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Roundtable: Put Me In, Coach

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Hello and welcome back to the NBA Roundtable! As fantasy owners, we’re always frustrated when we see high-upside players glued to the bench, so for this week’s topic, I asked the Rotoworld Hoops crews which players deserve to see more minutes. I’ll get the ball rolling…

 

Jonas Nader (@JonasNader)

 

Jordan Bell- The Warriors certainly have an eye for talent and it’s hard to believe that the rebuilding Bulls sold his rights for $3.5 million. Bell hasn’t been too involved this season, but he’s made the most of every minute on the floor — he’s a +44 in 84 total minutes and has a 29.5 net rating which is off the charts. This is obviously a small sample size, but his per-36 minute averages of 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.6 blocks should make fantasy owners drool. He might be the second coming of Draymond Green and hopefully coach Steve Kerr loosens the reins going forward. 

 

Boban Marjanovic- Coach Stan Van Gundy promised that we would see a lot of Boban this season, but Wednesday was his first taste of action in nearly three weeks! He only played nine minutes, but just like he always does, Boban was a handful with nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one block. Coach SVG has called him “one of the most indefensible offensive forces in the game,” yet still deploys Eric Moreland as the backup center over him. After Wednesday’s little reminder of how unstoppable he can be, maybe Boban finally enters the rotation on a permanent basis. 

 

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Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer)

 

Willy Hernangomez - Here are the 2017-18 minute per game averages for the five members of the 2016 All-NBA Rookie First team:

Malcolm Brogdon: 33.6

Joel Embiid: 27.6

Buddy Hield: 24.0

Dario Saric: 24.5 

Willy Hernangomez: 9.3

 

One of these things is not like the others. And Willy’s average doesn’t even factor in the five DNP-CD’s he’s been hit with over the first 11 games of the season. Yet, in the limited minutes he’s been on the floor, Hernangomez has been solid. He’s averaging 21.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per-36 minutes. Last season, he averaged 16.0 points and 13.6 boards per-36 minutes. #FreeWilly

 

 

John Collins

Collins is in Atlanta’s rotation, logging 20.3 minutes a night. However, he deserves a far larger share of the playing time pie. Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Muscala and Luke Babbitt are experienced vets, but the rebuilding Hawks should be focusing on their young guns. Collins was extremely impressive in summer league and has carried his strong play into the regular season. In terms of per-minute production, Collins is first on the team in rebounding and blocks and second in scoring. He’s currently averaging 18.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per-36 minutes.

 

Frank Ntilikina:

Like the aforementioned Collins, Ntilikina is another underutilized rookie. The good news is the French Prince’s minutes have been trending in the right direction of late. Let’s hope they continue to increase. Over his last five games, Ntilikina has struggled with his shot but is impressively averaging 7.0 assists per game (and only 2.2 turnovers) in just 23.3 minutes per contest. He’s also chipped in 1.8 steals and leads the team in plus/minus over that stretch. While Jarrett Jack has done an admirable job filling at point guard, Frank is undoubtedly the PG of the future in NYC. Throw the rookie into the deep end of the pool and allow him to get plenty of experience playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis this season. 

 

 

Ethan Norof  (@Ethan_Norof)

 

Willy Hernangomez: After the promise Hernangomez showed as a rookie, it's laughable to think he's undeserving of a chance on this Knicks team. This is a guy who averaged 11.5 points and 9.0 rebounds (1.7 TO) on 50.8% shooting in just 25.5 minutes per game (21 games) as a rookie starting center. Drafted as a mid-round asset, Hernangomez has either been benched or dropped outright in every conceivable format. No matter how he plays, Kanter is not the long-term answer. 

 

Nerlens Noel: Playing guys like Dorian Finney-Smith, Devin Harris and Salah Mejri over Noel is indefensible. After Noel signed his one-year tender to return to Dallas, the Mavericks have made zero effort to even evaluate if he could potentially fit into the long-term equation. To put it into perspective, Noel is getting the Jahlil Okafor treatment even after getting traded out of Philly. 

 

Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere: The potential front line of the future isn't getting an opportunity to even try to show what might be possible because Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos are the future of this franchise. Right, Dave Joerger? Did Byron Scott recently take a job in Sacramento's front office? As usual, there are more questions than answers when it comes to the Kings. 

 

 

Matt Stroup (@MattStroup)

 

I agree wholeheartedly on Hernangomez, who got off the bench on Wednesday for the first time in a week and, not surprisingly, looked very spry (eight points and three boards in just eight minutes). At some point it seems like he'll force his way into more playing time, but it still may be quite a while before that happens. 

 

Lucas Nogueira's lack of playing time is also pretty irritating. In the one game he got 30 minutes this season, he put up 17 points, nine boards, two steals, five blocks and a trey. In four games since, he has averaged just 14 minutes. This guy could be an absolute fantasy dynamo if Toronto ever gave him consistent run. 

 

Jared Johnson (@JaredJ831)

 

Marquese Chriss -- Seriously? Just under 20 minutes a night for a guy the Suns took with the No. 8 overall selection last year, a  guy who was tearing it up through the preseason, and you're going to let Jared Dudley mess with his minutes? Jared Dudley? Look, Chriss getting 25 minutes of floor time last night was nice, but it shouldn't take Tyson Chandler (back) missing time for that to happen. I’d be OK with a timeshare situation if they want to give Dragan Bender minutes, but let's keep in mind that Bender is just 19 years old and it's not like they couldn't share the floor. 

 

When Dudley and Chandler are taking minutes away from Chriss, I tend to lose my [expletive]. I'm still holding out hope that Chriss will be looking at significant minutes down the stretch, but I'd be lying if I told you I hadn't considered cutting the high-upside, four-man more than a handful of times this season. Hopefully, Jay Triano figures out that it's more important to give developmental minutes to Chriss on this 4-8 team instead of the washed-up veterans that are inexplicably on the roster.





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