Welcome back everybody to the Friday NBA Daily Notes! Hopefully, I don’t hit the Sophomore slump, but let’s be honest; it’s going to be tough to top my first article. Only seven games last night, but there were some good ones with the Wolves topping OKC 119-116 and the Warriors beating the Wizards 120-117, both on national television. Without further ado, here’s what I saw on Friday in the NBA:
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Karl-Anthony Towns – 33-19-0-0-4-1 on 50% shooting and 8-of-9 from the stripe, in probably the line of the night. The Big KAT made OKC his Fancy Feast as the Wolves beat the Thunder in Minneapolis. Zero assists though, what a ball hog!
Nikola Jokic – 18-15-5-1-0-2 on 8-of-16 shooting. A solid double-double against the Hawks. Pretty, pretty, pretty, prettay good. He’s had kind of a slow start to the season, but it’s looking like owners won’t have to curb their enthusiasm for too much longer. See what I did there?
Will Barton – 18-6-3-2-0-5 on 8-for-17 and two 3’s. Nice game from Will the Thrill, if you can stomach the five TOs. Another one of those players who can put up big numbers, but will hurt you in some way on almost every night.
Emmanuel Mudiay – Had 16 points and four dimes, and shot 6-for-6 from the line with a not that bad 40% FG. Maybe the most important thing was the 28 minutes, tying his season high. I think he’s wildly inconsistent on a team that has to spread out their minutes aaaand I’ve talked myself out of picking him up.
Taurean Prince – 19-7-3-2-0-4 three 3’s on 8-for-14 shooting. Two weeks in a row I’m mentioning this guy. What a draft day steal. Still only 54% owned in Yahoo leagues. I don’t know what you’re waiting for, you 46 percent; the Hawks are terrible and have no reason not to give him big minutes.
Dewayne Dedmon – 13 points and 10 boards on 4-of-9 shooting, 4-for-4 FTs, and chipped in a 3 and a block. I guess the recent strong play from John Collins and Mike Muscala was just what the Hawks needed to wake up D. Ded! Halloween’s coming.
John Collins – Six points, eight boards, and literally nothing else in 14 uninspiring minutes. Might want a Tom Collins or two after this one…On a side note, who the hell drinks those? I had one in Atlantic City once, and I’ve got to say, no idea what I was drinking, but it was pretty good. You’re not getting tidbits like this on Rotoworld!
James Harden – 27-10-11-1-0-5 Trip-dub alert! Although this is pretty standard for him…
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – 41 minutes of 12-8-2-2-3-2 with two 3’s for the rainbow line. I don’t think there’s a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but it looks like he’s getting a lot of run while Ariza’s out. Wham bam, thank you L.R. MaM!
Jeremy Lamb – 20 points, three 3’s, a steal, and a block. Pretty solid line for him and may be worth a temporary roster spot until Batum returns. In the same game, Kemba Walker had 26 and Dwight Howard went for 19 points and 16 boards, but absolutely murdered your FT% shooting, 5-for-15 from the stripe.
LaMarcus Aldridge – 24 points, 11 boards, 5-of-5 FTs, and chipped in a block and a three-pointer. Prime sell-high candidate, but LMA’s got nothing on L.R. MaM
Evan Fournier – 25 points and five 3’s. The Frenchman couldn’t miss last night going 10-for-12 from the field and has had an amazing start to the season. How do you say breakout candidate in French? Stocktonator needs no translation, and likes Fournier his next time out @CHA on Sunday.
In the same game that probably no one watched, Jonathon Simmons had 17 points off the bench as (Am I reading this right?) the Magic blew out the Spurs.
Kristaps Porzingis – 30-9-0-1-3-0 with one 3-pointer. Absolutely dominated the nonexistent Nets defense in a game where I really had high hopes that the Nets would pull off the W.
Frank Ntilikina – I had to put my face about two inched from my laptop screen to make sure I spelled that correctly. Who put that t there? Frank the Ntank had nine points and five assists in his MSG debut, and it was good to see him out there. He should take over the starting job eventually and makes for a somewhat interesting stash.
Looking at the box score, no one on the Nets really had a good game except Spencer Dinwiddie, who had four points and 11 assists in 22 minutes off the bench.
Jimmy Butler – 25-5-7-0-0-1 on 70% shooting and 11-of-13 FTs. Jimmy got it going Friday night after a slow start to the season. Hopefully, you didn’t sell low…
Gorgui Dieng – Yeah, I think it’s safe to drop him…
Steven Adams – 20 points and eight boards in a nice game for him. The Thunder Big 3 all had pretty solid games, but their lack of depth is really going to hold them back. With big names like Jerami Grant, Raymond Felton, and who could forget Josh Huestis coming off the bench, it’s shocking that this team is 2-3 on the year!
Kyle Lowry – Triple-doubled, but couldn’t shoot the ball hitting just 4-for-14 of his shots for 11-10-12-2-0-1 with three 3’s. You’ll take it though. DeMar DeRozan also had 24 points and a pretty full stat line.
OG Anunoby – Shout out to this guy’s parents for naming him OG.
Lonzo Ball – Ball Watch! Everyone is keeping their eye on The Ball it seems, as the NBA’s most intriguing player went…ugh 5-6-7-2-0-4 on 2-of-7 shooting. He’ll be up and down on the season as he works on his jump shot.
Kyle Kuzma – 15 points, 10 boards, and chipped in one 3-pointer. Kuzma Daddy!
Brook Lopez – 13-5-2-1-3-3 in a decent line with the blocks, but has been slightly disappointing on the season. Not sure if he’s a buy-low or this is just the new norm for him, but it might be worth the gamble to throw some offers out there. He hasn’t been that bad.
Otto Porter – Huge game for fantasy owners with 29-10-2-1-1-0 with seven 3’s. No manual for the Wizards, strictly Otto-matic. “You like that!”-Kirk Cousins. Wizards lost a close game, but none of you care about that. God the Warriors are stacked…
Kelly Oubre Jr. – 19-8-0-2-2-1 and four 3’s in 39 minutes and is making a decent case for minutes even when Markieff Morris returns. Just missed the rainbow line if he could have dished out two measly assists. Selfish! Stocktonator likes his next start at SAC so I’d get him in your lineups.
Kevin Durant – 31 points and a monster line. If you have him, you know already, and if you don’t, you’re probably not going to get him.
Draymond Green – got ejected before halftime, but still got you tree blocks and six assists before exiting after a fight with Bradley Beal. Draymond barely did anything after being fish-hooked by Beal, but he already had a technical from earlier in the game. Just the joys of owning Draymond on your fantasy squad… Maybe a buy-low for frustrated owners. Curry and Klay had semi-quiet nights and they still pulled off the W against a good team.
That about wraps it up. Drop me any questions in the comments section!