Luke Kornet played four years at Vanderbilt University, where he averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, and 2 blocks on 47% shooting from the field and 32% from beyond the arc his senior year. No wonder he went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. But he’s the left-handed pitcher of basketball, in that he’s 7′ 1″, 250 pounds, and can shoot from outside. The New York Knicks took a chance and signed him to a two-way contract in 2017. Kornet spent most of his rookie year down in the G League, but still managed to play 20 games with the big club and exhibited the ability to shoot the threeecola and block shots. To begin this season, Kornet played a total of 12 minutes in the first 29 games, but Coach Fizdale inserted him into the lineup for game 30 against the Hornets and Kornet scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, blocked 3 shots, stole 2 passes, and shot 3-for-5 from downtown in 24 minutes. Although he continued to get playing time in the next five games, Kornet never received more than 14 minutes in any game. Then, last night happened.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 5 0 1 1 7/11 8/17 0

Kornet received the start and played 34 minutes. The start may have been matchup based, as he would have more success defending Brook Lopez on the perimeter and the Bucks defensive philosophy allows teams to beat them from downtown (MIL is dead last in number of opponent three-pointers attempted per game). With that said, Coach Fizdale said that he wanted to change up the lineup to get more shooting on the floor so that Emmanuel Mudiay and Kevin Knox would have more space to operate. In addition, Kornet does protect the rim better than Enes Kanter, which isn’t saying much, but it is what it is. I never understood why the Knicks continued rolling out Kanter, especially since he’s an UFA after this season. Play the young kids and “Try for Zion.” Having a center rotation of Kornet and Mitchell Robinson would make the most sense, as it would be an offense/defense combination, but Coach Fizdale has shown that he will change up the rotation in a heartbeat. With that said, Kornet is worth a pick up, as the reward for threeecolas and blocks far outweighs the risk of…..free.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Noah Vonleh

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 13 2 0 3 4 2/3 5/10 3/3

Boards, blocks, and threeecolas. God trusted Noah, but if you don’t have faith, I understand. You want cold hard numbers. Well, he’s a top 100 player on the season and has been a top 50 player over the past three games. Good enough for you?

Enes Kanter

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

Played 14 minutes off the bench, as he got ejected. Prior to the game, Kanter voiced his displeasure with getting demoted. As I mentioned in the lede, I don’t understand why the Knicks are playing Kanter. Fizdale has shown that he’s willing to do anything, so it’s a tough situation to read, but the only ways I see Kanter regaining the starting role back is if injury strikes or the team wants to try and showcase Kanter for trade possibilities.

Damyean Dotson

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

Played 29 minutes. If you have a minutes played category, then Dotson is a great pickup.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 14 8 1 4 6 1/4 10/20 10/14

Imagine if the 300 at Thermopylae had the Antetokoumpo clan in the phalanx. They would have sent those hundreds of thousands of Persians back to Asia where they came from.

Khris Middleton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 5 0 0 2 1/3 10/17 4/4

D. J. Wilson

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

Played 21 minutes. Wilson has been getting run because Ersan Ilyasova has been out. Not sure how things will shake out when he returns, but Wilson may have carved out a little niche with his play. Threeecolas, rebounds, and blocks are what he provides.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 11 1 1 1 2/6 7/13 7/7

He’s so freaking good. The handles. The shot. The moves. The ease and grace with which he navigates his way to the rack. Kyrie is the #7 player for fantasy on the year. Take that all you round-Earthers.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 2 1 1 2 3/5 6/11 4/4

Over the past five games, Morris has been a top 35 player. On the year, he’s top 70. Don’t expect many D stats, but the points, rebounds, and threeecolas should be there.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 18 0 0 1 2 0 9/14 6/8

Capela has grabbed 18, 23, and 23 boards in the last three gameswhile scoring 24, 16, and 21 points. He’s had at least 1 block in eight straight games. Top 40 player over the past seven games.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
45 2 6 0 1 6 9/18 11/26 14/17

It’s not rocket science people! When Chris Paul is off the court, Harden has a 45.6 usage rate!!!

Eric Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 4 1 0 1 2/7 7/16 4/5

He’s a 3 without the D player, but it’s nice to see him contributing in something other than threeecolas.

Austin Rivers

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

Played 33 minutes. Since arriving in Houston, Rivers has played 33 and 31 minutes and scored 10 points in each contest. I think he sucks, but he’s getting minutes and is the primary creator on the second unit. There’s some value in that.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 9 4 0 0 6 2/8 12/24 8/11

Played 40 minutes. Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz. With LeBron James off the court, Kuzma has a 28.7 usage rate, an increase of 4.8. His growth as a basketball player has been tremendous (can ISO at the top of the key and take defenders off the dribble, perform Harden-esque step back threeecolas, and bully smaller defenders down low), but from a fantasy perspective, the lack of D stats keep him in the top 100 range.

Brandon Ingram

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

With LeBron off the court, Ingram has a 31.3 usage rate, an increase of 7.3. He is no longer 1A. He’s number 1! He’s number 1! The J still needs work and he needs to get stronger at the rack, but the skill he possesses is mouth-watering at times. He can inside-out dribble, then bring the ball back between the legs….stop….then rise up for a mid-range J. So sweet. With that said, he can make you want to pull out all your hair as well. He gets stripped a lot because he’s so long and the dribble is so high, and that free throw shooting! He missed one with four seconds left, which would have put the Lakers up by 3. Instead, Bogdanovic came down a drilled a game-winning threeecola.

Ivica Zubac

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

Got the start, but only played 20 minutes. He may not play as much in uptempo games or when Luke wants more perimeter defense from the center position. With that said, Zubac has shown enough to warrant continued playing time. We shall see what Luke decides to do, especially when everyone gets healthy.

Tyson Chandler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 0 0 0 3 0 4/4 3/4

Played 21 minutes. Could neuter Zubac. Or could not. Last night seemed to be a matchup thing, but we will find out as more games are played.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 12 2 1 2 4/6 8/13 0

Told y’all grasshoppers to be patient. Lonzo has this ceiling and ability. It’s just a matter of doing it on a consistent basis.

Nemanja Bjelica

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 3 0 1 1 0/2 7/13 4/5

Continues to start and played 28 minutes. That will probably change when Marvin Bagley III returns, but until that time, enjoy this potent strain of Nemanja.

Willie Cauley-Stein

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 5 0 1 1 0 9/15 1/2

Playing uptempo suits WCS, as it accentuates his athleticism. How much of uncle Ben’s money is he going to get in the offseason?

Iman Shumpert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 3 4 1 0 6/8 6/12 0

Top 100 player. The Iman provides points, threeecolas, rebounds, and steals. Low usage player, but the floor is decent.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 2 1 1 1 4 3/7 9/16 2/3

Played 30 minutes off the bench. I love BogBog. Not just because he’s got big balls (drilled the game-winning threeecola). He’s tough as nails and can contribute across the board for fantasy. Won’t win a league, as he’s a top 125 player, but he provides a little something something everywhere.

Justin Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 6 0 0 0 1 1/4 2/8 5/5

Played 27 minutes. He sucks. I don’t get why he keeps getting run.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 15 6 0 5 4 2/6 9/17 3/4

Please stay healthy. Puuuuulease.

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 14 12 3 1 7 0 6/13 2/3

It was a good day in the Simmons household. Top 50 player for fantasy. Imagine if/when he learns how to shoot. Oh Lordy. I believe the line to sex him will be longer than Embiid’s.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 15 5 2 0 3 0 5/9 7/8

Hmmmmph. No blocks but 87% from the free throw line? What kind of shammockery is this?

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 3 3 0 4 3/10 10/20 0

It’s all about the shooting efficiency for Mitchell. Over the past six games, he was shooting 32% from the field. The peripheral categories are the same, if not better in some, compared to last season. Have no fear Mitchell owners. The usage rate is over 30 and the shooting percentage will improve.

Dante Exum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 2 1 0 1 3/5 6/14 5/5

Dante’s Inferno!!! Played 21 minutes, but he’s only been averaging around 17 minutes per game over the past couple of weeks. The 20 points were a season-high, so this was likely an outlier game. I just don’t see him getting the minutes to be fantasy relevant. With that said, someone to keep an eye on.

Kyle Korver

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 0 0 0 0 0 2/7 3/10 3/4

When you literally need just threeecolas and nothing else.

Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors, 110-109 in OT.

Al-Farouq Aminu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 12 3 0 0 2 1/6 3/13 0

Plays a shit ton of minutes and provides boards, threeecolas, and steals. Not everyone can be LeBron James.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 12 4 0 0 4 0 10/18 7/8

No threeecolas and the free throw shooting is terrible, but Nurkic provides points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Top 75-100 player. I have to put a range because he’s so inconsistent.

Damian Lillard 

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 1 5 1 0 1 3/8 7/20 4/4

Played 41 minutes. No Dame Dolla tonight. I’m sad.

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 3 1 1 2 3/9 7/22 7/7

Played 39 minutes. So cute that he and Lillard were bosom buddies.

Maurice Harkless

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

Moe always has a place in my heart because I always used to draft him in 2K. Don’t clown. He’s tall, athletic, can play multiple positions, and shoots the ball well. At least in the videogame. For fantasy, he’s kind of a dud, although he will have some productive games from time to time.

Draymond Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 7 1 1 3 1/4 7/15 0

There we go Draymond. The peripheral stats will always be there. He just needs to get that swag back to shoot. With that said….

I’m at a loss for words.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 11 1 1 2 2/7 11/23 2/4

It was also a good day for KD. Needed OT, though. Put an asterisk next to another thing for KD.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 5 7 2 2 7 6/15 11/26 1/3

It’s going to be good times when the Warriors win the title again and we all have to ask, “Wasn’t all the losing and drama they were experiencing early in the season so cute?” I’m honestly beginning to think that we’re getting played.

 

  1. hoser says:
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    yo Son, i gotta push back on a phenomina that is not unique to you/raz, but one that i find both maddening as well as an opportunity as far as player valuation. im talking about : narative. In todays blurb Im told Nurkic ft% is terrible! at nearly 75%. I will also read how Ayton is extra valuable as a big who hits his fts, at nearly identical % as Nurk. Actually, that could be a nice little article about manipulating values by not always buying into the unshakeable labels stuck on players. #pushingforbetter2019

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That’s fair. I always appreciate different observations and opinions. You’re right in that Nurkic is shooting 74% from the line for the season. But….over the past four games, he’s shooting 57% and over the past seven games, he’s shooting 67%. For his career, he’s a 63% shooter from the line, so I think it’s fair to say that he’s a bad shooter from the line. Ayton shot 73% in college and is at 77% for the season in the NBA, with pockets shooting above 80%.

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    aYYYYYYYo!

    What’s poppin’ Son ?!

    Mannn, your boy Zo was ballin’ last night! Woo

    Am I moving on the UniKornet at all here ?

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Mudiay
    George/Tobias/Lamb/Saric/Osman/Tucker
    Embiid/Gobert/Taj/Bamba/Bryant

    The guys on thin ice for me are – Tucker/Bryant

    Mikal Bridges is out there too..

    Thanks bud!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      aYYYYYYYYYo!

      It’s going to be bumpy ride, but I will ride and die with Zo. At least until the cliff appears, then I’ll jump out.

      I’d scoop him up for Bryant

  3. Mark says:
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    Do you prefer Tucker or Sabonis in a vacuum this year?

    Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sabonis

  4. Take two says:
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    Actually, instead of my question above, if it shows up, can you please rank Sabonis, Tucker, Bazemore in a vacuum rest of season? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Bazemore, Sabonis, Tucker

      • Take two says:
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        @Son: cool, thanks.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Take two: No prob

  5. Geo says:
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    Hey Son, hope you and the fam have been enjoying a nice holiday season.

    I got offered Lowry for my Doncic in my 9 Cat 12 team H2H league. I’m punting assists which makes Lowry much less valuable to me, but the value is hard to pass up.

    Would you stick with HalleLuka or take the deal and try and flip Lowry?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Geo: Hey Geo! Sorry for getting back to you so late. Missed a lot of messages for some reason. Anyways, holidays have been good. Hope the same for you.

      As for Luka, I’m keeping him, but I’m biased so you’re probably asking the wrong guy.

  6. JC says:
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    12 team, H2H with 9 cats….any swaps to make?
    Wire: Tristan. Marvin, J Johnson, JaMychal, Tyreke, Barea.

    Carter Jr,, Ibaka, Draymond, JaVale
    OPJ, Mirotic, Barton, Tobias, Fournier, Siakam, Vonleh
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe,
    IR: G Harris

    • JC says:
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      @JC:

      Skipped

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Hey JC! My bad for skipping you. I missed spot of messages for some reason. Anyways, I’d swap out JaVale for Tristan.

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    God, I picked up Rodie K after stringing a few good games, but then he flops. Hah Also, Huerter suddenly forgets how to be a good rookie. Lol I can’t believe my luck! Might try Thomas Bryant—-another rookie! Ugh Can’t really rely on rookies buddy

    • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: oopsie, baze out for 2+ weeks, guess I’m holding Huerter…. Lol Drop Kurucs for T. Bryant or nah?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! Injuries suck. I like both Kurucs and Bryant. If you need a big man, you know what to do.

        • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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          @Son: yass, thanks ma man!

  8. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Hey buddy, just tryna rid myself of Jrich cos I can’t stomach his out of this world/over the top f*cking atrocious shooting any longer. I’m thinking maybe for a powerforward or pointguard, can u rank these guys:
    Mirotic
    Sabonis
    JJJ
    Bledsoe
    Brogdon

    All of which are better in the field goal percentage department. What do you think? Jrich’s inability to efficiently put the ball through the hoop is seriously driving me insane. Like I wanna claw my eyes out everytime I see how he has managed to consistently and NOTORIOUSLY destroyed my FG week after f*cking week. I hate em FG tankers. Thanks ma man. Btw, I got Winslow just the other day, beat out someone on the bidding. Lucky me. Hah He seems to be the better player than Jrich on that Heat team nowadays… F Jrich. Hey, I’m calm! Lol

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: This blasphemous talk of my RichardSON is too much for me!!!! =)

      I’d rank those guys:

      My RichardSON
      My RichardSON
      My RichardSON
      My RichardSON
      My RichardSON
      My RichardSON
      Mirotic
      Bledsoe
      Brogdon
      JJJ
      Sabonis

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: hahahhaa! I apologize!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! All good, but a virgin sacrifice or two is needed

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