Another Wednesday, another Buy/Sell column for you good folks. As established in the last post,Â I will start by briefly assessing the performances of the players I included last week. Will Barton has not yet taken off with two underwhelming games to end the week, but I still believe he is the one to benefit the most from the Millsap injury. Bojan Bogdanovic is on a THRAGNOFy streak for the ages and, in the past three games, is averaging 17.0/1.0/1.7/0/0.3/0/0.7. I can’t believe that a player averaging 36 minutes in those games has so little peripheral stats, but he is the wing scorer Indiana needs and trusts. Denzel Valentine is filling up the stat sheet and has been more than useful.Â Kris Dunn had his breakout performance yesterday with a career-high 24 points and as Son says, “the PG competition in Chicago in Dunn.” Finally, Lord Covington’s shot started to fail him as predicted (35% in his last five games), so I hope you capitalized on the sell high opportunity. Without further ado, let’s look at this week’s candidates…Please, blog, may I have some more?
There are a ton of elite point guards that will be taken in the first three rounds of your draft. From Russell Westbrook to Mike Conley, there are not enough guys to go around for everybody. Okay, maybe there are, but nobody in any league Iâ€™ve ever been in was into sharing. There are even elite wings that will get you point-guard-like assists. This is mainly Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, but can even apply to guys like Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler.
But what happens if youâ€™re picking in round 3 and you havenâ€™t gotten an elite assist getter yet?
Do you panic? No.
Do you reach? Not for a point guard, but maybe for your beer (unless itâ€™s Bud Lightâ€“ if it’s Bud Light you throw that shit in the trash and re-evaluate.)
This is where you can adopt the â€śpunt assistâ€ť strategy. This punt strategy often gets overlooked by more common punting strategies such as punting free throws, but itâ€™s very helpful if the assist dominoes donâ€™t fall in your favour the first few rounds. Here are some guys to target if you decide to go down the punt assist route, and how your team should shape up by the end of the draft.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Alright, truth be told I had that article title in my head before the early games even finished up. It looked like it was going to be aÂ yawn-worthyÂ evening of basketball… but then some cool stuff happened.
Kyle Lowry‘s 17/10/7 with a pair of threes was nice. As wasÂ DeMar DeRozan‘s 28/4/4 with two long balls of his own.Â Bismack BiyomboÂ pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds in a winning effort and that gave me some warm & fuzzies. But dedicating a lead to “my team” when they barely hung on to beat a mostly disinterested Dallas squadÂ didn’t feel quite right. And also, how many semi-legitimate opportunities am I going to have toÂ write the word “Snoozeday”? (Answer: hopefully just thisÂ once.)
But Tuesday’s schedule, man. Come on now…
Outside of the local fan bases, who gives a smurf about any of those games? I wasÂ thisÂ close to watching Polar Express instead of the Raptors game since it looked like they were going to run away with it early (up 16 after the 1st Q). The game ended up being mildly entertaining as the Mavs’ second unit scratched & clawed their way to within one possession late in the 4th, but Kyle, DeMar & Bismack proved to be a bit too much.
I suppose if we brokeÂ things down a little more to the individual player level we could have gotten stoked for the Andre Drummond/Hassan Whiteside matchup in South Beach. Unfortunately, the two young centers failed to deliver the monstrous lines we’ve grown accustomed to seeing early this season. Drummond was just “ok” with 11/12/1/0/2, but shot only 4-12 from the field. Whiteside was markedly better with 16 & 16 plus four blocks and 7-13 FGs. Solid stuff, but it would’ve been pretty cool to see a pair of 20/20’s in the same game. (I wonder when was the last time that happened? Somebody else please check, I’m busy/lazy right now.)
Ultimately this proved to be the second (mostly) lackluster Tuesday in a row. However, if there is NBA basketball being played there are player performances to be discussed. So let’s get after it.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Isaiah ThomasÂ got the start Friday night and scored 11 points with 4 assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. The move to start him actually makes logical sense, which is strange since we’re talking about the Sacremende Kings here.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I considered leading withÂ Greg MonroeÂ and his triple double (and in some ways, I just did), but I decided to comment aboutÂ Jrue Holiday. He has been off to a great start this season, and last night he put up 14 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists and a block.Please, blog, may I have some more?
“Sessions with Ramon” sounds like a show on public radio highlighting latin jazz fusion. That sounds like it may be interesting in the sense that if you’re driving in your car and you turn to the station (presuming you don’t have satellite radio or some sweet ass Pandora setup), you can expose yourself to some “world music” and consider yourself slightly more cultured.Please, blog, may I have some more?