We are all attracted to different things. Some like the boobs, while others prefer the butt. Some like the wit, while others like to laugh. Whatever you’re into, what you consider fine and what blows your mind is totally subjective. Nikola Jokic had his detractors when he came into the league. He was too pudgy. Not athletic enough. Doesn’t play D. He didn’t look like a ball player. That was one perspective. But he shoots and passes. Man, can he pass.

He did that during last night’s game against the Clippers, but that’s not all he did.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 14 10 0 2 1 0/5 8/19 2/3

Ho hum. Just Nikola messing around in back-to-back games and fifth time this season. I count another nine games in which he just missed as well. Such a Jokic! Anyways, he’s the #12 player on the season, but over the past eight games, he’s been #6. Jokic has averaged 33.8 minutes, 24.9 points, 1.3 threeecolas, 11.8 boards, 8.6 dimes, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks. 55% shooting from the field and 83% from the line on 3.8 attempts puts the cherry on top. Nikola may not have the body of supreme baller, but the way he plays the game and the skill set he possesses makes me googly-eyed, while the plays he makes blow my mind.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

The Spurs defeated the Thunder, 154-147 in 2OT.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
56 9 4 0 4 5 0 20/33 16/16

LMA-ASGFSDHGADHDFHGSA’SERFTHASOHGIASOGIOSNV’A ;TA’VESHASFRA-O!!!!! There have been 12 games in the history of the NBA in which a player scored at least 50 points without making a threeecola. LMA posted the 13th game in NBA history last night. He coulda and shoulda been the lede, but the game ended too late.

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 11 1 1 4 0 7/22 2/5

That feeling when you walk out of the cold tub at the sauna and a tripod walks by.

Derrick White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 8 2 1 2 1/3 10/17 2/2

Top 25 player over the past seven games. He’s not going to continue shooting 69% from the field, but the boards, dimes, and steals are legit.

Marco Belinelli

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 2 1 0 1 2 5/5 6/10 2/2

A Marco. A Belinelli. A drain a threeecola.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 8 1 3 0 2 3/7 11/25 5/7

Over the last six games, the usage rate has been 32.7! He’s literally been contributing in every category except blocks. Without a block in 10 games now. He been hanging out with _lake or something? I hear the regression fairies buzzing in the distance.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 12 1 0 3 3 1/5 10/20 4/6

Sneakily putting up a top 85 season. Points, boards, and D stats are the bread and butter, but he’ll chip in some threeecoals from time to time.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 1 2 2 2 0 8/13 3/4

Only played 38 minutes because of an ankle injury. While he did return to play in overtime, his status is up in the air.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 13 24 2 0 3 0/4 11/22 2/5

Played 50 minutes.

He should be arrested for messing around so much. Outside the top 25 because of the high turnovers, poor free throw shooting, lack of blocks, and limited threeecolas. He’s shooting 23% from downtown!

Terrance Ferguson

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

Talk about staying in yo lane.

Dennis Schroder

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

Played 36 minutes. Over the past eight games, he’s been averaging 29.7 minutes, yet he’s barely a top 300 player.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 1 1 2 0 3/5 7/13 0

Morris is having a low-key great season. The past four years, he’s been a top 150 player for fantasy. This year, he’s top 60 for the year and has been top 40 over the last six games. Morris is averaging 27.2 minutes, 17.2 points, 2.8 threeecolas, 4.3 boards, 0.8 dimes, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks over that span. He’s shooting over 50% from the field, 85% from the line, and rarely turns the ball over. Brad Stevens for President!!!

Al Horford

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

Only played 23 minutes, as the Celtics got blown out 115-99 and it was the back end of a back-to-back. The Celtics still haven’t ramped up Horford since returning from injury.

Marcus Smart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 1 2 0 1 2 4/8 5/10 4/5

A low usage player, Smart derives much of his value from getting his 211 on and dishing out dimes. Over the past seven games, though, he’s been shooting 48% from the field and has drained 2 threeecolas per game. Top 100 player.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 5 1 1 3 2/6 10/19 0

Solid production. Nothing earth shattering or flattening.

James Johnson

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

Got the start but only played 20 minutes. JJ is just not getting the minutes, especially in the fourth quarter, to be an asset. A commenter wrote a few weeks ago that, “JJ sucks.” Could be the most succinct and spot-on analysis of the year.

Justise Winslow

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 11 0 0 1 2/4 5/9 1/2

Delivering Justise from the point guard position, Winslow has been adequate filling in for Goran Dragic. The shooting percentages aren’t great (42% from the field and 64% from the line) and he doesn’t provide many blocks, but points, threeecolas, boards, dimes, and steals are produced.

Hassan Whiteside

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

Only played 21 minutes.

Bam Adebayo

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

Played 27 minutes.

Over the past seven games, the minutes have been split right down the middle at the center position. Whiteside has been a top 150 player, while Bam has been top 50. I’m just the messenger.

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 6 0 0 0 4/8 7/13 0

The shooting percentage sucks (41%) and the D stats have been lacking, but he’s still my RichardSON. Top 75-ish player who will provide points, threeecolas, boards, dimes, and hopefully the steals and blocks return soon. I miss you guys.

Derrick Jones Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 7 0 2 1 2 2/3 6/9 0

Played 29 minutes after DNP-CD the prior game. Shrug emoji.

Dwayne Wade

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

April 9, 2019.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 11 4 0 1 0 0/2 7/15 4/4

Top 25 player. Dude is gonna get paid this offseason. Always bet on yourself. Unless you’re Nerlens Noel.

Avery Bradley

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

If you’re rostering Bradley, you may as well start prepping for baseball.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 0 5 0 0 2 1/3 7/15 4/5

Led the Clippers in scoring while playing 25 minutes off the bench. Top 50 player over the past seven games. Sweet!

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 2 0 0 4 2/4 10/16 1/1

Murray is an offensive machine. Defensively, he’s offensive from a fantasy perspective. Regardless, top 100 player.

Torrey Craig

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

Got the start and played 30 minutes. Low usage player who will knock down some threeecolas, grab some boards, and get his 211 on. Don’t expect much else.

Malik Beasley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 1 5 2 1 0 3/5 6/10 0

Got the start because Gary Harris was out (hamstring) and played 31 minutes. Harris should be back soon, so Beasley will go back to a bench role. Regardless, he’s been productive, providing a handful of threeecolas, boards, and dimes. Top 80 player over the past eight games.

Mason Plumlee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 12 5 0 1 2 0 7/8 3/5

Played 20 minutes off the bench, as the Nuggets blew out the Clippers by 21. Blowout run.

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 11 2 0 1 7 0 5/9 2/3

A disappointing game, considering _lake Griffin did not play. A top 100 player over the past seven games and top 50 on the season. A far cry from the top 20 production from last season and earlier this year.

Jon Leuer

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

Played 16 minutes off the bench. No _lake, Henry Ellenson, or Zaza Pachulia meant…..was supposed to be more minutes for Leuer, but womp, womp, womp.

Stanley Johnson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 1 1 0 2 2/6 5/10 4/4

Played 23 minutes off the bench. The last time he received 20 minutes of run was back on December 23, 2018.

Willy Cauley-Stein

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 14 5 0 2 3 0 5/10 4/6

Oh Willy, you’re so fine. You’re so fine you blow my mind. Oh Willy. Ha! Impressive game but he only played 25 minutes. Ba hum bug.

Marvin Bagley III

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

Played 20 minutes off the bench. Nemanja Bjelica played 25 minutes and went 7/5/5. Bagley will likely get more minutes as the season progresses, which will negatively impact Bjelica. The Nemanja was good while it lasted.

Harry Giles

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

Played 23 minutes. Whoa. Is it happening? Kosta Koufos DNP-CD. Craig, you alright my man?

 

  1. Boogie and Middleton 2019 says:
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    Lol shrinkage from the cold tub! Eyes up people!
    Keep up the good and funny work Son!

    Trade thoughts? 12 team H2H.
    I’m dead last cuz of my Love and Barton picks and prepping for consolation bracket, which decides the first half of next year’s draft. (Winner gets first pick, runner up second, etc.). I have keepers in Boogie who will cost me a 6th rd and Middleton who will cost me an 8th rd.

    My KD + Bagley/filler for Butler and either Otto or Hield.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Thanks for reading!

      Would rather have the KD side

  2. Mt says:
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    Great article!

    Trade question on another top guy.

    Whick pair would you rather have ROS in a yahoo H2H pro league?

    A) Curry and Carroll

    Or

    B) Beal and Mitchel

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks Mt!

      Curry and Carroll

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyO!

    Another awesome week of reading material Son! Along with the Q&A’s you provide!

    If you own Taj & Bamba are you swapping either or both with Holmes & Giles.

    Looking for rest of season value here, not now.. Needs would be mainly offensive boards, %’s, points, & blocks.

    Pretty sure Taj and Bamba will both get picked up in this league if I drop them.

    Looking for a 3rd, 4th & 5th big man, also roster Embiid/Gobert/Bryant

    Hoping Bryant gets it going again after facing Adams/Embiid/Embiid in his last 3..

    Missed out on the Huerter claim as I was 11th on waivers. Bummer

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyyyO!!! Much appreciated Mr Blast!

      I’m good with swapping out Taj for either Holmes or Giles. I’m holding onto Bamba. I’m very intrigued by Giles. It may be nothing or it could be something. I’ve scooped him up to see.

      I hear you on Bryant. May have just been a matchup thing. Hopefully the minutes increase for Mahinmi was just a blip. Kind of worrisome though. We shall see

      Don’t sweat Huerter. I like him but it’s not like he’s going to carry your team

  4. Dave` says:
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    Who would you rather have Spida Mitchell or CJ Macollum? in 9 catg leagues.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dave`: Spida

  5. Draco21 says:
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    Hey man,

    My team is this
    Myles Turner, Jrichardson,Gallinari, Gobert, Porter, Portis, SgA, Jam Green, Ant dave, Osman, Carroll, Bullock

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Draco21: Ok. Is there a question or you here for the smile and a handshake?

      • Draco21 says:
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        @Son:

        Hahahaha!

        Might trade ad for beal+jjj. Thinking of ads shutdown risk vs jjjs upside once memphis is out of playoffs

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Draco21: I’m all for exploring trading AD, as his playoff schedule is not appealing, but I’m not with you on shutdown risk. I could see the JJJ scenario, though, but they play at such a slow pace. With all that said, I’d want more for AD but you know your league better than me

  6. juan says:
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    SON,
    Should i trade Ibaka 4 Jeff Teague?

    Head to head league. we punt FT%. 12 teamer.

    My current roster:
    PG/SG: Jrue (traded for him for adams), Doncic, Satoransky
    SF/PF: Leonard, Giannis, Garry Harris, Ariza,
    Pf/C: Draymon, Ibaka, Portis, Dedmon, Bryant

    Stashed on IR – Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @juan: I’m good with that.

      Start 1 C right?

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    Building off yesterday’s quastion, drop Fournier or Schroeder for Giles?

    Drop Willy Hernangomez for Giles?

    Could wait until the next game but both leagues are fortunately active and have shallow waiver wires. Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Nit Fournier but I would for Schroderand Willy.

      I’ve taken the bait on Giles. Just to see. Floor is super low though

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: thanks. I’m going to go for it. Also available are Huerter and Holmes.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: You know I’ve been a Huerter guy all along so…..

          Good luck on Giles. If it doesn’t work out, it wasn’t me

          • miles proudfoot says:
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            @Son: haha thank you reggae icon Shaggy. I went with your boy Huerter!

  8. Jasper says:
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    Don’t get mad but I’m contemplating trading our RichardSON to bolster my roster for a great fantasy playoff schedule.

    This is my 1st-seed team:
    Nikola Jokic, Donovan Mitchell, Tobias Harris, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Luka Doncic, Mo Bamba, Kris Dunn, John Collins, Noah Vonleh, Josh Richardson, Jae Crowder, Dario Saric

    IR spots: Caris LeVert, Mitchell Robinson

    Josh Richardson for Gary Harris?
    Josh Richardson for De’Aaron Fox?
    (w/ an option to add Vonleh as a sweetener since the Knicks have 2 games on Week 24, championship week)

    Any other targets with strong schedules you suggest are welcome as well. Thank you as always!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jasper: Ha! You are forgiven.

      I like the one for Fox

  9. Jc says:
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    The Kings are a hard team to figure out with so many moving parts plus rumors of their adding another wing. How secure is BogBog’s playing time? I am trying to bolster my playoff schedule roster with four games per week players…..and am considering offering Tristan and Carter Jr. for Javale and BogBog. Thoughts with this roster?

    Carter, Draymond, Ibaka, Tristan
    Tobias, OPJ, Fournier, Siakam, Mirotic
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Barton, G Harris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I think his role is pretty secure. While he probably won’t start, he’ll be the main guy off the bench and should get around 28-30 minutes a night. I’m good with the trade.

  10. Dave` says:
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    hi Son

    what are your feeling towards Horford for Lavine. 9 catg 12 team league.

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dave`: Depends on context.

      • Dave` says:
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        @Son: Im elite in FG,REB,POINTS,BLK, punting ft,not very good at assist and 3s. competitive in to and stls.

        • Dave` says:
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          @Dave`: im just scared Lavine gonna tank my fg come playoff time. Spida Mitchell is already giving me headaches.

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Dave`: Yeah, I hear you. That’s why I’m not the biggest LaVine fan. Are you hurting for big men? What’s the rest of roster look like?

            • Dave` says:
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              @Son: Horford, Gannis, JJJ, Gobert, Capela, J.Collins, Isaac, Irving, Mitchell, Fournier, Batum, Lamb, Marvin William,

              • Son

                Son says:
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                @Dave`: Ok, you’re stacked with big men but I’d look for someone other than LaVine. Outside of the FG% concerns, he only has 9 games during the playoffs

  11. Rick says:
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    Hii Son,

    Could you please rank these players for rest of the season ?? H2H, 9cat
    -RoCo, DMC, batum, sexton, nance jr, bembry

    thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Rick: Hmmm, tough because of the injuries. I have to discount for that so…..Batum, Bembry, Sexton, RoCo, Nance Jr., DMC.

  12. Jc says:
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    Trade analyzer question…..Which of Y! Or NBA scoring format is closest to ESPN standard league 9 cat scoring?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jc: I’m pretty sure it’s Y!

  13. Steve says:
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    My Westbrook and Capella for his Towns and J. Allen? It’s a big hit in assists, steals, and points, but a big benefit in field goal and free throw percentages. I’m doing fine in assists and steals, it’s the percentages that are tight. Is this close, or definitely the Westbrook side?

    Does the Towns side win out if Brogdon is added, to make it Towns, J. Allen, and Brogdon?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Westbrook/Capela

      Tilts when you add Brogdon

      • Steve says:
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        @Son: Thanks, and Westbrook and Capella tops just Towns and Brogdon too, right?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Steve:Yeah

          • Steve says:
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            @Son: thanks again Son.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Steve: Anytime

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