I’m sure I’ve written up Paul Millsap before. Kind of like I’m sure that I rotated the tires on my ride. Millsap’s been in the league for 15 seasons, and I’ve been writing since…..huh, maybe I haven’t written up Millsap. I know for sure he’s never been the lede. When’s the last time I changed the oil in my car? Well then. Fine, we’ve established that my short-term memory isn’t that great. Neither is my long-term memory. I blame the trees but maybe I have bootleg Alzheimers? Anyways, back in 2015, Millsap was a top 10 player for fantasy: 17.1 points, 0.9 tres, 9 boards, 3.3 dimes, 1.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 47% from the field and 75% from the line. Dayam. Since then, the decline has been like clockwork. He finished as the 45th player in 2016, then the 79th, the 80th in 2018, and the 114th last season. He’s currently the 169th player. Millsap is 35 years old so this is the natural course of a hooper. Last night, though, he turned back the clock to make the youngsters recognize.
In a vacuum, this line is not worthy of a lede but everything is relative. Millsap had played 1009 games coming into last night. He had produced a dub-dub with a contribution in every cat 47 times. Make that 48 now. The last time he achieved the feat was in March of 2019. Always respect your elders and pay homage when they perform.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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Started his third consecutive game and played 26 minutes as Al Horford sat again. Roby has been a top 110 player over that span and contributed points, boards, steals, and some dimes. The free-throw shooting has been good at 77% while the field goal percentage has been less than desired at 46%. Horford should return any day now after the birth of his daughter, but there’s a chance he gets traded down the road which would put Roby back on the map.
He’s been a top 30 player over the past three games! The six steal game helps but it’s been more than that. Dort is garnering a usage rate of 18.5, hoisting up 11.3 shots per game, scoring 16.7 points, draining 3.3 tres, and grabbing 4.7 boards. He’s converting 52% of his shot attempts! Even on the season, he’s shooting 48%. He was a 39% shooter last season, so some regression should be expected.
THE number one player for fantasy right now! Nikola is leading the NBA in dimes. What a freaking Jokic! He’s AVERAGING a trip-dub and stealing 1.9 per game. Cheater! I knew it was too good to be true. Imagine if he blocks one shot per game. I think both my heads would spontaneously combust.
Momma said there’d be days like this. On the season, Murray has scored in single-digits three times. 911 has three digits. It’s a call for help!!!
I don’t care that he can’t shoot. Zion can leap over the Eiffel Tower with one bounce and destroy souls just minding their business in purgatory with his thunderous dunks. Joe! Watch out! Another one is hurtling toward us! F it. Knock Knock Knock. Open the gates of Hell! Let me in! Is Zion an agent of Satan?
Made his return after missing three games due to knee issues and played 23 minutes. Ball contributes in all the counting stat categories. Unfortunately, the percentages are awful. 38% from the field and 58% from the line are not going to cut it. He’s improved his form, so there’s hope and teammate Brandon Ingram was able to make the leap. Hopefully, it happens because I’d like to see the ceiling for Lonzo. Or is that why LaMelo was created?
Played 31 minutes off the bench. The game was a blowout and Ball was getting eased in, so this won’t be the NWO for NAW.
Gobert is second in the league for boards and blocks at 13.8 and 2.7 respectively. Too bad he’s shooting 46% from the free-throw line. As a result, he’s a top 70 player.
I’m always happy sliding into the DM. I know what I’m going to get and will rarely be disappointed. With that said, while he can pop off on any night, DM rarely produces the O.M.G. night. He’s finished as the 56th, 51st, and 53rd player on a per-game basis over the past three years. There’s no reason to think he won’t finish in the 50s again.
Returned to action after missing four of the prior five games due to an Achilles injury. Jingles bells reverberated through the arena once again. It doesn’t get the masses into a frenzy, but I see some heads bobbing and feet tapping. Jingles can provide some tres, boards, and dimes.