I used to enjoy watching Get Smart, a satirical secret agent show. Agent Maxwell Smart is a fumbling, bumbling, stumbling secret agent who always saves the day somehow. One of the catch phrases of the show is “Missed it by that much!” Which would’ve been appropriate to say whenever Marcus Smart jacked up a shot, as he could barely hit the side of a barn in past seasons. This season, though, he’s vastly improved the shooting and is therefore able to put up lines like this:
The 21 points tied a season high! Smart is shooting 42% from the field and 36% from downtown this season. Over his first four seasons in the league, he had never posted a mark better than 37% from the field and 33% from downtown. As a result, while he always provided boards, dimes, and stocks, he was never able to crack the top 100 for fantasy on a per-game basis. This season, he’s a top 85 player and has had streaks where he’s been a top 60 player. Get Smart y’all!
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Only the second time Tatum has scored at least 20 points in the last 15 games. Is he experiencing the same plight as Channing? The usage has dipped to 19 and the field goal percentage has been spotty, as the shot selection has been poor. With that said, he has been contributing treys, boards, dimes, and some stocks, but has been a top 150 player over the past two weeks.
Such a solid player in both real life and fantasy. Horford contributes across the board and is a particularly good passer for a big man. Shockingly, he’s only messed around once in his career. I’m sure he’s come close countless times, though.
Got the start and played 29 minutes because Kyrie Irving (rest) did not play.
Played 29 minutes. Top 80 player over the past seven games. The shooting efficiency has been poor (40%), but Morris has contributed 14.1 points, 1.9 treys, 8.4 boards, 2 dimes, 1 steal, and 0.6 blocks in 33.2 minutes per game.
Played 30 minutes. It took Paul George over two years to fully recover from his injury. Hayward could be a wonderful value next season. Emphasis on could.
Got the start and played 29 minutes. Love is often painful.
Got the start and played 18 minutes, his first start since January. I’m just glad he was able to take time from whoring around to play some hoops. Too soon?
Larry Nance Jr.
Played 31 minutes off the bench. Top 30 player over the past five games. But let’s play Tristan Thompson because……ahhhh, Tryin’ for Zion. If the Cavs get another overall number one pick, I will vomit into an envelope and send it to NBA headquarters in NYC.
Played a team-high 39 minutes. Starting up a new 20-point game streak. How far can he go this time?
Top 10 player over the past six games.
Got the start and played 32 minutes because Landry Shamet (ankle) was out. Temple is a 3-and-D player who doesn’t shoot particularly well. Pray if you go to the Temple.
Played 27 minutes off the bench.
Played 30 minutes off the bench.
All the chatter has been about Lou being the Sixth Man of the Year. What about Montrezl? He’s been coming off the bench and been amazing as well.
Got the start and played 27 minutes. Mario with a D has started the last 19 games and the Taj Mahal was a DNP-CD. Closed for the year?
Here’s a little quirkiness for you. Over the past eight games, Wiggins has scored 22, 22, 20, 20, 14, 14, 18, and 18 points. Ha! Anyways, he’s actually been shooting well from the field lately, yet isn’t even a top 200 player because he doesn’t contribute much of anything else. In addition, the free throw shooting is in the 60% range.
MEOW! A perfect video game and fantasy player. Real life? He’s good but not sure he leads a team to anything significant. Just not enough dog in him. Guess it makes sense that KAT wouldn’t.
It’s the Tyus show for the remainder of the season. We’ve all been waiting for this moment. Let’s see what he’s got. So far, the usage has been low but the dimes and steals have been plentiful.
The Hornets defeated the Spurs, 125-115 in OT.
Played a team-high 43 minutes. LMA is a top 25 player on the season. Who’s laughing?
Played 29 minutes. The ability to contribute across the board gives Mr. White an elevated floor. Have no fear White owners, as he’s getting the minutes and opportunites to produce. He won’t shoot 0-for-10 often.
Played 40 minutes. What you see is what you get from DeRozan. Goldilocks would definitely appreciate him, as he is not too cold, not too high, but usually just right. He’s a top 40-50 player for fantasy on a consistent basis.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. The minutes and production have been all over the map lately so it’s tough to trust him. He has grabbed 9 boards in four straight games, so there’s that. When he plays, Gay has the ability to contribute across the board. Unfortunately, we have no idea how much he will play on a nightly basis.
Played 33 minutes. First dub-dub of the season. Belinelli is a trey specialist who averages around 25 minutes per game.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallmost messed around. Kemba has been unbelievable lately, as he’s been a top 10 player over the past four games. 35 usage rate, 23.8 shot attempts, 30 points, 2.8 treys, 8.4 boards, 9.8 dimes, and 1.5 steals! Those boards!
Got the start and played 36 minutes. I forgot who it was, but there was a commenter who advocated the nickname of “Bacon and Eggs” because of the goose eggs in the other cats. The eggs must’ve came from the hens last night as there were scrambled, hard boiled, and sunny side up ones. Bacon has started the last four games and been a top 90 player.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. Over the past seven games, Kaminsky has averaged 23 minutes and 4.7 boards. The 10 boards were a season high and likely outlier. Kaminsky is primarily a trey specialist. It’s tough to count on him until the minutes are consistent.
Only played 21 minutes due to suffering a sprained ankle.
Only played 13 minutes. What happened to Monk? Can’t get run with the Lamb injury and Bacon has usurped him on the depth chart.
Played 37 minutes. Only the 17th dub-dub of the season for Gordon. He’s played 54 games. That’s insanity. I expect more Gordon. I still got a few years left before my “He’s still young” expires.
It’s happening. There are and will be peaks and valleys throughout the journey, but Isaac is slowly developing the offensive game to complement the defensive prowess. Top 50 player over the past four games.
#5 player over the past seven games. Man, there was a time earlier in the season when people thought they were selling high on Vucevic. Seems so long ago.
It’s never easy.
Continues to start and played 30 minutes. Bam has started the last 15 games and averaged 27 minutes per game. Hassan Whiteside played 15 minutes last night, contributed 10 points, 2 boards, and 2 steals, and has averaged 15 minutes per game over the past eight games. With that said, the prospect of a Mt. Whiteside explosion and Spoelstra just deciding to muck things up give me pause in fully backing Bam, no matter how much I want to.
The plane boss, the plane! Over the past four games, Waiters Island has averaged 29.7 minutes and contributed 18 points, 4 treys, 2.5 boards, 2.8 dimes, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks. The usage rate has been 23 and the field goal percentage has been 50%. If you’ve been chilling on Waiters Island, I’d suggest you leave, as he’s more like a 42% shooter from the field.
Played 26 minutes off the bench. There was a time a week or so ago when it looked like Dragic was going to be a significant contributer. Future generations shall read about that glorious time in a history book.
Played 29 minutes off the bench. T minus seven games.
Got the start and played 40 minutes because Zach LaVine (thigh) was out.
Got the start and played 30 minutes because Kris Dunn (back) was out.
Got the start and played 33 minutes because Otto Porter Jr. (rotator cuff) was out. Otto could be out for the remainder of the season, so Harrison could continue starting and providing fantasy goodies. He’s been a top 70 player over the past six games and top 35 over the past three games. He contributes everything but treys.
The Raptors defeated the Bulls, 112-103. It was a glorified practice, as no starter played more than 22 minutes. The leading scorer was Norman Powell, who contributed 20 points, 3 boards, and 3 dimes in 26 minutes.
Capela has dub-dubbed in nine of the last 10 games. He’s been a top 30 player over that span, even shooting 73% from the free throw lilne on 3.3 attempts.
Nothing to get Harden excited about.
Only played 23 minutes. He did sprain his ankle the other night, so that may have contributed to the poor shooting night. Maybe we should also give credit to the Bucks D, as they held the Rockets to 94 points.
Danuel House Jr.
Played 28 minutes. House is averaging 30 minutes over the past seven games, specializing in treys and boards.
Ain’t nuthin’ but a G thang.
He Bledsoe we could experience fantasy glory. Top 50 player on the season, but there have been plenty of valleys, as he’s often shot sub-40% from the field. Due to his across-the-board production, the floor is relatively high.
Got the start and played 26 minutes becaue Tony Snell (ankle) was out.
Played 31 minutes off the bench. Over the past seven games, Connaughton has been a top 50 player. He’s averaged 29.2 minutes, 10.3 points, 2.1 treys, 6.3 boards, 2.9 dimes, 1 steal, and 0.6 blocks. He’s shot 51% from the field. For the season, that number is 45%, as he throws down plenty of dunks.
In 31 minutes. Top 35 player over the past seven games. So impressed by his development and mental fortitude. There were plenty of struggles and mistakes early on, but he never wavered and continues to improve his game. I was hoping to get a discount for next year, but that’s not happening. Where do you think the market prices him this summer?
Only played 20 minutes off the bench, though. Bembry is a boards and steals player. Top 90 over the past three games despite averaging only 17.5 minutes. Can’t expect that efficiency to continue.
Got the start and played 19 minutes because Anthony Davis (back) was out. Cheick please.
Played a team-high 34 minutes. Randle has been outside the top 200 the last few weeks, as the turnovers (4.3) have been high and the free throw shooting has been low (61% on 6.5 attempts).
Played 25 minutes, the fewest in 10 games. Jackson had been averaging around 34 minutes per game. He’s mainly a points and treys player who will contribute a handful of boards and dimes. No one to get excited about but he should get plenty of run since Jrue Holiday is done for the year.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. Prior to last night, Wood had played 13 games for the Bucks and 1 game for the Pelicans. He had scored a total of 44 points over that span and received 70 minutes of run. He could be inline for more run, as the Pelicans are playing for the future.
Played 32 minutes and led the Kings in points and to a victory over the Mavs, 125-121. Fox has been a top 60 player over the past eight games. The dimes and stocks have been there all season. He boards well for a guard and keeps the turnovers low. The only bugaboo is the shooting efficiency. I can’t wait to see what his ceiling looks like.
Played 32 minutes. Top 25 player over the past seven games. He’s averaged 30.6 minutes, 13.1 points, 0.6 treys, 7.6 boards, 2.3 dimes, 0.7 steals, and 1.4 blocks. He’s shot 68% from the field and 81% from the free throw line on 3.9 attempts! I like DP. Why did I get bombarded with Pornhub ads?
And on the seventh day, when we all thought that God was resting, He was instead creating Luka Doncic. Hey, He didn’t want to be bothered.
Played 29 minutes after playing 25 minutes the prior game. Broekhoff looks like he won an auction for playing time. Or maybe the college admission scandal isn’t just for college. Strictly a trey specialist.
_lake played 38 minutes and provided those counting stats….except for you know what.
I love Dre Days. With that said, the field goal percentage has taken a hit lately. 41% over the past four games.
Played 29 minutes. I’m impressed, actually, that he wasn’t able to notch any other stats.
Played a team-high 40 minutes. Millsap contributes across the board. The only bugaboo is the shooting efficiency. Top 65 player over the past seven games.
I expect him to mess around every night, and I get sad when he doesn’t. Which Nikola is better? Jokic or Vucevic?
Murray has scored at least 30 points seven times this season, with two of those of the 40-burger variety. Unfortunately, he’s only averaging 18 points per game and has scored less than 15 points 23 times, with eight of those in single digits.
Played 23 minutes. Plumlee has been averaging around 22 minutes per game over the past seven games. If you need boards and blocks, he’s an option.
I was told that minutes and opportunites equate to fantasy goodies. Only half the battle. Yo Joe!
Top 15 player for fantasy. Is he the fantasy MVP, considering his draft cost?
No other Wizards starter scored in double figures. Jabari Parker (18 points) and Bobby Portis (10 points) were the only other Wizards to score double digits. Not shockingly, the Wizards got smoked, 106-124 in Los Angeles.
Played 34 minutes and led the Lakers to their second straight victory. They going to the playoffs!! Oh….wait.
Played 32 minutes. Top 10 player over the past six games. He’s getting the minutes, averaging a dub-dub, and providing 3 blocks per game! Over the past two games, he’s been the #1 player for fantasy. 5.5 blocks!
Got the start and played 36 minutes. Has started the last two games and been a top 60 player over the past six games.
Played 25 minutes. Has now played 25 minutes in back-to-back games. Lance will make you dance…and cry.