Two nights ago, Andre Drummond punked the Indiana Pacers worse than Dr. Dre and Snoop did Eazy-E in Dre Day. 32 points, 23 boards, 2 dimes, 3 steals, and 4 blocks! With no Blake Griffin in the lineup, it’s all about Dre. I contemplated making his performance the lede, but Kyrie’s 50-burger took precedence, so Dre Day was overshadowed. Last night, Dre was nice again, putting up a line of:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 12 2 4 1 4 0 8/12 5/6

Dre is stuffing the stat sheet and shooting 13-for-16 from the free throw line so far in two games!!! Yet, he was once again overshadowed by Trae Young, as last night was Trae Day.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 7 9 1 0 6 6/10 11/21 10/12

He shoots from the logo at halfcourt, breaks down defenders if they get up too close, and dishes exquisite dimes. The Hawks play at a hyper-fast pace and have a plethora of shooters surrounding Trae, so every game could be a Trae Day. Do we have to start calling him Trae Souffle? Because he cooks his opponents? How about Trae Sensei? Because he educates his defenders. Put your suggestions in the comments. Anyways, Trae isn’t going to shoot so efficiently from the field every game, and the turnovers will be high, but the points, tres, dimes, and excellent free throw percentage should be there every night. If he chips in boards, then…..

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Deandre Ayton is facing a possible 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug policy. I no longer like him Ayton. Aron Baynes should see an uptick in minutes, while Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. will see usage rate bumps. Last season, with Ayton off the floor, Booker posted a usage rae of 34.9.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 1 2 1 0 1/3 8/15 1/1

Collins dub-dubbed in half his games last season. He should improve upon that rate this season and be an excellent source of points and boards. What kept his fantasy value in check was the lack of stocks. Well, well, well. Looky what we got here. If he contributes the D, that will make all the ladies and men in Atlanta happy, and could produce a top 20 fantasy season.

Alex Len

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

Got the start at center and was able to chip in a little something something across the board. Unfortunately, he only played 24 minutes, Bruno Fernando got run and the Hawks played plenty of small ball. Len got some of his sunshine stolen.

Bruno Fernando

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

Played 14 minutes and could become more involved as the season progresses. Someone to keep an eye on, especially since Len has a history of injury and sucking.

Jabari Parker

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

The Andrew Wiggins of power forwards, Parker received 23 minutes of run and will provide plenty of points this season.

Cam Reddish

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

Got the start and played 21 minutes. Reddish is athletic and has nice form on his J, but he’s inconsistent. All show, no go.

Kevin Huerter

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

Played 14 minutes off the bench. Don’t worry too much about the lack of production, as he’s still recovering from an offseason knee issue. Once he gets up to full speed, Reddish will be returned to the soil.

Deandre’ Bembry

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

Played 24 minutes off the bench. Bembry is athletic and versatile, but he’s behind Huerter and Reddish on the depth chart.

Markieff Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 6 2 0 0 2 1/4 3/11 0

Got another start with Blake Griffin out and played 26 minutes. In two starts so far, Morris has shot 3-for-11 in both games.

Reggie Jackson

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

Only played 15 minutes because Jackson aggravated his back. I thought Reggie Jackson was Mr. October. We got the bootleg version.

Derrick Rose

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 1 3 0 0 3 0/1 11/16 5/5

Played 25 minutes off the bench. Every Rose has its thorns, which is injury for Derrick. With Jackson injured, Rose could get more minutes.

Luke Kennard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 3 1 0 1 3/9 3/12 4/4

Played 31 minutes. In two games, Kennard has played 28 and 31 minutes and attempted 12 and 13 shots respectively. He won’t provide much in the defensive cats, but tres with a side of boards and dimes are on the menu.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 13 11 1 1 3 2/5 11/17 6/11

Damn…..

That’s the stat line of a true G. He’s making tres and messing around already. G is going to be a bigger problem for the league than he already was.

Brook Lopez

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 2 3 0 5 0 1/3 4/9 2/2

Played 27 minutes and provided what you drafted him for: tres and blocks. Brook told the Rockets to talk to the hand.

Eric Bledsoe

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

Got the start but only played 16 minutes. He’s still recovering from a rib injury, so I wouldn’t make too much of his performance.

Ersan Ilyasova

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 11 0 0 1 2 1/2 6/8 0/1

Played 20 minutes off the bench and continued his good play from the summer. Ilyasova will likely only play around 20 minutes per game, so the shot attempts won’t be voluminous, but he will chip in boards and tres.

George Hill

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

Played 31 minutes off the bench. By George, he’s not over the Hill just yet.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 14 1 1 7 1/8 2/13 14/14

A poor shooting night for Harden and the turnovers were high, but you’re getting across the board production. Last season, Harden had a usage rate approaching 40. Last night? 28.6. I wouldn’t worry too much. He’s going to get his.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 16 7 2 1 3 3/7 7/17 7/11

Russ had a usage rate of 28.1. I’m surprised at the rebound number, but I guess I’m just a stupid man. You know who’s not stupid? The Stocktonator, as it had Russ as the #2 player last night. Russ and Harden are going to be fine….until they get into the playoffs.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 12 0 1 3 0 0 5/10 3/6

C & C Music Factory provided the jams you paid for: boards, blocks, and crappy free throw shooting.

Tyson Chandler

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

Played 11 minutes. I didn’t even realize he was still in the league. Ignorance is bliss so you should make believe that he isn’t.

Eric Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 1 0 0 0 1 3/12 4/19 0/1

Was a team-worst +/- of -22. Ha! Well, you drafted him for the tres, and he attempted 12. Gordon will provide what you drafted him for. If you expected anything else, then maybe it’s time to start prepping for baseball.

NEWS FLASH……NEWS FLASH……NEWS FLASH……

The Clippers are going to be a f’ing problem for the entire league, while the Warriors will be hosts to games of patty cake. Clippers 141. Pacifists 122.

Patrick Patterson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 1 0 0 1 6/10 7/13 0

Got the start and played 28 minutes. This is what I was envisioning for Patterson when he joined OKC, a big man who can stretch the floor and make it rain from downtown. Injuries hampered him the last few years, but he looks spry now and is getting the playing time.

Ivica Zubac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 10 1 0 2 1 0 4/5 8/9

In 18 minutes! Zubac got the start and he’s a walking dub-dub. He just doesn’t get consistent run.

Lou Montrezl Williams Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 18 3 6 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 1/3 0 5/11 8/9 11/11 2/5

Sweet Lou and Montrezl are the Siamese twins of the fantasy basketball world, except neither is Siamese and they aren’t conjoined physically. They work so well as a unit and when Paul George returns, Doc may just run two separate lineups; one with Kawhi and PG and the other with Lou and Montrezl.

Draymond Green

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

Played 28 minutes, but left early in the first half due to an arm/elbow contusion. He looked fine and was able to make some shots in the second half. Maybe that’s the key. Someone needs to pound his arm before the start of every game.

Kevon Looney

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
3 9 1 0 0 1 1/1 1/4 0

Got the start but only played 10 minutes due to a hamstring issue. This is something that has been hampering Looney for a few weeks now.

Glen Robinson III

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

Instead of tres, I should just write III from now on. I kind of like that. Anyways, GRIII will grab some boards, but is primarily a III guy.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 0 8 0 0 1 4/8 6/16 4/4

Had a blistering first quarter, then remembered that he’s D’Angelo Russell. His +/- was -35 last night!!!! I’m not too worried, though. The Clippers are that freaking good. Russell and Curry are going to get theirs because….have you looked at the Pacifists roster?

Eric Paschall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 4 3 2 0 1 0/1 6/13 2/3

Played 31 minutes off the bench. With all the injuries, Paschall could see plenty of run in the short term. He’s very versatile on both offense and defense, and seems to have the trust of the coaching staff.

Marquese Chriss

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

Played 14 minutes. How many times y’all gonna fall for the bananna in the tailpipe?

Steph Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 4 1 0 8 2/11 8/20 5/5

The Curry was not hot last night. As mentioned ad nauseum, the Clippers are going to be a freaking problem. Their defense is so damn good. Curry is going to get his, but against good defensive teams, he’s going to struggle because who else needs to be guarded on that team.

  1. Maximus98 says:
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    Damn, GSW will stink this year πŸ™ seriously considering adding Eric Paschall just because he will play as much as he can and look pretty decent from GSW squad. Anyways, need a Stocking machine for the rest of the week. Wich way would u go: Sato (1game) + Thybulle (1), Timelord (2) or Arron Baynes?!?(2)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I don’t hate adding Paschall. He should get plenty of run. I’d go Baynes out of that group

  2. Tony C says:
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    Thanks Son for your work! Would you add Sato or NAW to my roster, 10 team 9-cat, H2H league, and if yes who should I drop?

    PG SImmons, Bledsoe, Brogdon
    SG Harden, Hield
    SF D.Green, Barton
    PF Aldridge, Nance, Winslow
    C. Gobert, Valanciunas, Z.Collins
    I’m leaning towards staying put for now. THanks.

  3. Crime dog says:
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    Ignoring needs, Brandon Clarke or Tyler herro

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Clarke

  4. Jep says:
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    Trae Filet! (maybe cuz I’m hungry and play for High Steaks league)

    Also, have Bacon lol (stomach grumbles)

    Enjoy the slate of games tonight!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Well done, sir. Well done. See what I did there?

  5. Barts says:
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    Son, as someone who hated watching Jabari in Milwaukee, the Wiggins comparison is harsh. Jabari’s at least somewhat efficient on offense. Doesn’t make his teammates better, but at least you won’t see too many 5/21 nights out of him.

    Question, what’s your read on Mikal Bridges this year? I thought he was going to get 30-32 minutes a night since he’s low-usage and defends. But I thought he was also going to grow his usage to more than 3 shots a game. (Kinda wish I had kept Justise Winslow or picked up Thybulle instead)

    This is more of an improvement year than a competing year for me in my dynasty roto league, so I don’t want to drop any of my young guys (Morant, Garland, Herro, OG, NAW) for any short-term guys I won’t keep. If suddenly a hot FA appears, should I drop Mikal or Elfriid?

    • Barts says:
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      For more contact, I think my team needs AST and STL, though I’m starting to think that I have too many guards. Part of the reason why I took Payton is that he provides AST/STL.

      Team: KAT, Doncic, Myles Turner, Siakam, Porzingis, Tatum, Lauri, Jamal Murray, SGA, Issac, JRich, Wendell Carter, Morant, Dipo, Sabonis, Mikal Bridges, Ingram, Herro, Garland, OG, Elfriid, NAW.

      16 keepers in an 8-team 9-cat dynasty.

      If I need to cut bait on someone for FA (or when Dipo comes back), drop Mikal or Elfriid? Or drop someone like NAW, who isn’t getting as many minutes and whom I probably won’t be able to keep unless he really blows up?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I’d hold onto NAW. Mikal or Elf would be the targets, but look what I wrote in the other post

        • Barts says:
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          Awesome, thanks as always Son.

          • Son

            Son says:
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            Anytime!

            • Barts says:
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              Gonna follow it up: 10 minutes for Mikal last night. 24 minutes for Elfriid but RJ and Trier running the point most of the time.

              I’m willing to cut bait on Mikal and Elfriid for the right player after another game or two of this. Who would you grab of the FA, in order of preference?

              Nunn
              Dragic
              Jerami Grant
              Zach Collins

              None of these guys are eye-popping so a hot FA tonite will jump them. But I’ve always liked Grant’s cross-board stats and Millsap can get hurt any day now.

              • Son

                Son says:
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                Collins for me, but I’m good with Grant

                • Barts says:
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                  Yeah, Collins is up there too. Just annoyed I didn’t grab Graham because I assumed it was too early for Charlotte to have a guard ahead of Rozier.

                  Thanks Son!

                  • Son

                    Son says:
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                    It’s all good. Not sure how sustainable Graham’s performance is

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That’s a fair point, Barts.

      I thought he’d be getting more minutes as well. If he doesn’t, it’d be tough to hold onto him because he is such a low usage player.

      I think Mikal is approaching drop territory. I’d monitor his minutes over the next few games. As for Elf, he’s going to get a chance to start, so let’s see what he does and how he fits. With that said, he can get Fizdale’d at any minute

  6. Cohen says:
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    SON, 9 team 8 cat roto
    With Ayton gone for a while should i replace him with another big like Pachall and drop Winslow or Washington or hold?
    Pg-Lillard
    Sg-Harden
    Sf-Oubre
    Pf-Horford
    C-Goebert
    F-Nance
    G-Lowry
    Util-Ayton
    Util-Adebayo
    Util-Rubio
    Bn-Washington
    Bn-Dan.Green
    Bn-Winslow

  7. JakeTPE says:
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    Son! Straight cash, homie!

    You are doing work, sir. Last night and especially the night before last. Thanks for all the insight.

    So, I got roped into a 2nd league this year like 5 mins before the draft. I did zero prep so not sure how it went. It’s a standard 9-cat 12-team Yahoo h2h league. (I’m used to my ten teamer with some weird categories (MIN, DD, Team Wins, etc.) Anyway, here’s my draft. I had the first overall pick:

    #1 KAT (C)
    #24 Simmons (PG)
    #25 Tatum (SF)
    #48 Zion (PF) — This was on Monday night there. Thought he was out 2-3 weeks, turns out it’s 6-8!
    #49 CP3 (PG)
    #72 Richardson (SG)
    #73 Love (PF)
    #96 Rubio (PG)
    #97 Ibaka (PF)
    #120 Jordan (C)
    #121 Winslow (PF)
    #144 Bertrans (PF)
    #145 Marvin Williams (SF)
    #168 Morris (PF) (The Knicks one)

    I went KAT because he’s won me championships in my main league the past two years. Didn’t get him this year picking 8th there, so I just wanted to grab him @1.1. Didn’t think it was too crazy. I’ve brought in Hart for the Zion spot.

    If I can ask, who’s your favorite for a streaming spot? I know it’s early, but any glaring weakness you can see from this draft?

    Thanks for your help. Hope you are enjoying the start to the season!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      p.s. In my other league I got Embiiiiid @ 1.8 and then went Dame @ 2.3. Pretty psyched about that start and that team in general — I followed your ranks pretty close (except Porzingis) so hoping for good things. =D

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Whoa. That is a really good start. How did Dame fall to 2.3?
        Anyways, good luck this season!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! You one of the OGs!

      Thanks, Jake. Thanks for reading!

      Biggest weakness is tres. Not sure abut the team wins, DD, and MIN cats, though, so can’t give an accurate assessment.
      As for streaming spot, either Marvin and/or Morris.

  8. Cole says:
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    Hey Son I have 1 last draft tonight and given what we know now where would you put Prince, PJ, and Ingraham? Just a spitball in the top 100 is all I’m looking for. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Prince would be outside the top 100. PJ somewhere in the 80-90 range. Ingram is the tough one. For now, I’d put him in the same range as PJ.

  9. JASMINE THATCH says:
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    You are going to eat your words on Cam Reddish…buddy made up on the defensive end what he didn’t make up in points (stats doesn’t show that)

    Keep that same energy.

    • Son

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      I hear you. He has a ton of talent, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he does well. He’s inconsistent, though, and minutes may be tough to come by, at least early on in his career.

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