Hassan Whiteside missed yesterday’s shootaround. As a result, those who traveled from all corners of the Earth to witness a Mt. Whiteside explosion became despondent. They cried. They fainted. They cried some more. Then they all gathered around and sang Kumbaya. Because Joe forgot the drums and Sally left the flute in the hotel room, singing was eschewed for the more conventional Lord’s Prayer. As the group began to feel hope permeating throughout their bodies, they heard a voice over the PA: Ladies and gentlemen. Tonight’s starting lineup for the Portland Trail Blazers will be….Gary Trent Jr., Rodney Hood, C. J. McCollum, Anthony Tolliver, and Carmelo Anthony. Shrieks began to echo througout Fiserv Forum. Joe and Sally began to makeout because the end was near. But then with 4:52 left in the first quarter, Skal Labissiere checked into the game. And all was right with the world, as the expected Mt. Whiteside explosion was superseded by the Labissiere eruption.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 12 3 1 5 0 2/4 10/16 0

In 28 minutes off the bench. Now, prior to last night, Skal was averaging only 15.3 minutes per game, but with all the injuries, he could be entrenched as the backup to Hassan with the possibility of becoming the Messiah? Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s Messianic? The Stocktonator. Naw, but 20 minutes per game with the occasional start wouldn’t be a bad thing. I know. I know. We’ve been down this path before with Skal, but fourth times a charm? Look, Skal is a skilled offensive player who has range from downtown. And he gets his block on. I’m good with taking a chance on the upside. Why? The Blazers need shooters on the floor so the path to more playing time is there. They signed Carmelo Anthony for goodness sakes.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 7 4 0 0 3 3/5 6/15 3/4

Played 29 minutes in his second start of the season, an increase of five minutes from the first game. It feels dirty rostering Anthony, but if you need points and tres, he’s a decent option. He’s going to play a ton and the usage rates in the first two games have been 28.2 and 35.7. The great thing about rostering Melo is that it’s an all or nothing proposition for the Trail Blazers, in that he’s either going to play a shit ton of minutes or he’s off the team.

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 6 10 0 3 3 5/10 15/29 2/2

Played 38 minutes and, with Damian Lillard not playing, was the man. Let’s go to the highlights….

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 19 15 3 1 5 1/7 9/27 5/10

Wilt Chamberlain and Russell Westbrook are the only two players in the history of the NBA to log a 20/20/20 game. G will be the third at some point. Once he gets the whole shooting thing figured out, it’s game over.

Eric Bledsoe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 6 1 0 2 2/6 11/21 6/6

It’s been an up-and-down season for Bledsoe, primarily due to the shooting efficiency. The steals are also down significantly from years past. Once he irons out those issues, he should return to the top 50 player, as the rest of the counting stats look good.

Pat Connaughton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 2 0 0 1 2/3 7/10 2/2

In 22 minutes off the bench. Will get run and provide points, tres, and some boards for as long as Khris Middleton is out.

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 8 5 1 2 4 3/6 9/19 7/9

Second game back from injury and…..across-the-board production once again. Points. Boards. Dimes. Blocks. Steals. Tres. You want it? Ingram provides. The improvements in tres and defensive stats have been eye-opening. 2.4 tres so far this season after never providing more than 0.7, and he has a chance to join the 1/1/1 club. Amazing.

J. J. Redick

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 2 1 0 2 5/8 10/14 1/2

Played 37 minutes. After leaving him for dead, J. J. has played 37, 32, 36, 34, 37, and 29 minutes the past six games. He’s attempted 14, 12, 16, 13, 16, and 13 shots over that span and scored 26, 18, 26, 19, 24, and 22 points. Want more? How about 5, 4, 6, 3, and 7 tres? All of this has contributed to J. J. being a Redick top 45 player. Now, he doesn’t contribute much else and, when the Pelicans get healthy, he will likely return to the abyss from which he came.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 9 3 1 5 1/4 10/19 2/4

29.2 usage rate last night, which is encouraging, but Brandon Ingram had a 35.1 usage rate. Regardless, Jrue is back from Holiday and contributing that across-the-boards production. Blocks are a little light, though.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 1 5 0 0 3 2/7 3/9 0

Played 19 minutes in his return from injury. I can’t wait to see this Pelicans squad when everyone is healthy, especially with Lonzo guiding this fast-paced offense. When healthy, Lonzo will provide tres, boards, dimes, and steals. The percentages will be gross, though.

E’Twaun Moore

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 2 0 0 2 3/5 8/12 0/1

Played 26 minutes off the bench. Basically, scroll up and re-read the Redick blurb, then copy and paste it <here>. The only thing that changes is the numbers.

Frank Kaminsky

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 5 1 0 0 2 1/3 5/12 3/4

With Aron Baynes out, Kaminsky received the start and center, but only played 24 minutes. The Tank has a long-range cannon to deliver munitions from far away. Like a tank, limited agility and one-dimensional.

Cheick Diallo

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

Played 14 minutes backing up Kaminsky at center. If Kaminsky played 24 minutes and Diallo played 14, how many center minutes were left? Class? That’s right, 10. Dario Saric only played 16 minutes, so the Suns have been going small with Baynes out of the lineup quite a bit. The primary beneficiary has been….

Mikal Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 3 3 0 2 0/2 3/7 6/6

Played 36 minutes off the bench. This after playing 26 minutes the prior game. Prior to that, Bridges was only averaging 19.5 minutes of run. Now, he’s a low usage player who will grab some boards and get his 211 on. In addition, he’s getting run due to all the injuries. I don’t have much confidence in him going forward. A streaming option when the Suns have injuries.

Tyler Johnson

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

Got the start for Ricky Rubio (back) and played 29 minutes. This Johnson did not cause any fantasy erections. And probably won’t for the foreseeable future.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 4 0 0 1 2/4 7/17 9/9

Played 35 minutes. Top 40 player over the past three games. Oubre can score points, shoot from downtown, grab boards, and get his 211 on. The turnovers are low and the free throw shooting is sublime. Now for the bad. The shooting efficiency from the field isn’t great and the blocks are low. I don’t think he will ever be a knock-down shooter, but he won’t atrocious either. The blocks, though. Was last year’s 0.9 number an outlier?

  1. Tim says:
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    Considering adding looney, who should I drop in a points league?

    Curry/Mitchell/derozan/vanvleet/Oubre/carter jr./Drummond
    Parker/Bryant/bam/Burks/porter jr./valunciunas/favors/Melo

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Melo

  2. Principal Blackman says:
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    I just got offered Westbrook and Ivica Zubac for my KAT. This is a 10-cat roto league with no TOVs. The cats are otherwise normal with the addition of FGM and 3pt%.

    Here’s my squad as it currently stands.
    PG Devin Booker
    SG Norman Powell
    G Delon Wright
    SF Jayson Tatum
    PF Al Horford
    F Serge Ibaka
    C Hassan Whiteside
    C Karl-Anthony Towns
    Util Frank Kaminsky
    Util Shaq Harrison
    BN Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kelly Olynyk, Skal Labissiere, Gordon Hayward, and Kyle Lowry

    I’ve been pretty wrecked by injuries, and I need dimes, but my inclination is this isn’t enough for KAT. Should I ask for Sabonis instead of Zubac? Lebron instead of Russ? I am always loathe to give up the best player in a trade, but I may need to in order to right this ship.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d look for a better deal. I’m sure there will be plenty of offers

  3. stevie says:
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    Mr. Son, need to drop one. Lonzo’s back so someone has to go. Just picked up Mr. Melli, would you drop him or one of these; Kenrich W, Crowder, D. Brooks, or A. Burks? Gracias

  4. Son

    Son says:
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    Melli

  5. IntendedSteb says:
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    Love the fact that the Freak is 1/1/1 through 15 games so far. Don’t love those percentages. But who cares, it’s Giannis. Wish Ben Simmons woke up one day and thought: I can be like that. Maybe not, with Embiid on the same team, but it could happen.
    Really hate Melo in Protland. Had high hopes for Little. Still do.
    As for my questions, BogBog or Marcus Morris the rest of the way and is TT droppable at this point?

    • Son

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      G is amazing. I have confidence that he will figure it out. As for Simmons, my confidence level is not so high. I hope he does, though, because I’d love to see what his ceiling is.
      Little looks nice, but yeah, Melo nukes his value.

      BogBog

      I’d be inclined to hold TT but it depends who you’d be replacing him for

      • IntendedSteb says:
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        Thanks Son.
        Moved MM and TT for BogBog and Adams today.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Good luck!

  6. COJason says:
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    Who do you prefer at PF, Kuzma or Paschall? I currently have Kuzma, but Paschall is on waivers. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Essentially the same player. Kuzma for me

  7. Cole says:
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    It’s kind of crazy that Mikal cant get much run because there’s too much talent on the suns when healthy. He might blossom if traded to a better situation.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      He’s been getting run lately, but due to injuries, so I’m with you. He probably needs to get traded

      • Cole says:
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        Also, is it time to move on from dwight powell. He just doesn’t seem to fit

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, I think so

  8. Sato Is Bad At Basketball says:
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    I fell victim to the siren’s song of getting a player off the wire who has back-2-back games. The math looks right but wire level player seldom is able deliver their averages. Often better to grab the hot hand (Bertans). Free advice from Trader who is dumb.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I do not approve of your screen name.

      • Trader says:
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        Ha ha! I hope you are right. I still have him at least for one more day. You told me to trade IT for Lamb which I think will be good so you still have some credibility left LOL. Noel really helped me last night too. Tough day at the salt mines.

        Happy weekend

        • Son

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          LOL! Have a good one and best of luck this weekend!

  9. Ace says:
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    Hey Son,

    My team :
    -Kemba/conley/g.harris
    -Kawhi/middleton/miles bridges
    -Jokic/LMA/JJJ/WCJ/gasol

    Would you drop anyone of my team for waiver ?? H2H, 9cat, 14 teams
    Waiver list : Tj warren,ingles,drose,burks,beverley,thaddy,ross

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw, I think you good right now. Would think about Gasol’s situation when Ibaka returns

  10. Anthony says:
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    Hi, sir could u rank for me ROS of these players, to help me decide who to pick from the Wire?

    Dejounte Murray, Davis Bertans, PJ Washington, Miles Bridges, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, Danuel House, Markelle Fultz.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Draymond Green, House, Bertans, Bridges, Looney, PJ, Fultz, Murray

      • Anthony says:
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        Thanks. I see u high on House and suspiciously low on Murray. Where land Noel if we put him in this mix?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          House plays a ton when healthy and contributes across the board. HOU plays at a fast pace and he should get tons of good looks. I’m not sure Pop ever unleashes Murray this season. Plus, he is deficient in some cats. I’d have Noel near the bottom, primarily because his role is limited right now.

          • Anthony says:
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            Thank u good man. Adding Bertans and hoping to pick up House a lil later for the next week.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Anytime. Good luck!

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