Welcome back to the third post of this mini-series as we take a moving snapshot in time, even if that sounds like an oxymoron. But basically, we’re taking this point in the season to take a look at the NBA landscape through the meta-fantasy lens. Sounds like it’s from the future, with robot dragons wearing […] Please, blog, may I have some more?
Five game night across the league, let’s get it! Lakers/Mavericks I just love my guy Dereck Lively. He’s a really good real-life rookie and fits what the Mavs want to do on offense. 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and steals, and is getting better and better. I really respect Luca Doncic tattoo game. I […] Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you aren’t thinking about where your season went wrong, you’re behind the 8 ball. That 8 ball will read negative predictions if it’s a magic one. Speaking of teams who’s season went wrong, I’ll recap the non-playoff teams. Since nobody really wants a Pistons article for next year, I’ll start with the teams that narrowly missed the playoffs. The Bulls fit both of these, a team with a season that went wrong and missed the playoffs. They’re also my favorite squad because I’m stuck in the 90s. I still listen to Pearl Jam and Mistadobalina. Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s March Madness time, and in honor of Duke and their successful season, the first without a certain GOAT coach who looks like a rat, I’m gonna focus on the Dukies in the NBA. No, not Doookies, don’t be haters. One of the best things about being a fan of them lately is the many fantasy contributors from the best college hoops program in the land. It’s not their fault that they are better than whatever lesser team you follow. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome back fantasy fans to the first true night of NBA basketball! With twelve games last night, we can all over react to our terrible draft day decisions. Since we’re so early into the season, I will be adjusting my advice accordingly. Without further adieu let’s jump right into it! Please, blog, may I have some more?
On a recent podcast with Son, I let slip, “If you’re a center that doesn’t get blocks, I don’t think I have any use for you.” It was a knee-jerk line, one that I hadn’t much considered before it fell out of my mouth, and I’ve been wrestling with how true that might actually be ever since. For most of the summer, I’ve been vexed by the center position because, outside of the elite guys, the shortcomings of the position are obvious and numerous. For many, their usefulness in category leagues extends only to rebounds, blocks and FG%, and oftentimes those few spoils are sacrificed at the altar of points, dimes, triples, and free-throw percentage. Drafting a center that doesn’t, it’s a steep tradeoff in the best of circumstances, so when looking at someone like Deandre Ayton – a top-50ish, center-eligible player who produced exactly enough swats last year to break even in the category by z-score – I began to wonder what exactly the point was. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Growing up in the 90’s (don’t date me bro!), it would have been hard to imagine not just the mediocrity that would follow the next two decades (okay, I’ll add the qualifier “measured” mediocrity for all those Noah/Rose fanboys out there), but also feeling some sort of compassion for hanging out near the bottom-half of the league for longer than it takes to legally drink. Truth be told, it’s not like the Bulls have been, say, the Kings over the same span. (I’d feel sorry for making fun of the Kings if they had more than a dozen fans.) But there’s definitely been a markable difference between the Michael Jordan Bulls and everything that came afterwards. I also go by the name: Captain Obvious. And while it’s been a long wait for those in Chitown, there’s a lot to like with this team, especially building off a successful season that led to the first round of the playoffs, fruits of their previous active off-seasons. Sure, it’s not the chips we middle-aged men were used to seeing from this team a long time ago, but as someone great once said, time is flat circle… (Don’t worry, I prefer the McConaughey quote over Nietzsche too. Actually, after typing that sentence out, I prefer neither since it took me a few hours for spellcheck to agree.) Please, blog, may I have some more?
The path should be crystal clear now for your squad. If not, then it may be time to order those seppuku knives on Amazon. Don’t forget the sharpener. I kid, I kid. Drafts are fluid so pivoting and changing lanes are always within the range of outcomes, especially when there are snipers and ADP jumpers to your left, to your left, to your left. Then you have all those heathens to your right. This is why we must always adhere to the wise and venerable Bruce Lee: Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ll be honest, my original plan was to have this piece written and published at the end of last season, back when the failed chase for the top spot in the RazzJam was still fresh in my mind. But the NBA season is long and the Playoffs are so good, so when I fell just short of a championship, it seemed just fine to me to put this on the shelf for a bit. So, I sat on this with it being 95% completed and rested instead. Then Middleton went down and the Bucks got beat. The sun came out, the Celtics ran out of gas, and another Golden State summer onto my shores like a warm wave, even though I’ve traded in the Bay Area for Bay View. Please, blog, may I have some more?
There were quite a few players who exploded for big performances on Friday, but Obi Toppin deserves the fantasy star of the night award the most, for a career-high 35 points on 6-9 three-point shooting. Toppin has scored 19 or more in his last four games starting and looks like he is getting more comfortable in the NBA with every minute he plays. This stretch of starts was a possible look into the future if Julius Randle is traded or if Toppin manages to get more minutes next to Randle next year. Obi will remain as an interesting stash in dynasty leagues with an undetermined role moving into next year. Immanuel Quickley ended the night with 23 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds as he saw more minutes than usual with RJ Barrett leaving the game with a knee injury. Quickley continues to show upside in all facets of the game and is leaving the Knicks with a difficult decision on what to do at the point guard position next year. His role has a lot to do with what the Knicks do in the offseason. Please, blog, may I have some more?
In the battle for the 9th seed out west, LaMelo Ball rose to the occasion while Ice Trae went Ice Cold from three. Despite his 15 assists, Trae Young finished with only nine points as he shot 3-of-12 from the field and 0-for-6 from downtown. Danilo Gallinari was averaging 14 points, five rebounds and four assists over the last week. However, he suffered an injury last night and would recommend dropping him for Onyeka Okongwu, who has averaged similar numbers and, with more opportunities, should score more. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Now, that’s what I call an entertaining night of NBA basketball. Wednesday night had Domantas Sabonis proving the haters wrong, players adjusting to new teams, and a good barrel full of laughter at the Lakers expense. Let’s get into who’s value increased and why I think the Sabonis trade wasn’t actually that awful. Please, blog, may I have some more?