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This is a crazy time of year. Halloween just ended and now we prepare for Thanksgiving, which basically means that Christmas is almost here, which signifies the end of the year, but also means new beginnings. Whew….So much. Too much. Last night, though, everything was straightforward, as it was simply a Jrue Holiday. 34 points, five boards, and 11 dimes in 42 minutes. While the calendar year is littered with holidays (Thanks Hallmark), each one occurs once a year. That’s how we should look at Jrue’s year. We know that there will be big games littered throughout the year. Just don’t expect them to occur on a daily basis. Through 12 games, Jrue has a 19% usage rate. Anthony Davis has a 28% usage rate, while DeMarcus Cousins a 33% rate. His numbers are down across the board, except in boards. Ha! The Universe is awesome.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Anthony Davis scored 18 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered two, and blocked two. Don’t get greedy AD owners. At least @IsAnthonyDavisHurt didn’t send out a YES tweet.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points, grabbed 15 boards, dished out five dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one. He went 8-of-24 from the field and 2-of-10 from downtown. That’s back-to-back games now that Cuz has attempted 10 downtowners. He’s currently 9th in the league in attempts from deep! He’s the 3rd overall player in fantasy right now.

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked two. If you’re new here, I’m pitting the assist numbers for Ibaka against the number of blocks for Blake Griffin. Ibaka now has six assists on the season. Blake has three blocks. It’s sad that this may even be close, yet here we are.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 33 points, grabbed two boards, dished out eight dimes, and pilfered one in 37 minutes. I’ve never been the biggest DeDe fan, but at least you know what you’re getting. It’s like the girl that doesn’t wear makeup, pad the bra, or stuff the booty. No false advertising. The one aspect that I’ve always loved about his game is his ability to get to the charity stripe. He was top five the past two years and is now numero uno this year at 8.9 attempts per game.

Kyle Lowry scored 18 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out seven dimes. Lowry is scoring 10 fewer points than last year, the steals are down, and so are the shot attempts. The usage rate (20%) is at the lowest level since 2010. The most shocking number is the 1.7 free throw attempts. That number was at 6.1 last year. I’d be looking to buy.

LeBron James scored 33 minutes, grabbed four boards, dished out seven dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one in 40 minutes. Lakers are definitely getting Pinto LeBron. I’m sad. Anyways, Cavs fans…appreciate Drago LeBron while you can. It’s insane what he’s doing right now. He even turns his ankle, limps off, then shrugs it off.

With Derrick Rose out with an ankle injury (shocker), Iman Shumpert got the start and scored seven points, grabbed a board, dished out five dimes, and pilfered one in 33 minutes. Cue Office Space…Uh LeBron? Yeah. We’re going to need you to play 48 minutes. Yeah. And play every position. Yeah. Thanks.

Jae Crowder scored three points, grabbed five boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 24 minutes. Remember when people thought the Cavs made out well in the Kyrie trade because they got Crowder? Good times. Let’s cut to Celtics headquarters:

Jeff Green scored 27 points, grabbed five boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered three in 38 minutes. It’s crazy that he’s played for seven teams. Green has to be the girl that looks like a model, but has the voice of a ninety-year-old smoker, and thinks 1+1=11. Have fun.

Dwayne Wade scored eight points, grabbed two boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 20 minutes. Why is he on the squad again?

James Harden messed around last night.

35 points, 11 boards, 13 dimes, five steals, and one block. Stocktonator was all over Harden last night. Whoop dee do, right? Fair enough. Most people were over Harden. But a cool feature that the Stocktonator has is DVP (Defense vs Position). With a 146 mark, Harden had by far the easiest matchup on the board.

Trevor Ariza scored 17 points, grabbed four boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two in 43 minutes. He shot 3-of-11 from downtown. He ain’t sexy, but he gets a ton of minutes, opportunites, and contributes across the board.

Lonzo Ball scored 10 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out eight dimes, and pilfered two. He shot 3-of-12 from the field and 1-of-7 from downtown. I actually think he will be fine, as he’s still figuring things out. When I watch him play, I feel like he’s thinking too much. It’s not flowing properly. He forces shots up at times when he doesn’t need to. It’s as if he’s doing it to prove a point to himself and others. Then, at other times he’s way too passive. Once he gets to that happy place, good times will ensue.

Kyle Kuzma scored 13 points, grabbed nine boards, and dished out a dime in 35 minutes. He had his worst shooting night of the season, going 4-of-14. Kuz gets busy on the boards and knows how to put the ball in the bucket. The dimes, steals, and blocks are cooties, though. Still, he’s a top 100 player right now.

Brandon Ingram scored 10 points, grabbed four boards, and dished out a dime in 35 minutes. Ingram and the Kuz are averaging 35 minutes a game for November. Damn, once LeBron comes to the Lakers, they could have a nasty lineup of death. Shit, I forgot they getting Pinto LeBron.

Dario Saric got the start again and scored 13 points, grabbed 10 boards, and dished out two dimes in 34 minutes. Homie is playing that!

Robert Covington scored 24 points, grabbed seven boards, pilfered one, and blocked two in 35 minutes. He’s a total chucker. I love it! He’s currently 11th in downtown attempts per game.

Joel Embiid scored 22 points, grabbed 15 boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked three in 32 minutes. Who gonna suck Embiid?

TJ McConnell scored four points, grabbed five boards, dished out six dimes, and pilfered one in 29 minutes. He continues to get minutes with Fultz and Bayless out. He ain’t sexy in fantasy, but he’s playing minutes and will contribute a little something something every night. My favorite thing about TJ is how meticulously he maintains his hair. That shit be looking tight. He’s gotta be using Tres Flores, right? That’s the only thing that could keep his hair locked down like that.

Zach Randolph scored 20 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two in 29 minutes. If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I planted a robot fly in Vivek’s office. Here’s some audio from tonight after prevailing 109-108 over the 76ers. “We’re fucking going to the playoffs Vlade!!!”

The Kings are 3-8.

Justin Jackson scored 19 points, grabbed two boards, and dished out two dimes in 30 minutes. That’s back-to-back games with 30 minutes. Back to audio from robot fly. “The future is now Vlade!!!”

D’Aaron Fox scored 11 points, grabbed four boards, and dished out seven dimes in 29 minutes. George Hill scored two points, grabbed three boards, and dished out seven dimes in 19 minutes. Back to robot fly. “Vlade, how many games did the ’71 Lakers win in a row?”

Carmelo Anthony led OKC with 28 points, five boards, one steal, and two blocks. Thunder lose again to drop their record to 4-7. Melo looks around then says, “It ain’t on me. I dropped 28 tonight.”

Paul George scored 13 points. Russell Westbrook scored 13 points. JINX!!! Why did we used to do that? So dumb. Jinxed you. Jinxed you. La. La. That’s the first thing I’m going to do when we learn how to time travel. Go back to seven-year old me and slap me silly when I do the stupid jinx thing. So, if I stop seven-year old SON from doing the jinx thing, then that will prevent five-minutes-ago-SON from doing it, right? Back to Westbrook, he went 0-of-3 from the charity stripe to drop his percentage below 60%. It makes total sense. He spent all last season being Hulk. Now, he has to chill and be Bruce Banner? Of course that’s going to mess with his game!

Does OKC turn into a WWE cage match at some point? Westbrook is the odds on favorite to just annhilate everyone. I’d also put money on Steven Adams. Those tough New Zealanders grew up boxing kangaroos so….UPDATE: Of course Adams gets hurt in the fourth quarter as I’m writing this. JINX!!! If Adams is out, probably means more minutes for Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson. Melo would just put on his hoodie and melt into the crowd, while George would slip out and take the Uber to Los Angeles.

Paul Millsap scored 17 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out five dimes, pilfered two, and blocked six in 40 minutes. Slowly, but surely, Millsap is turning into the player we thought he’d be. You see that, Jimmy?

Jamal Murray scored nine points, grabbed three boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two in 18 minutes. Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 points, grabbed seven boards, and dished out five dimes in 30 minutes.

 

 

  1. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Always great article.

    What do you think of picking up and dropping of players in order to get max number of games per game day? So far I’ve been picking and dropping Will Barton, Dario Saric, Austin Rivers and Donoval Mitchell. Any of these players worth sticking with for longer stretches? Also, which should I pick, Marcus Morries or Baynes since Horford is out?

    Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: Thanks John! Yeah, you want to max out the number of games. I like DMitch. Baynes.

  2. SF says:
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    Kawhi + Fournier

    or

    Myles Turner + Gary Harris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @SF: Myles/Harris

  3. Miel says:
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    Great article as usual.
    May i ask is you would trade beal and millsap for oladipo,turner. I feel that turner would provide much needed blicks for a bigman than millsap and oladipo is having a career year this season.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks Miel! I’m good with that

  4. Willy says:
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    Hii Son,

    1. Please rank for chriss,dieng,marvin,c.lee,valentine,rozier in H2H, 9cat
    2. my tatum for dmitch

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      1) Marvin, Rozier, Chriss, Lee, Dieng, Valentine

      2) Sure

  5. waffles says:
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    good stuff son

    who should I sit tonight between Prince (@DET), Bradley (ATL), or Warren (ORL)? 9 cat i need help in the %’s, points, REB, STL, AST

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Thanks waffles! I like Warren. You should check out the Stocktonator to see what it thinks. Shameless plus, I know.

  6. Ben says:
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    Son,

    I was offered Harden ($63) for my Batum ($8) and IT ($13). Any of them can be kept at +$5 next year. If I can get the numbers to work out otherwise, do you pull the trigger as a win now move? Seems like a pretty steep price, but IT is a big question mark. I also might be able to swap in Markkanen ($5) instead. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      No question

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: Thanks, do you mean no question to do it with Batum and IT, or no question to try to swap in Makkanen for one of them and then do it?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: Harden

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: My team is pretty borderline right now as to whether I should go for it or rebuild, if that impacts anything. IT and Batum could be major values to keep if things start to go south, but I guess that’s just a risk I take.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: I hear you. I’m not a big IT guy, so that skews things for me.

          • Ben says:
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            @Son: Thanks!

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Ben: Anytime

              • Ben says:
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                @Son: was offered Harden for my IT and Markkanen instead, who do you think has a stronger rest of season between Batum and Markkanen? Thanks!

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Batum

                  • Ben says:
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                    @Son: my hero, thanks again.

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @Ben: Ha! Anytime

  7. ch jazz says:
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    Can Saric keep this up? Will he get the minutes? I’m thinking about selling high on him.

    • ch jazz says:
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      @ch jazz: I was offered Jamal Murray for Saric.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Depends on your team

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I don’t mind selling high on him. Obviously, depends on what you get in return. With that said, you gotta figure that Markelle Fultz plays at some point, which would move Simmons back to the forward spot and Saric to the bench

  8. J-Bird says:
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    would you trade Jrue Holiday for Covington? If not who is a good target at SF

    Thin at SF (currently starting justin holiday and have plenty of PG’s (Bledsoe, Dragic, Holiday, Chris Paul)

  9. V´Larr says:
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    Who would you rather store in the IL ? My biggest positional need is SF: Mirotic, Aminu, Jabari Parker, Jamychal Green, Nance…

    My whole team: Lowry, Payton, Oladipo, Ntilikina, Bledsoe, Ingram, Prince, Chriss, Horford, J Collins, Randle, Towns

    Thank you!

  10. Dante Green says:
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    Hey buddy, you know why I’m back.. Bc it’s time for “WHAT TO DO WITH JIMMY B??” LOL.

    Oladipo is kind of struggling right now and if he does put up a somewhat meh-ish performance tonight I will offer Jimmy B for him! Would you like that, or nah?

    So I trade went down in the league that I am running yesterday, and I would classify this particular one the dumbest of them all.

    An owner traded his Curry for McCollum & THJ. As a league Commissioner I genuinely hate vetoing trades, and also, I will never protect an owner for committing stupid mistakes. My rules are simple–if collusion was not a factor and the trade does not threaten our league’s competitive balance then I’m good with it. But damn, that Curry deal is the single most head scratching trade in league thus far!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: Ha! My favorite show! Honestly, I’m going to recommend that you never trade Jimmy, just so the show can go on. And on. And on. And on and on.

      Seriously, I’m cool with Dipo. You know the minutes, usage, and shots will be there. Plus, Indy plays at a top 10 pace and is in the bottom 10 in defensive efficiency. Nice fantasy friendly environment.

      Maybe the owner thought it was Seth Curry and made out like a bandit!!!!

      I’m not a proponent of vetoing trades as well, unless it’s obvious collusion. That’s what makes most things in life enjoyable. We all have different perceptions and place different values on assets. If the stock market or fantasy sports didn’t have that aspect, it would all be so efficient, making it so mundane and robotic.

  11. 2rule says:
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    Hi Son,

    What do u think my Westbrook+Draymond for his Curry+Klay?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: Rather have Russ/Dray

  12. J-FOH says:
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    I’ve been watching the Lakers lately. I’m on a quest to be ignorant about every other NBA team and pay attention to only the Lakers. It’s gone well so far

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Isn’t it boring watching them play 5 on 0, though?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Son: nah I enjoy it. The development of the young talent. At times Ingram looks brilliant and other times not so much. Kuzma is fun to watch but I remember him from college. Good hustle. Clarkson, TCP, Kuz, Ingram and Randle on floor at once has been best show.

        • Son

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          @J-FOH: I’m with you JFOH. I was skeptical of Ingram, but he came into this year stronger mentally and physically. I think he has a chance to be a really good one. See how he continues to develop. Kuz is goo

        • Son

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          @J-FOH: Kuz is good. The college game doesn’t exactly allow players to showcase their skills. I’m surprised you didn’t comment on your UCLA boy, Lonzo. What’s your take on him?

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Son: He doesn’t seem to have his head in the game, like he’s distracted half the time. Playing kinda timid. I don’t know if its his dad or just the adjustment to playing in the pros. It’s got to be shitty to be the target of so much criticism and physical hate play because your dad can’t shut his mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before.

            All that said he can run that court, and I think instead of trying to find his shot he focus on dishing it and making the defenses adjust to that side of his game and as he racks up the assists he will get better looks and more confidence that will help with his shot. He could literally average 12 assists a game right now.

            Did you see him taking the foul shots last night”? So half assed like he didn’t even care. I saw him shoot free throws at UCLA and he didn’t look that lazy with his shot. I think he’ll be fine, he’s got a good positive coach, solid veterans like Lopez there and a youthful group that he can grow with. All good keys to success.

            • Son

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              We on the same page. He’s definitely thinking too much. Forcing it and being too passive at the wrong times. I feel like he’s just figuring things out, though. Yeah, his pops definitely makes it more difficult for him. Tough situation, but he’s been dealing with that his whole life. I just want him to be more aggressive. Not as in, break defenders down and take it to the rack or jack up shots. More in the sense of, give me the fucking ball and I’ll make the right basketball play. He defers too much and plays hot potato instead of hoops. With that said, there’s a nice foundation being built. The KCP signing has been great and the Lakers are tied for 6th in defensive efficiency. When’s the last time we could talk about the D? What you been listening to these days?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              What’s F-FOH? Fuptcha-F Outta Here? Fuptcha-Full Of Hate?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Son: Fuck FOH as in fuck him

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Fuck who? Fuck you?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Son: fuck me!

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @J-FOH: Ha! You killing me smalls

  13. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Would you trade Covington for Millsap? 9 CAT H2H 10 Teams.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: I would

  14. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Which side would you choose on these? 9cat h2h, 10 teams
    1. Curry, whiteside or irving,towns
    2. Kristap,dipo,prince or millsap,beal,covington

    • Son

      Son says:
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      1) I lean a little towards Curry/Whiteside

      2) Kristaps/Dipo/Prince

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: thans o this.. i just offered 2nd option and hope i get the trade.. how about curry/horford on irving/towns.. i really love towns but can’t have him unless i include curry in the trade..

        • Son

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          @Miel: Anytime. Are you giving or getting the Kristaps side?

          As for the Curry/Towns, all those trade proposals are fine. Really just comes down to personal preference. If you want Towns, get him. In order to get, though, you must give.

          • Miel says:
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            @Son: i’ll get kristap’s side. Yeah, hard to decide on trade and thanks to you, we we’re able to weigh things out a bit.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Got it. Good to hear. It’s helpful to get an outside perspective at times.

              • Miel says:
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                @Son: yeah, and you’re awesome..

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Ha! Thank you sir

  15. Isav says:
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    Hey Son, great staff.

    If you were on a dynasty league and you desperately needed a center would you trade Kawhi for anyone of the above: Turner, Gobert, Whiteside?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Myles or Gobert

      • Isav says:
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        @Son: Thanks Son!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Isav: Anytime!

  16. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Would you trade away Whiteside and Redick for Lowry, Robin Lopez and Dario Saric? I need PG.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Aure

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Sure

  17. Big-D says:
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    hey son

    which two to start tonight out of
    Lou Williams
    Tyreke Evans
    Mike James
    Buddy Hield???

    peace

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big-D: James and Reke for me. Minny is terrible on defense, especially at the PG position. Reke has an uptemp matchup with HOU. I love Lou but am a little wary of the back-to-back.

      • Big-D says:
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        @Son:
        how do you feel about trying to send Markkanen and Kawhi away in exchange for Draymond?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’m good with it.

  18. Arief says:
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    Hi Son,

    need advice would you trade love for horford ??

    my team : giannis,love,gasol brothers,jrue,beverley,ariza,KCP,dmitch,marvin & mike james

    H2H 9cat 14 teams

    thanks son for advice

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: I’d keep Love

      • Arief says:
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        @Son: okay thanks son

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Arief: anytime Arief

          • Arief says:
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            @Son: hi son,

            sorry 1 question again would you drop mike james for FA ??

            FA : favors,lee,rozier,hill,rondo,chriss,ty johnson

            thanks son

  19. Miel says:
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    Hi son, could you please rank these players? Thanks
    Ariza, dmitch, jrich, murray,hood

    • Son

      Son says:
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      DMitch, Murray, JRich, Ariza, Hood

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: Cool!! Thanks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime

  20. hery says:
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    Hi Son,

    my team
    Guard : McCollum,Oladipo,Bradley,Teague,KCP,Bev,Rivers
    Foward : Warren,Marvin,A.Davis Ibaka
    Center : Horford

    Any advice for my team ?? h2h,14 teams,11 Cat(9cat+PF+3%)

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      More big men

  21. miles proudfoot says:
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    Happy weekend Son!

    In relatively shallow leagues, how do you feel about dropping Henson for Chriss after his game last night? Also do you like KCP, Barton, or Mike James?

    Thanks as always!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’m good with that. We all know the upside Chriss has. Lot of risk, though. So, it depends if you want floor or upside.

      I like all 3 you mentioned

  22. F-FOH says:
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    Lonzo must have been reading my comments because he looked much more confident yesterday en route to his trip-D!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @F-FOH: You spelled “our” incorrectly! That’s what we want to see!

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Son: you Koreans are such glory hogs

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @F-FOH: We just want our due respect!!!!

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Son: I give props for the good BBQ, excellent TV’s and value minded cars

  23. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Do you Lowry going back to his All star form anytime soon? His points seems way down.

    Please help rank Lowry, Klay and Beal.

    Thanks as always.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: Hey John,

      I’d side with history with Lowry. It’s a matter of when, not if, as long as there is no injury. As for when, no idea.

      Right now, would rank them Klay, Beal, then Lowry

  24. In a pickle says:
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    Happy Sonday,

    Who do you like in a punt FG team? J. Murray or J. Simmons?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @In a pickle: Ha! Sonday! Love it. Well done. Murray for me

  25. Dante Green says:
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    Hey Son… So the player who-shall-not-be-named had an interesting game… Though it translated to a loss. Hah. Anyway, I’m really, really desperate for a center, and I’m using Jaylen as the bait. I offered him for Gortat, JVal and JColl, all of which are either slumping, not playing decent minutes or both. You like these offers? Or… I could send him and Colly for Adams. What do you think buddy??

    And also, I sent Gary Harris’ owner a buy low offer (Jaylen). Hah

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green:

      Think I should also try offering Jaylen for Domantas too?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        No

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I see you have been a patient grasshopper. I’m proud of you. And entertained. I’d hold onto Jaylen. I would try and use someone else to get a center. I’m actually pretty high on Jaylen.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        You know how much I value all the things you say to me so I just canceled every offer I made. Lmao I see you have a new entry. Gon read it now! Thanks buddy

        • Son

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          @Dante Green: Ha! Much appreciated. I may melt down from the pressure though. If you do not hear from me, you will know what happened. It was a pleasure

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