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Dose: No D in Kanter

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Superman Returns

 

Dwight Howard (buttocks) finally made his Washington debut, scoring 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting (6-of-8 from the line) to go with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover across 23 minutes as a starter. D12 didn’t have an official minutes limit in his first game of the season, but the Wizards got walloped in a 134-111 loss to OKC, so Howard’s minutes were held in check.

 

With Howard in the lineup, Markieff Morris attempted just six shots and saw his usage rate reduced to a measly 8.7; and Passive (Otto) Porter also attempted just six shots on his way to nine points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers. I’m extremely nervous about both these guys losing touches to Howard, and Porter makes me particularly nervous given how bad he’s been to open the season. John Wall and Bradley Beal are going to eat first, and Howard will complain until he gets his touches, which essentially leaves Morris and Porter fighting for scraps. It’s possible a coaching change could alter the dynamic of this team, which isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility with Washington sitting on just one win this season, but at the moment, things look fairly bleak for Morris and Porter.

 

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Kanter’n Minutes

 

Enes Kanter had a so-so game in 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe) to go with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one turnover. He’s seen his playing time reduced to the lower-20s since being demoted to the second unit and has only been able to post averages of 10.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and not much else on 47.5% shooting from the field and 71.4% from the charity stripe, which ranks well outside the top-150 in fantasy hoops. Unfortunately, it probably isn’t going to get much better any time soon with David Fizdale indicating that Mitchell Robinson will be his starting center moving forward, and it doesn’t help Kanter’s case that with him in the starting lineup the Knicks own a -6.2 net rating; whereas Robinson has brought the team to a respectable 8.1 net rating. I’m not at the point where I’d say he’s a cut-candidate, but owners would be wise to explore their options after a few good games.

 

Trending Up

 

Evan Fournier busted out of his shooting funk, going 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 19 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, four assists, three steals and four turnovers across 28 minutes. Prior to this game, Fournier had been connecting on just 37.4% of his shot attempts, so hopefully, this is a sign that he’s ready to regress to the mean (44.6% career shooter).

 

Darren Collison hit the game-winner during Friday’s 107-105 victory in Chicago, recording 14 points (6-of-15 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes. He got off to a horrendous start this season, but he’s been much better over the past four games with averages of 13.5 points, 5.5 dimes, 2.0 steals and just 1.3 turnovers per contest on 52.3% shooting from the field and 85.7% from the charity stripe, which has been good enough for fifth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He’s trending up.

 

Wendell Carter Jr. had a pretty solid game despite foul trouble, scoring 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-1 from the line) to go with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one turnover across 24 minutes. Carter Jr. has a superb all-around game, but what really stands out to me is his phenomenal vision when passing. He got off to a very slow start this season, which is normal for rookie big men, but over the past four games he’s been flirting with early-round value behind averages of 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.5 swats, 0.5 triples and just 0.8 turnovers per game on 47.2% shooting from the field and 85.7% from the stripe. He’s only going to get better throughout the year, so I wouldn’t recommend selling him in almost any scenario.

 

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On the Radar

 

Antonio Blakeney popped off for a career-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (1-of-1 from the stripe) to go with three triples, three rebounds and one turnover in 26 minutes off the bench. He’s been heating up over the past three games with averages of 19.3 points, 3.7 triples, 2.7 boards and just 0.7 turnovers per game on 61.8% shooting. Basically, none of those numbers are sustainable, but he should see quality minutes in the rotation while Denzel Valentine (ankle) is out, so he’s worth a speculative add in deep leagues while he’s this hot.

 

Justin Holiday hit 7-of-14 shots on his way to 19 points, five 3-pointers, two assists, one rebound, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes. He’ll likely see a reduction in minutes and shot attempts once the Bulls get healthy, and there’s a chance he could fall out of the rotation later in the year once player development becomes the primary focus in Chicago, but he’s gotten off to a hot start and is worth owning in most leagues at the moment. He’s been a top-50 guy on the year in 9-cat leagues with averages of 12.4 points, 3.0 treys, 3.6 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.2 steals and just 0.6 turnovers per game on 43.3% shooting.

 

Boban Marjanovic got his first start of the season with Marcin Gortat missing Friday’s game with an undisclosed injury, and he finished with 10 points (4-of-7 FGs, 2-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists and two turnovers across 23 minutes. His minutes haven’t been consistent in Los Angeles, but if Gortat needs to miss time, that would be a huge boost for Boban. I wouldn’t say he’s worth grabbing in most 12-team leagues with 13 roster spots, but if you’re in a deeper setting and have someone to cut, Marjanovic is worth a look.

 

Jerami Grant posted a career-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting (2-of-3 from the line) to go with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover across 34 minutes as a starter. He’s been playing very well since entering the starting lineup with averages of 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 triples, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 swats and just 1.0 turnover per game on 56.8% shooting from the field and 63.2% from the stripe. He’s a far superior player than Patrick Patterson, so he should stick as a starter the rest of the way; I’d say he’s worth owning in most leagues.

 

Mitchell Robinson was nearly perfect during Friday’s 118-106 win over the Mavericks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 from the line) on his way to 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and zero turnovers across 34 minutes as a starter. This performance was particularly impressive coming against DeAndre Jordan, who he held to just 2-of-5 shooting, and David Fizdale raved about him prior to the game, saying: "He’s going to be our foundation, our anchor of our defense for the future. Let’s get this guy going right now and really commit to the development of these guys and to what it’s going to take to get them to where they need to be for us to be the team we’re going to be later." Based on those comments, it would seem that Robinson is locked in as a starter for the Knicks, so he should be scooped up everywhere. His production will likely be up-and-down during the early goings of the season, but Mitchell is loaded with upside and could be a force down the stretch. In just 24.8 minutes per game at Summer League, Robinson posted averages of 13.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.0 steal and a whopping 4.0 swats per contest.

 

Frank Ntilikina went 2-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line on his way to seven points, seven assists, three steals, one block and three turnovers in 32 minutes. The scoring will be up-and-down and he won’t always shoot the best percentages, but David Fizdale seems committed to developing him, so the minutes should stay steady. He’s on the radar as a dimes and steals specialist in deep leagues.

 

Alonzo Trier netted a career-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting (6-of-7 from the stripe) on his way to two rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist and three turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench. He’s been en fuego over the past three games with averages of 16.3 points, 3.3 boards, 1.0 trey and 1.3 assists per contest on 79.2% shooting. That’s obviously unsustainable, but he’s someone to think about streaming while he’s this hot.

 

Tyus Jones (foot) got the start with Jeff Teague (knee) unavailable, and with Derrick Rose (ankle) leaving the game early in the first quarter, he was forced to log 41 minutes on his way to eight points (3-of-11 FGs), five boards, nine dimes, two steals and zero turnovers. It’s a mystery what the Wolves will look like post-Jimmy Butler trade, but if Teague is included in that deal, that would open up a ton of opportunity for Tyus. He’s a high-upside stash.

 

Josh Okogie went 4-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the stripe on his way to 15 points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes off the bench. He’s another guy who could see a significant boost post-Butler, and with averages of 10.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 swats and 1.7 turnovers per game on 38.6% shooting, he’s someone to consider stashing in most leagues.

 

Shelvin Mack had his second straight productive game, scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes off the bench. This is coming off the heels of a 14-point, eight-assist performance, and he’s now eclipsed the 30-minute mark in consecutive games. I’ll be surprised if he can keep it up, but Memphis is desperate for offense, so maybe he can remain a fixture in the rotation. He’s worth a look for deep league owners who are desperate for a guard.

 


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