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The five boroughs of New York City are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. But the title says 6 boroughs!!! That was typed by the hundreds of people streaming a live feed to watch me type this post on Twitch. Yes, it’s gotten to that point. Once poker was able to show the cards of the players on television, the game took off to a different level because viewers were able to get into the minds of the players. Same gist. People are now able to see the thoughts and processes that writers go through to arrange the letters of the alphabet into words and sentences so that we can hallucinate lucidly while looking at the screen. Not only that, they get to experience the emotional highs and lows. Ha! Wouldn’t that be some shit? Anyways, the Sixth Borough is located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York NY 10001. That’s Madison Square Garden for you non-New York folk. But that’s in the borough of Manhattan. Not anymore. Madison Square Garden is now a city-state like Vatican City in Rome. The Pope is considered the closest living person to God and is the head of state of Vatican City. Who is the pope or mayor of this new borough and what is it called? They call him/it Kristaps Porzingis. Is it a coincidence that he is often referred to as PorzinGOD? I think not. Porzingis went absolutely bonkers last night against the Denver Nuggets: 38 points, seven rebounds, two dimes, and three blocks. 14-for-26 from the field, 4-for-7 from downtown, and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He’s scored 30 or more points in five of six games to start the season. He’s crossing over defenders like Kevin Durant, draining baseline fadeaways like Kobe Bryant, and splashing 26 feet three pointers like Steph Curry. He does it all and has an insane 34% usage rate this season. He is the King of New York and will reign over all six boroughs in due time. If you didn’t know, the title to this post was an homage to the Beastie Boys – To The 5 Boroughs album.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Anthony Davis did not get hurt last night. Rather, he went bleeping HAM dropping 39 points, grabbing 10 boards, dishing out two dimes, and blocking three in 41 minutes. 13-for-20 from the field and 13-for-15 from the charity stripe. The highs are incredible with AD. Unfortunately, the lows are just as intense. Basically how I’d describe eating shrooms.

Brandon Paul of the Spurs played 30 minutes and scored 18 points, grabbed five boards, dished out one dime, blocked one, and pilfered one. He took his brother/sister-from-another-mother’s advice and Worked It. While he did play around 20 minutes each of the prior three games, the bump in minutes was primarily due to the absence of Manu Ginobli from the lineup. I guess keep him in mind for when Pop sits players in the future.

Pau Gasol scored 11 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one. He’s a top 80 player in fantasy right now. Ka-Pau!!!

Kyrie Irving dropped 24 points, grabbed two boards, dished out six dimes, pilfered three, and blocked one. Things change fast in the fantasy landscape. Just last week, he was a sell for many.

Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, grabbed four boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one. Jason Tatum only scored seven points, but grabbed 11 boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked three. Tatum & Brown will be Boston’s version of Crockett & Tubbs.

Al Horford scored 14 points, grabbed 13 boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered two. He’s averaging 15.2 pts/8.8 rebs/4.0 asts/1 blk/0.7 stls and is a top 40 fantasy player. The Stocktonator loved him in this matchup. That’s the good thing about machines. No biases.

With Marcus Smart back in the mix, Terry Rozier only played 18 minutes while Smart received 30. Rozier is the better shooter, while Smart will contribute more across the board, especially in the assist department.

The Timberwolves eeked out a win in OT against the Heat, but their defense continues to be Straight Trash Homie. Target your players against them until we are given a reason not to.

Taj Gibson played 31 minutes, but only scored seven points with four boards and one steal. He gets the playing time, but isn’t doing much with the opportunity. It’s tough to get rebounds when the opposition doesn’t miss shots, though. There should be better options out there.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points, grabbed five boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered three in 40 minutes. The usage rate is under 20%. That’s a concern. With that said, I think it gets into the mid-20s sooner rather than later.

Andrew Wiggins:

The announcer said: “That was inhumane. Women and children are crying at that end of the floor.” Hahahahahahahah. One of the all-time lines. The line for Wiggins was 22/7/1/1/1. I’ve never been a huge Wiggins guy, but I acknowledge that he has the potential to be both a real and fantasy stud.

Jeff Teague scored 23 points, grabbed five boards, dished out 11 dimes, and pilfered six! Very Nice <in Borat voice>.

With Hassan Whiteside missing yet another game, Bam Adebayo got the start and went 13/13 in 31 minutes. Is that a dyslexic’s worst nightmare? I loved what I saw from Bam in Summer League, so this kind of game does not surprise me. Value is tied to the health of Whiteside.

Dion Waiters scored 33 points, grabbed five boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered three! The plane boss, the plane. Playing the Timberwolves turns Waiters Island into Fantasy Island, where Dion plays defense and passes the ball.

Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out two dimes in 29 minutes. When he plays, he’s super productive, but matchup dependent.

Paul Millsap scored eight points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out four dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. Stuffing the stat sheet was good. Shooting 2-for-13 from the field was no good. I think Millsap will be fine, especially as everyone learns how to play with each other. Also, I don’t expect the Nuggets to be 19th in pace all season.

Jamal Murray scored 20 points, grabbed three boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 32 minutes. Emmanuel Mudiay scored 15 points, grabbed one board, dished out one dimes, and pilfered two in 20 minutes. The pendulum has clearly swung in Murray’s favor. It helps that Mudiay is pretty bad on defense.

Jarrett Jack scored six points, grabbed three boards, dished out 10 dimes, and pilfered two. How bad is Ramon Sessions, who DNP’d coach’s decision? If you need assists, Jack is your guy, as he’s tallied 10 and nine the last two games. Just keep in mind that Frank Ntilikina will probably get more minutes as the season progresses.

Enes Kanter played 24 minutes while Kyle O’Quinn received 21 minutes. Willy Hernangomez got three minutes. The only two explanations for Willy not getting time are 1) The Free Willy campaign from Marketing is being kept under wraps for emergency situations and 2) slept with coach’s daughter.

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Uh, yeah. Two it is. Choosing between Kanter and O’Quinn…..might as well go play baccarat. I’ve heard some say that O’Quinn plays more when defense is needed, so there’s that.

With JJ Redick not playing, Jerryd Bayless got the start and played 40 minutes. He scored 10 points, grabbed five boards, and dished out five dimes. He only took six shots so he’s not too appealing. TJ McConnell got 26 minutes and scored 11 points, grabbed three boards, dished out five dimes, pilfered one, and blocked two. I always feel like he’s too worried about his hair, but he produces when he’s on the court.

Amir Johnson went 12/10 with two steals in 21 minutes backing up The Process. Richaun Holmes is expected back this Friday, so picture a see saw.

Clint Capela scored 12 points, grabbed 15 boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one. He’s double-dubbed in 5-of-8 games and is currently a top 20 player in fantasy. Did you know that? Stockonator did and liked this matchup against the Sixers. A byproduct of Capela cleaning the glass so well (his mother must be so proud) is the decrease in the rebounding numbers for James Harden.

Malik Monk scored 13 points, grabbed four boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked one in 24 minutes. He shot 5-of-15 from the field. He was one of my favorites during the draft process, so I’m a believer. He’s getting minutes and shot opportunites. There’s upside here that’s worth gambling on.

Cody Zeller has now played 19 minutes in back-to-back games, after not getting any time the prior four games. He scored 11 points, grabbed eight boards, and blocked three last night. The team has always loved him, so I never understood why they went out and signed Dwight Howard. I’d keep an eye on the number of minutes he gets. If that number gets into the mid-20s, then I’m intrigued.

Tyreke Evans played 30 minutes! That’s very, very interesting. He scored 19 points, grabbed 10 boards, and dished out three dimes. Grab him, if he’s available, for the possibility that he gets minutes near 30 a game.

Evan Fournier scored 20 points, grabbed three boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one. He’s scored 20 or more points in all but one game this season. He has double-digit shot attempts in….you guessed it….all but one game this year. I shall call him Evian from now on, as all he does is splash pure jumpers.

Marreese Speights scored 18 points, grabbed five boards, and dished out three dimes in 22 minutes. The answer is no.

Jonathon Simmons scored 20 points, grabbed six boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 29 minutes. The answer is yes. Juice is loose.

Dennis Smith Jr. scored two points, grabbed three boards, and dished out one dime in 17 minutes. He was playing through a knee injury and gets a day to rest before playing on Wednesday. Please keep DSJ healthy, puuullleaaaassseee.

Dwight Powell scored seven points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked one in 25 minutes. There was plenty of garbage time, so Powell saw an increase in minutes.

Devin Harris scored 15 points, grabbed two boards, dished out six dimes, and pilfered one. I’m surprised Harris is still in the league. Please read the last sentence in the Powell blurb above.

Rudy Gobert went there: 17 points, 12 boards, six dimes, two steals, and six blocks on 4-for-5 shooting and 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

Rodney Hood scored 25 points, grabbed three boards, and dished out one dime in 29 minutes. He has a 25% usage rate and put up 15 shots. It’s all about health with Hood.

Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka both did not play last night. Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam started in their place. Nogueira scored 17 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered two, and blocked five in 30 minutes. Siakam scored six points, grabbed five boards, dished out one dime, pilfered two, and blocked one in 26 minutes. Good names to keep in mind if/when injuries beset the Raptors front court in the future.

Damian Lillard scored 36 points, grabbed two boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one in 41 minutes.

Lillard is the Illest.

Caleb Swanigan only played seven minutes. It’s Unbelievable.

Golden State Warriors scored 141 points and beat down the Los Angeles Clippers. Steph Curry led the way with 31 points, five boards, six dimes, two steals, and one block. They good. Blah blah blah.

Blake Griffin scored 16 points, grabbed three boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 30 minutes. Fake Griffin? Oh no you didn’t? As good as Blake is, and he’s been MVP-esque so far, Draymond Green is just as good.

  1. marimon says:
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    Was offered Teague for my Horford. Would you take it given this team?

    PG: Lillard, Bradley, Lavine
    SG: Harris, Jaylen
    F: Giannis, RHS, Prince, Markkanen
    C: Dray, Milsap, Horford, Collins

    Thanks

    • marimon says:
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      @marimon: RHJ, typo.
      League is 10-team H2h.
      I think I’m strong enough in boards to offset losing Horford. What do you think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d rather have Horford

  2. Miel says:
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    Hi, I’ve been following your posts from pre-season and it really helps a lot. Anyway, I had made adjustments on my roster and it now looks like this.
    10 team, 9 cat league
    PG: Curry, CP3, J. Murray
    SG: Beal, A.Bradley,
    SF: Covington, James Johnson, RHJ
    PF: Millsap, Markkanen
    C: Whiteside, Horford, Nurkic

    Any thoughts on my lineup? Also notable available on FA are below:
    Ingles, Oubre, J.Richardson, D.Murray, bog bog
    Batum, Payton, Lavine – INJ

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nice! Glad I could be of help. Your squad looks good. Would sit tight

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: Thanks Son.
        May I ask as well what you think about Lowry. Do u think he’ll bounce back to his usual production this past years? Somebody offered me his Lowry for my Beal. Do you think i should take it?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I think he will be fine, but you never know. I’d buy low but that’s not buying low

          • Miel says:
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            @Son: thanks. I think i’ll pass. Hard to gamble when beal is doing well right now.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Miel: Yeah. I just feel like they are pretty close in value to begin with.

  3. Axolotl says:
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    Who are your favourite under-the-radar big men to pick up midterm?

    Just grabbed Nogueira but I suspect his recent performance wont be happening a lot. Jarrett Allen, Poeltl, Swanigan, Willy, D Powell, Henson/Maker, Bender, Zach Collins, Dieng, Isaac, Portis, Siakam

    Who are your favourite under the-radar wings to pick up? I am lacking on 3s

    Monk, MKG, Stanley Johnson, Oubre Jr, E. Turner, Parsons, CJ Miles, Valentine, K Anderson, J Winslow, Snell, OG Anunoby

    Thanks a lot!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Allen and Bender.

      Monk

  4. Kevin says:
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    I traded away my RHJ and Chriss for someone else’s Middleton. I needed more scoring and he needed more steals and blocks.

    I still won out of that trade right?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      If you think so because that’s all that matters! Seriously, it’s a fair trade in a vacuum. Like all trades, it doesn’t necessarily have to be fair so long as it improves your team and accomplishes your goal

  5. Quintero says:
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    Ditch Nance for Tyreke?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d give it a shot. I’m a little skeptical of the 30 minutes, but he looks to have a defined role

  6. Dante Green says:
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    I just notched my second win and is now boasting a 12-6 record with a Kawhi-less team. Lmao. I just survived a Giannis/Love/Tobias led team with a 5-4 win. Hah I’m still confused as to how my squad keeps winning!

    Man, I really hate Teague right now. I don’t understand why he needs to take more shots than Butler and Towns! He’s the reason behind JB’s low usage rate! Ughh Would you trade JB for Hassan? I’m getting sick and tired of Butler already.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Ignorance is bliss. I think JB will be fine. Just a matter of time. With that said, he won’t have an insane usage rate. If you sick of him, I’d be good with a Hassan swap

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, unless Thibbs does something about it. God I hate Teague. The ball stays in his hands for like 20 friggin seconds! And the only time he decides to pass it to a teammate is when he drives to the basket but gets stopped. Man, I was watching their game against the Heat and I almost lost my wits. Smh

        Crabbe, given the opportunity, has still been awful. Another garbage type of a performance then I’m dropping his ass. I’m thinking: Rivers, Brooks, Henson, Zeller, Holmes

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dante Green: I hear you. I think it’s going to take time to iron out things for the Wolves but I’m confident they will.

          Crabbe can go. Swap him for Rivers

          • Dante Green says:
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            @Son:

            I really hope they address the issue, the ball should be in the hands of Jimmy and KAT 60% of the time! Hah Anyway I love how you always try and incorporate poker in your posts. I myself used to play a lot of house games. I have my own poker table and chips, but me and my friends only play cash game at my house, we never play at tourneys. We started playing in 2011 so it’s been like 6 years now and we still love the game. It’s just the best game out there. Hah

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Dante Green: For me, offense should run 100% through KAT!!! It’s going to take time for everyone to figure out their roles. It will come. Just a matter of when.

              I enjoy poker. I’m not particularly good but I enjoy playing. Glad my poker references didn’t just float into the abyss without it latching onto someone.

  7. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Please rank Nurkic, Ibaka and Robin Lopez. 9 CAT.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nurk, Ibaka, Lopez

  8. Miles Proudfoot says:
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    What do you think of dropping Crabbe or DMurray for any of Tyreke Evans , Jonathon Simmons, Bellineli, Stanley Johnson, Bogdan Bogdan Bogdan, or TJ McConnell?

    Either way, in 10er, I’m guessing I shouldn’t be too attached to any of these players, right? May do better with two streaming spots.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Miles Proudfoot: I’d be most interested in Evans, Simmons, Belinelli, and Bogdan

  9. Steven Boyle says:
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    Hey Son,

    Got a few trade offers on the table and I feel I have to make a move because my team is hurtinggg. Here’s my roster:
    Guards: Dipo, DSJ, J. Murray, D. Murray, Crabbe
    Forwards: Kawai, Butler, A. Gordon, Favors, Chriss
    Centers: Millsap, Len, J. Collins, (streamer spot J. Martin)

    Heres the offers:
    #1: Klay Thompson, Nerlens Noel, J. Clarkson for Butler and Millsap
    #2: Drummond, Dragic, Ingles for Butler and Oladipo

    Standard 9cat, think I should pull the trigger on either?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steven Boyle: Naw. Have patience grasshopper.

  10. Not your average Joe says:
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    Any add/drops you’d consider? (Note: any player with a * can be kept at a 10th or 11th round price next year. Same goes for all of the FAs I listed below.)

    FA: McConnell, Lamb, T.Evans, Gay, Labissiere, Len

    12-team H2H, 9-cat league
    Team: Lillard, Teague, J-Rich*, Beal, J.Brown*, Prince*, A.Gordon, RHJ*, Zingis, Gobert, Vala

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d sit tight. The one player I’d keep an eye, though, is Len.

  11. chenry says:
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    Dynasty would you trade Dirk Nowitzki and Markieff Morris for Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      yes

  12. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Was thinking of offering dsj to get Avery Bradley. Thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: Totally get it, but I’m a DSJ Stan

  13. J says:
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    How do you feel about offering up Rubio/Gortat for Kemba? Have Whiteside on my IR waiting to come in and could pick up Reke off waivers. Also Vooch and K Love as bigs, recently picked up Cauley-Stein but he’s iffy

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Would rather have Rubio/Gortat

  14. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayo, Whats up Son ?!

    Love the Beastie Boys reference!

    12 team H2H 13 cat league…

    My team –

    Wall / Smith Jr. / J. Murray / Seth Curry

    Gary Harris / Crabbe / Hardaway

    Tobias harris / T. Prince / Justin Holiday

    Cousins / Blake / Love / Len / Dedmon

    Are you dropping Crabbe for any of Saric, Dieng, Z. Randolph, Monroe ?
    (these guys just got dropped)

    Or even maybe drop Crabbe for Batum ? Time to stash ?

    I’m already stashing Seth Curry with no I.R spot, thanks buddy

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo! I’m good with stashing Batum for Crabbe

  15. Pedro says:
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    Hi Son again.

    I have tooooooo many PF/Cs (Len, Chriss, Domantas, Turner and Cousins) 18 teams h2h 9 cat.
    Would you change Chriss for KCP? (Lakers has much better calendar)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pedro: Id rather have Chriss.

      • Pedro says:
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        @Son:

        So quick! Thanks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Pedro: That’s what the wife says

  16. Joey says:
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    Whats going on with CP3? I drafted him pretty high there is no news and he seemed to not even be in sync with the rest of the houston players when he played that one game. Give me a breakdown of what you guys think my man.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      He’s played one game. The injury and low usage rate are concerning, but can’t formulate too many opinions until we actually see him play for an extended period. I still love the situation, though.

  17. Ricky says:
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    Hii Son,

    Would you drop Donovan Mitch for FA ?? and somebody offered thady or josh jackson for my t.j warren ??

    FA : Taj,holmes,bledsoe,wade,nowitzki,dillon,bender,saric

    thanks for advice son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ricky: I’d keep DMitch. As for Warren, I’d understand if you swapped him for Thad, as he is ssafer and has a higher floor. Warren is a wider range of outcomes, but possesses a higher ceiling.

  18. Justin says:
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    9 cat h2h. Would u rather have Jamal Murray or j Richardson? Also aminu or Collins?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Man, really tough one as I love both. I’d probably side with Murray. As for Aminu/Collins, I’m going with the upside of Collins

  19. Chris says:
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    Thanks Son,

    What side do you like? Seems obvious but not 100% on this.

    Eric Gordon and Myles Turner for Howard-Chriss and Beal

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: EG/Myles for me

      • Chris says:
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        Me too thanks I’m staying put!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Chris: Sounds good

  20. Jake says:
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    drop bogbog, belinelli or crabbe for dmitch?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: yes

      • Josh says:
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        @Son: which?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Josh: Crabbe

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