November 8, 2017, 11:21 am
This was an odd scheduling week in the NBA wasn’t it? A light Monday but a loaded 10-game Tuesday? I’ll take it. That just means we have more to tackle. But first, there was a trade in the NBA!
SUNS SHIP BLEDSOE TO THE BUCKS FOR MONROE AND PICKS
Bucks Get: Eric Bledsoe
Suns Get: Greg Monroe and a protected 2018 first round pick and second round picks
Never a dull moment in the NBA, even on a Tuesday morning, am I right? Another contender gets rich. Smooth move for both teams. The Bucks add another big talent to their young future around Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Suns get rid of an unhappy player for immediate picks. Monroe is likely a salary dump-off.
From a fantasy perspective, Bledsoe owners have to be the most happy here. Who knows how long it would have taken for him to finally see the court without this trade, so the immediacy for him finally producing some stats is exactly what you need. Whether he starts or comes off the bench remains to be seen, but the bottom line is he should have a large role and will put up stats. Rejoice!
This move hurts Malcolm Brogdon the most, since he will lose usage to Bledsoe. Brogdon works well with Giannis, so he could remain in a start role with Bledsoe off the bench, but his minutes should suffer slightly and he will inevitably see the floor with Bledsoe and lose touches. You should hold Brogdon to see how it plays out, but don’t expect similar output to his mid-round value. He should decline to a late-round asset in standard leagues.
As far and Giannis and Khris Middleton go, you have to trust in the talent. Giannis is a freak and should not lose a spec of value. No need to panic or move him for anything less than what he already is. Middleton could take a slight hit here, but his role should continue to be the same with a slight dip in assists. He will hold mid-round value as he has each year that he is healthy.
As for the Suns, Greg Monroe does not become an add here, simply because he doesn’t seem to fit in the Suns long-term plans. He will likely be waived or traded, so until he is moved and has a clear path to playing time, he isn’t worth your consideration. Monroe is still talented and solid in fantasy when he has playing time, so keep an eye on where he goes.
The clear winners for the Suns are Mike James and Tyler Ulis. The fear here was always that the Suns would receive a point guard in return, so when the trade was announced the two were very relieved. Unless another trade happens, James and Ulis will share the point guard duties. Both should be owned, with a slight nod to James at this point but Ulis is much younger and capable of runs like he had to end last season.
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Speaking of the Bucks, let’s check out some highlights of yesterday’s crazy 10-game slate in the NBA.
AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
- LeBron James (30-8-9-3) responded to the challenge against the young Bucks and led the Cavs to a 124-119 win on Tuesday night. Kevin Love posted a monster line, scoring 32 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. Oddly enough, Love attempted no 3-pointers in the game. He was 14-for-16 from the line, playing as aggressive as ever and stepping up in a big way. Love owners, this is your sell high moment. The Greek Freak was also fantastic, posting a 40-9-3-0-4 line on 16-for-21 shooting from the field. He’s a stud and as discussed above, don’t worry about Bledsoe. Middleton added 20 points with seven boards, 11 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers. The assists will come down.
- The Pelicans edged past the Pacers on Tuesday in a 117-112 win. Anthony Davis went off for 37 points (14-for-18 FGs), 14 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers. When healthy, he is a top player in fantasy. Ride him until the wheels fall off. DeMarcus Cousins was just as great, posting 32 points with 13 boards, six assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers. These two towers have found a way to co-exist as first round fantasy studs on the same team. It’s a joy to watch. On the Pacers side, Myles Turner had his best game since returning from his concussion, scoring 21 points with 12 boards, three blocks and one 3-pointer. He is just getting started.
- Free Bobby Portis? The Bull returned for his first game back from an eight-game suspension and dropped 21 points (8-for-13 FGs), 13 boards, four assists and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes on Tuesday. I wouldn’t rush to add him for anything of value just yet. We have been through this before. What this does mean, however, is that the Bulls could be moving on from Nikola Mirotic. I can’t see Niko returning with Portis getting minutes like this. Not happening.
- There’s a much better Nikola making headlines these days. Nikola Jokic was out of this world on Tuesday, shooting 16-for-25 from the field for 41 points with 12 boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes. This game was a blowout and Jokic still had himself a day. He is top priority on your NBA league pass channel. The point-center has been re-invented. I have to make mention of Gary Harris here as well, who had six steals last night. Every category is created equal.
- Embiid who? The Sixer got a 104-97 win over the Jazz on Tuesday night. Dario Saric starred with 25 points, 10 boards, one assist and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes. It’s nice to get a glimpse of what this team currently looks like if Embiid were to get shut down later. Saric would be a priority, but not for now. Ben Simmons stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 boards, six assists, three steals and three blocks in 36 minutes. Is there anything he can’t do?
- C.J. McCollum caught fire for 36 points (14-for-26 FGs) with two boards, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes. He missed the game winner in a 98-97 loss to the Grizzlies.
- The Kings shocked the Thunder with a 94-86 win late last night. Buddy Hield dropped 21 points with seven boards, one assist, two steals and made all four of his three-point attempts. Old man Zach Randolph poured in 18 points, eight boards, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes. The Thunder shot 33.7% in this one. Chalk it up to an off night.
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