Welcome back fans of guys putting an orange ball through an eerily similar shaped rim! The Day Before Tomorrow is back in action this season to give you all the news and notes from around the NBA the day before… well… tomorrow. That’s actually today if you are calendar impaired or just don’t like to think. Let’s dive in…
-Even I forgot just how good of a basketball player Anderson Varejao is when he is on the court. Varejao just missed triple-doubling on opening night with 9 points, 23 rebounds and 9 assists. Throw in the fact that he was good for his usual 2 blocks tonight and he was nothing short of spectacular, but he won’t play many frontcourts as weak as the Wiz were tonight. His scoring should improve on nights Kyrie Irving has more than 3 assists, but his rebounds and assists will obviously regress back to the mean very quickly.
-Amare Stoudemire is going to miss 6-8 weeks to have a left knee debridement. That sounds like something that would have helped out Tiger Woods a lot more, so I am staying away from Amare if at all possible. If you already own him, you might as well stash him, but I would probably take any legit NBA starter for him in a trade.
-Eric Gordon is a game time decision, nothing new about that. If you’ve owned him before you are used to it by now. If you own him, you are going to want to check for updates all day, but as he was slated to come off the bench anyway, we may have no idea if he’ll play.
-Jae Crowder looks like the guy he was hyped to be. He played excellent defense on both forward positions and was knocking down open threes. Not much more you can ask from a rookie second round pick.
-Steve Nash isn’t handling the ball nearly as much as he did in Pheonix or as we expected. Kobe and Nash are sharing playmaking duties and the Lakers are running a lot of high low with Gasol and Bynum. I would sell high if you can get solid value for him.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
GSW@PHX – 204.5
DEN @ PHI – 202
Tony Parker should have his way with Greivis Vasquez in this game who is much slower and oversized compared to Parker, start him with confidence. Damian Lillard is going to be the first to take advantage of Steve Nash on the second night of a back to back. Vasquez may struggle on D, but he has been one of the most criminally undervalued players in fantasy basketball this preseason.
Paul George has a chance to take over as the Pacers focal point on offense while Danny Granger sits, he can explode in any category. Tony Allen should see a nice boost in minutes with OJ Mayo now in Dallas, he should add a little more of everything to his elite steals rate. Danny Green has solid minute security for as long as Manu Ginobili remains out, he won’t play tonight.
Gerald Green is filling in for Danny Granger while he gets his knee right, combines explosive athleticism with a smooth shooting stroke from deep. Beasley is expected to be fed the rock in scoring situations, he looked great in his final preseason game. Marion looked fantastic last night and should continue to show off his versatile game while Dirk is out.
Pau Gasol was highly impressive last night, passing and shooting well from the high post, while rebounding and finishing tough inside. Brandon Wright got the surprise start last night and with Kaman already ruled out, should get another tonight. Luis Scola faces David “The Turnstyle” Lee in their opening matchup.
Howard is going to be a huge upside option every night he is out there, he was way out of whack tonight and still got 19 and 10. Omer Asik is very undervalued right now, he lacks offensive game, but should be a volume rebounder. Gortat faces a Warriors team likely to be without Andrew Bogut.