When the Nets acquired D’Angelo Russell in the offseason from the Lakers, it was expected that the former number two overall pick would be the face of the franchise. Made sense, as I’ve heard the rat population is huge in New York. I kid. I kid. Early on, Russell was playing like the face of the franchise, sporting a 35.8 usage rate. At the same time, a relative unknown started balling out, to the point where Atkinson could no longer deny what he was seeing. Every time he’d give him extended playing time, production would ensue. Coach Atkinson even moved Russell to shooting guard to accomodate. Then Russell went down with injury. And, as they say, the rest is history. Spencer Dinwiddie was made for New York City. He’s a tough, no-frills kind of player. Biggie would have been proud, as he went from “ashy to classy.” He was selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and spent time in the D-League, before finding a home in Brooklyn. It all culminated with last night’s performance:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 5 8 2 0 1 3/10 10/24 8/9

Now, Russell is expected back soon from injury. The logical expectation is that he garners the 30+ usage rate from pre-injury, which would obviously nuke much of Dinwiddie’s value. With that said, I do expect Dinwiddie to play the point with Russell at shooting guard. I also think that Dinwiddie has built up some equity, with both the coach and teammates, so he won’t be one of those bodies with concrete blocks that were shoved into the Hudson River.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Kyle Lowry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 11 1 0 4 3/6 7/14 1/1

Lowry needed help getting off the floor after falling hard on his back. He’s been diagnosed with a “back spasm” and will be re-evaluated today. If he misses time, Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet should be the main beneficiaries.

Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 12 0 2 6 2 1/3 4/11 2/2

Remember when I made fun of Serge because he doesn’t pass? Well, he still doesn’t, but holy shit balls is he balling the F out. I was just informed that he gave me a funny look. Sorry Mr. Iblocka. A thousand apologies.

Jonas Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 13 1 0 1 1 1/2 9/15 2/4

Played 26 minutes. That’s back-to-back 20/13 games. He’s baaaaackk, until he’s not. Just keep in mind that Casey can and will go small at any point. If you have a pencil on your desk, you will probably want to stab your eyes over and over and over…..and over.

DeMar DeRozan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 35 3 6 1 1 2 1/4 14/30 6/9

Yawn. Wake me up when he doesn’t do something.

Delon Wright played 29 minutes and scored seven points. Fred VanVleet played 19 minutes and scored five points. Were you paying attention above? Do I need to start quizzing you guys?

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 17 5 2 0 1 0/1 5/13 4/5

Ohhhh yeah!!! You know what time it is. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae!!!!!!

Joe Harris got the start at small forward and played 37 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 6 2 0 0 1 2/5 4/11 2/2

I’ve been telling y’all from the beginning. The NYS Laborers Union is no joke.

Allen Crabbe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 3 0 0 2 4/6 6/11 4/4

I kind of hate crab/Crabbe. Takes so much freaking time and patience to crack open the legs for what? An itty bitty sliver of meat! Ahhhhh, but then you crack open that juicy piece of meat and it’s all worth it. That’s owning Crabbe in a…..crab shell? He gets minutes and puts up shots. You know at some point he’s going to deliver.

Jahlil Okafor:

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

Only played 10 minutes, after playing 13 and 11 the prior two games. Me has a feeling that he’s going to be on the short side of a platoon with Jarrett Allen, who played 18 minutes and put up:

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

Quincy Acy:

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

Played 34 minutes, which were a season-high. Expect him to be more in the low-20s. Acy chucks up shots when he’s in there, but he’s not particularly good. Better than those guys that just stand in the corner and model their booty’s to the courtside fans.

Ersan Ilyasova:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 13 2 0 1 2 1/4 4/9 4/6

Wesley Johnson was guarding him, as Blake did not play. He better have gotten busy.

Taurean Prince:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 4 3 1 2 2 4/8 8/16 0

C.J. Williams was guarding him. He better have gotten busy. Man, the Clips suck. <Intern taps me on shoulder then whispers sweet nothings into my ear…..scoreboard he/she whispers….scoreboard, as the Clips were victorious 108-107> I still haven’t decided if intern is male or female. Regardless, F you intern. F you.

John Collins:

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

Only played eight minutes. That makes me very sad.

Dewayne Dedmon:

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

Played 20 minutes in his first game back from injury. Is he alive or is he a zombie? Either way he’d be a Dedmon walking right?

DeAndre Jordan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 18 2 0 1 2 0 10/13 5/8

No Blake = more DJ. There needs to be an investigation for signs of foul play.

Jawun Evans got the start at point guard with Milos Teodosic out and played 39 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 8 4 4 1 0 1/1 4/11 4/5

Juwana man? Indeed, I do. The Clips are banged up in the backcourt, so Evans should get plenty of run.

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 3 4 0 0 6 4/9 12/29 6/6

The last man standing. Well, expect for DeAndre. Did I mention that we are investigating for signs of foul play? Breaking down the Clips is like playing a game of Clue.

Nikola Jokic messed around. Stocktonator never messes around, as it loved Jokic last night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 12 11 3 1 6 1/1 6/16 3/3

No Joke.

Gary Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 2 3 0 0 0 4/7 9/18 0

For the season, career-highs in points, blocks, steals, assists, shot attempts, and three-pointers (made and attempted). Maybe I put the above song in the wrong blurb.

Trey Lyles:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 5 3 3 0 1 1/2 9/15 2/5

He’s scored double figures in 12 straight games. Since the beginning of December, Trey has scored 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.1 turnovers on 54% shooting from the field and 49% from downtown. Uno! Dos! Trey!

With no Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala got the start and played 30 minutes.

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

Andre 2007? A viable fantasy option. Andre 2017? Not so much.

Draymond Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 5 10 1 3 2 2/6 8/12 5/6

Cash money.

Steph Curry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 4 9 2 0 6 5/10 9/17 9/10

Bitcoin.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 12 1 0 1 1 0/2 13/20 5/6

LMAO. LaMarcus Aldridge Offense. No laughing matter. You won’t hear the Stocktonator clowning, as it loved LMA last night.

With Kawhi Leonard out, Kyle Anderson got the start and played 28 minutes.

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

Should continue to be the guy that replaces Kawhi, but that’s not saying much. All roads lead to LMA.

Davis Bertans:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 0 3 0 2 0 6/9 11/15 0

Exhibit 1,268 of why the Spurs have the greatest coaches in the league.

Willie Cauley-Stein:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 9 0 0 0 3 0 8/12 6/8

Played 30 minutes. Yes Vivek! Yes! Free Willie! Then you can win Cauley-Stein’s money.

De’Aaron Fox:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 4 10 0 0 4 1/3 5/9 0

Played 30 minutes.Yes Vivek! Yes! Don’t be crazy like a Fox. Play the young kids!

Buddy Hield:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 3 1 1 0 3 2/8 4/12 0

Played 28 minutes. He’s played 35, 25, 31, 25, and 24 minutes the prior five games. I think we can put to rest the Steph Curry nonsense. There’s upside with Buddy, but he’s just so inconsistent.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

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

Buddy meet Bogdan. Bogdan meet Buddy. Bogdan is Vlade’s boy, while Buddy is Vivek’s, dare I say, Buddy? I wouldn’t be surprised if Vlade and Vivek have some sort of Trading Places type wager.

Avery Bradley:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 3 6 1 1 3 3/9 10/23 1/2

It’s about freaking time. Bradley has been bad, but his numbers are actually similar to last year’s sans the rebounding ones. I think SVG was paying too much attention to his Johnson, so there should be some hope for Bradley to continue getting more comfortable in Detroit.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 10 1 0 1 0 1/1 12/14 5/6

Left the game with a sprained ankle. X-rays came back negative, but it’s Anthony Davis. He doesn’t miss games. He only exits games after starting.

Rajon Rondo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 4 15 2 0 1 0/1 6/10 0

Here are the last six games for Rondo in the assists category: 15, 3, 3, 12, 8, and 25. Kind of baffling to me. It’d be like driving 100 mph to work three days, 35 mph two days, and 60 mph the last one.

E’Twaun Moore:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 2 1 0 2 1/3 11/14 0

Will put up the occassional dud, but Moore has the capacity for big games. He gets the minutes, hoists up the shots, and gets plenty of open looks due to the presense of AD, Cousins, and Rondo. Give me Moore!

The Cavs got spanked by the Timberwolves, 127-99. The leading scorer was Jeff Green with 22. Kevin Love scored three, LeBron James scored 10, and Isaiah Thomas scored nine before getting ejected for the hit on Andrew Wiggins.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 12 4 0 1 2 1/2 8/11 2/2

KAT leads the league with 34 double-dubs and is currently the 8th player in fantasy. Meow.

Clint Capela:

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

Speaking of double-dubs, CC is 10th with 20. Just charge it to my CC.

Chris Paul and Eric Gordon both scored 24 points. James who?

Gerald Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 3 0 0 0 1 4/9 8/15 2/3

What a perfect situation for Green to find himself in. Uptempo and just chuck. Now, he’s not going to continue shooting 51% from downtown. In addition, James Harden won’t be out forever. Enjoy the good times from Green, but there’s a reason he was a free agent to begin with.

With Nikola Mirotic out due to illness, Bobby Portis played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 2 0 0 1 1/3 9/17 3/5

Portis is a baller. A crazy, deranged, don’t-F-with-me baller, but a baller nonetheless.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 7 3 2 1 4 0/1 3/8 11/14

Malcolm Brogdon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 4 0 0 0 0/1 6/11 0/1

Entered the starting lineup and played 38 minutes. Malcolm is no longer in the middle.

 

  1. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    Steph as bitcoin! Thanks for the recap.
    I have lavine coming back, who would you drop of lavine, Prince, lee or batum? I need blocks so been thinking about a 2for1 for ibaka like prince and lavine. I know it’s an overpy but I have to drop someone with lavine coming back.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sounds good

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO!

    What’s up Son ?!

    Man Spencer Dinwiddie is good!

    I have to admit I wrote him off early,

    Mainly because of his name I think – always thought of “DimWit” oh well.

    Would you drop Oak for – Dieng / Nance / Frenchise ?

    I want to give Oak some time, but also have no problem moving on.

    12 team / H2H / No I.R

    Wall / J. Murray / DSJ
    G. Harris / Hardaway / Crabbe
    T. Harris / Prince / Lyles / Skal
    Cousins / Love / Griffin / Gobert / Oak

    Thanks man !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ayo!!!! You know I’m going with the Frenchise!!!!

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        I knew it ! Haha

        OK, out of Dieng & Nance ?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Dieng for some semblance of floor. Nance for some upside, as he could get traded.

  3. Steven Boyle says:
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    Yo Son!

    I’ve been offered Whiteside OR DJ and Dragic for my Jimmy Buckets in a H2H 9 cat. Here’s my squad:

    Dipo, Murray, DSJ, Dinwiddie, T Johnson, Napier (stream), Buckets, Kawhi, Justin Holiday, Gordon, Favors, Biyombo, Collins, Millsap (IR)

    Do you think that works for my team? I’m in 4th but only because of my ability to scrape together close wins in categories. Let me know who you think would work better between Hassan and DJ too if you like the deal. Thanks man.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steven Boyle: I don’t like either. I get that you want to upgrade at center. I think you could do better for Jimmy. Between the two, I prefer Whiteside over DJ. You have a ton of guards. Try to utilize them for trade.

      • Steven Boyle says:
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        @Son: what about Dipo for DJ and Ingles? He won’t move Whiteside for anyone besides Butler.

  4. Renz says:
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    Hey Son!

    What’s up!! It’s good to be back after the holidays and days of being sick. Anyhow, I really look forward on your write-ups. YODA best!

    So, I’ve been offered for my Dray for Dipo. Should I grab it or nah?

    9cat 16teams

    G: Boo, Mitchell, A. Bradley, Blue Arrow.. Recently added Teodosic
    F/C: Prince, Ghostface, Myles, Dray, Horford, Joker, Biyombo and Bender

    FA: Bell, Hill, Ntilikina, Simmons, Carroll, Allen, Monroe — anyone worth stashing over Teodosic or Bender?

    Thanks men!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: Ha! Thanks Renz!
      Yeah, I think you make that trade.

      You know I’m all about the Frenchise

      • Renz says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks Son!

        How about throwing Mitchell for Tobias?

        Dray + Mitchell for Dipo + Tobias. He actually offered those to me ha! Actually I’m also wanting to get them. I just want to have a go signal from my divine trinity of fantasy basketball.

        Thank you so much!!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Renz: I cannot sign off on trading away my baby boo

          • Renz says:
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            @Son:

            Ha! Aight then. I’m trying to convinced him in getting Avery Bradley or Boo instead.

            I’ll grab Frenchise and stash him. Hopefully the sooner he embraces the staring role.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Renz: No one with a B shall go. Bradley, Boo, Baby Boo!! You were doing fine sticking with the Ds.

              Good luck on the Frenchise. Hope he works out

              • Renz says:
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                @Son:

                My bad, on that B-son. My only worry is that I’ll be loaded with guards having Boo, Baby Boo, Bradley, Dipo (If the trade succeeds), Blue Arrow and Frenchise.

                I’ll update you soon. God speed!

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Renz: Ha! Yeah, you definitely need to make more moves but you have plenty of ammo now

                  • Renz says:
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                    @Son:

                    Hi Son!

                    I just made my biggest move in nba fantasy haha.

                    On going trade for my Jokic+Turner+Bradley for Wall, Capella and PG!! I think overall, these guys will help my team and I hope, I made the best move lol.

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @Renz: Wow. Big move. Good luck my man.

  5. Mark says:
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    Hi son,
    Which side would you choose?
    Curry and murray or durant and prince

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Curry and Murray

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