Wednesday night had 10 games for us to enjoy! Lots of things caught my eye tonight and it probably raised a few of your eyebrows too (pun intended). Let’s take a look at the studs n duds and other fantasy goodies!
Stud of the Night: There are lots of games tonight but picking the best out of the best was barbecue chicken tonight. I’m convinced that we’re all living in a world where Anthony Davis is playing himself on 2k. His monstrous line seems like something you get if you’re playing MyCareer. He blew up for 50 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 4 blocks on 17-of-34 from the field and 16-of-17 from the charity stripe against the Nuggets. He lost by the way. Pelicans lost with a guy scoring an efficient 50 points! This tragic hero needs some help and the whole of NBA is feeling sorry for the Brow from tonight’s game. He was drafted around the 8th-10th pick of most drafts and the upside is crazy for this guy so keep reaping them in and pray for him to stay healthy.
Honourable Mentions: I’m going to keep to 5 honourable mentions from today so there are bound to be some players left out. Let’s start off with Myles Turner. The 20-year old had a lot of hype surrounding him on draft day and owners should be ecstatic after today’s performance. He had 30 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals and a triple on 13-of-19 shooting in an overtime win against the Mavericks. I’m excited for this Pacers team, they’re very explosive. All starters have the ability to go off and score in bunches. Turner outplayed both Bogut and Dirk and was just too beastly down low, achieving a career-high in rebounds. He’s going to keep on rolling so have fun owning him if you drafted him.
Dirk couldn’t carry the team to victory tonight against the Pacers but he still had heroic efforts. Dirk scored 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting along with 8 rebounds, 4 triples, 2 thefts and 2 blocks in 38 minutes. What’s interesting is that Dirk played 16 minutes as the center and this trend is probably going to continue since Bogut can’t handle the heavy minutes and guarding quick, athletic 5’s anymore. The minutes will probably take a hit for the 38-year old, so don’t expect him to have this sort of contribution every night. It’s a good sign that he can still stuff the stat sheet though.
Isaiah Thomas had an efficient 25 points on 7-14 shooting and 9-9 from the free throw line, while handing out 9 dimes, grabbed 6 rebounds along with 2 thefts and 2 triples in a win against the Nets. Him and Al Horford pairing up are looking good and teams should be fearing Boston right now.
Probably his first official start as a point guard in the NBA, James Harden’s usage rate was through the roof. He scored 34 points on 9-19 shooting and 15-16 from the line in a loss against the Lakers. He also handed out a career-high 17 assists while grabbing 8 rebounds.He’s going to flirt with a triple double every night and just keep in mind the turnovers are going to be out of control so definitely punt that.
Another high usage rate point guard, Russell Westbrook just missed on a triple double with 32 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and a triple. He had an efficient night by shooting 11-21 from the field, 9-11 from the line and only 2 turnovers. Your team should be expecting the worse in terms of efficiency when you drafted him but this is a plus.
Point Giannis’ first game this season turned out okay right? He scored 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting in a tough loss against the Hornets. He also contributed 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and a triple one with only one turnover. If you’ve spent a first round pick on him, things are looking good so far. He’s able to score efficiently even with the cramped up spacing with Middleton out. I have a feeling that we’ll see Greek Freak mentioned here quite often.
Fool’s Gold: Fool’s Gold is a section where the stat line of a player looks better than it actually is. For example, sometimes the stats are too popcorn or the percentages and turnovers are hurting your team more than the actual contribution of the counting stats. Today’s Fool’s Gold is Devin Booker. The teenager scored the ball well and had an efficient game from shooting from the field. He scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting but that’s about it. No threes, no steals, no blocks and 4 turnovers. He also missed 3 free throws out of 5. The lack of defensive stats from Booker is well known but the lack of threes and poor free throw shooting is surprising. He’s still a break out candidate but the Kings, under Dave Joerger really played some tough defense on him. Devin Booker, our fool’s gold of the night.
Dud of the Night: Brook Lopez’s stat line is horrible. In only 21 minutes of play, he had 7 points on 1-of-7 shooting, 5 rebounds, a triple and 2 turnovers. No assists, steals or blocks from the Net’s star player. What’s even worse about this line is the 21 minutes. No, he wasn’t in foul trouble. He was benched. Let’s hope Kenny Atkinson won’t do this often. Atkinson is a new coach so it will be hard to tell how tough he is on his players. I have a feeling BroLo is making his way to his doghouse. There might be a chance that Atkinson is doing this to gain the respect of other players, who knows. Let’s not make this a daily habit okay Kenny?
Who Else Sucked? : With all the hype surrounding them before the season started, Victor Oladipo and Nikola Jokic just didn’t step up on their first game of the season. Oladipo had 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting, 5 boards, a block and 3 turnovers. This isn’t good enough for owner’s who spent a second or third round pick for Dipo. He’ll bounce back for sure but Westbrook must be mad at him missing a layup that costed him the triple double.
Jokic on the other hand was outplayed by his fellow front court teammates, Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried. Jokic was struggling with foul troubles and only played in 21 minutes. He scored 5 points along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 turnovers. His value dropped a little bit after the preseason started but let’s hope he’s not a bust.
Gems in the Waiver Wire:
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 23 points (10-18 FG, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, a steal and a block in 35 minutes. This guy is only owned in 42% of the league, and under 50% is qualified as waiver wire gems. MKG is finding his shot and is being aggressive, he also attempted 2 threes as well. Grab him quickly.
- Joe Harris – 16 points (6-15 FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 triples, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Shooting guard position in Nets is up for grabs and Harris has been hot lately.
- Justin Hamilton – 19 points (7-12 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 triples, 2 assists in 25 minutes. Gets minutes for both PF and C position. A big who can shoot threes, Nets are going to need him. Brolo got benched today so keep that in mind.
- J.J Barea – 22 points (7-17 FG, 6-6 FT), 6 assists, 2 triples and a block in 39 minutes. Dallas went small a lot with Dirk at the five. They also played in an OT game so stats are inflated. But with Devin Harris out for a while, Barea could have his chance especially with the injury prone, Deron Williams in front of him.
- Roy Hibbert – 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-3 FT), 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 blocks in 32 minutes. Zeller on a minute restriction and is still rusty so the starting gig is still his. I’m still surprised though because he actually looked good for the first time in two years.
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