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Damn Lies Midseason Report: Atlantic Division

A cheap ploy for us to get page views, and Nets forward Kris Humphries.

We’re gonna mix it up a bit this week at Damn Lies. Now that the season is roughly halfway over (emphasis on ‘roughly’), we thought it would be fun to hand out grades to each player who has made an impact, positive or negative, on the fantasy landscape. Think of these as sort of the Golden Globes to our annual postseason awards, The Dammies, only with fewer scientology jokes. This isn’t very scientific, in the sense that the three of us were liberal arts majors and are much more comfortable making stuff up rather than postulating an actual theory, which I can rarely do without pulling a muscle. For each team, we’ll assign grades based on how players have lived up to fantasy expectations. If a guy has disappointed or has been hurt more than not, he could get a ‘D’ or ‘F’ even though his numbers aren’t totally awful. If someone went undrafted in every league but has come out of nowhere to offer solid value, he could get an ‘A’. Or not. It’s really up to us. Don’t think to much about it.

I’ll start with the Atlantic Division, and we’ll have a new division per day. Enjoy! Continue reading

I’ll Be Damned: Surely You Can’t Be Serious

We’re at that time of year where enough games have been played for roles to solidify, but not quite enough to completely cut bait on players we thought would perform better. Sure, most owners have given up on guys like Anthony Randolph and Marcus Thornton, as they should have, but what about a Beno Udrih?

Beno's numbers lately are even smaller than his dog, but not as cute.

Tom Lorenzo and I own Beno in the Yahoo! Friends and Family League and are debating jettisoning him into the ether. He’s killing us, and this is a pretty deep league (we start 13 and have a three-player bench). I’m loathe to cut him because of the real chance Tyreke Evans could shut it down due to his plantar fasciitis. And then there’s Paul Westphal, who has tinkered with his lineups to the point where it’s time to check him for OCD. Udrih and Evans play well together, and there’s a real chance that lineup will win out in time. What the hell do we do? I’m saying “hold” for now, as our team is in second place with a 29-15-1 record, just a half game out of first. With a 35-minute-per-game Udrih, we’d be cruising!

Anyways, many strange happenings continue to disturb me; maybe not as much as Westphal’s whims have, but enough to fire up the synapses for another installment of I’ll Be Damned.

This week, I’ll be damned that… Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Boston Celtics

A hard-fought Game 7 with the Lakers, played without Kendrick Perkins, that could have been won. Doc Rivers returning, as well as the team’s core. A point guard who is one of the rising stars in the league and peaking just in time to take over the alpha role from the team’s veterans. Optimistic Celtic fans have a lot to point to for the upcoming season.

Pessimists, however, would say the C’s tinkered too much in the offseason, committing money and years to two major question marks at center (Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal). They’d also wonder if Boston can once again coast, then turn it on for the postseason and roll through an Eastern Conference featuring a new juggernaut in Miami and a potential new one in Chicago. Of course, we won’t really know the answer to all of this until the playoffs. In the meantime, the C’s seem deep and talented enough to chill for much of the year, to the point where the team’s biggest worry might be whether Tommy Heinsohn commits a homicide due to the stricter technical foul rules. From a fantasy perspective, all of this needs to be taken into consideration. The Celtics have big names who won’t return anything close to the value we’ve come to expect from them in their primes, and they’ll do everything they can to assure their stars are fresh for one more run at the title in the spring. Draft accordingly.

This might be the only way to stop Rajon Rondo this season.

Rajon Rondo is one exception to this rule. Still the only true point guard on the roster, he should lead the team in minutes and keep his trajectory pointing skyward. Most fantasy experts won’t nudge Rondo above Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Chauncey Billups, but I’m not among them. I’ll choose youth and upside as a tiebreaker and enjoy Rondo’s 2+ steals, 10 assists and 50 percent field goal percentage in the second round.

Boston’s Big Three are now clearly the Big Two Through Four. Paul Pierce has something left in the tank and should once again lead the team in scoring. But rest is as crucial as anything in Boston’s quest for a title and Pierce won’t turn it on until later in the year. Ray Allen is essentially a role player at this point in his career, albeit one who can nail threes and shoot 90 percent from the line. He’s a nice pick in rotisserie leagues if the value is right. Kevin Garnett is a shell of himself, but early reports are that he’s at least over the knee injuries that have plagued him over the last two years. Rivers will be stingy with his minutes and expecting more than 14 & 7 with nice percentages is wishful thinking.

Who else should be drafted? The O’Neals are a great fit in Boston, but more for the area’s famous hospitals than anything they can do on the court at their advanced age. They just need to hold down the fort until Perkins returns from his torn ACL, probably in February. Jermaine is going very late in drafts because he can still block a couple of shots a game. Shaq should be avoided. The C’s do have a deep bench with plenty of potential fantasy options should injuries strike. Nate Robinson can fill it up if need be, but Rondo would have to be hurt for him to be a factor. The Shrek to Robinson’s Donkey, Glen Davis is the first to benefit should Garnett go down again; ditto for Marquis Daniels with Pierce. The acquisition of Delonte West is the single best signing in the NBA this offseason, if you ask me. Yet he’s not worth much in roto leagues unless Allen sits for any length of time. West is also suspended for the first 10 games of the year for his Mad Max routine. There’s a chance both O’Neals could go bad before Perkins is ready. In that case, keep an eye on Turkish signee Semih Erden, a banger with touch around the hoop who has been impressing in the preseason.

PG – Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson
SG – Ray Allen, Delonte West
SF – Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels
PF – Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis
C – Jermaine O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, Kendrick Perkins (injured)

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Nobody Puts J.J. in the Corner

The Cavaliers made it 1-0 without their effervescent big man last night, embarrassing the Knicks 124-93. The final score wasn’t even indicative of the hideousness of the New York effort. If the teams were wearing generic jerseys and I said that it was the ’92 Dream Team against Liechtenstein, it would have been believable.

Earlier in the year, I predicted that Boston would squeak by the Cavs on its way to the NBA Finals. With Shaq out for the rest of the regular season and hopefully limited in the playoffs I can again root for Cleveland to go the distance. And go the distance it will with the rugged Anderson Varejao (14 pts, 10 reb, 2 bk, 16 min last night) and the young and improving J.J. Hickson (17 pts, 9 reb, 6-7 fg, 2 bk) sharing the pivot. They remind me of the Davis boys in Indiana in the mid-90s and are both worthy of being picked up in fantasy leagues… Hickson and Varejao that is as the Davises are probably in their mid-40s.

"Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play."

Why this organization thought Shaq was the answer in the offseason is beyond me. This team is winning with chemistry and defense, and they happen to be very well-coached by their 25-year old small forward.

I, for one, will be pulling for the Cadavers to win the whole enchilada. Though as a Knicks fan I know it will take every ounce of restraint from LeBron to not tell a throng of 1.5 million at their victory parade that they will be back next season to repeat.

Lately, I’ve been singing the praises of the upstart Milwaukee Bucks to anyone within earshot. This team has about as much talent as the Pittsburgh Pythons, but they are getting it done with toughness and defense and won’t be an easy out in the playoffs. Andrew Bogut has been a top 5 center both in fantasy and real-life this season and he is being supported by defensive stalwarts Luc Richard-whatever and Ersan Ilyasova. This team has not felt the effects of the crooked-shooting Brandon Jennings, nor the loss of the chucking Michael Redd.

Ok, enough preaching. On to the Damn performances:

Bill Walker (21 pts, 5 reb, 9-14 fg, 2-5 3-pt fg) – I just love this guy’s name. There were 37 Bills in the league in the 80s, but since Medical Bill Cartwright announced his retirement from swinging ‘bows, I believe Mr. Walker is the first to carry the Bill torch. Regardless, he’s got pretty good skills and could see a decent amount of run the rest of the way. An injury to, let’s say Damn Lies favorite Tracy McGrady, could open the door for Walker to help steal a few championships for his owners.

Jrue Holiday (23 pts, 6 ast, 9-13 fg, 5-6 3-pt fg, 2 st) – The intriguing Holiday has shared the spotlight with the equally intriguing Lou Wiliams (13 pts, 5 reb, 7 ast) of late and could be a fine addition for the final six weeks of the season. Holiday is more of a true point guard and should put up some decent assist numbers. With Allen Iverson done for the year, don’t forget about the Philly backcourt.

George Hill (23 pts, 9-13 fg, 3-4 3-pt fg, 2 bk) – Even with Tony Parker‘s perpetual day-to-day status, this blogger has been pushing owners to nab the talented Hill for weeks. Over his last five contests, he has averaged 18.2 points and 1.8 threes in nearly 40 minutes per game. He can play both the one and the two and Parker’s return shouldn’t affect him too much.

Marcus Thornton (30 pts, 7 reb, 12-19 fg, 6-7 3-pt fg) – I debated picking up Thornton or C.J. Watson yesterday and decided on the guy who didn’t erupt for 30 points and six threes. Thornton has been silly of late, averaging 26.2 points and 2.8 threes over his last five. He still comes off the bench but plays starter’s minutes. He should no longer be available.

Taj Gibson (11 pts, 13 reb, 3 ast, 1 bk) – Here’s another young player who should have been scooped up a few weeks ago. Gibson is as tough as they come and has made the most of Joakim Noah‘s absence. Noah will remain out or at least limited for a while, but regardless, Gibson seems to have solidified his position in the Bulls frontcourt. Solid rebounding and blocks digits await.

Nicolas Batum (21 pts, 7-11 fg, 4-7 3-pt fg, 1 bk) – Dare I even say that we have to keep a good eye on Batum? He tallied 31 points with five threes on Saturday and followed it up with a 21-point, four 3-pointer effort in last night’s win over the fading Grizzlies. He has stolen all of Martell Webster‘s minutes and may be worth a flyer.

Rasual Butler (13 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast) – Butler stunk up the clip joint last night, but he is starting and for some unknown reason is playing big minutes for the Clips, while the more talented Travis Outlaw languishes on the bench. For the time being, Butler is worth a look, but he should peak in the rearview mirror.

Drew Gooden (19 pts, 11 reb, 6-9 fg, 1 bk) – Gooden’s city-to-city tour can rival Madonna’s as he continues to get it done on the glass, regardless of his situation. He has found his way into the starting unit and will continue to post decent scoring and blocks totals along with big-time boards.

Only four games on the board tonight, including Warriors at Heat. These are two teams heading nowhere, but I’m excited to see what the combination of Stephen Curry and Watson will accomplish with four games this week. Considering the fact that I have Watson and Jeff has Curry, probably very little.

Daily Lies & Statistics: Wade’s OK; Shaq — Not So Much

What a surprise! Just when you thought that Dwyane Wade was going to sit out a nationally televised game against the Magic, the top-dog in Miami suited up and returned to the court Willis Reed style in time to see his team fall to a Magic team that got barely a handful of points and rebounds from Dwight Howard.

"He crossed out 'Willis Reed style'... LOL"

Wade’s line was OK, but nothing special — 21 points on 6-of-17 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 37 minutes. Seen better, seen worse. And as I mentioned earlier, Howard was hardly a factor for the Magic — seven points on 1-of-7 shooting, five rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes. Gross. Howard was forced to sit on the bench for most of the game due to foul trouble. But even when he was on the court he was a non-factor. The Magic got most of their production from Rashard Lewis and his game-high 22 points and Vince Carter and his 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

The other big news on Sunday was the announcement that Shaquille O’Neal will have surgery on his thumb on Monday and will most likely miss the remainder of the regular season. Ouch. Somebody get Zydrunas Ilgauskas on the phone! This is the perfect time to go out and pick up Anderson Varejao if you haven’t done so already. Don’t worry, I’ll wait….

Back? Great! Let’s get to the action!

Al Jefferson — Baby Al has been suspended for the next two games due to his arrest for a DUI on Sunday morning. Ummm… sit him.

Yi Jianlian — He went for 20 points and 19 rebounds against the Wizards. Take a picture, it’ll last longer. You probably won’t see anything close to 20/20 from Yi the rest of the season.

Andray Blatche — I’m going out on a limb here: If he continues to go for 36 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks he will be a second- or third-rounder next season. This kid is just that good… and his team is that bad. They need him to score 30 points and pull down 10-plus rebounds or else they’ll turn into the Nets. Neeeewwww Jerseeyyyyyy! I think 20 and 10 is reasonable for the rest of the season.

Amar’e Stoudemire — “What? Trade me?” Stoudemire dropped a huge 41 points and 12 rebounds on the Spurs. Too bad Jason Richardson couldn’t put in an easy, wide-open dunk. Still, Stoudemire looked strong on Sunday. Real strong.

Kobe Bryant — What an ugly shooting performance the Mamba had — 14 points on 3-of-17 shooting, 12 assists, three steals and two blocks. The rest of his line was “nice,” but the shooting was terrible. Credit the defensive pressure from the Nuggets on this one. And credit Ron Artest’s defense (6 steals) and Lamar Odom’s presence off the bench (20 points, 12 rebounds and four steal) for the big home win.

Brandon Jennings — The rook did not get much run late in the game. Maybe it’s because he’s an atrocious shooter! Only once in the last 14 games has he shot over 40% from the floor. On Sunday he went 1-of-5 from the floor in just 26 minutes. I would sit him, unless you are looking to punt your FG%.

Jerry Stackhouse — Holing back the years… Stack went for 20 points in 28 minutes off the bench. He’s been a nice option for those who are desperate for scoring, but I don’t see him keeping up this pace. He’s closer to 12-14 points and little else per game.

Serge Ibaka — You have to start by crediting Kevin Durant and his 29 points for blowing the Raptors off the court, but also give credit to Ibaka for taking advantage of his garbage time. He went for 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes. The guy’s a nice option for blocks if you’re in the market. He’s close to 1.8 per game for the month of February.

Spencer Hawes — With Jason Thompson out for the next two weeks, Hawes has a bit of breathing room. He showed nice effort on Sunday against the Clippers with 16 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 40 minutes. At least until Thompson returns to action you should look at Hawes.

Caron Butler — After missing his team’s last two games, Butler returned to the court to put up 19 points and pick four steals in 40 minutes. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! If you can get this kind of production out of Butler going forward than you’d be a happy man.

Emeka Okafor — What an effort! He pulled in 17 rebounds to go along with five steals and three blocked shots. Who is this guy, Marcus Camby?

Daily Lies & Statistics: The Big Thumbsprain

There’s my new nickname for Shaq, after he suffered a serious-ish sprained thumb last night. An MRI could reveal something worse. For the Cavs, this is not going to affect them too much because they could conceivably be better without Thumbsprain, although they are now pretty thin at center since they have to wait another three weeks before they can re-sign Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

The subtraction of Shaq down the stretch should help Cleveland secure home court in the playoffs.

For fantasy owners, Anderson Varejao becomes the man. Varejao stepped up last night with a 14 & 10 and three blocks in 30 minutes, helping the Cavs dominate the Celtics in the fourth quarter en-route to a 108-88 win. LeBron James put up a ho-hum 36-7-9 last night and it’s finally time to say it: if he’s available in your league, pick him up.

Paul Pierce was a DNP for the Celts with a thumb injury of his own, and Marquis Daniels got the start. Daniels, who was dealing with the flu leading into the game, was underwhelming with just four points in 31 minutes. Chalk this up to his illness and give him a whirl if it appears Pierce is going to shut it down for a few more games.

There were two other fantasy-friendly contests last night, led by Denver stomping Golden State 127-112. Chauncey Billups enjoyed the break in defensive intensity and went off for 37-6-9, including 6-of-8 from three. This was also the perfect environment for J.R. Smith, who knocked down seven threes on the way to 25 points.

Golden State was led by the superb Stephen Curry, who finished with a 30-7-13 gem. It wasn’t enough to overcome Monta Ellis’s 6-for-22 shooting performance, and I’ll be damned if we don’t have another example of a chucking shooting guard who would make their team better if they didn’t play. I haven’t watched every single Warriors game, but maybe one of their fans can tell me: has Ellis passed the ball yet this year?

C.J. Watson missed the game with what is either the flu or appendicitis, but on the bright side he still doesn’t have to spend a weekend with Mrs. Needleman. Ronny Turiaf got a start and had 12 points, eight boards and two blocks in 27 minutes. The Warriors have four games next week, so if Turiaf does something similar again this weekend, it might be time to take a flier on him.

In D-League action, the Bucks edged the Pacers, 112-110, and if I’m reading this right Andrew Bogut had a 15 & 10 with two blocks in just 24 minutes. Also, Troy Murphy, one of my centers in the Damn Lies league, had three rebounds in 33 minutes. T.J. Ford (17-3-5) and Earl Watson (15-8-5) started together in the backcourt and played 39 minutes each. Keep an eye on Ford.

Speaking of the D-League, Hasheem Thabeet has been sent there by the Grizzlies, not a glowing endorsement of the number two pick in the draft. The Dakota Wizards? Talk about an incentive to get back to the big leagues. If that doesn’t light a fire, he’s a lost cause.

Basketball draft prep: 5 overvalued and undervalued fantasy picks

As a long-time sufferer of acid reflux disease, I’ve been provided lists by countless GIs of what foods to avoid. For those of you not in the know, it’s the standard peppermint, chocolate, citrus fruits, caffeine and tomato sauce that seemingly cause most of the intestinal angst. But I’d bet my last Indian Head penny that your local proton pump inhibiting pusher hasn’t gotten to the true root cause of the problem. Namely, the ownership last season of Top 15 selection Allen Iverson, or the purchasing in 2007-08 of first-rounder Kevin Garnett, or the 2006-07 debacle that was Peja Stojakovic.

Despite more than a modicum of fantasy basketball success over the years, as a perennial Marcus Camby owner, nobody’s innards have churned more than mine.  With that in mind, I’m here my fellow GERD sufferers to put an end to your digestive woes by imparting the only wisdom I have at my disposal, my list of five players who will get selected too high in your drafts along with five guys who owners will miss the boat on.

Five who will be Picked too High

5. Ron Artest, F, LAL
2008-09 stats: 17.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.4 bpg, 40% FG, 75% FT, 2.2 3-pt FG

The poster boy for Modern Psychology surfaces in El Lay, where he will continue to cause all kinds of turmoil. He’s still a more-than-capable defender and one of the toughest players in the league, but the Artest formerly known as Ron is officially a detriment on the offensive end. His play on the court is often secondary as the Long Island City product is just as likely to appear on an episode of Dr. Drew as he is to arrive to the Staples Center for a 7:05 tip. Someone will take him in the top six rounds. If he’s available in the eighth, that wouldn’t be a bad spot.

4. Shaquille O’Neal, C, CLE
2008-09 stats: 17.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.7 spg, 1.4 bpg, 61% FG, 60% FT, 0.0 3-pt FG

You’ve got to hand it to the big phony, I mean fella, who two years ago in Miami looked like he was cooked. The trade to Phoenix brought about a renewed vigor and last season saw him record his best totals since ’05-06. Now he is the missing piece, at least in Danny Ferry’s eyes, for a Cleveland title run. But my jury is officially out. Shaq will do some good things this year as he will be motivated to help LeBron. However, his minutes will be kept to a minimum as the Cavs try their best to keep him healthy. Minutes will also be reduced as they will be involved in several lopsided games, so let the other owners in your league duke it out for his services in the top eight rounds.

3. Marcus Camby, F/C, LAC
2008-09 Stats: 10.3 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.1 bpg, 52% FG, 73% FT, 0.0 3-pt FG

The Cambyman has parlayed his length and athleticism into a prolific fantasy career as one of the top rebounding and shot-blocking big men of his era. Unfortunately for his long-suffering owners, with the exception of the ’07-08 season, he has missed tons of time due to various ailments. Now 35 and vying for minutes with Chris Kaman and Blake Griffin, those 20-rebound, 6-block, 4-steal days could be few and far between. Someone in your draft will jump on him in the top four rounds… don’t be that someone.

2. Richard Jefferson, F, SAS
2008-09 stats: 19.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 aps. 0.8 spg, 0.2 bpg, 44% FG, 81% FT,1.6 3-pt FG

Let me first say that I love Jefferson as a player. If Cleveland would have gone after him last season at the expense of Wally Szczerbiak‘s expiring contract, Cadaver fans and Kobe haters would likely still be lighting cars on fire in downtown Cleveland. Jefferson is a perfect fit for the Spurs, but the ball will be shared way too much for him to put up the same scoring totals he has been amassing throughout his career. He has never been confused with Fat Lever in any other category, so draft accordingly in the 90-100 range.

1. Kevin Garnett, F, BOS
2008-09 stats: 15.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg, 53% FG, 84% FT, 0.0 3-pt FG

Garnett’s days as a high draft choice should have ended last season following a statistically brutal 2007-08 campaign, but those nostalgic owners who love big names continue to corral him in the Top 20. Not only are his overall totals way down from his fantasy salad days in Minnesota, he now barely plays 30 minutes a night and will be rested on a regular basis as this could be the Celts’ last hurrah. KG ‘s team-first approach brought about a new attitude to the C’s and everyone has bought in. But as we all know, winning basketball doesn’t always translate well to fantasy. At best a fourth-round pick.

Five who will be Picked too Low

5. Andrew Bogut, C, MIL
2008-09 stats: 11.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.0 bpg, 58% FG, 57% FT, 0.0 3-pt FG

Bogut missed most of the ’08-09 campaign with a stress fracture in his back that required surgery. Owners are bound to sleep on him because they’ll be afraid he won’t be recovered and simply because he is so goofy looking. I’m expecting this hard worker to revert to ’07-08 form, which included 14.3 points and 1.7 blocks per game. Milwaukee has little in the way of offense and Bogut should be its primary source of points in the paint. There’s no way he goes earlier than 60-70.

4. Brook Lopez, C, NJ
2008-09 stats: 13.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.5 spg, 1.8 bpg, 53% FG, 79% FT, 0.0 3-pt FG

No one will benefit more from the absence of Vince Carter than the happy-go-lucky Lopez, who is a star in the making. He has all the tools to post an 18-point, 10-rebound, 2-block season, which is what I predict will be his final totals. There are few centers I would take ahead of him and he’ll probably last until the seventh or eighth round.

3. Monta Ellis, G, GSW
2008-09 stats: 19.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg. 0.3 bpg, 45% FG, 83% FT, 0.3 3-pt FG

If you don’t pounce on Ellis in the top seven rounds, little Yerry will be making a big mistake, Yerry. Before he shredded his ankle in his infamous water balloon fight in the winter of ’07, Ellis was quickly becoming one of the toughest guards to defend off the dribble in the history of the game (That’s right, I said it). Even if his jets aren’t all the way back, his quickness and skills will still be good enough for him to average well over 20 points and nearly 2.0 steals, while shooting near 50 percent from the field.

2. Courtney Lee, G, NJ
2008-09 stats:
8.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 45% FG, 83% FT, 1.1 3-pt FG
At the other end of the Carter trade, the talented Lee will have first crack at the starting two guard spot for the Nets. Lee was quite the find out of Western Kentucky for the Magic, but Otis Smith decided he’d rather have a gunner to ruin what they had going for them. Lee should go in the top 11 rounds, but he probably won’t. A 15 ppg season is not out of the realm.

1. Anthony Randolph, F, GSW
2008-09 stats: 7.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.7 spg, 1.2 bpg, 46% FG, 72% FT, 0.0 3-pt FG

If Don Nelson weren’t the head coach and if I was more confident that a stiff wind wouldn’t bowl him over I’d have Randolph as a sure-fire breakout candidate. As it is, the lanky forward should see enough daylight, albeit sporadic daylight, to be a poor man’s Gerald Wallace this year. I’d be shocked if anyone touched him in the top 10 rounds. Hang in there with him and expect some monster weeks.

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