzingis, Fox, John Collins

  4. Joel says:
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    What do you think of marc gasol for Andre Drummond

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: It’s fine. I prefer Gasol in a vacuum because I think his ceiling is higher and it sounds like there’s a good chance he gets moved. With that said, I do worry about his back.

  5. Court Vision says:
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    Yo buddy,

    I like the nod to Boy George…i drafted him this year and what a value he has been. Also love for my guys Bogbog and Siakam. Im curious for your rest of season outlook on Mr Fox.

    He has been so excellent and has that great playoff schedule. On the other hand im getting a lot of interest in him as a major piece in several big trades that could net me good things like Oladipo straight up or as a major piece for a bigger trade for maybe Steph (Steph/? for Embiid/Fox) or Jokic (Fox/Aldrige). Think im crazy to hold him tight? Or should i power move for a blockbuster? Thanks homie!

    • Court Vision says:
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      @Court Vision: welp never mind on the oladipo part… He just got stretchered off.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Court Vision: Damn. Well, that makes your decision easier

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: Thanks CV. George has been unbelievable. Wish he was a Laker. Sad face. I like Fox, especially with the excellent playoff schedule. I’m very intrigued by the Jokic one. What’s the rest of roster again?

      • Court Vision says:
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        @Son:

        Fox
        Teague
        Satoransky
        G. Harris
        Barton
        Bogbog
        Hart
        George
        Siakam
        Aldridge
        Embiid
        Kanter
        Boogie
        Brolo

        • Court Vision says:
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          @Court Vision: Dang maybe I should drop someone for tyreke if oladipo is maimed. Hart? Kanter?

          • Court Vision says:
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            @Court Vision: Nm, Dipo’s owner dropped him for Reke…pulled that trigger! Still curious for your Jokic thoughts still tho!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Court Vision: You’re pretty stacked at center. Start 1 or 2 centers? Any flex spots? Now that I think about it, I’m probably making that trade regardless. I wouldn’t mind keeping Jokic, as he plays 11 games during the playoffs, but if you wanted to upgrade somewhere else, you have a lot more ammo.

          • Court Vision says:
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            @Son: 2 centers 2 utility slots. Fox and Eldridge are the guys I would be giving up, and. getting jokic. Might be able to get him to throw in ingles or somebody worse like Harrison Barnes…

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Court Vision: Got it. I like the move. If you can get Ingles, that’d be fantastic

  6. bigDave says:
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    Hey son,

    Will Barton just hit waivers in my league.

    Should I sacrifice 3rd waiver claim for him?

    Who to drop out of VanVleet, T.Ross, Waiters?

    peace bruv

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Waiters

  7. JC says:
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    If Victor is out for a long stretch, who is the pickup? Tyreke? Joseph?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Looks like it. Tyreke

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Crap. I hate that guy. I would have to drop Tristan, Fournier or G Harris for him. Nit sure he is worth it

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: Ha! I feel you but in 715 minutes with Oladipo off the court this season, Tyreke has a usage rate of 29.3 and is scoring 1.05 fantasy points per minute

          • Jc says:
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            @Son:

            Who would you drop?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Jc: Fournier

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