The fantasy hoops world is one of diversity, danger, and drip. Some parts of the world are in constant drought with bricks raining down from the heavens. In others, there are only waterfalls that splash to the rhythm of a metronome. Tucked on the highest peak in the most remote part of the world lies a pantheon of extraordinary magnitude: The Nikola Pantheon. Nikola Jokic has been sitting on its iron throne for much of the season, as he has been the numero uno player in fantasy hoops. Nikola Vucevic has been valiantly trying to unseat Jokic. While he’s been a tier below Jokic for much of the season, there have been moments when the guardians of the Nikola Pantheon have discussed making it a timeshare. Last night, Vucevic went for 32 points, 17 boards, five dimes, and one block while shooting 14-for-29 from the field and 4-of-7 from downtown. Jokic went for 27 points, eight boards, 11 dimes, one steal, and one block in only 27 minutes. What a Jokic! Vucevic is the number 11 player for fantasy and has been narrowing the gap somewhat, but the divide is still a massive one. The iron throne on the Nikola Pantheon is no joke as it will be inhabited by Jokic for the foreseeable future.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

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Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 6 1 0 1 4 1/5 9/19 16/20

C’mon, Embiid! Sharing is caring. “Shut up, Son. I do what I want and want what I do.” Ok, Mr. Embiid. You da boss.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 4 2 1 2 0 4/11 2/3

The 14th time Tobias has stuffed the stat sheet. Damn it. I just realized that he didn’t drain a tres. F it. I did the research already. Last year, he had six SSS (Stat Sheet Stuffers). In 2019, 13. Doc for president. For reals.

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 4 6 3 0 2 0 4/7 4/8

Remember when Simmons was good? Yeah, me neither. Freaking BS. He’s a top 100 player on the season and has been a top 300 player over the last 12 games.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 4 1 0 3 3/10 7/17 3/3

‘Twas the only CeLtics player to score at least 20 points. Any wonder why the 76ers punked them, 106-96? *Gets tapped on the shoulder* “Son, I do what I want and want what I do.”

Kyle Anderson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 6 1 0 2 3/6 7/11 2/3

Mr. Anderson has been at one with the Matrix, providing top 40 production over the last four games. He’s an across-the-board contributor and is oh so close to being a 1/1/1 member. Any of you remember Shawn Marion, The Matrix? Dude was a fantasy beast back in the day.

Dillon Brooks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 1 2 2 0 0 5/9 10/16 3/5

Sauntering down by the Brooks is an interesting affair. Sometimes the floods overflow with tres while other times the heavens rain down bricks. In either case, there are no sprinkles.

Jonas Valanciunas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 0 1 0 2 1/1 7/9 5/5

Just another dub-dub for JV, his 35th on the season. He’s third behind Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokic, who has 43.

Desmond Bane

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 3 2 1 1 3/6 6/12 0

A SSS in 22 minutes off the bench. That’s back-to-back games with double-digit points and a usage rate above 20. He’s someone to keep an eye on, like how a liquor store owner eyes a teenage kid walking up and down the aisles.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 5 2 0 1 1/2 11/16 5/6

Jimmy is Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne, AND Batman combined into one entity.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 10 3 0 0 0 9/14 0/3

The fifth time Bam has messed around in his career. If he develops a shot from downtown, he could be a top 10 player for fantasy.

Zion WilliamSON

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 5 2 1 0 0 1/1 12/18 9/10

I was so wrong about Zion this season. Good thing he’s part of the SON family because family always got each other’s backs, right?

Steven Adams

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

Pelicans front office is in the lab trying to figure out how to stretch Zion out three inches. At least they get off the abomination of the Adams contract after this season. Four years for $100,000,000 with $27.5 owed this season.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 9 11 3 2 1 4/14 4/15 0

Ball now has 53 career SSS. Gazes into Lonzo’s eyes and sees……Hey, what’s LaMelo doing in there?

Isaiah Thomas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 2 2 0 0 4 2/6 4/13 0

In 25 minutes off the bench. If you need points, taking a chance isn’t the worst idea because he’s going to huck and chuck when he’s on the court. He garnered a 27.8 usage rate last night. The IT department is back in business.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 12 1 0 3 1 0 5/7 2/4

12 is my favorite number!!! How did he know? The C & C music factory has been providing sweet music for us fantasy nerds.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 1 12 0 0 3 6/7 10/21 4/6

Mondae. Tuesdae. Wednesdae. Thursdae. Fridae. Saturdae. Sundae. Traedae.

Thaddeus Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 7 5 1 1 3 0 6/10 2/4

Welcome to the Fountain of Young. Top 75 player on the season.

Myles Turner

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

It was a block party and everyone was having a good time. Even Tina was getting her groove on. Then, 20 minutes in, Myles sprained his ankle and the party was done.

Edmond Sumner 

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 1 1 2 0 3 0/2 6/8 3/5

Got the start and played 18 minutes because Malcolm Brogdon was out due to a hip injury. I know what you did last Sumner.

Caris LeVert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 5 0 1 0 2/4 9/18 0

With no Brogdon or Domantas Sabonis, LeVert garnered a usage rate of 23.9. Since arriving in Indianapolis, LeVert has had a usage rate over 30 just twice in 13 games.

Jeremy Lamb

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 1 6 1 1 2/6 4/12 5/5

A career-high six steals!! The prior high was four, which he accomplished six times. He’s a baaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaad man. Dudes get thrown into jail for less.

Marc Gasol

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 9 5 0 4 5 1/3 6/9 0/2

Played 28 minutes as Montrezl Harrell got ejected two minutes in. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Talen Horton-Tucker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 6 1 0 4 3/4 6/10 2/3

In 26 minutes off the bench. Love seeing that proficiency from downtown and he’s garnered a usage rate over 24 in four straight games. THT is a future SSS. When LeBron James and Anthony Davis return, though, it will be interesting to see where he fits in the rotation.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 7 2 2 1 1 0/6 7/21 13/15

SSS!!! The shooting efficiency made one of the S’s run away. I hope there are no closet Nazis reading this and view it as a call to action.

OG Anunoby was ejected 10 minutes into the game after going WWE on Dennis Schroder.

Deandre’ Bembry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 3 5 0 3 0/3 5/10 2/4

Has started the last two games with Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet out and played 30 and 32 minutes. Bembry has been more than serviceable, providing some points, boards, dimes, and defensive stats.

Malachi Flynn

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

SSS! With Lowry and VanVleet out, Flynn has played 31, 34, and 33 minutes. He has been a SSS in two of those games. Freaking Masai is too good.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 4 2 0 2 3/6 10/16 1/1

Top 40 player over the last three games. Rostering Will is definitely a thrill because the highs and lows are reminiscent of surfing a big wave. It’s going to come crashing down eventually.

Michael Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 7 0 0 0 1 3/4 11/16 0

Has scored 20 points in four straight games and shooting over 60% from the field. L. O. L.

Saddiq Bey

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 0 1 0 0 0 6/12 9/15 1/1

Hey, Bey. What you wanna do tonight? There’s only one thing on my mind.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 5 4 0 1 4 3/5 11/18 4/6

Wasn’t Grant a top 30 player earlier this season? Am I misremembering? It’s all a fog to me. Did the world really get shut down due to a global pandemic? I thought that stuff only happened in video games like Sim City and Civilization.

Robert Covington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 9 2 2 1 1 2/7 6/13 1/2

Lord SSS!

Norman Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 4 1 0 0 1 2/7 8/18 14/15

Led the team in shot attempts. Damian Lillard shot 2-for-14 so…..Damn, that’s crazy. Powell made more freebies than Lillard attempted shots from the field.

Enes Kanter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 15 1 0 2 2 0 5/8 3/4

Got the start and played 36 minutes because Jusuf Nurkic did not play due to knee inflammation. Kanter could have some value if Nurkis has a setback.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 12 7 0 0 1 1/4 10/18 8/9

Beep. Bop. Objective: Dominate but make it look human. Human: his stat lines are so consistent that no human could possibly do that.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 3 5 1 1 3 6/9 11/18 8/8

If this is PG, then I’d love to see what R and XXX look like.

Reggie Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 2 1 1 0 4/6 8/12 3/3

In 26 minutes off the bench. Is it October already? Is Jackson the new Lou Will?

Khris Middleton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 2 7 1 0 5 2/4 10/19 6/6

Warm it up, Khris! He’s about to. With no Giannis, Middleton led the Bucks in shot attempts but couldn’t deliver a victory as the Warriors squeaked out a 122-121 victory at home.

Bobby Portis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 13 0 1 0 0 2/3 5/10 1/2

Got the start for Giannis and played 28 minutes.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 3 5 1 0 8 4/7 11/18 3/3

For a man named Holiday, he sure does put in a lot of work. Top 5 player over the last six games.

Jeff Teague

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

In 16 minutes off the bench. He lives. What a time to be alive.

Steph Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 6 4 0 0 4 5/10 14/21 8/9

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  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, what’s good?! I need to make room for Durant returning. Would you drop Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges, Trent, Plumlee, or McDaniels? Thank you!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      In a different league, drop Plumlee, McDaniels, Herro, Garland, Powell, or Brooke Lopez to bring back Russell? Also have Lopez in the league above.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Herro

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Plumee if you good at C. If not, then McDaniels

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        Also have Nurkic in this league. Could wait a few days to see if he’s INJ or drop outright …

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Are those the only two centers you have?

          • miles proudfoot says:
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            A plethora of centers. Has kind of become my build. KP, time lord, Moses, B Lopez, Plumlee, Nurk.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              are you over compensating for something?

              i kid. gotcha. yeah, you good then

              • miles proudfoot says:
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                Haha well now that you mention it…

                Thanks!

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  anytime!

  2. Daniel Schwartz says:
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    What does SSS mean??

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That’s how I know you skipped over Tobias Harris. Sad.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        Son Saving (my) Season

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Ha. I likes that

  3. Hyun-Jin & Juice says:
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    12 team, 9cat H2H

    Hey Son,

    I thought my team was dead in the water but we’ve made a push the last few weeks and are one spot out of the playoff. Would you make any swaps from my roster and potential FA?

    PG- Westbrook
    G- Graham
    SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SF – Oubre
    PF- Boucher
    F- Jerami Grant
    C- Ayton
    UTIL- LMA
    BN- Keldon, Bertans, Ingles, Bey, Batum

    Notable FA: Coby White, Rose, Lamb, Svi, Reggie Jackson, Bane, THT, Bembry, IT

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nice! Good to hear. Let’s do this!

      I think you good for now. I’d keep an eye on IT, Svi, and Bane though

  4. Chris says:
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    Hi Son,

    would you drop Steve Adams for Cousins?

    thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Niet

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