The latest fantasy basketball developments have me in, yes, a GLASS CASE OF EMOTION…
And frankly I don’t know what to do about it. The worst development was Kyle Lowry’s wrist injury. My championship squad had enough leftovers from last year to convince me to be a buyer and not a seller this season. Thanks to Lowry and others, I was in striking distance at third place and dealing future assets for win-now players. Just after the RotoWire Staff Keeper League trade deadline, news broke that Lowry was out for the season. And my team has been sinking like a rock ever since. I’m not even going to win my “who finishes better” NBA Socks wager with fellow podcaster Shannon “Shanooski” McKeown.
Oh, I can’t put all the blame on Lowry, though. Let’s dive into the fantasy implications of my disastrous end-of-season run. Learn from my pain.
Everyone assumed that with Lowry out, Cory Joseph’s numbers would soar. While he’s filled in admirably, Joseph’s stats have been pedestrian over the past five games: 11.0 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.2 boards per game. The bigger news might be how moving Terrence Ross to Orlando has increased Powell’s workload. He is averaging 14.7 points, 1.0 made threes, 3.3 boards and 2.2 assists per game this month, and while I know that’s similar to Joseph, Powell is only owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Another bummer for Team K-Train has been DeMarcus Cousins’ move to New Orleans. Instead of carrying Sac-town, he’s sharing the post with Anthony Davis, and the results are not pretty. Micah Adams of ESPN pointed out Tuesday, before last night’s win versus Portland, the following:
But not all is bleak. Gunner Jordan Crawford is back! After sending Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans to Sacramento in the Cousins deal, the Pelicans' backcourt is pretty baron. Enter 10-day contract Crawford, who has never been shy about shooting. It’s early, but in three games he’s averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 made treys and 3.3 assists per game. If you need 3’s, he’s worth a flier.
“With both All-Stars on the floor, the Pelicans have shot 41 percent on 2-pointers and 27 percent on 3-pointers while sporting an assist-to-turnover ratio that would rank last in the NBA.”
"So yeah, I was the problem. That initial dissatisfaction probably led to me starting to hate and not enjoy playing. There were some situations where I've already scored 20 points, but in my head I'm thinking: "When will this game finally end, come on, let's pack it up and go home." I just had to feed my ego, I couldn't care less what's going to happen the following week. My whole approach since coming to the US was just wrong. I could say I was too young back then, but I chose to go there myself and I obviously wasn't prepared for what the league would require from me.”Oh, Darko, Darko, Darko. Shannon may pass me in the RotoWire Staff League, but I can always give him grief for the Pistons drafting you no. 2 ahead of Carmello Anthony. By the way, Milicic averaged six points per game over his 10-year career. How many 20-point games could he have possibly had? I looked it up: 10.
when the playoffs keep giving you the cold shoulder pic.twitter.com/Oc34IiCzUk— Caleb Saenz (@calebjsaenz) March 15, 2017