Fan’s Fantasy Feature (or FFF for short) is going to be a piece where I write about the daily happenings in the fantasy world of the NBA. Tonight’s the opening night of the NBA, meaning it’s the start of our fantasy journey. Let’s take a look at the studs and duds from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Damian Lillard means business this year and is motivated to bring home the MVP trophy. He dropped 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, 9-of-9 from the charity stripe, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 turnovers in the win against the Jazz. He sent a message to around the league that the young Blazers are legit. He’s probably going to be more efficient this year with a better surrounding cast helping him out. For owners who picked him up in the first round, things are looking good so far. Let’s hope the defensive stats kicks in a little bit.
Honourable Mentions: On a night where everyone was focusing on the Dubs, Kawhi Leonard scored a career high 35 points on 10-of-21 shooting and a crazy 15-of-15 from the line. He also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a whooping 5 steals in the triumphant win against the Dubs. I’m sure we’re gonna see Kawhi Leonard mentioned here quite often and he’s probably going to break his career high in points soon. He looks more aggressive this year and seems to found out a way to get to the line like James Harden (holding the ball down low and sweeping through people’s arms). Have fun with Kawhi this year.
Kevin Durant is another name that will be mentioned here quite a number of times as well. In a blow out loss against the Spurs, Durant had an efficient 27 points on 11-of-18 from the field, 4-of-5 from the free throw line, 10 rebounds, 4 assists along with 2 steals, 2 blocks and a triple. It’s clear the Dubs needs him to play both sides on the floor and be a rim protector for their team.
LaMarcus Aldridge had an efficient double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds on 10-of-20 from the field along with a triple and a steal. It’s pretty automatic for him but with Duncan not here anymore, you’d kind of want to see his block numbers go up.
LeBron James messed around on ring night and got a triple double. He’s motivated to stay unbeaten on ring night and had 19 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists and a block on 9-14 from the field in a blowout win against the Knicks. He’s extra motivated tonight and the assist number probably won’t be this high for the entire season but he’s looking good so far.
Dud of the Night: Even in a game where the Spurs scored 129 points, Pau Gasol only had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and nothing else in 18 minutes of play. Playing against the faster and smaller teams like the Warriors, Pop would probably prefer to run Aldridge over Gasol in a smaller line up. The 36-year old is still trying to find hit place on the team and a mid-round pick isn’t looking that good right now.
Gems in the Waiver Wire: I can’t believe he’s the first guy I’m mentioning but the 35-year old, Joe Johnson found the fountain of youth. He scored 29 points on 12-0f-16 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 triples and a steal in the tough loss against the Blazers. He’s stepping up for Hayward’s injury and is probably a good stopgap for a couple of weeks.
Jonathan Simmons! I love this guy! There’s just something about seeing an athletic guy on the Spurs that amazes me. Partly because they’re usually known for boring and non-athletic style of play. He played 28 minutes tonight and most of them are meaningful competitive minutes until the garbage time. He scored 20 points on 8-of-14 from the field, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 triples and a block in the dominating win against the Warriors. He’s a good streamer to have this week when the Spurs still have 3 more games. I thought Kyle Anderson might be the streamer but turns out its Simmons that might be worth owning. I already swapped Anderson for Simmons in a 16-team league and it’ll be interesting to see how the rotations are like when Danny Green returns. Oh! and Simmons also had a chase down block on curry!
In 29 minutes of play, Allen Crabbed provided 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 triples. Portland goes small a lot and I’m talking about Harkless or Aminu as their center and this means more opportunity for guys like Crabbe and Turner. Hard to see Crabbe remain consistent though as he’s probably the second or third guy off the bench but if you want some threes and steals in deep leagues, he’s worth a look.
That’s about it for Tuesday Night’s FFF. Follow me on Twitter for more updates or to ask me any questions about your fantasy team!