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Norof's Notes: AD's Surge

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

This piece is divided into two sections: I’m Feelin’ and I’m Not Feelin’.

The first will expand on notes, developments and other storylines from around the NBA that are of importance to fantasy teams for the short and long-term. The latter will focus on negative developments, especially in regards to any possible fantasy fallout. And as always, there will be room for general observations from around the association.

I’m Feelin’...

Kyrie Irving’s level of production since the All-Star Break. Over his last three games, Irving has averaged 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.0 steal, and a whopping 5.0 3-pointers on a smooth 26-of-49 (53.1%) shooting from the field.

Nicolas Batum re-establishing himself on the radar. Over Charlotte’s five-game winning streak, the veteran has done a little bit of everything with averages of 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.8 steals, and 2.4 triples on 42.6% (20-of-47) from the field.

Dwight Powell as a solid rest-of-season asset in 12-team leagues. The athletic big man has enjoyed his best month of the campaign in February with averages of 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks, on 59.2% shooting.

Fantasy general managers finally getting the breakout game they’ve been waiting for from Myles Turner. It’s been a real struggle this month for the second-year big man, but he’ll look to utilize this opportunity to reclaim his seat at the big boy table.

How much there is to like about the Lakers right now. Lonzo Ball has looked good in limited action since returning from his sprained MCL, both Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle have been beasts in the month of February, and Luke Walton’s club has really benefited from recommitting at the defensive end.

How Andrew Wiggins has performed since the All-Star Break. In the last three games, Wiggins has kicked it up a notch with averages of 22.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 3-pointers, and just 1.0 turnover on an efficient 53.1% from the field. Wiggins is also going to continue to play an enormous role down the stretch without Jimmy Butler (knee surgery) available, and perhaps he’ll be more empowered to play his game as a result.

The incredible run of production from Anthony Davis. Entering his final game of February (vs. the Spurs on Wednesday), the highly-skilled big man has averaged 35.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.4 blocks, and 1.3 triples on 50.9% shooting this month. I’d say that’s decent.

I’m Not Feelin’...

Caris LeVert as an asset on 12-team rosters. There is too much depth in Brooklyn’s backcourt and the Nets are committed to playing the Spencer Dinwiddie - D’Angelo Russell pairing together.

What the Chicago Bulls are doing to Justin Holiday. This is a situation that is damaging to the player’s long-term earning potential, and it’s something that the NBPA should seriously think about getting addressed in the next round of CBA discussions.

Carmelo Anthony’s short and long-term fit in Oklahoma City. For the second straight organization, Melo is on the outside looking in.

The vision for Orlando’s starting backcourt as currently constructed. This is about far more than just Terrence Ross alone.

Philadelphia keeping everyone in the dark about Markelle Fultz’s progress. This shoulder injury is more mysterious than Kawhi Leonard’s quad—and don’t worry, we’ll get there—and nobody from the Sixers has been willing to step forward. It has not been a good look from the organization.

What Kawhi and the Spurs have gone through. If the general theme of all of the different reports could be summarized, it is that there is an apparent disconnect between Leonard and the organization. While I don’t think it’s as dramatized as some would like you to believe, there is no question that there are some lingering issues remaining between the two sides.    

Ethan Norof
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