I usually like to write an anecdote, analogy, or some stupid shit that makes me chuckle in the intro. That’s why I get paid the big bucks. But even my pea brain knows when to shut the F up and let the play and numbers do the talking. To pay homage in silence. Click the above video, turn up the sound, recline in the chair, and listen while you mental masturbate over the below stat box.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 16 15 2 0 5 6/11 13/30 4/6

Luka has played 143 games and has messed around in 29 of them. That’s nuts. On the season, Luka is a top 25 player but has improved to top 15 production over the past six games. Through 11 games, Luka has a 37.6 usage rate, is jacking up 22 shots, draining 2.3 tres, scoring 28.3 points, grabbing 10.2 boards, dishing out 9.,4 dimes, stealing 1.1, and blocking 0.8 shots per game. He’s converting 46% of his shots. The bugaboos are the 4.4 turnovers and 73% shooting from the free-throw line. Please scroll up 10 lines and repeat the steps.

Now that’s out of the way, I have to be somewhat of a party pooper because the Mavs lost 101-117 to the Bulls.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

 

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Rona continues to make a mockery of the NBA season, as two more games were postponed: Cavs @ Wizards and 76ers @ Thunder. Appeasing the injury gods will be vital to flying flags at season’s end.

 

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 12 4 3 0 3 2/5 7/14 4/5

Only played 31 minutes because the Celtics obviously had better things to do on Sunday than play a basketball game. Knicks 105. ceLtics 75. As awesome as Randle has been this season….22.9 points, 1.4 tres, 10.6 boards, 6.5 dimes, 50% field goal percentage, and 78% from the line….he’s still only a top 45 player on a per-game basis for fantasy. Why? 3.9 turnovers, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks. A high turnover rate is good for the buffet but not for fantasy. Lack of D puts a frown regardless of gender.

RJ Barrett

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 11 3 2 0 4 2/4 5/11 7/8

On the season, Barrett is shooting 38% from the field, but over the past three games, he’s gone 45%, 58%, and 46%. Yippeee! Unfortunately, the prior four games, he shot 27%, 30%, 33%, and 28%. Barf. Barrett is chucking up 15 shots per game, scoring 16,8 points, grabbing 7.4 boards, and dishing out over three dimes per game. Like Randle, the D is lacking but at least he has done an excellent job of taking care of the ball: 1.9 turnovers this season and 2.2 in 56 games last year.

Obi Toppin

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

Since returning from injury, Toppin has played 1, 10, and 17 minutes. It was a blowout so not sure how much Obi will be hoppin in the future, more like fantasy floppin, especially since Thibs be blockin rookies from poppin.

Immanuel Quickley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 0 8 1 1 2 2/4 7/12 1/1

In 21 minutes off the bench. Over the past three games, Quickley has played 21, 28, and 22 minutes but he’s garnered a usage rate of 31, 30, and 35 respectively. He can score, drain tres, dish out dimes, and contribute the D. All the ladies in NYC be swiping to the right, to the right, to the right. Let’s wait to see what happens when Alec Burks returns to the lineup before we go crowning his ass.

Kemba Walker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 3 4 3 0 5 1/8 3/13 2/3

Made his season debut, started, played 20 minutes, and crapped his pants in the process. He did have a usage rate of 40, though.

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 3 1 0 2 3/9 9/20 4/5

In 33 minutes. He prefers teammates who don’t crap their pants. “Jayson, where art though? I miss you, my BFF.” On the season, Brown is a top 20 player and will more than likely finish somewhere in the 40s.

Kristaps Porzingis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 0 0 2 0 0/7 9/19 2/2

Since making his season debut three games ago, Porzingis has played 21, 29, and 33 minutes. Like Drago training for his fight against Rocky, the treadmill is incrementally increased and the weights are added one by one until he’s ready to go full bore. It’s a process. Trust it.

Lauri Markkanen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 10 3 0 0 2 2/7 10/19 7/8

A season-high! There was a time when all hope seemed lost. What a foolish species we are. Markkanen is a dog, and I will take that to the grave with me. Now, from a fantasy perspective, he will provide points, tres, and boards, but the dimes and defensive stats will always probably be lacking.

Wendell Carter Jr.

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

This Carter Administration is no different than most: straight stealing with no remorse.

Coby White

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

Zach LaVine

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

A strange game indeed as the Bulls stomped the Mavs by 16 with their two key offensive cogs MIA.

Who did the damage?

Thaddeus Young

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

In 19 minutes. Since Markkanen returned to the lineup, Young has played 19 and 13 minutes. When Markkanen was out, he was playing low to mid 20s. Not really fantasy viable anymore but could be if you need some defensive stats.

Otto Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 9 2 1 0 2 0/1 7/10 0/1

In 23 minutes. Porter’s minutes have been a little more consistent than Young’s, but around five minutes have been shaved off with the return of Markkanen. You Otto pray more if you’re hoping anything better than top 100 production.

Garrett Temple

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 3 2 1 0 2/4 9/15 1/2

It’s Sunday. Always go to Temple.

Jordan Clarkson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 1 2 1 1 4/8 9/13 1/1

In 30 minutes off the bench. Over the past five games, Clarkson has played 30, 28, 28, 25, and 35 minutes. Joe Ingles has missed four of those five games. Guess which one he played? Clarkson is posting top 50 production by providing points, tres, boards, and some steals. He’s shooting 50% from the field. Regression is coming, especially when Ingles returns to the lineup.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 14 9 2 1 6 3/6 14/23 4/4

What a fucking Jokic!! He’s the number one player on the season, is averaging a trip-dub, and is leading the freaking NBA in assists.

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 5 4 0 1 0 4/11 11/27 4/5

It came out that Murray has been dealing with an elbow injury, but things looked all good last night. It’s been an up and down season, as he’s gone for at least 30 in three games, but has scored fewer than 20 in five games. He got overdrafted due to his Bubble performance and will likely end up as a top 75ish player.

Zion Williamson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 6 2 0 0 2 0 13/15 5/5

At Destiny Factory in Heaven 777, a soul was inadvertently misplaced onto the wrong track. Zion was supposed to go into the football section of the factory but ended up in the basketball one. As Angel #4312545 levitated back to his cloud, he hoped that God would not notice the mistake.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 15 4 0 0 2 0 3/8 6/8

The 15 rebounds were a season-high. Did you know that Adams messed around earlier this season? Against the Thunder, he went for 10 points, 11 boards, and 10 dimes. I do not remember that, but that’s not saying much because I have no clue if I changed my underwear today. Bends down. Sniffs. I did not.

Eric Bledsoe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 1 1 0 2 3/4 8/14 2/2

Got the start and played 30 minutes. The 21 points were a season-high. So were the 14 shot attempts. Keep in mind that the Kings are THE worst defensive team in the league. They are dead-last in defensive efficiency and have given up 128, 138, 132, 122, 125, 144, 124, and 137 points the past eight games.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 0 1 1 2 2/6 11/19 2/2

That’s now back-to-back good games for Bagley. He’s now played 31 and 36 minutes the past two as well. Is it happening? Not sure. When I saw him the summer before his rookie year dominating grown men at the Drew, I thought he was Neo. Then early in his NBA career, he was just No. I’ll need to see more before I buy in but we know there is potential.

De’Aaron Fox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 4 13 4 0 2 3/9 17/27 6/8

A career-high! Crazy like a Fox! Over the past four games, Fox has been a top 35 player. He was just inside the top 100 a week ago. Life comes at you fast.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 14 6 2 0 1 0/3 7/14 5/8

It doesn’t matter the time or place, but Sabonis is going to dub-dub every time he steps onto the court. 12 games up. 12 dub-dubs. For you inquiring minds, Kevin Love has the most consecutive dub-dubs at 53. The next closest? Kevin Garnett and John Stockton with 37.

Doug McDermott

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 1 2 0 0 3 5/7 9/12 0

Got the start and played 32 minutes. Dougie shoots. Dougie gets buckets. Dougie doesn’t play D. So, say goodbye to ougie.

The Pacers blew a tire in Los Angeles, 96-129.

Marcus Morris Sr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 3 1 0 1 4/7 7/11 2/3

In 27 minutes off the bench. Game was a blowout so got some extra run but he has this ceiling when he’s shooting well from the field.

Luke Kennard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 2 0 0 2 5/8 7/12 1/1

In 21 minutes. Lou Williams did not play in this one, so Kennad looked to be the primary beneficiary. I thought Kennard would be more of a factor for the Clippers this season. I’m a stupid, stupid man.

  1. Cohen says:
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    SON, need fg pct and boards
    Adams, Wiseman or Mitch Robinson?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      MRob

  2. Chris says:
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    Thanks son!

    What side you like?

    Booker and Jared Allen for Boucher and Herro.

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Boucher/Herro

  3. eballs says:
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    Here’s the squad

    Guards: LaVine, SGA, Sexton, Quickley, Seth Curry
    Forwards: Washington, Hachimura, Boucher, Porzingis, Keldon Johnson, Mikal Bridges
    Centers: Vucevic

    IR: Wall, KAT

    As you can see I’m bamboozled with injuries. Would you drop anyone of the following for Shake Milton or Hold? I’m currently sitting at 0-4 so I need wins badly or it could be a lost season. Given my team, what guys would you be trying to trade if necessary? Thanks as always.

    Points league (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, triple doubles, double doubles)

    Po

    • Son

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      Hold

      Everyone has a price. It’s easier to make trades in points leagues because you don’t have to worry about categories. There’s a number or numbers, so try and get as many of the higher numbers as possible.

      If you going week to week, then check out the schedule grid and just maximize the number of games and minutes you can get. Don’t worry about names at this point.

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyYyYyO!

    Hey Son. Great stuff man.

    Listened to podcast 11 as well, Phamtastic & SugarShane are the truth!

    Last time I chimed in I was about to get Harden & BroLo for my FVV and Capela in a trade that I accepted. Then Harden got traded the day after, while it was in process, and the league Vetoed in down. Unreal. I know it wasn’t the best deal, but the Harden owner wanted out..

    Anyways, yea that is a 12 team deep 15 man roster league. Been in in for over a decade. Know everyone in the league, and I usually win. It’s 13 cats, rebounds are 3.

    Here I am –

    Curry / FVV / Conley / Schroder / Delon Wright
    P. George / Bazley / Justin Holiday / Royce O’Neal / Bazley
    Collins / Capela / Wendell Carter / Wiseman / Plumlee

    I’m doing ok, tied for 1st, but always want to improve.

    2 questions –

    Any FAs poppin out that I should move on – Vanderbilt (I like what I saw today) Birch, Poeltl, Osman, A. Burks, Gary Harris.

    Also before season started I was offered Butler for Collins. Didn’t pull trigger.

    Should I revisit that ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AyYyYyO!

      Thanks, Mr. Blast! I always appreciate you.

      That’s fucking bush league!!! I’m pissed!!! That shit should never happen.

      I picked up Vanderbilt where I could. I like Burks as well.

      I’d be okay with that

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        Yea, I was heated! To say the least..

        The league simply couldn’t let the Three-Peat champion have Harden & Curry on the same team! BS!

        Who’s the drop for Vanderbilt ? O’Neal. Justin. Or Wright ?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Let me at em!!! Let me at em!!! Hold me back!!!

          Hateration.

          Holiday

  5. Bucky says:
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    Hey Son!

    Would you trade Booker for Woods?

    10 team, 9 cat, keeper league.

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      What’s squad look like?

      • Bucky says:
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        Here is my squad…

        G: Ja, Harden, VanVleet, D. Russell, D. Fox, Kemba.
        F: Tatum, Wood, Bazley, Holmes.
        C: Kanter, LMA, J. Allen.

        Thanks!

  6. Wen says:
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    Hi Son,

    Would you take Miles Bridges or Nicolas Batum?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Son says:
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      Batum is probably the right answer but I’d rather go for the upside of bridges

  7. fantasy-sleeper says:
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    Hey, Is Nurkic is a hold. Team has two IR spots but in times like I already have 4 O players in Nurk , KAT, Fournier and MPJ. MPJ should be back this week with Fournier but still, this season IR spots are very valuable. 10t 9cat h2h league.

    • J says:
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      i have almost the exact same problem (towns, nurk, MPJ, white). I’m holding all of them though.. just gotta make playoffs and they’ll all be beasting by then

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d drop. 8 weeks is a long time. Like you said, in this environment, IR slots are valuable. When IR slots are available, though, I’d park him there for sure

  8. J says:
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    Would you drop divencenzo for Covington or huerter or Justin holiday or hold him?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Rather have Covington

  9. J says:
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    Would you drop any of bledsoe, derrick white, shake or burks for lamb?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I wouldn’t

  10. eballs says:
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    Which guard should I consider trading for my John Wall?

    Murray
    Graham
    Jrue Holiday

    Points league (points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, turnovers, triple doubles, double doubles)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d rather hold Wall but Murray comes the closest, although you’re losing a lot per game

  11. miles proudfoot says:
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    Do you like Olynyk or Naz Reid? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Olynyk

  12. Trader says:
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    Revamping team (please see below) per our last “chat”. In second place but gonna take a whipping this week with half my roster out. Should settle into the middle of the pack in my 12 teamer, 9 cat league.

    1. WW: Mills, Quickley, Nunn. Any swaps or hold?
    2. Trade offer: Nance owner trying to sell high before Sexton and Garland get back (Love too?). Mind naming a couple guys you would dangle from my team if anyone?

    Harden, Paul, Bledsoe
    Barton, Beal, Burks
    Hunter, OPJ
    Horford, Keldon
    Ayton, JV, Holmes, B Lopez
    IR: JJJ

    Thank you

    • Son

      Son says:
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      1) hold
      2) i think you good

  13. leo says:
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    Trying to revamp my team:
    Got a trade offer for Ingram and Jaylen Brown for Siakam and Jamal Murray.

    I am struggling with not have a center and mainly DNP or dont play back to. back sets. Maybe I need some patience….

    I am currently last place on 12 team league standard scoring. My squad:

    Guards: Lillard, Booker, Fox, Sexton (when will he play), Coby White, Trent Jr.
    Forward: Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Kyle Anderson, PJ Washington
    Center: Deandre Jordan, Wiseman (Kerr giving him training wheels), Al Horford

    Should I accept the trade? Or hold and hope for a miracle. Im only 3 games behind on the 6th place.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The trade is even if you want to change up your squad.

      • Leo says:
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        Who would u prefer to have?

        Ingram and brown or
        Jamal murray and siakam

        • Son

          Son says:
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          If you want another center, then go with Siakam

  14. eballs says:
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    Looks like Seth is back for the Sixers tomorrow. Given this news, who would you start tomorrow?

    Milton vs BOS
    Dragic @ TOR
    Huerter vs DET

    Points league(points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, turnovers, triple doubles, double doubles)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends on injury news

  15. lakersin4 says:
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    Hi, Son!

    Can you rank these 3 in a standard league?

    -Jordan Clarkson
    -Shake Milton
    -Dennis Schroder

    Thank you

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The way you have them

  16. Dungeons and Dragics says:
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    14 team, 9 cat H2h

    Hey Son,

    My team was in real rough shape, but I’ve made several trades and feel like roster is starting to shape up. Plan was to punt assists and go big. Haven’t found buyers for Paul or Westbrook yet. Here’s the squad:

    PG- Paul
    SG- Ross
    G- Westbrook
    SF- Keldon
    PF- Oubre
    F- Boucher
    C- Ayton
    UTIL- Ibaka
    BN – Dort, KCP, Time Lord, Robin Lopez, Poeltl
    IL- KAT
    IL- Kevin Porter Jr.

    1) How we looking?

    2) I think have too many C only players. Would you add any of these FA’s over any of them?
    – Vanderbilt, Josh Jackson, Wright, Ingles, DJJ, James Johnson, Wagner, McDermott, Birch

    3) Who is best IL stash – KPJ, Derrick White, Bogdan.

    Thanks man, I appreciate your input as always.

  17. Son

    Son says:
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    Strengths are blocks and fg. Super weak in points, dimes, and tres.

    Jackson and Ingles for me

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