Yesterday was Martin Luther King day. It’s a day that many take for granted. Many focus on the fact that there’s basketball all day or that there’s no school or work or something about someone having a dream. MLK day is about celebrating the greatness of a man. Who called out the establishment. Who stood up for the rights of the oppressed. Who wanted to “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.” The King was truly a great man, which brings me to the King of the NBA, LeBron James. Last night, the LeBrons faced off against the Warriors and lost 118-108. In defeat, James went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 32 8 6 3 4 8 0/2 12/18 8/13

I almost did not make him the lede for this post. There were players that scored more points. There were players that collected double-dubs. There were multiple players who almost messed around. There were players that led their team to victory. I almost overlooked LeBron, but then I came to my senses. Look at that line! It’s freaking amazing. Ok, the turnovers aren’t great but I said he’s a King, not God. Anyways, sometimes we don’t truly appreciate the greatness of LeBron. We hold him to such a high standard that we expect more. The crazy thing is that “more” is usually attainable. Think about that. Anyways, it’s only appropriate that I made the King of the NBA the lede for a post on the day after Martin Luther King day. Both are great, yet both are underappreciated at times. Let’s never forget either.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

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Marvin Williams:

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 21 5 1 0 0 2 5/6 7/8 2/3

Owners have been starvin for some production from Marvin all year. The 21 points were a season high and he’s now scored double figures in five of the past six games. Beware, though, as he’s shooting 59% during that span. I see a period of fasting arriving soon in Williamsville.

Dwight Howard:

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 21 17 0 1 4 3 0 9/12 3/6

Since the start of the new year, Dwight is averaging 13.8 points, 12 boards, and 2.2 blocks. No wonder he’s always smiling. But, he’s shooting 38% from the free throw line. Wipe that smile off your face and get in the gym and practice!

Nicolas Batum:

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14 8 5 2 0 4 1/4 4/13 5/6

The numbers are way down from last season. I’d attribute most of that to the elbow injury he sustained earlier in the year. Batum is starting to contribute in the periphery categories and he’s chucking up shots. Unfortunately, he’s only shooting 39% from the field since the start of the year. Batum could be primed for a nice second half.

Ish Smith:

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 19 3 10 2 1 3 1/2 8/14 2/2

I had a dream. That one day, Ish Smith would drop a double-dub. I had a dream. That one day, Ish Smith would make a three-pointer. I had a dream. See, boys and girls. Dreams do come true. Smith notched his first double-dub of the season and knocked down his first three-pointer in 25 games.

Andre Drummond:

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 3 10 5 3 1 2 0 1/7 1/2

The sparkle from Dwight’s teeth was blinding! Maybe it was the two heads that Dwight has as shoulders that contributed to the poor shooting night for Dre. Three heads equals three mouths which would be a lot of trash talking. Plus, it would be comically distracting to see/hear two heads as shoulders talking.

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 3 0 1 2 3/5 7/13 3/4

Has scored at least 20 points in four of the past five games. He’s had fewer than 10 shot attempts in a game just two times all season. While he won’t go nuts in the periphery categories, he shoots a high percentage and doesn’t turn the ball over. Top 50 player for fantasy right now.

Reggie Bullock:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 4 1 3 0 1 4/8 8/13 0

Played 35 minutes. It seems that SVG has finally had enough Johnson, as Stanley was a DNP-CD. He’s flipped and is enjoying some Bullock now. Does he sit at his desk and wonder why the T’s haven’t been crossed? Bullock is a good shooter and will get his 211 on. Per 36, you could expect around 3 boards and 1.5 assists.

Enes Kanter:

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5 4 2 0 1 0 0 2/4 1/2

Played nine minutes. Was Recep Tayyip Erdogan a guest in James Dolan’s box? What else could it be?

Kyle O’Quinn:

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 11 7 3 0 2 1 0 4/4 3/6

Played 23 minutes. Per 36, O’Quinn is a freaking monster. 14.6 points, 12.6 boards, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 blocks. Unfortunately, we have no idea what Hornacek will do with his center rotation.

Willy Hernangomez:

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 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 1/1 1/2

Holy f’ing shit balls! Played six minutes. Hornaceck must’ve had a dream last night….one in which Willy wasn’t having relations with his daughter.

Frank Ntilikina:

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 10 7 10 1 2 2 2/3 3/6 2/2

Played 29 minutes while New Jack City played 13 minutes.

I hope….

Michael Beasley:

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 23 10 2 0 2 3 1/1 10/18 2/3

Played 29 minutes. Has been playing at power forward alongside Porzingis, which would explain some of the center conundrum for the Knicks. When he plays, he balls out. Unfortunately, he’s tough to count on, as his minutes widly fluctuate. In his past four games: 29, 9, 16, and 39 minutes.

Ron Baker:

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 5 4 1 3 0 0 1/3 2/4 0

Played 26 minutes. Was it Ron Baker Day and someone forgot to tell me? Still don’t understand why he even plays at all, but props to him. Maybe Hornaceck views him as a potential son-in-law?

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 3 1 0 1 2/5 6/13 8/9

Played 30 minutes and led the Nets in scoring. It’s always the season with DeMarre. Fa la la la la. He won’t ever win a week for you, but he gives a little something something across the board. What a guy.

Caris LeVert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 7 1 1 0 3 3/5 8/20 1/2

Played 30 minutes and led the team with 20 shot attempts. Out of all the guards on the Nets, LeVert is the one I want. He can drive, shoot from outside, and most importantly, gets to feast on second units. His usage rate the past 10 games: 33.6, 25.8, 26.2, 24.5, 24.6, 34.1, 22.6, 24.1, 27.3, and 20.8.

Hassan Whiteside:

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9 8 1 0 2 2 0 3/7 3/3

Played 20 minutes. Robin Lopez was on the other side, so it’s understandable. See that cluster of missles in the sky? They were launched from Sarcasm, USA. It’s disconcerting that Whiteside often sits in the fourth quarter of meaningful games. Regardless, he is still a nightly double-dub threat and will get his block on regardless.

Justin Holiday:

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 25 4 2 1 1 1 7/11 8/15 2/2

Started at small forward and played 35 minutes. There were concerns that the return of Lavine would relegate Holiday to the bench. Concerns denied. Now, the shot attempts are something to keep an eye on, though. He had 15 yesterday and I’d expect him to get over 10 a game, but you never know how these things play out. Keep an eye on things, like “old lady with the neighborhood watch sticker on house” eye.

Denzel Valentine played 28 minutes off the bench. The biggest loser from the return of Lavine is David Nwaba, as he only received 13 minutes of run.

Zach LaVine:

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 18 5 5 2 0 1 2/4 7/12 2/3

Only played 20 minutes but had a 33.1 usage rate! In two games back from injury, LaVine has played 20 and 19 minutes a game. I think the Bulls will keep him at that level for a while. Maybe ramp him up to the mid-20s down the road. It’s early, but I may have been wrong on LaVine. I’m usually hesitant to buy in on players right after injury. With that said, he’s looked really good, but I’d be cautious in expecting numbers anywhere close to last year. Next year? More than likely, but let’s get through this year first.

Kris Dunn:

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6 2 10 1 0 2 0/1 3/11 0

Played 33 minutes. Outside of Nwaba, the biggest loser from the return of LaVine may be Dunn. His usage has slipped to 17.6%. Now, it’s only been two games but it’s something to keep an eye on. With that said, he still has a high floor due to his defensive prowess and ability to contribute in the periphery categories, so he’s far from Dunn.

Nikola Mirotic:

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 18 5 1 0 1 1 3/10 4/11 7/7

Per 36, Mirotic is at 25 points and 10 boards. Too bad he only plays around 22 minutes a game. He’s the main scorer off the bench and he had a 28 usage rate yesterday. I wonder how he will perform on a different team….unless he and Portis are traded together. If he’s traded a la carte, how could he replicate the motivation Portis provides? “Yo, Nikola. You better ball the F out tonight or I’m gonna F you up.”

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 11 3 1 1 2 1/2 11/21 2/3

With no Kawhi Leonard on the floor, LMA has a 31.5 usage rate. That is no laughing matter.

Danny Green:

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 11 2 3 2 1 0 3/6 4/7 0

Was his second game back from injury and played 28 minutes. Green is inconsistent, but he can get hot and provide threes, some boards, and an assist, block, and steal per game. Green is often the color the money, but remember that’s not always the case.

Manu Ginobili only played five minutes due to a thigh contusion. Hmmm, funny how that happens now that Green is back.

Davis Bertans:

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

Played 24 minutes. The range of outcomes is so wide for Bertans. He could get 17 minutes and shoot two times or play 31 minutes and go 11-for-15 from the field and score 28 points. Bertans is a big man that can shoot the three, so he’s someone to keep an eye, especially during those Spurs Siestas.

Dennis Schroder:

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 26 5 7 1 0 5 1/4 10/20 5/6

Dennis was definitely a menace for the Spurs, as he led the Hawks to a 102-99 victory. He’s a fringe Top 50 fantasy player who will contribute in everything but blocks. Wouldn’t that make him a gentleman instead of a menace?

Dewayne Dedmon:

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12 10 2 1 0 1 1/3 4/8 3/3

Played 26 minutes and notched his first double-dub since returning from injury. Don’t sleep on Dewayne and be a Dedmon, as he is a nightly double-dub threat, will get his block on, and shoots well from the free throw line (74%), the field (58%), and even from downtown (41%).

Ersan Ilyasova:

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20 5 0 0 0 1 2/4 9/15 0

Which would you choose? Peaks and valleys or a predictable line? Well, if you’re in the hospital, you better hope that machine is showing peaks and valleys. If you’re logged into your Etrade account, a predictable line would be best for the heart…..unless it’s going straight down. For fantasy? We don’t like peaks and valleys, which is what Ilyasova provides. He will shoot 15 times and score 20 points one night, then put up 6 shots the next game and score 6 points. If you want to feel alive, I guess Ilyasova is your guy.

John Collins:

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12 8 1 1 0 1 0/1 5/8 2/2

Played 22 minutes, which is a good sight to see, as he had received 15, 17, and 8 minutes of run the prior three games. I had high hopes for Collins, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to get enough run to make an impact. An Ilyasova trade would change all of that, though. There have been some rumors that the Hawks would accept a second-round pick for him, so there’s hope.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 20 6 0 2 3 0 9/23 9/15

G’s first 20/20 game of the season. ABC is easy as 1-2-3. You know who knew it’d be easy? Stocktonator knew. Stocktonator always knows.

Khris Middleton:

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 19 6 4 3 1 4 0/1 9/16 1/4

I want a check on Khris’ birth certificate. Are we sure it doesn’t say Eddy? As in Steady Eddy Middleton? Remember what I was saying in the Ilyasova blurb? If you don’t, you better go to the sauna and sweat out all that THC in your brain. Well, Middleton is the straight line. Not going down or flat lining. A line that just hovers in the Top 50 area for fantasy.

Eric Bledsoe:

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 23 4 3 4 0 3 3/5 8/15 4/4

Everytime I watch Bledsoe play, I just think that he’d be an awesome running back in the NFL. Am I tripping? Anyways, a career-high 2.1 steals!

Only three players scored in double figures for the Wizards: John Wall (27), Bradley Beal (19), and…..

Kelly Oubre Jr.:

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19 5 0 0 1 2 3/5 5/9 6/7

Played 35 minutes. Oubre has scored in double figures each of the past five games. He’s played 35, 29, 29, 25, and 31 minutes during that span. Coinkidink? Me thinks not.

The front court shituation reared it’s ugly, stinky head for Toronto again. Jonas Valanciunas played 14 minutes, Pascal Siakam played 29 minutes, Serge Ibaka played 17 minutes, and Jakob Poeltl played 27 minutes. It’s Dwayne Casey’s world and we are just living in it.

Delon Wright:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 1 1 0 0 5/6 7/11 1/2

Played 20 minutes. With Kyle Lowry back, he will probably get no more than 20 minutes a game. With that said, he has the ability to explode offensively any night and does contribute across the board, so the floor is relatively high for a guy off the bench.

Joel Embiid:

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 34 11 3 0 1 7 1/5 11/21 11/14

It wasn’t Dwayne Casey that turned the Toronto front court into a shituation. It was all Embiid’s fault! It was as if Embiid whispered in each of their ears, “Are you going to sex Embiid tonigt?” Predictably, they all said no and scurried away. Which is exactly how it transpired on the court. Therefore, can my theory be completely dismissed? I think not.

Ben Simmons shot 5-of-10. So did JJ Redick.

Dario Saric shot 3-of-10. So did Robert Covington.

The Sixers are taking this team work thing to another level.

TJ McConnell:

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18 6 8 3 1 2 1/3 8/13 1/2

Played 32 minutes. I can totally picture TJ running the Rocky steps every morning. Without the hoodie, of course, because that would cover up his beautiful hair. At the top of the steps, he lifts both arms into the air and screams, “I shall not be denied!!!” You keep doing your thing, TJ.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope:

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27 7 3 2 0 3 6/10 8/16 5/5

Got the start at small forward and played 33 minutes. If you read Tony’s RCL recap, you would be the proud owner of  KCP. If you haven’t been reading Tony’s RCL recap, you must not be able to read. That is the only explanation that I could fathom.

With Lonzo Ball down with a minor knee sprain, Tyler Ennis got the start at point guard with Josh Hart getting the knod at shooting guard.

Tyler Ennis:

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

Even though he received the start, Ennis only played 17 minutes.

Josh Hart:

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 16 3 1 1 1 0 2/6 5/10 4/4

Love Hart. Played 32 minutes. Can shoot and get physical.

Jordan Clarkson:

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9 2 4 0 0 2 0/2 2/13 5/6

Played 17 minutes. Clarkson was the Microwave for the Lakers earlier in the season. Now, he is just a conventional oven that is soon to be placed outside for a garage sale.

Gary Payton II played 12 minutes, while Alex Caruso played 13 minutes. We got ourselves another shituation here. I do like Caruso. Can shoot, handle playmaking responsibilities, and has some moxy to his game. With that said, he just won’t get enough run.

Kyle Kuzma:

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18 7 5 2 0 3 4/8 6/16 2/2

Played 29 minutes. What’s really encouraging to see is that Kuzma is beginning to show all aspects of his game. Since the start of the year, he’s averaging close to 1 steal and 1 block per game (8 games). Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzma.

Larry Nance Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 0 3 3 2 0 6/9 3/4

That’s what I’ve been talking about. Actually, that’s what I’ve been dreaming about. I had a dream. That one day Nance would double-double and get his 211 and block on. I had a dream. That one day Nance would get 30 minutes of run and be the center for the Lakers. Ok, still dreaming, but it’s not that far removed from reality. I don’t think Nance will become the starter any time soon, as Walton still insists on playing Brook Lopez at center and Julius Randle is still in the mix. With that said, I will continue to dream.

Dillon Brooks:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 2 0 0 2 4/5 6/8 3/4

Played 27 minutes. Brooks has been so meh since his 19-point opening day performance. He starts and gets minutes, but he doesn’t hoist up enough shots or contribute in the periphery categories to be of much value.

Tyreke Evans almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 9 12 1 0 2 1/4 7/15 0

So, the owners of Tyreke have probably been looking to sell if they could. There have just been no buyers. At some point, though, Tyreke owners will refuse to sell and buyers will pop up. Have we transitioned to that point?

Willie Cauley-Stein:

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15 7 3 3 0 4 0/1 6/13 3/6

Played 40 minutes! Yes! Free Willie!

Skal Labissiere:

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 7 7 1 1 0 1 0/3 3/10 1/5

Got the start at power forward and played 28 minutes. Terrible shooting night for Skal, but maybe that will get him more playing time, since it’s basically Bizarro world in Sacramento. It’s tough to trust Skal. Zach Randolph was a DNP-CD, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he got 30 minutes of run next game, pushing Skal back to the bench. Like I said, Bizarro world.

The only thing I care about in Sacramanto is the Trading Places bet between Vivek and Vlade.

Buddy Hield:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 4 0 0 0 0/5 6/15 4/4

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

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13 5 2 2 0 1 3/7 4/13 2/2

I think this is the only thing that Vivek and Vlade care about as well.

Russell Westbrook almost messed around.

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19 16 9 1 0 10  0/1 8/14 3/7

10 turnovers! Awesome if I’m high in a pastry store. Not good for a basketball player. 3-of-7 from the free throw line? Maybe RW was high and really was in a pastry store. Anyways, the crazy thing is almost one year to the day (January 13, 2017), Russ did mess around: 21 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds…..with 10 turnovers. Maybe it has something to do with the new year and resolutions. Turnover a new leaf to leave the past in the past? Or something like that?

Steven Adams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 13 3 0 1 2 0 5/11 3/12

13 points. 13 rebounds. 3 assists. 1 block. 2 turnovers. 3-of-12 from the free throw. Numerologists across the world just ejaculated in unison. Maybe it’s a sign of the Illuminati. Maybe there was an agent of the Illuminati standing underneath the basket where Adams was shooting free throws with a picture of his family making the throat-cutting gesture.

Carmelo Anthony:

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 20 9 1 0 2 1 4/11 7/19 2/2

Melo led the Thunder in scoring, but also in shot attempts. Even Kobe was like, “Chill bro.”

Draymond Green almost messed around.

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 11 16 9 0 2 3 0/5 5/14 1/2

Draymond is making me think that all money is indeed Green.

With no Zaza Pachulia, Jordan Bell got the start at center.

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

Only played 14 minutes. Why do I get the feeling that the Warriors are sand bagging it with Bell? Only to unleash the beast in the playoffs.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points. Steph Curry scored 23 points. Klay Thompson scored 17 points. Blah. Blah. Blah. Good. Blah. Blah Blah. Awesome. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 1 4 0 0 1 1/7 8/21 2/2

Played 32 minutes. Hmmmph. Screw the ramping him up business. This will either get him up to speed faster or cause him to break. Why is Dolph Lundgren in my head whispering, “I will break him.”

Thaddeus Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 4 2 0 2 2 3/4 7/10 0

Played 36 minutes. Young has now scored double figures in five straight games. How does he only shoot 58% from the free throw line, though? What’s the equivalent of that in the real world? An optometrist that can’t read the letter chart? A truck driver that can’t open the doors to the cargo bay? A doctor that can’t insert the knobs of the stethoscope into his/her ears?

With Myles Turner still out, Domantas Sabonis got another start at center and played 25 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 8 4 0 0 4 0 6/13 3/3

Arvydas lives! I wonder how the real Domantas enjoys chilling in Arvydas’ body. Lots of drinking I imagine.

Victor Oladipo:

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28 6 6 2 0 1 5/8 9/16 5/6

Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho!

Joe Ingles:

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0 0 1 1 0 2 0/1 0/1 0

Played 20 minutes. Oh so close to the elusive binary code line.

Derrick Favors got the start at center and played 29 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 7 0 3 2 2 0/1 8/12 0/1

Favors had like 10 points in the first quarter. You do the math.

Jonas Jerebko got the start at power forward and played 22 minutes.

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

He kind of sucks, although he will drain the occassional three.

Donovan Mitchell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 2 2 2 0 1 2/8 8/16 5/5

My baby boo. He is so damn good, that I feel like a fool. For ranking him so low in the queue. They should lock me up in the zoo. And force me to stew. Then bid adieu.

Royce O’Neale:

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

Played 21 minutes. The rookie is carving out a nice little niche for himself. He had a 22.7 usage rate last night and has played 21, 19, and 14 minutes the past three games. The coaching staff seems to like him so keep an eye on his minutes going forward.

Chris Paul:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 7 0 1 1 3/10 8/17 0

I’m kind of surprised that Paul didn’t have a bigger game, considering Milos Teodosic was guarding him and getting abused. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Regardless, the Clips beat the Rockets 113-102 in Paul’s “homecoming.” The Clippers were not good neighbors.

Eric Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 3 0 0 3 3/9 7/21 2/2

Played 34 minutes and led the team in shot attempts. Since the start of the new year (7 games), Gordon is averaging 6 assists, 3.8 boards, and 1.3 steals. An interesting development, considering he’s been known as a 3 & D player, without the D. I don’t think he sustains that production, especially when James Harden returns, but if he does, then his value obviously Rockets up. How fitting.

Gerald Green:

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

Played 24 minutes. It’s going to be interesting to see how things play out when Harden returns. Until then, enjoy the ride.

Blake Griffin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 29 10 6 1 0 5 0/4 11/22 7/8

Blake…..I mean Lake Griffin had been struggling, as he had shot under 38% in the prior two games. Then, People Magazine wrote that his romance with Kenall Jenner was “cooling off.” Coinkidink? Me thinks not.

With no DeAndre Jordan, Willie Reed got the start at center and played 10 minutes.

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

Thanks for playing. See that squadron of jet fighters? They were launced from the USS Sarcasm.

Montrezl Harrell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 6 2 0 2 3 0 4/7 2/3

Played 32 minutes. It’s not how you start, but how you finish. Wiser words have never been written.

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 3 9 0 1 1 4/8 12/19 3/4

Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou.

That is the greatest honor one can bestow. No hyperbole. Just a simple chant of the name. That’s when you know you’ve made it. I have a dream. That one day I shall hear or read “Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon.”

  1. John says:
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    Would you pick Dedmon over one of these guys – Saric, Barton and Okafor?

    Also, would you pick either Millsap or Parker at this early?

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      @John:

      I’d wait for Son to chime in here,

      But i’m bored, so I’ll say go add Dedmon now for Okafor.

      And the Millsap / Parker question would depend on your team & standings.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: Over Okafor for sure. As for the other two, depends on team construction.

      If you have an IR spot, sure. If you don’t, Parker should be back sooner

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @John: If you have the space and/or IR spot, both parker and millsap are worth an add. Especially if you seem like a playoff lock in a H2H or you are way up in a roto league (or I guess desperate in a roto league). You should get 20-30 games out of parker and millsap I think.

      Dedmon over Okafor (nets have too many big men and the minutes aren’t there)…I would keep saric and barton in most situations because of scoring potential. Also, Dedmon could be a trade target to open minutes for collins and Dedmon loses all value in almost any trade scenario

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayyyyyyyyyo!

    Wtup Son son !? Good read.

    I like that Frenchise sighting man.

    Wanted to let you know I finally rid myself of Okafor. Grabbed Nance..

    Over it.

    Got a big trade offer coming in, let me know what you think.

    His KAT & ______ WCS/JJ/Miro (one of the 3)

    For my Love & Gobert (Feel like i’d be giving a lot)

    I have no problem staying put, but the chance to get KAT got me thinking..

    My squad – 12 team – H2H

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

    Also do you see anywhere I should add Frenchise ? I personally want to see it again..

    My drop candidates would be Skal, Nance, Lyles (who are all playing well in my books)

    Thanks bruh !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!!!

      I’m good with the Okafor move. I also like the KAT trade for you. As for Frenchise, I’d probably drop Skal out of the three

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        So he’s being firm on his throw in with KAT..

        It would be KAT & JJ for my Love & Gobert

        I wanted him to throw in WCS…. Would you pull this trigger ?

        Also regarding Skal – Not sure if you saw the Kings update yesterday.. ?

        The coach is going to rest 2 veterans every game going forward.

        • Brent

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          @Mr. Blast: As a B level contributor to the site, my opinion is go for KAT. You are getting the arguably best fantasy player for a couple of 2nd rounders. Double check JJ’s injury, but either way, you’re getting the best player and 99% of the time that’s the winning side of a trade.

        • Brent

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          @Mr. Blast: Skal has potential, but I like Lyles and Nance too. So if you really need a PG and want to go for Frenchise, then Skal is the drop. Maybe weigh the decision based on how your team looks like after the KAT trade? Maybe losing the Gobert boards/blocks and Love Boards you’ll want to hang onto the 3 big men and hope one of them hits hard, then you’re barely giving up anything in the trade.

        • Son

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          @Mr. Blast: Yeah. You’re getting the best player in the deal. I did see the Kings update yesterday. I just have no faith in a team that doesn’t even know what they are doing.

    • Brent

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      @Mr. Blast: If TJ McConnell is available, and you do the KAT trade, take a look at adding him for assists/steals if that’s what you need. If JJ is out for a while, McConnell will contribute, and he’s actually putting up Top 100 numbers anyway.

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Brent:

        @Son:

        Thanks a lot fellas!

        I appreciate you jumping in here Brent.

        Just want to clarify, when I say JJ, I mean James Johnson

        Not sure if you thought I meant JJ Redick.

        Anyways really leaning towards pulling this trigger.

        He’s firm on throwing in Johnson.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Anytime! Brent is the man! Anyone with a Psycho Kurt Rambis avatar is a-ok in my book.

          I’ve always been a JJ guy so….

  3. Bob says:
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    Hi,
    Would you ppease rank these forwards?
    Warren,covington,rhj,ariza,porter

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Porter, Covington, Ariza, Warren, RHJ

      • Bob says:
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        @Son: thanks son,
        Would you trade rhj for payton?

        • Son

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          Anytime. Depends on team context. If you need assists, sure. I’m not a big Payton guy though

          • Miel says:
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            @Son: i see. Not really in that much need. My team is pretty balance. Somebody just offered and just getting ur thought for it.

            • Son

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              @Miel: Got it

        • Brent

          Brent says:
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          @Bob: Just like Son said. If you really need assists, that’s a good deal because it seems like you have a glut of wing guys.

          or, if you have someone to drop, take a look at TJ McConnell if he’s available.

          Since you didn’t ask me, here’s my rankings:

          Porter, Covington, Ariza, Warren, RHJ (lots of help huh?)

          • Miel says:
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            @Brent: thanks. Appreciate having lots of help here.

          • Miel says:
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            @Son: @Brent: Hi,
            Playoffs is near and wanting to get Millsap and jabari before anyone beats me to it. I currently have the number 1 spot and think i could hold a spot until the playoffs while having them as i have also drafted millsap high at the start of season.
            9cat 10 team league and my team looks like this. What do u think?

            Curry, cp3, dmitch,harris,murray,lee
            Porter,robcov,rhj,jj
            Whiteside,horford,nurk

  4. relantakeitez says:
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    Sup Yo! Struggling with 3’s.

    Fringe Haves: Korver,New Jack City,Beasley, Okafor

    Available:Bertans, Danny Green, Teodosic.

    Also, would you move Drummond for Oladipo?

    Thanks SON!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @relantakeitez: Sup! I’d swap out New Jack City for Teodosic.

      As for Drummond, depends on roster construction. If you have surplus big men, then sure.

      • Relaxntakeitez says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks!

        I’ve got Boogie/Draymond/Valanciunas as well. Plus Giannis gives big man stats.

  5. HAL 9000 says:
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    My Davis+A.Bradley+Smith Jr+Kuzma+Tyus for his B.Beal+Jrue Holiday+Lou+Porter+McCollum?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @HAL 9000: In a vacuum, I’d pass but it’s very intriguing.

  6. Ben says:
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    Would you rather have Reddick or Tyreke ROS? 3s and blocks are my biggest needs, but could generally use a boost across the board. Tyreke has been awesome, but worried what happens when Conley comes back. Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: Tyreke. I’m not too worried about the return of Conley. My only concern is injury.

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: Thanks Son. Do you like Avery Bradley or Tyreke ROS? How about as a keeper?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: Gotta go with Tyreke for both. More upside but lower floor

          • Ben says:
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            @Son: Thanks Son.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Ben: Anytime!

  7. Chilly says:
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    No Tyrone Wallace love? Avg nearly 1/1/1 in the early going and looks great with his off hand around the hoop. Thoughts on his PT moving forward?

    • Son

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      @Chilly: My bad. So many games. So many players. And the Clips game was the last one of a long day. You’re right, though. Wallace deserves love. Doc loves him for his energy and D and he’s getting a ton of run. He should be good to go until Gallo returns.

  8. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Thj is doing well on his return. You think it might have a huge impact on lee’s value?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, it’s going to impact him for sure. THJ sucks up usage and minutes. With that said, Lee should still see around 10 shots per game and continue to chip in with the periphery stats.

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: thanks.. i think i’ll drop him for jabari/millsap. I’m currently number 1 in our league so i think i could afford holding on one of them.

        • Son

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          Sounds good. Good luck

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    The lead on Bron got me thinking…

    What do you think of my Cousins and RHJ for his Bron?

    Is Nurk an add over Aminu or Hood?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: If you need assists, then sure. In a vacuum, I think I side with the Cousins/RHJ side though. I usually put a premium on big men. Which segues nicely to the Nurk point. In a vacuum, prefer him over Aminu or Hood.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: yaaa the premium on big men is a good point. What if I expanded upon this then…

        My Cousins, RHJ/Teague/ Collison for his Bron and Joker? Now, I would choose Cousins and two of the three. Just not sure he would go for it. Also, the real reason I’m doing this is to condense and clear up a roster spot in a shallower league.

        • Son

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          @miles proudfoot: I would love that, but like you said, not sure why the other owner would do that

  10. RICE says:
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    Hey Son!

    I’m feeling a bit guard heavy. If you were me, would you give Teague and Ibaka for Aldridge?

    C. Paul
    Teague
    Rondo
    Fox
    Oladipo
    LaVine
    J. Murray
    R. Covington
    A. Gordon
    Ibaka
    Whiteside
    Dedmon

    • Son

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      @RICE: For sure

  11. Purdman says:
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    Ron Baker always makes a positive impact when he is on the court. The backcourt of Ntilikina and Baker is extremely feisty on defense, and Baker is usually aggressive on offense and makes things happen. Have you watched him play?

    • Son

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      @Purdman: Ha! I hear you. He is feisty, no doubt. I’ve watched him play a bit, but everytime I’ve watched him play, I wonder why he’s on the court. With that said, it sounds like you watch him more than me, so I will defer to you. You a Knicks fan?

  12. J says:
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    Would you be interested in swapping my Tatum for their Batum? Feels like Batum could have a good second half and Tatum could hit rookie wall at some point

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: I think Batum is a goood buy low but I’d rather have Tatum.

      • J says:
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        @Son: hm yeah kind of mediocre tonight, seems like his minutes are down, could be related to his knee soreness but somehow not feeling great about his second half. Might just do the swap, gotta go with the gut!

        • Son

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          @J: For sure. Always go with your gut! I’m a believer in that

  13. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    18m/9c

    PG1 Mitchell
    PG2 Rubio
    SG1 Butler
    SF1 Leonard
    SF2 Young
    SF3 Johnson
    PF1 Gordon
    PF2 Hollis-Jefferson
    C1 Capela
    C2 Dedmon

    Dedmon has been on a steady rise since returning from a lengthy absence, however, we all know what happens when teams start embracing the tank mode and prioritize the development of their youngins–will Dedmon concede mins to Collins? Or is there a chance that he’s the one traded out of Atlanta? Should we flip him?? Ha!

    An owner is so pissed at Porter that he wanted an Agordon-Porter swap. I just hate Orlando’s playoff schedule so even though AG has been great, and his 2nd half looks to be more promising, I wouldn’t mind moving him for a player with a better playoff schedule. However, with how loaded with forwards my team already is, moving AG for a top 30ish guard like CJ or Jrue i think is the better idea. But Porter is still enticing tho, your thoughts on him? I like him still. Ha! I’m thinking also of doing that Porter AG swap now, and then just flip Porter for CJ before the trade deadline. Lol

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! I thought the ultimate plan was to get CJ from the get go? Go get your boy!!!! As for Dedmon, I think he gets traded.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        True! I’ll get him. Hah Thanks buddy.

        Ugh, yea, he might be. I’ll try to move him for Collins. Ha

        • Son

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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Anytime! I don’t know if you need to trade Dedmon. He could end up in a better situation. Not saying he will, but it’s possible.

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            Oooh, I like that idea, Son! Sure, I’ll hold.

            Your thoughts on Rickybobby? Will Utah trade him, or should I just accept the fact that this is a lost season for us Rubio owners? Lol

            • Son

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              @I just wanna Kawhi: I don’t think they trade Ricky. Just bow down and pay homage to Donovan Mitchell. Build the shrine and sacrifice some virgins so that he may show mercy upon you

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I just wanna Kawhi with you my man!!! Out indefinitely…..

  14. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son. Pau, Kuzma, Ish, or Brandon Ingram in a head to head points league? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: Ingram

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