Last night, as most of us lay our heads down on our soft, fluffy pillows and dreamily slept, Milwaukee, or Mil-a-wa-ke, if you’re Alice Cooper, fired their coach. Good riddance Scott Skiles, I’m really going to miss you. Not! So what does this mean for fantasy basketball you ask? Good question, excellent question, so glad you asked! Well, for starters go ahead and spec grab Ersan Ilyasova if he was dropped. Go ahead and grab John Henson if he’s still floating around out there. Larry Sanders should continue to do what he do, he better at least! I expect (and hope) these three players to benefit the most. As for Sam Dalembert, meh. Drew Gooden? You old, she pregnant! Just monitor. Hell, monitor all the rest, hopefully we’ll see the minutes play out quick but this may take a while as the new coach experiments, let’s see how it goes. I’m praying for you, Ersan! You can always lose him again if he farts on your pillow. Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball yesterday:
Kevin Seraphin – 19/5/0 in 38 minutes as Nene Hilario sat out with knee tendinitis. Upside, upside, upside, mmmm-mmm-mmm. Say like it like an old black man from the South. It sounds way better!
Bradley Beal – 22/5/4 with a steal and 5 threes. He’s now 60% owned in Yahoo! leagues. Still too low but I’m not gonna beg you.
Trevor Ariza – 3/3/2 with a steal on 1-6 FG. He’s back just in time to sabotage your percentages. If that’s your thing anyway. I wouldn’t rush to add him unless I was desperate. Hey, I’m desperate sometimes!
Avery Bradley – 13/3/5 with a steal and a three as Rajon Rondo watched from the sky box. Actually, I don’t know where he watched from but sky box sounds like a reasonable educated guess. I’d temper expectations on Bradley assuming everyone is healthy. This aint no last year when he was heavily relied upon!
Tyson Chandler – 13/17/1 with no blocks. Tyson is having a great year but he’s only swatting the ball .9 x per and stealing the basketball .7 x per. He’s also shooting just .685 FT. Yep, I’m hecman downer. Sorry!
C.J. Miles – 15/3/0 with 2 steals and 4 threes in 24 starter’s minutes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Dion Waiters posted 18/6/1 with a steal in 28 minutes off the bench. The other day, in my 14 year old teen-age girl helium voice, I told you to hold Dion despite the fact that he’s currently coming off the bench. I hope you did!
Richard Hamilton – 8/2/3 with a steal in 21 minutes. Marco Belinelli dropped 15 points and 3 threes in 25 minutes and Nate Robinson posted 14/1/7 with 3 threes in 24 minutes. The game was a blow out though so I’m not reading much into any of these lines. Assign same value for each player as you had yesterday morning. If you assigned any value to them in the first place I mean.
Kawhi Leonard – 10/3/1 with a steal, a block and 2 threes on 4-6 FG. I’m getting a lot of complaints about Kawhi lately but I want to remind you this is what I told you about him back on December 21: Kawhi Leonard – 45% – A little bit of steals in my life, a little bit of threes by my side, a little bit of rebounds is all I need, a little bit of solid percents all night long. Kawhi Number 5! Let’s recount his apparent “shitty” stat line from last night, shall we? 4-6 FG. Nice! 1 steal. Nice! 2 threes. Nice! 1 block. Nice! Double digit points. Nice! That’s a lot of nice things, man!
Al-Farouq Aminu – 4/10/3 with 3 steals in 37 minutes. Go ahead and take a whirl on Al-Farouq if he was dropped which, undoubtedly and reasonably, he probably was. Better hurry or he may put a fatwah on you, hurry along now.
Dirk Nowitzki – Returned to the starting 5 and posted 20/5/5 with 2 threes. Vince Carter dropped 7/7/2 with a steal and a three in 21 minutes off the bench. Start thinking about launching Vince if you’d like. Don’t do it yet, just monitor his minutes. He had averaged 27 mpg over his last 10.
Gordon Hayward – 27/6/5 with a steal and 4 threes in 34 minutes. When he’s getting north of 30 minutes (like he did consistently second half last year) I loooove Gordon. When he’s getting 26 mpg, I’m just eh. I don’t recommend you hold your breath. You may turn blue!
Alec Burks – 13/4/0 with a steal and a three in 22 minutes. Here’s what I told you back on December 27 about Alec: Alec Burks – 9/8/2 in 24 minutes. It’s a bit crowded in Utah to fill the void left by the mystery that is Mo Williams’ thumb injury. Right now Jamal Tinsley is your Huckleberry, Earl Watson could sneak in there and Alec Burks who is only 21 and 6’6 is also creeping into the rotation. Monitor Alec, I’d love to see him get burn. Maybe I’ll email Tyrone Corbin but I don’t know his email address! Yep, I know, I know, I blurbed about Alec Burks weeks ago, I’m a geek, what else can I say! Spec grab him in deeep leagues and monitor elsewhere.
Wayne Ellington – 26/1/4 with a steal and 6 threes on 10-11 FG in 26 minutes. Here’s what I said about Wayne back on November 12: Wayne Ellington – 25/1/3 with a whopping 7 threes. I’ve seen him do this in Minnesota. I’ve also seen Martell Webster do this at times in Minnesota and the other night he did it in Washington. Now Wayne just did it in Memphis. I think I may cry. Monitor. Or don’t. Your call. By my calculations, check back with me in early March for another Wayne blurb.
Isaiah Thomas – 9/2/4 on 2-12 FG in 29 starter’s minutes. Tyreke Evans returned and played 12 minutes and Marcus Thornton is still feeding the birds out behind ARCO Arena. I’m tempering expectations on Isaiah for now. Is it still called ARCO Arena?
Thomas Robinson – 8/12/0 with a steal in 21 minutes. Getting a bit of burn but with Jason Thompson playing so well and DeMarcus Cousins beasting, I don’t see Thomas getting onto the fantasy radar in standard leagues at the moment. Monitor or spec grab in deeeep leagues. Your call!
Wesley Matthews – 24/3/4 with a steal, two blocks and 4 threes. Here’s what I told you on January 3: Wesley Matthews – 12/0/2 with 2 threes in 27 minutes. I can’t bring myself to call him Wes. It just doesn’t sound right. Someone asked me yesterday if Wes was a good buy low candidate. My response: Suuuuure. I hope he did! As an aside, all the starters on Portland played at least 42 minutes. No other player played more than 15. Thank you for fantasy basketball clarity, said Scott Skiles!
Josh McRoberts – 12/6/8 with a block and two threes in 39 minutes. Stream him while Gustavo Ayon remains sidelined. With Ayon, Andrew Nicholson and Josh all healthy I’m just meh about him though. McShocking! >>>>>>> lame
J.J. Redick – 29/1/5 with a block and 6 threes in 39 minutes. Exhale. I know you were almost turning blue! Carry on and hope for more.
Hedo Turkoglu – 0/0/1 in 5 minutes. I don’t know if Hedo in Turkish means “sucks” but it should! Lose him.