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Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

 

The "Clippers Season Ticket Holder" Face

 

Does anyone out there know tax law?  Can a fellow write off LA Clippers season tickets as a loss? If not, I’d like to put forth a mandate. Ah, to be a fan of the Paper Clips. There are a few of them out there you know, some of whom have gotten parts in feature films.  Chalk it up as a strange but true phenomenon.  This organization has dirtied everyone it comes in contact with.  Has Billy Crystal gotten a lead role since he purchased floor seats?  Call it a curse, call it bad karma, call it whatever you want, but the day this franchise left Buffalo in 1978 for the San Diego Zoo was the day it went in the tank. When Bird Averitt is among your all-time best, you know things haven’t gone as planned.

And now it’s on the broad shoulders and mended kneecap of one Blake Griffin, the top pick of the ’09 draft and the best power forward to enter the league since Chris Bosh. It took only a few exhibition games last season for him to lose the first year of his career to a gruesome knee injury, but that’s just par for the course in Clipper land.  Nobody, except for Griffin himself, knows if he’s made a full recovery and if he’ll ever re-capture his frightening athletic ability. Regardless, he is good enough to post big numbers, even at less than what he was. In his ’10-11 exhibition debut he tallied nine points, seven rebounds and a couple of steals in 22 minutes and walked off the court without the use of a Little Rascal.  New head coach Vinny Del Negro will likely keep his minutes in the 25-30 range in the early going, but in the not too distant future expect bigger minutes and nightly 17 and 12s with a block-and-a-half.  He was a pretty pathetic free throw shooter in college, so that will probably not change, but as a late sixth/early seventh round choice I think he’ll serve his owners well.

LIES
There is some talent on this roster.  This isn’t the ’86 Celtics, but there are some draftable dudes to be had. Case in point: Eric Gordon.  I would love to land him in the same range as Griffin, if not a little sooner.  After a solid rookie year in ’08-09, injuries limited him to 62 games and modest totals last season.  Just 21 years old, I can see this pure shooter’s scoring jumping to about 20 a game, with a couple of threes and an outstanding free throw percentage.  His backcourt mate, Baron Davis, has seen better days. From 2001-2008, the Baron put up epic fantasy numbers. Since arriving in El Lay in ’08, he has assumed the position and been a true Clipper.  Listen, if he’s around in the eighth round I’m going to grab him, but no way do I expect more than 70 games to go with his strong points, assists, steals and threes, which will hopefully offset his vomit-inducing field goal percentage.

DAMN LIES
Was there a better fantasy center through the first six weeks of the ’09-10 NBA season than Chris Kaman?  Didn’t it seem as if he registered a 25 and 10 with three blocks every night?  His final numbers (18.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg) were more than solid and he is still a focal point of the offense, but he is plagued by injuries and the return of Griffin will eat into those totals.  Another big body who may have earned himself some daylight is DeAndre Jordan.  Over the final 10 games of ’09-10, he averaged 10.1 boards and 0.9 blocks in a little over 25 minutes per game.  He is not to be drafted unless Kaman or Griffin contract shingles or something, but he should be on your injury radar.

STATISTICS
The small forward position will likely be manned by resident gypsy Ryan Gomes, now on his third team in the last five years.  Every now and again, Gomes lights it up from deep, but his minutes have been far too inconsistent and his production too pedestrian to warrant consideration any earlier than the latter stages of drafts.  He will be pushed for minutes by veteran long-range marksman Rasual Butler and rookie Al-Farouq Aminu, NBA preseason favorite for name most likely to be butchered by Charles Barkley.  Another interesting addition is Randy Foye, who can back up at both the point and shooting guard positions.  He would probably be first in line to start if Gordon or Davis goes down and would be a hot pickup if that occurred, but rookie point guard Eric Bledsoe and fellow newbie Jon Scheyer could also be in the mix.

DEPTH CHART
PG: Baron Davis, Eric Bledsoe
SG: Eric Gordon, Randy Foye
SF: Ryan Gomes, Rasual Butler
PF: Blake Griffin, Craig Smith
C: Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Getting Bullish

In all my years watching pro ball, I don’t remember a team quitting on its coach this early into a season, but that is what the Bulls have done to Vinny Del Negro. Following last night’s 118-83 debacle in Atlanta, Vinny Of The Black’s days at the helm are numbered.

Chicago has now lost 9 of its last 10, many of the embarrassing variety, including Tuesday’s 103-101 home loss to the Nets, a team with little hap.

This man will not be entering the Chicago locker room anytime soon.

The Bulls aren’t defending anyone, but at least have shown good balance by looking lost on the offensive end. Rick Pitino reassured Bulls fans by commenting that Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen are not walking through that door.

Del Negro has put his faith in a system that seemingly none of his players believe in, with the possible exception of second-year perpetrator Derrick Rose, who regularly tries to beat multiple defenders off the dribble. Rose has been brutal for the most part, as has backcourt mate John Salmons, shooting below 40 percent from the field, an indictment of his shot selection as much as anything.

Joakim Noah (11.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg) has been the lone bright spot, but his behavior seems so erratic that he could be one more blowout away from pulling a Ricky Williams and taking a year off to smoke some ganja.

Wednesday’s Notables:

Jamal Crawford: Played 34 minutes off the pine and tallied a game-high 29 points on 10-of-16 (4-6 3-pt fg) from the field in the Hawks’ easy win over the Bulls. Crawford is good for one of these gems every few weeks, but will be too inconsistent to start regularly.

Kirk Hinrich: Returned from a thumb injury in enough time to misfire on all nine of his attempts in the Bulls’ humiliating loss last night. If Rose were to ever go down, Hinrich would be a solid add, but he belongs on waiver wires.

Tyler Hansbrough: Double-doubled to the tune of 13 points and 11 rebounds in only 22 minutes for the depleted Pacers yesterday. His minutes could begin to creep up and could be worth an add.

Jonas Jerebko: The best Hamish player to ever don an NBA uniform, Jerebko’s days as a solid contributor could be numbered as Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon are on the mend. But we’ve been saying this for a number of weeks, and as last night’s 17 points (7-12 fg) and 10 rebounds indicate, this is one talented Mennonite.

Rodney Stuckey: With the Pistons’ rash of injuries, Stuckey has been carrying the load offensively and should continue to do so. Last night’s 27, 5 and 8 lifted his team of no-names to a surprising win in Philly.

Allen Iverson: Speaking of Philly, it seems the Sixers haven’t won since they were called the Warriors and the Big Dipper roamed the interior. Through two games, the AI experiment has gone about as well as the other recent AI experiments the past few years. Last night’s epic 11-point, 3-assist outing was accomplished in 33 minutes. Iverson has way too much pride to not put points on the board and will take as many shots necessary to guise the fact that he is a detriment to any team he is on. Count on this while trying to pry him away from his owner.

Anthony Randolph: If Golden State was guided by anyone other than Nellie we could have something here. Not many in the league can post 11 points, 9 boards, 4 assists and 3 blocks in 20 minutes, but that is what Randolph did against the Nets last night. Hang in there with him and expect more monster lines along the way.

Luke Ridnour: One of the biggest surprises in the league, Ridnour has been terrific while backing up Brandon Jennings. In last night’s thrashing of Toronto he registered 15 points and 6 assists in a paltry 15 minutes of work. He’s probably worth an add, particularly if you have dead weight on your roster.

Ryan Gomes: Gomes is still starting for the Timberwolves and continued his torrid play with 21 points and 6 caroms last night. He has averaged 19.0 points and 5.2 rebounds, while shooting nearly 60 percent over his last five contests. Kevin Love will be starting soon, but it should be at the demise of Damien Wilkins and not Gomes.

Shane Battier: After a slow start to the season, Battier has turned it on, especially in the tough-to-come-by 3-point shooting, blocks and steals categories. He is also beginning to play big minutes and is a pretty good start during four-game weeks. Last night he totaled 14 points, 4 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 38 minutes of work. A solid day at the office by anyone’s standards.

Beno Udrih: Despite coming off the bench, Udrih still has ample opportunity to record points, assists and steals. He saw 36 minutes of daylight in San Antonio last night and produced 15 points (7-11 fg), 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

Only three games on the docket tonight, including Pistons vs. Nuggets. The Carmelo/Jerebko matchup could be classic.


Daily Lies & Statistics: 0-17 and still going..

Hey New Jersey, this hurts me more than it hurts you.

There comes a point where you actually start rooting for history, which means that as much as you’d like to see a smile on the face of Brook Lopez or Chris Douglas-Roberts, who wouldn’t want to see the Nets go 0-20. Really. Last night the Nets continue their impressive losing streak, getting their behinds handed to them in Los Angeles. It was funny, with six minutes to go in the third quarter the Nets were defeating Kobe Bryant 39-30. Yup, things are that bad in New Jersey. Thankfully for Lawrence Frank, he won’t have to witness any more defeats. I’m sure he doesn’t get the YES Network where he’s going.

Marc Gasol is a beast! Is he perhaps the better of the Gasol brothers. Whoa! Slow down.. Time will tell, but can you believe how well he’s playing? Last night he scored 26 pts on 13-of-18 shooting, 5 rebs, 6 ast, 3stls and 3 blks. He’s sitting pretty in the top 10 right now. Why I nevah! As for his teammate, Mike Conley, it’s a completely different story. Who would have thought that heading into this season you would have been better off drafting Jamaal Tinsley over Conley. Tinsley has officially trumped Conley, as he played 30 minutes to Jrs.’ 19 minutes.

Danilo Gallinari is baaaaack! He hit 4-of-5 trey attempts. (Be cool, Tom. Be cool.) It was Dwight Howard, however, who stole the show dropping in his fifth straight double-double. It’s about time. He’s been a bit disappointing this season. But seems to be coming along with eight blocks in his last three. Can you imagine? If you drafted Marc Gasol over Dwight Howard you’d be in a better position right now. Such is life. Of course things will start to even out. It just makes for a nice topic of discussion.

A few injuries worth talking about: Ben Gordon missed Sunday’s game (ankle or as they say, a “bloody bad ankle.”). He’s questionable this week… Richard Hamilton remains out. I think it’ll be a while before we see him on the court… In face related news, Charlie Villanueva broke his nose. He ‘should’ be ready for Wednesday’s game, but nobody ‘nose’ for sure. What that does mean is — two guys, two face masks, one team… Manu Ginobili returned to action on Sunday. The Spurs play just twice this week, meaning that he’s of little value this week… Lenadro Barbosa sprained his ankle and left Sunday’s game early. He did score 17 points in 15 minutes, and I DO think that guys are jumping the gun a little by dropping him. If he’s on your wires, I would add him as soon as he’s on the verge of returning to action.

Jrue Holiday got his third start of the season last night. Nothing going, however. He played just 19 minutes and scored 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist. Jason Kapono got most of the minutes, though he wasn’t much better popping 8 points in 25 minutes. I like going with the upside, so in this case I might stick with Holiday. Doesn’t mean I’ll start him. But I have little use for J-Kap either.

Trevor Ariza shot 7-of-23 from the floor last night. He’s now trending toward 35-percent shooting from the floor. He still has managed to pick 12 steals in his last six and has dropped at least one three-pointer in each game this season. We’re starting to see flashes of Stephen Jackson here. Tough guy to own as he kills you in two categories, yet he helps elsewhere across the board. It could bring an owner to tears.

"Remember when you used to play on our team?"

I’m sure our good friend Eno Sarris is pretty happy about the line Ryan Gomes put up last night — 27 points on 13-of-18 shooting, 2 threes, 2 steals and a block. He’s definitely worth a look, though he can be a bit streaky. And not in the ‘oh snap, this dude is naked’ kinda way.

Sergio Rodriguez might have just slammed the door on Donte’ Greene’s coming out party. Serge is the word! He went for 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 5 assists and 2 steals in 25 minutes. I wouldn’t go ga-ga over Rod-Rod, but I think this doesn push Greene back to the waiver wires.

Monday night there are four games on the schedule. Andrei Kirilenko and Paul Millsap are questionable, though I would say that there is a better chance that Millsap plays. The good news on Monday is that the Nets WILL NOT lose. Phew.


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