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Being in the middle is…..

Bad for a sports team, as perpetual mediocrity permeates. No chance at the trophy and no possibility to draft a franchise-changing player. Bad if you are a piece of lettuce or meat between two slices of bread. I guess everything in that situation sucks as they all get eaten. Bad if you’re an avid surfer that lives in Nebraska. There’s good, though. You ain’t poor. Malcolm did alright. You’ll never be first or last. In the NBA, being a part of the bourgeoisie is great. You’re not the worst of the 1% of the ballers on the planet. But, imagine if you are a part of the 1% of the 1%? Kyrie Irving doesn’t have to imagine because he’s living the dream. Yesterday, he went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 40 7 5 0 1 1 5/7 14/23 7/8

The Celtics lost to the Magic, 103-95. That should’ve been grounds for automatic disqualification from being the lede, but….a 40-burger is a 40-burger. You drop one of those and you’re always going to be a contender. Now, it’s felt like Kyrie has been a relatively quiet member of the fantasy elite, as he hasn’t been messing around or going nuts on a nightly basis. He’s the 14th player for fantasy and his numbers are almost identical to last year. Imagine if he was on a shitty team that didn’t play any defense? Stocktonator loved him yesterday. Stocktonator knows all.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

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Aaron Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 13 4 0 0 2 0/3 5/17 1/2

The Commissioner continues to employ the “best defense is a good offense” strategy. The military-industrial complex kindly thanks him. He reminds me so much of Lake Griffin. Can score, shoot 3s, and grab boards. Neither will get their block on, which is crazy because they are both insane athletes. The only difference between Lake and Aaron is that the B was already missing from Gordon’s name.

Evan Fournier:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 3 3 1 1 2 3/6 8/19 0

Since returning from injury, Fournier has scored double figures in 12 straight games. Evian is so pure and refreshing. Plays mid-30s minutes and will hoist up 15 shots per game.

Bizmack Biyombo:

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

Started at center but only played 21 minutes. Bizmack Biyombo Bench.

Elfrid Payton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 6 2 1 0 1 0/1 9/16 4/6

Back-to-back good games for Elf. Shot 9-of-17 in the prior game. Elf has the potential to mess around any game. Unfortunately, he’s inconsistent and could put up five shots in any game as well.

Marreese Speights:

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

I just wanted to give a shout out to Speights. It’s so hilarious watching him play, as he is truly the Black Hole. Once he gets the ball, he’s jacking it up. No. Matter. What.

Khem Birch:

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

Played 17 minutes and has entrenched himself into the rotation. Something to keep in mind, which I probably should’ve written in the Gordon blurb, is that Vogel went small for an extended period of time with Gordon at center.

Shelvin Mack played 25 minutes, while DJ Augustin played 14 minutes. Both scored 10 points. Something to keep in…..You’re right. Useless information.

Al Horford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 5 6 1 1 0 1/2 4/11 0

Has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season. He’s played in 42 games. Yet, he’s still a top 35 player for fantasy. Love and marriage….love and marriage….

Jayson Tatum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 10 1 1 1 2 1/4 4/11 0

Tatum’s been struggling a bit as of late. With that said, I’m not too worried. Channing on the other hand? Jayson is contributing across the board, playing 30 minutes a game, and still hoisting up 11 shots per contest.

Jaylen Brown:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 7 1 0 1 4 1/3 7/12 2/2

I may have been wrong about my “next Kawhi” talk. JB is waaaaaay too flashy and talks too much.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 5 3 1 0 1 2/7 6/15 2/2

Since returning from injury, Carroll has played in five games, received 31.1 minutes of run, scored 17 points, grabbed 7.6 boards, dished out 2.2 dimes, and stolen 1.8. ‘Tis the season.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 8 7 0 1 1 2/4 8/15 3/4

You don’t even know how excited I get when Rondae has a good game. Y’alll ready? Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae!!!!!

Spencer Dinwiddie:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 5 0 0 5 4/6 9/13 0

Played 31 minutes. He’s still going to man the point. D’Angelo Russell will play the 2. Stocktonator knew that Dinwiddie is the man, as it loved him yesterday.

Speaking of D’Angelo Russell:

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

Came off the bench and only played 14 minutes. No need for the Nets to rush him back. I guess you could say that he is still DLoading.

The Nets should join a league where front court players are not allowed. Atkinson would be in heaven, that place where a guy always has Viagra in his system while at the Playboy mansion. Hmmm, if he couldn’t get action, then I guess that could be hell. Oh wells, many fantasy players probably wish that upon him. Allen Crabbe played 28 minutes and scored six points. Caris LeVert played 22 minutes and scored nine points, while Joe Harris played 23 minutes and scored 12 points.

Jahlil Okafor:

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

Played seven minutes. Nets management: Oh…Trust the process?

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 5 0 1 1 1/4 8/18 3/3

Top 50 player for fantasy. Won’t contribute much in D stats, but will score, grab some boards, and drain 3s. He’s been held to single digits in three games all year. Three. Uno. Dos. Tres. Harris has played in 44 games. Stocktonator loved Tobias yesterday.

Andre Drummond:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 13 4 0 1 0 0/1 3/8 1/2

Played 26 minutes, as he was in foul trouble. The Nets didn’t forget about Dre, who went 22/20/5/2/2 when the two teams faced off two weeks ago. Dre is a Top 25 player, as he’s shooting 63% from the free throw line and dropping 3.9 dimes. His career average is 1.0 dimes a game.

Avery Bradley:

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

A bad game for Avery, but he had put together seven straight good ones before yesterday. We all know about the drop in rebounds from last season, but Avery will still get his 211 on and drain some 3s. As long as you keep expectations in check, you won’t get spurned.

Stanley Johnson:

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

I knew SVG couldn’t stay away from playing with his Johnson. He came off the bench and played 26 minutes, but no way I could ever trust him. With that said, if you enjoy Johnson then keep an eye on the minutes he receives going forward.

Luke Kennard:

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

Played 22 minutes. He’s been getting around 20 minutes per game and has made three downtowners in consecutive games. 3 & D player without the D.

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 14 2 0 0 4 0 6/9 0

Kanter is a double-dub machine….when he gets the minutes. Not always the case, though.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 0 0 1 0 5/9 5/12 2/3

Played 29 minutes. It’s only a matter of time before he starts getting run in the mid-30s. A $71 million 3 & D player. Will get around a steal per game and is Top 10 in attempts from downtown at 7.4. For Tim, I will name his downtowners, Hardaways.

Jarrett Jack:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 3 10 1 0 3 0/4 3/11 0

Is Nino Brown Jack’s agent? Played 26 minutes, while the Frenchise only got 18 minutes of run. I still have faith that the Frenchise will overtake New Jack City at some point this year. If it doesn’t happen, then I will shake my fists furiously into the sky and scream, “Why have you foresaken me?”

Kristaps Porzingis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 4 1 1 1 0 2/2 7/13 1/3

Play basketball? Too many Instagram models to scope out in LA.

Michael Beasley:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 1 1 0 0 2 1/2 7/9 2/2

Played 14 minutes. Is that you, Marreese Speights?

Willie Hernangomez:

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

Holy shit balls! Played eight minutes. Hornacek is such a jerk. Playing him just enough so he has to take a shower and redo his hair.

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 12 5 1 0 2 0/1 11/17 5/6

Played 37 minutes. That’s what I’m talking bout!!! Willis? Is that you? Randle probably saw KP scoping out all the Instagram models and knew he was going to have a big day.

Tyler Ennis and Josh Hart both received the start in the backcourt. Ennis played 11 minutes, while Hart played 17 minutes. Both contributed a bagel.

Jordan Clarkson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 6 10 3 0 1 1/5 12/19 4/5

So, in back-to-back games, Clarkson has scored 29 and 33 points in 38 and 34 minutes respectively. Crazy to think that he was recently only getting 14 minutes a game. Maybe Luke Walton was a little miffed because they were scoping out the same Instagram models? You got a better theory?

Larry Nance Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 1 1 2 0 0 5/9 3/4

Played 32 minutes. Love his potential, but the minutes aren’t secure. Keep an eye on if that changes going forward, though.

Alex Caruso:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 4 8 2 0 0 1/1 4/6 0

Played 31 minutes. I love Caruso. Balled out in Summer League and in the limited time he’s been up. Plays with moxy and has skills. With that said, he’s only up because of the plethora of injuries.

Thaddeus Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 7 4 3 1 0 0/3 6/13 2/2

Has scored double figures in eight straight games and received over 35 minutes of run in four straight. Young ain’t sexy, although his wife would disagree, but he contributes in all but blocks, and even there he gives a little something something. Top 75 player for fantasy.

Domantas Sabonis:

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

Only played 27 minutes due to foul trouble. Has scored 15, 9, 15, and 9 points the past four games. I’m mortgaging the house for a player prop that Sabonis scores 15 next game. You know I love the craps table and those hop bets. What kind of odds would that prop pay me wonders?

Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, and Victor Oladipo all had 3 steals. Criminals!!!

Corey Joseph:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 6 0 1 0 2 1/3 4/8 0

Played 31 minutes. Anyone remember Cujo? That dog had some serious bite. Well, CoJo is the exact opposite. No bite and no bark. Strictly a minutes play. Would be great in a league that counted the number of breaths.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 10 1 0 1 4 0/1 5/14 0

LMAO!

Kyle Anderson got the start with Kawhi out and played 34 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 3 5 3 3 2/4 4/6 0

Is getting 30 minutes a game, but he doesn’t take enough shots or score. He will provide boards, dimes, blocks, and steals, but his ceiling is limited.

Pau Gasol:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 9 4 0 3 2 0/2 6/8 2/3

Played 31 minutes. Will perform in the occassional Spurs Siesta, but when he plays he delivers. Top 90 for fantasy right now.

At point guard, Tony Parker played 20 minutes, Patty Mills played 22 minutes, and Dejounte Murray played 28 minutes.

At shooting guard, Danny Green played 23 minutes, while Bryn Forbes played 22 minutes.

I got the sudden urge for MC Hammer:

  1. Pedro says:
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    Hi Son. Nice reading you again.

    I’ve got Napier, Wright and O’Connell in my team (as well as Dipo and Conley) so eventually i will have to drop one. Who would you drod?

    Gracias.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pedro: Thanks Pedro! A good problem to have I suppose. TJ would be the one for me.

      • Pedro says:
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        @Son:

        They are sooooo close. As there is no hurry I am gonna wait how they develop and Reddick to come back, and I think I will decide then.

        Gracias de nuevo.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Pedro: They are. Sounds like a plan.

          De nada mi amigo.

  2. 2rule says:
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    hi Son,

    I’m in 14 team h2h 9cat league, my rooster is westbrook, lillard, beal, ariza, robcov, markannen, wcs, Mgasol, Millsap, crabbe, shabaz, Jsimmons.

    My asisy is good, but need s improvement I think.

    What do u think my beal for Kemba? I’m not sure about Kemba trade story, if he goes to playout team he can be shut down, but need him for assist

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: That works

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYYYYYO!

    Whats up Son ? These Mondays come fast man.

    Had a good sports day yesterday,

    Took my son to the Celtics game (couldn’t get the win) but watched Kyrie drop a 40 piece!

    And then we made it home to catch our Patriots secure another trip to the Superbowl!!!

    Woo!

    Would you drop Crabbe for Lamb ? Looking for rest of season value.

    McConnell & D. Murray also out there.

    Thanks Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AYYYOOOO! Time indeed does fly. Are you having fun?

      Ah man…you’re a Celtics and Pats fan. The two teams I despise the most. If I would’ve known this earlier, I would’ve……Ha! Just playing. Although I despise those teams, I have a lot of respect for them. That is definitely an excellent sports day for you. Must be nice!

      I don’t think I’d drop Crabbe for Lamb. I would for D Murray, but not if you need 3s.

  4. Ben says:
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    Would you rather have Hood or Barnes for the rest of the season? Is it close? Thanks!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Ben: Unless you are talking about Matt Barnes who is currently without a team,no it is not close… 100% Harrison Barnes…

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Kostas: Another Hood question…Hood or Fox ROS? (De’Aaron, not Rick)

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Fox, both De’Aaron and Rick.

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: I should clarify, I primarily need 3s, but generally any category would be useful.

      And thanks Kostas!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: Barnes. They are not too far apart. Hood will give more 3s but Barnes more boards. But, the injury concern for Hood. Barnes pretty much plays a ton of minutes every day.

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: thanks Son. So if I’m making a trade mostly with 3s in mind, not crazy to choose Hood? Or take Barnes anyway because he he gives more across the board?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: Not crazy. He’s top 20 in attempted 3s per game. He has the ability to light it up on any night. There’s just a ton of risk there, as he tends to miss games. Barnes has the safer floor, as you know he will play and contribute across the board.

          • Ben says:
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            @Son: Thanks! I view Hood as a slightly weaker Wesley Matthews, does that seem about right?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Ben: Hmmm, never thought of Wes as a Hood comp. I actually think Hood has more upside. Wes has the higher floor, though, as he gets more minutes and doesn’t have the same injury concerns.

              • Ben says:
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                @Son: makes sense, thanks again.

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Ben: anytime

  5. smule says:
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    I need to improve my ft, and think to trade my wcs for Pgasol, what do u think? ım afraid of pau for ros

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m cool with the move. Afraid of Pau because he will rest from time to time?

      • 2rule says:
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        Yes, also injuries because of his age

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @2rule: Yeah, it’s a legitimate concern. How about Taj or Dedmon?

  6. Steven Boyle says:
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    Hey Son,

    What do you think of Kawhi? Do you think I should flip him for CJ McCollum straight up in 9 cat redraft? I’m in decent shape (4th place) but don’t think I’m a serious contender without Kawhi getting minutes.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steven Boyle: I’ve been skeptical since before the start of the season so…..If you could do that, in a heartbeat.

  7. Roscoe says:
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    12 team 8 cat H2H league-
    My Porzingis/Richardson/D. Smith for DMC/Kawhi
    I’m in 2nd and look good for the playoffs without making the deal, but I’d clearly win the deal and be a favorite in the playoffs if Kawhi came back by around the AS break or so. Is this as clear a take as it seems?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Well, you are trading away my boo so not so clear for me. Seriously, though, you’re getting the best player in the deal. And you don’t have to worry about DMC’s turnovers. Kawhi is just gravy and probably worth the risk. I’m pretty skeptical about his prospects going forward, but if he does come back, then: https://youtu.be/Vs1N5NYyb24?t=24

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Look at you with fancy BOO-SCHWA-ZEE words…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Grey: Oh my god…Oh my god….Oh my god…..This must be how the young girls feel at a Justin Bieber concert. You are truly omnipotent. Or is it impotent? As for the fancy word, I thought it was pronounced Justin BOUR-GEORGE-SEE.

  9. Dane says:
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    Hi,
    Please rank these guards?
    Fox,lee,wright,ellington,bradley,mcconnell

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Wright, McConnell, Lee, Ellington, Fox, Bradley

  10. kalone says:
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    Ugh, the Spurs are the new Clippers. FML.

    12-team, 9-cat. I’m looking good, but recently dropped Trey Lyles and Brook Lopez, esq. for Tyrone Wallace and Gerald Green. I could use a little REB and BLK help.

    Would you deal Taurean Prince & Courtney Lee for Fournier & John Collins?

    What about in a vacuum dropping any of Prince, Gerald Green, Tyrone Wallace or DeMarre Carroll for Dejounte Murray?

    Thanks for all your work this season!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @kalone: I’m good with Fournier and Collins.

      I’d drop Wallace for Murray

  11. Freddie says:
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    Jamal Murray hit the waiver wire. Crazy. My worst players are Thad Young, Wiggins. Drop either of these two for Murray?

    • Freddie says:
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      @Freddie: Should also add in Lord Elfrid into my worst players list. Fyi

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Still Wiggins

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Wiggins

  12. Greek Freak says:
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    Is Jabari parker worth holding on to in 9 cat league?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Greek Freak: Sure, if you have the space. I’m always skeptical of guys first coming back from injury, especially to the lower body. With that said, there’s certainly upside, but I’d keep expectations in check

  13. jason says:
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    I have brolo, ryno and dejounte to drop.
    I can pickup Timothe Luwawu C / tyler johnson

    what should i do?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @jason: I’d drop Brolo for TJ

  14. Willy says:
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    Hello Son,

    Would you trade PG13+ibaka for my nurk + dray ??

    h2h 10 cat (9cat+pf)

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: I prefer the Nurk/Dray side but I’m bullish on Nurk. If you deep at center, I could understand making the move

  15. Isav says:
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    Hi Son. Mirotic and Austin Rivers for Jrue. Which side do you pick?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Isav: Jrue

  16. Justin says:
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    9 cat league. Barton or taj Gibson? In a vaccum

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Taj

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