I kept telling you that was OK to pick up Rasual Butler while he was producing, but certain fantasy sites that sound like “drive-thru” and “he is Alex Len” insisted that he wouldn’t keep it going. He’s washed up, they said. There’s no minutes for him, they said.
Now that he’s averaged 28 mpg and 18.8 ppg over his last four, and shot 54 percent from downtown over that span, the sites that shall remain nameless (you probably use them every day) say oh yeah, maybe you better claim him off waivers. Same old over-the-top song-and-dance they’ve been doing all year.
(One post in the site that sounds like “Ragu” said Jerami Grant is “not very good at basketball,” even though he is in the NBA, and he is getting minutes every game. Nevermind that he can’t hit a shot from 4 feet out, he is athletic and gets stats for deep leaguers.)
My advice is to have fun playing fantasy. Don’t stress about it too much. Unless you have $100 invested in a league or a bad haircut wager on the line, which in that case go ahead and obsess over Rasual Butler. Otherwise, add and ride him while he’s hot.
Gerald Henderson – You were probably ticked at me for suggesting him last week after his 10-point squirt last Wednesday against Chicago. Hopefully you came around on Friday, when he racked up 22 points on 8-10 from the field and 2-3 from three-point township. Gerald will hopefully get that trade he’s been angling for … and maybe I’ll get a Christmas card? Son of a wing.
Jimmy Butler – Still scoring, still chucking in some boards and assists to go along with the buckets. I suggest you trade for him. In fact, I may do so myself … Da wing.
Kawhi Leonard – Someone offered me Kawhi for Paul Millsap in one league and despite the alleged “superstar” potential of Sugar K Leonard, I gave that one a great big nope. Millsap is like the brand new, no-frills pickup. Kawhi is the used suped-up Porsche you bought from a redneck on Craigslist. Looks great, but only runs great sometimes. Wings from Hurricane Grille & Wings.
Luigi Datome – I implore you to check this guy out before anything else happens in your life. Did you chuckle? Good. This 6-7 Italian stallion made a blip on the Wings radar screen on Dec. 2, when he hit a three and scored seven points. He exists, and Stan Van Gundy is his coach, so that means he could be inexplicably thrown into the rotation at any moment. Thus, he’s worth a super deep league flyer. Baked Parmesan Garlic Wing.
Nicolas Batum – With 9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.3 apg and a steal and block per game, Batum has perhaps the most boring stat line in the league. Even though he leads the league in nothing except for Looking Like Samir in “Office Space” per game, his multi-catness has extremely sneaky value to your squad. Wing with side of Dijon mustard.
Nick Young – Points. That’s all you’ll get from the Swaggy One. He’ll get you maybe one or two 3PTers a game, but forget FG%, FTs, steals, etc. He wants to score, and the Lakers want him to score, so let the boy help your grandmother score! Hairy Wing.
Otto Porter Jr. – Hot name late in this year’s fantasy drafts has fallen off the radar thanks to Butler. Spoiled Wing.
Robert Covington – For now, he’s just a power forward in ESPN and Yahoo. In reality, he is a gunner extraordinaire who has been draining it of late. Before long he’ll get the SF or F designation, and could even get the SG tag, making him a most … “Coveted” Wing. Get it?
Thabo Sefolosha – Barely getting any run or usage since coming over to the Hawks from the Thunder this year, mainly because Millsap does all the little things that Sefo did when he was in Oklahoma City. Crazy to think what the 13th pick in the 2006 draft would be doing on a team like the Philadelphia 76ers, who actually drafted him and then traded him to the Bulls for Rodney Carney, cash and a pick that became Kyrylo Fesenko. If you someday win some dough in an obsure NBA knowledge trivia contest because of this useless information, I think I deserve a piece and you know where to find me. Wing that fell out of the bag in the cold box and never made its way to the kitchen.