Man…I really feel for Markelle Fultz. He was the #24 recruit out of high school and received scholarships from over 20 colleges, participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game, was a member of the Team USA Under-18 squad, First-Team All-Pac-12 and Third-Team All-American in college, and was selected with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. On top of the world, as they say, at the tender age of 19 years old. But then the yips surfaced. “The condition occurs suddenly and without apparent explanation…It is poorly understood and has no known treatment or therapy. Athletes affected by the yips sometimes recover their ability, which may require a change in technique. Many are forced to abandon their sport at the highest level.” The most well-known athletes to succumb to the yips are Chuck Knoblauch, Nick Anderson, Mike Vanderjagt, and Rick Ankiel. Is Fultz about to join them?
It’s looking likely, as TheAthletic wrote an article yesterday saying that Fultz is dealing with wrist and shoulder issues AND would prefer to move to another team. I’ve been a mental midget at times in my life and have dealt with depression as well, so I empathize but understand some of the realities of the shituation. I was able to hunker down in my cave and deal with my demons, but he’s in the public sphere with everyone all up in his business. The pressure and attention must be debilitating. I feel for you Fultz and wish the best.
This is a fantasy website, though, so I must address the implications from a fantasy perspective. The Fultz stops here. Do not use the Fultz, as the issues seems to be mental. He took an entire season off to deal with it, yet it’s only gotten worse. If he’s having trouble with this, imagine Draymond Green yapping about the yips in his ear. He’s a drop in most formats. I guess in the deepest of leagues, you could stash him as a lottery ticket, but that’s about it.
Did the Boston Celtics sabotage him? I guess the most important thing to take away from all of this is that one should always be cynical when a team is willing to pass on the consensus number one overall pick in the draft.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Third straight game scoring at least 20 points. He’s scored single digits in only three games all season (18 games). Did you know that BojBog is leading the league in three-point percentage at 53%? Now you do.
I finally got to watch the Pacers play for an extended period last night. Myles is fine. The offense, though, is just very methodical with lots of movement and passing. There will need to be a coaching change for the potential to be unleashed. At least he’s providing the blocks, as he’s fourth in the league with 2.53 per game. I shall be walking the full 500 Myles. Who’s with me?!
Got the start again because Victor Oladipo sat due to injury. Reke played 22 minutes but…P….U. He wasn’t bad, per se, but like I just wrote above, the pace is gone from the Indy offense. Let’s call them the Indiana Rs.
Played 24 minutes. There was blowout run, but Holiday has looked like he belongs over the past three games (24, 21, and 15 minutes). You have to respect the physical skills of all the Holidays and the fact that they always be working.
Kemba Walker Label on the rocks is so smooth and hits the spot. He has the seventh-highest usage rate (30.6) in the NBA and is currently the fifth player according to Basketball Monster. The points, threeecolas, rebounds, and assists are all higher than last season’s numbers.
Lamb is a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man!
Played 25 minutes.
Also played 25 minutes. Ahhhhh, deuces are wild!
Both received minutes due to the Marvin Williams injury, and both should see an uptick in minutes if Williams is out for an extended time.
Top 25 player for fantasy. New Orleans is the perfect place for him. Maybe he hired Bobby Portis to smash his face in so that the Bulls would trade him away. In these times, anything is possible.
I googled quintuple-double and there has been no record of any player getting one. Now that I think about it, that’s such a mind boggling thing to even consider. Yet, AD is so freaking good that it’s within the range of outcomes.
Moore please! That’s now seven straight games scoring in double-digits, with three of those games being 30-burgers. Just for shits and giggles, I wanted to see where 25 shot attempts would rank on the all-time list. Of course Kobe Bryant has the record at 50. Ha!
Played 28 minutes off the bench. That front court triumvirate in New Orleans has to be the best in the league. Mercy.
Played 31 minutes. Looks like he’s the guy over Mike Muscala.
In the NBA, we have unicorns, beasts, and freaks of nature. Embiid is…..
You know what’s also too beaucoup? The Stocktonator, as it liked Embiid very much last night.
One day, Simmons is going to shoot with his right hand and go….”Fooled you!”
See? Embiid is…..scroll up and click the video above.
Played 20 minutes. With Fultz out of the picture for now, Shamet should suck up most of those minutes.
Slowly, but surely, working up for his first double-dub of the season. Slow-Mo indeed.
Yeah. Yeah. He’s good. It’s siesta time. Wake me when he shits the bed.
MC acting like you don’t know!
Played 19 minutes. All is right with the world. Seriously, if Mack became a thing in 2018, that would be something else.
Played 34 minutes. Will make owners Gay and excited for as long as he’s healthy.
He got 5 on it.
This is one Forbes who doesn’t make anyone money.
Played 10 minutes. Well…..that was fun. NOT!
He’s alive! Throw him back in! Last night was the first time Crabbe had scored over 15 points and was only the second time this month he reached double figures (11 games). He has played 30, 29, and 30 minutes the last three games, so maybe this is going to be a thing.
Mr. Ed is a reliable horse.
Does just enough to keep you coming back to the store.
I. Heart. You.
DJ with the good jams last night.
Dennis Smith Jr.
Played 19 minutes. He is dealing with a sprained wrist, but JJ Barea was en fuego so….
Played 29 minutes, a season-high. Don’t expect this to be a regular occurrence, though. Think 19-20 minutes per game. With that said, assists with double digits points can be expected on the regular.
He’s still in the league?
Played 25 minutes. The Nemanja is not as potent, but he still gets you high.
On a mission to get uncle Ben’s money.
Crazy like a Fox. Top 70 player over the past two weeks.
Played 27 minutes after receiving 26 and 27 the prior two games. It’s happening? Possibly? Maybe? Boards and blocks are what Bagley delivers.
Played 30 minutes. It’s happening!
Only played 22 minutes, but do yourself a Favors and check out the production.
The usage rate and shot attempts remain robust, but the threeecolas and rebounds are down from last season. 76th player according to Basketball Monster for the season, but he’s been closer to top 200 player over the past six games.
I love clam chowder. Why then don’t I love Jae Crowder? The universe is strange. I’ve never been a Crowder guy, but I endorse guys like PJ Tucker, so it’s only right I give him some love…when he has a good game….which is why I never write him up. Man, I’m a jerk.
That’s his jam. I don’t care what any of you say.
He’s taking the Joker nickname a little too literally.
Played 19 minutes after receiving 19 and 21 the prior two games. The writings on the wall of the Taj.
Huh? No double-dub? Was Jimmy Butler on the sideline making the slit throat gesture? Looking at Butler’s line last night, it’s a viable scenario.
Played 28 minutes off the bench. Someone is pressing the A button on the controller making Mario with a D jump up and down.
How much $$$ is in the office pool? And what was the date set at?
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both scored 22 points. The Trail Blazers lost by 43 to the Bucks. NO BLURBS FOR YOU!
Ain’t nuthin’ but a G thang baby!
Not great, but not average. A Middleton.
Played 21 minutes. That’s when you knows it’s blowout time. The Trail Blazers met their Maker last night, 100-143.
Aaaaaaallmost messed around by messing around with the ball. And of course he didn’t get a block. Ricky Lake is _ack. I kid. Griffin has been fantastic this season. I’m just a hater.
Yawn. Just another double-dub for Dre, his 13th in 15 games played. He’s currently tied for third in the NBA.
Capela was hitting those high notes last night. Damn. Over the past seven games, C&C Music Factory has been the 15th player for fantasy.
Now I’m Harden excited!
Played 33 minutes and has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games. Regulators have been mounting up like there’s no tomorrow!
The double-dubs are expected on a nightly basis now, but it’s nice to see him providing the D. That’s what she said.
I see you Booker. Just letting him know because it always looks like he’s watching me. Creepy.
Did not get the start but played 29 minutes. That’s good. The organization likes him and it looks like they are going to give him every opportunity to develop. Not a high usage player, Bridges should have no problem traversing the waters of the NBA, as he contributes across the board.
Played 21 minutes. Why? No idea. Why is he on the Suns? No idea. I do know that Jamal Crawford is one of five players to score 50 points for three different teams, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Bernard King, and LeBron James.
Played 40 minutes. Did he visit his cousin Peter’s house and get bitten by a spider or something?
Returned to action and played 37 minutes. Only Harden and Westbrook have a higher usage rate than LaVine. #Brent #AllStar
Played 25 minutes with LaVine in the lineup and 33 minutes when LaVine was out. Regardless, he’s averaging almost 12 shots per game in only 20 minutes this month (10 games). Huck ’em and chuck ’em.
Played 30 minutes. He’s been my best waiver wire pickup of the year. That makes me both happy and sad.
Ok, young fella. Did I dismiss you too early? Maybe there is gold within this Knox.
Tied for 12th in blocks with 1.75 per game.
Played 32 minutes. Uno, dos, Trey! Talk about en fuego. Why isn’t he starting again?
Anyways, Burke was a big reason the Knicks defeated the Celtics 117-109 in Boston.
Over the past seven games, Kyrie is the #2 player in fantasy.
Hit his quota of good games for the month. See you in December.
Continues to come off the bench, but played 32 minutes. Probably a good buy low.
Boy, George is curiously good at basketball.
Grant’s best line of the year, and it was a pretty one. Interestingly, that was his first double-digit rebound game.
Aussie! Aussi…..just kidding. I give props to you New Zealanders, though. You guys definitely represent.
The first time messing around this season. Feels so good, as that should be the start of many to come.
If you didn’t notice, three different players each grabbed 11 boards. Why is that pertinent? It’s not, but it’s late and this is the never ending post so….cut me some slack.
Terrance Ferguson sprained his ankle after six minutes of run. As a result….
….was a menace to the Golden State Warriors, in 28 minutes worth of action.
By the way, the Thunder defeated the Warriors, 123-95.
Played 27 minutes. A varsity performance!
Lowry had been struggling, but with no Kawhi Leonard and the Atlanta Hawks as an opponent, it was as good of a time as any to mess around.
Got the start and played 36 minutes. VanVleet did the exact opposite of messing around.
Only played 21 minutes. The playing time will fluctuate depending on the matchup, but regardless, Ibaka is producing whenever he’s on the court. Top 50 player for fantasy.
Got the start and played 27 minutes. Can’t wait until Collins gets up to speed. The Hawks play at the fastest pace in the league.
Got the start because Alex Len was out and played 31 minutes. Not a Dedmon walking last night, but he may have killed a few with all the bricks.
Young and Lin are inversely correlated, as Lin plays well in blowouts because Young is playing like shit. Trying to figure out when that may happen is as easy as obtaining a Harvard education. Sorry. Scratch that. It’s EZ PZ because it happens every night. I’m kidding, but not really.
Played 42 minutes and did not tank the percentages. That’s Osman!
10 offensive rebounds! Talk about a one-trick pony. Speaking of tricks…..I was about to go there but I shall refrain.
Played 27 minutes and led the team in shot attempts. No surprise here.
Larry Nance Jr.
Only played 18 minutes. If he gets the minutes, Nance could be a monster. He just doesn’t get the minutes, but when he does gets the minutes, then you realize why he doesn’t get the minutes. Capice?
Played 36 minutes. Was aggressive on D, confident in his J, and finished strong at the rim. I have held strong on Ball and do believe that he’ll be messing around on a nightly basis, sooner rather than later.
I think he’s got a future in this league.