Razzball Nation!

If you hadn’t gathered through some comments and a few less articles the past week, I’m back from my adventure in Bavaria and over my Oktoberfest hangover!  Geez those Oktoberfest litre (European spelling!) beers were strong!  If anyone has had the chance to go, definitely share your stories.  Drunk munchies of currywurst and then trying to order steak for some reason (or so I’m told!) was absolutely fantastic.

So indeed I am back, and even though I have a callus on my forefinger from raising my beer glass, my hand is in better shape than Rajon Rondo‘s!  Broke his hand in the shower on Friday, and with surgery will miss 6-8 weeks.  Let me set up the scene as I pictured this incident: Rondo is on the run after ripping off his bank, pulls into the Olynyk Hotel, he starts to shower and the piercing violin theme sounds – with Kelly Olynyk storming in with a butcher knife!  Pretty much Kelly Olynyk anything is scary.  “He’s coming at me with a fish stick!”  Then all the sudden he turns 5 fish sticks into enough to feed the whole crowd… (Of course, I wrote that whole intro before news came out Rondo was spotted on a trampoline at a park, and that sounds more likely a hand-breaking locale.  Maybe he was practicing for a revival of SlamBall!)

I’ve gotten flack for liking Rondo a lot this year, with my rationale him expanding into a perimeter game and likely a career best in points, but as I’ve said before – sometimes injuries can help you from bad ranks!  Moving him way down into 50s or so, maybe even later, even though he’ll only miss the first week or two (report surfaced today 10-15 games so more like 3 weeks).  Here’s what else has gone down lately in the world of offseason hoops:

Marcus Smart – Going to get a ton of first-team reps and should start at PG to start the year.  Buzz alert!  He’s going to get reached for more often than Al Bundy for his junk  I’m not going to move him up too much.  I still worry about his lack of treys and assists, on top of playing time issues once Rondo is back.  Rondo is that much harder to trade now too…

Eric Bledsoe – Who says it doesn’t rain in the desert?!  5 years, 70 mil.  Everything sounded like Goran Dragic was surely coming back next year too for a long-term deal, so it’s all harmony in the three-guard backcourt.  Still think my ranks on the two with Isaiah Thomas off the bench seem about right…

Zoran Dragic – Double the Dragics!  That’s the Suns’ new philosophy…  “We are Flaming Dragon!  Simple Jack is with us now.”  Two years, $4 million.  Yeah, he’s not a factor, other than helping Goran sign for a little less next year.  Don’t think I don’t see through it!  Sign an unknown commodity for a pretty good 2-year deal, right when Goran needs an extension.  I should be the NBA Dr. Phi.  Dr. JB!  Although, with a Dr. J already, I might need something else…

Ramon Sessions – Finally got scooped up, signing with the Kings for 2 years for $4.2 million buckaroos.  Kinda a weird spot, with Darren Collison getting the big starting deal and Ray McCallum a good NBA backup PG.  But as I mentioned in a comment, I think it’s more an indictment of McCallum than Colly.  This news might make Collison an even better value on draft days if people are worried about his starting job.  Sessions and McCallum are pretty untouchable unless you’re in a 16-teamer or deeper, and Sessions a good bit higher.

Jeff Taylor – Ugh, more awful news for sports.  I don’t really want to get into it, but it does move Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s stock up from Sell to Don’t Buy!  20 team leagues or something like that could find some surprising value in MKG.

Tyreke Evans – Out 3-5 weeks with a hamstring strain, after still having knee issues as of two weeks ago which we talked about on the last podcast.  Apparently hurt his hammy playing pickup, so by the transitive property, he was playing pickup with the knee issues.  Starting to smell rotten in Denmark.  Me no likey!  Should be fine for the start of the season, and hammies aren’t a big issue in Evans’ long list of injury issues, but still a bit worried.

Deron Williams – I have no idea why I added this is, but said he’s not 100% and still has ankle issues.  I might as well say JaVale McGee isn’t quite 100% polished and Wilson Chandler‘s neck tat is 100% creepy.  We need a Razzball breaking news sound!

Bojan Bogdanovic Had a great FIBA (21.2 PPG, 2.2 treys – given it’s a shorter porch) and is in competition to win the starting wing role opposite Joe Johnson.  Eh, it’s worth monitoring but not a guy to go out and draft as a sleeper until you get into 16 or 18 teams.  Pretty ThrAGNOFfy.

Mirza Teletovic – Andrei Kirilenko has been running early in camp as a starter, but already has back spasms and will be out 7-10 days.  Kevin Garnett is like, “back spasms?!  [points to his own back] Now that’s what I call back spasms!”  If Teletovic doesn’t get close to 30 minutes a game this year, I’m going to accuse the Nets of giving their vet PF/C guys bionic backs.  They’re going to start looking like Dr. Octopus.

Pistons Big Men – As hinted by Joe Dexter on our Podcast last month, Stan Van recently said Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond are unlikely to be a 3-4-5 lineup on the court at the same time, so that means “Not a starting!”  Well for Smoove at least.  Still doesn’t change my Smoove rank – I think coming off the bench he’ll still rack up the defensive stats against subpar second units and hopefully, repeat hopefully, improve on his %s.

Nikola Pekovic – Another news bit we discussed on the last Pod, Pek was reported to be limited to 27 minutes a game, and yesterday Flip Saunders said 26-27.  Hoist the Gorgui Dieng flag!  Dieng might actually get ranked ahead of Pek for me now…  Really no way I’m drafting Pek in any leagues.

Nik Stauskas – Kings skipper Mike Malone said that Ben McLemore needs to “work on his jump shot, his ball-handling, his passing decisions and becoming a better defender this year.”  Hahahahahaha.  i.e. – Ben McLemore needs to not suck and fix everything.  Hoist the Stauskas flag!  He said he knows he needs to hit treys and get dimes, and he’s the perfect fit next to assistless Darren Collison.  I still like Colly a lot, not like Ramon Sessions is going to unseat him and get 10+ APG, but loving Stauskas more and more.  As a last pick kinda guy.

Russ Smith – The Pelicans’ 2nd-round pick from Louisville is looking like the backup PG after a solid Summer League.  I’ve seen flashes from Austin Rivers, but the Pelicans don’t want to give him a shoot.  With Jrue Holiday still a little risky with the injured leg (although I’m buying despite the risk), Smith is an interesting flyer in deeper leagues.

Michael Carter-Williams JB’s love child is still dealing with his injured shoulder, and won’t be ready for preseason.  Gasp.  Gulp.  Gulp another shot.  Not going to change anything yet – well maybe I’ll drop him a few – but I will be monitoring closely.

 

Well, I think that’s most of the news since we’ve last checked in.  Things to look for this week!  [Hopefully] some more Team Previews, Razzball ranks on FantasyPros, and a new Podcast.  Almost preseason time!  Prost!

  1. Tony says:
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    You guys doing a rookie ranks soon?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony: Hmmm hadn’t really thought about it, especially since it can be so volatile through the preseason. I’m going through and getting together an updated ranks for tomorrow though!

      • CTMN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sick! Can’t wait for the rankings. How about that podcast with the list of drafted teams?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: I think it’s actually Pod today, getting ranking back up tomo 🙂

          We’ve got the list ready, and you’re on there!

          • CTMN says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Haha cool, the mock I put up was for sure my best one and I thought you guys would agree.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CTMN: Haha yeah we drooled over that one! Up now!

              • CTMN says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Haha thanks for the 3 claps! I’ll post my real team after I draft, which is coming up pretty soon. Hopefully you guys can tell me how I do on a podcast soon. This is the only website I’ve seen with writers who actually respond and help you out! Great work.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @CTMN: That’s what we do! Yeah put it on the latest Podcast post that’s up and we’ll review!

  2. OSOUVI says:
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    Well if it isnt your boy Souvi. I just pulled off a spectacular trade in one of my leagues if i may say so myself. Congratulate me later as i traded Lebron, i drafted him 3rd cause i figured i could get more by trading him than drafting curry, along with trading giannis and r. jackson for harden and conley and picking up henson off the waiver wire. so my team is now Harden, Millsap, Lawson, Conley, Holiday, Noel, Deng, Markieff, T. Jones, Brewer, Henson and Ma. Plumlee. Feel free to offer your input. Few more tweaks to be done as this is my money league and i’m point guard stacked. I can’t wait to spend this money, maybe i’ll get me that RCL sweatsuit, courtesy of you. And i’ve really been liking Stauskas. hmmmmmmm….

    • CTMN says:
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      @OSOUVI: Wow great trade, I’m thinking I might do the same thing by picking LeBron just for the extra trade value, but it’s risky. Your team looks amazing though, hopefully I can get a team like that.

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        You’re right about it being risky but I think you still come off well with bron on your team. If you draft well in the later rounds, there’s always someone on the waiver wire that shouldn’t be, and you can always package 2 of your later rounds with a Lebron for 2 players that would fall in the top 2 rounds on his/her team and then get the waiver guy. People tend to over value bron in my eyes and if you can manipulate it you’re good to go. It has to be early in the season though. I rather curry at 3 but I get more value by trading Lebron at 3. On another note I don’t like smart at all, even with the starting gig, if he’s available in the last 2 rounds I’d say get him, otherwise I’d stay away from reaching.

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          @OSOUVI: YI agree completely, if I get a high pick I’ll try it.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @OSOUVI: Totally agree LeBron is being overvalued. I guess it’s only risky, as to what @CTMN: said, if you’re in a league that isn’t too active. You definitely have to know your league to pull off that kind of trade.

        Agree on Smart. He’s moving up a few, but I think I had him 160 haha. So still barely draftable for me.

        • CTMN says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Problem is the people in my league who I know won’t know what they’re doing probably won’t make many trades, maybe they’ll see LeBron’s name though and give me what I want. The pepple who will make a lot of trades are smarter, maybe they’ll still value LeBron a bit too much though.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @CTMN: People who make a lot of trades are either smarter or they have a crippling case of ADD and panic attacks!

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              @JB Gilpin: yeah, hopefully for me it’s the ladder.

  3. SMLV1 says:
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    Well I pulled off the Kobe for Millsap Trade. My Team will now look like this –

    Paul – PG
    Leonard – SG,SF
    G. Dragic – PG,SG
    N. Young – SG,SF
    Noel – PF,C
    T. Gibson – PF,C
    Amir Johnson – PF,C
    Sullinger – PF,C
    Millsap – PF,C
    Chalmers – PG
    BN – Lin – PG,SG
    BN – Stuckey – PG,SG
    BN – Burke – PG

    The Team I gave Kobe to is stacked I Believe. What do you think?

    His Team –

    Walker
    Beal
    Matthews
    Gay
    Kobe
    Nowitzki
    Vucevic
    P. Gasol
    D. Lee
    Pekovic
    BN – G. Hill
    BN – Afflalo
    BN – J. Crawford

    12 Team Standard Redraft League

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SMLV1: Nicccccccccccccccce! Sick!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dude, your team is so much better. What will his team win? Pts/3s… FT% maybe? He has awful big men behind Vuc, no assists…

      Your team is much better, especially since I think Taj is underrated, I love Noel, and you have the best Asts PG and Dragic to boot. I’ll go ahead and make your league trophy for ya 🙂

  4. Dan The Silly Met Fan says:
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    Im in a ESPN H2H league, returning as Defending Champ, we can keep eight and the first four are no brainers….
    PG Stephen Curry, GS PG **
    SG James Harden, Hou SG **
    SF LeBron James, Cle SF **
    PF Paul Millsap, Atl PF **

    Can you help me determine which for of the guys below I should keep?
    C Jonas Valanciunas, Tor C
    G Brandon Knight, Mil PG
    F Draymond Green, GS SF
    G/F Ramon Sessions, Sac PG
    F/C DeAndre Jordan, LAC C
    UTIL Monta Ellis, Dal SG, PG
    Bench Josh Smith, Det SF
    Bench Gorgui Dieng, Min C
    Bench Khris Middleton, Mil SF

    Many Thanks inadvance

    Dan

  5. Dan The Silly Met Fan says:
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    Oops some how I left out DWade…

    Im in a ESPN H2H league, returning as Defending Champ, we can keep eight and the first four are no brainers….
    PG Stephen Curry, GS PG **
    SG James Harden, Hou SG **
    SF LeBron James, Cle SF **
    PF Paul Millsap, Atl PF **

    Can you help me determine which for of the guys below I should keep?
    SG Dwayne Wade, Mia SG
    C Jonas Valanciunas, Tor C
    G Brandon Knight, Mil PG
    F Draymond Green, GS SF
    G/F Ramon Sessions, Sac PG
    F/C DeAndre Jordan, LAC C
    UTIL Monta Ellis, Dal SG, PG
    Bench Josh Smith, Det SF
    Bench Gorgui Dieng, Min C
    Bench Khris Middleton, Mil SF

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan The Silly Met Fan: Haha, ummmmm, wow? How’d you end up that stacked?! I’d want to leave that league in fear! Haha.

      Let’s see, I would rank them 5th keeper DeAndre, 6th Ellis, 7th Wade then 8th… I think since you need another big I would take Valanciunas and it helps he’s young. Tough him vs. Knight and Josh Smith, but Smith and DeAndre takes away the FT% awesomeness of Harden, so I’ll say JV.

      Thanks for droppin by!

    • Slim

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      @Dan The Silly Met Fan: I agree with JB except I’m letting Wade walk. There’s still upside in Knight and him vs Wade evenly in a keeper I do not believe favors Wade. That leaves Jonas vs Gorgui in a keeper. Right this second this is a dead heat for me. I couldn’t fault you for going either way. In terms of defending a title I would have to go with Jonas… but I don’t have to like it.

      • DanTheMetsFan says:
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        @Slim: Thanks guys, i love your insight. Btw its a ten player league, which is one reason im stacked.

        You have both been lots of help

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @DanTheMetsFan: Yeah I thought it was probably shallower, still 3 of my top 5 and #13 overall (even though I’m higher on Millsap than most) would be a killer start for any team! Let’s hope I rock an auction league with a start like that 🙂

  6. dudelsmack says:
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    hey guys, love your stuff and i’ve been a fan for a while. my 14 team 8cat h2h draft isn’t for a week or so but I wanted to run my strategy by you guys for any advice or criticism. my plan is to punt 3’s and assists and have a solid front court (despite 8cats being good for guard heavy teams…). anyways, with my first pick (2nd) i’m going to take AD, then hoping to get one of Bosh/Millsap/Horford/Gasol in the second (27th) and then in the third again one of Bosh/Millsap/Horford/Gasol or even Vucevic/Batum/Kawhi (30th). in the fourth & fifth i’m hoping to get DeRozan/Methews/Young/Oladipo/MCW with (55th) (58th). also looking to possibly reach a bit on Markieff and TJones for my (83rd) and (86th) and then fill in the rest – my backcourt lol – from there.
    I reasoning was the fit I feel they give me to dominate my %’s (the big men have great relative FT%’s) as well as being sneaky good at steals – and obviously boards, points and hopefully blocks.
    not sure if you’re going to reply or even read this but thanks in advance for your help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dudelsmack: Thanks so much man! Yeah with assists drying up so fast, and your plan to get guys with good steals (Kawhi, Vuc, Young) I actually don’t mind that punting strategy for a deeper league. By the time you get to 83rd, there’s going to be no PG left anyway, so I’m for it!

      Glad to see you’re taking the Brow 2nd! I had the 3rd pick in my RCL and pick 2 was AD too. I was sad… I wanted him.

      We read and reply to all comments, glad you dropped by! Hope to see ya all year!

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