Yesterday, I was walking in the woods. The booty call chirps from the male birds filled my ears while the wind blew crispness onto my face like a bug on a windshield. Since the season is autumn, the ground was layered with leaves of many colors; red, brown, and orange. It was pleasing to the eyes, but depressing when I got philomosophical about what I was seeing. The leaves were that color and on the floor because they were dead. As I crunched one leaf, then smooshed another, I began to fall deeper and deeper into a depressive state when……I saw it; a sole Leaf hovering in the air with a ray of light shining upon it. It was center stage, floating, wavering, then eventually started dancing; making a mockery of the autumn wind. This Leaf was none other than T. J. Leaf of the Indiana Pacers, who danced to a line of:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 15 1 1 1 2 1/2 6/13 0

Before we mental masturbate over the prospects of this Leaf flying forever, keep in mind that he only played 22 minutes off the bench, and those 22 minutes only came as a result of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis not playing. Leaf has some potential, as he’s a big who can rebound, shoot from downtown, and run the floor. Unfortunately, his defense is suboptimal and he’s buried on the depth chart.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Otto Porter Jr.

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

Played 27 minutes. You Otto spend today going to Costco and buying all the Pepto Bismal because the OPJ has been a tumultuous ride so far. It should flatten out, but you never know about these things.

Wendell Carter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 2 0 0 2 0 9/10 2/6

This Carter Administration has had its ups and downs. That’s the nature of politics, but he stays true to his core constituents by providing points, boards, and blocks on the regular. So of course he didn’t block one last night, but it happens. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what also stays true to its core and provides the data you crave? The Stocktonator. That’s what. Carter Jr. is normally a good free throw shooter, but is shooting only 65% so far this season. I wouldn’t be worried, but it’s something to monitor.

T. J. Warren

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 3 1 0 1 1/4 10/16 5/6

Led the Pacers in points and shot attempts, which helped regulate the Bulls, 108-95. Unfortunately, this regulator does not regulate on the regular, as his shooting efficiency is inconsistent. Also, he hasn’t played more than 66 games in a season yet.

Jalen Brunson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 2 6 0 0 1 2/6 6/11 0

Got the start and played 30 minutes. He’s received three starts this season, but normally comes off the bench. Brunson can provide tres and dimes, but not much else.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 14 15 0 0 5 5/10 9/17 6/6

Hey Luka. You so fine, you so fine you blow my mind! Hey Luka! And that’s without you messing around. It’s like having a Playboy Playmate coming to your house and saying, “let’s have sex.” Then she proceeds to give you a foot massage, head massage while whispering I’ll make you a sammich when I’m done, body massage, then foreplay…..then………uhhhh, I’ll be right back. Have to….uhhhh….go to the restroom. The turnovers will always be high. It is what it is, but the percentages! That’s not going to happen on the regular, but if he can improve in those departments then………….use your imagination.

Kristaps Porzingis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 9 0 1 6 3 4/6 7/14 0

Lukaps Donzingis is going to be a f’ing problem for the rest of the league for many of years to come. Damnzingis!!! Anyways, as for Kristaps, the usage rate is 27.5 and he’s going to provide a ton of points, boards, and blocks. The dimes and steals will be few, and the field goal percentage will be a problem. Whatever. As Biggie said, mo money mo problems. Same concept here.

Cedi Osman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 4 1 0 1 0 2/6 4/11 0

Cedi has not been so Osman. Just average. Strictly a 3-and-D player.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 8 2 1 1 2 5/11 9/18 6/6

Top 15 player! Love is in the air. This Love does not block, which is good for everything but fantasy, but this Love is providing a ton of everything else…..except for STDs. That wouldn’t be good.

Tristan Thompson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 12 4 2 1 0 0 4/10 3/9

Any of you old enough to remember the Doublemint commercials? If they were to make a comeback, they could save money and just use Tristan Thompson. TT has played six games so far. TT has dub-dubbed in five. He’s a top 35 player, but the free throw shooting is absolutely, atrociously, asinine.

Richaun Holmes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 3 0 1 1 0 6/8 2/2

Got the start and played 30 minutes. Orale, Holmes! Luke Walton is a bobo, but even he can’t screw this one up, right? Dewayne Dedmon only played 15 minutes so…..Now showing on AMC….The Walking Dedmon.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

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

Only played 19 minutes because Luke Walton is a bobo. Trevor Ariza played 25 minutes because Luke Walton is? That’s right, a bobo.

De’Aaron Fox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 2 6 1 1 3 1/3 8/18 7/10

Fox has gotten off to a slow start this season, as the dimes, steals, and field goal percentage are all down from last season. Probably because Luke Walton is a bobo.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 6 2 0 1 1 4/6 9/14 6/7

He’s a top 50 player for fantasy! Ha! He’s currently a member of the 1/1/1 club. If you think that’s continuing, I have some bottles of air to sell you.

Frank Ntilikina

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

Got the start but only played 15 minutes. This is one Frank that is not doing it his way.

R. J. Barrett

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 3 0 1 2 1/5 8/20 5/9

He’s playing over 37 minutes per game!!! And jacking up a ton of shots! Unfortunately, the percentages from both the field and line are horrendous. 47% from the charity stripe! Barrett will provide points, tres, boards, steals, and some boards out of sheer brute force, but there will be tons of collateral damage.

Mitchell Robinson

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

Played 25 minutes off the bench because…..he got Fizdale’d. Chris Iseman on Twitter said that Fizdale wanted Bobby Portis in the starting lineup for his shooting, so that Julius Randle could have more room to operate.

Allonzo Trier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 4 0 1 3 2/5 3/9 3/4

Played 24 minutes off the bench last night after not receiving any run in the prior three games. <insert shrug emoji>

P. J. Tucker

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

The regression finally hit! Tucker wasn’t going to be a top 30 player forever. With that said, he did only play 25 minutes yesterday because the Rockets got neutered 100-129 by the Heat.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 4 6 1 1 7 1/6 3/11 3/6

The Heat are the #4 team in defensive efficiency, but damn! Russ had a plus/minus of -46. Ha! The Rockets were down 14-46 after the first quarter! Just one of those games, but you now know what the floor for Westbrook is….and it’s not pretty.

Eric Gordon

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

Thanks for playing. You have to be real hard up for tres to roster Gordon.

Danuel House

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

Came off the bench and only played 19 minutes.

Let’s see how D’Antoni plays it out next week, but it’s a House of Cards if he is relegated to the bench.

The game got so out of hand that Chris Clemons played 22 minutes and scored 16 points while Ben McLemore played 21 minutes and scored 14 points.

Duncan Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 1 0 2 1 7/11 8/12 0

Got the start, as Justise Winslow was out due to a back injury, and led the Heat in minutes, points, and shot attempts. Only useful when he gets the spot start due to injury, though.

Meyers Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 4 1 3 1 1 1/2 9/11 2/3

Leonard has played 28, 25, and 25 minutes the past three games. He’s blocked 1, 2, and 3 shots, grabbed some boards, and scored 21 and 16 points over the past two. He’s a big who can shoot, and he may have overtaken Kelly Olynyk’s role.

Kendrick Nunn

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

Got the start but only played 19 minutes due to blowout and some foul issues. Nunn for you…Nunn for you….Nunn for you. The reverse Oprah game.

James Johnson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 3 0 0 1 2/5 7/12 1/2

Played 22 minutes off the bench in his season debut. The Heat are kind of loaded when everyone is healthy, but JJ is someone to keep an eye on, as he does have the ability to contribute across the board.

Tyler Herro

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 7 7 1 0 1 2/5 3/10 4/4

Played 35 minutes off the bench. We know he can shoot. If he can contribute those boards, dimes,  and steals on a consistent basis, then he will truly be a fantasy Herro.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 11 2 0 4 6 1/2 10/20 4/4

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LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 11 13 2 1 5 0/6 8/23 5/10

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Just another day that LeBron messes around. The percentages still kind of suck. With that said, LBJ has a usage ratge of 32.9, is playing 35 minutes per game, and is currently the #15 player for fantasy.

Javale McGee got the start, but only played 11 minutes and provided 2 points, 3 boards, and 2 blocks. You know you done f’d up when you can’t even get a stat box.

Dwight Howard

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

In 21 minutes off the bench. It’s only a matter of time before Dwight starts and soaks up most of the center minutes. I fronted on him entering the season, but he’s been fantastic; setting screens, grabbing boards, protecting the rim, and playing perimeter defense.

The Lakers are #2 in defensive efficiency and #23 in offensive pace. A complete 180 from last season.

Dejounte Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 11 4 2 1 4 1/1 7/12 3/5

I want to slide into this DM all night and day. Only played 24 minutes, as the Spurs are bringing him along slowly. Also won’t play in back-to-backs. I can’t wait until he gets unleashed, though, because he’s so damn good. The shooting may not be great, but he can get to the rim at will, provides the D, and is one of the better rebounding guards in the league.

Rudy Gay

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 10 3 0 0 2 3/7 6/13 1/2

Gay is still a good player and will contribute points, tres, and boards. He only plays 23 minutes a game, though. That is not Gay.

Bojan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 4 1 1 4 3/9 7/17 2/3

Bojan is such an integral piece for the Jazz offense. He has a usage rate of 27 and provides excellent shooting to space the floor. He’s currently averaging 20.2 points, 3 tres, 4.2 boards, and 1 steal per game. And the percentages have been excellent. 49% from the field and 95% from the line.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 14 0 0 0 0 0 4/8 4/6

He’s only blocking 1 per game. As a result, he’s outside the top 100 for fantasy. This could be a Louisiana Purchase buy low opportunity.

Mike Conley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 1 1 0 0 5 0/2 2/10 4/5

Buy low. Sell high. Buy low. Buy lower. Buy lowest. Sell high. Buy low. Welcome to the Mike Conley experience. My advice? Buy low.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 4 6 2 0 2 4/6 11/21 10/14

I like to slide into this DM all night and day as well. Lot of DM sliding into going on.

Tony Bradley

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

Played 14 minutes off the bench. With Ed Davis out for four weeks due to a fractured fibula, Bradley should see the backup center minutes.

Patrick Patterson

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

An Immaculate Binary Line! Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what pumps out Immaculate Projections using binary lines on the regular? The Stocktonator.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 6 3 3 1 2 2/8 9/26 10/12

He is so damn good. My son….yes Son is a son of a Son and also has a son himself…..is eight years old. When he asks me who the greatest players I remember seeing live were, it’s Magic, Jordan, Hakeem, Shaq, Iverson, McGrady, LeBron, Kobe, and I think Kawhi is going to be in there.

  1. Tenethor says:
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    Hey Son,

    12man – H2H – 9Cat league here. Need to cut someone in order to open up a streaming slot. So, who do i cut, Thad Young, Terrence Ross, Danuel House or Delon Wright?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ross

  2. slimbo says:
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    whats up boss

    Dejounte is a beautyyyyy

    who you going with it in a 9 cat dynasty league? Gobert or zinger

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup, slimbo!

      Indeed he is. Love his game.

      Zinger

      • Slimbo says:
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        Thank you sir

        How about Washington or Holmes ros in 9cat?

        Cheers!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Pj

  3. Tyl says:
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    Hey Son, what do you think about this trade in my 8team h2h daily
    Just got offered his Jokic Bledsoe for my Lowry SGA

    I have plenty of PF/C in my IL but hard to resist the Joker.

    G – Lillard Beal Trae SGA Lowry
    F – Oubre Anunoby Clarke Hart (streamer)
    C – Vuc Horford JJJ Randle
    IL – MylesTurner, Draymond

    Do you think Jokic Bledsoe is a better fit on my squad?
    I can also counter with Jokic Covington instead?

    But this will leave me with one SG eligible player in Beal so may need to stream an SG more often. Plenty of options in the wire. White, Smart, Wright, JHarris, Barton, House, Sato

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Jokic/Bledsoe

  4. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    I was offered my choice of Jaren Jackson Jr or Lavine, and Jrue Holiday or Shai Gilgeous Alexander, for my Kemba Walker. Should I do it? And if so, which 2 guys do I take?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with it. I’d go JJJ for sure. I like both Jrue and Shai, so it depends on personal preference and if you want dimes

      • Elliot

        Elliot says:
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        I’m a little surprised you’d go J Jonah Jamison over LaVine. Can you just explain what your thinking is there? JJJ has been pretty mediocre so far.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Not about what he’s done. More about what I think he can do. Potential 1/1/1 member as a big who can board.

  5. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYYYo!

    Great write up Son!

    Who are you dropping first for a stream spot ? – Sato, Tucker, Danny Green ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AYYYo!!! Always appreciated my man

      Green

  6. Gerald says:
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    Hi Son,
    Great update as always. Sucks to be an Otto owner now and hoping for a turn around as I’ve invested a high pick on hi. What do u think chances of him getting better? Is he droppable on 10 teamer or streamer level now? Would ask the same thing for Ingles as he had good year last year but just dropped in my league. Wondering if it’s worth picking him up for a possible turn around..
    Thanks..

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I think Otto will be fine. Could be a bumpy road though. I wouldn’t drop. The role for Ingles has changed, as the Jazz made addition over the season. Don’t expect last years production

  7. JPJ JR says:
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    hey SON! got a couple questions for ya here, what are you thinking about A-A-ron Gordon and wiggins ROS? Gordons been slow starting, and Wiggins is hitting 3’s like never before. Think gordons a buy low, and wiggins a sell high?

    Are you holding Favors right now with this knee problem?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, I’m with you. But low AG and sell high Wiggins.

      As for Favors, it depends on league and what’s available

  8. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    Ayo Son, can you shine some wisdom down upon me today? Trying to figure out what direction to head with this squad. Blocks and assists seem to totally be out of contention.. kinda picked best available in the draft and this is what I ended up with:

    PG: Lillard & Kemba
    SG: Garris, Fournier, Kennard
    SF: J Rich, Taurean, Miles Bridges
    PF: Sabonis, Paschall
    C: Vucci, Myles Turner, Valanciunas

    Any categories you recommend I focus on? Which players to target in trades?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      When healthy, blocks looks to be your strength. Weakest cats are steals and dimes.

      As for which cats to focus on, that really depends on your vision. Dimes will likely be the hardest to acquire, so maybe punt that? Or you could try to bolster it. Depends on your philosophy.

      As for which players to target, that is too general of a question because there are so many variables to consider. First, you have to figure out your vision. Then look for the best players that could help with that vision. Then you have to factor in acquisition cost and what the other team’s roster looks like. Would a mutually beneficial deal be possible? Anyways, figure out your vision first.

  9. adam says:
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    Good buy low/sell high?
    Give: KLowry and TPrince
    Get: DFox and DAyton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That works

  10. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Sup Son? Danny Green was just dropped. Would you be dropping Eric Gordon or JJ Redick for him?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would for Redick

  11. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Keeper points league:
    My Luka ($14)
    His Jokic ($15) & (Porzingis $19)

    Salaries rise $5 per season, keep 12 $160 budget

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would

  12. sebapargue says:
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    Hey son, really bad start to my fantasy season this year, I blame myself for not following my inside voice and follow too much rotoworld tips for my draft this year, something I have never done before…and wont again haha…also had the worst pick position in my opinion (9th)

    With that said, an as I do every year, what are your reccomendations right now for my team? strength and weakness? 9 CAT, h2h, 14 teams ( competitive league).

    My team:

    PG: Lillard
    SG: Booker
    G: SGA
    SF: Josh Richardson
    PF: Aldridge
    F: Eric Paschall
    C: Rudy Gobert
    C: Enes Kanter
    Util: Delon Wright
    Util: Derrick White
    Bench: Osman, Christian Wood, Dilon Brooks
    IL: Oladipo

    Already lost collins and looney due to injuries.

    Always looking forward for your feedback! thanks in advance

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Always follow your gut!

      Wait a minute?! Razzball advice is not enough? You have to infect yourself with Rotoworld?
      I kid, I love Rotoworld and frequent their site as well.

      You super light in tres. Best cat looks to be blocks. Points, boards, and dimes seem ok, with steals a little light.

      With that said, it’s early and there’s variance in H2H, especially the first week of the season.

      • sebapargue says:
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        I always follow razz advice , but went with the rotoworld draft guide this year instead of my gut. Anyways I know it is early but wire is super thin….i know im light in trees…what can i get for aldirdge??

        • Son

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          You slut!!!

          Like I said, Rotoworld has a ton of sharp guys and they do good work. It’s always good to get as much info as possible, but at the end of the day, always go with your gut.

          As for what you can get for Aldridge? I have no idea. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You have to shop him and see how the other owners in your league value him

  13. Jumponit says:
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    Thanks for that post – I got a few trade offers and wanted your thoughts:

    1) Give away Trae Young, get Brandon Ingram – maybe?
    2) Give away Vucevic, Otto – get Mike Conley and Demar – could be okay
    3) Give away Otto, get Victor – no, based on VO injury timeline

  14. Son

    Son says:
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    1) NEGATIVE
    2) depends on team
    3) not for me

  15. John says:
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    Hey, Son!

    H2H 12 Team 9 CAT. Would you get Ayton for JV?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would if you can handle the suspension

  16. Trader says:
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    The second I traded IT, he supplants Ish as the starter. Inevitable I suppose but still….I keep thinking he gets traded to a contender as a backup later in the season. My trade partner is already giving me a ration of, um, garbage. Need Lamb to step up and fight off Warren for minutes when Oli comes back. Or else this guy is gonna fill my in-box with smack

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I doubt he gets traded to a contender, but it’s possible. Ha! F your trade partner! Don’t sweat it. Karma always has a way of finding the appropriate parties

  17. J says:
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    You feel ok dropping Bruce brown for pj Washington or is he worth holding onto for the time being?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hold as long as you can, but I’d rather have PJ

      • J says:
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        Could drop Brook Lopez instead? Hard to see Bruce turning this into a lasting thing but you never know I guess

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Don’t drop Brook

  18. IntendedSteb says:
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    Alexander-Walker’s production went from minimal to nill. Is this just lack of playing time or is it end of the hype?
    Cam Reddish shooting 21% and even in college he shot 36%. Do you see him improving or does that look like a ceiling?

    • Son

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      Josh Hart overtook him. He’s young, though, so maybe down the road. My main take away from that opening game, though, was that he was hucking and chucking. I don’t think staff and teammates took too kindly to that. Just my opinion.

      Reddish has an inconsistent shot, but the form is good. I can see it improving if he puts in the work

  19. Crime Dog says:
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    The one great Son! might be too late but if you’re still there…In a 10 team league would you cut players in this order?…Nunn, Hart, Nance, Holmes, Clarke

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup, Crime Dog!

      It depends on your roster and who you’re replacing with

  20. j says:
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    Gobert is going to underperform lofty projections. HIs blocks will improve but sorry to say, scoring likely won’t. Those salivating at the loss of Favors forgot that they got this new guy named Conley.

    • Son

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      Makes sense and well within the range of outcomes

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