Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mitchell Robinson, Fizdale loves you more than you will know. Last night he went 15-7-0-0-3-0 on 7-of-9 shooting and made his lone FT. Played 22 minutes off the bench against the Raptors, and the Knicks almost pulled off the improbable victory. The infusion of new talent has given them a boost and for their sakes, I hope they don’t win too many games and miss out on Zion Williamson. That being said, there should be plenty of opportunities for the young guns to get playing time to show they’re worthy of a roster spot next year. One Knick, who’s part of the future plans is Robison. He’s averaging two blocks on the season in under 18 minutes per game. He’s also “shooting” nearly 70% on the year. His one caveat is the 51.7% FTs. He’s really in the DeAndre Jordan ilk, which makes the addition of Jordan seem like a smart move by the Knickerbockers. Hopefully, he can mentor the rook and show him how to become a great NBA center. If he listens to his free throw shooting advice, he’ll be shooting 67.7% by his 11th season. Not too shabby! Anyway, here’s what else went down in the NBA last night:
Patty Mills– 2-14-4-5-0-0-1 on 5-of-9 shooting and 2-3 FTs. Solid game from Patty, but the Spurs got it handed to them last night by the Jazz and no one else really had a great night. As for Patty, this is General Mills for him. He’s had a decent stretch with Derrick White on the shelf.
Donovan Mitchell– 2-23-5-5-3-0-2 on 9-of-22 shooting and 3-of-4 shooting. The shooting efficiency has dropped from 43.7% last year to 42% this year, and it’s a big reason why he hasn’t been quite as good. Still, you’ll definitely take nights like this if you own him.
Rudy Gobert– 21-13-4-0-2-3 on 8-of-10 shooting and 5-of-6 FTs. He may not be an All-Star, but he was MVP of this game.
Larry Nance Jr.– 3-16-10-2-1-2-0 on 6-of-11 shooting and 1-of-2 FTs. Double-Doubles infuse straight and Nance in Your Pants got 39 minutes last night. The Cavs are a mess, so they really have no reason not to play him.
Jordan Clarkson– 2-18-2-6-1-0-2 on 8-of-16 shooting. He’s not usually this generous with the dimes, and this is about how high his assists will go on most nights.
Bojan Bogdanovic– 3-23-1-2-0-0-1 on 9-of-17 shooting and 2-for-2 from the line. He won’t get you the elite 3-point volume of say JJ Redick, but his stats are fairly similar and he shoots at a much better percentage. He’s like a slightly more versatile Redick and he’s much cheaper.
Myles Turner– 2-14-8-0-0-3-0 on 6-of-10 shooting in use 22 minutes. He’s looking like a lock to lead the league in blocks. There should be some kind of award for that. At least there would be no controversy like the MVP award always seems to stir up.
Darren Collison– 1-18-1-9-1-0-0 on 8-of-14 shooting and 1-of-2 FTs. He’s definitely benefitted from Oladipo going down, and every year he seems to find his way into fantasy relevance, no matter how bad of a situation he’s in.
Cory Joseph– 10-9-10-1-0-0 on 5-of-7 shooting and 0-of-2 FTs. Almost pulled off the triple-double with no turnovers, which is a pretty amazing feat, but I would expect Wesley Matthews to cut into his minutes/usage once he signs.
Marvin Williams– 3-27-3-0-1-1-0 on 12-of-16 shooting. Marvin Gardens has been a valuable property again this year. His numbers won’t jump out at you but he’s been solidly in the 7th round value range for the year.
Kemba Walker– 9-37-1-7-1-0-3 on 9-of-17 shooting and 2-for-2 FTs. Blue Label last night. You know he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder after being the default last pick of the All-Star starters.
Jeremy Lamb– 4-24-6-7-3-2-1-1 on 8-of-14 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. He’s another guy you could probably get in the later rounds of drafts, but he’s putting up 6th round value.
Trae Young– 4-20-1-11-2-0-4 on 8-of-15 shooting. Trae Bay-Bay! He’s definitely shown a lot of improvement over the course of the season, and it will be interesting to see where he gets drafted next year. He’s definitely a punt-TOs kind of guy.
Kevin Huerter– 3-17-4-1-1-0-2 on 7-of-9 shooting. The Big Huert put the hurt on Charlotte, but it wasn’t enough for the Hawks to win. He’s been a solid pickup for treys, points, and a few dimes.
Serge Ibaka– 15-13-4-1-0-2 on 5-of-10 shooting and 5-of-6 FTs. Damn, he hasn’t had a block in four games. I miss the old Iblocka. On the bright side, he’s double-doubled in eight of his last nine games and the rebounds are up by 1.5 per game from last year.
Kyle Lowry– 5-22-4-5-2-2-2 on 6-of-10 shooting and 5-of-6 FTs. The rainbow line! Is there anything better in fantasy basketball? He’s averaging the second most assists in the league and having another solid season.
Marc Gasol– 7-6-1-2-1-2 on 3-of-7 shooting and 1-of-2 in just 19 minutes. This was his Raps debut. Does anyone call them that? I’m starting it. Anyhow, Gasol’s value is likely to take a hit with the offense leaning on him a lot less than in Memphis.
Kevin Knox– 4-20-4-2-2-0-3 on 7-of-21 shooting and 2-for-2 from the line. His percentages are brutal, but there’s a lot of potential here, so maybe next year for me.
DeAndre Jordan– 10-18-3-0-1-4 on 4-of-8 shooting and 2-of-6 FTs. It will be interesting to see how much the Knicks play him down the stretch. My guess is, he’ll be rested a bit, but he could still hold his value even with a slight decrease in minutes.
Dennis Smith Jr.– 1-13-4-6-3-0-1 on 4-of-17 shooting and 4-of-6 FTs. DSJ has been fully unleashed on the Knicks and his value should skyrocket. His percentages are not great usually, so don’t expect a boost in that category.
Ivica Zubac– 12-9-0-0-3-2 on 5-of-10 shooting and 2-of-3 FTs. He looks like he’ll be the starter for the Clippers, so his role should be slightly increased with Doc leaving Montrezl Harrell in his bench role.
Montrezl Harrell– 21-6-2-1-1-1 on 8-of-13 shooting and 5-of-6 FTs. You can see why Doc likes him off the bench. He was born to come off the bench.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander– 1-14-4-5-2-1-5 on 5-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 FTs. SGA is still in the Genesis of his career, but the potential is there. He’s a hold for me in 12-ers.
Landry Shamet– 4-17-2-3-1-0-0 on 5-of-9 shooting and 3-of-4 shooting. This was his Clippers debut, and I would definitely keep an eye on him.
Gordon Hayward– 2-19-5-3-1-0-3 on 6-of-11 shooting and 5-of-6 FTs. I want to believe, but he has so many clunkers… Better luck next year.
Terry Rozier– 2-16-5-3-2-0-1 on 6-of-12 shooting and 2-for-2 FTs. Kyrie left with a knee injury so Rozier could be looking at some more run in the near future.
Jeff Green– Left after only nine minutes. He has been ballin’ lately so he’s obviously a hold, as this injury should only keep him out a game or two if he even misses time.
Tomas Satoransky– 7-7-11-0-0-2 on 3-of-8 shooting and 1-for-1 from the line. Got the dime bag, and he’s a triple-double threat every night, but will never actually get one. Maybe if they go into OT.
Bradley Beal– 1-31-2-4-4-0-2 on 13-of-21 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. The Beal Deal is as consistent as they come and he’s looking like an easy second-rounder for the future.
Bobby Portis– 10-12-4-0-2-2 on 4-of-11 shooting and 2-of-3 FTs. He’s looked really good in a Wizards uniform so just sit back and enjoy the ride if you’ve got him on your team.
Lauri Markkanen– 1-20-11-4-0-0-1 on 9-of-17 shooting and 1-of-2 FTs. He could be looking at a huge jump in his ADP next year. Dude is playing like a stud.
Robin Lopez– 18-3-0-0-2-0 on 7-of-10 shooting and 4-of-5 FTs. If you need a cheap source of blocks, RoLo could be a decent stream.
Zach LaVine– 26-4-6-1-0-3 on 11-of-17 shooting and 4-of-5 FTs. 26+ points in three straight, and I’m rehanging my LaVine poster.
Kenrich Williams-1-10-13-7-0-1-0 on 4-of-10 shooting and 1-of-2 FTs. He’s looking like a solid add and is the main beneficiary from the Mirotic trade/AD controversy. 30+ minutes in seven straight is pretty much enough to add almost anyone.
Julius Randle-21-6-2-1-1-4 on 7-of-13 shooting and 7-of-11 from the line. Randle has been off the handle all year and is enjoying his best season as a pro in his 5th go-around.
Ivan Rabb– 10-9-3-0-0-0 on 4-of-7 shooting and 2-for-3 from the line. Broccoli Rabb is pretty low-end, but he has the vote of confidence from Bickerstaff, and I’d say he’s a hold for now. Just remember Jonas Valanciunas will be healthy at some point.
Jaren Jackson Jr.– 2-14-3-1-2-1-0 on 4-of-13 shooting and 4-of-5 FTs. The big winner in the Gasol trade. Not exactly a huge performance from him, but the potential for big games is definitely there.
Joakim Noah– 19-14-3-0-0-1 on 8-of-14 shooting and made all three FTs. Don’t do it to yourself. Please.
Paul George– 6-45-11-3-1-0-2 on 12-of-22 FGs and 15-of-18 at the line. PG-13 playing like the Rated-R Superstar! Could easily have been the lede, but he gets enough shine. He’s in the MVP conversation. He’s probably not going to win, but he’s up there.
Russell Westbrook– 1-21-12-11-2-1-10 on 8-of-21 shooting and 4-for-5 from the line. Another game, yadda-yadda-yadda. I’d almost bet the house he breaks Wilt’s record on Monday against Portland, as he’ll be swishing and dishing (credit to Clyde Frazier), and snatching rebounds away from his teammates.
Kenneth Faried– 17-12-2-1-0-3 on 8-of-11 shooting and 1-of-5 FTs. Maybe he could adopt the underhand technique… Still, this was a nice game from the one they call Manimal.
James Harden– 6-42-2-1-1-0-5 on 11-of-28 shooting and 14-of-15 from the line. His game just disgusts me, as he takes full advantage of the rules of today’s game, but for fantasy, I love him.
Chris Paul– 2-18-10-9-2-0-2 on 5-of-12 shooting and 6-for-7 from the line. I finally feel like I got what I paid for from CP, maybe for the first time all season.
Jonathan Isaac– 3-17-6-0-0-2-2 on 7-of-12 shooting. He’s been getting his swat on with 2+ in six of his last seven games. Somehow, he’s only owned in 66% of Yahoo! Leagues…
Nikola Vucevic– 1-15-17-5-0-1-1 on 7-of-16 shooting. The scoring was a little low, but this is pretty standard for ‘Kola.
Eric Bledsoe– 2-19-11-5-0-0-1 on 7-of-13 shooting and 3-of-6 FTs. Look at Eric the Bled crashing those boards! True story: It was between him and Gary Harris in the fourth round, and I went with Harris because he’s been on my team for the last three years. Don’t do that. Win or learn, that’s what I always say.