Even though Trae Young was selected with the number five overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, there were haters and skepticism as to whether he would be able to perform in the League. He’s too small. He turns the ball over too much. He’s going to get abused on defense. All of those things were evident early on. Yet, he showed flashes of why some were infatuated with him. In his third professional game, he scored 35 points and dished out 11 dimes, while turning the ball over only once. Granted, it was against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that’s a professional team with professional ball players. Hmmm, maybe that’s debatable but they do collect checks for playing basketball so…As the season progressed, there were trials and tribulations mixed in with performances of rapture. Last night was pure bliss.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 14 1 1 6 3/9 6/19 7/9

Yes, the turnovers were high, but he was in total control running the offense last night. The Lakers defense was/is truly offensive, but Young carved them up with expert precision, even nutmegging LeBron James. Most of the hype surrounding Trae was due to the range on his jump shot, but his vision and passing ability are just as lethal. They just didn’t get as much pub. Trae has duds from time to time, but the consistency has been much better than earlier in the season. Hey, he’s still only 20 years old! The mental fortitude, calmness, and development have been impressive to watch. Trae was outside the top 200 for fantasy earlier in the season. Now, he’s just outside the top 100. I didn’t think Trae would be a fantasy asset until next year, but I can see him finishing in the top 100. It’s good to be Young.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 11 16 3 1 2 3/10 8/20 9/11

Played a team-high 43 minutes, as he played a ton of minutes at center. I have some concerns regarding LeBron. The body language after some of the missed shots or passes was terrible. The Lakers are now one game below .500 and out of playoff position. As the season progresses, and the losses mount, I can see the effort level really tailing off from LeBron, as he punts for next season. Make no mistake. The losses will mount because the defense is beyond atrocious.

JaVale McGee

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

Only played 13 minutes. With Tyson Chandler out, McGee was in prime position to have a big night, but he just didn’t get the run. Sure, there was some foul trouble, but that doesn’t explain everything. Shrug emoji.

Reggie Bullock

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

Played 35 minutes. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Bullock has played 35 and 31 minutes. He’s a career 39% shooter from downtown, so if he continues getting 30+ minutes a game, he’s going to attempt and drain plenty of tres.

Rajon Rondo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 4 1 1 6 2/4 5/10 1/3

Played 34 minutes off the bench. Rondo played 16 minutes the prior game. Shrug emoji. A career 31% shooter from downtown, Rondo is converting 41% of his shots from beyond the arc this season. Granted, it’s been on 52 attempts, but still. Double shrug emoji.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 3 0 0 2 2/2 8/15 4/5

Played 34 minutes. Hasn’t dub-dubbed in three straight games. That makes me sad. Collins had dub-dubbed in three straight prior to that, though. That makes me happy. I want to be happy again. I think with his athleticism that Collins will contribute on D, but maybe he just doesn’t have it inside. What say you?

DeAndre’ Bembry

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

Played 23 minutes. With Jeremy Lin in Toronto, it was Bembry who soaked up most of the backup point guard minutes. A huge downgrade, as Bembry isn’t great running an offense, so it will be interesting to see how Lloyd Pierce continues to handle the situation going forward.

Taurean Prince

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 1 0 1 0 4/9 6/14 1/1

Got the start and played 29 minutes. Over the past eight games, Prince has been a top 100 player. He’s been providing tres and good efficiency, with a modicum of D stats, but that’s about it.

The Magic made the Pelicans disappear in New Orleans, 118-88.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 4 2 0 2 2/4 6/10 6/6

Not bad, but not great either. It’s not you, Aaron, it’s me, as I expect so much more from you. Gordon is a top 90 player on the season, but over the past two months, he’s been more like a top 125 player.

Jonathan Isaac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 1 0 3 1 2/9 7/18 4/4

Yes believe the hype! Yes! Yes believe the hype! Those ankle injuries really sapped his power earlier in the season, but he looks rejuvenated now and is exhibiting the aggression on the offensive end that he displayed during the Summer League. Over the past seven games, Isaac has been a top 20 player. The efficiency hasn’t been great (45%) but the 2.9 blocks, 1.1 steals, 1.6 tres, and 7.3 boards have been.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 17 3 2 0 0 1/3 10/18 4/5

Only played 27 minutes due to the blowout. Is now third in the pecking order of Nikolas: Tesla, Jokic, and Vucevic. I’m not sure if either Jokic or Vucevic could ever surpass Tesla, but win a championship first and we will start the discussion.

Evan Fournier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 4 0 0 2 3/4 7/16 5/5

Fournier has definitely stabilized from his early-season funk. I was a buyer when he was doo doo, then transitioned to a seller as he regained form. It’s all relative as to who you’re replacing him with and roster context, but the main thing for me was that the usage rate still didn’t bounce back. With that said, he’s playing a ton of minutes (34 per game) and still has a usage rate of 20, which is below the 22-23 number he was at last season, but still decent. As William Wallace famously said, Hoooooooold.

Terrence Ross

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

Played 18 minutes. It’s always a love/hate relationship with Ross. A commenter recently said he knew I did not like Ross, which I instantly replied with, “I love Ross.” I would like to retract that statement. Camera pans to the court reporter pulling out the paper from the machine like it was CVS receipt.

Isaiah Briscoe

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

Played 28 minutes off the bench. A lot of blowout run, but the four previous games, Briscoe had averaged 23.8 minutes, 3 boards, and 5 dimes.

Anthony Davis

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

Played 24 minutes. Thanks for playing. What a shituation. The team doesn’t want to get fined, yet are not going to push him. Davis is basically going to be zombie on the court. In addition, the fantasy playoff schedule is not a good one, so it’s basically the opposite of the stars aligning.

Kenrich Williams

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

Got the start and played 32 minutes. The efficiency is always a concern, but Williams provides tres, boards, and blocks when he does play. The Pelicans like him because he hustles, so they will probably continue giving him run, but it’s the Pelicans, the team that continues playing Anthony Davis.

E’Twaun Moore

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 1 0 1 2 3/5 8/13 0

Played 26 minutes in his second game back from injury. Moore should continue starting and provide tres. He won’t contribute much else.

Julius Randle

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

Played 22 minutes. Improvements in tres and D has been lovely to see. Unfortunately, the minutes and overall shituation in New Orleans is a buzz kill.

Tim Frazier

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

Played 31 minutes off the bench. Frazier has averaged 27 minutes, 4.5 boards, and 5.3 dimes over the past four games. Don’t shoot me. I’m just the messenger.

Rudy Gay

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 12 8 0 1 1 2/3 4/11 5/6

Got the start and played 35 minutes. Top 50 player on the season, and top 75 over the past six games. It’s cool to see Gay having this kind of season at the age of 32 and after suffering that brutal Achilles injury. Currently, he’s shooting 52% from the field, 43% from downtown, and 86% from the free throw line. He has an outside chance to become the eighth member of the 50/40/90 club.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 11 2 0 4 1 0 8/15 6/10

LMA with the O. Second time this season blocking four shots. His career high? 7!

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 5 1 0 1 0 5/19 2/3

Played a team-high 41 minutes. You’re a boob guy, and you meet a woman with DD’s. After a while, though, you realize you’re not that much of a boob guy.

Patty Mills

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 1 3 1 0 0 6/8 7/12 2/2

Played 27 minutes. Not sexy, but certainly useful, Mills plays around 25 minutes per game and provides tres and dimes. He garners a usage rate in the 20-21 range and attempts 9-10 shots per game. Top 100 player over the past seven games.

Ivan Rabb

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

Got the start but only played 11 minutes.

Jonas Valanciunas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 10 2 0 0 1 0/1 9/11 5/8

Played 21 minutes off the bench and did what Jonas do. Valanciunas will likely start sooner than later. As for the minutes? In seven years on the Raptors, JV had a career average of 25.1 minutes per game. Back in 2013, he averaged 28.2 minutes. We are in Memphis now, though, and I don’t think they will go small often, so I can see minutes in the mid-to-high 20s.

Avery Bradley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 6 6 1 0 2 3/5 15/21 0

Got the start and played 38 minutes. In two games since being acquired by Memphis, Bradley has averaged 15.5 shot attempts, 20.5 points, 2.5 tres, 3.5 boards, 4 dimes, and 1 steal. He’s shot 58% from the field and had a usage rate of 25. Bradley is a career 43% shooter, so regression is coming. With that said, he should get plenty of minutes and opportunites on a “going nowhere” Grizzlies team.

Delon Wright

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

Got the start and played 34 minutes because Mike Conley (illness) was out. He’s a backup for a reason. A talented one, but still a backup.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 2 0 0 0 1/2 7/13 2/2

Top 90 player who will provide points, tres, and boards from the big man position. Don’t expect the D, though (dimes included).

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 1 2 2 1 1/1 7/15 5/5

Top 30 player over the past seven games, providing a little something something in every cat.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 5 4 0 1 3/5 9/16 2/2

Top 20 player over the past seven games. Horford has been a model of consistency from a fantasy perspective. Since 2010, he’s been a top 20 player five times and has never been lower than #43.

Terry Rozier

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

Got the start because Kyrie Irving (knee) was out. Remember a few weeks ago when I said it’s EZ PZ when Kyrie is out? You just plug and play Rozier. Hey look over there! There’s a dog smoking a cigarette while walking on two legs.

Gordon Hayward

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 3 1 0 2 6/7 8/11 4/4

Played 28 minutes off the bench. Over the past seven games, Hayward has been a top 60 player. Damn, I guess he’s not going to be so undervalued next season. It was always going to take time for him to get back into the groove, but it looks like the time could be now.

Tobias Harris

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

Did the Philly faithful start throwing batteries his way yet?

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 14 3 0 2 2 2/8 9/22 3/4

Played a team-high 37 minutes. Top 10 player. A commenter recently said he drafted from the turn and went PG/Embiid to start things off. That is so beautiful. Remember when we were worried about injury for Embiid? Hey look over there! There’s a cat riding a bicycle while talking on a cellphone.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 9 1 0 0 1 1/2 7/12 7/10

Top 20 over the past two months. The quietest top 20 season in recent memory.

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 5 2 0 3 0 7/9 2/7

Over the past six games, Simmons is averaging 4 more minutes than the season average, yet the boards, dimes, and blocks are all down, while the turnovers are up. As a result, he’s been a top 170 player over that span.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 16 3 0 0 3 0 4/5 5/6

Top 20 player. The biggest improvement has been in the dimes, as he’s dishing out almost 1 more than last season.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 7 2 0 0 3 3/8 10/29 2/3

Has been a top 140 player over the past five games, primarily due to the 38% shooting from the field. We do like sliding in the DM because he provides points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals. No blocks and poor efficiency hold him down though.

Royce O’Neale

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 0 0 0 0 3/4 5/6 0

Played 28 minutes off the bench. The past four games, O’Neale has played 28, 25, 27, and 24 minutes while scoring double figures in each. The usage and shot attempts have been minimal (fewer than 10 shot attempts in each game), but he’s been contributing tres, boards, and steals.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 2 7 0 0 0 1/6 11/19 5/7

Yeah. Whatever. He’s good.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 5 2 0 2 1/6 4/17 3/5

Played 28 minutes. Top 70 player, despite averaging only 23 minutes per game. I was wrong about Cousins, as I thought that Achilles injury would be debilitating. Per minute, he’s been a monster. Would you give him a max contract in the summer, though? If I were a GM, I don’t think I could.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 5 4 4 2 2 5/14 8/19 3/3

Yeah. Whatever. He’s not bad either.

Klay Thompson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 1 0 2 1 3/5 9/14 1/2

Top 25 player on the season. He’s good, no doubt, but is he a max contract player? I’m not sure he is. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue.

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Is Avery Bradley for real? I hope so, have been burned too often by him waiting on Celtics era AB! I have too many LA Urkels on my squads thus my wins low. Drop Zubic, Ball, Ingram, Bullock, or KCP for Bradley? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: No, but he’s going to get minutes and opportunities. I’d rather have him than KCP, as the ceiling is higher

  2. waffles says:
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    hi son! start Barton (SAC), Bogdan (@DEN), or JJJ (@CHI) tonight? it’s close across the board in 9 cat

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: JJJ for me. And pray he doesn’t foul out

      • waffles says:
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        @Son: yep agreed. rest of season do you like Waiters or Tyler Johnson more in a points league? (hate points league btw) looks like Miami has a slightly better playoff schedule than phx

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @waffles: I do like Barton too tonight, but like JJJ a teenie bit more.

          I’m not a fan of points leagues either. Waiters

  3. Joel says:
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    Klay will get a max unless he takes a pay cut to stay on the Warriors. Theres too many teams with max slots open. Knicks will have 2 open. I think that’s the situation. Either way I’d love to see what Klay could do as the alpha dog on a team.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: Yeah, I’m sure he gets the max but do you think he’s a max player? You think he can be the alpha?

  4. Kurt says:
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    Loving your recaps this year!

    Klay’s a max guy because he can get his without hoarding the ball, all while providing plus wing D. His teammates love playing with him as well. Life can get difficult when you have too many ball-dominant players…look at Ingram’s struggles for a recent example. He needs the ball to contribute. One of them will inevitably have to give up the rock , and in Klay doesn’t seem to care as much about that. Give me a max-contract playmaker/shooter, Klay at the max, a solid modern center, a bunch of interchangeable 3&D wing guys, ad a decent backup PG. That team is competing for a top 3 seed in either conference in my opinion.

    Quick keeper league question (12 team, 11-cat [FGMI, DD extra cats], $200 budget, 15 player rosters)

    3 definite keepers: Luka $25, Markannen $8, Kawhi $47

    4 possible keepers: Giannis $68, Gobert $33, Ayton $30, Mikal Bridges $1 for next 2 years

    Which 2 do you keep? I’m leaning Gobert and Giannis, but that obviously ties up most of my budget. Is it worth keeping more flexibility?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Kurt: Thanks Kurt!

      Hmmm, well thought out stance on Klay, and is the one that I was debating this past weekend. Klay is a great shooter, but can I throw him the ball in an ISO situation and feel good that he’ll get a bucket? I have some doubts there, which gives me hesitation on giving him a max. Can it be that he’s exemplified by playing in GS with an excellent surrounding cast and system? Allan Houston keeps popping into my mind, but at the same time I think of Reggie Miller. As you can see, I’m not sure what to think here. I feel like he’s an awesome role piece, but not an alpha dog. I would like to see him with his own squad to see how it’d play out.

      Anyways, for your keeper squad, I’m usually a Stars and scrubs guy, so I lean towards keeping Gobert and G. With that said, if you do that, you’d have around $2 per player to fill out the roster. What’s the league history like for $1-$2 players? Do others go stars/scrubs or balanced? If that pool is relatively large, then I’d feel more comfortable doing that.

  5. Mr. Blast says:
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    A-Y-O!

    Thanks for that little shout out there on the George/Embiid nabbing at the turn…

    Life is Osman!

    Also – How about J-Val in his first Memphis outing… ? Wooooo!

    Getting these Yahoo updates on how many people dropped Kenrich Williams.

    And I’m over here smiling & holding.

    Carry on.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: A-Y-O!

      You are Osman!

      JVal is going to beast in MEM.

      Ha! Im smiling and holding Kenrich as well. Nice job…at least for now

  6. With all my Dwight says:
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    G’day from Aus, first time long time. Enjoy reading your thoughts on all things bball but not really a poster.

    I was extremely happy with my team this year and all that has been thrown at it, was handling injuries galore but post trade deadline has left me stranded with Tobias no longer Alpha and AD stranded in NOLA, as well as a few sluggish returning from injuries.

    I’m punting assists in a 10 team auction league (one team given up) H2H 11 cat (we include DDs and TDs as extras).
    My team is
    McCollum
    RichardSon
    Barton
    Tobias
    OPJ
    Millsap
    JJJ
    Splash mountain
    KAT
    Isaac
    Prince
    AD
    Streaming spot
    IL- Cov

    I’ve been offered my KAT and AD for his Jokic and Marc Gasol, and another person has offered me my AD for his McGee and Nance. Would you make either of these trades?

    There is heaps of gold on the waiver including Batum, Oubre, Schroder, Dedmon, Saric, Sato, Ross, Clarkson, Joe Harris, Jaylen Brown, Marvin Williams, Kyle, Derrick white, Beverly, Zeller, Okafor, bam, SGA, Robinson

    Sorry for the long post, would you be making any moves, or how low should I value AD/Tobias for the ROS.

    Cheers

    • Son

      Son says:
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      G’day! Thanks for reading. I get not posting but feel free to anytime, about anything.

      I’d try to work with the Jokic owner. KAT only plays 9 games during the playoffs, while Jokic plays 11, so I want Jokic. I’d see if I can something better than Gasol though. What’s the rest of his roster look like?

      I’d consider doing McGee and Nance. The playoff schedules are good, but I’d have to think about it. The priority would be for Jokic though.

      I’d shop AD around as well to the rest of the owners. Try and get as many offers as you can.

      I wouldn’t pick up any of those players for who you currently have rostered. As for Tobias, I’d look to trade him, but would want to wait until he strings a few games together and the stench of fourth option wears off. I think that stretch will come so be prepared to do your business then. The window may be tiny.

      • With all my Dwight says:
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        @Son:
        Thanks heaps!

        I’ve tried shopping AD a lil, but the league is hard to get trades through. Do I go as low as a 1for1 for Markkanen, Middleton, Butler, Vooch, Mirotic, LMA, Whiteside

        Jokic guy also has
        DeMar
        Howard
        Favours
        THJ
        Kanter
        Lowry
        Randle
        Gasol
        Knox
        Jokic
        Wiggins
        Trae young
        Josh Jackson
        Kris Dunn

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @With all my Dwight: I’d do it for LMA or Mirotic, but I’d want to work with the Jokic owner first. See if you can do AD with someone else for Jokic.

          • With all my Dwight says:
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            @Son:

            Thank you so much. Who’s most expendable from my team?
            I think he’s keen on Barton

              • With all my Dwight says:
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                @Son:
                Jokic owner not interested in anything even pulled the Gasol offer.

                And with news today thought going to be very difficult so took the McGee and Nance offer while it was still there. I’ll shop the McGee around see what I can get.

                Thanks for all advice

                • Son

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                  @With all my Dwight: Unfortunate but not shocking. What a shituation. I don’t hate the McGee/Nance deal, but was really hoping you could get a little heater from AD in order to get Jokic. You tried. Anyways, good luck

                  • With all my Dwight says:
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                    @Son:
                    So was I! Not to be. Will try and shop McGee and Prince.
                    Have a good break

  7. JC says:
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    Best on the wire…..Jeff Green, Danny Green, Wade, Zubac, Tristan, Plumlee, Marvin, Okafor, Brunson. Any of them better come playoff time than Bridges? My team in a nine cat, 12 team, H2H league for context:

    Ibaka, Draymond,
    Siakam, Tobias, OPJ, Mirotic, Barton, Fournier, Bridges
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Rondo, G Harris
    IR: White

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Mikal? If so, negative

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Yep, Mikal. I looked at Marvin but those steals from Bridges are so tasty. Foul trouble tonight but seeking bounce back next week.

        Thanks.

        • Son

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          @JC: I’m a Mikal guy. Getting the minutes and has a high floor due to his contributions in all the cats. Also can access ceiling if he shoots well

  8. Large Dave says:
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    yo son! rank em for best ROS for me:
    A. Bradley
    E. Payton
    A. Crabbe
    L. Shamet
    G. Hayward
    P. Beverly
    C. LeVert
    I. Zubac

    I’m holding Zubac, LeVert, and Payton right now. Need just about everything, but specifically AST & STL…. and everything else

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Large Dave: Levert, Beverley, Payton, Hayward, Bradley, Crabbe, Shamet, Zubac

  9. Max says:
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    Hey, is it time to move on from Nurkic. He was amazing most of a season but now stats dropped a little and with Kanter arival it could drop more.

    • Son

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      @Max: Depends on who you’re replacing him with. The Kanter signing should knock him down. Let’s see how the minutes are distributed

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