Jake the snake

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  1. Stop embellishing dude. You're just embarrassing yourself. No one is acting like he is another LeBron or Giannis or Doncic or Harden or Kawhi. He is Pascal Siakam and that in itself is incredible. Do you need to be told again this guys started playing (yes PLAYING) basketball only 10 years ago. Raptors "reached" for a largely unknown guy, that then started in the NBA in his rookie year, won the G-League and G-League finals MVP, then became #BenchMob hero, then became MVP and NBA champion, then became a legit #1 on his team and a worthy NBA All-star starter on one of the best teams in the league (even sans Kawhi), oh, but: Keep dissing fool. Haters gonna hate. He's proved enough people like you wrong over and over. Gotta be one of the more pathetic comments I've read. He's more worthy than Trae, he's at least on par with kemba (although IRL I'd would never trade Siakam for Kemba - he has too much skill and body diversity and upside), and Embiid still hasn't proven he can get it done. Doncic is great and looks like an absolute stud, but his portfolio is rather light. And Harden proves one thing year in year out he can score the rock on the most insane usage one can imagine - he wracks up regular season wins and disappears when it matters - welcome to the career of James Harden. Siakam has every right to be amongst these guys. And compared to the rest of the league is an absolute STAR! Give some respect where it's due man. I made the bet on Pascal and I still think he makes top 25 per game by seasons end. You quickly jump on him during a tough spell post injury. But his team hung tough and are now flourishing with him back and he works his as$ off on both ends (more than I can say about some other "superstar" all-stars - *cough*jamesharden*cough*. Great asset IRL and in fantasy. Injury sucks for fantasy, but not much you can do about that. Apart from the injury are you really disappointed with what he has done this year? If so then you're just a bit bitter. As for my man @StifleTower should come down to the wire as he rounds back into form. Kinda exactly what we both predicted right around the 20-30 mark on per game value.
  2. Guess Mai Boi spicey P is just too good for discussion these days!? Well either that or just the regular disrespect for him and the team north of the border 🤷🏾‍♀️... I mean the headline on ESPN is "Embiid scores zero in 101-96 loss"... No mention of the team that won, no mention of Embiid's father, Marc gasol, no mention of pascal siakam - the real MVP candidate on the court that night, the real all-Star that night (well along with FVV), The guy who came up clutch down the stretch on both ends and won the game through his own will... The guy that is top 10 season value and top 20 per game considering guys with <5 games played. He's a Bona-fide beast! I feel sorry for y'all who won't or can't watch the raptors and siakam cause they play on the wrong side of an arbitrary line. Team is playing the best hoops in the league on both ends. Without 2 of their all stars... Incredible and barely a peep from the southern media. Probably better that way!
  3. https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/11/pascal-siakam-is-shattering-expectations-in-toronto-once-again
  4. Remember when they played the Magic a couple weeks back? Probably not because 'Merica don't watch Raptors despite being the champs. Vuce went 1/13 from the floor for 5pts...That's an all-star centre (who he destroyed in the playoffs too). Lets go through the other games. McGee 5/11 - 10pts; Okafor 3/3 - 6pts; Holmes 4/8 - 8pts; Lopez 4/11 - 11pts; Drummond 10/17 - 21pts (still -22 +/-); Carter 6/14 - 12pts; Theis 0/7 - 1pt; Favors 3/6 - 6pts. Those are pretty impressive defensive numbers - opponent starting centres have shot 32/90 - 35.6% from the field with Gasol averaging 27 mpg. He is absolutely one of the best defensive centres (if not still the best) in the league even at age 34 and coming of a summer basically without rest. Incredible player. IRL he is an absolute beast on the defensive end, which is a huge part of why the Raptors are good. In fantasy he sucks, because his offensive game has declined and he isn't asked to be a scorer. But the two things are very different... Just because a guy doesn't fill up the box score doesn't mean he is a bad basketballer.
  5. You don't watch many Raptors games do you? The raptors have the best interior defense in the league - guess who is key to that again? I mean did you watch the playoffs and finals? Marc Gasol, the guy that graciously released Nikola Vucevic, and Joel Embiid from his back pocket over the summer so as to give them a chance at rebuilding their careers. He IS the best defensive centre in the league, he showed that in the playoffs and finals (I mean he was hedging and controlling Steph Curry off picks - name another 7'0 centre that can do that). He showed that in the world championships. Sure his offensive game has aged and he isn't a threat in the post any more, that sucks for fantasy owners - but Gasol is an absolutely defensive beast for the raptors - even after the hectic summer he has just had doing the NBA and world champs double. Question his fantasy game all you like, but if you are questioning him as a player then you just don't understand basketball.
  6. Sounds like pretender talk... Champs just win 🏆💍
  7. Not sure the célti€s will put up with his lack of D enough to put up 20/10. Predict a time share with The Time Lord, theis and Kanter. Time lord is a good defender but really just a picknroll dunker, theis IMO is a good player and unrrated (he could actually break out this year), Kanter is what he is, that doesn't fit all that well with Stevens solid defensive teams. This I predict Kanter is more like an empty 15/8 on good efficiency... I'll freely admit I hate the fuking célti€s (even a little more than the lakers) and hoarder Dan definitely failed with what he had over the last 5 years. But despite that they still have decent pieces to build around and I think this team will suit Steven's coaching more than Irving and Hayward team last year (as long as Stevens doesn't push his Hayward love and kryptonite too far again) . I predict them at 3rd in the east (yup right around the same as the raptors in 4th), but a first round upset loss to the magic who will shut down the célti€s wings in the playoffs.
  8. Dam it! Now I know why I'm not on an NBA roster! Opportunity! Killed many a good NBA career, chalk me up as another statistic to that dastardly demon that is opportunity! Anyway, so the guy can beat up some punk in his back yard. Doesn't do a lot for my perspective of his hooping potential... can he steal, block, dime and board? But I guess it's good to know if $hit goes pear shaped in the Palace Dwayne will put his Bacon on the line... Ah $hit!! I made a food pun and they closed down the Palace...
  9. I used to be young and hungry once too...didn't help much with my NBA career though, now I'm just early middle-aged and a little less hungry since my metabolism is starting to slow. Got anything more substantial on how tasty Dwayne's Bacon actually is [alright that's my last food pun]? Projections/Weaknesses/strengths? Any insider workout scoops (apart from being "tight" with Bridges)? Seems like a decent shooter, but doesn't project that well in the counting stats esp. STOCKS.
  10. Gallinari has been in the league 11 years and played 549 games (avg 49.9 games per season). Lillard has been in the league 7 years and played 549 games (avg 78.4 games per season). Good luck OKC:
  11. Agree with this, a lot of players struggle a bit in their first season post ACL (a lot comes down to how quickly the turn-around is now IMO). Rubio: ACL in rookie year - 2nd season he saw a dip in dimes 3Pt% (29%🤮) everything else stayed about the same (when you'd expect a 2nd year player to improve). Jabari Parker: never the same, but he's torn the same ACL twice?! poor dude! It's reported that the post surgery ACL is stronger than the original ligament. Dinwiddie: Struggled in his rookie year and 2nd year (after late college ACL tear - and meniscus and MCL injuries at the same time - he did a job!) not until his 3rd year did he really start to show his value. Gallinari: Miss a whole season, struggled in his comback year all, all his stats dropped by about 20% and also struggled with injuries that season and the next, but hey it's Gallinari, struggling with injuries is his Modis Operandi Chris Webber: Saw a 20% dip in stats and efficiency after his 2003 ACL tear, wasn't until 2 years later he started to get back to where he was pre-injury, then decline with father time after that. Derrick Rose: We all know how that went. Not good. Rondo: Didn't do too bad in '14 after his ACL tear, but there was a dip (and got worse the next season). 2 years later in Sac he was back to close to 12 & 12. All in all, I'd say keep your break out fantasies in check for Murray this season. Wouldn't be surprised if they were really cautious with his minutes as he is a big part of the Spurs future and right now they are loaded in the back court. I think next year might be the year for Murray's big rise.