Nine Games on a Tuesday Night highlighted by some trade news. The Thunder sent Ersan Ilysova and a draft pick for Jerami Grant. You can make a speculative add for Jerami Grant. He might take over the starting power forward spot after he gets integrated into the team and he’s capable of blocking some shots and hitting the three. Losers out of this is Sabonis but he wasn’t on any fantasy radar anyways. Another loser could be Kanter. He’s already averaging under 20 minutes per game and if Grant plays well, it might eat into Kanter’s minutes. Let’s dive into the winners and losers of tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: James Harden finally gets his first Stud of the Night award. He scored 41 points on 13-20 shooting and 10-14 from the line. He also had 7 rebounds, 15 assists, 5 triples, a steal and controlled his turnovers to just one. Unfortunately, they lost the Cavaliers and Harden didn’t have enough help this game. He’s in contention for leading the league in scoring and assists. Last player who accomplished this feat was Nate Archibald back in 1972-73. Both Harden and Westbrook are set to be fighting for this. Owners who spent a top-3 pick for Harden should continue to enjoy the ride.
Anthony Davis – 35 points (9-21 FG, 17-18 FT), 15 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks and a turnover. After a measly 18 point game against the Spurs, Davis bounced back and continue to assert his dominance onto teams. Unfortunately, his heroic efforts went to waste yet again in a loss against the Bucks. He got some help from his teammates tonight, but the defense were just horrible, allowing the Bucks shoot nearly 50% from the field. Pelicans are still winless after four games and if this trend goes on, the tanking is going to start and the shutdown rumours will gain steam, which doesn’t bode well for Davis’ value.
Kawhi Leonard – 30 points (10-18 FG, 5-5 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 triples, 2 steals and 2 turnovers. The Spurs did lose their first games of the season and they could’ve went to Kawhi more in the fourth. The threes are a good sign today, Leonard hasn’t been shooting that much from range and he’s been hitting almost every shot he took. He’s a beast offensively and defensively and he’s the best two player in the league right now. Leonard’s up for contention for both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards and should continue to steamroll opponents.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 24 points (10-19 FG, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, a steal and a triple with 1 turnover. This is the type of performance Point Giannis was expected to have with a first round pick and he finished this line even when he was in foul trouble. However, he did attempt 6 threes and that hurt his line more than it should. Owners wouldn’t complain though since he did shoot above 50 percent and seems like a triple one threat every night.
Goran Dragic – 25 points (8-14 FG, 4-7 FT), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 triples, 2 steals and 2 blocks with 3 turnovers. It’s the first Dragon mention and he stuffed the stat sheet tonight. He scored 25 points in back to back games now and is the Heat’s go-to scorer. The free throws are a little bit disappointing but owners shouldn’t complain after contributing across the board stats. Dragic has been averaging 20.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists and with stats like that, he’ll exceed his ADP value.
Fool’s Good: Karl-Anthony Towns had an off night today with 11 points on 4-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block. He’s been averaging 57% from the charity stripe and this isn’t the KAT that owners used a first round pick on. He’s getting overshadowed by his teammates such as LaVine, Wiggins and Dieng. Now with Rubio out a couple of weeks, you wonder if KAT is going to get the ball down low as often as he did last year since LaVine and Wiggins are pretty much blackholes. As a KAT owner, I’m starting to worry.
Dud of the Night: Tonight’s biggest dud is D’Angelo Russell. The second year player had a pedestrian 11 points on 3-10 shooting and 3 assists with two turnovers. That’s pretty much it. He dropped an egg in rebounds, threes, steals and blocks and isn’t the player you probably reached for. He’s averaging 33 percent from the field in four games. You probably expected pretty bad percentages but probably not this bad. It’s not like he’s struggling with the heavy load since he’s only playing 27.8 minutes per game. Luke Walton really likes to use his bench since Williams and Clarkson can provide a spark of energy for the team. Russell will eventually bounce back from this. It’s hard to buy low on a player like Russell since owners who drafted him has really high expectations for him and probably won’t cut bait.
Andre Drummond – 9 points (4-13 FG, 1-6 FT) 13 boards, 2 steals and a block with a turnover. Drummond had an off night against the Knicks. Hard to imagine a beast like Drummond was bothered by Porzingis and Noah but that’s kind of what happened. He’ll bounce back but right now, Tobias Harris has the spotlight on the Pistons.
Klay Thompson – 14 points (6-17 FG, 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 turnovers. You didn’t draft Klay for the rebounds and assists. You drafted Klay for the efficient percentages, points and threes. However, Klay has been struggling with his shot and it’s just not going down. He’s forcing some shots up and it’s clear that he’s bothered by it. I don’t remember the last time if ever that he had back-to-back games where he didn’t hit a three. He’s averaging 0.8 threes per game and 38.0 percent from the field. Owners might panic a little bit so floating an offer up wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Solomon Hill (27% owned) – 18 points (5-9 FG, 5-8 FT), 6 boards, 4 dimes, 3 triples, 2 thefts in 36 minutes. He is the starting small forward for the Pelicans and have been getting heavy minutes. He hasn’t been producing until today. Tyreke Evans is still out for a while and if you have someone to cut bait on, I’d take Hill only because he does get the consistent minutes to produce.
Tyler Johnson (26% owned) – 22 points (7-11 FG, 6-6 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 triples, 2 steals, 2 blocks in 32 minutes of play. This comes from an overtime game but he’s a must own player in 12 team leagues until Josh Richardson gets back. He’s getting his minutes from the backup point guard spot and some minutes next to Dragic as well. He’s averaging 15.3 points on 53.5 percent shooting along with a triple and a steal per game.
Larry Nance (18% owned) – 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-4 FT), 5 rebonds, 6 steals and a block in 29 minutes. Nance did get more run than Randle today and he has a lot of upside. However, with Randle’s improved passing skills and efficient game, it’s tough to see Nance get more run than him more frequently. Mozgov did get injured and is questionable for Lakers’ next game, so Nance might see some minutes at the center spot. He’s a target for deep leagues so far.
Hollis Thompson (1% owned) – 22 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 4 triples and a block with no turnovers in 28 minutes. Thompson scored a total of 7 points before this game so this may be a sign of fluke. However, Covington is scoreless for the past two games and coach Brett Brown may ride the hot hand. Just keep an eye on him right now.
Malcolm Brogdon (1% owned) – 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 FT), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a triple in 24 minutes. The 23-year old shooting guard is now averaging 18.8 minutes per game and if he can keep up his performance, Kidd wouldn’t be afraid to use him to plug in Middleton’s spot. He should be on the radar for 14 or 16 team leagues.
Ian Clark (1% owned) – 22 points (8-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 2 rebounds, 3 triples, 3 steals and a turnover in 25 minutes. This did come from a blowout win against the Blazers so Clark did play in some garbage time. But most of his points came from the first half from meaningful minutes. He played alongside Curry for a lot of the time since Klay has been struggling with his shot. Still not worthy of a pick up in my opinion.
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