Lauri Markkanen was selected by the Bulls with the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. I had seen a few of his games in college, so he seemed like a legit prospect, but I did not fully embrace him until I watched him play in the 2017 FIBA EuroBasket. You could see he had that….bow wow wow yippee yo yippe yay….dog in him, and it translated to his first year in the NBA, as he ended as the #66 player for fantasy: 15.2 points, 2.1 threeecolas, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, 43% from the field, and 84% from the line. Naturally, big things were expected for his sophomore year, but he injured his elbow before the start of the season and missed the first 23 games.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 10 1 2 1 3 5/13 8/24 0

Well then. That didn’t take long. Played 32 minutes after logging 26 in his season debut. Markkanen is so skilled for a 7′ 0″, 240 pound player and, as mentioned above, he has that dog in him. As a result, I have a feeling that this is going to be Markkanen’s team, sooner rather than later, which puts a slight damper on Zach LaVine’s fantasy prospects.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Zach LaVine

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13 2 9 1 0 3 1/3 6/15 0

LaVine is still going to get his, but not at the voluminous pace pre-Markkanen. #MaybeNotAnAllStar

Wendell Carter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 13 4 1 1 2 0 5/11 2/2

The first Carter Administration wasn’t so swell. The Wendell Carter Jr. one, though, looks to be very promising. I’m already hearing chants of, “Four more years!”

Justin Holiday

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

Played a team-high 41 minutes and continues to jack up shots. It is the Holiday season and we’ve gone over more than once that all the Holidays be working.

Jabari Parker

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

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Anymore spiders at Peter’s house? Parker will contribute points, rebounds, and threeecolas. When he was receiving 35 minutes per game, Parker was a top 100 player. Now that his minutes will more than likely be slashed to the 29-30 minute range, you’re looking at a top 150-175 player.

Bojan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 6 2 1 0 1 1/4 5/10 3/4

This BB gun has no issues with long-range calibration, as he leads the league in three-point percentage at 51%. Points, rebounds, and some steals has Bogdanovic as a top 100 player for fantasy.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 11 3 1 5 1 0/1 8/17 2/4

Hallelujah! I told y’all that I was committed to walking the full 500 Myles. I know there’s a long way to go but….

I just totally F’d him, didn’t I?

Darren Collison

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 3 0 0 2 3/4 6/7 8/8

On the flip side, y’all know I’ve never been a Collison guy. He has ceiling games like this from time to time, but he’s just so inconsistent. To give you an idea, he’s been the #13 player over the past three games, the #53 player over the past seven games, and is the #110 player on the season (24 games).

Tyreke Evans

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

P. U. What Tyrekes?

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 11 2 3 1 4 0 4/8 1/2

Played 28 minutes off the bench. Top 60 player for fantasy. Imagine if he played more than 26 minutes per game!

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 13 5 1 1 1 3/3 7/16 3/4

The potential is so tantalizing. Unfortunately, potential don’t mean shit. I do hope that we get to see the full ceiling on a consistent basis from Gordon. He is only 23 years old after all.

Nikola Vucevic

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19 10 3 1 0 1 2/5 8/16 1/2

#6 player in fantasy. Keyboard drop.

Jonathan Isaac

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12 6 2 2 1 0 0/1 4/5 4/4

Played 31 minutes off the bench. Nice of you to join us this season, Jonathan. I believed in the preseason. I believed during drafts. I believed when the season started. I began to waver after a few games. My body was on the verge of convulsing when he got injured. I’m good now. I believe again.

Terrence Ross

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

Played 30 minutes. All he does is play a ton of minutes and score a bunch of points. Ross will continue to be there. It’s up to you whether you step through the doors or not.

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 4 5 0 0 0 1/7 2/14 1/1

My RICHARDson….Over the past six games, the shooting percentage has been 34%. Over the past three games, though, it’s been 26%. Must’ve been a helluva night.

Kelly Olynyk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 2 1 1 2 4/10 4/11 1/2

Played 28 minutes off the bench. He’s played 28, 29, and 25 minutes the past three games. Over that span, Olynyk has been a top 50 player, as he’s averaged 14 points, 3.3 threeecolas, 7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks. The answer is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ as it wouldn’t shock me if he receives 15 minutes the next three games and scores a total of 10 points.

Hassan Whiteside

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12 9 1 1 3 1 0 6/7 0/2

Vucevic even tames Mt. Whiteside explosions. What can’t he do?

Al-Farouq Aminu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 13 2 1 0 1 1/2 5/6 1/2

Aminu isn’t just a 3 & D player. He’s a 3 bd one, as he grabs 8 boards a game. A top 90 player he is, but over the past three games, he’s the #27 player: 14.7 points, 2 threeecolas, 6 rebounds, 1 1.3 steals, and 68% shooting from the field.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 8 8 1 1 6 2/8 10/23 11/12

Beep. Boop. Bop. You know who always knows what time it is? The Stocktonator, as it had Dame as the #1 player last night.

The Trail Blazers lost 102-111 to the Mavericks. They have now lost six of the last seven games.

The Mavs, on the other hand, have won nine of their last 11 games.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 9 3 0 0 2 2/4 6/14 7/9

Led the team in scoring and, over the past five games, he’s been a top 50 player.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 17 2 1 1 1 0 4/8 4/5

10th in the NBA with 14 double-dubs. Still shooting 75% from the free throw line! What happens first? Danilo Gallinari gets hurt or Jordan’s free throw percentage gets to 60%?

Here’s how the minutes were distributed last night:

32 – Harrison Barnes and Luka Doncic.

31 – Deandre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., and Wesley Matthews.

17 – Dorian Finney-Smith, Devin Harris, and JJ Barea.

16 – Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber.

Nemanja Bjelica

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

Marvin Bagley III has missed the last two game due to a back injury, yet Bjelica has played 21 and 20 minutes. I remember when the Nemanja was potent early in the season. Those were good times. Now? We’ve built up too much of a tolerance.

Willie Cauley-Stein

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

Only played 19 minutes. There was a bit of foul trouble and the Kings were up 36-9 over the Suns in the first quarter, but that’s not going to cut it if he wants uncle Ben’s money. The four steals were a season-high, but it’s still disappointing that he only averages 0.4 blocks. With that height, length, and athleticism?

The game was such a blowout that 13 Kings played at least 10 minutes. It got so bad that Kostas Koufas played 19 minutes, while Justin Jackson played 20 minutes. Even Frank Mason III received 20 minutes of run!!!

Mikal Bridges

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

Played a team-high 34 minutes. Bridges continues to start and play a ton of minutes each game. He can fill the stat sheet, but the offensive repertoire needs some refining.

Elie Okobo

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

I feel like a bobo for recommending Okobo. With that said, he’s young and, as long as he’s starting and getting minutes, I will continue to do so. Devin Booker has no timetable to return, so Okobo should continue to get significant run until he returns.

De’Anthony Melton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 2 5 1 0 1 3/4 9/12 0

Played 23 minutes. Blowout run.

  1. Maverick says:
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    Thanks SON! I have Parker and figure I need to make a move…
    Can I get your thoughts on this trade:
    Lebron for Khris Middleton and Dennis Schroder?

    Play in an 18 Team H2H and Points Combined League. Only 9 starters FYI…

    Much appreciated.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Prefer the LeBron side

  2. jjj says:
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    Hey Son, who is the most droppable of the 3? I have Holiday and Ross.

    Aminu, Justin Holiday, Terrence Ross

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ross

  3. Mcbonton says:
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    Hey Son! Hope all is well. I need a Center. I was offered Drummonds for my Covington. Should i do it? Thanks. Covington is my backup sf. My primary is Kawhi.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      As long as you’re good with the free throw drain

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    aYo!

    Man those numbers / shot attempts from Markkanen are very interesting..

    I absolutely sense he is about to get BUSY this year.. wish I had him.

    Trying to get him from an owner today.

    Anyways, Please rank these bigs – Bamba, MRob, Taj, BAM, Holmes

    Seeing if I should make a swap.

    Thanks bud!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      aYo!

      Taj, Bam, Bamba, MRob, Holmes

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Picked up Markennen off the WW last year and he was one of the best surprises. Even injured he was a little too rich for my blood this year but thinking perhaps I should’ve reached a little to get him…

    How would you rank Dotson, Knox, and Trier ROS if possible? Also throw in Ron Baker…kidding! Go New York, go New York, go!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Ha! You know there was actually a guy last season that got angry at me because I dissed Baker. What a world. Anyways, I think I’d go Knox, Trier, Dotson

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: Haha that’s wild. He has an extremely small but intense fan base here. I don’t get it…well actually I do. I apologize in advance if this is not the forum for this but he’s been described as “scrappy,” “hustles,” “deceptively fast,” “high motor”…yeeeeeah.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Ha! “deceptively fast” Is he a cult hero out there?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @miles proudfoot: “he’s always the first guy to greet his teammates off the bench and he always gives 100 percent when he does play. It’s no surprise that the Garden faithful love him so much.” Has it really come down to this for Knicks fans?

              • miles proudfoot says:
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                @Son: You’re a Lakers fan right? If you think the last years of Kobe until Lebron was rough, we’ve been dealing with this all century (haha dramatic but TECHNICALLY true). For some I guess giving dapping up teammates and just plain trying is enough haha. (I’m looking at you Starbury/Eddie Curry era!)

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @miles proudfoot: I am. Yeah, I feel your pain. Gotta latch onto something I suppose.

  6. Dillon says:
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    What are your thoughts on Olynyk? He’s starting to play well and there’s already drama with with Whiteside. Do you like his ROS upside better than KA, Nance or Mikal Bridges?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dillon: I can’t trust Olynyk. Would rather have Mikal Bridges

  7. JC says:
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    Would you drop Barea for Bam or Olynyk? Similar question as above but Barea has actually been a good “last guy” for me.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: I would not.

  8. Dave` says:
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    9 catg h2h, would you rather have Mathews or Bazemore ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dave`: Bazemore, for as long as he starts

  9. Chris says:
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    Ey yo Son! Hope you’re doing good, great work as always!

    Lillard/Brogdon/JoshR
    PG13/Justin Holiday/McGruder
    Gay/Bjelica
    Capela/Ayton/Ibaka/Gasol/Kanter

    9cat 12team H2h

    Got offered Jokic for Capela, think I’d ought to take it? Kinda feel Capela fits the makeup of the team more, but the joker has top 5-8 potential

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Ey yo! Thanks Chris! I’m with you on Jokic

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