Seven games for us to enjoy on a Sunday. Today’s highlighted by another Bestbrook performance, Marc Gasol hitting the game-tying three and winning in overtime and Harden hitting a clutch free throw to win the game. It’s also the last day of the week and hopefully you won your matchup and got some bragging rights over your opponent. Let’s dive into the winners and losers from today’s games.
Stud of the Night: Last time Westbrook got a triple double with 51 points, he wasn’t even listed in the honourable mention section but that’s because he shot 44 shots to get to 51 points. Today, he stuffed the stat sheet by having 33 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists, 5 triples, a steal and a block. He also shot 11-of-21 from field and 6-6 from the line which but the downside to his game were 7 turnovers but you wouldn’t mind it right? Westbrook’s the first and only player with 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists in his first three games to open a season. That’s some ridiculous stuff. Last year, he had 18 triple-doubles and he sat out a lot from blowout games in the fourth quarter, so you should expect that number to increase.
- Kevin Durant – 37 points (10-16 FG, 15-16 FT) 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 triples and a block with 4 turnovers. Durant’s ex-partner in crime narrowly edged him out tonight but he still had a monstrous line, partly due to his high volume and accuracy from both percentages. Durant’s been averaging 28.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists with super efficient percentages from his last three games. He hasn’t been hitting a lot of threes but owners probably wouldn’t mind that since he’s also averaging 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks. I chose KAT over Durant with my fourth pick on one of my leagues and so far he’s been making me feel bad about it.
- Hassan Whiteside – 27 points (10-15 FG, 7-10 FT), 15 rebounds, 4 blocks, a steal and a turnover. Whiteside hasn’t been mentioned here much but that’s because his problem with free throws has resurfaced again. He hit 70 percent of his freebies today in the loss against the Spurs, so hopefully that can continue. He’s still a punt FT% worthy candidate though. He also showed off his offensive repertoire, hitting mid-range jumpers, fadeaways and his usual put-back dunks. The Heat really likes to use a stretch four to partner up with Whiteside, which means the whole paint is to himself. Also, owners shouldn’t be too worried about his swollen elbow with performances like this one.
- Andre Drummond – 20 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 FT), 23 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks with 1 turnover. Another player’s first honourable mention this season. Drummond beasted on the boards today and no centers on the Bucks could handle him down low. That’s back-to-back games where he had 20 or more rebounds and should be a contender for leading the league in rebounds. He didn’t record any blocks in his previous games and that’s hindering his value from the Whiteside’s of the league. If he can manage to pull off two swats or more a game, he should be mentioned in the top tier of centers.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 21 points (7-13 FG, 5-5 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 triples, 2 steals and no turnovers. Pope may not have monstrous lines like the previous guys mentioned, but his all-around contribution especially with no turnovers elevated his value. He only scored a total of 9 points in his previous two games, so a 21 point outburst is a good sign for owners. There’s bound to be up’s and down’s with KCP, as he has always been inconsistent with his shot. Once his shot starts falling, he is a good source of some points, threes and steals.
Fool’s Gold: DeAndre Jordan hasn’t really been off to a flying start. In today’s win against the Jazz, DJ had 7 points on 3-for-10 shooting and 1-for-2 from the line. He also added 16 boards and a block. Him and Gobert basically cancelled each other out today but the two games that he’s played, he shooting below 30% and is not something you drafted DJ for. He led the league in FG% volume last season and this isn’t really the DJ that we know. He also hasn’t been blocking a lot of shots, averaging one per game. In the 5 games in preseason, he only averaged 0.4 per game. Even though its preseason, I believe it’s worth mentioning. It’s only two games in and he’ll eventually regress back to the mean so owners should continue to be patient.
Dud of the Night: Rodney Hood dropped a dud against the Clippers. Basically everyone played pretty badly on the Jazz especially if you scored 75 points as a team. Hood had 5 points on 2-for-10 shooting and also missed his only attempt at the line. He also had 3 rebounds and a triple with 2 turnovers. He started off the season well, scoring 41 points in two games but today’s just an off night for Hood. However, he was going up against J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford so he should be better than this. His value will take a hit when Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks return.
- Devin Booker – 7 points (3-12 FG), 2 assists, a triple and a block with 2 turnovers. Three games into the season, Booker hasn’t really shown signs of his breakout year. He’s forcing shots up and not really letting his game come to him. His field goal percentage are hurting owners incredibly and he’s arguably losing that category for you single handedly. He shot 29.7 percent in his last two games and that’s with high volume as well. His shots will eventually fall and improve on that mark but you shouldn’t expect any other types of contribution from Booker.
- Brandon Knight – 9 points (3-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 assists, 2 steals, a triple and a turnover. The Suns are going finding it hard to put points on the board. The only player that seems to be doing his job well is T.J. Warren and everybody else seems like they’re in a shooting slump. If you’ve drafted Knight, you should already know, you’re going to take a hit in FG%. He’s been averaging 28.9 percent in his last three games and he’s not really contributing to other categories as well. What’s worse is that he’s coming off the bench this year, so as long as some injuries happened to the starting lineup, Knight is going to have his highs and lows.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Vince Carter (1% owned) – 18 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 2 rebounds, 5 triples, a steal and a block in 32 minutes of play. His only field goals were from the three point line and the Grizzlies needed every point Vinsanity made since it was a nail-biting overtime win against the Wizards. The Grizzlies are a little thin on the wings with Parsons and Allen out. Carter isn’t really worth owning just yet but keep an eye out for using a streamer spot for him since they are playing 4 games next week.
J.J. Barea (18% owned) – 18 points (4-10 FG, 7-7 FT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 triples, 2 steals in 31 minutes. Dirk didn’t play this game but Barea didn’t start either. He did play a lot of minutes though and Carlisle really likes to use Barea-Williams-Matthews-Barnes line up a lot. Barea has been getting to the line and hitting it at a consistent rate. He’s also been contributing to a decent amount of assists and steals. He’s only owned in 18% of the leagues and he should be owned in all leagues.
Nick Young (3% owned) – 16 points (4-11 FG, 5-5 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 triples, 2 steals in 30 minutes. Since Swaggy P was inserted into the line up, he has been playing well at the two-spot. He’s a cheap source of points, threes, and free throws from the waiver. Young has been in crunch time situations and Walton clearly trusts him over other players. If you’re in deep leagues, you may want to take a look at him.
Patty Mills (20% owned) – 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 triples in 25 minutes. Mills. didn’t do much of anything else apart from shooting the ball. He’s a good source of threes but that’s really it. One thing that’s clear is that he’s getting more run since Parker is washed up. His ability to stretch the floor is crucial to the two bigs down low in an inside-out system. He scored 18 points in back-to-back games and hitting his threes at an absurd rate, he’s a one-trick pony though and I’d wait to see if he’s consistently getting 20+ minutes, but by the looks of it, Mills is chosen to close out games instead of Parker.
That’s it for Sunday’s FFF. It’s a start of a new week tomorrow, so new match ups and a brand new start. Follow me on Twitter for more updates or to ask me any questions about your fantasy team!