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NBA Fantasy Mailbag

Mailbag: The Jurkic Store

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Question 1: Which side would you rather have: Nikola Vucevic and Paul Millsap or Draymond Green and Nikola Mirotic?


Millsap and Green are both fantasy favorites due to their versatile, roto-friendly games, but your affinity for one or the other is likely dependent on your specific team needs. Personally, I prefer Millsap because he’s going to carry a bigger offensive load, but some of Green’s monstrous defensive nights can certainly provide logic into how someone might carry a different sentiment.


After that, it really comes down to Vucevic vs. Mirotic, and although each has caused frustration at various points already in the early part of the season, there’s no question in my mind that Vooch’s upside is significantly higher. If you have an opportunity to buy low on the Millsap-Vucevic package, take the money and run. 


Question 2: Which big should I target if I decide to trade Avery Bradley?


Let’s start here—I wouldn’t be looking to sell Bradley off. The improvement is real and motivation has never been AB’s issue. He’s shown a desire to consistently better his deficiencies and appears to hold an intrinsic motivation that’s necessary when chasing a desire to be great.


If you are looking to sell high on Bradley with Al Horford (concussion) and Jae Crowder (ankle) believed to be returning sooner rather than later, names like Marc Gasol and Myles Turner would be a good place to start. 



Question 3: In a head-to-head points league, is Jusuf Nurkic worth holding onto still? What PF/C is worth a look on the waiver wire?


NURK ALERT hasn’t quite held the same meaning as it did during the opening of the campaign, but Mike Malone should be able to figure this out sooner rather than later. After Nurkic showed he could productive off the bench last year with averages 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 15.5 minutes per game—and that’s when he was still getting in shape after knee surgery—he deserves a longer leash than just a handful of disappointing games.


The decision to move on is always dependent on the depth of your league, but Nurkic is the kind of potential difference-maker that a lot of fantasy GMs could be frustrated about giving up on if the chord is cut too soon. Stick with him.



Question 4: What do I do with Brandon Knight?


If you have an answer for this question, send your job application to the Phoenix Suns front office because I’m sure they’d like to know.


In all sincerity, Knight has done a whole lot of nothing this season all while being a major pain to roster in the process.  He’s had one game worth talking about—a 32-point explosion in a November 16 loss at Denver—and a lot of forgettable performances in between. I’d be looking to sell high(ish) at any next opportunity and would even be willing to take 75 cents on the dollar.



Question 5: Does Nikola Jokic deserve to be kept? 


What other option do you really have at this point? You can’t sell low unless you’re giving Jokic away and one, even two good games won’t be enough to get anywhere close to your initial investment in return.


Mike Malone had an interesting quote on Friday night when discussing expectations and the center's redefined role, and it sounds like those expecting Jokic to continue the tear he was on in the second half of the 2015-16 season will continue to be disappointed. 

Ethan Norof
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