Razzball Nation!!!!!!!!

If you have been around the Razzball block, you may have seen my stuff as a regular writer for Razzball Football (along with Co-Host of the Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast with @NickCapozzi) and an occasional contributor for Razzball Baseball.  If not, then I say hello Basketball world! I will be taking over the reins as the editor-in-chief for Razzball Basketball (while continuing my contributions to our other fine sports sections) and look forward to making different jokes about the same players.  Get ready for numerous Sam Cassell looks like E.T. references.

I know Chris has been a boss, but do not fret!  He will still be chipping in here and there and will not be lost!

A little bit about me – I have played fantasy for eons, mainly the big three (sorry Hockey), and as a Charlotte Hornets fan during their brief existence, I have no team allegiances (sorry Bobcats).  I have a pretty sweet job; I work for a tech company that makes the player highlights for Yahoo Fantasy Basketball.  So 5-6 games a week, I make those slick highlights with a team of about 10 (so if something is wrong it’s probably not me!).  At the end of every article I’ll let you know my next games, be tweeting analysis during them (my twitter is @jbgilpin), and will have some additional, in-depth perspectives.

I look forward to writing for you guys and answering all your comments.  Longest intro ever!  Let’s check out the trades that went down before this afternoon’s 3:00 PM EST trade deadline:


Bucks Get: J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith

Magic Get: Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih

The Bucks get some guard depth and Redick should have a similar 6th-man role coming off the bench that he thrived in with Orlando. Beno Udrih might get a few starts with Jameer Nelson missing a few games.  An OK short term pickup, but I wouldn’t get too excited.  I really like what I’ve seen from Gustavo Ayon.  He joins Ekpe Udoh and John Henson in a crowded backup front court.  But I could see Ayon getting more minutes that those guys, but still isn’t really fantasy relevant for most leagues.  Tobias Harris was getting some run earlier in the year, and with Orlando starting Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson in their front court, I could see Harris getting some time.  This is the biggest trade of the day?


Rockets Get:  Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and a Second-Round Pick

Kings Get: Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and one millllllllllllion dollars. (Plus a new location)

AnalysisThomas Robinson immediately becomes a great add in virtually all leagues.  Averaging 15.9 minutes a game on the season, that should be doubled as he moves into Houston’s starting lineup.  The Rockets let go of both of their underwhelming PF platoon-mates with Patterson going to Sacramento, and Marcus Morris getting dealt (see below).  I don’t think Robinson is refined enough to be a consistent scorer, but he’s a fantastic athlete that could push up to 8-9 boards, a few dimes, a block and a steal a night.  Kinda like a PF Eric Bledsoe with a rainbow line.  Ask Charlie Sheen what a rainbow line is.  He’ll tell you it’s coke laced with Pixy Stix.  Enough with the Charlie Sheen jokes today, Razzball!  Everyone else in this deal is a Schmohawk.  You could argue this is a bigger impact move than J.J.


Suns Get: Marcus Morris

Rockets Get: A Second-Round Pick in the 2013 Draft

The only importance here is that it clears out room for my new boyfriend, T-Rob.  I already picked him up in all my leagues he was available.  I guess it’s also cool Marcus joins twin brother Markieff.  You wonder if their parents didn’t know they were going to be twins and were like, “We like the name Marcus but what about this other one?  Marrrr – kief I guess.”  Everyone likes twins reuniting.  Just ask the 50-year-old single dudes that rented The Parent Trap while I worked at Blockbuster. The Rockets been a fun team to watch this season, and they got rid of both of the players at their least fun position at PF.  OK, well maybe Omer Asik isn’t exactly a human highlight reel, but he gets fantasy numbers!  Might be a Rockets fan over any other team right now.


Blazers Get: Eric Maynor

Thunder Get: Trade Exception

With Reggie Jackson taking over the backup role in OKC, Maynor had no minutes coming his way.  Now he can back up Damian Lillard and at least get a few minutes.  Lillard is unreal, but now Maynor is only one injury away from being a really interesting asset.  If you’re in a super deep league with Lillard and have a ton of bench room, I’d stash Maynor if I could.


Celtics Get: Jordan Crawford

Wizards Get: Leonardo Barbosa

After some nice flashes (easy Paris Hilton), Crawford has fizzled into a four-game DNP-Coach’s Decision abyss.  Crawford will find his way into the guard mix in Boston, but both Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley have played well enough, so don’t expect Crawford to get major minutes.  The Wizards just get some money off the books with Barbosa making the league minimum recovering from  a torn ACL.  The league minimum? $1.2 dollars.  Say whaaaaa?  Barbosa gets to make that as his salary poppin’ some nice meds as he recovers.  He might as well be a Real Housewife.


Bobcats Get: Josh McRoberts

Magic Get: Hakim Warrick

Charlie Day’s look-a-like heads to Charlotte, who plans to rack up as many ACC players as they can try to get.  Remember Sean May?  Exactly.  McRoberts could get an uptick of minutes backing up Bismack Biyombo, who is as offensively inclined as this guy shooting a free throw.  With the Magic rebuilding, don’t expect Warrick to do too much.  Which pains me.  Because I like Warrick, I don’t think he’s ever gotten a good shot.  The Bobcats made him play center for god’s sake!


Mavericks Get: Anthony Morrow

Hawks Get: Dahntay Jones

Meh.  Neither guy plays much and won’t change.


Raptors Get: Sebastian Telfair

Suns Get: Hamed Haddadi And a Second-Round Pick

Nothing too big here, but Telfair was playing well before the Suns decided to see what they had with first-round pick Kendall Marshall.  Telfair gives the Raptors much needed PG depth behind Kyle “Back Spasms” Lowry and John Lucas “I wish I was the coolest third, damn that RGIII” III.  Lucas put up double-digits in four in a row before last night’s game, but he’ll lose out to Telfair.  Haddadi has played in a total of 13 games and 87 minutes on the year.  Yawn.


Thunder Get: Ronnie Brewer

Knicks Get: Future Second-Round Pick

Brewer never really fit with the Knicks, so he helps out Thabo Sefolosha defensively on the perimeter.  With Harden putting up 46 on em last night, you could see why they made this move.  Brewer will maybe get a steal a night, but isn’t too interesting.  With Maynor gone, OKC has that room for another guard.


Turns out it was all quiet on both the Western and Eastern fronts.  Pretty underwhelming, especially with Josh Smith remaining on the Hawks even though it looked like he was gonna get slung faster than nose candy in the ATL hood.  I know I left out the Dexter Pittman deal, but he’s in the D-League.  If you play fantasy D-League, then more power to ya.


Game Tonight: Miami @ Chicago – My highlights tonight don’t go on Yahoo, but will be on the TNT Overtime stream.  If you haven’t watched this yet, it’s pretty cool.  The highlights will go over the timeline on whichever angle you choose (I am limited to the action cam).  I’ll be tweeting out some good plays and some fantasy analysis.  Catch you tomorrow!

  1. Kevin says:

    battling for 8th and final spot in playoff race.

    got offered Millsap and Kevin Martin (Both on contract years) for my Dwayne Wade.
    Should I take the trade? I think Kevin Martin sucks, but Milsap is intriguing to me.
    PG- Nash and Conley
    SG- Wade and Tony Allen
    SF – Iggy and Kirilenko
    PF – Kirilenko / Thomas Robinson
    C – Dwight and Brook Lopez

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Kevin: I’d probably stay put and hold onto Wade. Kevin Martin isn’t terrible but pretty much only helps you in 3s and FG%. Millsap is playing fine, but not at any sort of elite level. Wade isn’t the fantasy beast he used to be, but he still brings ya the goods and is your best player. I’d hold onto your studs and try to package maybe Dwight and someone for another stud. PS – nice job having Thomas Robinson!

  2. ChrisV

    ChrisV says:

    So it’s your videos I have to mute every time I try to load a box score in Yahoo…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @ChrisV: The player highlight videos come up when you open a box score? Hmmm I’ve never noticed that. I’m not on the tech side I just make the highlights!

  3. CatJ says:


    I’m in H2H with 11 cats (PTS, AST, ST, BLK, 3PTM, 3PT%, FG%, FT%, OREB,DREB, TO).
    should I take Ellis or Afflalo for the rest of the season?
    Thanks and good work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @CatJ: Thanks man! I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. I think I’d go with Ellis. A bigger scorer and has been more across the board as of late. I’m not as worried about the Redick trade, I think it will only cut Ellis’ minutes by 4-5 a night as they can slide him to point and rotate Jennings out too.

      • CatJ says:

        @JB Gilpin:
        I also own Jennings, so not the optimal solution either 🙂
        Btw, watch out, you have girls growing under your arms on the pic.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          Haha, I think you’ll be aight if Dwight plays well down the stretch. I know! Well there could be worse things growing there… Huzzah for being tall!

  4. Would you trade Parker for Westbrook if given the opportunity? 12-team H2H 5-Keeper league -2012 is shot- just looking at keeper value. Thanks for your opinion!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Maureen: Keeper? Uhhhh yea!!!!! Parker has got a lot of tread on those tires and Westbrook is a young gun. Plus I think Westbrook could outdo Parker towards the end of the year as the Spurs start limiting minutes for the playoffs. I’d do that in a heartbeat. Thanks for reading!

      • @JB Gilpin: That’s what I was thinking, but Parker has been so awesome this year, so it’s a hard decision. So what do ya think of Parker and Ryan Anderson for Westbrook and Martin? Other keepers are Aldridge, Gay, and Tyreke Evans ,so I’d have to keep Martin.


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