Off the top of my head, Phil and Joan are the most famous people with the last name Collins. Well deserved and they sit on the thrones in the pantheon of Collins’s. Is that right? Or would it be Colline? Whatever, English is my second language. Ebonics was my first. Perusing the list of Collins’s or Colline got me thinking that people that pursue fame are dumb because 99% of the time that you think you’re famous, no one gives a shit or remembers. I guess that’s something someone who’s not famous writes. Anyways, John Collins has been making a case to be on the list.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 14 1 1 0 3 1/2 12/21 5/6

Collins has played 25 games, yet is 22nd in the NBA with 16 dub-dubs. For persepective, Joel Embiid leads the league with 36 in 40 games. Over the last eight games, he’s been a top 50 player, averaging 31.7 minutes, 19.3 points, 1.3 threeecolas, 11.8 boards, 2.3 dimes, with 57% shooting from the field and 75% on 4 attempts from the free throw line. The only thing he doesn’t contribute are the D stats. The Hawks play at the fastest pace in the league, so the environment is ripe for Collins to thrive. Unfortunately, the lack of D stats will keep him from challenging Phil or Joan for the throne, but that’s okay. At least he’s in the conversation.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Deandre Ayton

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

Only played 20 minutes due to foul trouble. In Ayton’s locker post game, a portable radio was blasting….

A minute into the song, DeAndre Jordan entered the room, Kool-Aid man style, and yelled, “Welcome to the NBA rook!”

Richaun Holmes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 6 5 2 1 0 0 7/8 2/3

Played 28 minutes because DJ punked DA. Regardless, over the past seven games, he’s been a top 30 player. Orale Holmes!

Elie Okobo

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

Played 23 minutes. He’s back? Jamal Crawford DNP-CD, so it’s possible. Remember when I said don’t be a bobo and pick up Okobo way back when? Those were good times.

Maxi Kleber

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 9 1 1 2 1 2/4 4/7 3/3

Got the start because Dennis Smith Jr. was out (back) and played 34 minutes, a season-high. Was it Maximillian Appreciation Day?

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 6 5 3 0 4 4/6 8/14 10/16

The only fantasy weaknesses to his game are the low shooting percentage (43% from the field), suspect free throw shooting (73%, but 63% over the past eight games), and lack of blocks. Top 90 player for the season, but I think he ends higher as the trip-dubs start flowing and the shooting efficiency improves. Halle-f’ing-Luka!

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 3 0 0 1 2/6 7/17 2/3

Good, not great. Like Luka, the shooting percentages are #notgood. 44% from the field on the season, but 34% over the past four games. From the free throw line, Gordon is sub-70%. He also doesn’t provide much D stats. Top 100 player on the season and top 175 player over the past eight games.

D. J. Augustin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 6 0 0 4 3/6 7/11 6/7

D. J. was spinning the good stuff last night.

He’s been a top 60 player over the seven games. He’s a steady source of threeecolas and dimes, but accesses ceiling when he gets his 211 on and shoots well from the field.

Evan Fournier

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

Impressive!

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 14 2 1 1 1 0 4/8 4/4

Making his country and fantasy owners proud with top 25 production this season.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 4 7 1 0 2 4/7 12/21 5/6

You know Mitchell is a dog, so it was only a matter of time before he started balling out. Over the past seven games, he’s put up top 45 production. He does it all except provide blocks, but honestly, I think he’s just being unselfish so Gobert can get all of that glory.

Raul Neto

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

Got the start because Ricky Rubio was out (hamstring) and played 31 minutes. Rubio is out at least one week and Dante Exum is out as well, so Neto it is.

Kyle Korver

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

Played 24 minutes. If you need threeecolas and literally nothing else.

Jordan Clarkson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 4 2 3 3 2 2/5 9/16 1/2

My ClarkSON played 30 minutes off the bench. Top 35 player over the past four games! The usage rate has been an insane 32.2 and the contributions in the D categories have been eye-opening. He’s always going to jack up shots. His name is Jordan after all. Now, he’s been shooting over 50% from the field, so expect that come down, and I wouldn’t expect the robust contributions in D. Top 100 player more than likely.

Matthew Dellavedova

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 7 0 0 1 3/5 6/8 2/2

MVP!

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 13 7 2 4 1 1/1 11/17 15/16

Yawn. Wake me up when he does something exciting.

Nikola Mirotic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 1 0 0 1 4/7 6/11 1/3

Played 22 minutes in his first game back from injury. He was playing at a top 30 level pre-injury, so hopefully he can get back into the groove.

Lauri Markkanen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 5 2 1 3 1 0/3 4/12 2/2

Top 100 player recently, primarily due to the increase in turnovers. Markkanen will be fine. He provides threeecolas, boards, and the contributions in steals and blocks have been lovely to see. Just don’t expect many dimes from him, though.

Wendell Carter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 1 0 0 0 1/1 7/9 7/7

Top 50 player over the last six games. The blocks haven’t been as robust as I expected, but the shooting percentages! 60% from the field and 94% from the free throw line on 3 attempts per game. This Carter Administration has a lot of positive momentum heading into the end of the first year.

Bobby Portis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 0 0 0 3 3/6 6/12 0

In 19 minutes. Dude is a professional getter of buckets. Too bad he does nothing else, hence the limited playing time. He’s a specialist of getting buckets. And popping dudes in the mouth. Back in the day, conflicts would often be determined by each army sending out their best fighters to duel, mano a mano. That’s Portis.

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 4 0 0 1 2/4 10/14 2/2

Nancy, let’s go check out the highlights from last night….

Top 75 player who’s pretty meh most of the time. He will provide the points, threeecolas, with a handful of boards and dimes. No D stats, though.

Zach Collins

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

I like Collins as a player. At 7′ 0″ and 235 pounds, he’s agile for his size and can shoot from beyond the arc. He’s got a little toughness as well, and will defend the rim and clean up the glass. With that said, he just doesn’t get enough minutes to be a consistent contributer. Someone to keep an eye on if injury strikes or he’s given more minutes.

Seth Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 0 1 0 3 3/5 7/11 0

Played 23 minutes off the bench. Kyle Korver’s fantasy twin.

Marco Belinelli

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 1 0 0 0 3/6 5/11 1/2

Played 29 minutes. Kyle Korver’s fantasy triplet. Does that even make sense? Anyways, I think you get the point.

LaMarcus Aldridge played 30 minutes and scored 13 points, while DeMar DeRozan played 31 minutes and scored 9 points. LMAO!

Patty Mills

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 3 3 2 0 1 3/7 5/11 0

Played 31 minutes off the bench because Derrick White was in foul trouble.

Marc Gasol

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 14 3 1 1 1 3/5 9/16 5/7

He had been hibernating….like what most good bears do. Not sure he returns to the top 20-ish level he was producing earlier in the season, but he did take a good chunk of time off, so he should well rested for the stretch run.

JaMychal Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 11 2 2 0 2 2/4 5/8 0

Played 28 minutes off the bench. Points and boards are his main forte, but Green will chip in some threeecolas and D stats. Normally, averages around 24 minutes per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 21 5 1 0 3 0/1 8/16 11/14

Malcolm Brogdon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 5 3 1 0 3 0/1 9/12 6/6

Could Brogdon be the Most Improved Player? Posting top 60 value for the season and has been a top 35 player over the past seven games. 52% from the field and 98% from the free throw line! Add in 15.7 points, 1.6 threeecolas, 4.6 boards, 3.4 dimes, and he’s gotta be in the mix, right? The lack of D stats may hinder his chances, though.

Sterling Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 3 4 1 0 0 3/8 5/12 0

Played 21 minutes and had one of his most productive games of the season. Not fantasy relevant, but someone to keep in mind if injury strikes.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 13 1 0 2 3 0 4/16 10/12

Quick! Jump back to the other universe because we are in Bizarro World. 10-for-12 from the free throw line for Capela and 4-for-16 from the field?

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
42 11 6 2 1 9 6/16 13/30 10/11

All one can do is laugh and admire the ridiculousness of what he’s doing right now. Harden impossible to guard.

Austin Rivers

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 2 0 1 1 3/7 4/8 2/2

Continues to start and played 39 minutes. Rivers is averaging close to 40 minutes a game. That is all.

Gerald Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 1 1 0 2 3/10 5/13 3/3

Played 33 minutes off the bench. He’s the main and only guy off the bench. If threeecolas are what you need, then threeecolas are what you shall receive from Green.

DeAndre’ Bembry

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

Got the start and played 29 minutes. Yo, DJ. Cue up that Monica again.

Kevin Huerter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 3 0 0 2 0/4 6/15 2/2

Played 37 minutes. I believe! Not like that guy who’s standing on top of the rail of the hotel balcony singing that he can fly, after he ate an ounce of mushrooms, smoked 2 joints, sniffed 3 lines of coke, and popped 4 tabs of ecstasy.

Jeremy Lin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 3 3 0 4 0/5 5/18 6/6

Played 28 minutes off the bench after playing 35 minutes the prior game. Lin plays in blowouts and when there are injuries. Well, the Hawks get blown out a lot and both Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince are out with injuries.

Joe Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 9 2 0 1 3 4/7 6/12 0

Not-your-average Joe returned from injury and played 30 minutes. Points, threeecolas, rebounds, and a handful of dimes are what he provides.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 4 1 0 3 1/4 11/20 0

Top 35 player over the past six games. DLoading no more. And I have to say that the picture looks very nice.

Ed Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 16 1 1 0 0 0 2/6 4/7

Played 23 minutes off the bench. Mr. Ed is a horse that specializes in rebounds. A date with the uptempo Atlanta Hawks was a match made in heaven.

DeMarre Carroll played 21 minutes and scored 17 points. Shabazz Napier played 23 minutes and scored 11 points. Spencer Dinwiddie played 29 minute and scored 16 points. The Nets have too many damn players.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 14 2 1 3 7 1/4 11/17 12/14

Remember the game Simon Says? I hated that game. F U Simon. Who do you think you are?  Don’t f’ing tell me what to do! Anyways, if the game was Embiid Says and he says to sex him, as a fantasy owner you kind of have to, right?

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 8 2 0 7 0 7/15 1/4

Over the last seven games, despite averaging 18.1 points, 8.3 boards, and 8.1 dimes, Simmons has been a top 230 player. No threeecolas, very few blocks, 50% from the free throw line, and 4.3 turnovers.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 9 2 2 0 1 0/2 7/18 9/10

Good help is so hard to find.

The 76ers lost to the Wizards, 105-123. Shrug emoji.

Furkan Korkmaz

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 2 2 0 2 4/8 5/10 2/3

Got another start for J. J. Redick and played 26 minutes. It sounds like Redick should be back soon.

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 1 2 0 4 0/4 7/17 3/3

A top 180 player over the past seven games. Ariza is providing threeecolas, boards, dimes, and steals, but he’s shooting 32% from the field.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 2 5 1 1 4 6/11 13/21 2/2

Exhibit #23413434 of why a Wall is not necesssary.

Thomas Bryant got the start, played 14 minutes, and contributed 9 points and 6 rebounds. Ian Mahinmi played 25 minutes and contributed 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals. Buzz kills for Bryant owners.

Otto Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 0 3 0 2 1/3 8/15 6/6

Played 33 minutes off the bench. Top 25 player over the past four games. Is it really happening?

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 5 0 0 1 0 6/9 8/8

Got another start because Myles Turner was out (shoulder) and played 27 minutes. Has been a top 20 player over the past four games. Arvydas must be proud.

Kyle O’Quinn

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

Played 21 minutes because Sabonis cannot play all the center minutes when Turner is out.

Tyreke Evans

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 5 0 0 2 2/6 6/16 1/3

I. Don’t. Care. Hey look! 16 shot attempts!

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 2 0 0 0 3/3 6/8 7/7

Top 40 player over the past six games. Points, threeecolas, rebounds, excellent percentages, and low turnover rate.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 0 1 0 1 2/5 9/15 0

Channing must be so proud.

Marcus Smart

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

Played 22 minutes. 2 points. 2 rebounds. 3 assists minus 1 steal equals 2. 1 block plus 1 turnover equals 2. 0-for-2 from downtown. 3 field goal attempts minus 1 make equals 2. Smart had 2 personal fouls. ILLUMINATI!!!

Gordon Hayward

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

Played 22 minutes. Top 120 player. He’s shown the ability to access the ceiling, but the minutes are still low and there’s been inconsistency. Depending on how he finishes up the year, Hayward could be a good bargain next year.

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 3 1 1 0 2/5 7/12 6/8

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Been a top 100 player over the past seven games. He’s been shooting 60% from the field. Not sustainable, but it’s nice to see. The 72% from the free throw line on 3.6 attempts is also nice to see. The lack of D stats is weird, but I have confidence that will re-emerge.

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 0 6 1 0 4 2/8 6/14 2/2

Played 37 minutes. Really _lake? I expect the 0 blocks but no rebounds?

Andre Drummond

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

Compared to last season, the rebounds, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage are all down. The biggest decrease, though, has been in the assists (3 last season vs 1.2 this year). Over the past seven games, Dre has been a top 120 player.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 2 0 0 0 2 5/10 16/24 4/6

A career-high! What a shooting performance but….Kuzma was battling _lake for the most empty line of the night.

Brandon Ingram

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

The rebounding and assist numbers have increased since LeBron went down. The usage rate also spiked from 24 to 29. With that said, no threeecolas and limited contributions in the D stats. Plus, the shooting efficiency still needs work. Both Ingram and the Lakers are still trying to figure out how best to utilize his skill set. For fantasy, he doesn’t even crack the top 200.

Lonzo Ball

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

He’s shooting 23% from the free throw line over the past eight games. 23!

Michael Beasley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 2 4 0 2 2 1/2 9/13 0

Played 19 minutes off the bench. A professional getter of buckets, Beasley has received 19, 9, and 21 minutes the past three games and scored 19, 13, and 11 points respectively. He’s also dished out some nice dimes. Will likely disappear once LeBron returns.

Ivica Zubac

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

Played 23 minutes off the bench.

JaVale McGee

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

Got the start and played 25 minutes.

Tyson Chandler DNP-CD for rest. He neuters any upside that McGee or Zubac could have. In fact, it’s a three-headed monster.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 4 0 0 2 1/4 6/10 2/2

Played 26 minutes. Points, threeecolas, steals, with a handful of boards and dimes. Minutes should tick back down when LeBron returns.

  1. tenethor says:
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    Hello Son,

    Firstly, thanks for your daily recap, keep up the good work!
    I desperately need your help.
    Im on a 10team – H2H – 9cat league with an IR spot. My team is the following :

    Jokic
    Paul
    Beal
    Horford
    Barton
    Allen
    Wendell Carter Jr.
    Kyle Anderson
    Prince
    Covington
    Vonleh
    Jeff Green
    Carroll (streamer spot)

    As you can see my team is struggling, cause of the injuries, every week so far (also lost Dejounte Murray one day after our leagues draft took place). Anyway im currently ranked 6th and 8 teams will advance to the playoffs. I reallyi dont know if ill eventually make it while losing so many games every week (actually i have lost 20% of the total games that my players would have played so far).

    Whats your precious advice? Should i start cutting the injured guys (paul, barton, prince, covington) or keep em all and hope for some good news ? Furthermore, do you think i should try and make a trade? If yes, who would you be sending away and who would you be targeting?

    Sorry for the long post man but im really desperate here, i feel like i drafted a good team but i dont get the chance to see it perform.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hey tenethor. Thanks my man! Much appreciated.

      As for your dilemna, I’d probably hold those guys because they all should be back in a few weeks. It’s dicey, though, because there is always risk of re-injury or it takes time to get back into the groove. With that said, I always advocate sending out the scouts to gather intel. Once in a while, you’ll discover a deal that makes sense. As for who to trade and target, that’s too broad of a question because I don’t know the league dynamics. Send out feelers to other owners and see how their teams are constructed.

  2. Black Yeshua says:
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    Yo Son!

    Is it time to drop Love? Stashed (No-IR) since the injury, getting tired of the waiting game. Only other PFs on roster (see below) are T. Harris and T. Young.

    PG: S. Curry, E. Bledsoe
    SG: D. Mitchell, T. Hardaway Jr.
    SF: J. Richardson, K. Middleton
    PF: T. Harris, T. Young, K. Love
    C: J. Embiid, A. Horford, J. Allen, T. Bryant

    ~Thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup Black Yesua! I’d drop Love. There’s been no timetable for his return outside of a vague “maybe after the All-Star break.” Plus, I hate toe/foot injuries for big guys. Lastly, his situation is uncertain. If he stays in Cleveland, there’s no incentive to play him. If he gets traded, the usage will likely come down, he still has to get healthy, and would need to be integrated with new players.

      • Black Yeshua says:
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        @Son: That’s all I needed to hear to give Love the boot. Thanks Son!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime. Love hurts, but it’s usually a good thing to experience. Kevin Love hurting, though, is not. Good luck

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    aYYYo!

    Wzup’ Son son ?!

    Always trying to improve here.

    I like where my team is at, but I have some minor tweaking to do still.

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Mudiay
    George/Tobias/Lamb/BogBog/Saric/Osman
    Embiid/Gobert/Taj/Bryant/Bamba

    I’m 11th on waivers. Want to put a claim in for Huerter, kinda want to hold Osman.

    I feel good with my 2 stud bigs Embiid/Gobert, but after that it kinda falls off up front..

    What moves should I make here – Huerter*, Holmes, MRob, JaMychal, Ross, Bullock are out there.

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      aYYYYo!

      I like Huerter over Osman.

      I’d think about Holmes for Taj and would keep an eye on MRob.

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey Son! While I always love some straight cash, digging the picture change.

    Got two questions, just looking at overall production and not team fit

    In a 10 team 9 cat, drop Fournier and use as a streaming spot? How about Schroeder? Any hope of these guys turning it around?

    My Ball for his Markennen?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Sup Miles! Ha! Randy Moss will forever be near and dear to my heart, and that straight cash video is my favorite of all time, but I needed a change…someone a little more similar to me….and a character from one of my favorite movies.

      As for your questions…..

      Both Fournier and Schroder have been brutal. I have more faith in Fournier turning it around.

      I’m okay with Ball for Markk. Really depends on the context though.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: thanks!

        What are your general feelings on a trade like my Lowry or Butler (2nd or 3rd round picks) for Harden or Curry?

  5. Dave says:
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    nice read! keep up the good work. need help on a trade, another owner offer me Z.Lavine for my John Collins. 9 catg 12 team h2h, very competitive league. Im currently 2nd, leading fg, reb, blk, points, im punting ft, and trying to be competitive in 3s, assist and stls.

    thanks for your feedback.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dave: Thanks Dave! Much appreciated.

      I’d send out the scouts to see what else you could get for Collins first. The steals and assists have really come down for LaVine. The threeecolas have been fine though. With that said, you know I love Collins and I feel you could get more than LaVine, but you know your league and owners better than me.

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