Last. A truly underrated word that gets a bad rap. We often associate the word with the sad events of life: that last kiss, last breath, last meal, last dollar, last call, last game, last day….sniff, sniff. I’m sad. But fret not, because one word can represent emotions at opposite ends of the spectrum. What do you think of when you read last man standing? Or last team left? Last = winner in that context. How about when the last shot goes in for the last score to leave the last team victorious? That’s exactly what Larry Nance Jr. did last night:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 16 6 3 1 2 1/3 7/14 0

Got the start, played 33 minutes, and tipped in the last shot to bring victory to Cleveland. Duh!! Play the man, especially at center, where he beasts. You did pay the man with a four-year, $45 million contract after all. Not talking to you, my much appreciated reader. Cleveland! Do you hear me??!!! I know you like Ante Zizic, but c’mon man! Over the past eight games, Nance has averaged 29.6 minutes, 11.3 points, 0.8 threeecolas, 8.8 boards, 4.5 dimes, 1.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks. He’s shot 58% from the field and 75% from the free throw line. He’s been a top 20 player! Wake up Cleveland! Or you will literally be the last team, but maybe that’s what they want in order to draft LeBron 2.0.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Rodney Hood

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 2 2 0 0 1/5 5/12 6/8

Led the Cavs in scoring. It’s always dangerous venturing into the Hood, but sometimes it’s a place to go if you need a certain thing or things. In this case, threeecolas and points. Over the past four games, Hood has been a top 60 player, as he’s averaged 18 points, 2 threeecolas, and even chipped in 4 boards, 2.3 dimes, and 0.8 steals. He’s been shooting 53%, which is going to come down, but he’s getting minutes and jacking up shots (12.3).

David Nwaba

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

Got the start because Jordan Clarkson was out (back), but only played 14 minutes. I’ve always liked Nwaba since his Lakers days, as he plays hard and contributes in the peripheral cats, but he’s a low usage player on offense and often struggles to score.

Jaron Blossomgame

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

Played 23 minutes. Five games ago against Milwaukee, Blossomgame….what an awesome name by the way. Jaron, do you have game? I don’t just got game. I got Blossomgame. Panties are immediately down at the ankles. Oh, we’re not talking about that kind of game? Anyways, before I was rudely interrupted, Blossomgame scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Bucks. Then, the following three games, he received 11, 11, and 9 minutes. The six attempts were a season-high, so he’s not an offensive force, but he does work on the glass and contributes the D. See, there’s reason for the panties to be off.

Thaddeus Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 9 3 2 2 1 0 6/13 1/4

Over the past seven games, Young has been a top 25 player. He was drafted for the D stats, but he’s been dishing out over 3 dimes, grabbing 9 boards, scoring 18 points, and even shooting 71% from the free throw line. That’s how you know this is Bizarro Young.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 2 0 4 1 0/2 6/12 0/1

No pain, no gain right? Well, that 500 Myles sure was painful, but it was well worth it.

Victor Oladipo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 5 1 2 3 1/6 4/15 3/6

Ictor missed two free throws at the end of the game, which would have put the Pacers up by three points. See what’s missing from his name?

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 3 2 0 1 0 7/9 3/3

Played 24 minutes. He’s come down from the ridiculous heights he was soaring at earlier in the season, yet he’s still a top 100 player.

Tyreke Evans

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4 2 1 0 0 0 0/1 2/9 0

Played 14 minutes. P. U.

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 4 6 0 1 4/11 6/17 3/3

Got the start and played 38 minutes in his Wizards debut. Kind of crazy, but over the past five games, he’s been a top 15 player. This TA may be enough of a distraction from the controversial topic of Wall.

John Wall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 0 6 0 0 3 3/11 6/18 0

Only played 26 minutes due to foul trouble. What an atrocious game, after he’d been dominating. Now, whispers of “maybe we don’t need a Wall” are echoing throughout the streets of DC.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 10 3 2 0 4 2/4 11/17 5/7

Played 40 minutes, as Wall was out of commission. Seriously guys, maybe this Wall isn’t such a good idea after all. $37 mil, $40 mil, $43 mil, and $46 mil. The cost of Wall over the next four years.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 13 3 0 0 3 1/2 7/14 5/9

Got the start but only played 25 minutes. Phil is not a happy camper, as he will no longer be the top Collins on a Google search.

Dewayne Dedmon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 2 0 1 4 1/1 5/6 2/3

Played 27 minutes. Has been a top 50 player over the past six games. Points, rebounds, threeecolas, and D stats are what you get. Definitely not a Dedmon.

Kevin Huerter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 2 1 0 2 3/8 4/12 2/2

Played a team-high 35 minutes. Has been a top 100 player over the past few weeks and is now averaging over 32 minutes per game.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 4 1 0 5 3/6 5/11 6/8

I believe in Trae and, if he doesn’t finish off the season on a serious heater, he could be a nice value for next year. More than likely, though, he’s going to continue improving, finish the season strong, and get overdrafted. We shall see.

Alex Len

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 1 0 2 2 0 3/4 9/10

Played 21 minutes, the first time surpassing 20 minutes all month. No! But….No! He played 8 minutes the prior game. No means no!

Jeremy Lin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 3 4 0 0 2 0/3 6/12 4/4

Played 24 minutes. He had played 13 and 17 minutes the prior two games. What don’t you understand? No means no! I miss Linsanity. That may have been the most insane two week period of basketball in forever ever.

Harrison Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 0 1 1 0 5/8 10/16 5/6

When I find that DeLorean on Craigslist, the first place I’m going back to is 2015. I’m bringing some Tony Robbins tapes and giving them to Barnes before that playoff run. I just want to see how things would be if Barnes balls out during that playoffs, the Warriors re-sign him, and Kevin Durant goes somewhere else.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 12 1 0 1 3/9 5/15 10/12

I’m telling y’all. Those triple-dubs are going to start flowing like manna from the heavens.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 12 1 2 0 2 0 4/6 3/6

That free throw percentage is starting to come back down to reality, as he’s shot 58% on 4.3 attempts per game over the past four games. That 73% mark you see for the season? Kayser Soze.

Jalen Brunson

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

Got the start because Dennis Smith Jr. couldn’t go (wrist) and played 25 minutes. Just play….

JJ Barea

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

Played 21 minutes. The assists have come down from the lofty levels from earlier in the season, but at least he’s still contributing a handful. Outside of threeecolas, points, and assists, JJ doesn’t offer much.

Mason Plumlee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 9 3 0 0 1 0 5/8 1/2

Continues to start and played 34 minutes. Boards, blocks, and some dimes are what you get.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 16 4 3 1 5 2/6 13/25 4/4

It is such a Jokic how good Nikola is. Pick #41 overall in the 2014 NBA draft. Now, is the #12 player in all of fantasy.

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 15 1 1 5 1/4 10/18 1/2

Top 50 player over the past two weeks. Murray is averaging a whopping 36 minutes and jacking up 16 shots per game. He’s also grabbing 5 boards, dishing out 6 dimes, stealing 1.3, blocking 0.6, and contributing 1 threeecola per. As Borat would say, “Very nice!”

Trey Lyles

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

Uno. Dos. Tres Treys for Trey.

Monte Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 5 2 0 1 2/3 7/10 0

Played 25 minutes. Over the past seven games, it’s been full Monte, as he’s averaged 27.5 minutes, 13.9 points, 2.1 threeecolas, 3.4 boards, 4.6 dimes, and 1.7 steals. AND he’s sporting a ridonkulous assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.21, which leads the league by a significant margin. If that doesn’t get your panties in a bunch, how about the fact that he’s been the #33 player over that span?

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 11 3 1 0 3 2/8 9/21 2/2

Played a team-high 43 minutes. I love what Kuzma has been doing, especially in the peripheral cats. With that said, much of increase in both production and minutes has been due to the Brandon Ingram injury. When he comes back, I can see both coming back down. Over the past eight games, Kuzma has been a top 30 player. I can see him reverting back to top 75 player.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 13 8 1 1 5 2/7 13/23 8/13

Played 41 minutes. LeBron is awesome. Yaddy yadda ya. Did you know that he’s shooting 67% from the free throw line? He did shoot 67% in 2016, but his career mark is 73%.

Tyson Chandler

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

Got the start because JaVale McGee was out (illness), but only played 17 minutes.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 3 2 0 3 5/9 9/16 0/2

Ball-in, Ball-in, Ball-in. The only question I have is, “How much was the hush money for LaVar?” Or did Magic just put his arm around him, squeeze him a little too tightly, and whisper, “Listen here young fella. This is how it’s going down, got it?”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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

Played a whopping 38 minutes. No means….hmmmm, he has been a top 90 player over the past eight games. 12.6 points, 2.3 threeecolas, 3 boards, 1.8 dimes, and 1 steal. Averaging 26.1 minutes. Things that make you go hmmmm.

Joe Harris

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

Played 38 minutes. Not your average f’ing Joe at all.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 3 1 0 1 0/2 5/12 7/9

Here we go…..Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. We over the hump. Friday. Saturday. Picking up steam. Sunday. Rondae!!! Top 120 player over the past two weeks. He’s finally averaging over 29 minutes per game. If you need points, rebounds, and steals, wait till Rondae.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 13 0 1 4 4/9 9/21 0

Played 34 minutes. I’m in Brooklyn right now, staying at my in-laws. I just did a pod with Craig yesterday, and I had some disparaging things to say about Russell. So, of course he balls out. Did you know the Nets have won six games in a row? By the way, go check out Craig’s pod. Should be up later this week.

Jared Dudley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 2 1 0 1 1/3 6/8 0

Played 24 minutes while Jarrett Allen played 20 minutes. Atkinson continues going to Jared. And why not, as he had some big buckets in crunch time. What a time to be alive when Jared Dudley is making key contributions in an NBA game.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 1 6 0 0 3 2/5 6/11 4/7

Played 34 minutes. Top 100 player. Won’t contribute much in the D stats, but provides a healthy amount of points, threeecolas, and assists. Has a 24 usage rate on the season, which has ticked up to 28 over the past two weeks.

  1. Lance Dance Revolution says:
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    nice recap! how would you rank huerter, hood, ross, and cedi? long term value vs. immediate production. thanks!

  2. Ace says:
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    Heyy Son,

    my team :
    Curry, Doncic, Zo, Dinwiddie, Ariza
    KD, Hayward, OPJ, Batum
    Embiid, Ibaka, Nance, Hassan

    1. Would you trade ariza for gary harris ??
    2. Please rank: embiid, KAT, jokic for the rest of the season

    H2H 9cat

    Thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ace: Rather have Ariza.

      Jokic, KAT, Embiid

      • Ace says:
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        @Son: I got offer my embiid & doncic for KAT & butler. would you trade ??

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ace: It’s a fine trade, but I’m a Doncic guy so I wouldn’t

  3. Cohen says:
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    Son, would u drop J.Allen or JJJ for any of Mudiay, Nance, Ariza,J.Holliday or Dedmon?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What’s rest of squad?

      • Cohen says:
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        @Son:
        Teague
        Bledsoe
        Durant
        Draymon
        Collins
        Hield
        Paul
        Oladipo
        Ibaka
        Goebert
        Murray

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Cohen: @Cohen: I would for Ariza and Dedmon

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYYO!

    Hey Son,

    Wanted to talk a little about Zo, with you being a Lakers guy and all..

    Was never really a Lonzo guy, was able to aquire him as a throw in on a trade I pulled.

    However I do think he has the skills to succeed in real life & fantasy,

    So here we are.. I’m coming around in a big way on him with his recent production.

    A bit worried about the impact of Rondo coming back, hoping the coach rolls with Ball.

    What are your thoughts on Zo for rest of season. I feel like he has Jason Kidd qualities.

    Rondo is sitting out there on the wire, should I think about adding him for that combo ?

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Mudiay
    George/Tobias/Lamb/Saric/Osman/KCP
    Embiid/Gobert/Taj/Bamba/BAM

    Thanks my dude!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AYYO!!! Yeah, I’m a ZO guy. Always have been. I think he’s going to start messing around on a consistent basis. And contribute in D stats. The shooting has never been great and probably will never be, and the mental and emotional consistency needs work, but he’s in a great situation and has the skills

  5. Jack says:
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    this is my team in a competitive (“best” player on waivers currently is Bjelica/Portis) 12-team H2H Categories league:

    Bledsoe, Rose, Collison
    Harden, DeRozan
    LeBron, Middleton, OPJ, Ariza, Barton (IR)
    JJJ, J Green (stream)
    M Gasol, Olynyk (stream)

    Looking to shop Derozan/OPJ/Rose package for a top 15 ROS player. suggestions?

    also, anyone you don’t like/really like for rest of szn value?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hey Jack. Only player I’m not a big fan of is Collison. I just never have been and Dipo is back. But I guess you need the assists.

      As for trade prospects, too broad of a question. It really depends on league/team context. I don’t know the other owners, their teams, their wants/motivations, etc. My best advice is to send out the scouts and get info, then reassess the landscape

      • Jack says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks for the quick response! I’m the only die-hard pacers fan in the northeast combined with the fact that probably the best replacement i could make for collison is tim frazier lol. Do have some answerable questions though haha.

        1. Does the Ariza move have a noticiable impact on OPJ rest of season or do you think it will be essentially the same as Oubre?

        2. Assume injury and trade rose now?

        3. BAM on waivers worth a stash for when whiteside inevitably decides he is bored of playing this year and sits?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jack: Ha! Anytime.

          I think Ariza and OPJ can both eat. I’d imagine that the Wiz play small plenty, with both playing side by side a good amount.

          As for Rose, sure. Depends on who you’re trading him for.

          I love BAM. Always have. A good stash in my opinion, but depends who you drop. Also know that it’s possible that Hassan remains a Heat and blocks him

  6. Monte Crisco says:
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    12 team 8 CAT H2H League
    Millsap or Valanciunis ROS? Only 1 IR slot and can’t carry both.
    Thanks, Monte

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Millsap

  7. Court Vision says:
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    Yo Son. Tell me im not crazy.

    Ive been holding Josh Hart all year just knowing he would get better and shine when given an opportunity, and he just gets worse. Is my sentimentality getting the best of me? My ability to remain patient wains as i drop in the standings with Barton, Harris and Boogie all hurt. I could drop him for a streamer tomorrow and grab Bullock coming off waivers for another two games this week. Am i crazy for holding? I seem to get attached to sweet sweet upside. Thanks Dr Klahn.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: Well, you enjoy Kentucky Fried Movie, so you must be crazy. As for Hart, you can drop him. When Rondo and Ingram come back, me thinks he returns to a supplemental role.

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