P. S., the postscript, is something that needs to be eradicated. Why? Because it’s a symbol of laziness, and we can’t have that in our modern day society. Hmm, now that I think about it, there’s good lazy and bad lazy. Good laziness fosters innovation, as some of the greatest inventions were created because of it. Bad laziness is smoking weed, eating donuts, and watching tv all day and night. P.S. is bad lazy. Back in the day, when folks would dip their brushes in ink and write via candle light, the P. S. made perfect sense. Imagine spending hours writing a letter, then at the end you remember something. It wouldn’t make sense to scrap the entirety of the letter, hence the postscript. Even after society was blessed with Whiteout, the postscript still had function. Now? There’s no need for the P. S., as everything is done on computer. For those of you who still write letters…..WHY? For you heathens who use P. S. while typing on the computer, you some lazy mofos. Last night in Toronto, a P. S. was getting busy and was definitely no afterthought. Pascal Siakam went bonkers and put up a line of:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 18 5 0 1 4 2/5 11/26 10/11

Now, the game went to OT, but whatever. Siakam did most of the damage during regulation and had a usage rate of 35!!!! Kawhi Schawhi. I guess that preseason ADP of 20 wasn’t too high after all.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Fred Van Vleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 5 7 2 0 2 5/7 12/18 5/6

Van Vleet started at shooting guard alongside Kyle Lowry. The stat line shows he was fantastic, so I don’t need to write anymore. What does need to be said is that he played 44 minutes and the Raptors only went eight players deep. Yet, he only had a usage rate of 19.1!!! Ok, now that I wrote things down, let’s not start crowning him yet. Yes, he will get plenty of run, but the usage rate isn’t particularly high and the shooting efficiency was off-the-charts. That’s not something that is sustainable, but he will still be a great fantasy asset.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 6 2 0 4 3/11 4/15 11/13

It’s not how you start, but how you finish right? Lowry was a professional brick maker for most of the game, but when OT hit, he hit a dagger tres to ice the game away and crush the spirits of all those who took NO +7. As with FVV, the usage rate was only 20.8. P. S., I told y’all he wasn’t an afterthought.

OG Anunoby

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 0 0 2 1 1/4 5/12 0/1

OG started at small forward and played 36 minutes. He’s going to provide the D, so it was nice to see him get shots on offense, many of the slashing variety. This jedi is still in training, but the future is bright.

Marc Gasol

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

The good? He played 32 minutes. The bad? Everything else.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 0 1 0 3 0/1 4/10 5/6

Played 26 minutes and did not block a shot. Which makes me tremendously sad because I can’t be corny and write Iblocka. The trend from last season continues, as Ibaka rarely camps out in downtown, so don’t expect too many tres.

Terence Davis

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

The undrafted Davis played 15 minutes and looked good to me, at least from a physical perspective. He’s thick and moves around like the Tazmanian Devil. The shooting wasn’t great and he did rush some things, but someone to keep an eye on, especially since Nick Nurse trusts him and not too many others.

Norman Powell

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

Led the bench mob with 29 minutes. He could be a vital cog for this team because he can play both guard and small forward positions. At some point, Nurse has to open up the rotation, right? No way he can run eight out there every night at the pace that they are playing.

Brandon Ingram

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

I guess my projection on Ingram was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too low. Granted, some of the bump was due to Zion Williamson being out, as he started at power forward for him, but me thinks he still would’ve performed the same way regardless. The J looked good, even from downtown, he was able to drive to the hole and finish through contact, and the mid-range game was on point. He always grabbed boards and dished out dimes, but if he contributes the D and shoots well from the free throw line, then he may turn out to be the fantasy MVP.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 6 0 2 5 1/6 6/15 0/2

Looked like he was on Holiday to me. Jrue played a team-high 41 minutes but was a ghost for much of the game. He had a net rating of -14.2 and the usage rate was only 20.8. With that said, it’s only one game and his history suggests that this was an outlier.

Lonzo Ball

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

Lonzo looked good, had some incredible passes, and stroked from downtown confidently. The altered shot regressed back to it’s ugly form at times, but change takes time. The important thing to note here is that he only played 25 minutes, as he didn’t play much in the second half. Alvin Gentry went crazy with his rotations and played 12 players, with everyone getting at least 12 minutes of run.

JJ Redick

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

JJ got the start at small forward and played 27 minutes. He won’t contribute much in any cat, but the shot is still Redick, so points and tres will rain down from the heavens like manna for the Israelites.

Derrick Favors

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

All the stats about Favors being a beast without Gobert mean nothing if…….he’s not on the court playing! Like I said, Gentry went cuckoo with his rotations, so Favors only played 21 minutes.

Nicolo Melli

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

The 28-year-old rookie from Italy is 6′ 9″ and 236 pounds. And boy can he shoot. Melli, not to be confused with Nelli, played 20 minutes and will likely be an important member of the rotation because of his ability to space the floor.

Jahlil Okafor

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

Played 12 minutes. I’m just waiting for the day when he shoots 0-for-4 so I can go ape shit.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

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

If I had a Nickeil for every shot he missed, I’d be a rich man. NAW took the concept of catch-and-shoot to another level. Now, he was back home in front of 60+ family members and friends, but still….I admire the moxy though. The question is will his teammates and coaches feel the same way?

Josh Hart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 1 0 1 1 3/5 4/9 4/4

Led the bench with 28 minutes. Hart is a solid player who will contribute across the board. He is a capable shooter, but not someone to rely on in that area. Josh plays with tremendous Hart and provides the little things to both his real-life and fantasy squads.

Kenrich Williams

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

Tied for the team lead in +/- with a +11. The shooting isn’t great, but Williams hustles his ass off and contributes across the board. When given the opportunity last season, he provided similar production. Gentry gave him 18 minutes of run. Definitely someone to keep an eye on.

 

The battle for LA went to the Clippers. Digging deeper into the situation, it makes sense for the Clippers to come out on top because they are ships that are able to navigate through and over lakes. You don’t get that kind of analysis anywhere else.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 6 5 2 1 6 1/5 10/19 9/10

Simply amazing. He truly is the Terminator…..

The shots that he makes are unbelievable. Fading away, over the outstretched arms of Anthony Davis and/or JaVale McGee. The guy/robot simply does it all. The only issue is health and load management.

Patrick Patterson

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

Got the start at power forward because Doc thought he would provide a better matchup against Anthony Davis. That deserves a:

Patterson sucks and only played 17 minutes. Yes, he can shoot from downtown but does little else. Eradicate him from your memory.

Patrick Beverley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
2 10 6 0 1 2 0/5 1/7 0

I love and respect Beverley so much, even though I’m a Lakers fan and he’s such a freaking pest. With that said, dude has fought and earned everything he’s received. From a fantasy perspective, he won’t provide many points, but will contribute boards, dimes, and some D stats.

Landry Shamet

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

A three-point specialist, Shamet tripped and fell into some counting stats last night. Don’t expect many of those.

Montrezl Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 4 1 1 3 0 7/11 3/8

Montrezl do what he do, which is bully fools down low. The free throw shooting still stinks, but he contributes in everything else but tres. Maybe if his name was Montresl.

Mo Harkless

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

Y’all know that Harkless is my guy. He played 29 minutes and is the best option at power forward in my opinion. He can shoot from downtown, switch on defense, and hold his own down low. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t soak up most of the power forward minutes while Paul George is out.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 7 1 0 2 1/4 8/14 4/4

Sweet Lou is a professional getter of buckets. With PG out, Lou will be the primary scoring option on the second unit. He and Montrezl form a potent duo and will beat up on most second units out there. The Clippers are going to be a problem.

Danny Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 0 2 1 0 7/9 10/14 1/1

Money is green, so it makes sense that Green was money last night. He’s one of the better 3-and-D players out there, especially considering draft cost. Now, he does explode offensively like this once in a while, but it’s not something to count on often. With that said, he should continue getting plenty of good looks playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 10 5 1 2 3 0/2 8/21 9/14

AD showed why he’s in the conversation for the #1 player in fantasy. Other times, the Lakers had difficulty getting him the ball. This is something that will take time, but once everything clicks, AD is going to be a problem for the rest of the league. Just stay healthy. Pretty please with cherry and caramel and marshmellos and gummy bears on top.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 9 8 1 1 5 1/5 7/19 3/4

It was not a good day, as LeBron didn’t mess around and the Lakers failed to beat the Supersonics. Uh, I mean Clippers. The shooting from downtown wasn’t great and the turnovers were high, but LeBron contributed in every other category. He looks rejuvenated and was engaged at both ends of the court. Just stay healthy. Pretty pretty please with ice cream and Oreos and Twix and Twizzlers and Kit Kat on top.

JaVale McGee

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

Got the start at center but only played 17 minutes because….

Dwight Howard

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

….played 19 minutes. Yuck, a shituation to avoid.

Avery Bradley

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

Got the start and played 24 minutes. A 3-and-D player who didn’t provide the fantasy D.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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

Played 27 minutes off the bench, the most by any Laker. A 3-and-D player who provided neither.

I’m thinking Frank Vogel plays too much fantasy football because there are too many committee situations going on….at center and the guard positions. Annoying.

  1. Trader says:
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    Nice write up! So good to have hoops back (said the Dodger fan, ugh – too painful to watch).

    For the first time in memory my squad is built around guys who I drafted higher than there ADP. Myles, Covington, Oubre all seen as reaches. We shall see!

    Watched AD last night and cringed (I took Harden instead in a coin flip). He is going to be a monster again. The good news is I have VanVleet. The bad news is I have Gasol….he was a very late addition to the team but could be a problem in a 12 teamer. My last roster spot is Olynyk who is in my streamer spot. Could it be he has more upside than Gasol (or is this one game over reaction time?!).

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Trader! I’m with you on both counts, as the NBA is faaaaaaaantastic and I too am blue about the Doyers

      You’re fine, as Harden is also a monster. Having Gasol is bad news though.

      Yeah, it’s only one game. Even though I hate on Gasol, I’d rather have him than Kelly O

      • Trader says:
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        The wire is not exactly exciting…..JaMychal, Anunoby, N Powell, Shamet (??), McGee, Plumlee, Grant, Taj, Crowder (?), Payton, Ish (hmmm worth a stream), Hart, Harkless. Thoughts welcomed….my team below:

        Harden, Holiday, VanVleet, Satoransky
        Love, Vucevic, Bryant, Gasol, Olynyk, Nance
        Oubre, Covington, BogBog

        • Trader says:
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          Missed! Skipped! Ouch

          • Son

            Son says:
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            You’re fine. I probably wouldn’t have dropped anyone for those guys

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyO!

    Great to have these write ups back! Good read.

    Bertans got dropped this morning.. Are we moving on him with either Timelord or Tucker ?

    Or chill for now. I’m itching to pull a trigger.

    Also – I’ve had early trade talks on my Lowry for his Whiteside.. Thoughts ?

    Squad –

    Jrue/Conley/Lowry/Rozier
    Levert/Oubre/Herro/Tucker/Hunter/Danny Green
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/McGee/Timelord

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AyO!

      Good to be back, Mr Blast. Good to be back.

      Do I have to conjur up the ghost of William Wallace again??!!!

      I like your squad with Lowry

  3. Jep says:
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    Happy New NBA year Son!
    Welcome back write-ups!

    Lol, of course, Danny Green goes on a bender right when I drop him for PJ Washington. I’m looking to stream that spot while I wait for PG13 to show up, tux and all. Monopolizing the Hornets this year with my FG/TO punt build.

    Keep up the good work.

    Team Battle KAT
    Trae/Lowry/Rozier/Wright/Bacon
    PG13/Isaac/PJWash
    KAT/Capela/Bryant/Dedmon

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Jep! Good to be back!

      Don’t sweat the Green move. PJ Washington has a ton of upside and Green isn’t going to produce like that on a nightly basis.

      Squad looks tight. Good luck this year!

  4. Joel

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    Ah, thank god the season has started. Some interesting players, wondering if you’d drop Cam Reddish or Ariza for in a 12-er: Mo Bamba, Justin Holiday, Kris Dunn, Jordan Clarkson, Hardaway Jr., Dennis Schroeder, Robert Williams.
    Who’s the obvious pickup for season-long value?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d rather have Clarkson than reddish and Ariza. I’m a time lord guy, but the minutes may not be there.

  5. Woz says:
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    Great to have stats flowing in! Thanks for the write-up!

    Similar to a few other comments, who do you like for short-term (Blake replacement):
    a) Mo Harkless
    b) Matisse Thybulle
    c) Robert Williams

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m a Harkless guy. Always have been so he’s my dude. I’d keep an eye on the playing time and production of Thybulle and Time Lord, though.

  6. jose says:
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    great to be back at it for real Son. in a 9 team roto, you dropping any of: j grant, b clark, milsap, gary harris, deadmon for : barton, saric, looney, ty prince, thybule, mo hark?
    thanks bro

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Good to be back, Jose!

      Hmm, some nice options on the wire. I’d think about diversifying away from DEN. maybe drop Grant for Saric, but it depends on what your team needs. I like Looney as well

  7. Cole says:
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    When using the assessor for straight roto what are acceptable percentages to compete in a 12 team league? I hope it’s not 100 or I’m in trouble. Really cool tool btw, you and Rudy are awesome!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Cole! I love the tool as well and use it all the time. As for being applicable for roto, I have no baseline numbers to go off of. That’s something I’m hoping to get in the future. My guess would be somewhere in the 47% range.

      • Cole says:
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        Actually I meant the percentages on the “% filled” row of the spread sheet. Like does 76% cut it in boards, ect. I understand this isn’t really designed for these leagues and maybe we’ll find out as we go this season. I’ll be happy to provide some data points

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Gotcha. I don’t think the percentages are going to be useful in that sense. For roto, I’d just use the tool from a macro perspective. Like where am I weakest/strongest.

          Definitely hook me up with the data at year’s end. I will try and collect some myself

  8. J-FOH says:
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    I’m calling him Chile Verde when he gets hit from here on out

    • J-FOH says:
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      Dammit *hot

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like it! Damn, JFOH, you making me want to grab some King Taco or something right now

  9. mike swick says:
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    whats up bro

    in a 9cat 14 team keeper league with 4 keepers. should i give up reddish for terrance ross and jaxson hayes? players i could keep are J Murray, Isaac, Vucevic, Wendel Carter Jr or Middleton

    cheers

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What’s rest of squad look like?

      • mike swick says:
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        Murray
        isaac
        Herro
        Clarke
        Vuc
        WCJ
        Thad Young
        OG
        Vanfleet
        Middleton
        Reddish
        Edwards

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, I make that move. Who do you drop for Hayes? Edwards?

          • mike swick says:
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            I also have kris dunn, goga and Taj gibson

            im thinking gibson goes

            thanks for the help

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Sayonara Taj

  10. Jason says:
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    drop satoransky for pj washington?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends if you need dimes. I’m worried about Sato because White looked so good, but it’s only 1 game. Same for PJ, but he looks to be locked into significant minutes

  11. The Other JC says:
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    Plumlee, Reddish, PJ Wash, , Bacon, Looney.

    Best chance to contribute on a 12 team roster

    • Son

      Son says:
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      PJ Wash, Bacon, then Looney

  12. ginardo napoli says:
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    P.S. is not a symbol of laziness. It is the leftover postscript that occurred when people used to actually (you know) WRITE LETTERS with a physical hand and pen … AND FUCKING UNLIKE the computer can’t edit all the stuff they scribed upon a physical object called (WARNING: OLD SCHOOL WORD) … paper

    So the P.S. is actually a sign of respect, the fact that you gave a fuck to include something that you forgot or just remember after physically spending the time to write something with your own hand on a non-virtual object.

    and even now, with the computer, and the anonymous amorphous thing that is digital media … a P.S. is a PURPOSEFUL intent to make a point.

    It is not a symbol of laziness.

    Your inability to be creative and use language is however a symptom of laziness, because you prefer to go to the cheap shot, the easy metaphor, the childish humor. That my friend and fellow competitor (with all due respect) … IS A SYMPTOM OF FUCKING LAZINESS.

    Peace out.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Talk about fucking lazy. You didn’t even bother to read the rest of my intro. SMH.

      Next time before ranting about something that is obviously a joke, at least fucking do as you preach.

  13. Kris says:
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    Son, what’s up! It’s good that you included Terrence Davis here. Well, here it is.

    I got me,
    First league: Justin Jackson, DSJ, Jeff Green, Jabari Parker
    Second league: Drillon Brooks (Who was AWESOME TONIGHT!), Okogie, Kleber, Wesley Matthews, Poole
    3rd league: Schroder, Kennard (surprised!), Marvin WIlliams, KCP

    I got T.Davis available in all of my leagues… I know this is just me getting impatient with my guys but I’m really itching for that steal cat from T.Davis. HAHA! What do you think? Can I drop some of my people for him/

    • Son

      Son says:
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      First league – I’m good with dropping Justin Jackson
      Second league – Poole
      Third league – probably Marvin

      • Kris says:
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        For my 3rd league…
        Are we keeping a close watch to Schroder and KCP… OR do you think, they can still recover from these first few games? I know, I know, it’s just their first game hahaha!

        • Son

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          Although I kind of hate KCP, he’s still likely to get minutes. Same with Dennis. I don’t have a problem if you drop either, but playing time is playing time

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