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Marc Gasol has come a long way from being the King Kong of the basketball court in high school and Pau’s little bro. He is now a superstar in the NBA, but an underappreciated one. Hmmm, does that mean I cannot call him a superstar? Does that inherently knock him down a rung to just “star?” What’s the protocol here? Merriam-Webster defines superstar as: a star who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, and can usually command a high salary. Extremely talented? Check. Great public appeal? X. Commands a high salary? Does $113 million work? You know what? F Merriam-Webster. Gasol is a freaking superstar and he’s making his fourth All-Star appearance this year! Last night against the Mavericks, Gasol scored 25 points, grabbed 13 boards, and dished out three dimes. So far in five games, he’s averaging 25 points, 10.3 rebounds, three assist, 1.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 2.3 threes a game while shooting 83% from the charity strip, 48% from the field, and 47% from downtown. Yes, small sample size alert. Damn, that happens way too often in this household. Anyways, we like seeing aggressive Gasol. He’s hoisting up 16 shots per game, which is in-line with the 15.7 he put up last year. The thing that really stands out is the rebounding. 13, 11, 5, 14, and 11 to start the season. He’s never averaged 10 per game and has languished in the 6-7 range for the past five years. We know he’s going to shoot a high percentage from the field, downtown, and charity stripe. We know he’s going to dish out dimes, pilfer, and block. But, if he gets that rebounding number anywhere close to 10 a game…..

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

DeMarcus Cousins went Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2 last night against the Sacramento Kings. 41 points, 23 boards, six dimes, one steal, and one block to lead the Pelicans to victory. But, Son? Why was Cousins not the lede? Well, grasshopper. You see…I started writing this post while the Pelicans game was still going on. Plus, I wanted to give Marc some love. There will be plenty of opportunities for Boogie in the future.

You know who/what had Boogie and Marc ranked two and three respectively?

Who was number one, you ask? Glad you asked. Giannis Antetokounmpo. 28 points, 10 boards, seven assists, three steals, and one block against the Boston Celtics. And one almost fatality…

With Ersan Ilyasova out, Mike Muscala received the start and balled out. 14 points, 10 boards, four dimes, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes. He’s only good for DFS and spot-starts in daily leagues, though.

Kent Bazemore and Marco Belinelli spray and pray. 19 attempts for Bazemore and 16 for Belinelli. If you need threes and scoring, these are your guys. They get minutes, opporunties, and the team is going to be bad. Bazemore did grab five boards, dish out three dimes, pilfer three, and block one, so….someone must’ve sacrificed an extra virgin.

Malcolm Delaney got the start with Dennis Schroder down again. Delaney scored six points, grabbed two boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one on 3-for-11 shooting. Schroder is expected to return on Friday so you don’t have to waste brain cells on entertaining the thought of adding Delaney.

Taurean Prince scored three points, grabbed two boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two on 1-for-7 shooting. He’s going to be inconsistent, but he’s going to get minutes and will contribute across the board.

Dewayne Dedmon only scored four points but grabbed 10 boards, dished out four dimes, and blocked one. That was his first double-digit rebounding game of the season. I was high on Dedmon coming into the season, but he’s only getting 25 minutes per game and getting around seven boards with one block a game. I’m probably holding onto him for a bit, unless someone like Robin Lopez is available.

John Collins scored 13 points, grabbed five boards, and blocked one in 25 minutes. Slowly, but surely, it’s happening guys. It’s like the tectonic plates of the Pacific Ring of Fire. They move ever so slowly, with one plate subducting under another, until the build up of energy needs to be released in explosive fashion. Basically the opposite of a 15-year-old boy experimenting with his sock for the first time.

Lauri Markkanen, the Finnisher as he’s called, scored 14 points, grabbed 12 boards, and dished out one dime. Do you like the Finnisher nickname? I’m not sure yet. I get it because he’s Finnish, but I picture the Finnisher to be a player that takes it strong to the rack and dunks it in people’s grills. On the other hand, he is putting the ball through the basket, so technically, he is finishing. Anyways, he’s good and there’s absolutely no reason the Bulls don’t continue to give him run.

Paul Zipser did not play due to a knee contustion, so it was Denzel Valentine who got the start. 11 points, nine boards, five dimes, and two steals ain’t bad, but 3-for-14 no bueno.

The story of the night for the Bulls was David Nwaba. Who? He’s 6′ 4″ 209 pounds and played for the Lakers briefly, both on the D-League team and the big club. He’s a local boy from my hood, University High School, Santa Monica College, and Cal Poly. I enjoyed watching him on the Lakers. Super-high energy and insanely athletic. Just couldn’t shoot from outside consistently. Anyways, last night he scored 15 points and grabbed 11 boards in 23 minutes off the bench. Just someone to file away in case a spot opens up.

Gotta mention Robin Lopez. 16 points, eight boards, and four dimes on 8-for-19 shooting and 36 minutes. He’s a top 80 player right now.

Nelens Noel scored five points, grabbed eight boards, and dished out two dimes in 20 minutes. Are there bonuses or restrictions in Noel’s contract or something? Why does he only get 20 minutes? It’s like an assistance coach is sitting on the bench with a timer. Beep beep beep beep. “Coach, 20 minutes is up.” Timeout!!! Noel!!! You’re done. Get your ass back on the bench now!

Dennis Smith Jr. scored nine points, grabbed three boards, dished out nine dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. He stuffs the stat sheet but is killing percentages. 4-for-14 from the field, 0-for-4 from downtown, and 1-for-3 from the charity stripe. I still believe.

Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, grabbed six boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered one in 22 minutes. He’s the main scorer for the second unit and will/can produce. He’s just not going to get much over 20 minutes me thinks.

I’d continue to hold Dillon Brooks if you can. He scored seven points, grabbed five boards, and pilfered two. The key is that he’s still getting mid-20s minutes. He’s shown what he can do and should only get better as he gets playing time.

Daniel Theis got the start at power forward for the Celtics. He grabbed five boards, dished out one dime, and blocked one in 19 minutes.

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Al Horford scored 27 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out four dimes, and blocked one. Horford’s a top 50 player right now and should remain there. He’s usually pretty underrated, as he contributes across the board for a big man. With how the offense is functioning, he’s going to get a ton of open looks and/or be the middle guy for the hockey assist.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, grabbed three boards, dished out seven dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. I saw Kyrie’s name mentioned a lot this week. Kyrie showed you why it’s probably prudent to be on his side.

With Marcus Smart returning to the fold, Terry Rozier saw his minutes get cut down to 21, while Smart played 27. Smart scored eight points, grabbed one board, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one. He shot 2-for-10 from the field. Rozier wasn’t any better, as he shot 2-for-9, but grabbed seven boards and pilfered two.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 points, grabbed six boards, dished out five dimes, and blocked one in 36 minutes of run. He shot 6-for-12 from the field and 1-for-3 from downtown. Milwaukee would be crazy to ship him out for Eric Bledsoe. He plays awesome defense and is so solid across the board.

Clippers win again. It’s the same blueprint every night. Blake Griffin does it all besides block, DeAndre Jordan boards and misses free throws, Patrick Beverley hounds, while Austin Rivers and Lou Williams take turns being the microwave. Forgot about Danilo Gallinari cock-a-doodle-dooing at the charity stripe.

Al-Farouq Aminu is basically Marvin Williams, or least what owners of Marvin Williams thought they were getting. I’m telling y’all. Body swapping is a thing. Aminu scored 19 points, grabbed six boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered three, and blocked one in 33 minutes of run.

Jusuf Nurkic scored 12 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out one dime, and blocked one in 27 minutes. I don’t know what to make of Nurkic. I was very optimistic coming into the season, but he’s definitely been a disappointment. Maybe he’s just giddy for Halloween. I don’t know. It’s too early to give up on him. I’d probably buy low.

Caleb Swanigan only played five minutes.

With Aminu playing well and Portland playing more small-ball lineups, it looks like the Sky is Not the Limit for Biggie.

Jameer Nelson played 36 minutes! 18 points, four boards, six dimes, and one block. Holla!

Zach Randolph scored 13 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked one in 29 minutes. What was going on? AARP night? I had no optimisim for Zach coming into the season. There were a few of you that believed. I give props to you. Although, there’s a good chance they stopped reading me after not including Zach in my top 200.

Buddy Hield only played 20 minutes and scored 12 points. Someone go check to make sure Vivek Ranadive is okay. Bah, of course he’s okay. He’s worth a gazillion dollars and owns an NBA franchise.

  1. Jason says:
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    Still so confused on the grizz sf spot.. Dillon>Tyreke > ennis?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jason: Yeah, lot of guys getting run. Ennis and Brooks me thinks

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    Wshup Son son ?

    Dejounte Murray, Jameer Nelson or Tyreke ?

    Thanks

    Proud Boogie owner!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ha! Do a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight! Murray

  3. John says:
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    What is a DFS?

    What do you think of Robin Lopez? Sell him high while Kris Dunn, Mirotic and Lavine still out?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: My bad. Daily fantasy sports.

      You can try to sell high on him, but he’s probably more valuable to you than what u can get in a trade. He’s solid. You know what you’re getting from him. High floor

  4. Tony C says:
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    With the return last night of Marcus Smart to the Boston rotation and the impending return of Marcus Morris, would it make sense to drop Terry Rozier who should get less minutes going forward for a free agent such as Danny Green, Bellinelli, Evan Turner, Dillon Brooks, Clarkson, Harkless or D-Wade? I could pass on these guys and put in a waiver claim for Maurese Chriss who I drafted, dropped, saw someone else pickup and then dropped again after his ankle issue but is now seemingly close to a return? Thanks for you help and have a great weekend!

    • Son

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      @Tony C: I’d rather have Chriss

  5. Michael Appiah says:
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    Belinelli or Kaminsky for pts and 3’s

  6. Edge says:
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    Love the stuff and nice work as always Son

    For a punt strategy team… who would you rather have?

    Baylesss, Tyler Johnson, Patty Mills, Stan Johnson, Bogdanovic (of kings)?

    • Edge says:
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      Let me correct that

      – that is a punt ASST team

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Edge: Thanks. Was going to ask that. SJ. Now excuse me as I go puke

        • Brent

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          @Son: Watch out for Bog…dude is not a normal rookie. He’s got game

  7. waffles says:
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    deciding between streaming Danny Green (@ORL) and Belinelli (DEN, 2nd night b2b). Need points and 3’s while minimizing FG% and TO risk. Blocks would help too and that might be the kicker for Green unless you feel better about Belinelli

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Green

  8. Kevin says:
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    9-cat H2H 12 team.

    I give up RHJ + Jamal Murray to get D Russ?

    Would like to improve my team’s 3s, pts, ast. I appreciate the feedback!

    • Son

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      @Kevin: I’m good with it

  9. John says:
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    What do you think of Jimmy Buckets?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: You’re still calling him Jimmy Buckets so….Ha! I think he’ll be fine.

  10. Miles Proudfoot says:
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    What’s good?! I suppose it’s based on needs, but would you rather stash Markieff or Dunn? Both are coming back VERY soon, but will keep one on my IR and see how they do. Thanks and have a great weekend!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Miles Proudfoot: Sup Miles! Dunn for me. Have a good weekend as well!

      • Miles Proudfoot says:
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        @Son: Fultz is available as well…still leaning Dunn though I think.

  11. Dante Green says:
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    Your thoughts on Bog-Bog? I just dropped Ennis form him

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: I like him. Good transaction

  12. Brett says:
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    Somebody offered me K. Middleton for J Tatum and D Smith jr. Should I do it??? Or Devin Booker for J Tatum and D Smith jr.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I wouldn’t

  13. Brent

    Brent says:
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    How about instead of the Finnisher we go with the Markksman?

    Great article!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Brent: Thanks Brent! Yes, Markksman is much better

  14. kalone says:
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    Old Marc Gasol pics make me believe I can change.

    In a dynasty league with games played limits (so I have potentially one roster spot I don’t totally have to play), would you drop George Hill for any of Dario Saric, Kris Dunn, or Marcus Morris?

    • kalone says:
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      @kalone: Or Bog Bog, I guess. *Sigh* All my questions are about dropping George Hill and/or Derrick Favors.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @kalone: I’d take a shot on Dunn

  15. Mike says:
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    In a standard ESPN points league, Ariza got dropped. I own JRich, Prince, JMurray. Should I drop one to pick up Ariza?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mike: Naw

  16. Jared says:
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    Cauley-stein for ariza? Building a punt assist team so threes are pretty important.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jared: who are your other bigs?

      • Jake says:
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        @Son: towns, kawhi, love, brolo, len, collins

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jake: Yeah, you good. Ha! A thousand apologies.

  17. AKTHESAVIOR says:
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    Hi Son,

    I picked up Mike James days ago but I wasnt that quite sure. I do think Ullis had great numbers last year and he could be the starter, in case Bledsoe is traded but no PG comes instead. Perhaps Ntilikina?

    My whole team is Bledsoe, Payton, Dunn (IR), Fultz, Murray, Middleton, LaVine (IR), Ingram, J. Richardson, T. Prince, Hollis Jefferson, Antetokounmpo, Taj Gibson, Myles Turner

    My team has many guards so it won hurt me to pick up a C such as Poeltl, J. Allen, WIlly Hernangomez, Richaun Holmes, Biyombo, D Powell or Plumlee (nothing too grea here…)

    Thanks

    • Son

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      @AKTHESAVIOR: I’d hold onto James. Ulis could take the job but I’d wait to see how everything shakes out.

      I think Ntilinka is too raw.

      I like J Allen the best

      • AKTHESAVIOR says:
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        @Son: J. Allen for Fulz? Knowing that he was injured, which could explain the slow start, and both being rookies, its difficult to say. Also, Fultz is he top pick, which not always matters but…

        • Son

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          @AKTHESAVIOR: Would rather have Allen

  18. Regular-Sized D says:
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    Drop Crowder for Tyreke Evans?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      sure

      • Regular-Sized D says:
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        @Son: tbh I’m just salty because I took him with the 78th pick

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Regular-Sized D: I feel you. Been there many times myself. At this point, where you drafted a player should be irrelevant. It’s all about making decisions based on the new information that has presented itself. With that said, I always go back to my tried and true: which scenario would piss me off more?

  19. MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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    I just received a trade offer.

    I’d get Lillard for Vucevic, Ingles, and Nance.

    Do it, right?

    • MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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      @MakeLoveLikeWar: And then I’d pick up two of Rozier, Hood, Dedmon, Aminu, Seth Curry, Mike James, or Dejounte Murray.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yes

      • MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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        @Son: They changed their offer to Vucevic+James Johnson for Lillard. Still do it?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @MakeLoveLikeWar: Yes. I should’ve asked. Who are your other bigs?

          • MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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            The @Son: My roster before the trade:

            Guards: Chris Paul, Avery Bradley, Ingles, Conley
            Forwards: Davis, J.Johnson, Horford, Vucevic, Nance, Kidd-Gilchrist, Kuzma, P.Gasol
            Centers: M.Gasol
            IL: Isaiah Thomas, Batum

  20. Dante Green says:
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    Hey Son, buddy, would you consider dropping Crabbe and start stashing Holmes? Thanks

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        I’d do it soon!

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green:

      So I was watching the game between the wolves and thunder and Jimmy finally looked the true alpha dog that he is. Hah At one possession Teague was asking for the ball and Jimmy was like, “Dude fuck off, I’m friggin Jimmy Butler!” Lmao. But having said all this, do you think this is still the best time to swap him for Myles Turner?? Or just sit tight and expect better numbers from him here on out? If this is a start of him really balling we should expect elite FT, high assists and points, steals, and low turnovers. Does he fit my squad?

      PG — Rubio, Collison
      SG — Butler, Crabbe, Bog-Bog
      SF — Richardson, Brown
      PF — Gordon, JamJohnson
      C — Capela
      IR — Leonard, Curry

      9cat, 18er

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Dante Green: Jimmy’s a boss. s much as I love Myles, i think Jimmy fits your team better

        • Dante Green says:
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          @Son:

          Yea, Rubio and Jimmy together I think is a nice pairing. Heh Mann, thanks! You’re doing a great job with razzball nation! Gotta keep this community/family up and alive for many years to come!

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Dante Green: Viva la Razzball!!!! Thanks Dante. Much appreciated.

  21. Jared says:
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    Harkless is pretty decent but I had to drop him for Donovan. Good move? Other droppables are belinelli, Crabbe, levert.

    • Son

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      @Jared: I’m good with it. All the other guys are good options as well, but DMitch has the most upside

  22. Josh says:
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    Should I drop Crabbe for rivers?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah

  23. Arief says:
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    Need advice should i drop marwil or mike james for FA ??

    List FA : dirk,hardaway jr,taj,batum,nance jr

    Thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: James I’d hold onto. I understand if you want to drop Marv, but I’d be patient with him.

      • Arief says:
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        @Son: ok thanks son

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Arief: Anytime

          • Arief says:
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            @Son: hii son

            One question again someone offered me jrue for gary harris would you trade ??

            My team : giannis,m.gasol,love,ariza,beverley,gary harris,pau,marvin,kcp,dmitch,mike james

            14 teams h2h 9cat

            Thanks for advice

            • Son

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              @Arief: yes

  24. Visitor says:
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    Sup, sensei son?

    Would you drop Crabbe for either Ulis or Mitchell?

    Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Visitor: Yes grasshopper

      • Visitor says:
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        @Son: Who’d you pick, sir?

        • Son

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          @Visitor: My bad. Didn’t see Ulis there. He’s not only small on the court. DMitch

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            @Son:

            Haha aight. Thanks.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Visitor: anytime

              • Visitor says:
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                @Son:
                Still got a few queries, sir. Hehe Do you think Seth Curry is a good stash?

  25. Miel says:
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    Hi, 10 team 9 cat league. Should I drop josh jackson for rivers?

    I really like jackson but ihave three mia players on my team. Josh jackson, james johnson and whiteside and i’m thinking it might affect schedule slots.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Josh Jackson plays for Phoenix

  26. Isav says:
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    Hi Son. For a Dynasty league would you prefer Bledsoe or Teague?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      If you want higher floor, Teague. Higher ceiling with more risk, then Bledsoe

  27. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son. Carroll and RHJ or Aminu and Smart in a head to head points league? Thanks!

    • Son

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      @Jerry: Carroll/RHJ for me

  28. IntendedSteb says:
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    Hey Son. I have to keep two out of these three: Giannis, Leonard and Jokic. Giannis is an obvious one. The other has me going back and forth. Need help.

    • IntendedSteb says:
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      @IntendedSteb: Side Note: I’m looking for value beyond this year.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @IntendedSteb: I’m a Jokic guy, but if healthy, have to go with Kawhi

  29. Justin says:
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    9 cat h2h, Tim hardaway or John Collins? Austin Rivers also avaible.

    • Son

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      @Justin: depends what you need. THJ gets minutes and opportunities so in a vacuum side with him. Would rather have THJ than Rivers

  30. Pedro says:
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    Hi son.

    A guy is offering Conley in my 9cat h2h league. And I am thinking about offering Oladipo as I have 3 Indianas now. What do you think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pedro: that works

      • Pedro says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Pedro: no prob

  31. hamtime says:
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    sup son. big trade offer.

    My myles+ Agordon for his AD+wiggins. 16m 11cat. which side do you like more?

    • Son

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      @hamtime: It’s funny that Myles is the one injured right now. I’m not a big Wiggins guy so Myles/Gordon for me.

      • hamtime says:
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        @Son: yeah, wiggins is weak, but another manager told me that he would trade me kawhi+adams for ad+wiggins if i end up taking the deal. still like the agor/myles duo?

        • Son

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          @hamtime: I like Myles/AGor the best

          • hamtime says:
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            @Son: cool, thanks!!

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @hamtime: anytime

    • hamtime says:
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      @hamtime:
      sorry, current team:
      g – kyrie, jack, dinwiddie, ball, murray
      f – crabbe, agor, warren, eturner
      c – holmes, ryno, myles

  32. hamtime says:
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    also, pls rank – jack, henson, bender, holmes. thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hamtime: Bender, Holmes, Jack, and henson

  33. Miel says:
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    I was offered Justine Holiday for my Markkanen. Should I take it?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Miel: No

  34. hamtime says:
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    HI son. would you drop evan turner or jarrett jack for markieff? do you like markieff or bender more ros? i could drop jack and turner for both…

    • Son

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      @hamtime: If you need assists, no. Even though I’m not the biggest Markieff fan, I’d probably want him more than ET. I’d take the shot with Bender. He has more upside, but his floor is super low.

      • hamtime says:
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        @Son: ok. so keep jack and drop ET for bender > markieff, yes?

        • Son

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          @hamtime: If you need steady production, then no. If you searching for upside, then Bender.

          • hamtime says:
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            @Son: haha sorry. so steady production = markieff, upside = bender.. but you prefer both over ET and i just hold onto jack, right?

            • Son

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              @hamtime: yeah

  35. Visitor says:
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    Hi Son

    Would you drop anyone of my teams for tyreke,bog bog,barea,jae crowder,batum,MKG,rivers,Nance JR ??

    My Team
    McCollum,Teague,Beverley,bradley,oladipo,KCP, Crabbe,A.Davis,Warren,Horford,Ibaka,Marvin

    14 Teams,h2h,11cat (9cat+3pt%+PF)

    thanks master

    • Son

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      Rivers for Crabbe

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