How can you know it’s a new year when you’re in the NBA? Blake Griffin gets injured. What’s the best way to kiss your NBA career goodbye? Date a Kardashian (Sorry, Tristan). How do you know your defense is struggling? When Jahlil Okafor drops twelve points on you. All this and more, ahead.
Just 144 minutes in from a strained MCL that cost Blake Griffin fourteen games, the former Slam Dunk Contest winner received a blow to the head from JaVale McGee that left him shaking on the floor. The blast has resulted in, what has been reported as, a serious concussion. This is an additional injury that leaves plenty of people wondering when these injuries will begin taking a toll on his play. Anyway, Blake is injured. What’s new?
Among a whirl of trade rumors and requests among the NBA, Nikola Mirotic is still adamant on leaving Chicago. Since returning from his fractured face, the Bulls have won ten games and lost six.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have also made a bid for All-Star center DeAndre Jordan. According to multiple reports, the Clippers are requesting for Tristan Thompson (Kardashian curse?), Channing Frye, and the 2018 Brooklyn Nets 1st round draft pick for DeAnadre. The only catch for this transaction is that DeAndre could leave Cleveland this summer, rendering the Cavaliers investment useless.
Isaiah Thomas made his return to the NBA five days ago and dropped seventeen points in nineteen minutes. That’s impressive until you’re reminded that Stephen Curry dropped thirty-eight in his return from a severe ankle sprain nine days ago.
The Los Angeles Lakers (11-27) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-28) are playing each other tonight. The losing team in this matchup will claim the worst record in the NBA, for now.
NBA fans and players alike have nearly forgotten Jahlil Okafor as of late. After images surfaced of Jahlil acting as a water boy during a 76’ers game, the hashtag #freejah began emerging on all social media platforms. Subsequently, a barrage of heat and complaints surrounded the organization to trade Jahlil, so Philly obliged. It seemed as if Okafor finally received a chance to shine, but his spot on the bench continued in Brooklyn. Head coach Kenny Atkinson accredited Jahlil’s benching to, “Being out of shape.” It is clear that Jahlil can not truly be ‘freed,’ unless he decides to try his best, get into shape, and earn his playing time.
Waiver Wire Pickups:
De’Aaron Fox- Since returning from his quadriceps injury, Fox has been hot in two games with averages of 17.5 Points and 5.5 Assists. You can expect inconsistency from the rookie point guard, but his fantasy outlook for the rest of this season is promising.
Gerald Green- Ever since Gerald signed with the Rockets on December 28th, he has had the hot hand, averaging 16.8 points, 4.2 three pointers, and three rebounds. Green is known as one of the streakiest NBA shooters, but ride this man in your fantasy lineups while he’s hot.
Trey Lyles- After a very slow start to the season, Trey has been cooking up fantasy meals. Averages of 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.7 three pointers per game over the past two weeks are full course meals that every fantasy owner wants on their squad.
Markieff Morris- Both of the Morris brothers have been a large letdown in the fantasy realm this year, largely in part due to injuries. Over Markieff’s past two weeks though, he has averages of 11.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1 assist per game, warranting an add in most leagues while he is on this hot wave.
DeMarre Carroll- After having an unprecedented start to this season, he has been cooling off steadily for his owners. If you see a player with higher potential on the waiver, don’t think twice about dropping Carroll.
Milos Teodosic- The hype to start this season was real for this two-way guard. Unfortunately, injuries have cut his fantasy abilities shorter than a three-inch cucumber. Go ahead and release him.
Jonathon Simmons- Jonathon was a must-own player while he was hot in December, but injuries and lack of production have made his services close to useless in fantasy land.
Enjoy the wonderful world of fantasy land as much as I love Lonzo Ball!