Sorry for the delay in content here from yours truly, as I’m still without power due to downed power lines from Hurricane Matthew.  After all our silliness on the Pod, turns out I got it worse than Slim!  But at least we had no damage and no broken bones unlike Gordon Hayward.  Man this one sucks!  Apparently Rodney Hood decided to talk about it in Game of Thrones vicarious detail, revealing the bone popped through the skin.  Injuries in preseason make me want to gouge my eyes out like The Mountain vs. Viper!  He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which will only claim about 2-3 weeks of the regular season.  I’m likely to move him down a few spots in my Top 200 Ranks, but nothing substantial.  I think Hayward’s fans already overrate him a little bit, but if you trust the Gordon’s fisherman, then you have a discount situation on your hands!  Just don’t go reaching too hard too fast, or else you might see part of your pinky bone sticking out…  In the meantime, vault Joe Johnson up your deep league boards.  I already thought he’d be pretty usable in his bench role leading the 2nd unit, and now he gets a few weeks with starting minutes.  Here’s some other news and notes around the NBA during this preseason:

Jusuf Nurkic The cock of the walk!  The talk of the town!  The…  skinny Bosnian dominant!  I dunno, I’m running out of superlatives with this preseason!  Has dubdubbed all 3 Denver scrimmages, going 21/16/3/0/0 in his latest run against the Lakers.  Minutes have gone 23, 27, then 31 in that contest.  His awesome game before that?  Also against the Lakers.  That said, his iffy FT% concern is getting massively assuaged by hitting an absurd 24-28 at the stripe in these 3 preseason games.   He’s easily been the most talked about in the Razzball comments, but as I’ve linked ad nauseam, I’m still in the 60s with his rank vs. all experts having him outside their top 100…  Love his game, but I was highest on him last year and injuries kept it from working out, so I still have minutes concerns.  Remember there’s a big time gap from this preseason run before the season; let’s not all assume he’s going to play 30+ MPG now…

Gary Harris As reflected in my ranks, is likely to miss a week or two of the season with a groin strain.  I wasn’t drinking the Harris Kool Aid that Slim has been doling out in a cult-like ceremony complete with white robes and a punch bowl, plus Harris has had groin issues in the past.  I know you might scoff at this next sentence.  Wilson Chandler is healthy.  And paid.  Went 15/8/3/1/1 against the Lakers in his last outing on Friday night, and just putting him on the radar.  Likely going to add him to the ranks in the next update.

Ish Smith I remain bullish that he can be usable during Reggie Jackson’s (knee) time on the pine, but shooting 3-13 with 8 AST:5 TO and only 6 points over 51+ minutes in two games isn’t inspiring any confidence.  Hey Ish, just pretend everyone around you is an awful basketball player like in Philly, then you can be good again!

Patrick Beverley Continuing to sit out preseason games with a knee issue.  Usually we only think about injuries piling up for the big boys, but P-Bev can never stay healthy.  I moved him down the ranks in the last update, and I think I need to move Eric Gordon up.  I’m still not putting Gordon in my 12er draft-worthy bin, but he certainly looked like a quality scorer going 24/1/1/1/0 Sunday night with 5 treys next to Harden.

James Harden Speaking of The Beard, 26/7/15/2/0 in that win against the Pels, with 8 TO.  D’ANTONIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

Chandler Parsons I’m standing firm with my huge Chandler love, because he’s the funniest one of my Friends!  I understand why he crushes on Jennifer Aniston…  Anyway, Grizz coach David “Plop, Plop, Fizz” Fizdale said he wants to use Parsons like how LeBron James was used in Miami.  Did you plop in an Alka Seltzer, or an ecstasy pill?!  Parsons’ knee remains a question mark, but my love for him doesn’t.

Josh Richardson Positive news he might actually be ready for the opener off his MCL tear.  The opportunity is certainly there, but I still worry it will be rough waters out of the gate as he is incorporated  beck into the grind.  Last thing we need is the new J-Rich having knees like the old J-Rich!

Jerryd Bayless I’m not sounding the panic bells yet, well I am for the Sixers as a franchise, but I’m still hoping JB can get this wonky wrist right (say that 3 times fast!) before the season.  It has been lingering a bit too close to opening night, so I likely need to dock him a round or two for the concern.  If he misses time, T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez would likely be the boring ass PG timeshare.  It’d be like buying a time share in Vermont.

Joel Embiid Sticking with the Sixers, and thankfully avoiding another injury blurb, Brett Brown said Embiid will be the focal point of the offense.  Well, half of the focal point, as he’s likely only playing 20-24 MPG to start the season.  He’s still only maxed out at 13 MPG this preseason, and while he has 4 blocks in 3 games, not much else it that enticing.  2.0 TO/per as well, and shooting 8-22 from the field.  Don’t get me wrong, if he can stay healthy, he’s uber-talented, but I’m not letting this amp up his draft day stock from anything but a late-round flier.

Jerami Grant The sleeper you want in deep leagues in this Sixers mess.  No one is talking about him, and he’s off a rainbow 13/3/6/2/2 line in 26 minutes against the Cavs last Saturday.  Sure he only hit 3-13 from the field, but he did make 7-8 FT, giving him a 14-18 clip at the stripe in preseason, a small hole in his game through his first two seasons.  He also continues to take 3s shooting 2-5 thus far from downtown, and has a 12:2 AST:TO.  Brett Brown said he wants Grant to shoot more to possibly play SF, so I’m getting more and more interested here.

Seth Curry I’m going to get tattooed on my hand “Remember John Jenkins”…

Remember John Jenkins?

Remember John Jenkins?

Had an epicly-hot preseason for the Mavericks only to barely play in the regular season.  There’s just too many guards there that are going to play, and Curry is so ThrAGNOFfy, that I’m still keeping him outside my top-200 despite him hitting 8 treys in 3 games and scoring 14.3 PPG in under 20 minutes…

Kelly Oubre – Had his hot preseason come to a screeching halt Monday night, by going 10/7/1/3/0 but with 6 TO.  After scoring 40 in the first two games, it’s not surprising to see this crashing back down to earth a little.  Multi-steals in all 3 games has been nice though!  However, I still think Otto Porter is going to be deployed as usual…

Ivica Zubac Barely playing.  A crying shame.  I gotta take him out of my ranks.  I hate the Lakers.

Lou Williams Continuing to start, and playing pretty well next to D’Angelo Russell.  Of course D Barksdale gets the headlines for scoring 33 against the Nugs on Sunday, but I think Sweet Lou is the interesting development.  25/3/2 in that game with 4 treys, and is bringing his ridiculous FT volume to the preseason: 18-20 through 3 games.  Plus he never turns it over, with a 7:2 AST:TO ratio.  Walton has kinda hinted Jordan Clarkson could be the 6th man, and I’m starting to think so too.  It might not change too much since Clarkson should have great USG with the second unit, but I’m tempering expectations and might indeed drop him a little lower…

Rudy Gobert Other than his ridiculous 13-14 FT performance against the Suns last week, he’s 5-8 in the other two games.  I still think he’ll be better than last year at the stripe, but preseason noise can sometimes overwhelm us!

Devin Booker Going to start at SG and is off a monstrous 34/3/5/3/0 line against the Blazers last Friday night.  Shot 15-23, hit a trey, and while he did commit 4 TO, this is mad encouraging.  In under 30 minutes too!

Brandon Knight Ya know, I actually kinda LIKE this move to the 6th man role for Knight.  He’ll be an absolute USG monster, upside for more diming, and really all I see it hurting is the overall scoring.  I doubt he gets to 19.6 again if everyone stays healthy…

Cody Zeller Still ailing with a bone bruise in his knee.  The fact that he might lose a starting C role to Roy Hibbert will bruise his ego as well…

Frank Kaminsky Frank the Stank!  After going 0-13 from deep his first 3 preseason games, finally had chicks dig his long ball hitting 4 treys against ‘Sota on Monday night.  Getting a mention due to possible minutes being there with Cody ailing and he has scored in double-digits all 4 Hornets scrimmages.  Still not a huge fan though…

E’Twaun Moore – Having a surprising preseason, shooting 22-36 from the field in 3 games good for 61%, and averaging 17.7 PPG.  Has 8 treys, 5 steals, and 7:1 AST:TO in over 70 minutes of action.  With all the Pels injuries, Moore can be a band aid over several positions.  I’m going to move him up a good bit in the next re-rank.

Zach LaVine Went nuts against the Hornets for 30/4/1 on 13-20 shooting with 4 treys Monday night.  LaVine the dream!  LaVine la vida loca!  Will be a fun scorer if you need some-a-dat in the late-mids.

Dwight Howard Goes 26/8/2/1/2 in only 24 minutes Monday night, but against a D-League set of Cavs reserves and guys who might not make the team.  As preseason as it gets right there.

 

Anyone else you’ve been keeping an eye on during the preseason?  Shoot your thoughts below, and get pumped for NBA tip-off, now just under 2 weeks away!

  1. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I had my draft last night. 12 team H2H. Standard scoring.

    Stephen Curry
    Goran Drogic
    Jeremy Lin
    Tobias Harris
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Gorgui Dieng
    Jusuf Nurkic
    Markieff Morris
    Danilo Gallinari
    Tim Frazier
    Joakim Noah
    Matt Barnes
    Will Barton

    I had the first pick, so PGs went fast. But I’m pretty happy with my team. I think I can use another big to bump up my boards and blocks. Would you drop Barnes or Barton for any of these guys?

    Michael Kidd Gilchrist
    Taj Gibson
    Tyson Chandler or Alex Len
    Dario Saric
    Jerami Grant
    JaMychal Green
    Roy Hibbert

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: Love you went Steph first! I actually like your PG outta the gate, just will need to hopefully add one for Frazier when Jrue is back. Def think you could use a big. Slim might kill me, but I’d add Chandler for Barton

      • NY Fanta C says:
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        @OldNavy: Yeah I think Taj is gonna eat!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheMuppetManiac: @OldNavy: @NY Fanta C: Mehhhhh, I mean Chandler is meh too, but both can’t play 30 MPG anymore and I like the Suns pace a little better for more rebounding

  2. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Stuff JB,

    Where do I find the Playoff schedule? Last year I drafted my team and targeted players based on that schedule and was the best thing ever… Is it out yet? or when is it coming?

    Thanks and looking forward for a great season!

    Cheers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks man! It’s currently in the cooker! About halfway done, will be out tomorrow AM as the lead 🙂

      Looking forward to it too man!

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Awesome! Thanks JB…

        My draft is in about ten days , so I’ll have time to prepare.

        cheers

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RicoSuave: It’s officially done! Scheduled up for posting early tomo AM

  3. KAT says:
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    Anthony Davis expected to be out 10-15 days after suffering a Grade 2 ankle sprain in Beijing.

    he is in my DND list

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KAT: Sorry Spam filter ate this! If I had the 11th or 12th pick, I’d still have to get him…

  4. Jake says:
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    I think Andrew Bogut might have a good first half for Dallas. If you compare what Zaza did with the Bucks in 14-15 to what Bogut did with the Warriors in 14-15 to 15-16 they are similar. Minutes in the low 20s, similar rebounds and points, and same age.

    So, is it hard to imagine Bogut having a 12er usable first half of the season breakout like Zaza did? A change of scenery in Dallas might benefit Bogut as it did for Zaza.

    However, health concerns are apparent which is why I think he will tail off just like Zaza did in the second half.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: Yeah I could see that. He was really tough to rank because I know I waffle between early opportunity and trying to weigh season-long stats in my ranks. I think I might move him up a tad.

      Well with Zaza, he didn’t really tail off due to health, they just suddenly yanked the crap outta his minutes. Look at Feb 19 on:

      http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3745/gamelog/?season=2015_2

      Back to back 40+ MPG pre and post ASB, then under 25 to finish the year. So I’m not quite seeing the Zaza breakout pre-minutes restriction, but Bogut can be good

  5. Beal or Kanter?
    12er/dinasty/11cat
    Westbrook-cp3-Bledsoe-E.Gordon-Knight-seth-Justin Anderson-Tobias-Parsons-Ibaka-Vucevic-Dieng-Nurkic-Kanter-Henson
    I’ve got Westbrook and Kanter’s FG% are welcome but I’m afraid of a trade or Lauvergne getting minutes. Beal is an injury prone but I think I will need 3’s but…
    See you Any weakness in my team?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Toni Vidal: Mehhhhh I’m not worried about Joffrey. I actually think 3s are pretty good. Whats the 10th and 11th cat? I kinda think Kanter fits better even though I rank Beal higher

      • @JB Gilpin: FG% – 3’s – %3 – ft% – pts – rdef – roff – asist – stl – blk – to

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Toni Vidal: Gotcha. With the split rebounds, I def want Kanter

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Toni Vidal: Yeah Kanter should help more. I’m not too worried about a Kanter trade since he’s vastly overpaid. I’m more concerned about Billy benching him over his terrible defense. Not permanently but there will be 20 or so minute games.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Toni Vidal: @Slim: Adams definitely helps Kanter’s lack of D. Adams can guard 3 guys at once haha

  6. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    What are your thoughts about Jokic’s production being limited by Nurk? I know they will be playing alongside one another quite a bit, but that concerns me. I have asked your opinion on my keeper options this year and I agreed with your picks, but it just keeps getting murky! Schroder for $1, Turner for $3, and Jokic for $1 and I can only pick 2. Yahoo rankings suggest keeping Turner and Jokic, but PG is pretty thin… am I overthinking this? haha

    Thanks JB! Always love the write ups!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I’m not all that worried yet. Jokic does the production quietly while Nurk is VERY LOUD! i.e. Joke will have good %s, add 3s, super low TO. Nurk gets the popcorn stats and high TO for a C. Plus I still don’t see a way Nurk plays more minutes than Joke.

      Oh I def am keeping Schroder! He’s prob my #1. Then I’ll stick wit Jokic, although it pains me to let Turner walk. Any time, thanks for reading!

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Do you change your opinion in non-% leagues? 3ptm/pts/reb/ast/stl/blk/to

        • Slim

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          @Bryce Krispie Treats: I should let JB answer since I already have Nurk close to Jokic in 9cat. With those settings it isn’t close. Nurkic by several rounds.

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: Jokic isn’t a low TO guy. per36 last year of 2.2. If he hits 30 minutes he will probably get to 2.0 per game. That would be below average (not good) for a big.

        Oh man did Towns have his way with Jokic last night.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bryce Krispie Treats: @Slim: Hah well cmon, Towns vs. Jokic is an awful matchup. 2.2 in per 36 isn’t bad in the least. Nurk has to be higher though, but not fact checking it. Nurk does win in non % league settings though, but maybe not by several rounds. Just barely for me

  7. Philzilla says:
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    Thoughts on Dwight Powell? Got paid. Bulked up (#musclewatch 2016). Backing up Dirk and Bogut. Shoots 3’s. I’m bullish on his deep league value.

    • Slim

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      @Philzilla: Yeah Powell is set up for a solid year. But last year he took a ton of 3s in summer league in the attempt to be a stretch-4 and it didn’t carry over to the preseason or regular season. This preseason he’s only attempted 1 3 and I think he’s being viewed more now as an athletic but traditional PF/C. There will absolutely be starts, when Dirk gets rested and possibly when Bogut inevitably gets hurt. That’s probably why I have him down for a few more minutes than JB thinks. Per36 dstats of 1.3/0.9 is OK ad 14.5/9.5 pts/brds is OK. 2 solid percents and low TOs will work. But I’m hoping for a bit more which I think he’s done so far in preseason. I don’t think he’ll be a 12er guy but the potential is certainly there.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Philzilla: @Slim: Agree with everything Slim said, really depends on if Bogut gets hurt early and how gassed how quick Dirk gets. If those things happen sooner than later, then Dwight gets into the 12er discussion and I could see Slim’s season-long MPG be right

  8. Marshall says:
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    Is Bayless still worth a last round flier in a 12 team league or is it time to move on? I was thinking of waiting until the end of the week but since he is the last guy in my bench, I might prefer to pick up somebody to stream on the first day, maybe Joe Cool..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Marshall: I think he’s still worth that last pick, and hope it’s just a preseason thing and he’s ready by the opener. Then if it turns out he’s out, stream at the last minute like you mention. So yeah I like your approach

  9. Justin says:
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    Is slim gonna be droppin that playoff schedule article?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Justin: JB got it good. If you have any questions just shoot them there. The big takeaway though is the parity. Not a lot of difference between the top and the bottom. No 2 game semi or finals, only 1 team has a 5 game week in the entire playoffs.

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