Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 12.8.15

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 12.8.15

Welcome back to another edition of the Triple Double Tuesday column. I took last Tuesday off to celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Not too much has changed in the NBA landscape since my last post. The Warriors are still undefeated and the Lakers and 76ers are still terrible. However, a few things have changed like the Nets have been playing .500 basketball since starting 0-7. Let’s not spoil all the news in the opener and get to the column. Three Positive Plays Steph Curry Is Breaking The NBA Everyone is trying to compare Steph Curry to past greats and some of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. However, it’s impossible. At least in my point of view. There has never been a Steph Curry before and there will probably never be another one. This doesn’t stop talking heads from trying to make comparisons and contractions amongst other players. His three point shooting in the modern NBA is out of this world. He has already made more three pointers only a quarter of the way into this season than most players will get in an entire year. He’s averaging 5 made three pointers a game, whereas no one in NBA history has ever averaged 4 made per game prior. There are many images and stat breakdowns being passed around twitter but the one that really grasps the greatness of Steph Curry this season is this one: The Eastern Conference I know it’s still early in the season but the jokes can stop about the Eastern Conference being a joke. The Eastern Conference so far is beating the Western Conference...
Why We Can’t Send Kobe to Rio

Why We Can’t Send Kobe to Rio

Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players and people to ever play basketball.  I had him ranked 10th all time in our #HCHot50, where we placed him 9th as a group, and I wondered if I placed him too low.  He is way more than just a scorer.  He is a warrior, one of the most fierce competitors the game has known.  5 NBA championships, one NBA MVP, 2 Olympic gold medals, and a consistent place among the game’s top 5 players from 1998-2012.   Nobody has to like Kobe: this is a free country.  But his career is an undoubted raging success, and he should be remembered as such.  The debate about retiring 8 or 24? Retire them both.  Kobe is one of the greatest players I or you will ever see, why think about it.   With all of that said, one thing also is true. Kobe Bryant should not be placed on the United States’ 2016 Olympic basketball team, for multiple reasons.   He is Clearly Not Good Enough At This Point   If the Olympic team is picked based purely on merit, the roster could look, approximately, as follows (note: I am not advocating for this specific 12, just suggesting this 12 could reasonably constitute the roster): -Point Guards: Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook -Wings: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Paul George -Bigs: Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Draymond Green, Andre Drummond   It is without argument that, at this moment in time, Kobe is no longer at or near the level of any of these players.  Kobe is shooting approximately...
Hoopscritic DFS: Where Rondo Costs Me Money

Hoopscritic DFS: Where Rondo Costs Me Money

Good ol’ Rajon Rondo. I’ve become a major fan of his in a short-time as he’s played very well with Boogie Cousins and helped the Kings get better. But he basically puts up triple double type numbers for 3 weeks (while I fade him through that entire stretch) and decides to come back to earth the night I roster him as one of my main cash game plays. Frustrating as the rest of my lineup performed decently well and would have had a full slate of cash. It just shows the importance of hitting on your top plays of the night; you need to get at least 4x value or it severely hampers your ability to make cashes. Let’s get into tonight’s smaller slate. Elite Plays of the Day: C.J. McCollum: ($6,600 on DK) As I’ve said in earlier articles, McCollum is one of my favorite players to target this season, especially in cash games. He’s been as consistent of a fantasy option as they come getting 34.9 MPG, 19.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG and 2 3ptFGM (which is significant on DK). What potentially makes McCollum by far my favorite play of the day is the status of Lillard, who left last night’s game early with a stomach virus. McCollum would slide into the lead playmaker role and would get as many possessions as he could handle. If Lillard is able to go, I’ll still be on McCollum. This game is a decent total at 203 and Portland is just a -1.5 favorite, which should lead to big minutes for the starters. Brook Lopez: ($7,400 on DK) Brook...