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Ken was an early RotoWire contributor back in the 90ís. He now returns with the grace of Gheorghe Muresan and the wisdom of Joe Gibbs. Tweet him at @KenCrites or e-mail him at ken@rotowire.com. Ken is also the reigning RotoWire "NBA Drive To The Finals" champion - boom!

Week 21 Rebound & Rant: Kyle McKeown Edition!

RotoWireís incredibly hard working NBA Editor, Kyle McKeown, ( @RotoWireKyleNBA) had to visit the hospital yesterday, so todayís Rebound & Rant is dedicated to him. Donít worry, his status is fine (if not a tad embarrassing). All of us at RotoWire are looking forward to his quick return to the office. Click here to see Kyleís columns and here to possibly get gory hospital details from his podcast (as well as fantastic fantasy basketball analysis, of course).

Kyle, get well soon!

The Greek Freak Will Be Awesome
Kyle was a Giannis Antetokounmpo fan months before last yearís NBA Draft. He also wisely snagged him in our RotoWire Keeper League auction. Donít believe the hype on the Greek Freak? Well, check out this video clip from Mondayís Bucks Clippers game:



You canít teach length, baby! The 19-year-old Antetokounmpo has plenty of room for growth and NBA development. He took to the game later than most, so the upside is high. Iím not pointing him out for this season (unless you really need blocks), but heíll be a MONSTER next year and beyond. For some odd reason, NBA sophomores are always undervalued. Donít make that mistake this September. Let others focus on Embiid, Wiggins and Parker. Get the Greek Freak.

That Was a Slugfest
Did you watch that brutal battle between the Heat and Indiana on Wednesday night? I enjoy Jeff Van Gundy as an announcer. How many times during that game did he debate whether a foul should have been a flagrant foul? I would guess around 20. And did you see Dwyane Wade and Lance Stephenson jawing at each other? I donít think theyíll be exchanging Christmas cards. As you probably know by now, the Pacers won by one point, extending their East lead to three games. I liked it when Van Gundy said Stephenson was a ďgood kind of crazy.Ē I agree.

In a deal I will probably regret in our RotoWire keeper league, I traded Sick Kyle The Unibrow Anthony Davis for DeAndre Jordan, Lance Stephenson and Reggie Jackson. Last year, I inherited a team with little-to-no depth, so I had to do a quality-for-quantity deal. Stephenson is the wild card for me. Heís a free agent at the end of the year. Will he go to a team that makes him a larger part of the offense? The Pacers' trade for Evan Turner makes me think that is a real possibility. Weíll see. And while I know Davis is a BEAST when he plays, I am a little concerned about his ability to stay healthy. (OK, Iím just rationalizing.)

Leonard Back and On Fire
In that same trade I made with Sick Kyle, I should have tried harder to get Kawhi Leonard from him. Leonardís return from a broken hand is a big reason the Spurs have won 15 straight. During his last 10 games, the young Leonard is averaging 31 minutes, 14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.2 treys and 1.4 blocks per game. That is what you call production across the board. You are not going to get Leonard this year, itís too late. But remember his 14 missed games when looking at his totals as you prep for next yearís draft. I suspect heíll be an undervalued pick.

There Is Still Time To Get Gorgui Dieng
I realize it would have been more helpful to point out Dieng last week, but the R&R was dark. Sorry. He is still only owned by 57% of CBS ballers and 53% of ESPN-ers, so there is still some chance the T-Wolves center is available. Nikola Pekovicís return doesnít worry me too much. Pek has been out twice with his current ankle injury. The T-Wolves have Pek signed long term, so they shouldnít push him since they're essentially eliminated from the playoffs. They would be smart to let Dieng keep developing with major minutes. If you can still grab him, enjoy the double-doubles.

Laughter Is the Best Medicine
They say laughter is the best medicine. I prefer gin and tonic, but laughter has its good points. And look, this clip includes my newly acquired DeAndre Jordan airballing a foul shot. Sick Kyle and R&R fans, enjoy:



Free Agent Pick-Ups?
Anthony Morrow (NO): A guy who is definitely available now is Anthony Morrow. As New Orleans continues to deal with injuries, Morrow is getting minutes. He got a rare start Wednesday and lit up the Clippers for 27 points. Over the past five games, heís averaged 23 minutes, 11 points, and 1.4 treys. Plus, heís shooting 83% from the free-throw line over the past 30 games. Heís only owned by 1% in Yahoo leagues -- take a flier on him if you need threes.

Jordan Hill (LAL): I must continue the tradition of listing a Laker each column. This week itís Hill, who is getting a minutes boost due to Pau Gasolís bought with vertigo. RW and I both predict he sees 20+ minutes of action over the next three games. And he should be center-eligible.

Josh McRoberts (CHA): Since Week 1, Iíve been debating whether or not to put McBob in the FA section. Heck, Iím doing it today in honor of the 29 times I tried to trade him to Sick Kyle. Heís a strategy play at this point. If you need threes, assists and rebounds from the forward position, go for it. But be careful about the FT%.

Kyle, please come back soon. Itís morally risky to let me edit and post my own Rebound & Rants. Uncle Ken cannot be trusted.