November 27, 2016, 6:35 am
The Spurs aren’t as good as they were last year, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t a fantastic basketball team. The Spurs notched their 10th victory on the road against the Wizards on Saturday night. As much love as the Clippers are getting right now the Spurs are, yet again, being overlooked as a true contender in the West. Kawhi Leonard’s ascension into quiet super stardom is the most Spurs thing possible and he’ll only continue to improve.
Now if you’re not too hungover from the NBA schedule on Friday or the copious amounts of beverages you’ve consumed it’s time to get up and serve the Dish.
Spurs 112 Wizards 100
Tony Parker scored a season high 20 points with only three assists in 27 minutes, his days of fantasy relevancy are sadly over. Danny Green scored six with two 3-pointers and a block, he’s been the 52nd overall player in nine-cat since his return and he’s likely going to play even better than his current averages. LaMarcus Aldridge did his thing by scoring 24 points with seven boards and Kawhi Leonard added 19 points with five boards and three steals.
Markieff Morris was ejected for yapping after only 18 minutes. He finished with 12 points and a trickle of stats. He can be a frustrating player due to his inconsistency but he’s got plenty of minutes and very little depth around him. Bradley Beal had a good night by scoring 25 points, though he needed 23 shots to do it and only hit 11 of them. He added six boards, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers for one of his better well rounded lines so far this season. Otto Porter’s 51% field goal will come back to Earth eventually, as will his 18.6% rebounding rate. He’s going to be a top 50 player but don’t expect second round production.
Knicks 102 Hornets 107
Kristaps Porzingis continues to ascend his offensive game and scored 25 points with six rebounds as he got to the line to make 9-of-11 freebies. Carmelo Anthony’s shot was just not falling as he hit only 7-of-25 from the field and ended with 18 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Rose continues to take way too many shots as he hit just 6-of-20 in this game for 20 points with eight assists. Rose is actually the 126th player in nine-cat on the year, which given is an improvement on his previous years. Keep an eye on Willy Hernangomez who has been productive in limited stretches lately. He’s a candidate to earn major minutes if the Knicks go into the tank.
Nic Batum sat with an eye injury, and it doesn’t look like it’ll keep him out long. Frank Kaminsky played a whopping 35 minutes in his start at power forward with Marvin Williams (knee) gone at least another week. He produced with 14 points, five boards, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers. As long as he’s playing this well he should be owned, and despite people’s hate for the Frank the Tank it was no secret he was a solid offensive player coming out of college. Kemba Walker balled out as usual and he’s been fantastic yet again this season. MKG posted a low end line of 11 points with eight boards and no other stats while Cody Zeller nearly fouled out but posted 11 points with 10 boards and two blocks.
Grizzlies 110 Heat 107
Troy Williams was a preseason stud for the Grizzlies and made the most of his surprising start in this game by scoring 18 points with three boards, two assists, and two 3-pointers. We’ll see what the Grizzlies do moving forward but his game is fantasy friendly and he should be monitored as the shooting guard spot in Memphis is pretty wide open night to night. Marc Gasol dropped 28 points with three boards and six assists. Mike Conley continues to excel in his new system despite the frustrations of being rested and scored another 21 points with seven assists. JaMychal Green scored 11 points with seven boards and canned three 3-pointers, he’s a decent low end guy to own. Tony Allen started at small forward and scored 11 with eight boards.
Dion Waiters lead the Heat with 28 points, and it’s not a shocker the Heat lose a home game when they’re relying on a hot Dion Waiters to close out the game. Waiters scored 28 points with five boards and six assists, so he’s worth owning at the moment. I still think he’ll slip into utter irrelevancy as soon as the Heat have their starting lineup back. Tyler Johnson scored 12 points with four boards and two 3-pointers. I espoused my love for Johnson’s game on the Wednesday’s pod and I continue to believe he’ll end up as a top 75 value on the season. Hassan Whiteside had a solid game with 15 points, 12 boards and two blocks. James Johnson continues to play well and earned 32 minutes, he should be owned until Justice Winslow is back.
Pistons 88 Thunder 106
The Pistons can be one of the more boring teams on a night to night basis for fantasy purposes because they’re such known quantities. All the Pistons starters played above 30 minutes in this one and all of them broke double-digit scoring, though three of them had only 10 points. Andre Drummond had a quiet night as Steven Adams more or less handled him and he only came down with eight boards while being a team low -22 in plus/minus. Tobias Harris scored 21 points with four boards and three steals and was the only decent fantasy line on the whole team. The only news is that Darrun Hilliard received time over Stanley Johnson, who was suspended a game and could be in Stan Van Gundy’s doghouse for a long while.
Russell Westbrook triple-doubled with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists and five turnovers. He also only shot 8-of-22, and this is pretty much what you expect out of Westbrook, which is insane as Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double on the season. Victor Oladipo is finally playing well and scored 18 points with six boards, two assists and three 3-pointers. He’ll be good this year but keep the second and third round fantasy at bay. Steven Adams was great against Drummond and ended with 16 points and nine boards. Anthony Morrow got hot and scored 21 points, and that won’t happen again for awhile.
Timberwolves 102 Warriors 115
Zach Lavine scored a whopping 31 points by shooting 13-of-24 from the field with five of those coming from the three point line. Unfortunately he isn’t adding much else, he didn’t even have a free throw attempt in this game, all while being by far the lowest plus/minus on his team at -19. The shooting will regress and I’m interested to see if he can maintain mid round value when that happens. Ricky Rubio was benched down the stretch again in favor or Tyus Jones who played just 13 minutes. If there is a Rubio trade it looks like Jones is the guy, for now, over Kris Dunn. Andrew Wiggins is still struggling with his shot and went 6-of-15 from the field (1-of-6 from three). Just give him some time.
Kevin Durant blocked a career high six shots to go along with 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers. Stephen Curry poured in his own 34 points with eight boards, six assists and four 3-pointers. Klay Thompson scored 23 points with six boards, two assists and four 3-pointers. Draymond Green sat this game out as precaution after injuring his ankle on Friday night versus the Lakers. An MRI showed nothing serious so the Warriors may just take it easy on him for another game. Kevon Looney started in his place and was more or less invisible in 18 minutes. The Warriors studs will all get solid bumps in production if Draymond sits anymore.
January 19, 2020, 1:35 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield shot 5-of-11 from the field on his way to scoring 14 points with three rebounds, three assists and two triples in 35 minutes.
Hield is a top-90 player in per game value and there's some hope for him to improve slightly if his .418 field goal percentage can creep towards the .458 he shot last season. That isn't something to count on though since he's headed in the wrong direction lately, shooting .382 in the past month.
January 19, 2020, 1:34 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In his return from a two-week absence, Fred VanVleet scored 29 points in Saturday's 122-112 win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Not only did he shoot the ball efficiently (11-of-16) but he also held on to the ball and only committed one turnover. Though he only registered two assists, the four steals, make this one of the cleaner fantasy games for VanVleet this season. Look for him to keep it going as he is providing top-30 player return so far this season.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was quiet on Saturday with 10 points, three rebounds and two threes in 33 minutes.
Bjelica had a double-double on Wednesday with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, so owners shouldn't worry too much about Saturday's mediocre performance. Bjelica should be rostered in standard leagues while Richaun Holmes is out for the next few weeks. It's tough to see Bjelica holding standard-league value once the Kings get healthy though.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Saturday's win, chipping in seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The 28 points for Lowry is a nice but is muted a bit as he was only able to register two assists. Coming in to this game he is sixth in the league for assists per game with almost seven. The two is his lowest output all season whereas the 28 points is the highest point total this month.
January 19, 2020, 1:22 amMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley scored 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.
Bagley has averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27.8 minutes since returning from his left foot sprain three games ago. He's delivering with Richaun Holmes out and has done enough to keep his role safe once Holmes returns. Bagley has a good chance at posting top-100 value moving forward with top-75 upside.
January 19, 2020, 1:21 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 14 points in Saturday's win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
The backcourt players had the hot-hand in this one and limited Siakam to just 10 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, except for the defensive stats this seemed to take him out of the picture as he only registered four rebounds. No worries here as Siakam is still a beast.
January 19, 2020, 1:17 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win, chipping in three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Powell has scored over 20 points in four consecutive games off the bench. Even with the return of teammate Fred VanVleet, Powell has continued to get shots up, averaging 14 field goal attempts a game. He is worth hanging on to in most leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:12 amDanny GreenSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Danny Green racked up four steals on Saturday to go with 20 points, five rebounds, one block and four triples in 33 minutes.
This line is as good as it gets for Green with bunches of threes and defensive stats. Green is inside the top-130 on the season and can provide late-round value with threes, steals and blocks. His low upside makes him more suitable for 14-team leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:06 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James dominated the Rockets in a 124-115 victory with 31 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
James carried the Lakers to a victory without Anthony Davis. James has bounced back this year and is putting up first-round value again. Expect more of the same moving forward for LeBron.
January 19, 2020, 1:03 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, chipping in six rebounds, six assists, and a block on 4-of-11 shooting.
Following last nights 27 point game on his return from injury, KAT was flat tonight and did not contribute much on either side of the ball. This is nothing to worry about, though, as he is just playing under 30 minutes since his return. Once he finds his legs he should be back to returning first-round value for fantasy owners.