Collin Sexton, the 8th overall pick of the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Draft, started the season off slowly. He came off the bench the first 10 games of the season, averaging 23 minutes, 10.5 points, and shooting 40% from the field. He was inserted into the starting lineup for game number 11 and has held onto that role all season. There were ups and downs, as the shooting efficiency was poor and the contributions in the other categories were minimal. For fantasy, he was a top 250 player. Something has clicked, though.
Sexton has now scored at least 20 points in seven straight games. He’s been a top 35 player over that span. Maybe he ate a blue pill or something. Anyways, you know the warning: call a doctor if erection last longer than 4 hours. Well, Sexton has been going on for much longer than that and he’s in straight DGAF mode right now, averaging over 17 shots per game. Here’s the thing, though. He’s shooting 56% from the field. He’s not going to be able to maintain that efficiency forever. And when that comes down, you’ll be holding a limp biscuit because Sexton doesn’t contribute much in the other categories. Very miminal contributions in the D cats and around 3 boards and dimes each. Enjoy the hot streak, but this Sexton will not last forever.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
The Cavs defeated the Bucks, 107-102.
Got the start and played 25 minutes because Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) was out.
Got the start and played 28 minutes because Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fascia) was out. Brogdon is done for the regular season, so Snell could see more starts down the stretch. Last night was his second start in a row. The prior game, Snell only played 15 minutes, though. If you’re counting on Snell for the playoffs, good luck. He’s a low usage player who can drain some treys and trip into a stock or two. The shooting efficiency isn’t good.
Khris has definitely warmed it up. Top 30 player over the past four games. G has missed two of those games, so keep that in mind, but hopefully the momentum carries over to when G returns. Let’s no forget that Middleton ended as the #25 player last season.
Bledsoe has really been struggling with his shot lately, but the contributions in treys, boards, dimes, and steals provide a high floor. Over the past four games, he’s averaging 2.8 steals per game!
D. J. Wilson
Played 29 minutes.
Played 34 minutes.
Due to all the injuries, the Bucks played eight players last night.
Played 18 minutes before exiting due to an injury, suffered when he banged heads with Bledsoe. He has a history of concussions, so monitor his status closely. Love hurts.
Larry Nance Jr.
Played 23 minutes in his return from a five-game absence. Even when he’s healthy, the Cavs don’t always give him the run. Weird. I thought the object of the game was to play your best players.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. Clarkson gets the minutes and is the main guy on the second unit. His usage rate is over 26! With that said, quantity over quality is not always a good thing. That’s mostly what you get from Clarkson. He will pop off from time to time, but the floor is low when he doesn’t shoot well because he doesn’t contribute much in the other cats. The Cavs have a thing for shoot first, ask questions later type of players.
The Magic made the Pelicans disappear, 119-96. Literally, as Frank Jackson (14 points) was the only starter to score in double figures. It got so bad that Stanley Johnson played 28 minutes and led the team in scoring with 18 points. Stanley Johnson! Ian Clark did have a decent game, though, providing 17 points, 5 boards, and 4 dimes. Keep in mind for matchups going forward that the Magic have had the best defensive rating in the league over the past 15 games. If I zoom out further to the All-Star break, the statement still holds true. It’s Magic!
Ok, Aaron. I see you. In my deluded mind, I’m going to believe that you’ve read my posts and were inspired by my loyalty. Over the past six games, he’s been a top 50 player. Over the past three games, Gordon has been a top 15 player. Go! Go! Go! Hmmm, Go….rdon. The universe is truly amazing.
Isaac had been dreadful for fantasy lately, like 25% shooting from the field dreadful, but the potential is still there. The offense is still inconsistent, but the boards and blocks are there.
In 26 minutes. Too bad the Pelicans suck.
Fournier is too meh to get excited about but too good to drop. It’s like fantasy purgatory.
If you can deal with the volatility, Ross is your guy for treys and steals.
Top 10 player on the season. Top 5 player over the past six games. I wrote the other night that I knew Kyrie was having a good season, but I didn’t know it was like this. Anyone remember Menace II Society? When Caine is reflecting after being shot, “I never thought he’d come back like this, blasting.”
The missionary position of fantasy basketball. Boring, yet effective and provides pleasure at the end of the day.
Played 24 minutes and was the main beneficiary of the Smart ejection.
Played 28 minutes. While Rozier had the bigger night, Brown could just as easily be the guy if Smart does miss time.
Played 41 minutes. If there’s one player I’d say has a chance of matching Wilt in the “scoring” department, it’s Embiid. Anyways, the 30/20 wasn’t the first one of the season. He posted a 40/20 earlier in the season. As for the free throw attempts, I know y’all some enquiring minds so….James Harden attempted 27 back in December. The all time leader in free throw attempts during a single game? Dwight Howard with 39! And he did it twice in his career. Ha!
Played a team-high 42 minutes. I’m surprised that there were any scraps left after Embiid feasted.
The Jazz routed the Knicks, 137-116 in NYC. They were up by 32 points after three quarters. No Tryin’ for Zion.
Top 30 player over the past seven games. Mitchell has been averaging 33.9 minutes, 26.6 points, 3.6 treys, 3.7 boards, 4.1 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks. The turnovers have been low at 2.7 while the usage rate has been a robust 31.8! Slide into those DMs anytime.
Perfection. Oui, oui.
Basically a practice session, as Rubio only played 20 minutes.
I’ll be back. I’ve got to….um….do some things with the wifey.
Super Mario ate the mushroom! Look like so has Fizdale.
Played 47 minutes! Seriously, why not just let him play the full 48? So, Knox has played 65 games this season. He’s shot over 50% from the field just 11 times. On the season, the field goal percentage is 36%. Ha! Tryin’ for Zion.
The most reliable Knicks player, as he’s averaging 34.5 minutes and 15.3 shot attempts over the past seven games. What a time to be alive.
Played 30 minutes. He had played 14, 15, 21, and 13 minutes the prior four games. Shrug emoji.
The Bulls defeated the Wizards, 126-120 in OT.
Only played 14 minutes because he injured his groin. Troy Brown Jr. took his place and provided 9 points, 10 boards, 2 dimes, and 1 steal in 30 minutes. The answer is I would.
Played 44 minutes. Fantasy MVP this season, considering his cost? The John Wall injury and his subsequent play vaulted him into the discussion. I’m curious to see how many championship rosters will have Beal on them.
Played 39 minutes. Top 70 player over the past eight games. Beal soaks up most of the usage for the Wizards, so don’t expect a ton of points from Sato. What he does provide, though, are boards, dimes, and steals. It’s weird saying it, but he’s a nightly threat to mess around.
Played 38 minutes off the bench. Top 40 player over the past four games. Parker has been contributing across the board, even providing steals and blocks. Who knew?
My dog is back! While he wasn’t dreadful, Markkanen did go through a stretch where his production was down from the lofty levels he was producing. He was a top 40 player, but recently was a top 100 player. Now, Zach LaVine did not play last night, so he sucked up tons of usage, but these are the ceiling games he was producing regularly a month or so ago. Hopefully, this game gets him back on track.
Wow. Monster game. I guess he’s not Dunn! I’ll see myself out now. Peek a boo. I’m back. Dunn dished out 17 dimes back in January, so the 13 last night were not a season-high. The 26 points, though, were. Dunn is so inconsistent that I won’t be surprised if he scores 7 points with 4 dimes next game.
Got the start and played 39 minutes because Zach LaVine (thigh) was out. Over the past four games, Shaq has been a top 80 player, despite starting only two of them. He won’t score a ton of points but will contribute some boards and dimes. The main value comes from steals, as he’s been averaging 2.8 per game.
The Grizzlies defeated the Rockets, 126-125 in OT.
P. J. Tucker
Played 39 minutes. Top 60 player over the past four games. He’s averaged 32 minutes, 1.8 treys, 5 boards, 2.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks. Super low usage player, so don’t expect any points, but the stocks and boards are what he provides.
Played 43 minutes. Capela provides everything but treys. Over the past couple of weeks, he’s shooting over 70% from the field on 10 shot attempts!
Played 41 minutes. Please stay healthy. I want to see what this Rockets team can do. Remember that they were up on the Warriors before CP3 got injured.
Played 46 minutes. Ha! A freaking 57-burger and he can’t even sniff the lede. That’s how good he’s been this season. With that said, it does get me Harden excited.
The Iman got the start and plaeyd 23 minutes because Eric Gordon (rest) was out.
Daniel House Jr.
Played 39 minutes. House has been called upon for 39, 33, 28, and 35 minutes the past four games. Minutes are half the battle for fantasy.
Got the start and played 41 minutes. Bruno will provide some treys, boards, and dimes, but that’s about it. Caboclo has started nine games this season, but that hasn’t guaranteed production.
Played 36 minutes. Varsity! Over the past five games, Jonas has averaged 27 minutes, 20 points, 7.6 boards, and 1.2 blocks. He’s shot 54% from the field, 82% from the free throw line an 5.8 attempts, and has garnered a usage rate of 31!
Played 42 minutes. Overpaid my a$$. Top 10 player over the past five games. There’s a chance he gets shut down, but my Ouija board has not notified me of anything imminent.
Got the start and played 42 minutes because Avery Bradley (shin) was out. Wright isn’t a high usage player, so he doesn’t make it rain with points, but he does contribute in the rest of the cats to provide a relatively decent floor.
Played 25 minutes. Why? Well, he’s played 25 and 23 minutes the past two games and scored in double figures in each. Shrug emoji.
Continues to start and played 29 minutes. That makes me so happy. I can’t wait until he gets full run. Over the past six games, Bam has been a top 60 layer, providing points, boards, dimes, and stocks. He’s shooting 67% from the field and 77% from the line on 3 attempts.
Played 19 minutes off the bench after his 5 minute debacle the prior game. Just put him out of his misery so that we don’t have to think about playing him. Whiteside has one year and $27 million left on his contract. What are the Heat going to do with him?
Continues to start and played 33 minutes. He’s primarily a points and treys player, but will contribute a handful of boards and dimes from time to time. Don’t expect any D, though. I guess it’s _ion from now on.
Played a team-high 39 minutes. My RichardSON!!! The efficiency sucks, like really sucks, though. He’s been shooting 28% from the field over the past four games. He does provide counting stats and gets the minutes. You can get with this….you can get with that.
Played 27 minutes. JJ has now played 17, 22, and 27 minutes the last three games. Will he get 32 minutes the next time out? He’s someone to keep an eye on because, if he gets the minutes, JJ can deliver across-the-board production.
Played 22 minutes. A little disappointing, as Dragic played 29 and 28 minutes the prior two games. I thought he’d get back into the starting lineup, but it looks like Spoelstra likes him leading the second unit. That’s not a problem, as long as he gets the minutes.
Top 15 player over the past six games. Kawhi who?
It was an interesting game for the Spurs, as they were down double-digits at halftime, so Pop shook things up and let the second unit play more. Jakob Poeltl and Derrick White only played 14 and 19 minutes respectively. Pop went small, so Rudy Gay played 32 minutes and contributed 15 points, 8 boards, 7 dimes, and 1 block while Patty Mills played 29 minutes and Marco Belinelli played 22 minutes. They both scored 17 points.
The Raptors defeated the Thunder, 123-114 in OT. Man, so many OT games last night.
Played 43 minutes.
P. S. – HE’S FREAKING AMAZING!
Played 42 minutes. On a per-game basis, Kawhi is the #6 player for fantasy. Unfortunately, he’s missed 20 games, and will likely sit a few more before it’s all over.
Got the start and played 40 minutes because Kyle Lowry (ankle) was out.
Satisfied his one game quota for providing a productive fantasy game. See you next year.
Played 23 minutes in his return for the three-game suspension. Marc Gasol got the start and played 30 minutes. He provided 10 points, 6 boards, 2 dimes, and 1 block.
Played 44 minutes. Man, what a freaking night! So many overtime games and so many unbelievable performances.
Two words. Kawhi. Leonard.
Led the team in points, but yawn. Didn’t mess around. I expect that to happen every night!
Played 34 minutes. I don’t get the infatuation with Jackson. I think he sucks, but every once in a while, he will pop his head up like a praire dog and produce. Prior to last night, Jackson received 12, 16, 5, and 4 minutes of run.
Usage rate of 38.5 with McCollum off the court, an increase of 9.4%.
Got the start and played 25 minutes in place of C. J. McCollum.
Played 28 minutes off the bench. Can pop off any night, but the minutes and shot attempts fluctuate. If McCollum misses time, there’s been talk that he could be out until the playoffs start, then Curry could be in line for more playing time.
The center situation broke down like this: Jusuf Nurkic played 22 minutes and provided 13 points, 10 boards, and 1 block. Enes Kanter played 20 minutes and contributed 14 points, 10 boards, and 4 dimes.