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Dose: New Year, Same KAT

Saturday, January 6, 2018


20-20 Ls

 

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded the fourth 20-20 game of his career on Friday, tallying 25 points, 23 rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist and two blocks in 42 minutes, but ultimately, it was not enough to pull out the W in Boston. Towns got his points efficiently, going 9-of-16 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe for a sterling 67.1 true shooting percentage, and he didn’t even turn over the rock once, so he can’t really take any blame in this loss. Interestingly, every time KAT has posted a 20-20 line throughout his career thus far, the end result has been an L for the Timberwolves.

 

Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins really struggled to get their shots to drop in the loss, with Butler finishing with 14 points (3-of-12 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), two boards, six assists, three steals and four turnovers in 35 minutes; and Wiggins ending his evening with 10 points (3-of-12 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 36 minutes. I’d expect a bounce-back performance from both of these guys on Saturday with a much more favorable matchup against the Pelicans.

 

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Chicago’s New PG

 

Kris Dunn popped off for a career-high 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting in Friday’s 127-124 win over the Mavericks, adding four triples, two rebounds, nine assists, four steals and four turnovers in 32 minutes. He also went 4-of-5 from the line in the impressive win, giving him an incredible 81.5 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 31.8 usage rate, and he’s been flirting with top-50 value for over a month now with averages of 16.0 points, 8.1 dimes, 4.6 boards, 3.1 turnovers and an elite 2.1 steals per contest on 44.6% shooting. Yes, I do believe those numbers are sustainable, so congrats if you were able to snag last year’s No. 5 overall selection off the waiver wire this season.

 

As a side note, Nikola Mirotic has made it clear to Chicago management that he hasn’t wavered in his desire to be dealt this season, so I imagine he’ll be traded shortly after January 15. Once Mirotic is moved, Lauri Markkanen’s minutes should be in the mid-30s more often and Bobby Portis could see playing time in the mid-20s. Portis is someone to think about stashing in deep leagues.

 

Chriss Keeps Going

 

Marquese Chriss kept the hot streak alive during Friday’s loss to San Antonio, scoring 12 points on 6-of-17 shooting to go with seven boards, one assist, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 32 minutes. Sure, the shooting could have been better, but I like that he posted a 26.8 usage rate while taking 17 shots, and most importantly, he stayed out of foul trouble while bringing the defensive stats. He was absolutely horrific for most of the 2017 portion of this season, but he’s really turned the corner over the past few weeks with averages of 12.7 points, 7.4 boards, 1.7 triples, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 50.8% shooting from the field and 44.0% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-40 value if you’re punting free throws. Make sure he’s not floating around on your waiver wire.

 

On The Radar

 

Terry Rozier scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench during Friday’s 91-84 win over Minnesota. Rozier has been crushing it since Christmas with averages of 15.3 points, 6.0 boards, 2.3 dimes, 2.8 triples, 0.8 steals, 0.7 swats and just 1.3 turnovers per game on 59.3% shooting from the field and 83.3% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-20 value in 9-cat leagues. I seriously doubt Rozier will finish the year inside the top-20, but he needs to be owned in way more than 33% of Yahoo! Leagues while he’s this hot.

 

Wayne Ellington drained another six triples in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday, on his way to 24 points, four rebounds, one steal and one turnover in the 2017-103 win over New York. He’s been averaging 31.2 minutes a night over the past month for the banged-up Heat, and has responded with averages of 14.2 points, 4.1 boards and an elite 3.7 trey-bombs while committing just 0.6 turnovers per contest which has been good enough for seventh-round value in 9-cat leagues. He should continue to be a significant part of the rotation with Dion Waiters (ankle) and Justise Winslow (knee) on the sidelines, so he’s worth owning in most leagues.

 

Delon Wright went 5-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe on his way to 12 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench. He’s been a sneaky mid-round option over the past month with averages of 10.7 points, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.9 triples, 0.8 blocks and 1.0 turnover per game on 50.5% shooting from the field and 84.2% from the line. He’s worth a look in most leagues while he’s playing this well, and for Kyle Lowry owners, he should be considered must-own as an elite handcuff.

 

J.J. Barea had another nice game in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with two boards, nine dimes, one steal, one triple and one turnover. He’s been churning out steady low-end value for a month now with averages of 12.1 points, 3.2 boards, 7.2 assists, 1.5 triples and 2.1 turnovers per game on 47.9% shooting, so give him a look if those numbers are appealing.

 

Dwight Powell didn’t miss a single shot during Friday’s narrow loss to Chicago, registering 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals and one turnover in 27 minutes off the bench. He’s been on a mini-hot streak over the past week with averages of 13.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 steals and just 0.7 turnovers a night while hitting an unsustainable 80% of his shots. I don’t think any of that is sustainable, but he could be someone to consider streaming in deep leagues on Sunday.

 

Bryn Forbes played well in another start sans Danny Green (groin) on Friday, netting 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three steals, one assist and two turnovers in 32 minutes. Gregg Popovich indicated on Tuesday that Green could be looking at an extended absence with the groin injury, so at the moment, it looks like the starting two-spot in San Antonio is Forbes’ to lose. Over nine starts this season, Forbes has posted averages of 9.8 points, 1.6 dimes and 1.4 treys per game on 42.7% shooting, so he could be someone to consider as a low-end source of triples in deep leagues.

 

Trey Lyles kept the good times rolling during Friday’s 99-91 win over Utah, scoring 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting (4-of-5 from the line) to go with seven rebounds, four trey-bombs, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench. Lyles has been flirting with top-50 value in 9-cat leagues over the past month behind averages of 16.3 points, 6.9 boards, 2.4 triples and just 1.1 turnovers per contest on 53.5% shooting, and while I doubt he’ll be worth rostering once Paul Millsap (wrist) gets back, he should have at least another month or so of solid value. I wouldn’t advise cutting a long-term asset to pick up Lyles, but he’s worth a look in most leagues.

 

Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with five rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench. He’s been trending up over the past few weeks with averages of 12.8 points, 4.8 boards, 1.5 dimes, 1.5 treys and 1.2 turnovers per game on 43.3% shooting from the field and 84.2% from the stripe, giving him some deep league appeal.

 


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