I’ve watched the West Wing, House of Cards, and Designated Survivor, so I consider myself one of the preeminent experts on how things operate in our nation’s capital. It’s bipartisan wrangling to further agendas. It’s projecting power and showing force. Ultimately, it’s sound bites and photo/video ops, because image is everything. Two of the more contentious issues floating through the streets of DC have been the wall being built on the border of Mexico and John Wall on the court for the Washington Wizards. A few months ago, whispers echoed throughout the city: We don’t need no stinking Wall. Each passing day turned the volume up a notch to when it crescendoed to: WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING WALL!!! Entering last night’s game, the Wizards were 5-11, 15th in offensive efficiency, and 27th in defensive efficiency. Wall will be paid $169 million over the next four years. Why is every damn Wall so expensive?! Yet, Wall put all the questions to bed. At least for one night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 8 2 2 1 5/12 9/24 7/10

The Wizards were down 21-40 after the first period, but Wall was a catalyst in bringing the Wizards back for a 125-118 victory over the Clippers. After the game, smiles and handshakes abounded with cameras flashing pictures of joyful jubilee. A senator, who was sitting courtside, texted the Press Secretary a selfie with he and Wall. Under the picture were the words: Washington Wizards Wall. Four more years!

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Montrezl Harrell

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

Played 31 minutes off the bench. Play the man, then pay the man! Harrell has to be the front runner for Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player. Kevin McHale and Bill Walton won the award in back-to-back seasons (1984 & 1985) for the Celtics. Could the same feat happen again, as Lou Williams won the award last season? Speaking of Sweet Lou….

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 3 1 0 4 1/4 7/15 2/2

A professional getter of buckets, but the minutes are way down from last season (32.8 vs 26.5). The usage rate is higher, though (31.6 vs 29.6).

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 9 1 0 0 2 4/6 12/21 1/2

In the offseason, Harris turned down an $80 million contract extension. He’s eligible for a five-year/$188 million max contract from the Clippers in the offseason. Always bet on yourself….when you have the skills of Tobias Harris. Not when you have the skills of Nerlens Noel.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 3 3 1 2 1/4 6/11 4/5

Got the start at point guard and played 29 minutes. There’s a reason the Logo is The Logo. Not only could he ball on the court, but his eye for talent is unparalleled.

Otto Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 14 2 2 1 0 1/4 4/9 2/2

That’s the OPJ we all know and love. Unfortunately, with his early season struggles, he may be OPJ (Other People’s Jewel).

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 3 7 0 1 2 0/3 8/17 11/14

The calibration on the BB gun was on point last night. Spotter needs to account for wind from distance, though.

Jeff Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 3 1 1 0 3/6 8/11 1/1

Played 26 minutes. Green has all the talent and skills in the world, as evidenced by last night’s game. There’s a reason he’s a 32-year-old journeyman, though. If he goes 20/10 in the next game, I won’t be surprised. If he shits the bed, I won’t be surprised.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 11 4 2 2 1 0/1 6/14 1/4

That’s now five straight double-dubs for Nurkic (15.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game). Over that span, he’s also averaged 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1 steal. He’s been a top 40 player for fantasy. The last four years, though, Nurkic ended as the 107th, 193rd, 244th, and 202nd player. I’m just the messenger. Whichever side you’re on, please don’t shoot me.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 6 8 2 0 4 3/9 9/22 8/10

Y’all know my love for Lillard and that usually means it’s Dame Dolla time, but….

CJ McCollum

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31 4 2 0 1 1 5/9 13/23 0

….had himself a night. Let’s go straight to the highlights.

Meyers Leonard

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

Played 17 minutes. Leonard is a big man that can stretch the floor, but he doesn’t get enough minutes to make a consistent impact. Plus, Zach Collins only played 13 minutes due to foul trouble.

Evan Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 6 4 1 0 3 0 5/9 0

Played 34 minutes. ET doesn’t phone home with spectacular stats, but he’s the main guy on the second unit and contributes across the board. If you’re into plus/minus, ET was a team-leading +16 last night.

Noah Vonleh

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

Fizdale shuffled the lineup once again and re-inserted Vonleh into the starting five. He played 37 minutes and….message to Coach Fizdale…..he’s really, really good.

Mario Hezonja

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

Got the start at small forward, but only played 17 minutes. Not so super. He better find that magic mushroom soon.

Enes Kanter

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

Got the start ahead of Mitchell Robinson, but only played 27 minutes and did not double-dub for only the fifth time all season. This is going to be one helluva ride for you Kanter owners. Enjoy!

Emmanuel Mudiay

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

Got the start and played 24 minutes. I think he sucks, but he’s starting.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 5 4 1 0 2 3/6 10/21 9/9

Hardaway is 16th in field goal attempts with 18.5 per game. Shooters shoot. You press the bets when he’s hot, but know that the….7 out!!!….is right around the corner.

Kevin Knox

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

Played 13 minutes. I don’t think he’s fantasy relevant this season.

Trey Burke

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 3 0 0 2 3/5 8/15 0

Uno. Dos. Trey!!! Tres Treys with tres boards and tres dimes. I love the universe!!!

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 14 2 0 2 0 0 5/8 3/4

I hope you went to Jarrett!!!

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 6 4 1 3 2/8 9/22 0

I always clown on Russell, but he’s been balling lately. I guess the buffering is done. Over the past seven games, he’s been a top 30 player: 20.6 points, 3 threeecolas, 3.9 boards, 6.1 dimes, 2.1 steals, and only 2.3 turnovers.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 7 1 0 2 2/5 5/12 4/4

Played 30 minutes and is averaging around 28 minutes per game. Threeecolas, assists, steals, and a smattering of boards are what you get.

Rodney McGruder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 4 0 0 3 1/4 7/14 0

Played 36 minutes. Like I said the other day, this Mcy G’s ain’t going anywhere.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 23 0 1 2 3 0/1 9/21 3/6

Another Mt. Whiteside explosion.

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 5 2 0 3 0/5 6/20 4/7

My RichardSON, ay caramba! It’s all good homie. Shooter shoot. I got your back.

James Johnson

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

Played 23 minutes after getting 15 the game before, which was his first game back from injury. It’s going to be a process, but at least he didn’t forget how to foul, as he’s been called for five in each of the two games.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 9 4 0 1 2 0/3 7/15 0

Got the start and played 30 minutes. Nick Nurse has provided a Serge for Ibaka, as the points, assists, steals, blocks, and field goal percentage are all up from last season. Can Nurse heal all players?

The Raptors had all nine players get at least 10 minutes of run. The starters all received at least 30 minutes, while three of the four bench players got a minimum of 20 minutes. No one scored 20 points, yet the Raptors were victorious, 93-91. Nurse for President!

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 18 4 0 0 3 0/3 6/12 2/2

Top 10 player for fantasy. That is all. Carry on.

Evan Fournier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 3 4 1 0 2 4/9 11/20 1/2

Evan. Natural Splasher of Buckets from the streets of Saint-Maurice, France. So pure. So clean. Aaaaah.

Terrence Ross

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

Played 20 minutes. He had a nice seven game stretch in early November, but the last three games have been of discount quality. 20, 23, and 16 minutes played. If you’ve ever shopped at Ross, you know this feeling all too well. You will go on a heater and find the perfect items for a stretch of visits then…..Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s cheap. What do you expect?

  1. Osama says:
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    LMAO @ the ross discount analogy. Great write up my man

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Thanks Osama

  2. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Man, Dinwiddie is just gon start killing it, I can seriously sense it! However, my FG% has been 50/50 since the beginning. Some weeks I win the cat, some weeks I surrender it. I can’t seem to like that one down, unlike steals, blocks, and points. Those 3 cats are a lock to win. So going back to Dinwiddie, yea, gotta trade him for Siakam. It makes me sad to do it.

    I’ve got to watch the game between the clips and wiz, man, too much ball hogging from Wall and Beal. Like there are times when a teammate was wide open and they just choose not to give up the ball, it’s crazy. It’s a good thing though that they got the W, and wins can solve problems and mend fences. I hope that that is the case, but if they go on another losing streak. Sheesh, expect a trade! Hoping OPJ gets dealt to Nawleans.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! I know the feeling my man, but I like getting Siakam for him.

      OPJ in NO would be very lovely indeed.

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    A.Y.O!

    Salute Son!

    Knox gotta go..

    Russell/Lonzo/Dunn/Tyreke
    P. George/Tobias/Saric/Lamb/Osman/Knox
    Embiid/Gobert/Bamba/Robinson/Taj

    Available – Oubre/JaMychal/Lin/KCP/Mikal Bridges/Temple

    Thanks man, If I don’t end up chiming in tomorrow, have a happy Holiday!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      A.Y.O!

      Yeah, no reason to hold onto Knox right now.

      Bridges

      Happy holiday to you as well

  4. J says:
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    Any interest in Fox and Mitchell for Bledsoe and Mirotic?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: In a vacuum, I prefer the Bledsoe/Mirotic side

  5. Jep says:
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    Hey Son! Happy Thanksgiving.
    Your thoughts on KD for Kyrie and Vuc?
    Or too early to panic?
    8th place h2h 12team
    Trae
    Redick
    Moore
    Klay
    KD
    Baze
    Adams
    RHJ
    Favors
    Fournier
    Barton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with it. You’re getting two top 10 players and get that upgrade at center. Irving and Vuc will probably regress some, but I’m a believer in Vuc so….

      • Jep says:
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        @Son:
        Kyrie/Vuc owner will have many thanks to give when he pairs KD with AD.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jep: Yeah, that would be a nasty combination, but it’s a mutually beneficial deal. You have to do what’s best for your team.

          If you don’t want to buy high, I understand. The other owner would be executing the perfect sell high manuever, so if that would put you on tilt, don’t do it.

  6. Chris says:
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    What up son!

    What side do you like?

    Trey Burke and Danny Green
    for
    Teague

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Sup Chris!

      Teague

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks! I have had a guy continuing to offer me this trade and others that are similar. He starts by saying, “made you a pretty nice offer, made you a pretty nice offer. I keep ignoring him but want to say do your research before you say that!

        I don’t think it’s horrible, but I like the Teague side as well. i’m keeing him!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Chris: My antennae always go up when someone butters me up like that

  7. JC says:
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    1. You still recommending dropping McGruder for White?
    2. Thoughts on Poison Goose….about what value would you put on him for h2h league where March is key?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Did I recommend that? If so, abort! Abort!

      Who’s Poison Goose?

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Porzingis. I guess a leftover nickname from JB days.

        Yeah, I held off on White but was eyeballing him. Spurs, Knicks are tough to project….lots of lineup changes

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: Damn you JC and JB. Now Poison Goose is stuck in my head.

          Yeah, I’d keep an eye on a white but hold off for now

          • JC says:
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            @Son:

            Ha ha! My job is to torture you after all.

            Burke, Vonleh, Nance best on a thin wire. H2H league so always looking to project potential down the road. My team is off to a great start, so in no rush to take risks. But would you swap out any for a wire guy….and who goes when Barton comes back? Leaning Daric despite my thinking Tibs has to get him in the starting five soon.

            Draymond, Ibaka, Carter Jr
            Mirotic, Saric, Siakam, OPJ, Tobias
            Harden, Kemba, G Harris, Fournier, Bledsoe, McGruder
            IR: Barton

            Happy Thanksgiving SON….whispers “Poison Goose”

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @JC: Ha! I hate you. Why is he called Poison Goose?

              I’d sit tight. Wouldn’t drop any of your guys for the wire ones.

              Barton could back in a week or two

              • JC says:
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                @Son:

                Who knows? I blame Grey for all the sites issues. So let’s target him.

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @JC: Naw, Grey’s a good dude. 🙂

                  • JC says:
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                    @Son:

                    You guys all love him. Must be true. I like to tweak him every now and then just to keep his head small enough to fit through the door. He really takes it personally so I know he is a sensitive guy. Plus he is not my boss LOL.

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @JC: Grey is the best! Plus, yes. He is the boss, but I respect your position and think you are performing a vital function in our Razzciety!!!

  8. Jordan says:
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    Hey, is it worth keeping SGA in 8 team league? Does he brings any value in those cuircumstances?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends on team/league context. In a vacuum, I’d side with not being a must hold but it all depends.

  9. Ace says:
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    Hey Son,

    Could you please rank for jerami grant, markieff, nance jr, james johnson & bamba ?? H2H 9cat

    Thanks Sir

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ace: Grant, JJ, Nance, Bamba, Morris

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