My wife grew up in Brooklyn, New York. More specifically, Bay Ridge. When I first met her, the neighborhood was primarily Italian. Now, it’s mainly Chinese. Everytime I head out there, I enjoy exploring, whether it be on foot, subway, or car. If I take the D train down towards Coney Island, it’s mainly Russian and Eastern European neighborhoods. If I drive a few miles north, the Orthodox Jews have laid down their roots. If I cross the bridge and enter Manhattan, Chinatown is right on the water front. But the landscape is always changing. Chinatown is now becoming hip with art gallerys and Trader Joe’s. And so it is with the basketball team in New York. Not too long ago, Kristaps Porzingis was the King of New York. Now, he’s in Dallas. But the vacuum has to be filled by someone. Welcome to Mister RobinSON’s Neighborhood.

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17 14 0 3 6 0 0 6/9 5/6

Mitchell RobinSON didn’t come out of nowhere, as he dominated in high school and was a McDonald’s All-American, but he did not play a game of college ball because he was suspended for violating team rules. At 7′ 1″ and 240 pounds, the physical talent was never questioned, yet he was an enigma and a risk because he did not play against college competition. As a result, he fell in the draft and was selected with the 36th overall pick. We saw what he could do in the Summer League, which would have gotten Mister Rogers to shout a few expletives. During the regular season, the minutes were sparse and erratic early on. He was blocked on the depth chart and he had a penchant for fouling. Despite that, Mr. RobinSON was among the league leaders in blocks per game. Then Enes Kanter got shipped off to Portland, DeAndre Jordan got hurt, and Coach Fizdale decided to give him more run. Over the past five games, Mr. RobinSON has been a top 15 player, averaging 24.6 minutes, 10.4 points, 10 boards, 1.4 steals, and 4.4 blocks! He’s even shooting 70% from the line on 4 attempts. The past two games, Mr. RobinSON has played 30 and 33 minutes. Now, Fizdale has been doing wonky things all season with the rotations, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he holds Mr. RobinSON down. The Knicks are “Not Tryin’ for Zion” after all, so Mr. RobinSON may be too good for that campaign. There’s also unknown as to how things will shake out when Jordan returns. Regardless, welcome to Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood, as he’s an important part of the community no matter how many minutes he gets.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Aaron Gordon

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26 7 2 1 1 3 1/3 8/16 9/12

That’s how bad the Knicks defense is. They let Gordon have a great game! I kid. I just expect so much more from Gordon because he has the physical talent and skills to dominate. He just doesn’t on a consistent basis, but it’s games like this that keep me going back for more. I am in an abusive relationship, right?

Jonathan Isaac

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16 6 0 0 3 0 4/6 6/12 0

Top 75 player over the past four games. It’s all about the offensive side of the ball for Isaac, as he’s a maven on D and will provide the stocks. The only thing he doesn’t do is dish out dimes.

Nikola Vucevic

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26 11 6 1 3 1 2/2 12/19 0

He’s entered the “yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn” tier of fantasy players. So good on a nightly basis that they are boring. We’ve become numb to their production and only get excited if they produce more and more each night. Hmmm, maybe I should rename the tier, “crack.”

D. J. Augustin

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13 5 6 1 0 3 3/6 5/10 0

D. J. is just one of the solid ones who knows what songs to play, transitions well, and doesn’t let the tracks skip. Top 130-ish player who will provide tres, boards, and dimes.

Evan Fournier

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15 5 8 3 0 4 0/7 6/16 3/4

Fournier was a top 60 player last season. Now, he’s basically D. J. Augustin. The main culprit has been the drop in shooting efficiency.

Terrence Ross

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3 2 0 0 0 0 1/6 1/10 0

There’s a reason why it’s a discount store.

The Knicks defeated the Magic, 108-103. Interestingly, no starter scored in double figures and three played fewer than 20 minutes. Shrug emoji.

Dennis Smith Jr.

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9 2 3 1 1 2 1/3 3/10 2/3

Played 21 minutes. See, it’s Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood.

Henry Ellenson

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13 9 5 2 0 1 3/6 5/11 0

Played 36 minutes off the bench. He was acquired from Detroit three games ago and played 4 minutes in the prior game. In Detroit, he played a total of 17 minutes all year. Ok, then.

Emmanuel Mudiay

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19 8 3 0 0 2 0/3 8/18 3/5

Played 32 minutes off the bench. I don’t see him overtaking DSJ on the depth chart, but he will get run when DSJ is not playing well. Tough to trust for fantasy.

Allonzo Trier

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18 5 2 3 0 1 1/1 4/5 9/10

Played 21 minutes off the bench. He had played 28 and 30 minutes the prior two games. Iso Zo can fill up the stat sheet on any given night. The playing time is just so erratic.

The Celtics got spanked, 95-118 in Toronto. No player scored more than 17 points, while nine players received at least 20 minutes of run. NO BLURBS FOR THEM!

Marcus Morris led the team with 17 points. Al Horford scored 8 points (4-of-10), grabbed 4 boards, and dished out 5 dimes. Kyrie Irving scored 7 points (3-of-10), grabbed 4 boards, dished out 5 dimes, and stole 1. Jaylen Brown scored 10 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished out 4 dimes, and stole 4.

Pascal Siakam

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25 8 2 2 1 0 4/5 10/16 1/1

Played a team-high 30 minutes and led the Raptors in shot attempts. Top 40 player on the season and top 10 over the past four games.

P. S. – he’s really, really good.

Kawhi Leonard

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21 6 4 1 0 1 1/3 9/15 2/3

We know Kawhi laughs, but does Kawhi cry? His owners may be Kawhi-ing because he takes so many days off (how many sick days does he have anyways?!), but on a per-game basis, he’s top 10.

Kyle Lowry

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7 6 11 1 0 3 1/4 2/6 2/4

The usage rate is low (18-19) and the volume and efficiency from the field aren’t great, but Lowry provides tres, boards, dimes, and steals. The 9.2 dimes per game is second in the NBA. Top 40 player for fantasy.

The center minutes were divied up like this: 20 for Serge Ibaka, who got the start, and 23 for Marc Gasol. Ibaka scored 14 points and grabbed 2 boards, while Gasol scored 5 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished out 8 dimes, and blocked 1. Good for real-life, but crappy for fantasy.

Paul George

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25 8 7 6 0 3 3/14 7/24 8/8

The first game back from the All-Star break, George shot 17-of-31 from the field for 45 points. In the two game since, he’s shot 11-of-43 (25%). Only one other game did he shoot under 30% from the field. S**t happens. Over the past three games, PG has averaged 26.3 shot attempts per game and had a usage rate of 27.2. I’ve never seen that before.

Jerami Grant

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21 5 3 0 2 0 2/3 9/12 1/1

Grant has quietly been putting up a top 60 season, averaging 13.1 points, 1.2 tres, 5.1 boards, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks. Could we have another member of the 1/1/1 club?

Russell Westbrook

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22 14 9 0 0 7 2/5 8/14 4/8

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn….

Dennis Schroder

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11 5 7 1 0 1 1/7 5/17 0

Played 32 minutes off the bench. Schroder has been getting the minutes, but only able to provide some points, tres, and dimes. The shooting efficiency has been a detriment (41% over the past few months and sub-30% the last two games. Top 200 player.

Paul Millsap

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12 10 1 2 1 3 0/1 4/7 4/6

Got the start and played 27 minutes. Top 20 player over the past four games. He was the lede a few nights ago, so click HERE. Do it so I can get that .0000000000000000000001.

Nikola Jokic

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36 9 10 0 1 2 4/7 11/25 10/13

I don’t care that Nikola Tesla invented all these things that benefitted society as a whole, Jokic has surpassed him on the Nikola hierarchy. I also don’t care that Jokic doesn’t block many shots or turns the ball over at a high rate. IDC IDC IDC! With that said, Jokic is top 10 on the season.

Will Barton

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23 3 5 0 0 1 1/4 9/16 4/4

Barton had been struggling as of late, so it was good to see him put up this performance. Last season, he put up top 50 value. I don’t see that replicating, as the Nuggets play at a much slower pace and have so much depth. In addition, he’s not getting the minutes (averaged 33 minutes last season compared to 29 recently) and the D stats have been lacking.

  1. Salty Ron says:
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    Hey Son,

    What a season !! Can’t wait for the playoffs (Both fantasy and real playoffs).

    I am so torn with so many players on their long term value. My playoffs start with week 23 and I assume I will either be 7th or 8th seed. I have a strong core that is pretty solid across the board but am just struggling with my last 2-3 spots. How would you rank the below players for long term, fantasy playoff value ?

    JJJ, Joakim Noah, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Elfrid Payton, Dwight Powell and Huerter.

    I keep bouncing back and forth but currently have Payton, Powell and Noah. I just don’t know if any of the other guys will end up being better all around come playoffs.

    Thoughts ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup Salty Ron! Why you salty?

      I’m pumped for the playoffs as well. Can’t wait!

      I’d rank those guys:

      Powell
      Barton
      Harris
      Noah
      Payton
      Huerter
      JJJ (depends on injury)

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    The Blockness Monster!

    Last spot on the roster ignoring team needs, you going Zubac or Huerter? I just like Huerter and I know you do too, I’m just not sure about Zubac’s minutes. With that being said, Huerter’s minutes may not be where they were prior to injury due to Baze.

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: actually please throw elfrid and Noah in that group as well. Can most likely hold on to two of the four.

        • miles proudfoot says:
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          @Son: he will remain on my shelf then. Thank you!

  3. Hapless Hopeful says:
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    Son,

    I gotta revisit the question since there’s been an update stating Dinwiddie is due back “very soon”. If this is true, do you drop one of the following for him, or pass?

    LeVert
    Dragic
    Gary Harris
    Oubre Jr
    Porter Jr

    • Son

      Son says:
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      pass

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