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…
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-Byron Mullens finally showed why he was being hyped all preseason. Many were questioning his upside after a few poor shooting games, but he broke out last night with 24 points and 8 rebounds on 6 threes last night. Mullens has this kind of upside every night on a team that has zero scoring punch in the frontcourt outside of him. He is a must-own player, so make sure he’s not on your waiver wire.
-Trevor Ariza struggled mightily again last night, he doesn’t look like any semblance of player he was when he got his big contract. In that wake, Martell Webster came in to play 34 mins off the bench, finishing 16 & 6 with 3 threes. Webster has always been an uber-talented player who couldn’t stay healthy. The former top 10 pick in the NBA draft isn’t a must-add yet outside of deeper league, but should be monitored in case he takes the starting job from Ariza.
-Marcin Gortat continued his hot play last night with 23 points, 10 boards and a crazy 7 blocks against the struggling Bobcats. It’s clear the departure of Steve Nash hasn’t hurt him, especially with Goran Dragic playing so well. Gortat will probably regress on his block numbers closer to his career average as the season wears on, but it’s good to see he does have solid upside in that category. Expect the Suns to always produce great fantasy value in sloppy games with bad teams like this one.
-The Magic finally came back to earth last night. Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis were both benched for most of the second half after they came out of the gate slowly. I don’t think this affects their long-term value much, but it is a warning that they are not elite players, simply solid players in a good spot for fantasy value.. E’Twaun Moore was solid again and is still a must-start whenever Jameer is out. Arron Afflalo struggled with his shot a bit, but still posted a useful line, he is still the best option here.
-Jae Crowder wasn’t as good as we all hoped in his extra minutes last night, but he played some very good basketball. The upside isn’t there for him to be a must-own player when the Mavericks are healthy, but he should be useful as long as they remain banged up.
-Larry Sanders continues to pique the interest of fantasy owners as he posted another solid line last night and appears to be Scott Skiles center of the month. He is now averaging 12.3 points, 8.3 rebound and 3 blocks. We knew he could block shots, but the rest of the stats are coming out of nowhere. The problem is that the Bucks frontcourt is loaded with playable players and Skiles isn’t known with sticking to the same rotation for very long. He is a decent add, but make sure to check his minutes every night if you own him.
-Kyrie Irving appeared to be sick, probably the flu or food poisoning from the look, last night. You couldn’t tell from his statline however, as he posted 28 points (on 4 threes), 6 rebounds, 7 assists and just 3 turnovers. The Cavs offensive rating with Kyrie on the court: 105.6. Cavs offensive rating with Kyrie on the bench: 79.5. There are less than 5 players I would trade Irving for right now and he is looking like a steal if you managed to get him anywhere outside the Top 10 in your draft. Dion Waiters was handling the ball a ton, possibly due to Kyrie being under the weather, but that bodes well for Byron Scott’s trust in him going forward.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
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I’ll be back tomorrow with picks.