You listen to Kyrie Irving and get hypnotized, as the voice is smooth and the delivery is graceful. Then he hits you with the “Earth is flat” or “Ask me July 1.” Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. It’s the same story on the court, as the bevy of moves get you transfixed. Dribble, dribble, then jab step with the right foot, behind-the-back dribble, change directions with the left foot, then explode to the basket for 2. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

I have a hard time replicating his moves in NBA 2K! Anyways, yesterday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 11 0 1 4 1/5 14/19 1/1

For the season, he’s a top 10 player, and has been the #4 player over the past four games, averaging 36.6 minutes, 27.8 points, 2.3 threeecolas, 5.8 boards, 9.3 dimes, 3 steals, and 0.5 blocks while shooting 54% from the field and 90% from the line. The usage rate has been over 30. So sick. For shits and giggles, I wanted to see how this season has compared to those in the past. The 49% shooting from the field, 41% from downtown, 1.2 offensive rebounds, 4.9 rebounds, 6.9 dimes, 1.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks are all career-highs. I knew he was having a good season. I didn’t know he was having a great one. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

 

Mike Conley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 8 7 3 1 1 2/6 9/17 5/5

Over the past seven games, Conley has been a top 10 player for fantasy. His contract is brutal, as he’s owed $32 mil next year and $34 mil in 2020, but it sounds like there’s a good chance he gets traded. His fantasy prospects shouldn’t change and could even improve if he does get moved, as he has a usage rate around 26-27, so he’s not a black hole that won’t be able to assimilate on another team. In addition, Memphis plays at the slowest pace in the league, so any other environment will be a positive.

Marc Gasol

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 9 5 1 0 1 1/4 11/19 1/1

Gasol looks healthy now and will likely be traded as well. He does have a $25 mil player option for next year, which he is going to exercise, but could make trade negotiations difficult. Gasol, even at age 34, can still ball on both ends of the floor. Playing on a contender could rejuvenate him, and the offensive pace will be faster wherever he ends up. If he doesn’t get moved, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Grizzlies shut him down.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 7 2 0 0 0 1/2 5/11 5/8

Once again was in foul trouble, but did not get disqualified.

Justin Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 2 0 0 1 5/10 7/16 0

Holiday has been dreadful since arriving in Memphis (shooting 36% from the field), but he’s averaging 34 minutes and jacking up double-digit shots every game. Holiday is the Golden Corral of fantasy hoops. The quality is questionable, but the volume will always be there.

DeAndre Jordan

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

Made his Knicks debut and played 29 minutes. His situation is a tough one, as Fizdale said DJ will remain on the team to mentor the young bigs, but he’s likely to get bought out or shut down. There’s no reason to play him as the Knicks are “Not Tryin’ for Zion.”

Dennis Smith Jr.

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

Played 26 minutes in his Knicks debut. I’m thinking DSJ gets a ton of run, but it’s Fizdale and he’s jonesing to give Kadeem Allen 20 minutes of run. From a fantasy perspective, if he gets over 30 minutes, he will have some value but the shooting efficiency will continue being an issue.

Wes Matthews

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

Played 28 minutes in his Knicks debut. Why? I have no idea. I can’t imagine Wes remaining with the squad, but it’s the Knicks, so if he supplanted Kevin Knox in the starting rotation, I wouldn’t be shocked.

Luke Kornet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 1 0 3 0 3/7 4/9 0

Played 20 minutes. The Knicks PR department was in a state of mass confusion to the upcoming possibility of The Unicorn and The UniKornet being on the court at the same time. The Knicks PR department is a very powerful department indeed.

Noah Vonleh

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

Played 24 minutes. I thought Vonleh would soak up most of the power forward minutes, but maybe I was wrong. Something to monitor. Someone in the comments asked how Vonleh would be affected by the trade? I answered that he should be fine because the minutes should remain. Well, maybe not, but another thing I came across was that Vonleh played better at center than at power forward. If he doesn’t get any center minutes, then that could be an issue.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 1 0 0 3 2/8 8/14 1/1

Morris has really upped his game this season, as he’s a top 75 player. He’s scoring efficiently and rebounding at a career-best level. And he’s doing this now….

That is sweet!

Marcus Smart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 7 2 0 0 4/9 6/11 2/2

Top 70 player who contributes a little something something across the board. Yes, the shooting percentage can be painful to stomach from time to time, but he’s improved a ton in that department, especially from downtown. Baffling that he’s owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. Not Smart.

Gordon Hayward

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

Hayward has been brutal. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, but let’s not forget that he’s still recovering (both mentally and physically) from a brutal injury. Watching him play reminds me of when I was going through a dark period in my life when I just lost all confidence. It happens. Hayward will likely be one of the best draft day bargains next season.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 4 4 1 1 2 5/16 11/27 10/12

Father, forgive me for I have sinned. I have doubted your apostle Paul in the past. Shall I change my name to Thomas?

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 12 16 2 0 4 1/3 8/19 5/8

Five straight games messing around for Russ. The record for consecutive trip-dubs is nine. Wanna guess who performed that marvelous streak?

Wanna hint?

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 6 3 2 0 2 2/5 5/13 4/4

Played 23 minutes off the bench. Even though he’s only been receiving 26 minutes of run, Schroder has been a top 75 player over the past seven games. He won’t contribute much in the way of D stats, but double-digit points and a handful of threeecolas, boards, and double-fisting of dimes are collected.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 3 1 2 1 0 9/15 1/2

Led the Clippers in scoring. Over the past four games, Shai has picked up the offensive production, resulting in top 80 production. The usage rate has spiked up to 22 and the shot attempts are a tick under 11 per game. Has something clicked? That’s possible, but I’d attribute most of it to Danilo Gallinari being out. Shai is still providing the D, but is only averaging 26 minutes per game. With Gallinari expected back soon, I’d expect Shai’s offensive production to turtle up.

Boban Marjanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 9 2 2 0 2 0 3/6 4/5

Played 17 minutes. Has now played 17, 17, and 13 minutes in three straight games, after receiving a total of 18 minutes for the month of January. Marcin Gortat was a DNP-CD yesterday, so…..Is Boban being freed? Possibly. We all know Boban is a Per 36 monster, but he likely will never receive over 20 minutes of run a game.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 2 1 0 3 0/2 5/18 3/3

Lou Williams

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

Only played 21 minutes. Tough situation for Lou and the Clippers, as they expended a ton of energy the day before in coming back against the Pistons, then had to travel to Toronto the following day.

Speaking of Kawhi Leonard….

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 2 0 1 2 3/5 6/12 3/3

Only played 26 minutes due to the blowout.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 12 0 0 0 1 1/2 6/9 3/4

Only played 22 minutes. Good job Clippers. Anyways, I’m sad that my Iblocka was not able to make an appearance, but all is forgiven. A dub-dub in 22 minutes is lovely. The Universe is awesome.

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 5 7 3 0 2 1/4 4/10 0

Got the start and played 26 minutes because Kyle Lowry (back) was out.

Greg Monroe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 1 1 0 2 0 3/8 3/4

Played 20 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas is close to returning, so thank Monroe for his contribution and bid adieu.

Delon Wright

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

Played 20 minutes. Delon is a nice player, but when Wright plays, something is wrong.

  1. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyO!

    The Patriots did it again! Wooooo

    Living in title town is Osman!

    Dropped Bazemore for Monte yesterday, what do you think ?

    I was PG needy…

    Also –

    Would you scoop Kleber for any of – Taj/Bryant/Zubac ?

    Kelly just got dropped too, on waivers.

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Monte
    George/Tobias/BogBog/Lamb/Osman
    Embiid/Gobert/J-Val/Bryant/Zubac/Taj

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyyyO!

      Congrats on the victory. Belichick and Brady are too strong.

      Jamal Murray is back soon, so Monte will take a hit.

      I’d take a chance on Kleber for Bryant

  2. sebapargue says:
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    embiid for davis??? would you risk it or stay put???

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @sebapargue: So tough. What’s the context? Where are you in the standings? What’s rest of squad look like?

      • sebapargue says:
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        @Son:

        heyyy yooo, well im in first place (by 1 game) but third place is 9 games back so im a lock for first or second place. I am Punting AST, low on 3’s i think. this is my squad:

        14 Team League- 9cat- H2H (Punt AST)

        PG- Josh Richardson

        SG- Gary Harris

        G- Kawhi Leonard

        SF- Danilo Gallinari

        PF -Joel Embiid

        F- Kenneth Faried

        C -Deandre Ayton

        C- Hassan Whiteside

        Util- Trevor Ariza

        Util – Darren Collison

        Bench – Jahlil Okafor, Jeremy Lamb, Huerter

        IL- Danilo Gallinari

        • sebapargue says:
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          @sebapargue: scratch one of the ‘danilo’s for bobby portis

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @sebapargue: Depends on your risk tolerance. The upside is immense, especially if AD ends up in LA, a team that plays at a fast pace and has 11 games during the playoffs. The downside is that NO doesn’t trade him and shuts him down for the rest of the season. Embiid gives you stability but only plays 9 games during the playoffs.

          For me, I’ve been thinking AD was coming to the Lakers for quite some time, as the dots seemed to have lined up in that direction. And yes, I’m a Lakers fan so there’s obviously some bias. With that said, I’d probably go for the win in your situation, but that’s just me. Comes down to personal philosophy and risk tolerance.

  3. Wutang says:
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    another week, another W buddy! got a question for you, JV is close to a return and won’t have a minutes limit for the Raps with his thumb injury (aside from splitting time with Ibaka, dependent on the matchup). Would you pick him up now, with anticipation he should be back this week?

    Squad is always changing, but here’s my roster now (10-team unlimited moves):

    PG: Conley
    SG: Redick
    G: Barton
    SF: OPJ
    PF: LMAO
    F: Ariza
    C: Jokic
    UTIL: BogBog
    UTIL: Harrell
    UTIL: Trae Young
    BN: Isaac
    BN: M. Morris
    BN: Bridges

    INJ: Levert (should be back soon)
    INJ: Love (sameeee)

    I’m thinking just make the drop of Bridges for him, but not sure if JV is worth a hold or not anymore. Thanks again buddy!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Wutang: Good to hear! Take us to the Promised Land!!!

      Which Bridges?

      • Wutang says:
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        @Son: Mikal, the one with no competition for minutes and is balling out the last few games..

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Wutang: I’d rather have Bridges

  4. juan says:
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    What up Son!
    im in a 12 team league.
    do i trade Ibaka 4 levine?

    current roster –
    doncic
    holiday
    satordsky
    leonard
    harris
    gianis
    ariza
    portis
    ibaka
    dedmon
    draymon
    K.love
    I.thomas

    im afraid levine might get shutdown but Valanciunas is back this week.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @juan: Damn boy! Your squad is stacked. I’m keeping Ibaka

  5. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    TOUGH LUCK. This has been my theme for the season. Hah.

    I’m on a two-game slide and currently just 2 games ahead of the #3 guy. Geez I was glad when the previous match had ended, told myself that a new week is on the horizon, new opportunity to win. But right after the previous match, with monday’s games not even starting yet, I get the news that Gary fucking glass man Harris and Joe will not play. White will miss the entire week, and Kyle A. will see a specialist. LOL. How can I possibly win when a third of my squad isn’t even playing? F me.

    I did drop Winslow though to activate Ayton. I was contemplating the drop between him and Bryant but the Wiz could be sellers come deadline, and if they indeed move Green, Bryant might get a slight boost in value. I’m only dropping him until after the deadline.

    I chose to keep Smart and Anderson too. Smart has been really good, while Kyle Anderson, tho hurting, can see himself really producing down the road if Gasol and/or Conley gets dealt this week. I’m hoping to God his shoulder soreness is just a minor thing.

    I still have a vacant roster spot with Glass Man Gary on IR. I think I’m gonna make a grab on either Isaac or Kleber. Who’s your pick? We’re looking at long term value bud. I’m losing anyway so I don’t need to go ham on streaming. Got my eyes on Bembry and Caris too, just read the latter could be back sooner than later. Tell me what you think bud.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: One of those years. Reminds of that old Monica song…Don’t take it personal. 🙂

      I’m not entirely with you on Bryant and Mr. Anderson, butI do agree that they could get an increase in usage and minutes of pieces on their teams get shipped.

      As for Mr. Anderson in particular, you just know he’s gonna make you Kawhi, right?

      Isaac over Kleber. Caris is enticing.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: ha! Yea, Bryant isn’t the strongest hold. I might go ahead and use one of my moves on Isaac later. Would you, say, use both of my moves this early? Or save the other one and wait on until after the deadline? I’m thinking of placing bids on both Isaac and LeVert. Do you think I’ll miss out on someone worth grabbing when the trade deadline passes?

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son: Our moves get processed mondays thru sundays at 9 in the morning,with 2 allowed moves per team.

            First off, I think I’m going all in on LeVert. I have $39 left on my budget, I might put $11 on him. I have White, G Harris, Anderson, J Harris out for the week anyway, adding another won’t hurt ain’t it? Lol. Might as well stash whoever that needs to be stashed and just throw this week away.

            Now, would you use it on Isaac? That’s the important question buddy. I want a center tho, that would benefit from a trade come deadline. I’m thinking Bamba, but I don’t see any other team giving up young and valuable assets for Vuc. What do you say bud.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @I just wanna Kawhi: Got it. I’m good with the LeVert pickup. I’d hold that one transaction for the trade deadline. Just in case. Since everyone has equal access, it’s worth it. I’m an Isaac guy, so that’s saying something, but if he’s available right now, I’d imagine there’s a chance he’s there at the deadline anyways…unless he balls the F out over the next couple days.

              • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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                @Son: thanks bud, I will do exactly what you said.

  6. BB says:
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    Any guesses on Mirotic’s value if he’s traded? Looking like possibly Sixers. Or if the AD deal goes through.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      So I’ve seen PHI, POR, and NO (if he stays). He’d be a really nice piece in PHI spreading the floor with Simmons, Butler, and Embiid drawing attention. The threeecolas and points should be plentiful. The rebound numbers would likely take a dip, though. In POR, he’d space the floor with Lillard, CJ, and Nurkic. The rebound numbers would likely be better than in PHI. He’d probably have the most value if AD gets traded and he stays in NO. I’ve also heard that Randle could be moved as well. My guess would be top 60-70 value

  7. Bobby Frankllin says:
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    I drafted Kyrie Irving top pick in all my leagues. He’s guaranteed 1st ballot HOF and I have all of his fatheads on my walls. Best player of my lifetime!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      He’s good. Best player of lifetime good?? Not so sure. Definitely multiple fat head on wall good though

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