For those who are new here, welcome and know that I often clown Blake Griffin. Not because he can jump over cars and triple-dub on any night. That would be stupid. I make fun of him because he rarely brings the D, which could be a reason he is no longer with Kendall Jenner. I kid. For a man of his height and athleticism, he should be blocking more than 0.5 shots a game. Hence, the reason I call him Ricky Lake Griffin. He doesn’t deserve that B. I had so much fun comparing the block number to Serge Ibaka’s assist number last season. If that was a drinking game, no one would get drunk. But it is I who dons the clown suit today. Actually, I’m the one who should be donning the clown suit everyday, but let’s not completely crush my self worth. Anyways, Blake Griffin was absolutely fantastic last night. He was so good that….what’s that sound I hear?

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
50 14 6 0 1 1 5/10 20/35 5/11

A freaking 50-burger and, more importantly, 1 block! 35 shot attempts and only 1 turnover! AND he led his team to a 133-132 victory over the 76ers in overtime. You da man, Blake! You da man. Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator would also concur, as it had him as the #6 player last night.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 16 2 3 2 5 0/2 6/20 2/4

Definitely not a Dre Day, as Blake went ballistic, and Drummond got ejected from the game in the fourth quarter. It’s too bad because he got Joel Embiid into early foul trouble and was set up for a monster game, but…..what’s that sound I hear?

Reggie Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 3 0 0 1 3/6 7/14 6/6

What a game from Reggie, but underwhelming considering Blake’s night. The efficiency is what stands out, but that’s not something you can expect every night. With that said, he’s playing over 31 minutes per game, averaging 5 assists, and is the 63rd player according to Basketball Monster.

Ish Smith

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

Played 33 minutes and also had an uncharacteristically good shooting night. Coming into the season, I thought Reggie and Ish would cannibalize each other’s minutes, but they’ve been playing plenty together. Ish is averaging over 28 minutes per game on the season. I wish for Ish to swish so I can no longer be a fish.

Stanley Johnson

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

Impressive.

Reggie Bullock

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 3 0 0 0 2/7 6/14 3/3

Threeecoooooooooooolaaaaaaaa……..

Dario Saric

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 5 1 1 1 2/11 5/16 2/3

Mario with the D always provides. That’s why both the ladies and fellas like him.

Robert Covington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 2 1 1 1 3/4 6/11 1/2

Count your blessings when the Lord provides.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 11 7 0 3 1 0/4 11/20 11/14

Such a boss. AND he was in foul trouble the whole game.

I don’t appreciate the flop but the actions afterwards were very entertaining. WWEmbiid.

Landry Shamet

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

Got the start due to Ben Simmons sitting and played 24 minutes. The rookie can shoot and it’s nice to see the coaching staff having confidence in him already. With that said, JJ Redick is going to soak up most of the shooting guard minutes.

Markelle Fultz

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

Got the start at point guard and played 21 minutes. Not good, but at least he made his second threeecola on the season.

TJ McConnell

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

Played 32 minutes. Contributes across the board when he plays. And he has nice hair.

JJ Redick

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 6 6 0 0 0 6/15 9/21 6/7

THREEECOOOOOOOOLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAS!!!! Better than most 3 & D players without the D, in that he actually contributes some rebounds and assists.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 1 1 1 0 1/4 8/15 7/7

That’s what I see when I watch Gallinari play. Hopefully he stays healthy so that he can continue strutting his stuff.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 9 3 1 0 1 2/5 8/16 8/9

I feel like he and Khris Middleton are the two most underrated players in the NBA. Am I wrong? Anyways, I love watching him play and think the Clippers did well in acquiring his services. Even if Blake went bonkers tonight.

Patrick Beverley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 8 0 0 2 1/3 5/10 1/3

Almost messed around in 27 minutes. Usually provides steals, but the Pelicans only turned the ball over 8 times as a team.

Avery Bradley

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

Impressively terrible in 29 minutes of run.

Montrezl Harrell

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

Played 23 minutes, while Marcin Gortat played 12 minutes. Why is Gortat playing 12 minutes?

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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

Played 22 minutes. The defense is legit, as he has tremendous length. The offense needs some work, but that should develop over time. Wouldn’t surprise me if he gets more minutes as well.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 1 0 0 4 0/3 8/15 1/2

Another guy I got wrong this offseason. I knew the Clippers were stacked, and factored in a decrease in usage from last season, but I did think he would get more minutes than he’s getting. Boooooooooooooo. I like to think that the crowd is chanting Loooouuuuu.

Nikola Mirotic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 12 0 0 1 1 0/6 7/18 4/5

He’s the #21 player according to Basketball Monster right now. Hot diggidy damn. What’s not to like? Can shoot from downtown, bang down low to grab rebounds, and provides the D.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 13 2 1 5 0 2/3 11/21 10/15

Played 40 minutes. I mean, c’mon man. AD is a freaking cheat code. Filled the entire stat sheet WITH stellar percentages. AND zero, ziltch, nada turnovers! Please stay healthy AD. Pretty please. I want to see a ceiling season.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 6 9 2 0 3 0/4 2/15 4/6

Took a little Holiday, but still provided a high floor. That shooting percentage? A vacation.

Julius Randle

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

Only played 22 minutes because he fouled out. The threeecola and steals are nice. Something that I was hesistant to project him for. If he drains the 3-ball and provides the D, then he could return draft value.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 3 0 5 4 1/1 9/11 1/3

Played 32 minutes off the bench. Is it happening?

Justin Jackson

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

I still thinks he sucks, but let’s not forget, that I faded Blake Griffin.

Frank Mason III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 5 7 1 0 3 2/4 6/10 0

Played 27 minutes. If you’re wondering what happened to Fox, Shumpert, Hield, Cauley-Stein, and Bjelica…..well, they all played like shit and got blown out by the Nuggets. Hence, the bench getting more run.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 12 6 1 0 3 1/2 6/11 1/1

Almost messed around in 23 minutes.

Due to the blowout nature of this game, only one Nuggets starter played more than 25 minutes. And that was….

Gary Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 5 1 0 1 2/4 8/12 0

Those pesky Kings. Actually, they weren’t pesky at all.

Monte Morris

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

Played 29 minutes due primarily to the blowout factor. But….he did get 22 minutes of run during the prior game against the Warriors. Didn’t shoot well in that game (4-for-12), but did score 9 points, grab 6 boards, and dished out 4 dimes.

  1. Ace says:
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    Hii Son,

    Could you please rank for these players : Hayward, RoCo, Redick, Fournier, Ingram & Tj warren ??

    I’m looking for best player & high upside

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ace: Ingram, RoCo, Fournier, Hayward, TJ

      • Ace says:
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        @Son:

        sorry sir and redick ??

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ace: Sorry. 3rd

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            @Son:

            thanks sir

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Ace: anytime

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    A*Y*O!

    Dunn, Dunn, Dunnnnnnnnnn.. That was a mood killer for me yesterday.

    Got him in both my leagues. Gotta hold Dunn in 12’s right ?! (No I.R) Def.

    Nabbed Barne’s off waivers today and pulled the trigger trade on Bamba, all before 8am.

    That’s how you work!

    New look squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Tyreke/Levert/Burke
    P. George/Tobias/Prince/Saric/Osman
    Embiid/Ayton/Bamba/Willy/Gibson

    Hoping either Bamba or Willy or both rise at some point for me. Willing to stash for now.

    Gibson has been quietly, low end good.

    • Son

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      @Mr. Blast: AYO! You straight bustling and hustlin. Damn, forgot to write up Dunn. I don’t think he’s a must hold though. The Taj has been decent, since his minutes finally got back ramped up

  3. Jake says:
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    Hi Son,

    I have Ariza, Payne, and Hejonza in the waiver wire.

    My team:
    Embiid
    Mitchell
    Ingram
    Russell
    Osman
    Bojan
    W. hernangomez
    Dedmon
    Fultz
    Bazemore
    Markannen
    Lyles

    Anyone you think I should drop for those 3. I mean they can help but I am having second thoughts. Thanks, mate!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: Hezonja for Lyles

      • Jake says:
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        @Son: Thanks! Was thinking the same but maybe once I get to hold Hezonja. It will be a wait and see for me for the next 2 weeks! I’ll take this advice, Son!

        • Son

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          @Jake: Good luck!

  4. Jose Baloncesto says:
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    So I won my bid on Hart ($7) so now I’m down to $88 in FAAB for the season. If he gets minutes and even becomes the starting SG, it’ll be a bargain. If not, oops.

    I want to pick your brain on another matter. I’m a little light at PF/C though that seems to be a universal problem this season, i.e. there aren’t many great PF/Cs. Watching Gortat and Harrell play, I wonder if it’s only a matter of time until Harrell takes over and officially starts, if so he could be quite valuable. Maybe. I’m sure this has been said before and ended in disappointment, but it’s hard to ignore his blocks and steals. On to my question:

    I have no obvious drop for Harrell. Would it make sense for me to seek a trade either to add a PF/C in general, or a 2-for-1 trade and then add Harrell? Another team is making Collins available, and I think one other team may be willing to part with Millsap (who may be a buy low since he’s off to a slow start) or Adams (out of fear that his start is due to Westbrook being out). What should I aim for? I’m thinking I can build an offer around Gallo since I trust his health like I trust a fox in a hen-house.

    Team in a h2h, 9-cat keeper yahoo league (alphabetically)
    Conley, CP3, Fournier, Gallo, Hart, Horford, J-Rich, Kawhi, LeVert, Osman, Randle

    • Son

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      I like Hart a lot this year.

      I’m good with trading Gallo. I’m always curious why Harrell has never received more than 20 mpg, but he could get a chance this season. Range of outcomes is wide, though, as he could remain in a three-headed monster. I like Adams but that FT%. Do you have an IR spot for Collins?

      • Jose Baloncesto says:
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        @Son: No IR spot in our league so I’d have to suck up Collins until whenever he comes back, and hope the presence of Dedmon and Len didn’t affect him too much (i.e. hope he’s mostly playing PF and that his 3pters from last season weren’t a fluke). So he’s not super attractive unless the price is dirt cheap AND you have no confidence in Gallo’s health.

        I’m almost wondering whether Millsap is the best bet. Even with a slow start he seems to be getting blocks and steals. Gallo has been a top 20 or 30 player so far, even without d-stats, but then again, he hasn’t played over 53 games since 2012-13. Would Gallo be enough for Millsap straight up though, or should I include someone else in that deal, like a Fournier (if you’re not buying the dimes, or think he’ll lose PT to the 2nd unit)?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, no IR spot is tough.

          I like Millsap. Send out the scouts for price discovery

  5. Cohen says:
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    Hart or Bagley?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hart

  6. Gregarious says:
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    @Son

    I’m in the unfortunate position of needing a bit of depth. Would you trade Oladipo for Dragic and Capela? Or is that not enough of a return. He also has Ayton, but not sure he’d part with him instead of Capela.

    Thanks man

    • Son

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      @Gregarious: I don’t like that’s trade. What’s the rest of your squad look like?

      • Gregarious says:
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        @Son:

        PG: Lowry
        SG: Oladipo
        G: McGruder
        SF: Paul George
        F: Portis
        C: Marc Gasol
        C: Jarrett Allen
        Util: Bagley
        Util Malik Monk
        Bench: Gilgeous-Alexander, Rozier, Melo

        This is a 9-cat H2H league

        • Gregarious says:
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          @Gregarious:

          Whoops….missed PF: Blake Griffin

        • Son

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          @Gregarious: I’m not in a rush to trade away assets this early in the season. In addition, I want to acquire as many difference makers as I can. With that said, everyone has a price but I don’t think that’s the right one for Dipo. I’d be real diligent scouring the wire for streamers and hope to fall into a guy at some point. Friends don’t let friends Melo, so I’d use that spot. Also, that McGruder one should open up soon as well

  7. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    10 team 9 cat league. what are your thoughts on my team?
    G: Curry, Dipo, J.Murray, Lonzo, Danny Green
    F: Tobias, Millsap, Isaac, Gay, WCJ
    C: Gasol, Ayton, Kanter

    Got a request for my Tobias and Lonzo for Otto and Gary Harris.. Do you think I’d benefit from the trade?

    • Son

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      Squad is solid. Strength is blocks. Weakest in 3s and assists, but still solid.

      I could have sworn I answered this question before. Glitch in the matrix. Anyways, you’d get more points, steals, and fewer turnovers while giving away rebounds, assists, and blocks

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: Thanks Son. Must’ve been a glitch. thought i post this earlier but it was gone when I rechecked. anyway, i was really expecting a blk party kind of squad but weird thing is I am currently last placed on blocks as my guys haven’t started the season well but I believe they’ll pick things up.

        I love both Otto and Gary side. i love what tobias is doing but I’m not sure on Ball’s role now with LeBron on the team and seems like Rondo is handling playmaking of team. What scares me is Otto’s performance now even without dwight. Dwight might take away rebound’s and some usages too.

        • Son

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          All good. The only thing I’m worried about is health for Lonzo. Outside of that, he’s going to be good in both real life and fantasy. Will contribute across the board.

          I think Otto will be fine but if it makes you uncomfortable, then I’m all for appeasing anxiety

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    Your write ups are so comprehensive, thank you!

    So unfortunately I am punting blocks and looks like FG and TO’s are rough (guard and wing heavy team). WOuld like to boost boards. Do you like my offering of Horford and Booker for his Love and DeRozen? I even wanted to get greedier and add in my Schroder for his Batum. Am I totally off base here?

    Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Thanks for reading!

      I have Horford/Booker being better in blocks

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: thanks. I’m going to wait bc of the 50 Blake just dropped, but what do you think of Booker and Horford for his Griffin and Vuc?

        • Son

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          @miles proudfoot: Not improving in blocks. The Booker/Horford has the edge in 3pt, pts, ast, stl, and fg%. Blake/Vuc gets the edge in reb and tov

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: I’m goiig to wait based upon Griffins 50, but what do you think about Booker and Horford for his Griffin and Vuc?

  9. Brent

    Brent says:
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    I wonder if there is anyone out there who didn’t underrate Tobias Harris and overrate Lou Williams…hmmmm. 🙂

    Great write up as always

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Brent: Ha! Things that make you go hmmmmm. Thanks Brent!

  10. Kevin says:
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    Good writing, per the usual!

    Would you trade your Darren Collison for Harrison Barnes? I tried offering George Hill or Patrick Beverley but the other own wouldn’t budge. I like Collison’s safe numbers (maybe not right now) but I know my weakness is 3s and scoring.

    Standard 9-cat H2h 12 team w/ extra bench spot

    G: Teague, lamb, Dinwiddie, Rubio, Beverley, Collison
    F: Middleton, Ariza, Kyle Anderson, Aminu
    C: Anthony davis, Gobert, Valanciunas.

    I appreciate your 2 cents!

    • Son

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      Thanks Kevin! I hate Collison, so yes. Keep in mind I’ve been horribly wrong on many preseaon calls, so the Costanza strategy may be optimal here. Your call.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: If that’s what we’re dking, I think you need to speak with the Heat and have Josh Richardson’s jersey number changed to Seven.

        • Son

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          @miles proudfoot: Ha! One game, granted it was a bad one, but the prior two were awesome. Have faith in my RichardSON!

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