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Dose: Big Night For Bigs

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Stat Stuffers

 

Joel Embiid powered the 76ers to a 133-132 overtime win over the Hornets on Friday, scoring a season-high 42 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with 18 rebounds, four assists, four swats, one triple and three turnovers across 39 minutes. He also went 19-of-22 from the line (career-high in FT makes) to give him a ridiculous 75.9 TS%, and he absolutely took over during crunch time, scoring a career-high 16 points in the clutch while rocking an insane 55.0 usage rate. He joined Philly legends Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley, Dolph Schayes and Moses Malone as some of the few players in franchise history with multiple 40-point, 15-board games, and he currently ranks No. 5 overall on the season. If you’re worried about him staying healthy, now would be a good time to sell-high.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns netted a season-high 39 points on 15-of-27 shooting (7-of-7 from the stripe) to go with 19 rebounds (also a season-high), two trey-bombs, one assist, one block and four turnovers, but ultimately, it was not enough to deliver the win for Minnesota. The Timberwolves have simply looked disjointed this season, which is understandable given all the chaos that Jimmy Butler has created, and they’re currently sitting at just 4-9 on the season. Butler has, at times, looked disinterested while on the floor, which perhaps is a strategy to try and force Tom Thibodeau to move on. If the Wolves continue to lose, it’ll be that much harder for Thibs to justify keeping the cancer that is Jimmy Buckets in his locker room, and while we might not see a deal go down until the deadline; I fully expect Butler to be dealt at some point. On the year, KAT is working with a 24.1 usage rate, but that number should jump to the 30s once Butler is traded. He’ll be a first-round stud no matter what, but he could be top-3 without Jimmy.

 

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Nikola Jokic came through with a monster 37-point, 21-rebound double-double to go with one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal, two blocks and six turnovers, but unfortunately for Denver, that was still not enough to bring home the win over Brooklyn. Jokic, who had been held to single figures in the scoring department over his past four games, was much more aggressive in seeking out his shot, racking up 20 points by halftime while rocking a 37.1 usage rate. It was only a matter of time until he busted out of the funk, and head coach Mike Malone had been imploring him to be more aggressive, so he should return to his beastmode ways moving forward.

 

FTW!

 

Caris LeVert drilled his second game-winner of the season during Friday’s 112-110 win in Denver, finishing with 17 points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers across 32 minutes. There’s not much left to say about #LeVertSZN, he’s off to an incredible start and is showing no signs of slowing down. A lot of people talk about “The Process” in Philly, but I think what Sean Marks has done in Brooklyn without any high profile draft picks has been far more impressive. The Nets could realistically be a playoff team this year, and LeVert is a big reason why.

 

 

The Struggle is Real

 

Markieff Morris came through with another dud on Friday, scoring just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 26 minutes. He did have a good game against the Knicks last Sunday, but aside from that, it’s been a whole lot of awful since Dwight Howard was added to the mix. Over the past four games, Morris has recorded meager averages of 7.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 turnovers per game on 33.3% shooting. He won’t be this bad all year long, but I also don’t think he’ll be as good as he was to start the season, particularly with D12 around to steal his rebounds, minutes and shots.

 

Otto Porter had another game to forget, scoring eight points on 3-of-7 shooting to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 23 minutes. He’s never been a guy that needs a high usage rate to perform, but it is concerning that his usage has dropped to 15.2 this year (down from 18.1), and I am nervous about him losing touches to Howard. Despite the slow start, he is working with fifth-round value on the season in 9-cat leagues, largely due to his steals (1.5) and lack of turnovers (0.7), but the Wizards have been an absolute mess and he’s partly the reason why.

 

Robert Covington went just 2-of-8 from the field on his way to seven points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist and four blocks over 30 minutes. He’s been in a bit of a funk over the past four games in terms of scoring, but RoCo is still coming through with elite defensive stats. He’s prone the occasional cold streak, but he always finishes strong after the break.

 

Myles Turner logged just 24 minutes during Friday’s 110-102 win over Miami, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting to go with six rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers. His numbers have further regressed this season, which has a lot to do with the emergence of Domantas Sabonis, and I’m not all that confident he’ll be able to turn things around. He’s been heading in the wrong direction for a number of years now, and the reality is that the Pacers play a lot better when Sabonis is on the floor. Sure, he’ll be a top-100 player due to his upside in blocks, but he might not be much more than a top-80 performer.

 

Tyreke Evans had another lackluster outing in 18 minutes off the bench, scoring eight points on 3-of-10 shooting to go with one assist, one steal and four turnovers. He’s just not getting the minutes he needs to produce in a meaningful way, so it’s looking like it’ll take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Evans to reach his potential this year. He’s a cut-candidate in shallow leagues, but owners may want to try shopping him to see what they can get, as his name recognition may allow you to swing a deal for a player with more upside than the guy you’ll scoop off the waiver wire.

 

The bad Taurean Prince showed up for Friday’s blowout loss to the Pistons, as he finished with just six points (2-of-5 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), five rebounds, one 3-pointer, two steals and two turnovers across 23 minutes. I may be in the minority on this amongst the Rotoworld crew, but I just don’t think Prince is all that good. Sure, he was a top-50 guy after the break last season (26-game span), but on the year as a whole, he was nothing more than an eighth-round guy in 9-cat leagues (he wasn’t even worth owning through the entire month of January). He was also the clear-cut No. 2 option on offense last year, but he’ll probably be the third option on offense this year once John Collins (ankle) is fully up to speed. He’ll be worth owning, but I seriously doubt he’ll be able to live up to his 61.9 ADP.

 

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Markelle Fultz was only on the floor for 23 minutes during Friday’s overtime win, and he finished with seven points (2-of-5 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, four assists and two turnovers. I was hoping that Fultz would be able to turn things around this season, but he’s just an awkward fit on the roster, and his jumper is still pretty gross. So far, he’s doing more harm than good, so I’d say it’s time to move on in standard 12-team leagues.

 

On the Radar

 

Terrence Ross had another solid outing, coming through with 12 points (5-of-11 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, two steals and four turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench. He’s been tearing it up since Jonathan Isaac (ankle) went down, producing averages of 14.8 points, 2.3 treys, 4.0 boards, 2.0 dimes, 1.0 steal and 2.5 turnovers per game on 46.9% shooting, and he’ll continue to see quality minutes and shot opportunities while Isaac is out. He could fall off once Isaac gets back, but if you need a short-term boost in points and triples, he’s worth a look.

 

Malik Monk went 4-of-19 from the field (2-of-10 from 3-point range) and 2-of-3 from the stripe on his way to 12 points, three rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes off the bench during Friday’s overtime loss to the 76ers. Jeremy Lamb went down during the fourth quarter with a groin strain and did not return, and if he’s forced to watch from the sidelines on Sunday, Monk could be in line for a start. Monk isn’t the most efficient guy out there, but he’s doing enough with the points and triples to warrant ownership in most settings.

 

Reggie Bullock had a nice game going up against the Hawks’ defense, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go with three triples, three rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 24 minutes. He’s been dreadful this season, so I’ll need to see him do it again before recommending him as an add in most leagues.

 

Glenn Robinson III looked good in another start, going 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe on his way to 12 points, two triples, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one turnover in just 19 minutes. He’s been solid in two out of three starts, and the Pistons new starting group has produced a 3.7 net rating (compared to the -7.7 net rating with Stanley Johnson), so I’d expect him to stick with the starting unit moving forward. He’s not quite there in standard 12-team leagues, but he’s on the radar as a speculative grab in deep leagues if you’ve got someone to cut.  

 

Langston Galloway drained five triples on his way to 16 points, one rebound, two assists and one block in 24 minutes off the bench. He’s endeared himself to Dwane Casey with his effort on the defensive end of the floor, and he’s been on a roll over the past four games with averages of 15.5 points, 3.5 triples, 4.0 boards, 2.3 assists and just 1.0 turnover per game on 50% shooting from the field and 80% from the stripe. He’s also shooting 48.3% from long-range during that four-game span, which isn’t sustainable, but he’s worth a look in deep leagues while he’s this hot.

 

Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting (2-of-3 from the line) to go with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench. I’m skeptical of this stat line given that it came against the Hawks, and Johnson has been wildly inconsistent throughout his career, so I’ll need to see him do this again before getting too excited. Just put him on your watchlist.

 

Omari Spellman notched his second straight double-double, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 27 minutes as a starter. Over the past two, Spellman has come through with averages of 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocks on 52.4% shooting, so he’s on the radar in deep leagues. Just know that he’ll likely be irrelevant once John Collins get back.

 


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A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the Rotoworld team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @JaredJ831, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.
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