August 10, 2016, 10:39 am
Tuesday had plenty of notable moments with two Olympic games being played. Spain was considered a favorite to potentially challenge Team USA in Rio but are currently 0-2. Dario Saric is a monster? Ricky Rubio needs to change his identity.
Today’s plan is to highlight the smaller news first and end with a grand finale — minus the fireworks.
Perry Jones III is headed overseas on a one-year contract. Euro hoops are a totally different style of play so this may actually prove to be beneficial for Jones. He’s notably remembered for his 32-point scoring output when KD missed time in 2014. Well, maybe most don’t remember but I do Perry, I do.
The legend Ray Allen is potentially mulling a comeback attempt. While this seems unlikely, Allen is known for his competitiveness and his 3-point record is in serious jeopardy. We heard this rumor last year and nothing came of it so take it with a grain of salt. A comeback would definitely be a site to see for fans but it’s still relatively unlikely at this point.
On a much more serious note, Enes Kanter is currently involved in a very serious family matter. It appears he has been disowned by his Mother and he hasn’t been in contact with his Father or siblings in quite some time. This all stems from Kanter’s support of the Gulen movement. Fethullah Gülen was allegedly the leader of the coup held in Turkey weeks ago. To prove how serious the matter is, Kanter’s Dad said, “I would not have taken Enes to the U.S. for the basketball camp where his talent was discovered had I known that it would come to this point.” While Kanter defended his position by saying “I would sacrifice my mother, father and whole family for Gulen’s sake.” Crazy stuff. Don’t be surprised if we hear Enes Gulen soon.
Now for the notable performances in today’s Olympics.
Ricky Rubio: Notable? I should’ve made Rubio his own separate category: Embarrassing performances.
Pau Gasol: Gasol had a mediocre performance but will be remembered negatively for the final few seconds. Sadly for him, scoring a game-high 13 points and recordig four blocks will never be remembered from today’s action. Gasol had the chance to seal the game but missed both of his free throws. In the ensuing possession, Brazil was able to manage a crazy tip and score the game-winning basket. Don’t worry, it’s only mostly your fault.
Nikola Mirotic: Another disappearance from Mirotic as he went 0-for-4 from downtown. Like Rubio, he has been a massive disappointment thus far. Because of Spain’s inability to finish games, they must win their next three games in order to advance. Maybe if Mirotic actually knew how to properly box out, Spain would be the likely candidate to advance. We know he was a liability at times in Chicago and his minutes down the stretch proved that. He’s been quiet inconsistent during his time in the NBA, though he still holds value as he can get hot in a hurry.
Marcelo Huertas: Though Huertas has the least fantasy value out of all these players but his performance is well worth mentioning. Saying he outplayed opposing guard Ricky Rubio is a massive understatement. Huertas finished with 10 points, seven assists and four boards. His zero turnovers through 31 minutes are perhaps the most impressive part of the entire game.
Huertas was mocked and judged by the DFS community last season because he appeared to be an awful decision maker. Huertas improved vastly towards the end of the year but still has no fantasy value with the current Lakers roster. He still proved the DFS bullies wrong, be proud buddy.
The MVP of the day: Dario Saric — where do I start? Unbelievable performance. He finished with 19 points, 10 boards and seven assists. This is the first time in a few seasons where Philly will actually have a playing time conundrum when it comes to their talented players. Between Saric, Okafor, Noel, Embiid, Grant and Covington — someone will have to suffer a low minute total barring a trade. Saric has displayed his potential both days in Rio but he’s struggling with his 3-point shot.
He had the game-winning block against Spain and on Tuesday he carried the team on his back, on both ends! Watch out NBA fans, Saric may be the hero Philly needs and deserves. Trusting the process may finally pay off? At least we know Saric is clutch — right Gasol? Too soon.
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November 21, 2019, 2:25 amPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverly had a monstrous stat line against the Celtics in a 107-104 overtime win on Wednesday, ending the night with 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers.
It's really hard to ask for a better game than this. Beverly was a machine in this one and had easily his best game of the year. Unfortunately, this performance was more of an outlier than the norm. It's tough to count on him for consistent value in standard leagues, but could have merit in deeper leagues. This was the Clippers' first game with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, so it's possible this dynamic creates more chances for Beverly, but we'll have to wait and see.
November 21, 2019, 2:16 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George racked up 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting in Wednesday night's contest against the Celtics, in addition to five rebounds, eight assists, a block and four 3-pointers.
George had another solid outing and shows that he can contribute across the board. Although he has only suited up four times this year, he is a top-10 player on a per-game basis along with his teammate, Kawhi Leonard. He should have the opportunity for some huge games when Kawhi takes his days off.
November 21, 2019, 2:10 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard did a little bit of everything in his return on Wednesday night, putting up a line of 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
Simply put, Leonard can ball. It's just a matter of how often. Fantasy players drafted him for nights like this, but have to live with the fact that he'll be missing games every now-and-then. That being said, on a per-game basis, he is still a top-10 player this year and someone you can count on to end the season around that mark.
November 21, 2019, 2:02 amMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell logged 31 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, and turned it into six points, six rebounds, three dimes, two steals and two blocks.
It was a quiet night on offense for Harrell as most of the Clippers' shots came from their guards and wings. However, he was still able to contribute a couple steals and blocks tonight. Even after the low offensive output, Harrell is sitting inside top-80 value on the season. Ivica Zubac and Maurice Harkless also had quiet nights with five and three points respectively.
November 21, 2019, 1:59 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen woke up with a team-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six boards, three treys, one steal and two blocks in a 109-89 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Markkanen has not delivered anything close to his mid-round ADP so far this season, mostly the result of his .362 shooting from the field. He could warm up soon and his buy-low window would slam shut. Act accordingly.
November 21, 2019, 1:57 amLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams took over for the Clippers on Wednesday night, ending the contest with 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers but also seven turnovers.
In a night where all eyes were supposed to be focused on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the court for the first time, Lou Williams stole the show. He led the team in both points and field goal attempts. Williams has had a great stretch of games and has played at a top-50 value recently. However, his season marks are more realistic and have him just inside the top-100.
November 21, 2019, 1:56 amWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. played well in a tough matchup against Andre Drummond, posting 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting with 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.
WCJ is a top-120 value on the season, but has the tools to pull that needle closer to top-75 before the 2019-20 dust settles. Consider floating a buy-low offer right now.
November 21, 2019, 1:51 amShaquille HarrisonPG, Chicago Bulls
Shaquille Harrison drew the start for an injured Otto Porter (righ foot bone bruise) and thrived with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one trey and one block in 26 minutes on Wednesday.
Porter is out for at least a couple more weeks. Harrison has outplayed Chandler Hutchison with this spot start, making him a speculative add in case Harrison sticks with starting five.
November 21, 2019, 1:51 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum balled out on Wednesday, dropping a season-high 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and adding, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers.
This was one of Tatum's best lines of the season. He has strung together a couple of solid outings with Gordon Hayward out. Tatum is currently a top-40 player and should settle somewhere around there as the season progresses.
November 21, 2019, 1:44 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker had a rough night on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting, with only two assists and six turnovers, but somehow managed nine rebounds.
Kemba's night was salvaged with his nine rebounds, but other than that it was one he'd like to forget. It was his season-high in turnovers and tied his season-low in assists. He is still a top-20 guy and he'll move past this. It just wasn't a great game, simple as that.