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Saturday, January 21, 2017


Nightly Notables

 

Rudy Gobert was phenomenal during Friday’s 112-107 overtime win over the Mavericks, scoring a career-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting (11-of-17 from the stripe) to go with 25 boards (also a career-high), one assist, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers in 42 minutes. He’s leading the league in blocked shots (2.5) and true shooting percentage (68.7) this season and is in the top-5 in rebounds per game (12.8), and when you punt away the free throw category, Gobert is a first-round stud in standard 9-cat leagues.  

 

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green abused the box score during Golden State’s 125-108 blowout win over Houston, with The Duranchula popping off for 32 points, four boards, seven assists, two steals, two blocks, two triples and just one turnover in 34 minutes; and Green racking up 15 points, eight boards, seven dimes, three treys, three swats, one steal and three turnovers in 33 minutes. So, par for the course for these stat sheet stuffing monsters.

 

Clint Capela scored a team-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench. Capela’s minutes should start trending into the mid-20s, making him a must-own guy in all leagues; particularly if you’re punting free throws.

 

Noah Vonleh and Evan Turner replaced Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu in the starting unit on Friday, but with the end result of this Terry Stotts experiment being a loss to the 76ers, I imagine Harkless and Aminu will be back in the starting five on Saturday. Harkless has been trending in the wrong direction as of late, although he’s still been clinging to late-round value over the past month, so I can’t justify cutting a guy who was a top-55 producer up until mid-December.   

 

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On the Radar

 

Caris LeVert did not miss a shot during Friday’s 143-114 blowout win over the Pelicans, scoring a career-high 17 points to go with three triples, five boards, six dimes, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes off the bench. The Nets gave up Thaddeus Young to nab LeVert with the No. 20 overall selection in the 2016 NBA draft, so they clearly think very highly of him and they’re going to have every incentive to turn him loose after the All-Star break. LeVert can play at the one, two and three, so I don’t think his value will take much of a hit once/if Jeremy Lin (hamstring) returns to the court. He’s essentially a must-own guy in deep leagues and is someone to strongly consider swooping up in standard settings if you’ve got someone to cut.

 

Garrett Temple moved into the starting lineup on Friday and produced 14 points (5-of-9 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, three boards, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes. Rudy Gay (torn Achilles) is done for the year, so Temple should be looking a 30-plus minute role moving forward. Through eight games as a starter, he owns averages of 11.8 points, 2.1 triples, 3.1 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.8 turnovers per contest on 44.3 percent shooting, so if those numbers are appealing to you, go ahead and grab him.

 

Joe Ingles had another solid outing as Utah’s starting two-guard on Friday, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with three boards, two triples, four assists, three steals and two turnovers in 38 minutes. In five starts this season Ingles has compiled averages of 12.8 points, 2.8 trey-bombs, 4.2 dimes, 1.8 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game on 55.0 percent shooting, and with Rodney Hood (right knee bone bruise) set to spend at least another week on the sidelines, Ingles makes for a solid add in most settings.

 

Brandon Ingram scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting during Friday’s 108-96 win over the Pacers, adding three 3-pointers, seven boards, two assists, three steals and three turnovers in 33 minutes. He’s made his way into the late-round equation over the past four with averages of 12.3 points, 5.3 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.8 triples, 1.8 steals and 1.0 turnover per game on 39.5 percent shooting, and with Luke Walton spoke glowingly of the rookie after the game, saying that he’s expecting Ingram to develop into a guy who fills the stat sheet and makes game-winning plays “all over the court,” it makes sense to stash him away in most leagues.

 

Trade Chatter

 

Marc Stein of ESPN posted a report on Friday stating that Jusuf Nurkic is “sure” to be traded prior to the deadline, as the Nuggets have finally acknowledged that the Nurkic-Jokic frontcourt simply does not work. Stein didn’t hint at a potential landing spot for Nurkic, but really anything should be better than the situation he’s currently in in Denver, so he looks like a high-upside stash to me.

 

The Magic reportedly offered Nikola Vucevic and a first-round pick for Goran Dragic, but the Heat had “no interest” in the offer. Between these two guys, I’d say that Vucevic is the most likely to be dealt, but I could definitely see Pat Riley pulling the trigger on a Dragic-deal if the right offer comes along. If Vucevic lands in a spot where he’s earning 30-plus minutes a night, he’ll easily jump into a top-30 evaluation, and I think most situations would be better than the one he’s currently in as he’s constantly having to fight for frontcourt minutes with Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. As for Dragic, he’s in a pretty ideal situation right now in Miami, so his value could certainly take a hit if he’s traded.

 

Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore are reportedly the most likely Kings to be dealt at the deadline. I don’t really see the name of the jersey altering these guys non-existent value.

 

The Suns have been shopping Brandon Knight and P.J. Tucker. Tucker probably won’t be worth owning outside of Phoenix, but Knight could see a massive uptick in value if dealt to the right situation. He was a top-55 guy just two seasons ago, so it makes sense to stash him until the deadline if you can sustain the dead roster space while he wastes away in Phoenix.

 

Carmelo Anthony said he will consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks want to go through a rebuild. However, with Melo having a 15 percent trade kicker on his contract which would balloon his contract worth to $30 million, I just don’t see the Knicks finding a deal that will make things work for both parties.

 

The Timberwolves and Pistons have reportedly discussed a potential Ricky Rubio-Reggie Jackson swap. I think Rubio’s value could improve in Detroit, but I do not love Jackson’s outlook in Minnesota, as he’d go from a primary scoring option with the Pistons to fighting for touches with the likes of Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins on the Timberwolves. Additionally, if the Wolves fall out of the playoff hunt early that would give Tom Thibodeau some added incentive to give extended minutes to Kris Dunn, which would come at the expense of Jackson.

 


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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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