I live in Los Angeles and enjoy skiing and snowboarding. I also like long walks on the beach while strumming tunes on my ukulele. Although there are ski resorts less than two hours drive away, it doesn’t rain often here. Los Angeles averages around 12.8 inches of rain per year. Last year, LA received 4 inches of rain. Only Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Diego average less. For perspective, New Orleans averages 62.7 inches, while many of the big cities in the U. S. are in the 40-50 range. If it doesn’t rain often, then it doesn’t snow often, which means the slopes are no bueno, even with the artificial snow makers. Now, recently it’s been raining so much that I’ve been Googling ark blueprints. All that rain has been like frozen manna for the local resorts. A picturesque perfection of powder. Which describes the situation for JaVale McGee.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 13 1 1 1 1 0 10/15 1/3

McGee has started the last two games because Ivica Zubac was traded to the Clippers. He’s played 26 and 30 minutes, and averaged 19 points, 10.5 boards, 1 block, and 0.5 steals. Per 36, he’s averaging 18.3 points, 11.2 boards, 1 steal, and 3.4 blocks! He’s probably not going to get 36 minutes of run per night, but with only Tyson Chandler, Moritz Wagner, and Mike Muscala the only threats to playing time, McGee should get close to 30 minutes per night. The conditions are pristine at McGee Mountain. Enjoy your stay.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

 

Lakers got spanked, 120-143 in Philadelphia, so take all the below numbers with a sprinkle of salt.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 3 1 0 0 1 5/8 14/21 6/7

Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz. For you inquiring minds, Kuzma’s career-high is 41 points. Now, he can flat out score and is a matchup nightmare for opposing front court players due to his range. From a fantasy perspective, though, he doesn’t contribute much outside of points, tres, and boards. Top 80-100 player, depending on how well he shoots the ball.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 9 0 0 4 2/6 8/16 0

How different are LeBron and Westbrook right now? Both average a trip-dub, but both turn the ball over at a high rate and shoot poorly from the free throw line. 53% on 3.8 attempts over the past four games for LeBron. Recently, both have been top 60-70 players.

Reggie Bullock

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

Got the start and played 31 minutes, as Rajon Rondo came off the bench and played 16 minutes. Bullock provides shooting for the Lakers and unleashes point LeBron.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 6 0 1 1 3/5 9/14 1/2

Stories of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. The usage rate has increased from 21 to 24 since arriving in Philly. Now, it’s only been two games, so could be just honeymoon period or small sample size. Regardless, it’s a good sign that he’s been able to assimilate so smoothly. My initial thought is that the fantasy outlook is capped for Harris, but you never know. Something to monitor.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 14 3 1 0 3 2/3 12/16 11/12

Gave thanks to the Lord for the Lakers playing McGee so many minutes.

J. J. Redick

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 2 5 2 0 0 3/6 8/13 2/2

Over the past four games, Redick has been a top 35 player, providing points, tres, dimes, and some steals.

Redick!!!

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 1 0 1 2 0 9/11 0

The boards have been light lately, but the shooting efficiency has been off the charts. Top 50 player who will contribute in all but tres.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 3 5 2 0 5 6/11 10/23 4/4

Dame Dolla produces fire both on and off the court. Just outside the top 10 for the season.

Jake Layman

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

Layman has played 26, 31, 33, 27, 25, and 33 minutes the past six games. He’s been a top 80 player, contributing in points, tres, boards, and a smattering of D stats. The efficiency has been really good (57% from the field, as he flushes down his share of alley oops) and the usage has been 19%. Not bad, and it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere.

Rodney Hood

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

Played 24 minutes. It’s Layman’s world, with Hood inhabiting a piece of real estate.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 9 6 0 1 3 4/10 9/20 6/8

Just a few weeks ago, I was writhing in anticipation for the flood of trip-dubs. Now? I’m disappointed when it doesn’t happen. Life came at me fast. From a fantasy perspective, the lack of D stats and poor efficiency keep him down (top 140 over the past five games), but he provides the counting stats and heart palpitations.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 3 0 0 1 2/7 9/18 4/5

Played 32 minutes. I’m a sucker for the Hardaway bets on the table. They aren’t great bets but at least they are not one roll bets like some of the others. With that said, it feels so good when they hit. Hardaway is going to shoot, because shooters shoot. The efficiency isn’t great and he won’t contribute much on D, but the volume is there and he plays next to Luka.

The center minutes are being split evenly. Maxi Kleber (9 points/4 boards/1 steal) got the start and played 26 minutes, while Dwight Powell (13 points/8 boards/2 dimes) played 27 minutes off the bench. They do both play some power forward as well.

Mikal Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 6 4 3 0 0 0/5 2/8 5/8

Continues to start and played 35 minutes. The floor is so high because he contributes across the board, but there is access to ceiling games when he knocks down shots. Top 50 player over the past six games.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 1 0 3 3 2/3 7/16 2/4

Top 70 player over the past six games. Yes, I’m a hater of Jackson’s game, but he does have SON in his name. Do I need to add him to the crew? SLAP!!! My bad. I won’t go that far, but he’s been fantasy relevant, averaging 35 minutes, 21 points, 1.3 tres, 5 boards, 1.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks. The free throw shooting has been bad (64%), but the efficiency from the field has been very good (49%).

Tyler Johnson

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

Got the start and played 32 minutes. A rise in value for this Johnson, as he should be the starter going forward. For Johnson owners, consult a doctor if erection lasts longer than four hours.

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 8 6 0 0 5 3/5 9/19 6/7

Played 35 minutes in his return from a two-game absence. Over the past four games played, Booker has been top 20. The uptick in boards and dimes have been a boon, and he’s always a threat to drop a 50-burger. It’s all about health with Booker.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

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

Only played 20 minutes, after playing over 30 minutes in each of the prior eight games. Nothing goes straight up forever. Nothing goes straight down forever.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 7 1 1 1 1 1/2 10/15 11/13

Played 32 minutes off the bench.

Nemanja Bjelica

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 2 1 3 0 0/3 4/12 2/2

Got the start and played 22 minutes.

I love playing Sid Meier’s Civilization. When I attack, I never use my most valuable units in the initial foray. I utilize expendable and/or less valuable pieces to soften the target up, then I finish them with my prized possessions.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

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

Played 27 minutes off the bench. I love BogBog because he contributes across the board. Unfortunately, the Kings roster is littered with wing players now, with the acquisitions of Harrison Barnes and Alec Burks.

Harrison Barnes 

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

Got the start and played 30 minutes. The shooting efficiency isn’t good, and Barnes doesn’t contribute much on D, but he’s playing on a team that is #3 in offensive pace. Not that he accessed his ceiling much before, but he could be limited to 30 minutes per game.

De’Aaron Fox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 9 2 0 2 2/4 5/11 5/6

The minutes and scoring have ticked down for earlier in the season, so he’s been more like a top 120 player instead of a top 70 one. Regardless, he rebounds well for a guard and provides dimes. Plus, the Kings are only one of two teams to play 12 games during the fantasy playoffs.

Jonathan Isaac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 0 2 5 0 3/7 6/12 2/2

Top 20 player over the past seven games. It’s happened!!! Yeast takes time to rise, water doesn’t boil right away, and it took Jesus three days to rise again. So it is with hype.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 12 3 0 1 1 1/2 8/13 2/2

Vucevic’s fantasy season has been akin to finding a stack of Playboy magazines in grandpa’s garage. You go into the garage to peruse one every day, and every day you exit satisfied.

D. J. Augustin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 10 1 0 0 1/2 6/9 1/2

I used to hit the clubs in my younger days. Some had a world famous deejay, but more often than not, the deejay was there to basically not F things up. Know the songs that get the crowd dancing and transition from song to song smoothly. That’s Augustin in a nutshell. Top 100 player over the past two weeks.

Evan Fournier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 7 1 0 1 1/3 6/12 4/4

After a brutal stretch for Fournier, it looks like he’s stabilized. He probably won’t produce the top 60 value from last season, but he will provide points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals.

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 2 0 0 1 2/7 4/12 8/8

Top 40 player over the past seven games. You either like Ross or you don’t. There’s no middle ground.

John Collins

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

After being a dub-dub machine earlier in the season, he’s slowed down lately, as he hasn’t performed the feat in seven of the last 10 games. It doesn’t help that he’s been receiving almost 2 fewer minutes of run a game. Collins did lead the team in shot attempts, though.

Kevin Huerter

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

Top 80 player over the past eight games. Points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals. The usage rate is only 15, but he’s been shooting 49% from the field. I’ve like Huerter since the summer but….

Man, the Hawks kind of suck for fantasy. They play at the fastest pace in the league, but the minutes pie is distributed among so many players, that it neuters any upside. No player received 30 minutes of run last night, yet eight played at least 20 minutes, and two played over 15 minutes.

Justise Winslow

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 4 1 0 2 4/9 8/16 2/2

Prior to last night, Winslow was absolutely brutal (like outside the top 300 brutal), as he was shooting 30% from the field. With that said, he does contribute tres, boards, and dimes, but won’t contribute much in the D cats.

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 1 5 1 0 2 8/11 14/22 1/1

My RichardSON!!!! Man, it’s been so long that I don’t know what to do with myself. I never lost faith, though.

Dion Waiters

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 4 1 1 3 6/13 9/19 0

Got the start and played a team-high 41 minutes. Second start in a row since Tyler Johnson was traded. The plane boss! The plane! Waiters Island is back, as he’s played 41 and 32 minutes the past two games.

The center shituation continues to confound, as Hassan Whiteside played 22 minutes, while Bam Adebayo played 25 minutes. Whiteside produced 13 points, 12 boards, and 3 dimes. Adebayo put up 8 points, 11 boards, 3 dimes, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. I wish Ms. Cleo were still around.

Dwayne Wade

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 6 9 1 1 2 0/3 5/14 0/3

Played 29 minutes. April 9, 2019. What’s the O/U on shot attempts and points?

Draymond Green

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

Green is one of the most underrated/overrated/strangest players of all time. It’s so crazy the impact he has on the game without shooting. I think a new category needs to be established for him. There’s superstar, role player, and bench player. Just add Draymond right under superstar.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 6 4 0 1 3 1/7 16/24 6/10

He. Is. Good.

Stephen Curry scored 25 points while Klay Thompson scored 29 points. Is Klay a max player? He’s a great player who can shoot, but I feel like a max player should be one who I can throw the ball to in an ISO situation and they’d get a bucket. Is Klay that guy? Am I trippin?

  1. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyyO!

    Really like the way my bigs are shaping up – Embiid/Gobert/Zubac/JVal/MRob….

    Even tho, Memphis is saying they’re gonna keep Rabb starting..

    I feel like Zubac is gonna be just fine on the Clips, & I love what I’m seeing from MRob as of late.

    With that being said, I’m still kind of light on PG’s. But I’m ok with that for now.

    See any moves I should be making here ? Kleber would be the weak link, but I want to give him another day or 2.

    Also, I’m pretty amped about Kenrich… nabbed him in both my leagues.

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo
    George/Tobias/BogBog/Lamb/Osman/Kleber
    Embiid/Gobert/Zubac/J-Val/MRob

    Available FAs – TyJo / Waiters / Augustin / McConnell / Baz / Burke

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      @Mr. Blast:

      Forgot to list Kenrich on my squad above ^^

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyyyyO!

      You’ve got a diesel big man crew. Should give the business.

      Kleber is fine, but his upside is capped. He and Powell neuter each other.

      I like Kenrich a lot.

      I’m interested in TyJo and Waiters. Augustin is in the mix as well, if you want PG

  2. Jim Lowtower says:
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    Son,

    D-Rose has been dropped in my league. I’m considering picking him up, but I was wondering what your thought is on him over the likes of Dinwiddie. I stashed Dinwiddie a few weeks ago in hopes of him coming back just in time for the playoffs. I’m in first place in my league, which is why I’m stashing Dinwiddie. What would be your recommendation? Drop Dinwiddie to pick up Rose, drop one of the following for Rose, or do nothing. Here’s a list of guys I could drop Rose for. Thanks as always.

    Otto Porter
    Covington
    Terrence Ross
    Mirotic

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I think you’re fine how you are.

  3. John Stroman says:
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    Who do you like over the rest of the year?

    Terrence Ross
    Gary Harris

    I know you’re not big on Ross, but I don’t see Harris outshooting him from deep once he’s healthy.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I love Ross!!!

  4. sebapargue says:
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    YOOOO.. already looking forward to playoff season, only thing that matters to me right now….however I did drop Okafor for Robinson because he does have 5 games this week…helps me lock blocks and I eliminate the chance of an owner beating me with him….any tips ROS for my team? I know I’m kinda low on Threes. this is my money league! feedback is appreciated as always!
    thanks…

    team:

    14 Team League- 9cat- H2H (Punt AST)

    PG- Josh Richardson

    SG- Gary Harris

    G- Kawhi Leonard

    SF- Trevor Ariza

    PF -Joel Embiid

    F- Danilo Gallinari

    C -Deandre Ayton

    C- Rudy Gobert

    Util- Bobby Portis

    Util – Darren Collison

    Bench – Mitchell Robinson, Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Huerter

    IL- Spencer Dinwiddie

  5. waterwalk says:
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    Hey Son!

    Should I drop Harrison Barnes for Kenrich Williams in a 9cat h2h?

    Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with it

  6. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Phew, just got Isaac and Robinson. Thank god nobody else placed a bid on them. TyJo almost singlehandedly destroyed my FG%, glad to have rid of him. I’m looking at Delon tho… Might be he could carve out a nice role in Memphis. But Bickerstaff said AB should continue to start. Meh

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Nice job! I do think TyJo will be decent, though. I’m watching how Delon is utilized as well.

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