It’s finally here!  “The lockout is over!”  You’re like, “wtf, a lockout?!”  I’m quoting a Dave Cowens commercial!  And after the 98-99 Lockout at that!  Anything vintage Hornets is nostalgic gold right now.  Ridiculous amounts of bonus points to readers who are Hornets fans and remember that commercial and/or can find the video.  Because I couldn’t!

The return of the Hornets is one of the many things I’m looking forward to this year.  Getting past my horrific Jonas Valanciunas love, finally changing the page to a new season, is another.  But one of the biggest is a healthy (for now) Kobe Bryant and the return of the “Guess Kobe Bryant’s Stat Line”!  Even if you’re a long-time reader, you might not know this one!  It’s like the NBA scheduled the Lakers on a light opening night just for this momentous Razzball event, not because the Lakers are a widely popular team or anything…

I don’t remember exactly what spawned this prestigious contest, but as with everything that is oddly conversational in Razzball, traditions can start any time!  Like how we all guessed what Kobe would do, the like, 5 games he played last year.  So in order to carry this tradition, and to accurately-ish credit the winner, guess the Kobe line will be limited to the PTS/REB/AST projection to determine the victor.  Feel free to guess more stats than that, but when we did it last year with steals and blocks and turnovers, it was hard to say which commenter was closer than another.  The winner gets a shout out in the recap the next day, along with the jealous ire of all other Razzballers… I think Kobe has a big one in the opener vs. Houston… I’m going 31/5/6.  Shoot your guesses below, and happy return to Fantasy Basketball!  We’re pumped for our biggest season to date here at Razzball, and thanks to everyone for checking us out through the offseason!

Here’s some other news and notes since the last wrap-up, and what I’ll be focusing on for opening night (and we’re daily every weekday with the wrap-ups here on out!):

Rajon Rondo Looking pretty optimistic he’s gonna play tomorrow!  Adios, any value Marcus Smart might bring you…  When asked what helped his rehabilitation, Rondo just said “dimebags”.

George Hill When it rains, it Pacers.  You know what I’m going for, underdeveloped joke police!  Out “at least” three weeks with no real timetable.  He bruised his knee and it didn’t sound too severe, so this is now getting into scary territory.  Kinda like Wizard of Oz.  I hate those friggin’ flying things!  Almost tough to hold onto Hill even in 12ers… He showed some interesting stuff this preseason, but his upside even with no Paul George wasn’t exactly as high as Roy Hibbert‘s low.  Horrible analogy with all the highs and lows JB!

C.J. Watson – He’s on the Pacers.  I’ll let you have one guess why he’s on here if you didn’t know…  Out “at least” two weeks with a bruised foot.  Yeah, it’s that bad!  Which leads to…

Donald Sloan Your unquestioned starter for opening night tomorrow!  Gonna get a buttload of minutes, and unless his fate is as bad as that other Donald previously associated with the NBA, should be solid enough to roster, even in 12ers.  Just by attrition.  Worth adding if you need PG depth/assists.

David West – His ankle sprain earlier in preseason had me sounding the alarm bells as vigorously as a coked out set of reindeer on December 26.  Blitzen likes to party when the big night is over, OK?!  Now you know why his name is Blitzen!  Another “at least” timetable from the Pacers, who now might as well tank the season.  At least 3 games for West.  I said at early on this has shades of Ilyasova-ness to me.  Great PF option derailed by a preseason high ankle sprain, and it’s not like West has that much athleticism to spare…  Luis Scola should get some great early PT, but only the deeper leagues need to burden themselves with hideousness like that…

Anthony Morrow – The Thunder are looking more and more like the Pacers of the West.  Morrow isn’t much on the fantasy radar, but will miss 4-6 weeks with a bum ACL.

Reggie Jackson Ugh.  This one stings.  Sprained his ankle pretty severely in practice yesterday and we’re awaiting further information.  Had to be helped off the practice court and puts any playing time this week in question.  Makes Jeremy Lamb an even more interesting play early on this year.  Hopefully we get some good news about RJax today.

Jeff Adrien – In one of the odder moves with roster downsizing, was cut by the Rockets.  He was on a team-friendly deal and filled a need for them, so I don’t get it…  I’ve thrown out a guess he was bodying up Dwight Howard too hard in practice.  If that’s wrong, then I’d gander he told everyone he got a beard ride from Harden and Harden denied it and had Adrien waived.  Either way, it’s not Adrien’s fault!  Some depth charts have no one behind Dwight at C, so Donatas Motiejunas is increasing some interest for me.  Sounds like he has to play now, and for deeper leagues, I’d stream him tonight.

Kawhi Leonard The hills have eyes!  And so does Kawhi!  Let’s hope at least…  Some sort of crazy infection is still getting healed up, so he’s sitting tonight.  The Spurs really need to think about spending the big bucks to get Ben Stein to serve as team eye doctor and clear those up.  He’s aweeeeeesome.

Kyle Anderson Slo-mo!  Making his debut tonight, but really unsure what his minutes will be… I’d imagine 20+ given Kawhi is out, but we’ll see.  We’ll see… In… Slow motion… That is…

Cory Joseph I think he’s underrated and pretty solid.  No Kawhi means Danny Green/Manu Ginobili/Marco Belinelli have to handle all the 2 minutes and help out with the 3.  CoJo should get some run!  And continue to play while Patty Mills recovers from his shoulder surgery.

Boris Diaw – Tiago Splitter is out tonight with a bad calf.   When Ben Affleck has the flu, he has to call in sick with a bad cough and it sounds the exact same… Anyway, Diaw is in line for some big minutes tonight.  He’s really underrated in what he can bring to the table, other than his near 300-lbs French appetite.  Is Orson Welles here?!  Per-36s of 13.1/5.9/4/0.8/0.6 w/ 0.8 3PTM last year and you’d imagine 36ish tonight.

Jameer Nelson – Tough start, against the Spurs!  Roll back the tape though, I said as soon as he was signed he was gonna be the main guy!  Raymond Felton is still at least a week out, and about three years overdue to be out of the NBA…  But that’s neither here nor there, Jameer is gonna be awesome this year for some treys and dimes you didn’t have to spend a nickel on.  Not too worried about the Mavs bringing in J.J. Barea – I think that’s more about necessary depth than anything on Jameer.

Chandler Parsons Pumped for his Mavs debut.  Should be a great game against the defending champs.

Austin Rivers The Pelicans seem pretty set, so I wanna throw out one last preseason Rivers mention.  He showed a little bit of promise late last year and might be a featured backup at both PG and SG.  They didn’t pick up his option for next year, maybe he’s got a little trade bait in him?

Victor Oladipo Was just his normal good lookin’ self, ready for a huge breakout year, then caught an elbow in practice and now looks more like Luis Scola.  Out at least the first month of the year.  I’m pumped to see RainbOladipo in a mask though…  He’s gonna slash to the rim yelling, “somebody, stop me!”  “P-A-R-T-WHY?!  Because I got a And-One!”

Evan Fournier The Fournier-year-old Virgin stands as the biggest benefactor, and interested how he’ll look tonight.  Ben Gordon sorta creepily slouches in the corner as a benefactor.  Fournier has got some talent, but we still haven’t seen a prolonged hot streak.  And Ben Gordon is awful.  But Gordon might be given enough minutes to make neither of these guys interesting, even in deep leagues.

Kyle O’Quinn A 12er type streamer for opening night.  I should know, because I’m doing it in one!  No Channing Frye as he still recovers from a fried knee, so a solid 25 minutes should be there for the Irishman.  And he doesn’t need huge minutes to rack up some stats, particularly the blocks.

Wesley Johnson Only owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues; I think he’s another streamer for tonight if you already have a dedicated spot to stream.  I’m not huge on him for the season, but on a three game opening night, why not?

Jordan Hill – Had a little neck issue but should play tonight.  I loved me some Hill through preseason.  Better spend your money on some of those legit masseuses, Buss family!

Jeremy Lin – Going to start.  Steve Nash being out for the year deservedly should be the last news point.  I ranked Lin thinking Nash would be a non-factor.  In the deepest of leagues, I could see Ronnie Price being owned, but I don’t remember him even being drafted in the REL last night…  “The Price is wrong, bitch!”  That’s the collective voice of everyone looking at a scrub like Ronnie Price in their queue…

 

Well, it’s here and I couldn’t be more excited.  WE couldn’t be more excited!  From all of us at Razzball, we’re anxious to get this year started and looking forward to a baller 2014-15!

 

  1. Thunder from down under says:
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    Haha just picturing Oldaipo screaming that out! Great write up again JB just want this season to start already! I am in a bit of a predicament although as I have both MCW and Oladipo. On my bench I have Korver, K-Mart and Noel, which when slotted into my lineup to replace those guys my team looks like this: Goran, K-Mart*, Deng, Davis, Horford, Korver*, Ibaka, Hayward, Rubio, Kieff. Doesn’t look as good as my original team but would you stick with that? I feel I am losing out on a lot on steals and dimes. Although Collison is on the waivers, would you suggest picking him up and if so who for? Thanks man

    And for my Kobe line: 24/7/4

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Thunder from down under: I know, me too man! Couldn’t get here fast enough. Whewwwww, love me some Collison… Eesh tough to drop anyone though! I think you kinda need Kmarts scoring… Since I don’t think you’d feel that great playing Collison over anyone, I think you let it roll how you have it and pray to the witch doctors your PG get healthy. Any time man!

  2. Wongy says:
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    29/6/7

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wongy: We both got him for a big game!

  3. E says:
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    Had my draft last night, what do you think?

    PG – dragic
    SG – harden
    SF – gianis
    PF – bosh
    C – robin Lopez
    Util – Kamba walker
    Util – derron Williams
    Util – valanciunas
    Bn – brandon knight
    Bn – John Henson
    Bn – Mongoz
    Bn – bargnani

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      @E: Love the PG depth and strong AST! %s look pretty good, TO shouldn’t be that bad even with Harden. But I think you’re overall light on bigs. Love Bosh obviously, but RoLo is a light rebounder, JVal light with blocks, so I think both REB/BLK are low. I’d def be looking to add the emerging big men off the wire early on.

      • money says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks man, that being said…do you make this trade? my gut reaction is no.

        Give:
        Gianis and Henson

        Receive: Pekovic, Nene, Ginobli?

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          @money: Nah, I don’t want Pek at all on any times. Other team is trying to trade all his injury prone guys to ya! Haha

  4. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I’m thinking Kobe might go out of his way to have a “team friendly” game given the recent comments about him. So I’ll go 21 PTS, 9 AST, 5 REB. Hooray basketball!

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      @Clyde Prompto: Haha, that would be pretty funny, esp against Dwight! Hoops is back!

  5. Frank White says:
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    Wutup JB… My H2H 9 CAT 10 team league
    Westbrook
    Dragic
    Monte Ellis
    Kevin Martin
    Serge Ibaka
    Paul Millsap
    Favors
    Monroe
    West
    Alffalo
    Antetokounmpo
    Darren Collison
    Jameer Nelson
    Plumlee
    I Actually got Westbrook then Ibaka in the 1st 2 rounds but I’m kicking myself cause I took to long later in the Draft cause someone grabbed Sullinger before I was gonna pick and It automatically gave me Monroe. It says he isn’t gonna start. Do you like my team?? How would you rate it? Lol

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      @Frank White: Yeah Monroe is out first 2 games for the suspension and will be the 6th man. Not too worried about, I still like Monroe a little bit more than Sully actually, Sully does have more upside though. Awesome PG, love your bigs. TO might be a little high but I’m OK with it, and while West is hurt, I think boards are a little low. But just barely, nice draft!

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Man.. Yeah I was talking to Dan and what do you think about offering Westbrook and Monroe or Jameer or something like that for Anthony Davis.. This guy that has him has absolutely no good Pg’s and needs one

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          @Frank White: I’d love that deal! Would try Westbrook+Monroe first, be nice to have great PG depth with jameer still after the trade

  6. Know One says:
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    Hey! What’s up? Just wanted to ask for help with my team. This is a deep league (18 teams) and I got the 12th pick (got Durant with that pick). Here’s my team –
    PG – Rubio
    SG – Stuckey
    SF – Draymond Green
    PF – Millsap
    C – Gortat
    UTIL – Collison
    UTIL – Hibbert
    BE – KCP
    BE – Sessions
    BE – Gobert
    IR – Durant
    Notable FAs: Frye, Meeks, Augustin, Brewer, Marcus Morris, Wright, O’Quinn

    Any moves in mind that can help my team? Thank you very much!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Know One: Yo, what’s good man?! Thanks for dropping by!

      Wow, some pretty good names on the end of your roster and on FA! Even with Rubio, AST might be a little light. Love the Colly/Sessions combo though. Hibbert is your main xfactor. He really needs to bounce back to shore up REB/BLK. If he’s a dud, I think your big man depth might be in a little trouble, but if he’s fine you’ll be good. Any time man!

      • Know One says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Alright, I’ll stay put for now. Thanks!

  7. YO says:
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    What do you think of this team?

    1. Chris Paul
    2. Paul millsap
    3. Goran dragic
    4. Jrue holiday
    5. Derrick favors
    6. Robin Lopez
    7. Josh smith
    8. Isiah Thomas
    9. Giannis
    10. Jameer Nelson
    11. Spencer Hawes
    12. John Henson
    13. Rodney stuckey

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      @YO: Awesome PG. Love Millsap early. Favors was a great pick for ya there in the 5th. Still think REB might be one thing to monitor, if Henson works out it should be time. Nice balance – FT% actually looks a little rough though – Millsap/Smith/Favors will hurt there if they have bad weeks – but everything else lookin good!

  8. RePete says:
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    My Kobe Projection: 25/6/7 (PTS/REB/AST)
    Bonus Projection: 8/21, 2/5 3PT, 7/8 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO

    Fantasy is all I have this year. Hard for us Pacers fans right now, season is over before it ever began. I hope they make it interesting and slip into the playoffs with George coming back to save the day.

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      @RePete: Hah – you think George can get back by then?! I dunno… I think they should tank it and try for a lotto pick. Seems like everyone thinks Kobe is gonna have a pretty good opener!

  9. AC says:
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    Thanks for all the preseason coverage guys! It really helped me satiate my addiction.

    My second and final draft was last night in a 12-team head-to-head and here’s how I did:

    (3) Anthony Davis
    (22) Nicolas Batum
    (27) Goran Dragic
    (46) Kemba Walker
    (51) Derrick Favors
    (70) Luol Deng
    (75) Victor Oladipo
    (94) Larry Sanders
    (99) Brandon Knight
    (118) Darren Collison
    (123) Draymond Green
    (142) Spencer Hawes
    (147) KCP

    How do you think I did? Do you think I need help anywhere?

    Here’s who’s still available:
    -Henson
    -Porter
    -Teletovic
    -McDaniels
    -Gobert

    Also – do you know if there’s any way to change a league from a weekly to daily after the draft happens in Yahoo? I thought I changed it but it seems to be locked.

    Thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AC: Thanks for reading man! We def stayed busy this offseason!

      Whoa, AD 3?! Awesome. I think you have just enough depth at PG, but you really need Oladipo to come back healthy. We all do! You’ve got plenty of blocks, but overall boards might be a little low. Not hugely worried about it – if Sanders works out it’ll prob be fine. KCP vs. Henson is close, but since you’re good in blocks I think I’m holding your squad.

      Hmmmm, i would think in commish tools you could change it, but maybe it does lock up… I did have this issue with “Daily – Tomorrow” vs. “Daily – Today” and not being able to change it, so yeah I think that gets locked up unfortunately… Any time man!

  10. AC says:
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    Oh and my Kobe line is 26/6/5.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Nice! Everyone seeing a good game!

  11. booya says:
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    Drafted my 2nd team last night in 12 team H2H auction:

    PG Lawson
    SG Dragic
    G Holliday
    SF Draymond
    PF Horford
    F Henson
    C Ibaka
    C J Hill
    Util Collison
    Util Payton
    BN Carter Williams
    BN Olynyk
    BN Chalmers

    Any thoughts on this draft? Areas to look to improve immediately or should I be alright?

    Thinking I might dump Chalmers for Lamb or KCP since I already have so many PGs, good move?

    Thanks!

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Bargnani and McGee are also available

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @booya: Love that PG depth! Yeah you’re set there, I’d lose Chalmers for KCP indeed. I think you pieced together the right big men too. REB might be low some weeks just by the way your roster is set up, but I’m not too worried about it. Nothing needs to be improved right now, think you’re good! A week or two in, I might try to sell a PG high for a big that starts slow.

  12. Johnny says:
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    What up JB and Slim! Love all your stuff, preseason coverage has been great. Had my auction draft last night… took KD and I’m still questioning it. Any thoughts on the below?

    PG Chris Paul 72
    SG Giannis Antetokounmpo 3
    SF Kevin Durant 56
    PF Paul Millsap 33
    C Pau Gasol 12
    C Nerlens Noel 16
    G Isaiah Thomas 3
    F Draymond Green 1
    UTIL Jameer Nelson 1
    BE J.J. Redick 1
    BE Mason Plumlee 1
    BE Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 1

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Johnny: Awesome, thanks for reading man!

      H2H league right? If so, KD is a great value there. Roto maybe it was a little high.

      Perfect PG picks to go with Paul, they help with 3s too. Gasol out of position will help AST as well. I really don’t see many deficiencies, maybe rebounds barely? %s look good, TO shouldn’t be bad, I like this team!

      • Johnny says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Great thanks man! and yup its H2H.. I was similarly questioning boards, was gunning for Vucevic but his value got out of control in the draft… Anyways gracias dude. always solid advice

        And for the wildcard… Kobe: 23/5/5

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Johnny: Sweet, yeah awesome getting KD then! I think Kobe is either gonna go off or be brutal, just to make the guess the Kobe line crazy the first night!

  13. Magones says:
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    You’re all very confident in Kobe, short term at least. I’ll go with a more middling 17/4/5… maybe not playing too many minutes in a blowout.

    Good luck for the new season everyone.

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      @Magones: Yeah, we def need a low projection! Def only short term love for me…

  14. Joe says:
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    Woo hoo. B-ball is back are so are questions to JB.

    FAAB of $100. Would you bid to add/drop any of these and, if so, how much? (I gather my biggest weaknesses are a shortage of SG/SF and possibly blocks but I’d be interested in your take.)

    Chalmers, E.Gordon, Meeks, Brewer, D.Green, T.Gibson, Plumlee, Mozgov, Bogut, Dieng, Dalembert, Bynum

    9-cat, 10-team league. 3 keeper max with a penalty of “one round earlier”. Below is the team I drafted more or less in order of position they play. The number in parenthesis is the round they were drafted.

    Conley (3), Holiday (6), MCW (8), IT2 (10), Waiters (11), Mathews (5), ‘Melo (1), Durant (2), Noel (7), Gasol (4), Monroe (9)

    • Joe says:
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      That’s Marc, not Pau.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Joe: Haha, love all the comments man, bring em on!

        So yeah, I think blocks is the biggest need for ya. I know Waiters gives you wing depth, but I don’t trust him for much this year. I’d throw $1 bid on Taj, Bogut, Dieng, Plumlee in that order all for Waiters and see which one you come up with. All should give ya some early blocks.

  15. Bye Felicia says:
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    Jb,
    Are you in the RCL that drafted at 830 last night?
    Just asking cuz me and my buddy are in that one

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Also how many add/drops can we make per weekly matchup? 4 or 7?
      I’ve never played Yahoo so I don’t know where the rules are.

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        @Bye Felicia: No I’m not, unfrotunately I think that league only has 10 right? It’s not gonna work for RCL overall standings – will jack up the scoring system. Standard should be 4 adds, but Yahoo jacked some shit up (they changed default to points and problem tinkered with other things for some reason). Pretty frustrated with Yahoo if you can’t tell.

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @JB Gilpin: yeah it froze up 3x during the draft. I missed 3 picks. Still have a decent team but if I’m not going to qualify for the RCL overall im not taking it that serious. I like the espn lite draft option for my phone better than the app for Yahoo. But Yahoo does have nice features compared to espn. I still prefer espn more myself…

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            @Bye Felicia: Yeah we will still include it in the wrap ups, but yeah it won’t work with the standings. Completely understand likin ESPN more, they’re getting closer and closer to me even though I used to be only Yahoo…

  16. Supercalifragilousantetokounmpo says:
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    Had my draft last night, H2H 9cat daily league. What do you think?

    PG- Steph Curry
    SG- Goran Dragic
    G- Jrue Holiday
    SF- Kevin Martin
    PF- Paul Milsap
    F- Derrick Favors
    C- Pau Gasol
    UTIL- Antetokounmpo
    BN-Tobias Harris
    BN- Brandon Knight
    BN- John Henson
    BN- Kentavious Caldwell- Pope
    BN Rodney Stuckey
    BN- JaVale McGee

    Drop anyone for Lamb?

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      @Supercalifragilousantetokounmpo: Awesome, awesome PG depth. Maybe rebounds will be a little light but I’m too worried. I think you should hold McGee for now for the blocks upside and I don’t think you need any Pts/3s from Lamb so I’d let him stay out there.

  17. Snacks13 says:
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    I’m in a deeper league.. Can you rank for me:

    Wroten, CJ McCollum, Lou Williams, Nate Robinson, Marcus Thornton

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      @Snacks13: I’d put Thornton ahead of Robinson, but like your order other than that

  18. Snacks13 says:
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    Made a blockbuster trade in my 12 team money league:

    I get:
    Brow, W. Matthews, Chalmers

    I give:
    Irving, Derozan, T. Chandler

    I feel good about it bc I got the best player and a top 3 overall player but I know I gave up a ton. It gives me Brow and Boogie as a pair which should be insane and fun to watch. Thoughts?

  19. Don Majkowski says:
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    That deal isnt even close. You robbed him.

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      @Snacks13: Love it! I dunno if it’s as lopsided as @Don Majkowski: thinks, but I def like it for you, nice work!

      • Don Majkowski says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well…
        Brow>Kyrie…by a lot
        Wes>Derozan..pretty close
        Chandler & Chalmers…who cares, waiver wire fodder…what am I missing?

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          @Don Majkowski: Well yes, those last guys are fodder, but I hate Chalmers and Chandler has some use. But yes, I wasn’t disagreeing it’s a great trade!

  20. Snacks13 says:
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    Kobe line: 22, 5 REB, 7 AST

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      @Snacks13: Nice!

  21. Feel like a proud Papa that “Guess the Kobe Stat Line” game made headlines this am! Super dope, then you add some ink for Sloan and Founier to boot. Feeling real frisky.

    Kobe Line:
    Points- 26 (a lot of mid range buckets)
    3pm – 2
    FT – 6/7
    Boards – 5
    Assists – 7
    Steals – 2
    Blocks – 0
    Technicals – 1
    * some fake kisses for his wife.
    ** some more insincere high 5s for his “team” and already contemplating how soon he can fake another injury for the Lotto bound Fakers.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @EL BURRO: Ohhhhhh it’s so frisky! That’s right, you were instrumental whenever we started this fun little game, right? Hard to remember sometimes 🙂

      Haha awesome line, excited to see this tech he’s gonna get!

      • @JB Gilpin:

        Ugh. I forgot Turnovers – 5.

        He’s going to be so frustrated this season. Will be a treat to watch the post-game interviews. Have fun, Byron!

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          @EL BURRO: Post game interviews will be like Belichik ones haha

  22. TR says:
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    What’s up, JB?! I’m not sure if two letters are unique enough of a name to remember but I used your advice all last season and you helped lead me to a championship. Gonna shoot for the same this year and can’t wait for the season! I’m gonna guess Kobe goes for 28/3/5

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      @TR: I remember ya TR! Glad we got ya that title! We’re pumped too, good luck with that Kobe line tonight! Good seein ya man!

  23. 740 says:
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    sup JB? good stuff as always. 10team h2h 8cats. Oladipo, Hill, and Durant OUT! im stuck, not sure if i should drop Hill or tough it out? smh.

    Thanks!

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      @740: Thanks man! 10 team… And Hill is low TO that helps him in 9-cat, not as great a player in 8 cat, yeah I’d let him walk…

  24. Cale says:
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    Kobe: 24 pts, 3 reb, 7 ast.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cale: Schweet

  25. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Drafted last night …10 team H2H 10 category, keep three..keep player at round drafted previous year. Positions: PG, SG, G, G, SF, PF, F, F, C, C, Util
    I had the last pick because i won last season:
    1. S.Ibaka (Keeper)
    2. L.Aldridge (Keeper)
    3. K.Thompson
    4. D.Favors
    5. J.Teague
    6. R. Anderson
    7. T.Parker
    8. J.Valanciunas
    9. D.Gallinari
    10. A.Afflalo
    11. D.Jordan (Keeper)
    12. W.Chandler
    13. O.J.Mayo
    14. T.Ross
    15. T.Hardaway jr
    16. Marcus Morris
    17. I.Shumpert
    18. S.Dalembert

    Pretty Deep rosters

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      @JeF With 1 F: Not a ton of PGs in the draft due to Keepers so I went heavier on the bigs …but overall feel pretty good about this squad.

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        @JeF With 1 F: Yup, PG depth looks a little rough. Probably worth it to just punt assists, everything else looks pretty good. I think you got good sleepers late making 3s really overloaded. I know you probably are a big Thompson fan, but with Anderson/Ross/Gallo, etc. I think you have plenty of treys. Maybe offer him up for a PG.

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          @JB Gilpin: Sounds good Thanks for the input

  26. money says:
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    what are your thoughts on this team?

    PG – Curry
    SG – Wes Matthews
    G – Jrue Holiday
    SF- Gianis Antekokounmpo
    PF – Millsap
    F – Horford
    C – Larry Sanders
    C – Jordan Hill
    UTIL – Jose Calderon
    UTIL – Jameer Nelson
    BN – John Henson
    BN – Spencer Hawes
    BN – Gorgui Dieng

    thanks

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      @money: Awesome PG, love the Jameer and Jose late. Awesome dimes, good %s for the most part. Only thing I can think of is boards might be inconsistent with Sanders/Hill/your 3 bench guys a little uncertain. Nice draft!

  27. PedroF says:
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    Kobe 25pts 5reb 6ast

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      @PedroF: Nice! A lot of guesses in that range, everyone seeing a pretty big night.

  28. mcBlunty says:
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    had my draft last night, would like your thoughts on how it stacks up, H2H 10 cat

    D Lillard
    Kobe
    Jrue
    Chandler P
    Boogie Cousins
    Josh Smith
    Asik
    Terrence ross
    Aaron Gordon
    Pekovic
    Gortat
    Hibbert
    D Collison
    D Carroll
    T Wroten

    12 teams had the 10th spot, took cousins and the lillard, I mistakenly took ross too early cause I ran out of time and he was in my queue (for 3 pointers later in draft), got a lot of bigs, hopefully can flip one

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      @mcBlunty: Love the Cuz/Lillard start. I think assists might be a tad low, Kobe an his output will be a big xfactor there. FT% might be rough for ya at times with Smith/Asik/Gortat. If Hibbert or Smith start really hot, I wouldn’t hesitate to move one like you mentioned, for one more PG.

  29. Nightmare Cometh says:
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    JB I’m desperately in need of your approval advice for my team. H2H, 10 team, 9 category league.

    Harden
    Lillard
    Bosh
    Parsons
    Walker
    Faried
    R Lopez
    Valanciunas
    Hibbert
    Lin
    Collison
    Timofey “present” Mozgov
    Chalmers
    Ross
    KCP

    What categories do I need to improve? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nightmare Cometh: The Day Man cometh! Haha, yeah I’ve been pretty approval-ly with teams this year 🙂

      Nice PG depth and dimes! Collison/Lin late was awesome. I like your bigs, but think you’re low in blocks. If Hibbert is his old self, it will be just by a tad. Boards are more than solid though – MANIMAL! %s look great, awesome team!

  30. John says:
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    Just drafted in a standard espn 8-cat roto league, 10 teams. I think it went pretty well.

    James harden
    Demarcus cousins
    Kyle lowry
    Mike conley
    Chandler parsons
    Markieff morris
    Jonas valanciunas
    Wesley matthews
    Lance stephenson
    Ryan anderson

    George hill
    Isaiah thomas
    Rudy gobert

    Thoughts? I think im a little low on boards and way low on blocks.

    Last i saw before the draft g hill was day to day, so that was annoying. What are your thoughts on jonas v this year? I may try to flip lowry for millsap. I think i need another big on the team. Thanks for your help

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      @John: Hah, yeah looking at the first two I think you’re already set! No TO league to get Harden/Cuz?! Hard to imagine a better start.

      Love the heavy PG early in 8-cat. Yeah sucks on Hill… He’s probably droppable for ya. Agree you’re light on blocks. Boards I think you’re OK. I think you’re overloaded with 3PT guys, so I’d trade from that strength. Jonas I’m lukewarm on, he’s solid where I imagine you got him. Totally down for Lowry for Millsap. Any time man!

  31. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB &Slim,

    Looking forward to the season! I know the focus is on fantasy, but I was curious to hear your predictions on the actual NBA season. What are your thoughts on the winners of these:

    – Most Improved Player
    – 6th Man
    – Scoring Title
    – ROY
    – Defensive POY
    – MVP
    – Conference Champs
    – NBA Champs

    Can’t wait for tip off!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Looking forward to the season too man!
      – Hmmm. Tobias Harris?
      – Ryan Anderson!
      – Will Durant qualify? If not Melo.
      – Parker
      – Brow
      – Ughhh. You know what, I’ll be ballsy and say Brow here too. Pelicans make the playoffs in a shocking season.
      – West – Spurs. Boring, I know. East – Cavs. Even more boring.
      – Cavs

      Can’t wait either!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m not one to tell a man how to run his blog, but is there anyway we could get a Razzball Writer predictions post? I like a little reality mixed with my fantasy sometimes.

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          @Clyde Prompto: We def should do that! Next year. Baseball does it, but we needed a couple more writers to fill out a range of picks.

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Ah, fair enough.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Can’t argue with those picks. Here were my thoughts:
        – Giannis Antetokounmpo
        – IT2 or Reggie Jackson if he qualifies upon KD’s return.
        – Melo
        – Was going to go TJ Warren until the thumb fracture. Going Noel here.
        – Ibaka
        – CP3 has a monster year
        – West – Clips East – Cavs
        – Clips get it done

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