DraftKings Ballers and Bums – 1/27/17

Last night, as I feverishly checked how my DraftKings lineups were looking, I was reminded of the old Sesame Street “One of these things” game… Remember that?


Well, I’m sure it’s on YouTube, but essentially, they’d put some random “things” on the screen (with a corny ass song playing in the background of course), and the goal was to identify which “thing” was different from the other “things”. An oversimplified matching game, which I just so happened to dominate on the regular. I still got it, by the way.

Anyway, my DraftKings Starts of the Night last night felt a bit like that. For every few good calls, there’d be one egregious one. For every Randy Foye, Norman Powell, and Wayne Ellington, there was a Serge Ibaka, and of my 11 picks that made the article, 7 balled, and 4… Not so much. Here’s how it went down.



Kyrie Irving: 28 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 2 blk – 46.00 DK FPTS

Part of me understands LeBron’s “playmaker” comment – Kyrie is an undersized shooting guard; not a point. But let’s be clear, Uncle Drew arguably has the best handles in the game, and there’s few who can effectively refute that. But the thing is, he rarely uses that ability to create shots for others, and that full display (yet again) Friday night.

While the 6 assists exceeded his season average of 5.6, he ranks 24th in the league (barely edging out the likes of Brandon Jennings, and Al Horford).

I get it, LeBron.

However, he’s one of the best finishers we’ve ever seen, and when he’s hitting the J, there’s few walking this Earth who can slow him down. Might as well just hang ’em up, and head home. It’s game. Blouses… That was the case last night.

Nicolas Batum: 15 pts, 11 reb, 9 ast, 1 stl – 44.75 DK FPTS

I’m sure you’ve seen the Pepsi commercials where Patriots tie dude fixes the printer, or awkward teenager guy gets the girl’s number, then they switch to random NFL player with a Pepsi endorsement deal doing his football thing, and the narrative goes something like “I bet this is how random NFL player with a Pepsi endorsement deal feels when…”

Well, I was at this party one time – back in the pen and paper era – and in a rare development, worked up the courage to approach this attractive female and spark a conversation. Even rarer, it worked.

Problem is, I was either too faded to write down all of the numbers, or more likely, she purposely left one out… I bet that’s how Nicolas Batum feels when he comes 1 rebound short of a triple-double.


*DraftKings Baller of the Night*

Patrick Beverley: 7 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast – 18.75 DK FPTS

No, not P-Bev, but James Harden who dropped 51 points, and became the first NBA player with multiple 50-point triple-doubles in the same season – 97.75 DK FPTS.

Spencer Dinwiddie: 10 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast – 13.75 DK FPTS

So, I was at Olive Garden the other night, and while I don’t frequent the OG, when I do, it’s chicken parmigiana. Every. Single. Time.

Now, OG does this thing where they have a sub-menu encompassing the main menu, and this sub-menu highlights their new dishes, and whatever else they feel like throwing on there. One of these new dishes, the Chianti Braised Beef and Ricotta Gnocchi, happened to catch my eye, so I said “why not?”

The answer to that why not wound up being pretty damn simple. While the Chianti Braised Beef was delicious, it didn’t look anything like the picture, and was merely 3 beef nuggets on a bed of ricotta gnocchi pasta. Not what I expected. I had made the wrong choice.

When writing yesterday’s DraftKings Starts of the Night, initially, I had Randy Foye in this spot. Then Arron Afflalo. But, ultimately overruled myself, and went with Dinwiddie. Yet again, I made the wrong choice.



LeBron James: 31 pts, 5 reb, 11 ast – 53.25 DK FPTS

Remember how I said “Part of me understands LeBron’s ‘playmaker’ comment…” Well, it’s about 75/25. 25% of me understands it from the Kyrie, and to a lesser extent, everyone else angle. However, 75% of me doesn’t get it because LeBron has always been more Magic than Mike. He’s been a Point Guard in a Monstars body since day 1, and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why now all of a sudden he’s over the PG responsibilities.

Maybe, I’m just wrongly interpreting him *Kanye shrug*

Robert Covington: 10 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl – 21.75 DK FPTS

It was a rough night for Covington; who never really seemed involved in the offense from the jump. Luckily, he got to the line 7 times, and made some plays on the defensive end of the floor. As you can see, I’m still pretty disappointed in the performance. That’s what I get for having expectations.


Serge Ibaka: 4 pts, 1 ast, 1 stl – 7.5 DK FPTS

Ibaka failed to grab a rebound, and tied his season-low in points. Mama told me there’d be days like this. Let’s revisit that Olive Garden story, and my poor decision making abilities for a second though. You see, at one point I had an eloquently written breakdown of why Nicola Vucevic was the Orlando big you wanted in your DraftKings lineup last night. Then, I said “nah”, deleted it, and wrote about Ibaka…

Okaro White: 3 pts, 4 reb, 1 stl – 10.5 DK FPTS

White saw 21 minutes, he just didn’t do too much with them. Not a terrible game for the undrafted rookie, but not exactly the winning lottery ticket I was hoping for, either.



Kevin Love: 13 pts, 14 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk –  39.50 DK FPTS

After a 7 point, 8 rebound 1st quarter, Love did his best Swayze/Cosby performance, and went ghost. What had all the makings of a 25/25 game, ended up being a 13/14 game… Had to find something, other than Olive Garden, to hate on.

Zach Randolph: 17 pts, 13 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl – 40.75 DK FPTS

After the Grizzlies 112-109 loss, the Blazers tweeted this, resulting in C.J. McCollum and Chandler Parson’s shooting fingers turning into Twitter fingers. Not the greatest Twitter exchange we’ve seen over the years, but it elicited a small chuckle.

Then, in an unexpected turn of events, the Trailblazers president issued an apology for the initial tweet


The world is becoming entirely too soft.

Nerlens Noel: 5 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk – 22.50 DK FPTS

I love watching guys like Noel play. He’s far from a polished hooper (not even sure I’d consider him a hooper), but I’d take him on my squad 10 out of 10 times. Freakishly athletic, gives 100% at all times, and is an absolute beast on the defensive end. It’ll be interesting to see what the Sixers do between him, and Okafor.

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