It was a pretty slow day yesterday in the NBA with only 4 games so I’ll go ahead and lead in with the wondrous Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Just 10 little minutes into Chartlotte’s game last night, MKG hurt his rib and was forced to leave the game after already dropping 6/3/0 with a block. He was on his way to another solid game, maybe even his best of the year! But alas, if MKG doesn’t disappoint you on the court with his stats, he’ll find another way! Luckily, it doesn’t look like anything more than a sore rib so he’ll be fine. Unfortunately for his owners, the Hornets play 4 games this week so go ahead and consider streaming Gary Neal if MKG is going to miss a game or three. Last night Gary dropped 17/3/3 with 3 threes in 31 minutes against the ole New York defense. Oh, hi, J.R. Smith! dunk. Where’s Andrea Bargnani when you need him! Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball yesterday:
Draymond Green – 5/6/2 with a block and two steals on 2-7 FG in 29 minutes. Here’s what I told you in the Top 180ish Overall for Fantasy Basketball 2014 list last week: 130. Draymond Green – He’s a bit of a fantasy media darling this season but I’m not reaching for him. His game is fantasy friendly though! When he plays I mean. Well, with 31 minutes of burn he’s averaged 8.7/7/2 with 1.3 spg, .3 bpg, 1 three per, .390 FG/.500 FT. Not exactly knocking your socks off, said Josh McRoberts! I’d expect his minutes to drop between 22-26 with David Lee due back. Harrison Barnes also gonna take a hit. I assume!
Jason Thompson – Started and dropped 4/7/1 with two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes. Or is it 2 steals and 2 blocks? Same thing! Anyway, 37 minutes aint no joke, son! I do like him better than Reggie Evans and Carl Landry. For whatever that’s worth. Monitor or consider grabbing in deep leagues. Like 14+.
Ramon Sessions – Literally a zero in every category except for 1 tov and 1 personal foul. All that in 9 minutes! Whoa, slow down, Ramon. Can be safely dropped until a Darren Collison injury. Then I’ll tell you how wonderful he is.
Ben McLemore – Sometimes NBA teams hit on the 7th overall draft pick and sometimes they whiff. Steeeerike! Keep monitoring Nik Stauskas.
Matt Barnes – 7/1/0 with a three in 31 minutes. I had him in my Saturday Add/Drop post because he’s still starting. Do the numbers want to make me puke? Yeah, a little! But the 31 minutes are enough for me not to lose him. Yet.
Spencer Hawes – Fantasy friendly line of 17/4/1 with a steal, block and a three in 23 minutes. Efficient! And he’ll have to be efficient all year to be useful playing behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Jamal Crawford also sat so IDK, I think this line may be more an anomaly then anything but don’t lose him. Yet. Echo!
Terrence Ross – 6/1/0 with a steal in 17 lousy minutes. Here are the minutes for the Raptors last night. The names don’t matter: 15, 17, 29, 37, 41, 24, 20, 12, 25, 21. Blech. Hold.
Patrick Patterson – 0/0/1 with a steal in 15 minutes. So much for making an impression with Amir Johsnon out! Oh, well. Nobody owned him anyway! Well, almost nobody.
Norris Cole – 5/0/3 with a three in 29 minutes. Here’s what I told you on Saturday: Norris Cole – 33% – I’m surprised the Heat have fallen in love with him suddenly and I do think his explosion on Wednesday was more of an anomaly but add him to see if he can keep it up. Quick, quick! Like I said … anomaly! That said, I do expect more than that crap line.
Josh McRoberts – 2/1/0 with a block in 8 minutes. Here’s what I told you in the free hecmanhoops 2014 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide: 118. Josh McRoberts – Despite having a career year last year, let’s keep McBob’s numbers in perspective. He still averaged only 8.5 ppg/4.3 rpg/.6 bpg/.7 spg/.436/.729. His best attributes were the three ball and his 4+ dimes per. If he does similar this year, that would be great! He’s whitey challenged. Racist! That!
Mario Chalmers – 12/4/3 with a steal and a three in 24 minutes. Whoa, we’re half way there, whoa, livin’ on a prayer, take my hand, we’ll make it I swear, whoa, livin’ on a prayer.
Shane Larkin – 9/2/5 with 2 steals and a three in 27 minutes. That was a useful line but I don’t think he played much, if at all, in the 4th quarter so I wouldn’t go dropping anyone getting burn to get him. Pablo Prigioni lurks! Who would have thought Pablo would be a scary man.
Cody Zeller – 6/5/3 with a block in 21 minutes. Could see some extra more burn if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist misses some time. Still a deeeep league consideration only. In any event!
Gerald Henderson – 4/2/0 in 18 minutes. Gassy!