November 7, 2018, 2:26 am
Election night may have dominated the headlines (rightfully so, I hope everyone voted!), but the NBA doesn’t take off. If you spent much of the night tracking House and Senate races, you missed some big stat lines and news. Let’s check out what went down on Tuesday night.
KEMBA WALKER IS A FANTASY FIRST ROUNDER…FOR NOW
The Hornets struggled to put away the Hawks until late, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 113-102 win. Kemba Walker led all scorers with 29 points, three boards, seven assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers. He is playing like a top-10 fantasy player and shows no sign of slowing down.
The real fear with Kemba is the potential for a trade. He is in the final year of his contract and is an unrestricted free agent next season. That gives the Hornets all the incentive in the world to ship him to a contender at some point in the season. A move would easily temper his value, as he would likely be sent to a team with other high-volume players. It wouldn’t be a terrible idea to sell Walker for a top-15 player who is certain to stay put.
Marvin Williams had a blow-up game, shooting 8-for-14 from the field for a season-high 20 points with eight boards, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes. Just when everyone dropped him, he went out and played like this. Williams has the potential to post these lines, but keep in mind it was against the Hawks. Fortunately, the Hornets play a lot of weak teams out East so Williams has a shot to have more nights like this. You could do a lot worse at the end of your bench in standard leagues.
As for the Hawks, Hoop Ball 6’er Kent Bazemore stuffed the stat sheet, particularly in the defensive categories. Bazemore shot 6-for-12 from the field for 16 points with two boards, one assist, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. This what he is capable of, which is what makes him fun to own. Bazemore should hold middle-round value all season.
LUKA DONCIC WANTS YOUR VOTE FOR ROY
The sinking Wizards dropped another one, this time to the young Mavericks in a 119-100 beating on Tuesday night. Luka Doncic dazzled the crowed with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors.
His running mate Dennis Smith Jr. was solid as well, scoring 19 points with four boards, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He has had a rocky start to the season as far as inefficiency is concerned, but he can improve. You have to either roll with him or sell him to an owner who loves popcorn stats.
On the Wizards side, Otto Porter Jr. owners are rejoicing after a nice line, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including five threes) with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. He has quietly been a buy low, but this game closes that window for a bit.
CARIS LEVERT’S FAIRYTALE SEASON CONTINUES
The Nets went in and took care of business over the Suns in a 104-82 blowout. Caris Levert was terrific again with a 26-5-1-1-1 line with three 3-pointers. He is a top-40 player so far on the season and can’t seize to put up flashy numbers. He should remain an upper-middle round player the rest of the season.
Speaking of flashy numbers, another throwback Hoop Ball favorite over the years had a flashy night. With Tyson Chandler leaving the Suns for the Lakers, the Suns gave Hoop Ball darling Richaun Holmes 18 minutes and he completed his usual upside tease. Holmes was 6-for-7 from the field for 13 points with 10 boards, one steal and two blocks in 18 minutes. Sure, he could be fool’s gold once again, but at least put him on your radar in 16-team leagues until further notice.
McCOLLUM HANGS 40 TO UPSET BUCKS
The Bucks began the season 7-0 but have now dropped two of three, this time at the hands of the Blazers in a 118-103 blowout on Tuesday night. C.J. McCollum was the star of the night, going off for 40 points (17-for-26 FGs), five boards, six assists, four steals and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Before the game, he was a prime buy-low candidate. The window shut hard on Tuesday.
Damian Lillard wasn’t asked to do as much with McCollum on fire, posting a 13-6-3-0-1 line. Never panic with a healthy Lillard.
Giannis had an okay game, shoothing 11-for-18 from the field for 23 points with nine boards and six assists. He’ll wake up from the slumber party soon.
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