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.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 38 7 4 0 1 0 7/10 12/17 7/10

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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James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 51 3 9 1 1 6 4/6 15/27 17/21

Kelly Olynyk got the start at center, as Hassan Whiteside missed another game, and played 38 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 7 2 1 1 4 6/8 12/15 2/5

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?

Josh Richardson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 4 6 1 0 1 2/6 6/15 5/6

My son! In a tough matchup, JRich balled out.

Bam Adebayo got the start at power forward and played 20 minutes.

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

If you played him in DFS, Adebayo to your lineups.

Jordan Mickey played 24 minutes off the bench.

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

M. I. C……….K. E. Y……….

With Goran Dragic out, Tyler Johnson got the start at point guard and played 37 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 6 11 5 3 1 0 0/2 2/8 2/5

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.

Kyrie Irving:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 33 4 5 1 1 3 3/9 11/24 8/8

After a torrid start in the assist and steals departments, those numbers have flattened out.

Marcus Smart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 2 1 0 2 5/9 5/12 0

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!

Russell Westbrook:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 10 7 4 0 1 0 10/13 4/4

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.

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

He’s more of a defensive specialist, so don’t expect too many fantasy goodies from him.

Nikola Vucevic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 5 0 0 2 0/4 8/21 2/2

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.

Elfrid Payton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 6 8 1 0 0 0/2 7/13 0/1

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.

DJ Augustin:

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

Played 28 minutes. Will cede minutes when Evan Fournier returns, but is getting plenty of run in the meantime.

Jonathan Isaac:

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

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.

Denzel Valentine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 10 5 1 0 1 3/4 6/9 1/2

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.

Kris Dunn:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 6 7 3 1 2 2/4 3/6 0

 

Dunn Dunn Dunn Dunn! There have been highs. There have been lows. But Dunn has been making some beautiful music this season.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 10 1 0 1 1 2/5 6/11 1/1

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.

Jamal Crawford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 1 7 0 0 2 4/6 7/14 2/2

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.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 6 4 0 2 10 2/6 6/12 8/9

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.

Jamal Murray:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 4 3 2 0 2 5/6 10/17 5/6

Played 37 minutes and there was no Emmanuel Mudiay. What’s the phrase? When the cat is away, the mice come out to play?

Torrey Craig:

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

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.

Trey Lyles:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 1 1 0 0 1 2/3 5/9 3/3

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!!!

Anthony Tolliver:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 2 2 0 0 1 4/6 5/7 4/4

Got the start at small forward and played 30 minutes. Stanley Johnson came off the bench and played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 2 0 1 0 0 2/3 4/7 6/6

You know SVG be loving his Johnson, but Tolliver getting the start and playing significant minutes indicates that shit got real in Detroit.

Reggie Bullock:

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

SVG plays Reggie for only two reasons. 1) He thinks his name is Buttocks. 2) He thinks his name is Bullcock.

Boban Marjanovic:

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

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.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 5 5 0 0 1 1/3 5/10 4/5

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.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 4 0 0 3 4/4 7/9 4/4

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.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 10 3 0 0 2 0 5/9 4/5

Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae. So versatile. Top 75 player for fantasy.

Allen Crabbe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 5 0 2 0 0 2/10 4/15 0

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.

Myles Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 6 2 1 3 2 1/4 6/13 7/7

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.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 5/8 1/1

Cory Joseph played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 3 2 0 0 0 1/2 5/9 0

Did you know Collison is a top 40 player in fantasy? What is life?

John Collins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 9 0 0 1 4 0 6/7 6/6

Did not start but played 27 minutes. Oh yeah! It’s on like Donkey Kong.

Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 5 2 0 2 1 2/3 11/16 0

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.

OG Anunoby:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 4 2 1 0 1 6/7 7/9 0/1

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.

Nicholas Batum:

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

A Saint Nicholas he is not.

Jeremy Lamb:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 32 3 2 0 1 1 2/2 11/17 8/10

Oh, so that’s what happened to Batum. Jeremy is a baa baa-d man.

Johnny O’Bryant III:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 6 0 0 1 0 0/2 5/11 0/2

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.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 4 4 1 1 0 3/8 3/11 2/4

He’s not the best shooter, but he shows Hart and garners periphery stats.

Lonzo Ball:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 9 4 1 2 5 3/8 3/11 2/4

Slowly but surely my patient grasshoppers.

Julius Randle:

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

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.

Corey Brewer:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 5 1 3 0 0 2/3 7/9 5/7

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.

Trevor Ariza:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 11 3 4 1 2 4/11 6/14 2/2

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 Gasol:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 17 5 0 2 4 1/3 8/14 3/3

Pau saw the tribute that Kobe received and became inspired.

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 5 6 1 0 0 0/7 5/22 3/3

Having a down year, but still a top 35 player for fantasy.

Marc Gasol:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 9 5 2 0 3 2/5 5/15 9/10

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.

Patrick McCaw:

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

Got the start at point guard and played 29 minutes. Not the best shooting night, but contributed across the board.

Klay Thompson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 2 5 2 0 3 3/4 10/16 6/6

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.”

Marquese Chriss:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 8 1 0 0 1 2/6 5/9 1/2

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.

TJ Warren:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 10 4 1 1 1 0/1 9/24 4/4

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.

Isaiah Canaan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 2 3 1 0 2 1/6 2/12 5/5

Canaan just shot himself into the rotation prison yard style. “Yo, Mike. Those minutes look my size.”

DeAndre Jordan:

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

Losing all the good players and replacing them with chuckers has been very good for business.

Austin Rivers:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 2 6 0 1 1 3/8 8/16 2/5

Played 29 minutes and led the Clips in scoring. Cry me a Rivers.

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 1 2 0 0 2 1/5 6/18 5/6

Returned from injury and played 28 minutes. Didn’t shoot well, but I’d expect that to change real quick.

  1. Tony C says:
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    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!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tony C: I like both bog’s and bradley

  2. Jay says:
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    Last night should have been perfect for Randle to shine. Instead 8 mins?? Is he droppable at this point for a streamer spot?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jay: I wouldn’t do anything until more info surfaces or becomes a trend

  3. waffles says:
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    Nwaba or Anunoby rest of season?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: OG

  4. Keeks says:
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    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?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Keeks: He’s a defensive specialist and coach loves him. I can see him continuing to play

  5. Chris says:
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    I’ve been offered Robin Lopez for Otto Porter.
    Would you do it?
    11 cats league

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: no

  6. 2rule says:
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    Ariza for SAdams? Whı do u think can I get for Ariza, must be a Center? thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: That should work. Or Kanter. Really depends on your league context though. How owners value players and their team needs

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    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

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @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?

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    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.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @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?

  9. Pavel says:
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    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?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pavel: I would not

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