April 13, 2016, 8:46 pm
The NBA is full of strategic relationships between coaches, general managers, agents, shoe companies and ownership groups.
So when a big change is made at the top of an organization, the next question is always whether or not the new guy is going to bring in their guys.
We’ve already seen the first act of that play in Philadelphia, where former chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo has successfully brought in his son Bryan Colangelo to be president of basketball operations. Sam Hinkie, in case you missed the 13-page memo, is out.
Jerry stepped down from his position and into a special advisors’ role after his son Bryan was hired. Now it may be time for the second act.
Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times was told that there is a “50/50 chance” that Brett Brown is the head coach to start next season, and a “20 percent chance” that he finishes the season in that capacity if he makes it there.
“I don’t think anybody survives, (except) maybe some low-level analytics people,” the source said. “I’m not sure the scouts make it.”
Another NBA source said, “I think the chances are good (Brown is the coach to start next season),” though “if things go really bad, maybe (Bryan Colangelo would) make a change in the middle of the year.”
And then the money quote:
The source expects associate head coach Mike D’Antoni, who was hired by ex-Sixers chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo in December, to succeed Brown.
Moore correctly points out that Colangelo eventually cleaned house in Toronto, one and a quarter seasons after he won NBA Executive of the Year and Sam Mitchell won Coach of the Year in the same 2006-07 season.
If this is what the Sixers are really angling toward they should simply cut the cord now and make the move, rather than wasting a season under false pretense. Though “50/50” is nowhere near a foregone conclusion, the writing was on the wall when Jerry arrived on the scene and everybody saw how that 50/50 situation turned out.
February 23, 2020, 11:50 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown Jr. put up eight points with 10 boards on 3-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Blazers on Sunday.
Brown Jr. is the first guard in Pistons history to have 10 or more rebounds in four consecutive games. He can be left on the wire as the Pistons rotation is a complete mess and his role is unknown.
Source: Johnny Kane on Twitter
February 23, 2020, 11:46 pmBrandon KnightPG, Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight played well in a loss to the Blazers on Sunday as he put up 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
Knight knocked down three triples and added two rebounds and three assists to the box score. Langston Galloway chipped in 13 points with four rebounds and four assists. This is more of a fluke game for Knight, but Galloway should be owned in deeper leagues for his shooting and passing ability.
February 23, 2020, 11:41 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood put up 26 points with nine boards in 31 minutes of action in a 107-104 loss to the Blazers on Sunday.
Wood shot 9-of-15 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also added one assist and two blocks to the stat sheet. Wood is undoubtedly the best fantasy player on the Pistons and should return top-50 value for the remainder of the season.
February 23, 2020, 11:35 pmMario HezonjaSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Mario Hezonja (left ankle sprain) returned from injury on Sunday and recorded one assist in 12 minutes of action.
Hezonja should not be on anyone's radar as he has fallen out of the fantasy spectrum. Leave him on the wire.
February 23, 2020, 11:32 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum set season-highs with 41 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists in a win over the Pistons on Sunday.
McCollum shot 15-of-30 from the field and knocked down six triples. McCollum actually set a career-high with 12 assists as he found ways to get his teammates involved in this one. His value gets boosted when Damian Lillard is out, but he remains a middle-round value for the remainder of the season.
February 23, 2020, 11:27 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony put up a season-high 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 107-104 win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Anthony brought his efficiency back up after his recent struggles from the field, which helped the Blazers pull out a close victory. Trevor Ariza, who had been trending up as of late, put up just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 36 minutes. Ariza should bring top-100 value, while Anthony remains a late-round option for standard leagues.
February 23, 2020, 11:17 pmTerrance FergusonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Terrance Ferguson exited the game early with back stiffness as the Thunder beat the Spurs on Sunday.
Ferguson had zero points, one rebound, one assist and one block on 0-of-2 shooting in 10 minutes. We should receive an update on the extent of his injury in the coming days.
February 23, 2020, 11:08 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins had an awful shooting performance as he went 3-of-16 from the field for eight points against the Pelicans on Sunday, but salvaged this line to a degree with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.
Wiggins has been surprisingly versatile with the Warriors thus far, and before tonight he had been shooting well as the number one offensive option. If Wiggins can continue to be a decent contributor in the steals and blocks department he will be a useful fantasy option in standard leagues. Once Stephen Curry takes the court Wiggins' offensive contributions are going to take a hit, and he will need to diversify his fantasy profile.
February 23, 2020, 11:00 pmJordan PoolePG, Golden State Warriors
Jordan Poole kept up his momentum while facing the Pelicans on Sunday, tallying 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer.
Poole is worth a move in deeper formats as he has emerged with a reliable role for the Warriors lately. We've seen the Warriors play roulette with there roster all season though, Poole's turn in the spotlight is likely to end sooner than later. If you are looking for a hot flyer he is worth a pickup until Stephen Curry returns.
February 23, 2020, 10:55 pmJuan Toscano-AndersonPF, Golden State Warriors
Juan Toscano-Anderson had a night to remember against the Pelicans on Sunday, dropping 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal.
The absence of Marquese Chriss (left calf) gave Toscano-Anderson the runway he needed to go off. It's hard to imagine JTA becoming a regular piece for the Warriors, who were also without Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry is supposed to return before the season is all said and done as well. Keep him in mind while Chriss is out, but Toscano-Anderson is not a pickup yet.