I doubt Rudy Gobert has ever been an underdog. He has probably towered over everyone by a foot or more ever since he was born. When he popped his head out of Mrs. Gobert, he tried to calibrate how far it was to the floor but his eyes weren’t developed enough yet. Just a blur. He then proceeded to punch his right arm out of Mrs. Gobert then reached. And reached. And reached. And reached. Until he finally felt the coldness of the floor below. I ain’t stepping on that he thought because he had yet to learn language. Mrs. Gobert, taken aback by the length of her baby, gasped then leaned back in surprise. Mr. Gobert, though, just grinned. He crumpled up a piece of paper then threw it at his newborn son. Instinctively, baby Rudy swatted it away and the rest is history. Always a giant amongst boys, Rudy lived life with the gods. Until the fateful day that he licked some microphones. Never has a man so big morphed into one so small. An underdog by the name of Rudy was born once again. But we are a fickle species, and it did not take long for our Rudy to become a giant once more.
Dayam. That was the fifth career 20/20 game of Gobert’s career. Over the last 13 games, he’s been a top 15 player on a per-game basis. Over the last four games, he’s the number five player!!! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! And that’s with zero tres, little dimes, and terrible free-throw shooting. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! On the season, Gobert is averaging 14.4 points, 13.6 boards, and 2.8 blocks while shooting 64% from the field.
Here’s what else I saw yesterday:
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Conley has now scored 20 points in consecutive games. He had eclipsed that mark only seven times prior. It’s been a nice bounceback season for Conley after he finished as the 176th player last year. Currently, he’s a top 50 player, contributing 16.4 points, 2.8 tres, 3.4 boards, 5.6 dimes, and 1.4 steals. Pretty, pretty good. MC’s act like they don’t know.
The Warriors defeated the Jazz, 131-119!!! The Warriors are now 20-19 on the season, sitting 9th in the Western Conference. They play at the second-fastest pace and are sixth in defensive efficiency.
The 25th time Dray has messed around in his career. It’s the sixth time he scored 11 points while messing around. I don’t know why I found that interesting but I do. Must’ve been a slow Sunday for me.
Getting Wiggy Wit It.
It’s crazy to write but Wiggins could be the newest member of the 1/1/1 club. He is 0.2 steals shy on the season. The most impressive aspect of Wiggins’s season has been the shooting efficiency though. He’s shooting four fewer shots than last season but is converting a career-high 47% of his attempts. Unfortunately, the free-throw shooting still stinks at 68%. Get Yo Ass to the gym!!!
Prior to last season, when he only played five games, Curry has finished as the 4, 2, 3, 1, 2, 4, and 4 player for fantasy. He’s number three so far this season.
JV’s fifth straight dub-dub and 23rd of the season. Give that man another patch on his varsity jacket.
Got the start for Darius Bazley (shoulder) and played 39 minutes. Al Horford, Luguentz Dort, and Theo Maledon all missed this game as well, so let’s not crown his ass just yet. With that said, he is an integral part of the future and he will get more run as the season progresses. We just don’t know when. He has started the last three games and garnered a usage rate around 20. Not bad. The field goal percentage has been more awful than awful on the season – 28%. We saw the potential yesterday though. He’s long, lean, possesses guard skills, and can shoot from all three levels. He gonna be a good one.
Moses delivered on the Sabbath!! He got the start for Al Horford and played 24 minutes. The Thunder are going to play and develop the young cats. We just don’t know when but it’s something to monitor for sure. Brown is 21 years old, 7′ 2″, and 245 pounds. He played his college ball at UCLA and went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Got the start and played 30 minutes. The second-year player has played seven games so far this season but, in those games, he’s received 22, 30, 29, 19, 27, 28, and 30 minutes of run. Will he play over Theo Maledon? Nobody knows but the Thunder are going to play their young guys down the stretch.
That’s now three straight games scoring at least 30 points. So Gilgeous-Alexander. The third-year player could become the grizzled vet of the squad once the anticipated trades happen. Shai is a top 45 player on the season. He’s at 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks. I could see those improving as his career matures. If so, then watch out because he’s already averaging 23.7 points, five boards, and 6.2 dimes while shooting 50% from the field and 80% from the line. What guards do that?
Didn’t start but still ended up playing 33 minutes. Roby hasn’t been particularly good this season, as he is barely a top 200 player. He provides some boards and a sprinkling of defensive stats but that’s about it.
The 76ers spiggidy spanked the Spurs, 134-99.
In 25 minutes. He’s only playing 24-26 minutes per game. Just wait until he gets ramped up to over 30 minutes. He gonna ball the F out. The shooting efficiency will be a concern, but he’s an excellent free-throw shooter and could be a 1/1/1 player while contributing points, tres, boards, and dimes.
Your standard banks are closed on Sundays but not Eubanks. He delivers the goods…..I kid. He doesn’t play often, so the blowout was of epic proportions.
With no Joel Embiid….
Got the start and played 21 minutes. Bradley boards and blocks.
Played 20 minutes off the bench. Boward boards and blocks.
In 29 minutes. There have been 339 minutes this season that Harris has been on the court without Joel Embiid. During that time, the usage rate has increased 5.4% to 29, both tops on the team. Doc has really unlocked Harris’s game this season, as he has career-highs in points, tres, boards, dimes, blocks, field goal percentage, and free-throw percentage. Doc for president!! Imagine the possibilities.
Over the last five games, Olynyk has been a top 10 player for fantasy!!! O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O. I wanted to write R E O so bad. Anyways, Kelly has been supplying the O, shooting 56% from the field with 14.4 points and 2.4 tres, but it’s been the D that has been orgasmic – 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks. Keep in mind that he’s been getting a little more run because Bam has been out and he’s not going to shoot over 50% forever. With that said, enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.
Jimmy may be my favorite player in the NBA right now. He’s all business (have you seen the prices he was charging for his coffee), no-nonsense, plays D, has the entire offensive bag, a leader, down to earth, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. And he eats KATs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Anyways, he’s been the numero uno player for fantasy over the last four games. He’s number 10 on the season. The only thing lacking from his game is the strikes from downtown. Imagine if he did.
Herro loves playing against the Magic because his best games recently have come against them. Two games ago, he went for 17 points, one tres, four boards, five dimes, and one steal against them. In three of the other most recent games, he went for 4, 2, and 9 points, shooting 14%, 16%, and 25%.
If it wasn’t for that pesky Jokic, Vucevic would be atop the Nikola pantheon. Time to Tonya Harding perhaps? Man, Vucevic is so good. He’s the number 12 player for fantasy and does it all. The blocks are light for a big man at 0.6 but the rest of his game more than makes up for it.
Ross has now gone for 31 and 28 in consecutive games. This is the Ross experience. There are many highs but beware of the lows because they will come. As long as you understand that, your journey will be an….I was going to write enjoyable but it’s not that. It’s…..emotionally manageable.
Got the start, ran up and down the court a few times, then tapped out after two minutes. It’s unsatisfying when Love only lasts for two minutes. The two-minute Love, coming to a book store near you. Love has missed 34 games this year. Prior to this season, he missed 249 games. Love hurts.
The Cavs scored 82 points and only four players scored in double figures. Collin Sexton was the highest scorer with 15 points. No blurbs for you!!!
Got the start and played 28 minutes because Clint Capela (heel) was out. Over the last four games, he’s played 28, 29, 29, and 39 minutes. He’s been a top 30 player providing tons of points, tres, boards, and even steals. He normally plays around 25 minutes per game so keep an eye on the usage going forward.
Slid down to center with Capela out and played 31 minutes. Prior to Sunday, Collins hadn’t played more than 28 minutes in four games. Shrug emoji. Collins is a top 60 player on the season but has been outside the top 100 in the last 14 games. Yuck.
In 23 minutes off the bench. Knight has a nice lefty stroke with range out to downtown. He is also a tough finisher. Prior to last night, he played a total of 54 minutes so if Capela is healthy, then he probably won’t get off the pine. What if Collins gets traded? Things that make you go hmmmm.
The Celtics demolished the Rockets, 134, 107. Sunday, bloody Sunday.
Daniel Theis Theis, baby only played six minutes because the Raptors went small.
In 19 minutes! LOL. Give the Time Lord more time!!! Top 25 player over the last four games despite playing only 20 minutes per game. Eight boards and 3.8 blocks while shooting 76% from the field will do that.
Garnered a 38.2 usage rate last night. In the last three games that John Wall has missed, Oladipo has a usage rate of 38.2, 34.1, and 37.6! Unfortunately, he’s shot 39%, 33%, and 36% in those games. I thought Oladipo in the sixth to seventh-round range in the preseason was nice. I’m a stupid, stupid man. Dipo is top 90 this year.
Kevin Porter Jr.
The glass slipper came off for one game after two great games from Porter Jr. He’s 20 years old, people.
Kenyon Martin Jr.
Top 35 player over the last three games. Martin has averaged 30.6 minutes, 16.3 points, one tres, 7.7 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 52% from the field and 76% from the line. The usage rate has been a respectable 19.3. There’s uncertainty as to what his role will be when everyone is healthy but PJ Tucker is gone and it’s possible that he slides in and takes his role permanently. Get your popcorn ready.
It was a night for all the Lords. Duh, it was Sunday. Top 10 player over the last six games but will settle in the 40-50 range. It’s nice to have normalcy in our lives once again.
Number eight player for fantasy. He’s AVERAGING 29.9 points on 20.8 shot attempts, 4.3 tres, 4.4 boards, 7.9 dimes, and one steal while shooting 93% from the line.
He’s shooting 38% from the field on the season so….That volume can absolutely crush you. With that said, he’s a rookie and should only get better. Through 39 games, Edwards is averaging 29.5 minutes, 15.8 points, two tres, 4.1 boards, 2.5 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks while shooting 38% from the field and 80% from the line. Andrew Wiggins during his rookie season averaged 36.2 minutes, 16.9 points, 1.5 tres, 4.6 boards, 2.1 dimes, one steal, and 0.6 blocks while shooting 43% from the field and 76% from the line.
In 25 minutes off the bench. He’s been getting run due to the Malik Beasley suspension and has made the most of his opportunity. He’s been a top 70 player over the last four games, averaging 26 minutes 16.5 points, 3.5 tres, 3.8 boards, and three dimes. The usage rate has been 21.2.
Powell has scored at least 30 points in four of the last six games. He’s benefitting big time from all the injuries but should remain productive and a viable option going forward.
Got the start because Donovan wanted to change up the lineup but he still only played 23 minutes. Now, the Bulls defeated the Raptors 118-95 so that may have had something to do with it but me thinks that Young is locked into the mid-20s. With that said, it’s nice to see him maintain a significant role, as I thought the playing time would diminish when everyone got healthy. He’s a top 75 player.
A career-high in points. Yipee! Williams has been getting the run for most of the season and can contribute across the board. Let’s see if this was just a blip on the radar or the start of a positive trend.
Got the start and played 26 minutes. Sato is like a poor man’s T.J. McConnell. It would be funny if his season takes the same trajectory now that he’s starting.
Wendell Carter Jr.
In 19 minutes off the bench. A nice performance but the trend has not been our friend, as the playing time has decreased and he’s now coming off the bench. Is this Carter Administration about to get impeached?
The Pelicans smoked the Clippers, 135-115. Sunday, bloody f’ing Sunday.
No Clipper played more than 29 minutes. Kawhi Leonard went for 23 points, five boards, two dimes, and two steals. Paul George went for 15 while Reggie Jackson scored 18 points. The big news is that Serge Ibaka (back) exited the game after eight minutes. Ivica Zubac played only 13 minutes but that was likely due to the blowout nature of the game. If Ibaka were to miss time, Zubac could benefit tremendously. The question would be how many minutes would he receive?
Zion was molded, hardened, chiseled, then sent down to Earth to play with us mortals. He’s a freaking scoring machine, shooting 61% from the field! The questions about his future pertain to tres, defensive stats, and free-throw percentage.
I feel like Ball is underrated. Is it because of LaMelo? Or do people just have the image of his funky J? Well, the J looks smooth now and he’s a top 60 player on the season. He’s averaging 14.2 points, three tres, 4.2 boards, 5.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks. The field goal percentage isn’t great at 42% but at least the free-throw shooting has improved from 56% last season to 76% this year. Wait a minute….I’ve seen this movie before. Brandon Ingram was once a player who had a suspect J and couldn’t hit free throws. Look at him now. Not saying the same thing will happen for Ball but it makes you go hmmm just a liitle bit, no? Yeah, you’re probably right.