In what was some brutally bad basketball last night, John Henson led the woeful Milwaukee Bucks into Chicago against a Bulls team more battered up than a candy bar at a state fair… and the Bucks actually won! ¬†It’s horrifying to think in today’s NBA that a guy like Henson might have been the most polished offensive player on the court for EITHER TEAM. ¬†It was brutal. ¬†This was the game I made the Yahoo highlights for, and man, it was more of a wreck than if you went out partying and decided that Lindsay Lohan would be your DD. ¬†But for fantasy, whew-ee if you’re a Henson owner! ¬†Huge rainbow line of 25/14/2/3/6. ¬†It was so good from the big man that Larry Sanders punched a wall. ¬†But the icing on the cake, was this preposterous rainbow shot to close out the rainbow night. ¬†I love the Bulls announcers reacting to that. ¬†“You’ve got to be kidding me!” ¬†Good thing he didn’t take that shot in Cowboys Stadium, that mighta hit the scoreboard! ¬†It feels really good seeing Henson going off, as he was a guy I ranked really high (#100 exactly) and have recommended him over a lot of fringe-wire adds through the young season. ¬†His stats are helping fill all the Andre Drummond voids I have! ¬†Win some, lose some… Henson is obviously a must-own in all leagues, and I think can maintain solid production playing at the 4 when The Colonel is back. ¬†Here’s what else I saw last night in hoopsland:
Brandon Knight –¬†The real boyfriend of mine on the Bucks. ¬†Milwaukee had nothing going on offense as Ekpe Udoh is a huge zero out there and Khris Middleton couldn’t get anything going on the move with a bum ankle. ¬†He just stood on the perimeter. ¬†So it was all Knight chucking up shots going 8-23 with a solid 19/10/2 line, career-high-ing in boards. ¬†About halfway through the first quarter, I made a mental note to rave about his energy boarding the ball, as he was all over the place. ¬†Tough line of 6 TOs was no bueno, but one was on a questionable charge call (that the referees had to confer on) and a pass that went through Udoh’s hands and should’ve been on Ekpe. ¬†Long story short, Knight still needs to be owned in all leagues, as he’s been a solid multi-cat contributor the past 7 and cutting down on the TOs last night notwithstanding.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – For all his upside, looked lost out there. ¬†Nay, should I say, “Deer in the headlights?” ¬†Eh probably not… ¬†Played one of the worst 10-minute stints you could have, going 0-1 FG 1-2 FT and 1 Pt as his only stat with 2 TOs. ¬†On D, he made Mike Dunleavy look like Larry Bird. ¬†I like Giannis’ future, but this was the first time I saw an extended look of him and it was brutal.
Ersan Ilyasova –¬†Thinking back to his perception early in pre-ranks, I didn’t weigh how much Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings slashing all game helped his spot up shooting last year. ¬†Because he had no open looks last night, had to post up and take fadeaways for jumpers, and that’s just not his game. ¬†Looks like the ankle is still bothering him some too, just not explosive at all. ¬†10/1/1/2/0 with no threes in just over 31 minutes off the bench has me a sad panda…
O.J. Mayo –¬†At least figured out he should dime the ball given his shot was atrocious. ¬†2-12 but racked up 7 dimes. ¬†You know it’s time to turn the page when Mayo gets 12 shots to Knight’s 23… Hah!
Joakim Noah –¬†Sat out with a bad thigh. ¬†He wore a tight skirt into the trainer’s room and when he had it examined pulled a Sharon Stone… Man that was mean! ¬†I almost want to erase it, but it made me laugh.
Tony Snell –¬†Again, for deep leaguers, I thought he looked good! ¬†The Bulls had 8 players suited up last night, so he obviously got a lot of run (38 mins) for 13/6/3/0/2 with a trey. ¬†I think working his way into 14-teamer discussion, which I think is fairly bold. ¬†Worth a look.
Kirk Hinrich – Shot 0-10. ¬†I think it’s time for a new visor prescription…
Marquis Teague –¬†The most preposterous 6 assist game I’ve ever seen. ¬†At least 4 of them were garbage passes to Dunleavy who threw up a long jumper on the move. ¬†Henson also destroyed two of Teague’s drives with monster swats and he looked horrified to take three-pointers, hesitating on one, then realized he had to chuck it up with the shot clock running down and missed rim. ¬†Man the Bulls looked so bad…
Carmelo Anthony –¬†…speaking of bad… The Knicks are just… man…. Melo had a fine night for fantasy though, with 29/8/3 on 12-19.
Raymond Felton –¬†Only 19 minutes, exiting early with a re-injured hamstring. ¬†Reports are saying he might get shut down a while. ¬†Droppable in most leagues, but stay tuned for updates throughout the day.
Pablo Prigioni –¬†Racked up 9 assists in 27 minutes. ¬†Former fill-in starter Beno Udrih didn’t even get into the game. ¬†If you need a speculative add in the very deep leagues, Prigs is your Rice-A-Roni.
Kyrie Irving –¬†Now that’s what you’ve been holding out for! ¬†37/11. ¬†Now given it was against Felton, who didn’t have to dress up like an old man to look like one, and Prigioni, who just plain is an old man. ¬†Still, nice to see.
Paul George –¬†Had an atrocious first half, but then did what ELITE players do and turned it around. ¬†ELITE line of 17/3/4/2/0 with three threes and 6 TOs. ¬†Ok, not so much on that one, but I have to use my quota every George reference before being chased out of Razzball by angry commenters with pitch forks. ¬†Hey, it’s all good fun, and I’ve reiterated multiple times he’s an absolute superstar in real life, but in fantasy, he has a few slight downers. ¬†Not like I’m calling him a sell or anything!
Roy Hibbert –¬†A big reason why George only took 11 shots. ¬†You feed your big against the Heat! ¬†10-15 24/5.
Terrence Ross –¬†Got a start! ¬†Made sense in this one with Kawhi Leonard the opposing 3, but Ross struggled going 4-13 for 14/4/1/0/1 with 5 TOs. ¬†Listen, I like Ross, I love the upside, but there’s just a lot of volatility and change with Greivis Vasquez now there and an overall shaken, not stirred line-up makeover.
DeMar DeRozan –¬†19 Pts, but 7 Asts?!?!?! Where’d this rogue stat that isn’t scoring-related come from?!?!?! ¬†A season-high by 2, but it is worth noting that now in his 5th season, his Asts have progressed from 0.7, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, to now 3.1 a game this year. ¬†A sign a player is improving his overall game – of course with the 21.5 Pts per this year. ¬†Oh man, the hate I got in June calling him a sleeper… ¬†Still a tad of a sell-high as I don’t think the Rudy Gay trade automatically means even better things coming, but other owners in your league might and you can use it as a selling point. ¬†And you’ll be able to sell for much higher than draft-day money.
Amir Johnson –¬†Staying hot! ¬†9-11 for 19/9. ¬†Worth an add in most leagues, two big games in a row has me feeling a lot better than just the one.
Jonas Valanciunas –¬†He’s got a countdown. ¬†I don’t know when to, but at some point I have to pull the plug. ¬†LL for 14 Pts on 6-8 shooting (2-2 FT) is fantastic, but only 4 boards and 4 TOs with no blocks. ¬†Now, given this was against a really tough Spurs team, but I gotta stop make excuses for the fellah at some point. ¬†I’m a battered fantasy LL wife… ¬†“Why is Valanciunas still your buy-low recommendation, JB?” ¬†“I– I– fell down some stairs!”
San Antonio Spurs –¬†Had 7 guys go for double figures. ¬†And of course, Kawhi was not one of them. ¬†The most fantasy infuriating good-in-real-life team in history.
Shelvin Mack –¬†Got hot! ¬†7-9 for a 17/6 game. ¬†Still think it’s hilarious all the love Dennis Schroder got. ¬†Also hilarious that Jeff Teague also went 17/6. ¬†But Teague did more across the board despite shooting much worse…. Is it sad that box scores make me laugh sometimes? ¬†Yet I just don’t laugh at Modern Family the few episodes I’ve seen…
Minnesota Timberwolves –¬†Put up 121 points, rocked Detroit by 27 points, and didn’t record a single block?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope –¬†KCP sighting! ¬†He’s turning out to be a very poor man’s DeMar DeRozan. ¬†As in, scores a little but nothing else. ¬†Even that is a big leap… But had himself a decent fantasy line of 7-14 (2-6 3PTM) 16/4 with an errant block. ¬†Some of the scoring was inflated with the junk time he got late, but the longer Rodney Stuckey¬†(should be back soon) and Will Bynum¬†(looks to be a while) remain out, KCP will improve and may end up starting all year. ¬†Speculative add in even deep 14-teamers I’d say.
Andre Drummond –¬†I can’t even make something up a narrative about a slow night (8/8/0/0/2) turning into a trend as this was just a blowout after the tip. ¬†Not worried, still feel very wrong to hate on him.
Deron Williams –¬†The ankles are back! ¬†And he played great for 25/3/7 on 10-16 shooting. ¬†The buy low window is fairly shut now, but he’s as risky as any as a top-end able player.
Paul Pierce – Returns against his former team, comes off the bench and goes 4/7/3. Only took three shots and missed them all, but this was a solid 22:13 he gave you. ¬†Worth a roll of the dice if he was dropped in all but the shallowest of leagues.
Kobe Bryant –¬†This is why fantasy is so much better than real life NBA reporting! ¬†You don’t see Kobe headlines everywhere! ¬†Shot a much better 6-11 for 20 Pts and is looking like he was worth the draft day draft-and-stash. ¬†Although maybe not worth the Lakers sign-and-hope as they lost again to the Suns. ¬†Womp womp.
Steve Blake –¬†Another dimebag! ¬†The impetus for one of my favorite terms went 9/5/10 and still getting huge minutes. ¬†He had a bum elbow and the Lakers had a very long stretch off last week, worth an add if he was dropped for those needing medicinal assistance.
Robert Sacre –¬†The starting center the past two games gets…. A DNP-CD last night. ¬†Doh-Toni-ed!
Jordan Hill –¬†Doesn’t even get to 20 full minutes and goes for 13/7/2 with no turnovers shooting 5-6. ¬†Hill must’ve done something Dwight-ish and pissed off Kobe, chasing Hill out of the starting line-up…
Gerald Green –¬†He was useful, but as I kept saying, he’s terrible when not getting starting run. ¬†17:09 for 3/1/0/0/0/0 hitting a trey but had 3 TOs. ¬†Should be nowhere near a roster right now except in the deepest of leagues.
Marcus Morris –¬†Went off at the same time his brother did! ¬†10-13 for 22/4/5.
Markieff Morris –¬†15/7/3 going 6-10. ¬†I still don’t think either will be sure-fire, must-own 10-team consistent options, but both are worth owning while hot. ¬†And when both are on, the Morris family rejoice.
Goran Dragic –¬†Abused the Lakers. ¬†31/2/5 on 9-18 going 2-6 from deep and 11-11 from the freebie line. ¬†My RCL 1 team, autodrafted by emergency, has the slightest bit of something to be optimistic about, and might sneak by the 1st place Mr. Scrubs.
Next Game: I’ve got CHI @ NYK tonight. Yes, I just wretched as well. ¬†Maybe the highlights won’t be so bad if there aren’t any highlights to be had! ¬†Be sure to set your line-ups and hoe your teams kill it tonight!