One of the frequent names that comes up in Razzball comments is Luis Scola. His 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists line is fairly on par with the season (12.7/7.0/1.7) and his career (14.4/7.7/1.9). He has 5 years in the NBA and is 32 years old. He’s never going to be a 15/10 guy with 2 blocks per game, except on that rare full moon once per month. That’s not him. However, he is fairly consistent in what he produces. Basically, what you see is what you get. Do you want a guy who gives you between 10-15 points and 5-9 rebounds per night? Then he is yours to have. For the rest of the season, he’s not going to drop off and he’s not going to suddenly become LaMarcus Aldridge.

Apologies for the delay in the post, James usually does the Friday round up but he was kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue James? Well, if not, help Dikembe Mutombo save the world. James will actually be back tomorrow with a Buy/Sell, so don’t worry about him too much. Ladies, you can always take him out for drinks to lift his spirits (pun?). Anyway, here’s what else went on in the NBA:

Ronnie Brewer – It seems like every year, the Knicks have some player that the coach loves that is absolutely worthless. Brewer may be that guy this season. Where the Knicks came out and dominated the Heat, Brewer played 27 minutes and finished with 0 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. His season average is 6.8/3.5/1.3 in 22.8 MPG, but that still sucks. When STAT comes back, Ronnie should not be seeing more than 12-15 minutes per game.

Raymond Felton – In the absence of Melo, Felton went to town with 27 points (6-10 from behind the arc), 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. I guess he…FELTON GOOD ABOUT HIMSELF. Yeah!

Jason Kidd – He remains a treat in deep leagues, going for 11 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds and 3 of 8 from downtown. If +/- means anything to you (what is this, hockey?), he was also a +31. Keep that in mind when I get to Wade’s blurb.

Dwyane Wade – With almost 32 minutes of court time (O.J. Simpson: “That’s nothin’!”), he finished with 13 points, 3 boards, 1 assist, 4 turnovers and -33. Basically, he is the reason there is starvation in Africa.

LeBron James – He was the only member of the Heat with more than 13 points, and he had 31…hmm, that reminds me of the Offspring song, and I really prefer not to be reminded of the late 90s. Anyway, Bronnie Jammer also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 9 dimes, plus had 3 steals and 3 threes. He’s like an unselfish Kobe Bryant!

Elton Brand – Although he had 2 blocks, he also only produced 6/7/1 with a steal. It seems to me he’s lived his life like a Brand-le in the wind, never knowing what to cling to when the ball hit the rim.

O.J. Mayo – When a man sees 40 minutes of playing time, I like to see 23 points (3-5 from deep), 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. I would LOvE to see 8 rebounds and 12 assists, that would really be worth the money. Of course, he also had 5 fouls and 6 turnovers, so he was sloppier than a mermaid’s nether regions at a nude chili wrestling match.

Marcin Gortat – Rat-a-tat ran out of bullets and finished with 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. He even earned some boos for his performance. Take a bow! Sarcastically, of course.

Markieff Morris – Those who love M&M had some melt in their mouth with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. He is averaging 9.2/5.0/1.3 with 0.4 blocks on the season, and it also marks his first double double of the season. Take a bow! Non-sarcastically, sort of.

New Orleans Pelicans – The Hornets had three choices for a new team name, Brass, Krewe and Pelicans, and they went with Pelicans. I hope during games, they have something similar to this.

  1. Chillmodious says:

    I have a ton of guard depth on my squad (12-tm H2H) with Lowry, Westbrook, Dragic, Lillard, Stuckey, and Ridnour. I’m also currently sitting at the top of my league in assists and steals. One category where I could stand to improve is in 3-pointers, where I’m middle of the pack. Also, I only have one Small Forward on my roster and I’m thinking of dropping Ridnour for Steve Novak, but I want to approach this as a “rest-of-season” type move. [For the record, I’m holding out on Stuckey because I think he could turn it on at any time] Ridnour isn’t sexy, but he’s really solid and I wouldn’t be thinking of dropping him if it wasn’t for my PG depth. That said, Rubio is due back soon and although he and Ridnour coexisted mighty well last season, perhaps this is the sign I need to pull the trigger on a Ridnour for Novak move. Invariably, someone in this league will snag Ridnour if I drop him.

    1. Do you think the move makes sense?

    2. Do you see Novak having good value (as compared to Ridnour) over the course of the season?

    (For reference, full roster is below)

    THANK YOU!!!


    PG – Westbrook [PG]
    SG – Marcus Thornton [SG]
    SF – Thaddeus Young [SF, PF]
    PF – DeMarcus Cousins [PF, C]
    C – Anderson Varejao [C, PF]
    G – Kyle Lowry [PG]
    F – Kris Humphries [PF]
    PF/C – David West [PF]
    Util – Goran Dragic [PG]
    Util – Damian Lillard [PG]

    Bench – Rodney Stuckey [SG, PG]
    Bench – J.J. Hickson [PF, C]
    Bench – Larry Sanders [PF, C]
    Bench – Kevin Seraphin [C, PF]
    Bench – Luke Ridnour [PG, SG]

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Chillmodious: I am not as optimistic on Stuckey as you are, but in any event you are dealing from a position of strength. You could always try to move Ridnour for a threes guy, but I don’t think it’s horrendous to drop him outright. Novak is what he is, and he has been improving. He’ll give you 3-6 threes per night with very low peripherals, but not horrible. I mean, I have Jason Kidd for his steals, so sometimes you need that 1 stat guy who can give you little bonuses elsewhere.

      • Chillmodious says:

        Thank you for that. I just fired off a couple different trade offers packaging Ridnour/Humphries for an assortment of targets, any of whom I would be glad to receive. It’s possible that someone snags Novak while I wait, but there are other interesting options on the wire like Jared Dudley (also a SF) and Andre Drummond (intriguing, and blocks are always nice) just in case.

        Have a nice Friday.

  2. Carnac says:

    Totally, the New Orleans Pelicans could have that thing installed in the arena and activate it whenever they score a basket. Just like the kinetic sculpture in Marlins Park. Except it won’t get turned on us much.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Carnac: Agreed

  3. Steve says:

    Hey Chris,

    I’m playing in a 12 team league.

    PG: Paul, Dragic, Lillard, Walker
    SG: Thompson
    SF: George, Gee
    PF: Humphries, Bargnani, G.Davis
    C: Jefferson, Asik, Mullens

    I talked to James Redacted about a trade for Harden/Batum/Wade. He said Harden would be perfect for my team if I’d offer Dragic + Mullens (did that maybe 10 days ago when Harden was “slumping”). However, he didn’t think the owner of Harden would bite, and he was right.

    He said he needs Assists, Rebounds, FG%, 3PTM for example. So Dragic + Big Man should be a good start. Humphries isn’t good enough, Bargnani-loss would kinda hurt my FT a bit, no?

    How far would you go? Thanks!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Steve: If you are getting Batum or Harden, I wouldn’t worry about losing Andrea. All three of them average north of .800 FT%. I would go hard for one of those guys, but I’d stop short of losing Paul, Jefferson or even Lillard.

  4. Zandy says:

    What are your thoughts on Jordan Crawford as a spot start next week with 4 games? I need some assists and offensive rebounds. It is either him, Andre Miller or Stuckey. What are your thoughts?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Zandy: I would run with Jordan C as a spot start. He’s averaging almost 20 PPG the past week. I know that’s not what you need, though. I’d probably grab Miller for the assists.

  5. Neel says:

    Hi Chris,

    My team (10 team, H2H):

    PG: Paul, Lowry, Dragic, Rubio
    SG/SF: George, JRich, MKG, Illyasova
    PF/C: Pau Gasol, Cousins, Vucevic, Asik & BroLo

    I think I’m pretty good in most cats, but I need points and 3’s. I was thinking about trying to package George for Harden & Then flipping Paul for Durant. Any other suggestions / tips on how to pull those trades off / who to target?

    • Neel says:

      @Neel: What do you think of CP3/BroLo for Durant/Hibbert (the guy with durant is punting boards)

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:

        @Neel: I’d probably lean towards the CP3 side of the deal unless Lopez’s foot injury is more serious (not sure if it’s the same foot he had surgery on). If you really want Durant, then you should make that trade.

        • Neel says:

          @ChrisV: I believe its on a different foot, but I figured with Hump playing better and BroLo’s injury risk, hibbert has more upside. If you’re leaning towards the Cp3 side, then maybe I’ll try to get something more out of it.

          • ChrisV

            ChrisV says:

            @Neel: Well, I mean, it’s not a horrible trade, but I thus far, BroLo has been superior to Hibbert, and the difference between CP3 and Durant is not so great as to cover the gap between Lopez and Hibbert. You are pretty stacked with PF/C, though…

  6. Richard says:


    I’m new to your site, really enjoying it a lot. Took your advice on Vucevic tonight, dropping Jason Thompson for him.

    I have a question for you. I was one of those sorry guys who ended up drafting Marcus Thornton very high, maybe 3rd or 4th round. He’s been pitiful. I’m finally able to drop him now, and I see that Ben Gordon is available on waivers.

    What should I do with Thornton? Do I stick it out with a decent guy who should have played better, or go for the gamble with a red-hot Gordon?

    I play in a 10-team H2H league on Yahoo!, with 11 cats.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Richard: In a 10 team league, there’s no need to stick it out with anyone that isn’t normally a top 25 player. I would drop Thornton outright, there has to be better players on the waiver wire (unless the benches are insanely deep).

  7. BringDaRuckus says:

    I want my weekly dose of Buy/Sell this week!! Keep up the good work guys.

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:

      @BringDaRuckus: It should be up shortly

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:

        @James Redacted: Shortly, some time before the sun goes back down, same difference…

  8. Thrilla says:


    In a Standard 12 Team H2H Y! League…

    PG R. Westbrook
    SG K. Martin
    G Nic Batum
    SF C. Parsons
    PF C. Bosh
    F J. Noah
    C M. Gortat
    C C. Kaman
    Util L. Sanders
    Util G. Henderson

    K. Leonard
    P. Patterson
    D. Collison

    Do you drop any of the above players (my current roster) for any of these waiver schmos?

    R. Lopez
    D. Green
    J. Calderon
    S. Novak
    V. Carter
    A. Gee

    Thanks for any input

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      I could see dropping Kawhi for Vinsanity or Novak, especially if you could use some threes.

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