When watching Kyle Kuzma play basketball, all I can think about is the Notorious B.I.G. One of my favorite songs is Juicy.
Many in the NBA thought Kuzma wouldn’t amount to nothin’. Now he’s in the limelight ’cause his hoops game is tight. Now honies play him close like butter played toast. Ha! What a line. Biggie Smalls was the illest. Anyways, Kuzma went from negative to positive and it all started when he was drafted 27th overall in the NBA Draft. The Summer League followed, where he dominated and led the Lakers to hoisting the trophy. Then the regular season started. He scored double figures in five of his first seven NBA games. It was on, baby bay-bee. In fact, there’s only been one other game in which he failed to score double digits. What’s even more remarkable is that he’s played 27 games, yet only started 11. Kuuuuuuuuuuuz! It all came to a culmination last night against the Rockets.
This is no fluke. Kuz has been balling from day one and is only going to get better. It’s on, baby bay-bee!
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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Kelly Olynyk got the start at center, as Hassan Whiteside missed another game, and played 38 minutes.
Revenge! The 32 points against his former team were a career-high. You wouldn’t think that a guy named Kelly, who wears a man bun would be so spiteful, but here we are. Do we call him the Big O from now on? When women describe their Big O, would that be the same feeling as rostering Kelly O in DFS last night?
My son! In a tough matchup, JRich balled out.
Bam Adebayo got the start at power forward and played 20 minutes.
If you played him in DFS, Adebayo to your lineups.
Jordan Mickey played 24 minutes off the bench.
M. I. C……….K. E. Y……….
With Goran Dragic out, Tyler Johnson got the start at point guard and played 37 minutes.
Johnson continues to perform. That’s something every man prays for.
Jayson Tatum left the game with a wrist injury after playing 28 minutes. The severity of the injury is unknown at the time of this writing.
After a torrid start in the assist and steals departments, those numbers have flattened out.
Played 37 minutes. Smart has some value in fantasy, like those T-72 tanks Sadaam Hussein used to have.
The Jazz scored nine points in the first quarter and 79 points for the game. No blurbs for you!
We are back to WESTCOM 3. Man, it got a little hairy there for a sec.
Carmelo Anthony and Paul George both scored 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting. That is so cute. If you want to know if the game was close for the Thunder, just check out the shot attempts for Russ, PG, and Melo. When they are even, then you know it was a Kumbaya-fest.
Wes Iwundu got the start at small forward for the Magic and played 20 minutes.
He’s more of a defensive specialist, so don’t expect too many fantasy goodies from him.
The Magic started Iwundu and lost to the Bulls by 18 points, yet Vucevic just keeps humming along and posting double-dubs. He now has 17 on the season, seven behind the leader.
Elf had a great first half and was on his way to a monster game. But then Elf remembered that he was Elf. Or he ran out of hairspray because it all went into his eyes and burned them like acid.
Played 28 minutes. Will cede minutes when Evan Fournier returns, but is getting plenty of run in the meantime.
Played 14 minutes. I think he’s too raw and won’t be relevant this year, but he does have potential. You know what my momma always used to tell me though? Potential don’t mean shit. Not in those exact words, but you get the drift.
Remember in Menace II Society when Caine said, “I never thought he’d come back like this.” Well, that’s what I thought of when I saw Valentine’s line. He’s been all over the place, both in terms of production and allocation of minutes. He’d be tough to count on for fantasy.
Dunn Dunn Dunn Dunn! There have been highs. There have been lows. But Dunn has been making some beautiful music this season.
Played 22 minutes, while Bobby Portis played 15 minutes. Imagine if Mirotic got a full allotment of minutes. I’d say fight for it, but there’d be no point.
So that’s Thibs’ strategy to expand the rotation and give his starters some rest? Shave off 3-5 minutes from everyone and give those minutes to the 37 year old Crawford. Brilliant!
Nikola Jokic got the start at center and played 36 minutes.
Good to see the Joker starting again and playing regular minutes, but 10 turnovers?! What a joke?! 10 turnovers would be amazing if they were filled with apple, but not on the basketball court.
Played 37 minutes and there was no Emmanuel Mudiay. What’s the phrase? When the cat is away, the mice come out to play?
Got the start at shooting guard and played 37 minutes. He’s not a high usage guy, but the coach loves him and he does chip in periphery stats. If he keeps starting and getting 30+ minutes, he’s gotta be on the radar.
Played 24 minutes. Kenneth Faried was a DNP CD again. I think it’s safe to say that Lyles is the main front court player off the bench. Uno….dos….Trey!!!
Got the start at small forward and played 30 minutes. Stanley Johnson came off the bench and played 28 minutes.
You know SVG be loving his Johnson, but Tolliver getting the start and playing significant minutes indicates that shit got real in Detroit.
SVG plays Reggie for only two reasons. 1) He thinks his name is Buttocks. 2) He thinks his name is Bullcock.
The 14 minutes tied a season-high, but he did not play the prior three games. Just unleash the Boban, SVG. What do you have to lose?
Reggie Jackson got the start at point guard and played 21 minutes. Ish Smith played 23 minutes. Tanya Harding would know what to do in this situation.
Dennis Smith Jr.:
My boo. Glad to see him healthy again. I shall pray for you night and day.
Kyle Collinsworth played 13 minutes, while Maximillian Kleber played 19 minutes. Did Abby Carlisle find a new shiny toy?
11 Mavericks players received at least 13 minutes of run last night. Either Carlisle is a Commie or he’s managing his team for the playoff run.
With De’Aaron Fox out, George Hill got the start and played 35 minutes.
I still have no idea why Hill is on the Kings, but whatever. When he plays, he gets minutes. He’s always good for the occasional dud, but Hill has been pretty productive otherwise.
Frank Mason and Buddy Hield both played 16 minutes and scored two points. I warned you about Buddy yesterday. With that said, back-to-backs are usually not good for jump shooters so I’ll give them a hall pass.
Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae. So versatile. Top 75 player for fantasy.
Crabbe has been disappointing. I’ve always been a lobster guy myself. Crab provides so little meat for so much work. Anyways, the minutes and shot attempts are there. He’s too good of a shooter, so it’s only a matter of time. With that said, keep an eye on his minutes, like “tinfoil wearing weirdo looking for UFOs” eye.
Caris LeVert played 27 minutes and Joe Harris played 25 minutes. Both hoisted up 10 shots and made three and two downtowners respectively.
Flying over the ocean when suddenly….the propeller in engine one stops spinning. Then the propeller in engine two stops spinning. You look down at the gas indicator and it flickers to empty. Tap the gauge a few times then…..baroooom. Engine one fires up. Ba-barooom. Engine two fires up. That’s been the owning-Myles-Turner-experience. Hopefully the plane doesn’t dive down into the water.
Darren Collison played 23 minutes.
Cory Joseph played 28 minutes.
Did you know Collison is a top 40 player in fantasy? What is life?
Did not start but played 27 minutes. Oh yeah! It’s on like Donkey Kong.
Serge has been an animal in December. In eight games, he’s averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 boards, 1 assist, and 1.7 blocks. He has at least one block in every game. Iblocka!! 2.9 downtowners a game, 57% from the field, 57% from downtown, and 78% from the charity stripe.
The Force is strong with this one.
Kyle Lowry played 24 minutes and scored 11 points. Fred VanVleet played 25 minutes and scored eight points. The Raptors crushed the Hornets, 129-111, so Lowry got a comp day. Stocktonator loves his next matchup against Philly.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played 22 minutes, but seemed to have injured his shoulder. He did return to the game and sat most of the game due to the blowout, but it’s something to monitor.
A Saint Nicholas he is not.
Oh, so that’s what happened to Batum. Jeremy is a baa baa-d man.
Johnny O’Bryant III:
Doesn’t always get run, but can shoot and grab some boards.
With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope unable to play in games outside California for a month (DUI plea deal), Josh Hart got the start and played 28 minutes.
He’s not the best shooter, but he shows Hart and garners periphery stats.
Slowly but surely my patient grasshoppers.
Only played eight minutes. There were no reasons given for his lack of playing time. Lakers won 122-116, so maybe Luke made a deal with a certain entity.
Revenge! Brewer played 25 minutes against his former squad. He’s played good defense all year and provided a spark on many occasions. With that said, Brewer had played fewer than 10 minutes in six of the last seven games.
Revenge! Played 45 minutes against his former squad. Damn, NBA players are some emotional mofos!
Chris Paul injured his right abductor after playing 25 minutes. Ruh-oh. Like a good neighbor….
Pau saw the tribute that Kobe received and became inspired.
Having a down year, but still a top 35 player for fantasy.
Did not join Pau at the Kobe celebration. Probably did what he’s been doing every night for the past few months: curl up in bed and cry.
Got the start at point guard and played 29 minutes. Not the best shooting night, but contributed across the board.
With Steph and Draymond out again, it was Klay’s turn to be the man. KD had been the guy lately, but Klay went to him pregame and was like, “Yo, KD. I’m going to the club after the game so…..” KD cut him off and responded with, “Say no more.”
Imagine planting a field of strawberries. Every day, you look out across the field and your mouth waters thinking about all the delicious strawberries that will sprout up one day. But everyday, a ravaging band of rabbits pilfers all the red in sight. Last night’s game was looking at the fields with binoculars and seeing a few strawberries that could in fact see the inside of my mouth one day.
Does everything but deliver from downtown. Good thing he’s not an Uber Eats driver.
Mike James played 11 minutes. Maybe he should change his name to LeBron and see if that moves the needle. It’s safe to drop him, if you haven’t done so already.
Canaan just shot himself into the rotation prison yard style. “Yo, Mike. Those minutes look my size.”
Losing all the good players and replacing them with chuckers has been very good for business.
Played 29 minutes and led the Clips in scoring. Cry me a Rivers.
Returned from injury and played 28 minutes. Didn’t shoot well, but I’d expect that to change real quick.
Hello Mr. Son! Courtney Lee has been a real steady player and definitely an asset to my fantasy team in the past month. After one bad game I’m not trying to move on but I wonder if you think for ROS do you like Holiday, Nance, Aminu, Kidd-Gilchrist, either of the Bogdonovics, Brogdon, Bradley, Jordan Bell, or Jarrett Allen? Thanks!
@Tony C: I like both bog’s and bradley
Last night should have been perfect for Randle to shine. Instead 8 mins?? Is he droppable at this point for a streamer spot?
@Jay: I wouldn’t do anything until more info surfaces or becomes a trend
Nwaba or Anunoby rest of season?
What up Son, was hoping you could provide a little more insight on this Torrey Craig guy, cant say i’ve heard of him. Seems like a nice speculative add but do you see him holding down a starter role or at least continuing to play 25+ minutes?
@Keeks: He’s a defensive specialist and coach loves him. I can see him continuing to play
I’ve been offered Robin Lopez for Otto Porter.
Would you do it?
11 cats league
Ariza for SAdams? Whı do u think can I get for Ariza, must be a Center? thx
@2rule: That should work. Or Kanter. Really depends on your league context though. How owners value players and their team needs
I know James Johnson is a stud and is only going to get better down the road. And I also have Rubio who has been playing like he doesn’t belong in the NBA. When James Johnson starts ballin and puts up good value, would you consider moving him and Rubio for McCollum?
Rubio here is the sole reason why I have to move JJ cos as for 1 for 1 deals, we’re only going to get a sack of potatoes for him. We really need to package Rickybobby together with a stud. I just want him off of my team. Lol
@I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! You are the best. I think I enjoy your tilting a little too much. I hear you on JJ and Rubio. Would the CJ owner do that?
I’m not following why someone created a one hour loop of the KRS song? haha what am I missing?!
I could give up some guards and need a big man, would you trade any of the following guards for Kevin Love? Lonzo, or Mitchell, or Evans, or any combination of RJax/GHill/Bradley/Aminu? I”d obviously prefer the latter but don’t think that would fly.
@miles proudfoot: Ha! An excellent question. Gotta love the internet.
Yeah, I don’t think the latter would fly. Out of the three, I’d give up Reke. Would the Love owner do that?
Bruh, in a league where I need peripherals and better percentages (strong in points, rebs, assists). Would you trade dray and ariza for turner and McCollum?
@Pavel: I would not