Good morrow to thee, neighbours! It was a fun night for hoops, especially if you’re a fan of mediocre basketball teams! The Atlanta Hawks scraped by the previously decent Orlando Magic and what a matchup it was! A special shoutout goes to Ersan Ilyasova who went for 26/3/4 on a perfect 9-for-9 FG with five threes, 3-for-5 FT. and no turnovers. It was a pretty spectacular game for Ersan. With Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins (and Mike Muscala) all missing from the Hawks’ frontcourt, there’s minutes to go around and Ilyasova is definitely the man in line to take them. Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:
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Tyler Cavanaugh: Another beneficiary of the Hawks’ frontcourt injuries, Cavanaugh went for 14/8/2 on 5-for-8 shooting with three threes off the bench. He’s probably better than Miles Plumlee, but he’s more of a short-term value while the other bigs are out.
Miles Plumlee: Speaking of which, the lesser of the Plumlee clan went for 3/3/1/2 on 0-for-3 FG with 3-for-4 FT. Even with the injuries, he’s useless.
Kent Bazemore: 19/6/7/3/1 on 7-for-12 shooting with three threes and 2-for-2 FT. On a team devoid of talent like the Hawks, Bazemore will continue to have ample opportunities to put up very useful numbers.
Nikola Vucevic: 31/13/10/1/1 on 13-for-18 shooting and four threes. No Aaron Gordon, no problem! The first triple double of Vuc’s career was a huge one. Unfortunately it came in a Magic loss. Vucevic has been very very nice this year.
Jonathan Simmons: Took advantage and exploded for 29/7/5/1 on 13-for-24 shooting with three threes. Career high! Also his career high in rebounds and assists. He’s been killing it with efficient points and a few rebounds, but don’t expect too much more. But still, there’s a lot of value in what he brings to the table.
Danilo Gallinari: In his second game back from injury, Gallo had a mini pop-off, going for a season-high 25/3/2/1 on 8-for-19 shooting and 7-for-7 FT. If he’s available, please grab him. He was great last year, and he has plenty of opportunity this year. He’s always been a sneaky valuable guy for FT, and the seven attempts last night were very reassuring.
Wes Johnson: 5/2/0/3/2 on 2-for-5 shooting with a three. If you need defensive stats and the occasional three, Wes is your man.
DeAndre Jordan: 6/17/2/1/1 on 2-for-6 shooting. The rebounds are nice, but when is he going to start blocking shots again? They’re way down on the season to 1.1 from 1.7 last year and 2.3 the year before.
Lou Williams: 35/2/8 on 11-for-20 shooting with four threes and 9-for-10 FT. Off the bench. He has been simply en fuego and is definitely a must-own for the rest of the season.
Otto Porter: 27/11/5/3 on 10-for-16 FG, 3-for-4 FT and 4-for-8 from three with only one turnover. The roto God couldn’t bless the Wizards with a win tonight unfortunately.
Bradley Beal: 25/2/3/1 on 8-for-21 shooting with five threes. A routine night.
Ian Mahinmi: 14/2/3/0/1 on 4-for-6 FG with 6-for-6 FT. In 2015, Mahinmi shot a hair over 30% from FT. This year he’s up to 78%. Idunno.
Tyler Johnson: 20/4/1/0/1 on 8-for-11 shooting with two threes.
James Johnson: 17/7/3/1/2 on 7-for-13 shooting. It seems like JJ has flown a bit under the radar this year, but he’s as valuable as ever and is putting up a very versatile statline this season.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: 18/8/0/0/2 on 6-for-10 shooting but couldn’t will the Nets to a win. Alas!
Allen Crabbe: 12/3/1 with two threes on 5-for-13 shooting. He had a very slow start to the season, but he’s picked it up to the level we expected from him. Let him rip!
Kyle Kuzma: 12/14/0/0/1 on 6-for-11 shooting off the bench in almost 32 minutes. The 14 rebounds were a career high and he figures to continue producing top-100 value on the season.
Brandon Ingram: 18/6/1/1 on 7-for-16 shooting but with four turnovers and 4-for-6 from FT. He’s been pretty solid this season and he’s rewarding those who took a flier on him in their drafts.
Brook Lopez: 13/4/1/1/1 on 5-for-11 shooting with three threes as he continues to be allergic to rebounding. He only played 19 minutes and didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter. He’s still providing decent value on the season, but it’s worth exploring trades if you’re a Lopez owner.
Jordan Clarkson: 22/5/6/1 on 7-for-12 shooting and 7-for-8 FT off the bench. He helped carry the Lakers tonight, be he is what he is for the most part.
Lonzo Ball: 5/5/9/0/1 on 2-for-5 shooting with 0-for-2 from FT as he continues to be the ultimate punt points+percentages play.
Dwight Howard: 21/12/0/0/2 on 9-for-14 shooting. He’d be getting a lot more attention if the Hornets weren’t terrible. But his turnovers this season are appalling. He’s never been great at holding onto the ball, but 3.7 turnovers per game is the most he’s averaged since 2007.
Kemba Walker: 23/3/4/1 on 10-for-22 shooting with three threes. Standard stuff.
Nicolas Batum: 2/2/3/1 on 1-for-3 shooting in 19 minutes. He was doubtful to play this game, and it was evident why. With his wonky elbow, he might be a very questionable play for the rest of the season.
LeBron James: 30/13/13/3 on 9-for-23 shooting with 10-for-12 FT and two threes, but also six turnovers. Cavs won. Standard stuff.
Jae Crowder: 12/5/0/2/1 on 4-for-9 shooting with two threes. Played 33 minutes and had a little extra run with Kevin Love sitting out. He’s been pretty useless so far, and I’d need to see a bit more consistency before I picked him up.
Kyle Korver: 13/0/2/1 with 4-for-8 FG, all threes. THRAGNOF!
Dwyane Wade: 13/1/4/0/1 on 6-for-10 FG, but with three turnovers and 1-for-4 FT. He’s been useful lately. Not necessarily good, but useful.
Ben Simmons: In the battle of the phenoms, LeBron won. Simmons went for 14/6/10/1/1 on 7-for-13 shooting. Unfortunately, he also had seven turnovers. Hard to be too mad about that though if you’re a Simmons owner.
JJ Redick: 19/1/2/2 on 6-for-13 shooting with four threes and 3-for-3 FT. Premium THRAGNOF!
David Nwaba: 15/5/1/1/2 on 6-for-9 shooting with 3-for-7 FT. He provides great out-of-position stats and he seems to be liked by the Bulls staff.
Lauri Markkanen: 15/8/0/0/2 on 7-for-14 shooting with a three. Rookie sensation!
Kris Dunn: 17/7/9/3 on 6-for-11 shooting with 5-for-6 from FT. He’s really rewarding those who were patient with him.
Nikola Mirotic: 19/3 with 6-for-10 shooting and five threes in only 20 minutes off the bench. He won’t replace Markkanen, but he’s probably worth owning for the time being.
Kristaps Porzingis: 23/4/2/0/1 on 10-for-25 shooting with a three. You would be right in expecting more in a game versus the lowly Bulls, but he’ll be fine.
Enes Kanter: 10/11/4 on 4-for-11 shooting. High volume scoring on great efficiency (except for tonight) and great rebounding. If only he could block shots or shoot threes! It looked like he got hurt near the end of the game and I wouldn’t be surprised if he sat on Sunday versus the Hawks.
Willy Hernangomez: DNP-CD. But if Kanter does sit on Sunday, Willy could be a very intriguing DFS or stream start.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 37/13/7/2 on 14-for-22 shooting and 8-for-9 FT with a three and only two turnovers. No blocks? Pathetic.
Khris Middleton: 20/5/5 on 8-for-13 and two threes. A royal stat line!
John Henson: My boy went for 11/7/1/1/4 on 4-for-7 shooting. I’m a sucker for cheap blocks.
Gary Payton II: Started and did nothing.
Rudy Gobert: 20/9/1/0/1 on 6-for-8 shooting and 8-for-14 FT as the Jazz fell to the Bucks. His first big game since returning from injury, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Donovan Mitchell: 12/1/2/3/1 on 4-for-17 shooting with four turnovers. He’s been stupidly hot lately, so I guess this is the regression to the mean.
Joe Ingles: 12/4/4/1 on 4-for-9 shooting with three threes. So underrated.
Alec Burks: 20/6/3 on 8-for-13 shooting with two threes off the bench. Burks is balling with Rodney Hood out with injury. Play with confidence for the time being, but don’t expect this production when Hood returns.
Russell Westbrook: The Thunder won and Russ put up a triple double, but it was very ugly. 20/11/14/1 on 7-for-29 FG, 5-for-8 FT and 1-for-12 from three. Also three turnovers. RIP your FG% this week.
Steven Adams: 21/9/0/0/1 on 7-for-11 FG and 7-for-12 FT as he surprisingly tied for the team lead in scoring.
Carmelo Anthony: 21/9/0/2/2 on 7-for-20 shooting with two threes.
Tyreke Evans: 29/13/5/0/1 on 13-for-24 shooting. The redemption campaign chugs along, but it’s just a shame the Grizzlies as a whole aren’t very good this year.
Marc Gasol: 22/6/6/0/1 on 8-for-17 shooting with two threes. Other than him and Tyreke, the Grizzlies squad is thin. Ben McLemore had a good night as well (17/4/0/0/1 on 6-for-10 FG, five threes), but nobody is really a must-own.
LaMarcus Aldridge: 20/9/2/0/3 on 7-for-18 shooting. He’s usually more efficient, but he also doesn’t usually get this many blocks. Tradeoffs!
Patty Mills: 20/2/2/0/1 on 7-for-11 shooting with three threes and four turnovers in only 24 minutes off the bench. Some nice scoring tonight, but he generally is what he is.
Mike James: The Suns gave the Spurs (who to be fair were mostly playing their reserves (Danny Green, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobli, Tony Parker, and of course Kyle Anderson and Kawhi Leonard all sat)) and James was big reason why, going for 25/2/2/3 on 8-for-16 shooting with two threes off the bench. He was fading recently, but Devin Booker missed this game with injury which helps.
TJ Warren: 24/3/2 on 7-for-16 shooting with two threes and 8-for-8 FT. He’s a good player.
Marquese Chriss: Showing signs of life going for 15/8/1 on 5-for-10 shooting with a three. A good game by his standards, but extremely disappointing for those who were expecting a breakout season.
Trevor Ariza: 13/2/0/4 on 4-for-7 shooting with three threes. He’s still a premiere 3-and-D guy.
Damian Lillard & CJ McCollum: 35/4/6/1 on 11-for-23 shooting with nine threes for Dame and 28/2/4/1 on 11-for-21 shooting with tow threes for CJ. Both had five turnovers. The two-headed monster wasn’t enough tonight versus Harden and the Rockets.
That about does it for Saturday’s games. Leave any comments/questions/concerns/compliments/queries/remarks/commendations below! Thanks y’all.