The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the 2019 season with rebuilding expectations, as the team traded away Paul George and Russell Westbrook in the offseason. Two full months into the season, the Thunder are one game above .500 and are currently the seventh-best team in the stacked Western Conference. A big reason why has been the play of Chris Paul who, like a good neighbor, has provided stability to the team. Last night, Paul aaaaaaalllllmmmmmooooooooosssssttttt messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 11 8 0 0 5 3/6 9/18 4/4

On the season, Paul is a top 25 player for fantasy. Over the past 15 games, he’s been a top 15 player and averaged 33.1 minutes, 17 points, 1.5 tres, 5.5 boards, 7.5 dimes, and 1.4 steals. He’s been shooting 48% from the field and 94% from the line. The usage rate has been 21.6 and the turnovers have been a miniscule 1.7 per game. Now, Paul is 34 years old and since the 2015 season, he has missed 8, 21, 24, and 24 games. It may be time to explore getting some insurance, as there’s a good probability that Paul will miss more than a few games. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what never misses a game? The Stocktonator.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 7 2 3 0 3 3/5 12/21 5/6

Oh baby! I wanna get with ya and take your picture. My homeboys tried to warn me but that stat line you got. Oh, it make me so horny. Over the past seven games, Shai has been a top 30 player, averaging 36.5 minutes, 24.4 points, 1.3 tres, 4.7 boards, 2.1 dimes, and 2 steals. The field goal percentage has been 52%, free throw percentage has been 83%, and the turnovers have been low at 1.9. The usage rate has been 26 and he’s been jacking up 17 shots per game. The efficiency will likely come down to the 45% range, but he should continue providing counting stats. Too bad he doesn’t dish out more dimes. That would likely change if CP3 gets traded, but that doesn’t look to be in the cards right now.

Nerlens Noel

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 1 3 3 2 0 5/5 3/3

In 19 minutes off the bench. Noel only averages 18 minutes per game, but he’s an excellent source of steals and blocks.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 14 2 1 0 2 2/4 5/11 0

Continues to start for Marc Gasol and played 34 minutes. There has been no timeframe for Gasol’s return, so Ibaka should continue to get plenty of run in the meantime. Over the past four games, he’s averaged 32.2 minutes and been a points, tres, boards, and field goal percentage player. He’s been shooting 56% on 13.8 attempts! Just know that he doesn’t provide much in the way of dimes or defensive stats, which is a shame because he used to be IBLOCKA!!! RAWR!

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 5 1 1 6 2/6 6/13 6/6

Played 39 minutes. At this rate, it will be tough for Lowry to hold up all season, but ironically, Nurse has no regard for health! Anyways, if he can stay healthy, you’re looking at top 30-ish production for fantasy.

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 8 0 1 1 4/8 7/18 2/2

Played 38 minutes. Over the past four games, VanELITE has been a top 20 player. Now, he’s been averaging a block per game, so that won’t continue and his overall value will decline, but he provides plenty of points, tres, dimes, and steals. The one bugaboo for FVV is the shooting efficiency. On the season, he’s converting 39% of this attempts.

Patrick McCaw

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 2 2 2 0 2 3/5 5/9 0

McCaw has started the last six games. He’s averaging over 33 minutes per game. The usage is low, so don’t expect many points, but McCaw can provide some tres and steals.

Clint Capela, Russell Westbrook and James Harden did not play for the Rockets so…..

Danuel House Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 3 0 0 3 2/5 10/18 0

House starts, plays a ton of minutes, and provides tres, boards, and steals. House will never be on the cover of Architectural Digest, but the foundation is solid. Top 100-ish player for fantasy.

Isaiah Hartenstein

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 3 0 2 2 0 9/11 1/2

Played 34 minutes. Hartenstein is a skilled big man, but unless Capela is out for an extended time, he won’t be fantasy viable.

Eric Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 1 3 1 0 3 4/7 6/12 4/8

Got the start and played 22 minutes in his return from injury. He will likely be on a minutes limit for the short term. Once he gets ramped up, Gordon will be an excellent tres specialist.

Chris Clemons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 10 1 0 2 4/11 6/15 0

Played 34 minutes off the bench. Coming into yesterday’s game, Clemons had dished out a total of 6 dimes in 164 minutes. He’s strictly a tres specialist, like most of the Rockets. Only viable when injuries force him into playing time.

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 16 2 1 0 1 0 6/9 0

Played 35 minutes. No more minutes limit for Favors! Woo hoo! Favors is an excellent source of boards, steals, blocks, and field goal percentage. It also helps that New Orleans is a favorable environment for fantasy. If he can stay healthy, top 50 production isn’t out of the question.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 10 8 2 0 3 7/12 10/20 0

Continues to start and played 40 minutes.

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This is what Lonzo can do, which is why we keep forgiving him and have make-up sex. Now, the percentages are not going to be pretty on the regular, but he can mess around and get his 211 on any given night.

J. J. Redick 

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

Got the start but only played 19 minutes, as both the defense and shooting were poor. As a result….

E’Twaun Moore

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 4 1 0 0 5/9 10/20 0/1

Played 25 minutes off the bench. In three games as a starter this season, Moore has averaged 31.2 minutes, 14.3 points, 2.3 tres, 4 boards, 2.7 dimes, and 1 steal. The efficiency has been poor but he’s historically been a good shooter. He’s viable if he starts or starts getting consistent run, so keep an eye on this Redick/Moore situation.

Nemanja Bjelica

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 2 0 1 1 5/7 10/13 2/3

Got the start and played 33 minutes, as Marvin Bagley was out due to a foot sprain. We know that the Nemanja is potent when he gets run, so with Bagley expected to miss a few games, he’s a viable option. Points, tres, and boards are his primary contributions, but he will provide some dimes and defensive stats from time to time.

De’Aaron Fox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 2 13 0 0 4 0/3 7/12 4/4

Played 33 minutes. Fox is a good source of dimes, but the poor free throw shooting and lack of tres hurt his overall value. The defensive stats haven’t been what we expected as well. As a result, he’s outside the top 100 for fantasy.

Harry Giles

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 3 3 1 1 0 0 4/7 3/4

Played 17 minutes off the bench, a season-high. Man, Giles has so much potential. It’s a shame that injuries have derailed his career. He may get some run while Bagley is out, but will likely get buried on the depth chart when Bagley returns. With that said, if he does get some run and performs well, there is a chance that he carves out a role. Something to monitor.

Buddy Hield

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 8 2 1 3 3/9 8/18 1/2

Hield has been brutal recently. Over the past seven games, he’s been shooting 31% from the field. Yuck. The last two seasons, the field goal percentage has been 45% and 44%, so some positive regression could be in the works. For fantasy, don’t expect defensive stats, but he will contribute some boards and dimes. His primary value comes from points and tres, though.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 2 0 1 2 2 2/4 5/9 6/6

Got the start and played 33 minutes because Paul Millsap did not play due to a quad injury. Grant provides points, tres, and defensive stats. He’s viable when Millsap is out, which could be an issue going forward. Even when both are healthy, Grant averages around 23 minutes per game.

Michael Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 1 0 0 0 1/3 8/10 2/2

Got the start and played 26 minutes because both Millsap and Gary Harris did not play. MPJ is a professional getter of buckets, but his defensive liabilities will likely prohibit him from making a significant impact.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 5 1 0 1 1/4 8/14 2/2

Top 60 player for fantasy. The past five years, Barton has finished as the 211th, 52nd, 117th, 83rd, and 252nd player. See the pattern? SAT prep has taught me that we can’t draft Barton next year. That’s how the universe works, right?

P. J. Washington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 1 0 1 0 4/6 5/9 2/5

In 28 minutes. P. J. has been wearing us to sleep with his fantasy production, but he’s playing a ton of minutes and contributes across-the-board production. The one big bugaboo is the free throw shooting.

Devonte’ Graham

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 10 2 0 1 3/12 5/18 3/3

Graham has been so delicious this season, and is a candidate for fantasy MVP. With that said, the shooting efficiency is downright awful. On the season, it’s 37%. Over the past six games, he’s shooting 28%. LOL! He and Terry Rozier must have one helluva bet going on for master of futility. I suck more. No! I suck more. Bet!

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 0 1 1 1 1/4 8/18 1/2

In 26 minutes off the bench. Monk is a scorer who doesn’t providce much outside of points and tres. He’s only averaging around 20 minutes per game, so isn’t viable unless he carves out a significant role or if injury strikes.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 12 0 0 2 1 2/5 6/12 0

In 25 minutes! I’ve been bagging on JJJ because he wasn’t grabbing boards. Good to know that he reads my work. Thanks, JJJ. Appreciate you!

Kyle Anderson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 9 2 1 0 2 0/3 3/10 0

Got the start and played 22 minutes because Jae Crowder did not play due to an ankle injury. I’ve never been a Slow Mo guy. My wife definitely agrees.

Brandon Clarke

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

In 25 minutes off the bench. Top 70 player on the season despite averaging 21.5 minutes per game. It’s crazy. Clarke is so damn good and contributes in every category. The Grizzlies need to figure out a way to get him more run.

Dwight Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 11 2 2 1 1 0/2 2/6 3/4

Continues to start and played 32 minutes last night. Luka’s numbers are much better with Powell on the floor, so the playing time should be secure. Boards and defensive stats are what he provide.

Tim Hardaway Jr. only played seven minutes due to a hamstring injury. 7 out!!! Seth Curry is likely the primary beneficiary.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 7 2 0 6 0/6 5/14 9/9

Missed some time in the first half, as he fell and bonked his head. Luka did start the second half, so all looks to be good. Whhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwww…………………………………..Halle-f’ing-Luka!

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 9 4 2 1 4 0/1 8/12 7/9

The #2 player for fantasy. Whoever is making those virgin sacrifices to the injury gods, thank you.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 13 2 0 2 2/4 3/10 5/6

Over the past four games, LeBron has been shooting 41% from the field. I’m thinking those groin and elbow injuries are still affecting him. With that said, he’s still playing around 37 minutes per game, so thankfully they are not too bad.

Danny Green

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

In 22 minutes. 2222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222. Green is a 3-and-D player. Just not a very good one.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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

In 25 minutes off the bench. I thought that when Avery Bradley returned to the lineup that KCP would be standing at the turn lane of an intersection with a cardboard sign reading: Will Work for Playing Time. Instead, the minutes have actually increased, as he’s averaging over 29 minutes since the return of Bradley. Now, shooting over 50% has helped, but what happens when he cools off? Regardless, he’s an important part of the Lakers and will get run no matter what. For fantasy, he will be a 3-and-D player.

  1. Mr. Blast says:
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    aYe Oh!

    Hope you had a good weekend.

    Who is the better streamer for tonight ? And possible hold for the week.

    Ross – I think Gordon is out.

    Wood – Keef Morris is out & Blake is banged up. (again)

    Ersan – If Greek is out.

    Dieng – If KAT is out.

    O’neale – Quietly been good.

    Squad goals – In 4th place.

    Jrue/Lowry/Conley/Rozier
    Oubre/Levert/Tucker/Herro/Grant/Troy Brown
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Bertans

    Eagerly waiting for Levert, Bryant, Bertans, & Conley

    Holla !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      aYe Oh!

      Dieng if KAT is out. Next would be Ersan if G is out, then Wood if both Morris and Blake are out. Ross, then O’Neale

  2. Tony C says:
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    Hello Son! Is Huerter a must keep player ? I am very intrigued with Gary Payton III, IsIah Thomas, Delon Wright and Nerlens Noel. My team currently is very solid at PG.
    PG Simmons, Bledsoe, Brogdon and Sato.
    SG Harden, Hield, Huerter
    SF Barton, Bog Bog, PJ
    PF Aldridge, Richaun
    C Gobert, Valancuinas
    Would you drop Huerter or a anyone else?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like Huerter the best out of that group

  3. Kenny Powers says:
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    Yo Son great work as always. Got a couple questions to run by ya. H2h points league

    1. Is Gary Payton II going to be a thing? I took a flier after that nutty stat line in his first game and now he’s got 15 stocks in 3 games. Guess I’m just curious what you think of him short term/ROS.

    2. Boucher, Kanter, Dillon Brooks, airplane mode. Boucher first man up to drop there?

    3. Justice Winslow=bum?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, KP!

      1) I can’t see the defensive production maintaining. He’s not going to steal 4.3 per game. Also, he’s not going to shoot 56% from the field. Finally, he’s getting run due to injuries. I think this is only a short term thing.

      2) I’d probably drop Kanter first

      3) Injured

  4. Eric says:
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    Hey Son, love the work!

    I’m mulling a trade: My Jeremy Lamb for his Bojan Bogdanovic

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Eric!

      Bojan side for me

  5. Eric says:
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    Currently tied for first with this team:

    Trae/Kemba/Sato/Gary Payton II/Divincenza (streamer)
    Middleton/Lamb/Miles Bridges
    KAT/BLopez/JJJ/Favors/Horford
    IR: Bryant

  6. Cole says:
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    Decided to trade Gobert for Jayson Tatum. I need points and hope I can find blocks and boards elsewhere. I have Noel, Kanter, and Horford I can play at C, but my forwards have been a black hole and there’s no scoring on the wire. I’m in 10th place and needed to shake things up. What do you think of that trade? Also I need points and boards keep Prince or drop him for Rudy Gay?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Trade is fine for your vision.

      I’m not a Prince guy, but I have to side with the minutes that he gets over Gay

  7. hamtime says:
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    Sup son!

    1. Michael porter jr looking good. Do you foresee an increase in mins, and would you hold him or drop for: bamba, gay, osman, hunter

    2. Thoughts on Kevin Porter now that clarkson is gone? Would you drop for bamba, gay, osman, hunter as well?

    18m 11 cat. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup, hamtime!

      1) I do not

      2) I’d hold Porter. The minutes have increased in each of the last three games and he’s scored double figures in each

  8. Bucky says:
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    Hey Son! Hope the holidays are treating you well!

    Is RJ Barrett drop-able? Should I hold? I am anticipating Bryant’s return and Barrett, I feel is my worst.

    10 team, 9 cat H2H
    Gaurds : Harden/D. Russell/Teague/Schroder/Bledsoe/Morant
    Forwards : DeRozan/Tatum/T. Harris/Jaren Jackson/Barrett
    Centers : Aldrige/Wendell Carter

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, I’m not a Barrett guy. He may have some name value so I’d see if anyone in your league wants him in a trade first

  9. Jep says:
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    Sup Son!

    Your thoughts on trying to trade PG13 for a Nikola (Vuc or Jokic). Either one seems to help my team. I’m trying to boost my FG and boards while trying to minimize my TOs.

    G: Trae, Lowry, Brogdon, Rozier, Dinwiddie, BogBog
    F: PG13, Isaac, Noel
    C: KAT, Capela

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup, Jep!

      I’m good with either, with a preference towards Jokic of course

  10. Yong says:
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    Hey Son!

    10team, H2H, 7 starters, 13cats: FG%,FT%,3P%,FTM,3PM,OREB,DREB,AST,STL,BLK,TO,PF,PTS
    Jrue
    DonMitchell Hield
    Middleton Tatum
    Collins Aldridge Favors
    Adebayo Vucevic Turner

    The Lillard Proposal came again: Lillard for my Aldridge + Favors
    I could pick up Noel off waivers.
    Your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What are your starting requirements?

      • Yong says:
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        PG
        SG
        SF
        PF
        C
        UTIL
        UTIL

        Picking up Noel would leave me with 3 Cs.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with the trade.

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