Roughneck Jiharden

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  1. Nice game last night. The Rotoworld blurb geniuses seem very confused about what to make of Nwaba: Feb 5: “…with per-36 minute averages of 13.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.9 triples he could be on the deep-league radar after the deadline.” Feb 8: “…with averages of just 6.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and not much else on 34% shooting as a starter this season, we wouldn’t get too excited about tonight's stat line against one of the worst defensive teams in the league.” Anyway, I like him. Plays hard (and is playing for a contract), lots of opportunity, can play 2, 3, and 4 [Nov 2018: "I'm not used to playing the 4 position, but I don't think I have a problem as far as playing the position," Nwaba said. "I go over the plays every day before practice as well. I think it's being confident and just playing basketball."].
  2. Anyone tried using ESPN’s player comparison tool? What the f--- is this supposed to mean? The stats are just shaded in randomly! They don’t correspond to which player is better in each category! Just totally incoherent. There’s no way this isn’t deliberate.
  3. Part 2 Steve Alexander, November 5, 2018: "Nemanja Bjelica finally had a bad game. He hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points and four rebounds, and didn’t hit a 3-pointer for just the second time this season. The Kings were down big all night and I’m still not worried about Bjelica." Steve Alexander, November 13, 2018: "Nemanja Bjelica played 27 minutes and hit 4-of-5 shots and 3-of-3 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds and a steal. He’s really cooled off, but one of his threes was a late dagger and I’m just going to hang in there with him for at least two more games. But the return of Bogdanovic has me a little worried." Just can’t seem to make up his mind! What’s the matter, Steve? I thought Bjelica was YOUR MAN! Only giving him two more games?
  4. Seconding Glen Rice. He was big for a small forward and had a very high release, basically unblockable. Also a really beautiful-looking shot. Perfect mechanics. Wesley Person’s shooting form was very aesthetically pleasing as well. Hubert Davis had a pretty unique-looking shot and was an incredible shooter. Eldridge Recasner (his name always stuck in my head, idk why) was a 41% career three-point shooter on two attempts per game, so he’d probably have had a few more opportunities if he’d been born 20 years later. George McCloud deserves a mention for being ahead of his time in attitude, if not skill. He led the league in three-point FG attempts in 1995–6, averaging 8.6 per game! For context, Damain Lillard attempted 8.6 threes per game last year. McCloud had averaged 2.1 attempts per game the year before. Antoine Walker would carry on the McCloud legacy a few years later, just mercilessly jacking up shots with no regard for established basketball etiquette.
  5. ESPN is owned by Disney (80%) and the Hearst Corporation (20%). William Randolph Hearst was a Nazi and Walt Disney was an FBI snitch who reported directly to J. Edgar Hoover. ESPN’s frustrating and bewildering fantasy platform is no accident; it’s psychological warfare, part of fascist corporate America’s assault on honest, hardworking proletarians.
  6. Steve Alexander, October 24, 2018: “Nemanja Bjelica is starting at PF and had 10 points, two boards, three assists and a 3-pointer, and has been playing well. But as soon as they decide that Bagley needs to start, Bjelica is going to bench, so I’m not messing with him. The Kings have to start Bagley sooner than later. They just have to.” Steve Alexander, October 31, 2018: “My man Nemanja Bjelica had another killer night and should be owned everywhere.” Rotoworld “experts” are such a bunch of ******** frauds. MY MAN, MY MAN.
  7. Yeah it's a meaningless phrase that people still throw around for some reason, like after 20 years NBA teams still aren't quite certain what Tyson Chandler is capable of and need to watch the last dozen Suns games just to double check whether he's learned to play point guard yet. Anyway, Alex Len has always looked like a pretty decent player to me. The Phoenix Suns organisation, on the other hand, has demonstrated serial incompetence in recent years, and multiple players have left with bitter feelings. Sometimes the whole basketball organisation (the Sacramento Kings, for example) is just a massive pile of garbage and worth avoiding at all costs.
  8. Jonny Flynn was actually really good at basketball, though. A hip injury ruined his career, not a lack of talent/ability.
  9. How are people still saying he has "great vision" when half this video is clips of him failing to notice wide open team mates and forcing terrible shots instead of making really, really easy passes?
  10. I know we're all excited about James Johnson (and with good reason), but let's not talk s--- about the one and only Luke Babbit:
  11. Goran Dragic had some nice things to say about JJ after the game: "He's unbelievable, you know. His presence on the floor defensively, offensively...I mean, he gives this team so much...he can handle the ball, make passes, make shots...a hell of a player." I know Dragic isn't the coach, but that's pretty encouraging to hear. If this really does turn out to be the year JJ finally gets a consistent 30-minute role, I'll be so happy for him (and my fantasy team).