February 13, 2020, 2:49 am
Welcome to Wednesday’s Daily Dish! As we move toward the All-Star break, 11 games took place and we got a better look at the roles of players who were dealt last week. Here are a few of my insights from around the league.
Adds of the Night
Malik Monk, G, Charlotte Hornets – 32 minutes, 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, three 3-pointers, 10-for-20 FG
James Borrego has not been afraid to deploy Monk recently, and the production is starting to feel sustainable. Despite playing an average of about 20 minutes per game this season, that figure has crept toward 30 over his last ten games. Lately that has resulted in a win-win, with Monk getting a chance to sharpen his skills and the Hornets profiting from his output. The 25 points represent his second best total of the season, second only to the 31 he posted on January 28 against the Knicks. Nevertheless, he averaged 18.3 points during the three games prior to this one while hitting 7-of-13 on 3-pointers during that span. Monk sits at 13% Yahoo ownership, so now is the time to strike if you need a scorer.
Seth Curry, G, Dallas Mavericks – 34 minutes, 18 points, three rebounds, six assists, three 3-pointers, 7-for-10 FG
While his brother Stephen is doing non-contact drills in his quest to return to action, Seth is continuing to do what he does best: knock down shots off the bench. While the heavy minutes against the Kings arrived partially due to the 130-111 blowout, the ability has always been there. It must have felt good for Curry to victimize one of his former teams. It’s hard to believe that he has now played, at least sparingly, for six franchises. This was Curry’s sixth straight contest with 15 or more points, and he did just fine even with Luka Doncic firing on all cylinders in his return from a right ankle injury. All in all, not a bad package for someone owned in a mere 17% of Yahoo pools.
Here are a couple of players who could be worth cutting if you find a promising free agent.
Brunson did yeoman’s work for the Mavs while Luka Doncic sat out, but Wednesday was further confirmation that his best production is likely behind him this season. His ownership has plummeted to 11% in Yahoo and the 14 minutes against Sacramento were further proof that owners in the majority of leagues should be looking elsewhere for help at guard. The fact that he got the start next to Doncic was largely symbolic. He ended with five points, two assists, and a pair of turnovers.
For a little while, Davis did very well to fill in for the injured Norman Powell. Even with Powell still out due to a broken finger, Davis no longer looks like a viable fantasy player. The Raptors guard still holds 16% Yahoo ownership but has fallen back to earth after four straight games with double figure points. Davis has totaled four points and four rebounds in his last pair of appearances while only getting minutes in the teens. Even Nick Nurse’s tight rotation doesn’t appear to be reason enough to hold onto him.
Damian Lillard suffered a right groin strain against the Grizzlies and will have an MRI on Thursday.
Jabari Parker (right shoulder impingement) was unable to play.
Delon Wright (right ankle sprain) scored six points in 26 minutes.
Cody Zeller (facial lacerations) was held out of action.
Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) did not face the Wolves.
Serge Ibaka (illness) scored 28 points in 35 minutes.
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) did not play a day after having an MRI.
Derrick Rose (left hip adductor strain) played 17 minutes but had a night to forget from the field.
Svi Mykhailiuk (right hip strain) scored eight points in 18 minutes.
DeAndre’ Bembry (right hand neuritis) did not play despite being declared available.
Mike Conley (illness) did not play against the Heat.
Mario Hezonja (left ankle sprain) was unable to play.
Nassir Little (left ankle sprain) did not play against the Grizzlies.
Kevon Looney (left hip soreness) did not face the Suns.
Mohamed Bamba (illness) was ruled out against the Pistons.
De’Andre Hunter (sprained left ankle) contributed 12 points during 36 minutes.
Cam Reddish appeared to hurt his knee on a dunk attempt but eventually returned to have a productive game.
Elie Okobo scored 12 points in 22 minutes and returned to action after a minor ankle issue.
Alex Len (right hip flexor strain) did not suit up.
I saw plenty of griping from Larry Nance owners on my Twitter timeline when the Cavs traded for Andre Drummond. Yes, it’s true that he played a very quiet 20 minutes versus the Clippers on Sunday in his first appearance alongside Drummond. However, Nance put on a show on Wednesday against Atlanta. He ended with 23 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks. Nance shot an efficient 8-for-11 from the field and five of his boards came on the offensive glass. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line and added a pair of triples for good measure. With Kevin Love absent because of an Achilles issue, Tristan Thompson also came off the bench to feast against a weak Hawks team still waiting for Clint Capela to return from injury. Don’t expect these numbers every night, but it’s also foolish to consider Nance’s prospects a lost cause.
Devonte’ Graham is a testament to what good scouting can accomplish. Drafted 34th overall in 2018, Graham shot 40.9% from long distance during his career at Kansas. Even considering the NCAA’s shorter 3-point line, that’s an impressive figure. As a senior he also averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 7.2 assists. In his second NBA season, Graham is taking the league by storm and putting up similar numbers as a pro. On Wednesday, he shot 5-of-11 from downtown and keyed the Hornets’ comeback in Minnesota by scoring 28 points and dishing out eight dimes. A field goal conversion rate hovering around 38% may not seem too impressive, but that tends to happen when a player approaches 500 attempts from behind the arc in the middle of February. Graham has taken a massive step forward both in terms of responsibility and output when compared to his rookie season.
February 21, 2020, 1:40 amDamion LeeSG, Golden State Warriors
Damion Lee went 4-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line to finish Thursday's game with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Lee has been one of the hotter pickups since D'Angelo Russell was sent to the Wolves. However, some buyer's remorse might be setting in as Lee's .413 shooting from the field can dip thanks to the variance that comes along with him being a streaky shooter, making more suiting for FG-punting builds.
February 21, 2020, 1:36 amJuan Toscano-AndersonPF, Golden State Warriors
Juan Toscano-Anderson was a beneficiary of lengthy garbage time in Thursday's loss to the Rockets, recording a career-high 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.
JTA played well, but as mentioned this game was long over even before the fans could form their conga line leading out of the arena. He's worth a watch list spot if you're playing in an 18-teamer or deeper, but expect him to fall off when Stephen Curry eventually returns.
February 21, 2020, 1:33 amAndrew WigginsSF, Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins recorded a team-high 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s, one steal and two blocks in a loss to the Rockets on Thursday.
There's not much more to add regarding Wiggins and the Warriors' sad state. On a positive note, Wiggins has managed to keep the peripherals going since joining the Dubs, something he should be able to sustain ROS.
February 21, 2020, 1:30 amDeMarre CarrollSF, Houston Rockets
DeMarre Carroll debuted for the Rockets on Thursday vs. the Warriors but was quiet in his 13 minutes off the bench with just two points (2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds and four assists.
Carroll was added more for playoff depth as a veteran shooter. He's not going to make noise in fantasy, so leave him on the wire.
February 21, 2020, 1:26 amJeff GreenSF, Houston Rockets
Jeff Green made his debut for the Rockets on Thursday and looked surprisingly spry given that he's 33 years young, chiming in with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four 3s, four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes.
Before you go rushing off to grab Green, note that there was so much garbage time in this one, you could have built a landfill. He was likely seeing extra run to get acclimated with his new team and system. Leave him on the wire for now. Green's extra time on the floor came at the expense of Danuel House, who played just 19 minutes and was able to tally 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (three 3s) with three rebounds and one assist. House remains a standard-league hold at this time.
February 21, 2020, 1:21 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
Coming out of the All-Star break, a refreshed and rested James Harden was back in tip-top form, leading the Rockets to a 135-105 stomping of the Warriors with 29 points (6-of-16 FGs, 14-of-15 FTs), 10 dimes and a fat stat line.
Harden was in full beast mode (beard mode?) in this one, handily dispatching with the Dubs with three rebounds, three treys, three steals and two blocks, while committing just one turnover. 2019-20 has been rockier than usual for Harden as he saw some unfamiliar territory with ups and downs. He's back and killing it, so clearly the ASB-rest may have been exactly what the doctor ordered.
February 21, 2020, 1:14 amKent BazemoreSG, Sacramento Kings
Kent Bazemore saw some quality run in Thursday's win over the Grizzlies, logging 23 minutes off the bench and dropping 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s and one steal.
Bazemore is not an efficient scorer, so his .600 clip from the field tonight should be taken with a hefty grain of salt. He's been widely inconsistent for most of the season but is worth keeping an eye on in case he makes it a habit of playing well.
February 21, 2020, 1:10 amJabari ParkerPF, Sacramento Kings
Jabari Parker (right shoulder impingement) debuted for the Kings on Thursday but was unremarkable in his 15 minutes off the bench, tallying just four points, four rebounds and two assists.
While Parker is not a high-impact player in fantasy, we should expect to see those minutes rise as he gets his legs back. And given that Marvin Bagley III's timetable is in weeks, Parker may be worth a streamer once he's closer to 100 percent.
February 21, 2020, 1:05 amHarrison BarnesSF, Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes was unconscious as he went 7-for-11 from deep en route to his game-high 32 points in Thursday's 129-125 win over the Grizzlies.
Barnes was hot as hell, making 11-of-17 shots from the field, but chipped with just a sprinkling of peripherals outside of the 3-pointers, adding one rebound, one assist and one steal to the box. Even when he's on a tear, Barnes still is just a score-first (only) guy, who doesn't really diversify into the other categories. Still, it was a good night overall. Just don't expect him to be THIS good every night moving forward.
February 21, 2020, 1:00 amTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones made his 18 minutes on the floor count on Thursday, chipping in 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s and six assists.
Jones is flying under the radar lately and should be on the radars of managers looking for a quality guard to stream. While he's not averaging 20 minutes per game, his per-36 minute numbers of 13.2 points, 8.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game on .468 shooting from the field should be enough to convince you that he's worth the grab.