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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March 21, 2019, 10:18 pmJohn Collins - F/C - Atlanta Hawks
John Collins fouled out of Thursday's win over the Jazz, delivering a fairly quiet night of nine points, eight rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes.
Collins struggled with a burly Utah frontcourt, and he won't be the last guy with that issue. Fantasy owners can take some solace in the fact that he came through with defensive numbers tonight. That's been the only weak spot in Collins' game so far and we're hoping he starts posting numbers more in line with his rookie season going into next year. He's already a top-40 guy with disappointing steals and blocks totals.
March 21, 2019, 10:16 pmDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points on 15-of-32 shooting while adding four rebounds, two assists, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Thursday's game against the Hawks.
Mitchell continues to roll, but the Jazz as a whole fell short tonight. The Jazz have the sixth best offense since the ASB and it's mostly due to Mitchell's ability to create and make shots. Since the ASB, Mitchell is averaging 28.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.3 3s on .464 shooting.
March 21, 2019, 10:15 pmRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting while adding 11 boards, three assists and a steal.
Gobert has been doing everything we expect from him this week except block shots. He's swatted two shots in three games this week, but faces the Bulls on Saturday, who have been giving up the most blocks against opposing centers over the past month.
March 21, 2019, 10:15 pmJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder had a dud on Thursday, scoring two points on 0-of-6 shooting while adding two rebounds and a steal.
Crowder fell off a cliff in today's game, but coming into tonight he had nine consecutive games scoring in double-figures with at least one 3-pointer. He gets the Bulls on Saturday so if you're in need of triples, he's still a viable option.
March 21, 2019, 10:14 pmRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding five boards, seven dimes, two steals and two 3-pointers on Thursday.
After a couple rough games re-integrating into the lineup, Rubio has finally meshed with the Jazz's offense and is producing at a steady rate. He's worth grabbing for dimes and steals, but don't expect the shooting lines to always be this pretty.
March 21, 2019, 10:14 pmJoe Ingles - F - Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles stayed hot on Thursday against the Hawks with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three triples.
Ingles is getting hot from deep as of late, hitting 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and the assist numbers haven't waned which has been a recipe for early-mid round value. There was never any doubt here at Hoop Ball that he'd figure it out in time for owners.
March 21, 2019, 10:13 pmDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors double-doubled on Thursday with 15 points and 15 rebounds to go with an assist, two steals and a block.
He went 6-for-10 from the floor and hit all three of his free throws. Favors continues his strong run of play and he took care of an advantageous matchup tonight. The Jazz play once more this week and have a three-game week coming up so plug him in your lineups.
March 21, 2019, 10:13 pmThomas Bryant - C - Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant moved back into the starting lineup in Thursday's 108-113 loss to the Nuggets and had a huge game with 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes of work.
Bryant had played only five minutes with Bobby Portis prior to tonight but Washington's new starting frontcourt looked good and Scott Brooks said after the game that Bryant will continue to start moving forward. He's got top-140/100 value (8/9-cat) in 19.3 mpg on the season and had middle-round runs in his last stint as a starter, so this is an easy must-own, must-start situation.
March 21, 2019, 10:08 pmTomas Satoransky - G/F - Washington Wizards
Tomas Satoransky continued to cruise on Thursday night, going 5-of-7 from the field while posting 16 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Satoransky might be the most quiet top-75 fantasy player around, but owners aren't complaining. The efficient scoring is a nice wrinkle to his game and he's going to be someone to track closely in draft season. He's looking at the starting PG spot as things stand right now and the hype has yet to catch up to his production. Bradley Beal continued his torrid run with 25 points, eight dimes and three steals while going 10-of-19 from the field in a losing effort.
March 21, 2019, 10:04 pmJeff Green - F - Washington Wizards
Jeff Green moved to the bench in Thursday's loss to the Nuggets and responded with five points, two rebounds and a 3-pointer on 1-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes.
Thomas Bryant is going to keep starting going forward and Green just isn't a priority given the end of Washington's playoff chase. He gave them some good minutes this season and was a steadying presence in fantasy as well, but his low upside and decreasing role make him an easy drop candidate.