Wade’s out. Rip’s out. Stuckey’s out. Tyrus is out (again). Thornton My Side was out. Lawson is day-to-day. Hawes slammed his back and left after 10 minutes last night. Curry remains out. Beasley’s status was downgraded. Granger went from missing time due to food poisoning to foot poisoning,  marking the first typo-related injury in NBA history. And that’s just the news from yesterday. I can’t take it. You can’t take it. We’re only 10 games into the season. Let’s take a deep breath and focus not on the Jonestown faithful taking the speed shuttle to Heaven’s Gate, but on the guys replacing them, and playing well. And let’s start with yesterday’s biggest communal add: Marreese Speights. He had a bit of a stinker last night to put it mildly (10/1/0, with a pair of steals and 5-of-8 from the floor). It wasn’t a bad game, but it was certainly a game played by a guy on a new team, in a new system, getting minutes and responsibility he’s never gotten before. Shizz happens. Sometimes the teacher calls on you and you know the answer, sometimes the teacher calls on you and you were staring at Molly McCarthy’s bare legs and totally didn’t hear the question, so you blurt out “four, remainder three” even though you’re in Law & Ethics class. Then everyone laughs, including Molly McCarthy. Then you grow to hate law, and math (irrationally) and especially ethics and you wile away your nights blogging about basketball to anesthetize the residual embarrassment. You know, normal stuff that happens to everyone. What you should take away from Speights is that he played the very tough Thunder, but played efficiently. The boards will come and you were never expecting much more than 12-14 points a game from him most nights (or you shouldn’t have been, anyway). There are four more Z-Bo-less weeks. Speight will improve and you will let him. Here’s s’more fantasy basketball factoids and opinionoids (not a thing) for your face to stare at.

Serge Ibaka – Played just 2o minutes in this one and is only averaging 24 mpg after 10 games, despite rarely being in foul trouble. Scotty Brooks should just instruct Nick Collison to constantly hang out with Ibaka at all times like Clooney’s character did with Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” until Serge starts posting +/- numbers like Collison does. If Ibaka could see 33-34 minutes, he’d be averaging 11/9 and 3 blocks.

Derrick Rose – 31/3/11, with 2 blocks and 4 threes. I know, I know. I’ve already bumped him into the top 3 for next year’s draft.

Kyle Korver – 13 points, with a trio of threes and a few other nice goodies. He hasn’t been mentioned here (or anywhere) much, but as a simple source of threes, he’s got the sixth highest total of makes from behind the arc this season and a well-defined role on a solid team. He’s unowned in more leagues than he should be.

Josh Howard – 17/4/3 last night and he’s quietly averaging 16/4/1.5, with almost 2 stl per game. That said, he’s still only shooting .375 from the floor. It’s like a paper snowflake that looks pretty when you cut both halves, but when you open it whole, it just looks goofy.

Charles Jenkins – 2/0/4 in 11 minutes in place of Curry. I’m pretty sure Charles Jenkins was the name of my 90-year-old downstairs neighbor who let his pet lizard remain on his head when he’d answer his door. Anyway, Jenkins starting is about as weird as my neighbor opening the door with a reptile for a hat. Nothin’ to see here. Between him, Ish Smith and Nate Robinson, Sugar Nate is the best add, but the word best is probably not the right word at all.

Shannon Brown – 5-for-13, 11 points. This is Shannon Brown gettin’ up against his former team. “Terrible.” – Dorell Wright, who picked a helluva time to come alive (20/10, with 6 threes last night).

Trevor Booker – Replaced Andray Blatche in the starting lineup and ended with 8/7, 3 steals and a block in 28 minutes in D.C.’s first victory of the season. I grabbed him in two leagues because he’s averaging 2 steals, 2 blocks and 10 points in his last three games, and smart money says he’ll start the next game. (Don’t tell Adam that smart money never goes anywhere near the Wizards – Ed.)

John Wall – Shot 3-for-12 last night and is shooting .341 on the season. Three. Four. One. Sunglasses and Advil / Last night was mad real. Owners might want to shop him around. It’s hard giving up on your favorite child. No church in the wild.

Kyle Lowry – Returned after missing two games, ended with a 6/11/8 line that included two steals and two blocks. His shot was off and he turned the ball over six times, but you’re not complaining with defensive stats like that. He’s the Jason Kidd you should own now that you know how old Jason Kidd is.

Jordan Hill – 12/12, with 5 blocks. On a completely unrelated note, Luis Scola was in foul trouble the entire game. Unrelated note2: there are no unrelated notes.

Chandler Parsons – “I thought Chase Budinger was blond?” – Me, over and over last night. The non-blonde Budinger dropped a 20/7 line that included a steal and a pair of treys. This was a nice outing, but the game before, he shot .167 and ended with 2 points. Grab him if you’re in the mood to speculate on a fair shooter who’ll also grab an above-average number of rebounds. Call him Mar$hon West.

Boris Diaw – Shot .143 last night. In his last six, he’s shot .000, .800, .400, .125, .667 and .143. Looks like his field-gal percentage wags back and forth almost as much as his moobs.

Byron Mullens – 15/10 in 26 minutes off the bench. I can’t explain Mullens. Please don’t ask me to.

Evan Turner – 16/10/8, in 34 minutes. See: 1/8 inch above.

Nikola Vucevic – With Spencer Hawes possibly missing some time (his status was unclear at the time of this posting), Vucevic is the best candidate to step into the starting lineup or at least see a significant bump in minutes. In his first six career games, he’s averaging 6/5, with a little bit of everything else. He’s only cleared 20 minutes once so far, but he’s played extremely efficiently and extremely well in his brief time on the floor. If you’re in a deep league and you just lost Hawes, I’d strongly consider Vucevic.

Jimmer Fredette – Started in place of Marcus Thornton and ended with a scant 7/2/3, with a trey. He’ll be better than this on average, but I’m not sure he’ll be in many more starts. Whether it be your bench or the FA pool, I’d leave him be. Your mother and I think you can do better if you just apply yourself.

Delonte West – I always misspell Delonte as “Deltone,” which sounds like a soul group from the late ’60s. A sweet, sweet sounding soul group that dishes out 10 assists and five steals. Yeah, I’m confusing myself, too. It’s not just you.

Kawhi Leonard – 33.5 mpg/ .682 FG%/ 16 pts/ 6.5 rbd/ 2 ast/ 3 stl in his last two games. He’s available and he’s taking calls.

Stephen Jackson – 34/1/8. Yeah, but … well, okay. You can have this one, Stack Jack. We both know you’ll be back to normal soon enough.

Drew Gooden – 2/2/2, in 13 bench minutes now that Bogut is back. Thanks for playing!


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  1. WuMan says:

    Hi Adam,
    Love your works. 12 team 9 cat H2H. Should I drop James Johnson for:
    Mario Chalmers (waiver – may not get it)
    Anthony Randolph
    Trevor Brooker
    Kawhi Leonard
    Chris Singleton
    Nikola Vucevic
    Or Chandler Parsons

    If so, in which order? Thanks.

  2. Jeremy says:

    To follow up my earlier post re: the center issue. Pretty much considering doing a center by committee thing for now. For tonight’s games I’m considering: Asik, Collison, Perkins, Ed Davis, and Mahinmi. Perkins did have 13 rebounds last night and seems to get the most consistent minutes out of them all. But in terms of matchups who do you think will grab the most boards tonight?

  3. Jeremy says:

    Or regarding ur post Jordan hill could be candidate as well

  4. Sarah Palin Rice says:

    standard 9-cat

    How do you rank JJ Hickson, DeJaun Blair, and Speights for the next couple of weeks?

  5. Tony says:

    Turner with a juicy line, he just needs PT.

    Dorell Wright finally with a nice line, 6 treys, find it dorell, find it!

    I do fear I own too many warriors tho, when healthy I have curry, David Lee and Dorell wright…

    And man, that damn ricky rubio, he’s fun to watch, i caught the bulls/wolves game, so slick….

  6. Adam

    Adam says:

    @WuMan: The players you listed are all so different, it depends on your team’s needs.

    @Jeremy: Hill wouldn’t be bad, but he’s not likely to perform the way he did last night against most other teams. This is the toothless Bobcats we’re talking about, remember?

    @Sarah Palin Rice: Hickson, Speights, Blair, in that order.

    @Tony: Lovin’ Rubio. So fun to watch. I was jazzed two seasons ago, then spent the next 18 months kind of down on him. Mea Culpa.

  7. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Adam I tuned in for Rose-Rubio I and couldn’t help but notice how active Anthony Randolph looked. Do you think Rubio can bring him back to fantasy relevance? Also, I dated a girl named Molly McCarthy in college. She majored in Pregnancy Scares with a minor in Tire Slashing.

  8. Gerald says:

    Hi Adam, trade question, this is for a 12-team H2H league, each team has 16 players. standard 9 CATS

    I have a pretty strong bench and am thinking of trading my Irivng + Monroe + Marshon Brooks for Lawson + Marc Gasol

    What do you think of this trade?

  9. PB&J says:

    time to give up on Aaron Afflalo?

  10. Steve Stevenson says:

    Picking up Parsons in H2H points – drop Delfino (3PT are weighted somewhat heavily) or Tristan Thompson? Looking for long-term value more than short-term boost.

  11. Steve Stevenson says:

    Also, better speculative PG pickup – Bayless or Cole?

  12. Moses says:

    Yo Adam,
    Look at Byron Mullens FT% too. I’d say he’s 12 team worthy for sure no? Its only a matter of time before he takes over Diop right?

  13. Jeremy says:

    Would you go with Boozer vs washington, Brand @NY, or [email protected] tonight? Boozer might be the best matchup, and he got plenty of rest last night, suppose that’s entirely possible again tonight if it’s a blowout…then again he played out his dome against another woefully bad team in detroit. Might be a pure Boozington night.

  14. Think Ant Randolph may have turned the corner? Watched most of the Wolves game last night vs. Bulls. I’m not sure if it was match-up related, but he got 29 minutes and started the 2nd half. I actually picked him up on Monday night cause I thought he looked spry in his limited court time. He dropped a shallow 18/2/1/1 and was nice at the stripe. Been burned so many times in the past kinda like my Tyrus Thomas crush, but feels different this time around. I’m a hopeless fantasy romantic.

    Speaking of romance…Im a Clips fan, but must say I agree with old Hubie Brown (still my favorite guy to listen to call a game), Blazers are very much for real in the West. They handled my Clips in what felt like a playoff game last night. Yes, they were at home and CP3 was in foul trouble, but this team has really nice pieces, probably need a Big other than Kurt Thomas – but really like what I see…

  15. Jay says:

    Doesn’t Korver’s playing time — and value — drop quite a bit when Hamilton’s healthy? I’d pick up KK3 if we knew Hamilton was out for a few weeks, but I can’t justify dropping a good player for a couple threes.

  16. EK says:

    Drop B. Rush (I only own him because I also own Curry) for Speights? or Nate?

  17. Jeff says:

    Hey Adam,

    8 Team H2H 9 Cat

    Chris Paul
    Kyrie Irving
    Brandon Jennings
    Jrue Holiday
    Josh Smith
    Hedo Turkoglu
    Paul George
    David West
    Kevin Durant
    Amare Stoudemire
    Andrew Bogut
    Nene Hilario
    Serge Ibaka

    What are my weaknesses? Any specific player I should target?

    Should I drop Turk for Dorell Wright? What’s up with Ibaka’s low minutes? Do you think his minutes will increase as the season progresses?


  18. Ryan says:

    ‘m in a 14 team hdh keeper league. We keep 5. I am thinking of trading iggy mcgee for al jefferson jason ruchardson and a 1st round pick in next years keeper draft. Does this trade make sense for me?
    Should I do it?

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg dorrell wright
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util cj miles
    util evan turner
    bn Maurice speights
    bn mehmet okur
    bn byron mullens

  19. Marlo Stansfield says:

    Been offered the following trade in a 10 category 12 team league that includes double doubles:

    Lawson, R. Allen, Bogut


    T. Parker, Millsap, Kobe

    My weaknesses so far (albeit small sample) are blocks, FG%, TO, and 3pointers made. Kobe is hard to give up, but Millsap is looking like his ceiling is about 17 and 6 in about 28 minutes Parker would easily be replaced by Lawson (I also have Collison and Augustin stinking it up on my bench). We also have a cap of 36 games a week so your starters are crucial.

    My team:

    Bryant, Love, Gay, Millsap, B. Lopez, Afflalo, Thad Young, Ed Davis, JJ Hickson, J Dudley, Collison, Augustin, Dalembert, Tony Parker, and Mehmet Okur.

  20. Eng says:

    G morning. Are you liking Joe Johnson moving forward? Would you adjust your pre season ranking of him?

  21. ringo says:

    I really want to ask you to explain Mullens BUT(T) I dropped him for NateRob a few days ago so I don’t really need to anymore. When I heard about “The Plan” I figured Curry would be out for a while, I was wrong but boy does Lil’ Nate look good for the Ws… Dick Dale and the Del-Tones were a surf rock band, they played that song in Pulp Fiction. Delonte West looks like a big surf rock guy.

  22. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Clyde Prompto: LUCKY! Re: Randolph, I think Rubio CAN bring out the best in Randolph. He’s certainly the best PG Randolph has played for a developing young forward. That said, I’m done with Randolph until he shows he can put together a string of solid performances. He’s never really done that for more than a five-game stretch here, a seven-game stretch there. Everything about the guy seems to suggest he has one of the lowest basketball IQs in the league. God help the team that ends up with him and JaVale McGee.

    @Gerald: I like it. As long as the other guy believes in the youth you’re offering up, it’s a fair deal.

    @PB&J: I have. Turns out, Denver’s other players are fine without his help.

    @Steve Stevenson: Probably Thompson, though I believe he has the biggest long-term value of the trio.

    @Steve Stevenson: Cole now. Bayless when he’s healthy.

    @Moses: … Or some crashing back to Earth. He should be owned, but don’t go giving up a top 100 pick for him.

    @Jeremy: Scola.

    @El burro: I’m not buying Randolph. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me six or seven times, here just take my wallet and my shoes and can you wheel me to the nearest mental ward?

    @Jay: Not really. Korver’s still coming off the bench, still filling in at the 2/3 spot. Don’t drop him for most guys, but in a 12-14 team league, he’s unowned in a lot of leagues and probably more valuable than most teams’ worst guy.

    @EK: Speights.

    @Jeff: I’d rid myself of Turk for Wright if that’s an option. You might want to keep an eye on blocks. Even with Ibaka, your team might be low.

    @Marlo Stansfield: Actually, I like the deal. Go for it.

    @Eng: Didn’t like him in the preseason. Might move him down a round extra, but no more than that.

  23. Clyde Prompto says:

    @El burro: Wow, I am a fellow Ty Thomas/Anthony Randolph addict. Something about uber-athletic bigs gets me all antsy in the pantsy. In a totally fantasy basketball related way, of course.

  24. Clyde Prompto says:

    @Adam: Yeah, I have been burned by Randolph more than once myself. I have a thing for talented head cases I guess, because I went all in on DeMarcus Cousins this season. YIKES.

  25. Adam

    Adam says:

    @ringo: THAT’S why it sounded familiar to me. I was thinking Del-fonics (the band mentioned in Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown”). I love Dick Dale. I’m probably going to call Delonte West “Misrilou” for a while. It’s fits, if you think about it.

    @Clyde Prompto: fantasybasketballrelatedSCHWING!

  26. Tony says:

    would you even consider Curry $38/ D-Collison $22/ Dorell Wright $16 for Monta Ellis $36/Kaman $17 and grant Hill $3?

    I’d be on the receiving end of the monta side. Gotta give something to get monta (who is healthy, lower contract, did i mention healthy). 18 team league, 4 keeps.

    I’d then start:
    Guards- Monta, Shumpert, and Paul George
    Forwards- Scola, David lee, and Amare
    Center- Kaman
    Utl- Evan Turner

    my best bench player is J. Bayless, lol

    If curry were healthy I would be starting this:
    G- Shump, D-Collison, CURRY
    F-scola, dorell wright, david lee
    C- AMARE
    Utl- Paul George

    and i’d have evan turner and bayless sitting on my bench with some other scrubs, i obviously love my depth on my current team, but its not deep if Curry isn’t playing!

    I feel like I’m giving up alot in the deal, BUT who knows if i’m even going to get 40 games out of curry this year. Whats your thoughts adam? Thanks in advance.

  27. Tony says:

    excuse me curry is $42

  28. Efrain says:

    Here´s my team. Im currently 9 of 12. have issues in FG%, FT%, Pts basically. Please advise who should I either add/drop or trade. Thanks

    PG Deron Williams
    PG Devin Harris
    PG Kidd
    SG Afflalo
    SG Batum
    SF T. Young
    PF Haslem
    C Bosh
    C Hawes
    G Curry
    C B. Lopez

  29. Sarah Palin Rice says:

    10-team, standard 9-cat

    Would you drop Afflalo for OJ Mayo, Brandon Knight, Nate Robinson or Matt Barnes?

  30. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: Can you do anything with the salary money you’d be saving in the deal? Can you leverage that somehow? If you can, I’d be okay with the deal. If not, I still think you’re giving up too much.

    @Efrain: Man, there are a ton of Curry/Lopez or Manu/Lopez or Randolph/Curry teams reading Razzball. I need to infographic that trend somehow. Can you give me a brief list of the available free agents you’ve got your eye on? Or a possible trade you’re considering? In a 12-team league, you should be able to drop Haslem, Afflalo, Batum and Young and replace them with more productive guys.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: Barnes.

  31. I’m in a bind. I was offered DeRozan for my Varejao. This would have been a no-brainer a week ago, but DeRozan has been ice cold, and I fear there could be an underlying injury. It is a deep league, so I don’t need certain stats over others. What’s your take on the sitchy, Adam?

  32. @Clyde Prompto:

    I hear you on Ant Rand. Im also all in on Cousins, so we could very well be related… scary.

    Nothing like a bad attitude to get my juices rolling; love me some fellas that dont play shit for defense and are wickedly talented offensively (aside from passing, of course). Sign me up!

    Respectfully and (hopefully), going to disagree with Adam on Ant Rand. Im buying! Of course, I don’t have my own fantasy column and aside from a few fake fantasy hoop trophies, a once pretty jump shot that now looks like a hybrid of a jump/set shot and being a complete hoop fanatic — who am I to really judge? Admittedly, the Ant Rand crush is more likely a dream, than a reality… but in a 14 team league with deep rosters and nothing on the wire, Im fine going on a date for a week or so with an Ant.

  33. kweloper says:

    Hi Adam

    I’m trying to find a full list of 36-minute averages for players. I know basketball-reference has them for individual players but I haven’t found a list to compare multiple players.

    Where can I find something like this?

  34. Adam

    Adam says:

    @El Burro: Sweet! I really like thinking Iman said, “Hey, quick! Come into the weight room for a second and take some sweet footage of me sweatin’ on the treadmill.” Iman is quite familiar with sweat.

    @RASHEED WALLACE!: I’m not worried about DeRozan. I’d hang onto him.

    @kweloper: Basketball-Reference allows you to compare up to five players using the site’s Player Comparison Finder ( http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi )and see their total stats, seasonal stats, per36, etc. OR you can look at individual team pages on the site and compare the per36 of each team (http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/PHI/2012.html )

  35. Tony says:

    @Adam: it clears some cap space, its not a big deal this early in the season, but later on in the season you’ll see guys deal a guy they wont keep, say an overpriced $49 jarret Jack, well i could deal the guy a couple draft picks and maybe $10 of my money and then get jack for basically nothing…. I know the deals lopsided if you look at it long term, but I wouldn’t be keeping anyone BUT curry outta that group, so now I’d keep monta & 3 others plus monta’s cheaper.

    I’m kinda thinking if curry plays most of the rest of the year, yes i lose, if i gamble and curry is on and off all year, it swings my way.

    H2H fantasy pts league, WEEKLY line ups, which really sucks when you’re debating on guys like curry, like this week, i benched him because who knows if he really will play sat and sun.

  36. Tony says:

    @Tony: so then you’re minus $10 going into the draft next year, but I could also then send a guy to another owner and ask for some draft cash in the offseason, i’ve seen all this happen, so sending cash isn’t that big a deal if you have enough desirable players to get it back with….

  37. Bpro says:

    what do you guys think about darren collison.. i drafted him to get some assists – not getting em. Would you swoop a guy like andre miller who seems to get 8-10 a night? too early to give up on him this season?

  38. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: I hate to think you’re already planning for next season. That said, Curry’s been a pain in your ass for months. Maybe getting Mont, a little peace of mind and some cash is worth it.

    @Bpro: Too early yes, but Miller’s a great add if yo can drop someone else.

  39. guard heavy says:

    guards: rubio, collison, kidd, sessions, ellis, rose

    wings: butler, tony allen, manu, james johnson, ariza

    bigs: nene, brand

    who would u add/drop?

    available players: leonard, morris, mullens, ridnour, parsons

  40. guard heavy says:

    needless to say, im banged up….

  41. Stef says:

    What do you think about Devin Harrris, his poor/even broke shooting percentages really kill my stats. Should I drop him for

    Evan Turner
    Kawhi Leonard

  42. Tony says:

    @Adam: ha not planning for next year at all, i really like my team, i’d like it more if instead of my best player playing every other game because of a twisted ankle I have a guy giving me fantasy pts every night at a top level.

    Curry’s been beyond frustrating.

  43. Adam

    Adam says:

    @guard heavy: Allen for Mullens

    @Stef: I don’t like any of the guys you listed more than Harris, but he IS underwhelming (as noted in Thursday’s post). If you feel strongly about a free agent, Harris is droppable.

    @Tony: I hear you. I’d go for it.

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