When Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons there were a lot of concerns. In the interest of time I will stick to just those relevant to fantasy basketball. Ok, actually that only leaves one major concern: Would Andre Drummond continue to be the rebounding machine he was prior to the arrival of the Kia-jumping, oft-injured, polarizing, human-highlight film come-again Blake Griffin?

Yes, the answer is yes. The dude is a beast. He sucks in rebounds like black holes suck in matter. And while black holes spit out gamma rays, Andre Drummond spits out sick slash lines. Forget the 3-point shooting, point-forward, stretch-four big men we are calling unicorns. The true unicorns are the old-school low-post bangers like Drummond, who even Charles Oakley would agree, could hang during any era of NBA basketball.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 20 1 4 4 6 0/0  11/15   1/3

Here is what else I saw last night:

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Pistons over Heat:  111-107

Blake Griffin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 9 7 1 0 3   1/6   6/19   3/4

As predicted on the Razzball Fantasy Basketball Podcast, Blake Griffin is seeing a nice boost in his assists numbers being in Detroit. So if (and that is a Kim Kardashian booty size IF) he can stay healthy, look for some super juicy slash lines.

Ish Smith:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 4 7 1 0 1 1/1 11/14 2/2

Ok, didn’t see that coming. Ish should probably be owned in most leagues, at least until Reggie Jackson is back, but don’t get used to seeing just 1 turnover and perfect free throw shooting.

Stanley Johnson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 2 0 0 3 0/2 4/10 5/5

Turns out, instead of wanting Stan van Gundy to Free Boban, we should have been asking him to free his Johnson and we know SVG loves him some Johnson. The minutes will be there, but the shooting will be M.I.A. most nights. Tough to say who will be better to own for the rest of season between Stanley and Reggie Bullock:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 3 1 1 0 2 2/5 3/7 0/0

Goran Dragic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 2 6 2 1 0 4/6 13/23 3/3

First of all, congratulations to The Dragon for making the All-Star team. It is definitely earned and the Heat deserved to be represented in the game. And B: this line is awesome. No turnovers, sick shooting, even added a block. Iron Fist would have no chance against this dragon.

Kelly Olynyk:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 8 5 1 0 2 1/8 9/19 0/0

Eight 3-point attempts? Not everyone is meant to be a stretch-four, but Olynyk is definitely a guy to stream when Hassan Whiteside (illness) sits, even though Bam Adebayo was supposed to be the one to break out:

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

Josh Richardson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 1 6 3 1 2 3/6 8/13 0/0

This guy will just not let me forget that I waived him two months in after his painfully slow start. If J-Rich had started the season the way he has played the last couple of months, then he would be the one going to the All-Star and not Dragic

James Johnson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 5 7 2 0 3 3/6 7/12 1/1

Lots of questions this season about JJ and whether he should be dropped and/or picked up, and if you look back at all of my answers (you guys do that right?), you will see that I kept telling people to hang in there with him. These are the stat lines he is capable of on a regular basis, when he is healthy, and he finally seems to be there.

Pacers over 76ers:  100-92

Victor Oladipo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 9 4 3 1 2 0/5 7/17 5/6

Hit somewhat of a slump recently, but he is returning Round 1 value. This guy is going to be on a lot of championship teams this season.

Bojan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 1 2 0 0 4/7 5/11 5/5

Look out BogBog, the race for the title of Best Bog is shifting back to Indiana. King of the THRAGNOF! this season, definitely worth owning in most leagues while he’s hot.

Domantas Sabonis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 6 1 1 2 0/0 2/5 6/7

Myles Turner got into early foul trouble and only played 15 minutes leaving the door open for The Dominator (good right?) to almost mess around. The Pacers are all over the two center lineup, so keep running The Dominator out there.

Lance Stephenson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 9 4 1 2 3 2/5 5/11 2/2

Stephenson is mostly just VO insurance this season, but he is capable of putting together really nice stat lines like this that make him so tempting to pick-up. And anyone who has blown in Lebron James’ ear and lived to tell about it is OK in my book.

Thaddeus Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 3 2 1 2 2 0/0 5/9 0/2

I am putting Young in the recap because I am sure there are a lot of people out there who want to drop him. If it helps, I just dropped him in a 14-team league and it felt wonderful. He has a great ranking in most leagues because of his across the board production, but it has just been so uneven and there are a lot of good free agents sitting out there at the moment.

Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 10 3 2 1 7 0/4 9/19 6/9

This loss had to hurt for the 76ers and they are definitely short a puzzle piece in being able to compete with the big boys. Perhaps Tyreke Evans is the answer if they can swing a deal, but I think it comes down to Embiid maturing a bit. He needs to cut down on the turnovers, stop shooting threes, and just get to the paint. He needs to take a page out of Ben Simmons’s book:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 11 6 1 0 0 0/0 4/13 2/6

So young, so steady, but he needs to be a more consistent scorer to help get the Sixers over the hump. His inconsistent scoring is the reason why they are going to overpay for a guy like Tyreke Evans, well that and Markelle Fultz’s brain cramp.

Timberwolves over Pelicans:  118-107

Jimmy Butler:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 8 7 2 0 2 2/4 11/21 6/9

I have to admit, I doubted Butler early in the season, but man was I wrong. His turnaround after getting used to his new team is one of the most amazing stories in recent NBA memory. This guy must put in so much work, if only Andrew Wiggins would pay more attention:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 1 1 0 2 1/3 7/14 0/0

If Wiggins could just find some aggression, maybe someone needs to send Jose Canseco over to the T-wolves bathroom stalls.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 16 1 1 0 1 3/3 8/16 3/4

I know that everyone is handing the Warriors the trophy, but the Timberwolves are one the teams out there that are making me really excited to see how it all plays out. KAT and Jimmy Butler are two first-round fantasy talents on the same team, with KAT arguably the overall first pick.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 38 9 1 2 1 2 1/4 16/30 5/5

30 shots?! Davis is awesome and all, but if the Pelicans want to win, they are going to need to get production from more than just The Brow.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 12 2 4 1 2 3/8 6/13 3/5

Mirotic has not skipped a beat and is giving the Pelicans exactly what they had hoped for and may turn out to be a steal at the price they paid. They lost this game because Jrue Holiday could not hit a shot:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 5 9 1 2 3 0/3 3/13 3/3

Just a bad game, move on.

Cheick Diallo:

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

I don’t think this is anything to jump on, but anytime a guy has a double/double in just 14 minutes I want to mention it.

Jazz over Spurs:  120-111

Ricky Rubio:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 3 9 0 0 4 3/4 11/14 9/10

I hope all those owners asking questions about whether or not they should drop Rubio decided to hang in there because he has been scorching lately. Personally, I think he keeps it up.

Rudy Gobert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 3 0 3 0 0/0 3/7 5/7

The Jazz have had the number 1 defense in the NBA since Gobert got back on the court and he is showing that a 7-footer does not have to shoot threes to be valuable.

Royce O’Neale:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 5 5 3 0 3 4/4 6/7 2/2

Who? O’Neale has been real-life good, but not quite fantasy good. This game was definitely fantasy good AND Rodney Hood was back. You can either grab him now, or take a chance and see if he can do it again.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 5 3 3 2 2 1/1 12/19 6/8

The only L.A. with anything positive going on right now.

Dejounte Murray:

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

It’s as if Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker went into the Smush Room on Jersey Shore and produced this little miracle.

Clippers over Bulls:  113-103

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 2 0 1 1 3/6 10/19 1/2

It looks like everyone is a winner in the Blake Griffin trade. It takes a special kind of talent to have two practices and put up numbers like this. The Clippers won that deal.

Danilo Gallinari:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 9 1 1 1 2 3/5 8/14 5/5

Yeah….Here comes the Rooster…Yeaaaaah…You know he ain’t gonna diiieeee…wait, what’s that? Another injury? Ok, gotcha, but you actually believed it for a second right? I have been stashing him all season, I’m a believer. Make sure somebody didn’t drop him.

DeAndre Jordan:

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

DJ finally has scorers around him again. I kind of hope the Clippers don’t trade him because I really like the make-up of their team, but then again…FREE BOBAN!! (DNP-CD)

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 1 6 0 0 2 0/7 5/16 11/11

A bad shooting night, but Sweet Lou still delivers with assists and free throws. Yes, he will take a hit with Gallo back and Bradley and Harris, but I still love him.

Montrezl Harrell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 7 1 0 2 1 0/0 7/11 0/2

Harrell continues to produce even with Jordan back. Harrell could be the guy standing in the way of a FREE BOBAN (DNP- CD)

Zach LaVine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 9 4 1 0 0 3/6 6/18 6/6

Here he comes, the man I predict will be an All-Star next season. Write it down and remember Brent told you.

Jerian Grant:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 6 4 0 0 1 2/5 4/10 4/4

Every time I go to pick up Grant I remember that Kris Dunn will be back someday from his concussion. I wish I had known last week that Dunn would be out this many games.

Bobby Portis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 13 3 1 0 3 0/3 3/13 4/4

No threes and no blocks, what a punch to the face.

Paul Zipser:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 2 0 1 3 4/6 6/10 0/0

Nothing to see here, I just like saying: Zipser.

Wizards over Magic:  115-98

Otto Porter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 5 1 0 2 3/8 7/15 3/4

Once again, as predicted by the Razzball Fantasy Basketball Podcast, the big winner from the John Wall (out 6-8 weeks) injury is Otto Porter. Duh.

Tomas Satoransky:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 6 2 0 1 3/3 7/9 2/2

Everyone wants this guy to step up with Wall out and he did last night. I have my doubts that he can do this consistently enough to be worth owning.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 8 8 2 1 3 0/2 8/15 2/2

With Wall out Beal is going to see a big bump in his assists, which will make Son happy because Beal should regularly be almost messing around.

Elfrid Payton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 4 4 2 2 3 0/4 7/15 0/0

At least Payton tries to shoot from the outside. This comment is aimed at you Ben Simmons.

Mario Hezonja:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 2 2 1 5 ¾ 4/10 4/4

Bold prediction: Hezonja will be flying off of waiver wires within 2 weeks.

Rockets over Cavaliers:  120-88

Ouch! No way the Cavs come out of the East this year. No way.

Chris Paul:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 11 1 0 0 6/9 8/14 0/0

I know he missed a lot of games, but Paul should probably be an All-Star. The Rockets are scary and they were even missing Eric Gordon last night.

Ryan Anderson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 8 1 1 0 0 5/9 7/13 2/3

You know the Rockets won big when Ryan Anderson comes before James Harden in the recap. Also, remember when instead of saying a team needs a stretch-four we used to say that the team needs Ryan Anderson?

James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 6 9 2 0 4 1/11 5/16 5/5

Harden will probably win the MVP this year. I don’t think he deserves it, but unless he gets hurt again it is probably his. That being said, this guy is awesome.

Gerald Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 0 1 3 1 4/10 6/15 1/1

I know Eric Gordon didn’t play, but how can I leave this guy out on waivers? I need to have at least one guy on my team that would lead my other guys through the sewers into battle.

J.R. Smith:

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

Yeah, J.R. Smith was the Cavs’ leading scorer….LMAO!

Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 3 0 0 3 0/4 5/13 2/2

Every time the announcer says that Thomas is a liability on defense I take a drink. That is why I’m writing this recap from the emergency room.

Lebron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 9 9 2 1 2 ½ 3/10 4/4

Lebron’s worst game of the season and he still almost messed around. That is why HE is the MVP.

Mavericks over Kings:  106-99

Harrison Barnes:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 2 1 1 0 1 4/8 7/14 0/0

The most boring fantasy starter there is. I had to pound a Red Bull just to finish typing the stat line.

Dwight Powell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 9 1 1 0 1 0/0 7/9 3/3

There is something here. I also stand by my prediction in an earlier recap where I said I think Powell will be the next NBA player to be with a Kardashian.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 5 2 0 5 0/6 4/15 4/7

Son’s boy!

De’Aaron Fox:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 1 4 3 0 2 0/3 7/13 1/2

Has some growing up to do, but I love his outlook ROS.

Willie Cauley-Stein:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 1 2 1 2 0/0 7/12 0/0

Just feels like WCS is right on the cusp of being a fantasy monster.

Nuggets over Warriors:  115-108

Will Barton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 4 1 0 2 3/5 4/4 9/17

The Nuggets almost seem like a fantasy team come to life and Will The Thrill has the skills to be the perfect fantasy player when given the chance.

Nikola Jokic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 9 5 2 0 4 2/3 7/16 3/3

As a lifetime Warriors fan, I watched this game (since I watch every Warriors’ game) and Jokic has one of those shots that never looks like it is going in as it leaves his hand, but then it hits the net perfectly. Both his threes were also super clutch.

Gary Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 6 4 1 0 3 2/6 4/13 6/7

My man, Gary Sexual Harrisment. Mr. Reliable.

Trey Lyles:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 3 0 0 0 ¼ 4/6 5/10

Really good looking game from Trey Smooth. I am a believer that he maintains value even after Paul Millsap comes back.

Kevin Durant:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 6 7 0 2 1 0/2 12/16 7/9

Just a normal day at the office.

Stephen Curry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 4 2 0 5 5/12 8/16 3/4

Curry got a little sloppy at the end of the game and is a big reason why they didn’t come away with a win. Steve Kerr says that Curry should be in the MVP conversation, but I would argue that Durant has been more valuable. Too bad they just cancel each other out.

Klay Thompson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 1 5 2 0 0 2/7 7/15 0/0

I would be interested to see what the Warriors’ record is when Klay gets to the free throw line more than twice a game versus when he gets there less. I would be willing to bet that an aggressive Klay means more wins.

Draymond Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 6 8 1 2 3 0/4 4/12 0/2

Is there another player in the NBA like Green?

  1. Mr. Blast says:
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    Good read Brent!

    I’m liking the way Blake. Tobias & Miro look in their new settings.

    All 3 seem to fit really well.

    12 team – H2H – 15 man rosters which makes it kind of a deep 12’er.

    Lowry / DSJ / J. Murray / Fox / Dejounte
    Hardaway / Crabbe
    Blake / Tobias / Miro / Prince
    Gobert / WCS / Allen / Nance

    Would you drop anyone, mainly Crabbe for –

    Ryan Anderson / Rivers / A. Harrison / Selden / S. Johnson / Stephenson / Frye

    Needs are – Points, 3s, boards, %’s

    (I’ve dealt with losing Cousins & managed to trade away Love & Wall)

    Thanks

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Is Josh Hart available? he is a nice source of all of your needs and he should keep his value if/when Clarkson is traded.

      None of those other guys are a big upgrade over Crabbe. Probably Anderson is your best bet…Harrison has looked good, but he is not gonna help in FG% once he cools off a bit.

      For points, I think Stanley Johnson is going to score the most, but he will hurt your %’s and he’ll be frustrating to own.

      Sorry this isn’t much help, but don’t rush anything (unless Hart is there) because there will be some good Free Agents out there soon when the trades go down.

  2. Craig Bozic

    Craig Bozic says:
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    Looks like I’m the only anti free boban campaigner. I get the fantasy end wuth minutes but I just really don’t think he is good at basketball, and I can’t buy that doc doesn’t know it.

    Harrell on the other continues to grow and was once considered a top 6 prospect from his draft class before the stock plummetted as louisville struggled sans Jones.

    FREE HARRELL! Lol

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Craig Bozic: I agree. Harrell has looked really good and I think he is the big winner when Deandre is traded (unless they get a center back). Harrell reminds me a lot of Clint Capela before he took his big step forward this season. I only grabbed Boban on one team where we have a big bench (no pun intended) and it’s a deep league where I need blocks…In my other league I grabbed Jarrett Allen and JaMychal Green over Boban (both those guys were taken in my other league unfortunately)

      Boban is so tempting because he puts up Top 75 numbers when he gets 15-20 minutes and that’s crazy. Similar to Willy Hernangomez…But there is a reason these guys are not getting minutes. Boban is in the 2nd unit and the 2nd unit of most teams is their smaller more athletic lineup and Boban is a huge liability against a smaller lineup. If somehow he starts when Deandre is traded and Harrell continues to come off the bench (kind of how the Warriors use ZaZa), then i could see Boban being a fantasy asset.

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