All day on Christmas I kept sneaking to the bathroom or stealing peaks under the table at dinner. After a few drinks I wasn’t even trying to hide it anymore. Just brazenly staring at the screen while family members try to take a genuine interest in my life.
I’m not sure what it is. Why can’t I wait until the games are over? How come when I know nothing has changed I pop over and check how other teams in the league are doing? I don’t really have an answer.
It could be because I just like to see numbers change. I love staring at slot machines while they spin even though I can’t tell you why when I get two dolphins, a gorilla, three four-leaf clovers and a naked Cleopatra I receive three free spins. Or maybe it’s just because I still have as much control as I did when I was 6, only this isn’t a bad thing. People all over the world over check their lineups at work, in bed, at school and church.
I don’t need to feel any shame when my friends sitting in the living room are doing the same thing.
Now go ahead and check your lineup and see if any of these players can help you.
Watching Darren Collison play the game of basketball is both exhilarating and maddening at the same time. One second he’s leisurely bringing the ball up the floor, the next thing you know he’s thrown it off some middle aged couple in the club seats. Every time down the floor he either almost has the ball stolen from him, picks up his dribble or takes a bad shot. Rarely does Collison run any semblance of an offensive play. More often then not he’s out of control.
Then there are the games where it all kind of clicks for him. The bad shots fall, near turnovers become awkward runners and then the confidence starts to build. Collison begins to attack the basket the correct way, he stops dribbling the ball up near his head and (gasp!) actually looks for a place to pass before picking up his dribble.
I would hate to have to rely on Darren Collison. If you find yourself in that situation, there’s always weed.
He’s only owned in 36.5-percent of ESPN leagues and that doesn’t really make much sense to me. He’s an athletic scorer on a very bad team who can do a lot of different things. For all of those who are kicking themselves for missing out on DeMar DeRozan, well, what the hell are you waiting for?
I am one of the biggest Rodney Stuckey fans outside of the Michigan area, so you will not see my endorsing Will Bynum or anything he does with his stupid, long arms. Rodney Stuckey is a starting point guard in the NBA and the sooner the Pistons realize that the better off everybody will be. Also, it’s time to start Andre Drummond. The Pistons aren’t going anywhere and I know they wanted to ease their big man in to the NBA, but the time is now. Since finally getting a bump in minutes, Drummond has averaged over 10 rebounds per game over the last 6 contests (And he’s still only getting between 20-24 minutes per game!). So what if his scoring can be inconsistent? He gets a great amount of steals for a big man and the blocks will continue to get better. The more he plays, the better he will get. If you are in a keeper league, or have a good enough team that you can handle the occasional off-night, then Drummond is a must own. There are a handful of real big men left in the league – Andre Drummond is up next. Oh, and if you want to add Will Bynum then you better prepare yourself for never-ending disappointment. Long live Rodney Stuckey.
Speaking of rebounds, inconsistent scoring and terrible foul shooting. Well, at least he’ll give you a chance for a double-double every time he steps on the court. The more he and Nene play together, the more teams will find it strange when they can’t blow out the Wizards. When John Wall comes back, it will be interesting to see how the big men adjust to having a point guard that can actually “distribute.”
Now that he knows to keep his mouth guard in his mouth, the production will continue to be there as long as Jonas Valanciunas is out. He’s better than Ed Davis, but they are both viable options right now. I just like Johnson more.
Paul Millsap has never been a “real” player. He’s someone who can go out and give a team like the Magic some serious numbers. What’s happening now with Derrick Favors starting to eat in to Millsap’s minutes and production was inevitable. Favors is a freak and Millsap will always be an undersized tweener. I’m not saying he’s not a good player, he just isn’t a real player. Derrick Favors is the real deal and Utah knows what they have. Watch for the Millsap trade rumors to start to heat up. Unless Utah wants to play him more at the three – which I think would give their team pretty intimidating dynamic. Either way Favors’ value is about to skyrocket.