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:
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
Analysis:¬†Thomas 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!