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Basketball Daily Dose

The Other Curry – Flaming Hot

by Jared Johnson
Updated On: February 29, 2020, 7:18 pm ET

MVP, MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo needed just 27 minutes and 20 shots to produce 32 points, 13 rebounds, two triples, six assists and three turnovers in an easy 133-86 win over the Thunder on Friday. He’s having another absurd season with career-highs in points (29.7), rebounds (13.7) and triples (1.5) to go with 5.8 dimes, 1.1 steals and 1.1 swats a night, and with the Bucks sitting on the best record in the league (51-8), The Greek Freak looks like a safe bet to repeat for the MVP trophy.

 

Unfortunate Company

Bradley Beal joined the ranks of Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson and Walt Bellamy to become just the fourth player in NBA history to record seven straight losses in 40-plus-point performances, as the Wizards dropped another one despite getting 42 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, six triples, two steals and just two turnovers from Beal over the course of 41 minutes. Despite all the losing, February has been Beal’s best month to date, as he’s been registering averages of 36.2 points, 4.7 dimes, 3.5 triples, 1.9 steals, 0.5 swats and 4.0 turnovers per game on 47.5% shooting from the field and 82.1% from the line. The good news is that because the Eastern Conference is a massive joke, the Wizards (21-37) are still within shouting distance of the No. 8 seed, which greatly reduces Beal’s shutdown risk. As long as Washington is a bubble team, Beal should continue to get out there to put up ridiculous stat lines.

 

Not Terrible Conley???

Mike Conley remained not terrible on Friday, netting 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting (4-of-4 from the stripe) to go with two triples, five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover. It’s worth noting that he did this against the lowly Wizards, and he was fairly terrible against Phoenix (which prompted the starter-reserve controversy), but overall, he’s been above average through the month of February with averages of 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.6 triples, 0.6 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game on 44.9% shooting from the field and 84.2% from the stripe. Those numbers are still only good enough for top-100 value in 9-cat leagues, but hey, at least he’s worth owning now. The Conley experiment in Utah has obviously not gone as anticipated, but he does appear to finally be fitting into the system, so maybe he can turn it around with top-75 value over this final stretch.

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Aaron Gordon recorded his first career triple-double in a win over the Wolves on Friday, tallying 17 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, one 3-pointer, two blocks and two turnovers across 41 minutes. He got off to a really rough start this year, but he’s been immensely better since Jonathan Isaac’s season-ending knee injury with averages of 16.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 triples, 1.0 steal, 0.5 blocks and 1.6 turnovers per game on 46.7% shooting from the field and 66.7% from the line, which has been good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues if you’re punting free throws. He looks to be set up for a strong finish to the 2019-20 season, but I still won’t be drafting him next year, as he really struggled while JI was healthy.

 

Potential Pickups

Seth Curry exploded for a career-high 37 points on 13-of-15 shooting (3-of-4 from the line) to go with eight trey-bombs, two boards, two dimes and one turnover through 36 minutes as a starter. Since entering the starting unit, Curry has posted averages of 21.3 points, 4.8 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 turnovers per contest on 58.8% shooting. The sky-high field goal percentage isn’t sustainable, but he’s worth owning everywhere when he’s cooking like this.

Juancho Hernangomez posted an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double to go with four 3-pointers, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers through 32 minutes of floor time. He had a rough two-game stretch to begin the week, but overall, he’s been solid since landing in Minnesota with averages of 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 triples per game on 45.7% shooting. Give him a look if those numbers are appealing.

James Johnson had another effective game off the bench with 17 points (8-of-10 FG, 1-of-4 FT), three rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers across 26 minutes. He can be hit-or-miss in the points department, but he’s been doing a little bit of everything off the bench with the Wolves, churning out averages of 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 triple, 1.5 steals, 1.8 blocks and 2.8 turnovers per game on 50% shooting, so he’s worth a look in deep leagues.

Norman Powell (finger) got a spot-start sans Fred VanVleet (shoulder) in his return from a nine-game absence on Friday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting (2-of-4 from the line) to go with four treys, one rebound, three assists and one turnover across 36 minutes. He’s having a solid season, and while his run with the starters will be short-lived with FVV not dealing with anything serious, he should still be effective if he’s flirting with minutes in the upper-20s. He’s been a mid-round guy on the year as a whole with averages of 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 triples, 1.2 steals and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 49.4% shooting, so he should be owned in all leagues now that he’s back.

Cam Reddish replaced Bruno Fernando in the starting unit and helped the Hawks pull out a win over the Nets, tallying 26 points (9-of-14 FG, 2-of-4 FT), six triples, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 34 turnover-less minutes. He’s been solid since getting back from the concussion with averages of 16.1 points, 3.4 boards, 1.9 treys, 1.4 steals, 0.6 swats and 1.1 turnovers per game on 46.9% shooting from the field and 82.8% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-70 value in 9-cat leagues. Make sure he’s not floating around on your waiver wire.

De’Andre Hunter bounced back from Tuesday’s two-point disaster with 18 points (6-of-10 FG, 2-of-2 FT), 10 rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists and zero turnovers across 32 minutes. He’s had a bit of an up-and-down year, which is to be expected from rookies, but he’s been in a nice groove over the past month with averages of 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 triples, 1.9 dimes, 1.1 steals and 1.6 turnovers per contest on 42.1% shooting. He should see nothing but opportunity down the stretch, so he’s worth owning in most leagues.

Kevin Porter Jr., who was held to just five points on 2-of-6 shooting on Wednesday, bounced back with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting to go with five rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and one turnover in 31 minutes off the bench. His inconsistency limits him to deep-league status, but over the past 12 he’s produced averages of 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.4 turnovers per game on 46.2% shooting from the field and 69.4% from the stripe. 

Dillon Brooks busted loose for 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting (5-of-5 from the line) to go with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers across 40 minutes. He had been going through a brutal shooting slump through the month of February, which may have caused him to hit the waiver wire, but this could be a sign that he’s ready to start rolling again. Give him a look.

Nicolo Melli scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting (1-of-2 from the line) to go with six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench. He’s been a sneaky top-100 player through the month of February with averages of 11.1 points, 2.6 treys, 5.1 boards, 1.0 block and just 1.0 turnover per game on 52.1% shooting, and he could see some more shots headed his way with the second unit with J.J. Redick (hamstring) exiting Friday’s game. If you need a big you can hit triples and give you a block here and there, it sounds like you’re ready for some peanut-butter-Melli-time.

Kelly Olynyk moved the bench on Friday but still came through with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, nine dimes and just one turnover across 19 minutes with the second unit. It’s unlikely he’ll be able to sustain his production if he continues to see minutes in the teens, but he has been solid in three of his past four games, so maybe he’ll see his minutes ramped up to the 20s. He’s intriguing, but the lack of minutes and ridiculous depth in Miami only makes him a borderline add in deep leagues.

Kent Bazemore bounced back from a set of bad games on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two steals, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes off the bench. Since establishing himself in Sacramento’s rotation, Bazemore has been contributing averages of 11.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 triples, 1.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 swats and 1.0 turnover per game on 43% shooting. He’s not the most exciting guy to own, but he is sustaining some low-end value with the triples and defensive stats.

Harry Giles had another solid showing through 31 minutes as a starter, scoring 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover. He’s really hit his stride over the past four games coming out of the break with averages of 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 turnovers per game on 59.1% shooting, and he should continue to trend up while Richaun Holmes (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley (foot) are out. As long as he’s starting and flirting with 30 minutes, he’ll be worth owning in most leagues.

Garrett Temple bounced back from Wednesday’s 3-of-12 shooting performance on Friday by hitting 6-of-13 shots on his way to 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench. He’s not the most consistent guy, but he should be flirting with 30 minutes a night to close out the year with Kyrie Irving (shoulder) done, and over the past month he’s been hovering around top-100 value with averages of 11.5 points, 2.4 treys, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and just 0.4 turnovers per game on 40.9% shooting.

Bismack Biyombo logged 32 minutes as a starter with Cody Zeller receiving his second straight DNP-CD, and he finished with 13 points (5-of-10 FG, 3-of-5 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two turnovers. He sent away a season-high four shots on Wednesday, and if he’s able to flirt with 30 minutes as a starter, that should be enough floor time for him to sustain some low-end value in deep leagues with his shot blocking. It’s unclear why Zeller has been collecting DNPs, or how long it will last, but at the moment Biyombo is worth a look.

Troy Brown Jr. scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 19 minutes off the bench. If you need a cheap source of steals and triples, Brown Jr. is your guy.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk hit 5-of-14 shots for 13 points, three 3-pointers, four assists, three steals and one turnover in 30 minutes. He was riding an awful four-game slump coming into this one as he was eased back into things following the hip injury, and while he still wasn’t all that efficient on Friday, he still came through with a reasonable stat line. If you need some treys, give Svi a look.

Brandon Knight had another solid outing on Friday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with five triples, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes off the bench. He’s been benefitting with Bruce Brown (left knee) on the shelf, and over the past three he’s registered averages of 16.0 points, 4.3 assists, 4.0 triples and 1.7 turnovers per game on 48.4% shooting. He’ll likely take a hit once Brown and Luke Kennard (knee, could return March 4) get back, but he’s worth a look in deep leagues while he’s playing this well.

Jerami Grant scored 20 points on 5-of-15 shooting (8-of-10 from the line) to go with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes off the bench. Paul Millsap tweaked his right ankle, and while he played through it, he was clearly limited over his 21 scoreless minutes – and if he needs to miss time, Grant will be the primary beneficiary. Even with Millsap healthy Grant has now logged 29 minutes in two straight games, and he even saw some minutes at the three-spot on Friday night alongside Millsap and Nikola Jokic, so Mike Malone is clearly trying to find playing time for him. He should be owned in far more than just 33% of Yahoo! Leagues.

Royce O’Neale went 2-of-5 from the field and 2-of-5 from the line on his way to eight points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 33 minutes as a starter. He’s been a sneaky late-round guy over the past seven with averages of 7.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.4 triples, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and just 0.7 turnovers per game on 44.7% shooting, so he’s on the radar as a potential steals and triples specialist in deep leagues.

Jared Johnson

A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the Rotoworld team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @Jae_Tha_Truth, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.