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We live in crazy times, when nothing can be trusted. That tweet? Better check for the blue mark and read the name AFTER the @. That picture or video? With photoshop and other editing software, it can be very difficult to distinguish what is real and what is fake. The boobs or the butt on the girl from across the room? How about a free trial period? Oh geez, that didn’t come out right. A certification of authenticity perhaps? The news? It’s always been used as a tool to further agendas and “inform” the people, but the lack of objectivity and amount of Hollywood-esque manipulation these days make my head hurt. Thank goodness for sports and De’Aaron Fox.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 10 15 1 0 3 3/4 9/13 10/11

Fox messed around last night, but it was all good. Entering last night’s game, the Kings were 5th in offensive pace. Fox has been a huge reason why. Anyways, he can score, grabs a good number of rebounds for a guard (4.6), is dishing out 7.8 dimes, and is shooting 50% from the field. Holla! Not all is good, though. The free throw percentage is only 67%, no threeecolas, and the turnovers are high at 3.3. Fox did shoot 72% from the line last year, so there’s reason for optimism. He’s only 20 years old and this is his second year in the league, so improvement should be expected. Fox is currently the 79th player according to Basketball Monster.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Danilo Gallinari

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25 8 1 0 0 1 4/8 5/14 11/11

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 8 3 0 1 1 2/3 10/16 2/2

So cute. They had matching boards. Harris was a +1, while Gallinari was a +11. Harris scored one point fewer than Gallinari, while Gallinari went 11-for-11 from the charity stripe. This is how conspiracies start.

Avery Bradley

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2 2 1 1 0 2 0/1 1/6 0

Performed this masterpiece in a team-high 36 minutes.

Boban Marjanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 1 1 3 3 0 5/7 5/6

Played 23 minutes due to foul trouble for Gortat and Harrell. Free Boban! In 67 minutes this season, Boban’s per-36 numbers are: 30.1 points, 15 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.7 blocks, and 74% from the field! Muhahahahahahaha.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 1 2 1 0 4 2/5 9/19 6/7

Has a freaking 29.7 usage rate for the season. Unfortunately, he’s only averaging around 24 minutes per game.

Dario Saric

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

Played 24 minutes. It used to be Mario with the D because….uh….he made the ladies and fellas happy. Now it’s Mario with the D because of all the frowns in the house. Is currently the 228th player according to Basketball Monster. Some are speculating that he’s worn out from playing for Croatia in the FIBA qualifiers over the summer. Mario with the D is an important member of the 76ers because he’s a big that will bang down low, but also space the floor. He’s currently shooting 35% from the field and 23% from downtown. His career marks are 42% and 34% respectively. I’ll side with the career numbers here.

Markelle Fultz

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 9 5 1 0 1 0 5/10 2/4

Only played 21 minutes. Is it happening? Fultz has made progress for sure, as he looks more confident and aggressive. With that said, he’s got a long way to go. For fantasy? He doesn’t contribute in threeecolas or blocks and has poor shooting percentages from both the field and the line. Boards, dimes, and steals are what you’re getting. Fultz is the 204th player according to Basketball Monster.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 13 1 0 4 2 3/8 16/32 6/9

Remember those cartoons that had the rainy cloud that would follow a character around where ever he/she went? That’s Embiid’s life, expect the cloud is a line of men and women that want to have sex with him. Beep. Boop. Bop. What’s the Stocktonator doing in line? Oh, it loved him last night, as it had Embiid as the #4 overall player.

Buddy Hield

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27 5 6 2 1 3 5/7 10/17 2/3

Buddy is the 39th player according to Basketball Monster. 19.8 points, 6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. The 0.6 steals and 0.7 blocks ain’t bad either. He’s shooting 53% from the field and 81% from the line. Did I forget the 2.4 threeecolas?

The Kings destroyed the Hawks, 146-115 in Atlanta. Class, what have you learned so far this semester? When the Kings are involved in a blowout, Marvin Bagley III gets run: 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal in 24 minutes. You are dismissed.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 10 0 0 8 0/1 6/13 2/3

The Fox got the best of him this time, but Trae is Young enough to get his revenge.

It got so bad for the Hawks that Jeremy Lin played 23 minutes and scored 23 points. Yes, you in the back, your question? Don’t be Linsane.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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33 11 2 3 0 4 0/1 13/22 7/11

OG. Original. Offensive. Ain’t nothing but a G thang.

Malcolm Brogdon

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16 6 2 0 1 2 2/3 6/10 2/2

Played 29 minutes. May be the steadiest player in fantasy with the narrowest band of outcomes. Will languish in the 90-100 range for fantasy. Double-digit points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 dimes, a few steals, great percentages, and low turnovers.

With Jaylen Brown out, Semi Ojeleye got the start.

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

High energy player that can shoot from downtown, Ojeleye is irrelevant when the Celtics are healthy, but can provide threeecolas, boards, and steals if he gets run.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 8 0 1 3 4/11 6/15 2/2

Horford is like one of those stocks that you just put in the portfolio and just check the profit at the end of the year. So steady that you don’t need to check the day-to-day, minute-to-minute ticks up and down.

Kyrie Irving

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28 3 7 1 2 2 6/12 10/20 2/2

Y’all calm now? It just took him a bit to get back into the groove.

Nikola Jokic

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4 6 3 1 1 2 0/1 2/5 0

What a freaking Jokic?! The Nuggets were on the second leg of a back-to-back, so Malone utilized his bench more last night. That’s where the Cavs are now.

Juan Hernangomez

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 0 1 2 2 5/8 6/10 6/7

A career 36% shooter from downtown, we’ve always known Juancho could shoot. It was just a matter of getting the minutes. Tada! Played 29 minutes. Good streaming option if you can identify blowout possibilities and/or rest scenarios like last night.

Sam Dekker

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6 4 1 3 0 2 0/2 3/10 0

I think he sucks, but he’s getting 35 minutes with Kevin Love down. Have fun.

Rodney Hood

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8 4 4 2 1 0 0/3 1/9 6/6

Welcome to the Hood.

Tristan Thompson

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10 7 4 0 0 0 0 4/6 2/2

Played 28 minutes last night after getting 29 minutes the prior game. If you need boards and a busted free throw percentage, then Tristan is your man.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 3 4 3 2 0/10 4/20 3/4

An x-rated shooting performance, but PG displayed his super-high floor by contributing in the periphery categories. 7 stocks is quite impressive. The 0-for-10 from downtown may be more impressive, though.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 8 10 3 0 3 0/3 12/24 5/7

When you get a new car, you are supposed to break in the engine by keeping the RPMs at a reasonable level. After some time, then you can put the pedal to the metal. The Russ-mobile is all revved up and ready to go. Those triple-dubs are going to start raining down like manna from the heavens.

Alex Abrines

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 2 0 0 0 0 5/10 9/15 2/2

Played 30 minutes. It wouldn’t surprise me if he started playing more because Ferguson doesn’t do much on offense. Too bad Abrines sucks on D. Is someone in the lab breeding these two? Will the offspring be ready in time for the playoffs?

Cody Zeller

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

All of you waiting for Willy Hernangomez to be freed are like the PETA protestors in the parking lot of Sea World. It ain’t happening. Zeller is the guy, for better or for worse. He’s getting high-20s in minutes and grabs boards, blocks a few, and passes well for a big man.

Tony Parker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 4 0 0 1 1/2 5/12 6/7

Played 23 minutes. Should settle into the 20 minute range. He puts up shots in the limited time he plays and provides cheap assists. Don’t expect anything else.

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 0 2 1 0 3 4/12 7/15 3/3

Also played 23 minutes. Monk scores and provides threeecolas. Doesn’t do much else. Needs a trade or injury to happen. He is currently the 139th player according to Basketball Monster.

Anthony Davis

Missed his third game in four games due to an elbow injury.

Nikola Mirotic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 13 3 1 2 1 1/6 6/20 5/6

21st player according to Basketball Monster. Mic drop.

Jahlil Okafor got the start for AD. Played 14 minutes and scored 6 points with 5 rebounds. Don’t even think about it.

With Elfrid Payton out, Tim Frazier got the start at point guard.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 2 5 0 0 2 1/4 3/7 1/2

Played 30 minutes. His name is not spelled Jahlil Okafor, so sure.

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 6 3 1 0 3 0/2 9/16 11/12

Played 26 minutes. He’s a bull, no doubt about it. For fantasy, though, not even a top 100 player. With that said, he plays in one of the most fantasy-friendly environments out there.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 10 3 0 3 1/4 5/14 6/8

Always working.

Al-Farouq Aminu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 0 0 1 0 2/5 6/11 3/3

Played 33 minutes and contributes points, rebounds, threeecolas, and some blocks. Solid player in both real life and fantasy. Will never win you a week, but provides what you expect from him. There’s value in that.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 7 6 1 0 4 4/7 7/16 8/8

Y’all know what time it is.

Evan Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 7 7 1 0 2 0/2 5/11 4/4

Relishing in his role as the lead dog of the second unit. The true shooting percentage is at a career-high 54% and the assist percentage is at 24.6%. That number was at 12.4% last season. ET phoning home to tell his people that he’s the 129th player according to Basketball Monster.

 

  1. sebapargue says:
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    Hey son…..Gave up zach lavine for josh richardson…good move right? punt ast build.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @sebapargue: I’m good with it

  2. Wutang says:
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    great write up as always Son! loving to see sacramento killing it this year, hurts their pick that Boston has – and as a Raptors fan, that’s always great to see!

    No real questions today, smoking my opponent 7-2, down TO (by double, 60-30..) and FG% but winning all the stats! going for some upside plays in blocks tonight with Vonleh and Mo Bamba to see what happens. Hope your matchups are going just as well, and have a good weekend!

  3. waffles says:
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    good stuff as always Son!

    need rebounds, blocks, FG%… who do I sit tonight out of Jonathan Isaac (LAC), Jaren Jackson (@UTA), and Noah Vonleh (@DAL)? thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Thanks waffles. I’d sit Isaac

  4. howie2978 says:
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    Should I drop Patrick Beverley for Evan Turner? 14-team H2H so wire is pretty dry. Noel/Boban out there too.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @howie2978: In a vacuum, I prefer ET, but if you want/need steals and threeecolas, then Pat is your guy

  5. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    Trying to fully understand Nikola rocketing into stardom this year… so far. Does he keep this up or will we see him come back down to earth at some point?

    With that being said, what side do you have in the following trade:

    Gary Harris & Nikola for Tobias Harris & Beal?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Eddie Rooskie: He’s getting more minutes, more shot attempts, pulling down more boards, shooting more efficiently, and his a higher usage rate. That environment is one of the best for fantasy and he’s taking full advantage. I think he comes in a bit, but I’m not viewing this as an outlier.

      I think I prefer the Mirotic/Harris side

  6. Court Vision says:
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    How bout this one Son…

    Owner offered me GHayward for fantastic Mr fox.

    Crazy that I am thinking that’s a no?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: I’ve been a hard fade on Hayward all year so no. Rather have Fox

      • Court Vision says:
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        @Son: woop woop we have so much in common.

  7. Pitt says:
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    Hi son,
    9 cat league.. Which side would you prefer?
    Curry for Jrue and Lowry

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends on team. Steph is the best player

  8. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    What’s good bud. Ya heard the news about Fiz possibly giving Mitchell Robinson more minutes? What do you say man, thinking of dropping Isaac for him. Or we could snag Vonleh instead

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Vonleh for me

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: let’s go

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son: nail in the coffin regarding Isaac, didn’t do ish and now has hurt himself. I’m thinking grabbing Knox first for stashing purposes, putting him on IR vacating a roster spot in the process. Then by tomorrow I’m picking up the best available player, maybe Noah if he’s still available I’m not sure. We’re using FAAB so I can’t make multiple pickups unless if it’s for 2 different players, and we only allow 2 moves per week. I’ll let fate decide on which player I might get tomorrow. Lol

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @I just wanna Kawhi: May fate shine favorably upon you, young warrior

  9. Jc says:
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    What is going on with Otto? Solid first quarter, then no more minutes in first half? Hurt or in dog house?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jc: I saw left toe contusion

  10. Kyle says:
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    Drop warren, rozier, vonleh or bridges for Mitchell Robinson?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Rozier

  11. Miel says:
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    Hi Son,
    Who is better to stream for tomorrow’s game?
    Justin Holiday, Monk or Bazemore?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Holiday

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: Thanks Son, leading this week and have a chance to get 3 stat as well.

        what to you think about Kanter? you think downtrend will continue? i’m now inclined n dropping him for Mitchell Robinson? thought?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Nice! Good luck.

          I’d swap out Kanter for MRob

  12. marimon says:
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    What do you think of selling Gallo for Randle? Only have one healthy big (vuc, collins)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d want more for Gallo

  13. J says:
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    In a tight matchup right now and need to make some moves today and tomorrow to get a full lineup going. Would you drop either Melo or D Rose right now? Or hold both and eat a loss or tie this week?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Friends don’t let friends Melo. You must be new around here. =) I’d hold Rose, but wouldn’t be mad if you opened that spot up to stream.

      • J says:
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        @Son: Haha, nah not new here but easily swayed by 3 outta 4 20+, but that’s all sans Harden so makes sense he’ll go back to being hot garbage. Yeah holding on D for now

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @J: No doubt. I was just messing with ya. Points are points, you are right.

  14. CM says:
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    In a punt assist+punt steals build, which side would you rather have?

    A: Covington, Myles Turner, Middleton
    B: Karl Towns, Markkanen, Hardaway Jr

    Two IR spots and team is a little light on points while being strong in boards/blocks already with guys like DeAndre Jordan, Ayton, Jarrett Allen, Bamba (and Love in the other IR spot)

    Thanks!

  15. Marcus says:
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    Brogdon, Josh Richardson, should I pick up either for D’Angleo Russel / Jeff Teague?

    • Marcus says:
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      @Marcus: It’s a ESPN Points league

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Marcus: I’d want Teague and my RichardSON

  16. aufna03 says:
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    hey, i have an offer in a 10 team dynasty h2h league. my trae young for his cj McCollum and deandre jordan. my other pgs are conley/ball/paul/rose/oladipo/collison. would you deal young for this return?

  17. Jc says:
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    MRob, Bogdan, and Siakam best on the wire. 12 teamer, H2H. Nine cats. Any swaps you would make. My team below is off to a fast start but it is always about the playoffs!

    Draymond, Carter Jr. Mirotic, Ibaka
    Otto, Saric, Tobias, McGruder
    Harden, G Harris, Fournier, Kemba, Bledsoe
    Aminu in streamer spot. Barton on IR.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jc: I like MRob and Siakam, but wouldn’t drop any of your guys for them. I’d consider using that streaming spot

      • Jc says:
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        @Son:

        Gotcha it. Picked up Okogie for today, then hope to get Siakam tomorrow. Saric is concerning but he started slowly last year too.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jc: Sounds good.

  18. Aufan says:
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    hey, i have an offer in a 10 team dynasty h2h league. my trae young for his cj McCollum and deandre jordan. my other pgs are conley/ball/paul/rose/oladipo/collison. would you deal young for this return?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m a Trae guy, so probably wouldn’t, but if you feel that puts you in better position to win it all, sure

  19. Rick says:
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    Heyy Son,

    Would you trade kanter + redick for RoCo + Nurkic ?? h2h 9cat

    my team : lowry,dinwiddie,doncic,ntilikina,fournier,redick,durant,otto,hayward,moore,ibaka,embiid,kanter

    thanks sir

    • Rick says:
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      @Rick: Which side you choose kanter + lowry+ doncic or kyrie + middleton + WCS ??

      thanks

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Rick: Kanter/Lowry/Doncic

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Rick: Yes. You can afford to trade away 3s and the bump you’d get in steals and blocks, your two weakest cats, is worth it

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