“BaseLINE of the Night”

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. With 9 games on the slate tonight, it was pretty nice Tuesday to get back into the swing of things after All-Star Weekend. Here’s the latest edtion of “BaseLINE of the Night” for Tuesday, February 28th, 2012.

The Durantula was off tonight so I guess someone else can win the award. We’ll see if he can pick up where he left off tomorrow night against the 76ers though. Tonight though, we have a first time winner. When you think about this guy, it’s not a guy that would come to mind pretty much ever when thinking of a top-line producer. He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and isn’t even a starter. Tonight, however, he was on fire and helped the Bucks to a one point win over the Wizards. The “BaseLINE of the Night” goes to… Mike Dunleavy. Yes, I really meant Mike Dunleavy and no, that’s not a typo. The worst part is that when looking for highlights, there are more results for Dunleavy receiving the highlights than actually providing the highlights. Anyways, enough with the Mike Dunleavy bashing and just go ahead and enjoy this line and clip.

  • 28 Pts (9-17 FG, 5-10 3PT, 5-5 FT)/2 Reb/1 Ast/3 Stl/1 TO

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!


While Mr. Dunleavy reigns supreme for a night, let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “Line of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

T2. DeAndre Jordan – 14 Pts (7-9 FG)/14 Reb/2 Stl/4 Blk

T2. Derrick Williams – 27 Pts (9-10 FG, 4-4 3PT, 5-5FT)/5 Reb/1 Blk/1 TO

4. Derrick Rose – 32 Pts (11-24 FG, 1-5 3PT, 9-11 FT)/2 Reb/9 Ast/3 Stl/2 Blk/2 TO

5. Paul George – 11 Pts (4-7 FG, 2-2 3PT, 1-2 FT)/9 Reb/5 Ast/4 Stl/1 Blk/1 TO

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Derrick Williams (35% owned) –  See Line Above

Derrick Williams, the second overall pick in this past draft, had a career night tonight. Tonight was the first night that the explosive rookie has broken the 20-point barrier in his career. In the whole month of February, he only scored in double figures three other times! His line tonight was tied for the second best of the night as well. Although he has the talent to be a great player and scorer, he doesn’t have the right situation. There is such a logjam for minutes with both Rubio, Ridnour, and Wes Johnson starting, plus Beasley, Webster, and Barea coming off the bench, and Kevin Love playing much of the game, that it’s hard for Williams to get consistent minutes at either SF or PF or even SG. While he might have earned himself some more playing time for his game tonight, I still think his play, as well as his playing time, will be sporadic for the rest of the season barring injury so if you have him, enjoy tonight but don’t expect it moving forward.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “BaseLINE of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.

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Dunk Competition

It’s about that time again. The NBA All-Star Weekend is underway and the dunk competition is fast approaching tonight. Needless to say, I don’t think people are nearly as excited for this year’s contest.

Too bad Blake Griffin isn’t going to defend his title this year because not only would we get to enjoy his unbelievable hops, but we would also already know who the winner was going to be. That’s right. I said it. The dunk competition has more or less become a popularity contest that is more about the pre- and post-dunk celebrations and showmanship than the actual dunk itself. Don’t get me wrong, I still like watching it, but it’s just changed a lot over the years and seems much more dried out. I don’t think it’s necessarily the fault of the contestants because I mean, come on, how many different dunks and possibilities are even humanly possible? Maybe it’s just me, but I would rather see a guy perform great dunks, ala Vince Carter, over all the showmanship, ala Nate Robinson.

Even today, in my opinion, I still feel as though Vince Carter’s performance in the 2000 dunk competition was THE best ever and that competition was one of the best ever as well. I feel like the contest has been on a downward spiral ever since “Vinsanity” took over in 2000. Sure, there have been great performances and memorable dunks, most notably Jason Richardson and his performances including his alley-oop, under-the-legs, reverse jam. Nothing, however, can measure up to what Vince did in 2000 though. Let’s take a look at some highlights of that contest.

This year’s contestants consist of a lot of new faces and no real big superstars. That is actually one thing I’m sort of looking forward to. It’s the whole “unknown” and “surprise” factor that comes along with these guys and not really knowing what they can do. None of them necessarily have the popularity won over another like Griffin would either. Let’s go ahead and get to know this group a little better:

  1. Paul George – SG/SF / Indiana Pacers / 2nd year / Fresno State / 6’8″
  2. Derrick Williams – SF/PF / Minnesota Timberwolves / Rookie / Arizona / 6’8″
  3. Chase Budinger – SG/SF / Houston Rockets / 3rd year / Arizona / 6’7″
  4. Jeremy Evans – SF/PF / Utah Jazz / 2nd year / Western Kentucky / 6’9″

When looking at this list, I’m actually excited to see if these guys can come up with some things that will surprise everyone and how they do when the lights come on. I think conventional wisdom would lead us to placing the “favorite” label on D-Will because of the explosiveness we’ve seen out of him so far in his rookie year and last year in college. The guy who is my favorite player of this group and who I really want to win is Paul George. I also think that George is actually going to win as well. I was going to pick Shumpert before he was replaced by Jeremy Evans, simply because he seems like the one who would be the most celebratory and I figured his pre- and post-dunk showmanship would be the best. I also figured, correctly at that, that he would involve Jeremy Lin somehow and the crowd would pretty much love it no matter what as long as they got their dose of “Linsanity” which would have given him a few extra points from the judges. However, I can’t really figure out who, out of this group, will be the biggest showboater, therefore I’m going to have to pick my favorite guy, Paul George. Plus, I have also heard that he has something surprising planned so I’m looking forward to it. With all that said, who do you think is going to win?

3-Point Competition

Is a repeat in order?

Unlike the dunk competition, the 3-point contest has absolutely nothing to do with judging and popularity and absolutely everything to do with who can make the most shots in the time alotted. Therefore, while the dunk competition is generally considered the main attraction and the more exciting of the two, the 3-point competition is definitely the more fair. Also, unlike the dunk competition, last year’s 3-point champion, James Jones, is returning to defend his title. Joe Johnson was supposed to take part but was a scratch due to injury and has been replaced by Kevin Durant. Let’s take a better look at all of the contestants:

  • James Jones – SG/SF, Miami Heat, reigning champion, 42.0% 3PT this season, 21 3PTM this season, 40.3% 3PT career
  • Kevin Love – PF/C, Minnesota Timberwolves, 34.8% 3PT this season, 49 3PTM this season, 36.5% 3PT career
  • Ryan Anderson – PF/C, Orlando Magic, 43.4% 3PT this season, 99 3PTM this season, 39.2% 3PT career
  • Mario Chalmers – PG, Miami Heat, 45.6% 3PT this season, 68 3PTM this season, 36.7% 3PT career
  • Anthony Morrow – SG/SF, New Jersey Nets, 40.2% 3PT this season, 68 3PTM this season, 43.9% 3PT career
  • Kevin Durant – SF, Oklahoma City Thunder, 36.5% 3PT this season, 58 3PTM this season, 35.8% 3PT career

When looking over the contestants, there are a lot of great shooters as well as big name superstars. I really feel like nobody is the favorite heading into this contest and that anyone can win it. Personally, my pick is going to be Ryan Anderson. He’s just been on fire all year and is having an amazing year. He almost has 100 threes made already (99) and is averaging 2.9 per game so far! If he keeps up that rate, it will be the highest since 2007-08 when Peja Stojakovic and Jason Richardson averaged 3.0 per game. He’s also shooting the second best 3PT% of all the contestants this year behind only Chalmers (45.6%). Another big factor he’ll have on his side is shooting in his home arena and with a hometown crowd cheering him on. My dark horse for the event has to be Anthony Morrow. He’s a guy that nobody is really talking about right now but is known for his 3-point shooting. He has a smooth stroke and has easily the best career 3PT% of all the contestants so definitely watch out for him. With that said, who do you think is going to win?

Rising Stars BBVA Challenge

The Rookie-Sophomore game has changed up a little bit this year. Usually, in years past, it would be a group of the best second year guys facing off against a group of the best rookie players so far. However, this year the NBA changed it up a little bit. Instead of Rookies vs. Sophomores, this year, the NBA had Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal be the managers of the two teams and they drafted their teams. This mixes Rookies and Sophomores onto the same team and should make it a little more interesting, especially with as big of personalities as Shaq and Chuck drafting and managing the teams. They also decided that “Linsanity” couldn’t be possibly left off the rosters, so they added Lin and rookie Norris Cole to the mix. Beforehand, Shaq was heavily favored as I’m sure most viewers figured Shaq at least had a decent of idea of what he was doing. Shaq even joked that he was the “black Pat Riley.” Here are both squads:

  1. Team Shaq                                                                                                 2.  Team Chuck
  • Blake Griffin, LA Clippers                                                                             Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jeremy Lin, NY Knicks                                                                                  DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
  • Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves                                                     Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns                                                                     Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats                                                             MarShon Brooks, NJ Nets
  • Landry Fields, NY Knicks                                                                             John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • Norris Cole, Miami Heat                                                                               Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons                                                                 Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
  • Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers                                                  Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons                                                                      Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz

Shaq took no time at all in taking Blake Griffin with his first overall pick and then Chuck surprised by taking Kyrie with his first pick. I think Shaq did a nice job by teaming Lin and Rubio with Griffin because I think they fit nicely together. However, I think Chuck has a more versatile team and I don’t understand why Shaq decided to draft Morris so early. When watching it, it looked like he just threw a name out there because of the clock expiring. I would like Shaq’s team a lot better if he would have picked John Wall ahead of Morris, Walker, and Fields, but for some reason both guys let Wall slide until Chuck finally took him with one of his last picks. The last four picks of the draft were randomly drawn and Derrick Favors was an injury replacement for Tiago Splitter.

When looking at both rosters, I feel like this could be a very close and entertaining game. Ultimately, I like the versatility of Chuck’s team and really like the backcourt of Irving and Wall as they are two of my favorite players in the league. I also think that Wall might come out attacking and playing with a chip on his shoulder after being passed up so many times. So, in conclusion, I’m going to have to pick “Team Chuck” as the winner of this exciting game. What do you guys think?

“BaseLINE of the Night”

 

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. With only 4 games on the slate tonight, it was pretty much a typical Thursday and gave all the guys playing a great shot at winning the award in the last night before All-Star Weekend. Here’s the latest edtion of “BaseLINE of the Night” for Thursday, February 23rd, 2012.

Well with Kevin Durant on the slate tonight, could he be the top line for the third time in his last four games? He would have to beat out LeBron and Wade and the Heat and Kobe to do it. KD wasn’t going to let that deter him from keeping up this remarkable hot streak! He is absolutely on fire right now as he actually has been the top line in three of his last four games with the other game he had to “settle” for third best line. This is why this guy is taken first overall in many drafts. He gives you consistent all-around production, night in and night out and don’t expect anything less for the rest of the year. I mentioned before how I might need to start finding more highlights of Durant and I guess I really need to start having them pre-saved for a quick find. Check out his award-winning line tonight:

  • 33 Pts (12-22 FG, 2-8 3PT, 7-7 FT)/4 Reb/6 Ast/3 Stl/1 Blk/2 TO

The Durantula strikes once again!


While Durant reigns supreme for a night (and pretty much the whole week), let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “BaseLINE of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. LeBron James – 20 Pts (7-16 FG, 6-6 FT)/9 Reb/8 Ast/5 Stl/2 Blk/4 TO

3. DeJuan Blair – 28 Pts (12-21 FG, 4-4 FT)/12 Reb/3 Ast/2 Stl/1 Blk

4. Richard Jefferson – 17 Pts (5-8 FG, 5-7 3PT, 2-2 FT)/8 Reb/1 Ast/1 Stl

5. Metta World Peace – 9 Pts (3-3 FG, 3-5 3PT)/4 Reb/5 Ast/2 Stl

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Danny Green (12% owned) –  16 Pts (6-12 FG, 1-5 3PT, 3-4 FT)/6 Reb/2 Ast/3 Stl/2 TO

Green has really grown a lot this year under Greg Popovich. Heading into the season, Danny was an afterthought for the Spurs. However, being that the Spurs have sustained a lot of injuries and Pops wants to rest his veterans for the playoffs, it has created a good opportunity for Green and he has taken advantage of it. He’s averaging career-highs in every single category except for FG%, granted he hasn’t played much in his career so far. He has also shown flashes of being an all-around fantasy contributor. At only 22 min a game, he is averaging 1.2 threes a game, 0.8 steals a game, and 0.8 blocks a game making him so close to joining a unique group of players that are so valuable in fantasy and that’s the 1-1-1 (threes-blocks-steals) club. If he were to get consistent starting role and 30+ minutes a night, he could definitely accomplish that. In the short term, expect Green to keep starting and getting decent time until Ginobili returns. Even still, his play will be inconsistent and once Manu comes back it’ll be interesting to see what his role is.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “BaseLINE of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.

“BaseLINE of the Night”

 

 

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was pretty much a full night around the league which is regular for a Wednesday. Here’s the latest edtion of “BaseLINE of the Night” for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012.

 Well the Kevin Durant watch was on as he tried to be the main man for three consecutive games which would be amazing. He failed to accomplish the feat, although he did wind up as the third best player on the night so I’m sure his owners are still quite pleased. This night, however, belonged to Chris Paul. Expectations were huge once he was teamed up with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Many, including myself, expected that CP3 would lead the league in assists hands down. While he hasn’t led the league, he is sitting at fourth in the NBA and is ranked as the third best player in fantasy this season. That’s not too shabby as he was generally ranked third heading into the season behind LeBron and KD, so he’s giving you pretty much what you paid for him. Wednesday night just showed another reason why he’s an elite performer in fantasy basketball. Check out that line:
  • 36 Pts (11-16 FG, 3-7 3PT, 11-12 FT)/1 Reb/9 Ast/2 Stl/3 TO

Poor Tony Parker!


While CP3 reigns supreme for a night, let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “BaseLINE of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. Paul Millsap – 25 Pts (10-17 FG, 5-5 FT)/9 Reb/2 Ast/2 Stl/2 Blk/1 TO

3. Kevin Durant – 28 Pts (9-22 FG, 2-4 3PT,  8-9 FT)/9 Reb/6 Ast/4 Stl/3 TO

4. Marcin Gortat – 21 Pts (9-13 FG, 3-3 FT)/15 Reb/1 Ast/1 Stl/1 Blk

5. MarShon Brooks – 24 Pts (10-15 FG, 4-7 3PT)/5 Reb/2 Ast/2 Stl/1 TO

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Jordan Crawford (29% owned) –  32 Pts (12-19 FG, 3-6 3PT, 5-6 FT)/2 Reb/4 Ast/1 Stl/3 TO

Crawford is an interesting player. When given regular minutes, he has shown flashes of greatness. For example, when Nick Young went down with an injury last year, Crawford stepped right in and played great. The problem is that when both are healthy, both will be inconsistent. Crawford is on a hot streak right now though. He must have been feeling the love on Valentine’s Day because ever since then, this is what he has been doing: 30.7 MPG, 21.2 PPG, 1.8 3PG, 3.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 54.1% FG, 89.5% FT, and 2.8 TOPG. This line is good for the 41st best player over that span. What’s more impressive is that he’s hit at least one three-pointer in every game during that stretch and has scored 20+ in four of the five games as well with the other game being a 12-point performance which is still double figures. As you can see, he’s been getting a lot of playing time lately and that should only continue with the way he is playing right now. Pick him up if you are in need of scoring and threes with a good FT% and decent steals and ride this hot streak. However, don’t think that he will keep this FG% up because he’s still only at 39.4 % for the year and finished last season at 39.0%. It might be worthwhile to scoop him up and enjoy the hot streak while you can and maybe see if you can sell high on him before that FG% comes crashing back down.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “BaseLINE of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.

“BaseLINE of the Night”

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was pretty much a full night around the league which is regular for a Wednesday. Here’s the latest edtion of “BaseLINE of the Night” for Tuesday, February 21st, 2012.

Well Kevin Durant was off tonight so I guess that gave everyone else in the league a shot at being the main man for a night. We’ll see tomorrow night if the Durantula can post the “BaseLINE of the Night” for his third straight game. He was the first to do it in consecutive nights and I wouldn’t put anything past him. Tonight Dwyane Wade takes over as the top baller making his first stop of what I’m sure is to be multiple stops atop the leaderboard. This comes as no surprise considering Wade is consistently an early first round pick in fantasy given that he can provide help in almost every area. Just check out his line to see what kind of damage he can do across the board:

  • 30 Pts (11-16 FG, 8-10 FT)/4 Reb/10 Ast/3 Stl/2 Blk/2 TO

Fall seven times…. Stand up eight!


While D-Wade reigns supreme for a night, let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “BaseLINE of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. Kyrie Irving – 25 Pts (8-15 FG, 3-4 3PT, 6-6 FT)/5 Reb/8 Ast/2 Stl/2 Blk/6 TO

3. Greg Monroe – 19 Pts (8-16 FG, 3-4 FT)/11 Reb/7 Ast/3 Stl/1 Blk/2 TO

4. LaMarcus Aldridge – 21 Pts (8-12 FG, 5-5 FT)/7 Reb/3 Ast/2 Stl/1 Blk/1 TO

T5. Jamal Crawford – 20 Pts (6-8 FG, 5-7 3PT, 3-3 FT)/4 Reb/8 Ast/1 TO

T5. Gerald Wallace – 19 Pts (6-10 FG, 1-2 3PT, 6-6 FT)/10 Reb/6 Ast/3 Blk/3 TO

 

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Isaiah Thomas (39% owned) –  24 Pts (7-14 FG, 5-8 3PT, 5-5 FT)/3 Reb/5 Ast/2 TO

I featured Thomas in this section two nights ago and since then his ownership has jumped from 11% to 39%. Like I said before with Thomas, his counting stats are going to be there. I would not expect his efficiency to always be there and more times than not, it won’t be. Of course he should give you a decent amount of points, assists, and threes with a pretty good FT% with occasional steals, but the other areas are obvious question marks given his stature. Of course this is all hinged upon whether he can retain the starting role, but he’s showing no signs of giving it up anytime soon with the type of play he is giving on a nightly basis. He should be added in most leagues so consider this your last chance to scoop him up.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “BaseLINE of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.

“BaseLINE of the Night”

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was pretty much a full night around the league which is regular for a Wednesday. Here’s the latest edtion of “BaseLINE of the Night” for Monday, February 20th, 2012.

So how does Durant follow up a career scoring night? He goes out and drops an efficient 31 points and gives his owners the best overall line for a second night in a row! This is why many of you drafted him with your first overall pick. He can pretty much do it all on the court and usually does it pretty efficiently. If you are a Durant owner, enjoy the ride and I would expect nothing less than elite play for the rest of the season. Don’t be surprised if the Durantula shows up many more times as the main man on any given night. I guess I’m going to have to find a bunch of different highlight films.

  • 31 Pts (10-19 FG, 3-7 3PT, 8-9 FT)/8 Reb/4 Ast/2 Stl/1 Blk/1 TO

The Durantula strikes again!


While Durant reigns supreme for a night (again), let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “Line of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. Deron Williams – 38 Pts (10-22 FG, 8-14 3PT, 10-12 FT)/4 Reb/6 Ast/1 Stl/3 TO

3. Kyle Lowry – 24 Pts (7-17 FG, 3-7 3PT, 7-7 FT)/7 Reb/9 Ast/4 Stl/4 TO

4. Monta Ellis – 32 Pts (11-20 FG, 4-4 3PT, 6-6 FT)/5 Reb/4 Ast/1 Stl/3 TO

5. Dirk Nowitzki – 26 Pts (10-24 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-5 FT)/16 Reb/1 Ast/1 Stl/2 Blk/1 TO

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Matt Bonner (15% owned) –  20 Pts (6-8 FG, 5-6 3PT, 3-3 FT)/1 Reb/1 Ast/1 Stl/1 TO

The Red Rocket has taken off the past two games. With Tiago Splitter out for two weeks with a right calf strain, Bonner has been given 31+ minutes a night for the past two games and has done pretty well with it. He’ll never really hurt you with turnovers and won’t necessarily give you much counting stats, besides some occasional good rebounding games, but he can be a good source of points and at a high efficiency at that. He also is a unique player that is center-eligible and is a great three point shooter so that makes him that much more valuable. At only 15% owned right now, I expect that to rise over the next week or so. With the all-star break coming up, it should kill a little bit of the buzz, but he should still be good for at least a week or two after the break while Splitter will be just returning, and really who knows when it comes to calf strains right Bargnani?

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “BaseLINE of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.

“Line of the Night”

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was pretty much a full night around the league which is regular for a Wednesday. Here’s the latest edtion of “Line of the Night” for Sunday, February 19th, 2012.

So who was the main man on Sunday? This guy posted a monster line tonight and it’s none other than last year’s scoring champ and a top three fantasy pick in pretty much every single league, Kevin Durant. KD dropped a career-high in scoring tonight, which is kind of surprising that he led the league in scoring without ever having topped 50. That just speaks to how consistently he scores and boy was he consistently scoring tonight. Go ahead and check out this line and then pick up your jaw from off the floor.

  • 51 Pts (19-28 FG, 5-6 3PT, 8-10 FT)/8 Reb/3 Ast/4 Stl/5 TO

A salute to KD for a career night!


While Durant reigns supreme for a night, let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “Line of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. Kyle Lowry – 32 Pts (9-13 FG, 7-8 3PT, 7-7 FT)/1 Reb/9 Ast/1 Stl/1 TO

3. Russell Westbrook – 40 Pts (16-29 FG, 3-6 3PT, 5-5 FT)/4 Reb/9 Ast/1 Blk/2 TO

4. Serge Ibaka – 14 Pts (6-7 FG, 2-4 FT)/15 Reb/1 Stl/11 Blk/1 TO

5. Ersan Ilyasova – 29 Pts (11-23 FG, 2-4 3PT, 5-6 FT)/25 Reb/1 Stl/1 Blk/1 TO

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Isaiah Thomas (11% owned) –  23 Pts (8-16 FG, 3-7 3PT, 4-5 FT)/8 Reb/11 Ast/1 Blk/2 TO

The new Isaiah Thomas was the 60th pick of this past summer’s draft out of Washington. He’s been working hard to get more playing time and it’s showing. The Kings have been tinkering with their lineup and their most recent change has been to insert Thomas at the point and slide Tyreke over to SF. It’s seemed to work out at least for Thomas anyways as he has put up pretty good numbers, especially tonight as he posted the ninth best line of the entire NBA tonight! I feel as though Thomas is capable of putting up pretty good numbers if he continues to start and get good playing time, especially in scoring, threes, FT%, and assists so if you need help in those areas I wouldn’t hesitate to pick him up.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “Line of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.

“Line of the Night”

Sorry about the few nights off, but I was in Chicago for my brother’s Navy graduation and had to go to be early and be up really early and was busy all day so I couldn’t even get them done. For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was pretty much a full night around the league which is regular for a Wednesday. Here’s the latest edtion of “Line of the Night” for Saturday, February 18th, 2012.

So who was the top baller on Saturday? Let’s see, this is a guy who has already been a winner of “Line of the Night” before. No, it’s not Josh Smith, although he is top five, but that is a good guess considering he has already won the award twice before! It’s actually Mr. bad ankles himself, Stephen Curry. Like I was saying before about Curry, he can fill up the stat sheet and is an elite fantasy performer, when healthy. The key words there are “when healthy,” because that’s the big thing with him. On Saturday though, he was far and away the best performer so let’s take a look at his line before you go send out a bunch of trade offers for him that will probably be rejected.

  • 36 Pts (13-21 FG, 6-9 3PT, 4-4 FT)/2 Reb/6 Ast/2 Stl/2 TO

Please stay healthy Curry so that all of us can enjoy more of this!


While Curry reigns supreme for a night (again), let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “Line of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. Kris Humphries – 24 Pts (10-15 FG, 4-6 FT)/18 Reb/5 Ast/1 Stl/2 Blk/2 TO

3. Deron Williams – 29 Pts (9-26 FG, 5-9 3PT, 6-7 FT)/2 Reb/8 Ast/1 Stl/2 Blk/2 TO

4. Monta Ellis – 33 Pts (10-22 FG, 4-8 3PT, 9-12 FT)/4 Reb/6 Ast/1 Stl/1 TO

5. Josh Smith – 14 Pts (7-14 FG, 0-2 3PT)/10 Reb/9 Ast/2 Stl/1 Blk/3 TO

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Mike James (0% owned) –  16 Pts (6-13 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-3 FT)/3 Reb/7 Ast

James has been a guy who has been working hard at a comeback to the NBA, playing in the D-League for most of the time. He was signed to a 10-day contract with the Bulls since Derrick Rose is still having problems with his back. This was only his second game that he played in, and he played in only 23 minutes of this game, but still put up that line which was the 14th best of the night! One of the best parts too was that he had no turnovers. Still, D Rose is expected back soon and unless he has a setback, or CJ Watson gets hurt, I wouldn’t expect the Bulls to keep James around, so as a fantasy owner, this type of performance might be a one-time type of thing. Keep your eye on him in case of injuries to Watson or Rose, but otherwise he is best left for the free agent pool.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “Line of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.