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we should sign barbosa next year for scoring off the bench. he's playing well in golden state. jarrett jack could be gettable too.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@DanielLawler they have more d-leaguers on their roster than we do

1 day, 12 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@DanielLawler we're not worse than philly. 

1 day, 12 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@mattchant true. but their lower salary guys have better bbiq than ours do too

1 day, 12 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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most teams would struggle without kd and russ, but chicago does an amazing job of bouncing back from major injuries year after year. we need that kind of depth.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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amazing how much kd and russ add to the equation. without them, we're the second worst team in the league. quality depth is something that has needed to be addressed for a few years now.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@sammasaaron @The Adams Family @yarkmu it certainly deserves being tried some, when everyone gets healthy.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@_justin @yarkmu but generally speaking, we haven't had a knock down 3pt shooter around kd and russ since kevin martin. and that was only for one year. it's kinda shocking.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@seth_22 perd is teh best

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@_justin very true. i've been pleasantly surprised by what i've seen though.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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gotta say, i was disappointed when we missed out on miles and got anthony morrow. shows how much i know. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@sammasaaron @The Adams Family @yarkmu what we need to do is look into putting reggie on hgh so he can grow two inches and be a full time 2

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@The Adams Family @sammasaaron @yarkmu it is what it is. we have a top 5 pg who is going to play big minutes over pretty much any other pg in the league. 

i'd rather have that "problem" than not though.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@The Adams Family agree. i'm pessimistic about retaining him. young guys almost always opt for more money/bigger role. but i'm hoping presti does something miraculous. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@The Adams Family it would be weird if he didn't feel that way imo.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@L0rv all's fair in negotiation imo. he's entitled to look out for his interests. just like presti's entitled to put the franchise first.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@sammasaaron @Perk-Punt @yarkmu that always ends well

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@sammasaaron definitely. we are sensitive post harden/oncoming kd/russ free agency. i'd rather have someone be honest than fake though. we know where he stands and can prepare accordingly. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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it'll be interesting to see what reggie values more, money/winning with us or starting/being the man on his own team. obviously, in an ideal world, he'd like the money, starting, and winning, but he's gonna have to concede something, somewhere. 

we can pay him the most, but he'll never be the primary star here. he could be the man elsewhere, but he probably won't win as much. there's no right or wrong answer. very curious to see what happens.

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@L0rv @The Adams Family @sammasaaron @bmuelle23

the issue isn't staggering rotations/balancing minutes. it's that players attach significance to starting, and they are compensated accordingly. if starting wasn't a big deal, more players would be amenable to being sixth/seventh/eighth men in return for regular minutes/closing games. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.13.14

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@The Adams Family he wouldn't be the primary initiator of offense on our team...a role he's ill suited for in indy. not a bad back up pg, floor spreader if played alongside kd and russ. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Dealing Reggie Jackson: What’s realistic and what’s not

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i'd be up for george hill actually. 8 million per isn't that bad considering people have been throwing up to 14 per for reg. there are way worse 3rd guards. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Dealing Reggie Jackson: What’s realistic and what’s not

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@rednuht yep, lewis was mainly just a jumpshooter. perry seems to be a better dribbler, but he's primarily a straight line driver. defenses are going to play him differently if he keeps this up. im glad to see him break out though. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Durant says he can make an impact on DC from OKC

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@Sustainable Parameters lol. not sure if you're joking but he's had 3 good games. we can pump the breaks of him scoring a huge free agent deal right now

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Durant says he can make an impact on DC from OKC

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http://insider.espn.go.com/fantasy/basketball/story/_/id/11819984/add-oklahoma-city-big-man-perry-jones-fantasy-lineups-not-fast-fantasy-basketball?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Late last Thursday, right around the time Perry Jones was sending in another long-range jumper on his way to a career-high 32-point performance, the Twitterverse started to explode with talk about Jones' bright future.

It was justified.

The 23-year-old first-round pick from 2012 calmly stepped up and took control in the absence of Russell Westbrook, who had earlier left the game with a hand injury, and nearly led the undermanned Thunder to a road win over the fellow Western Conference power Los Angeles Clippers.

What stood out was not how much Jones scored but the way he did it, connecting from all areas of the court, whether it be post-ups, 3-point shots (3-for-6), dribble-drives or at the free throw line (9-for-11).

I came away wracking my brain for NBA comparisons for the skinny 6-foot-11, 235-pound combo forward, and the best I could do was "a young Rashard Lewis."

Seeking confirmation, I reached out to ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton, who formerly worked for the Seattle SuperSonics and saw hundreds of games that Lewis played in during his days in the Emerald City.

"I can see that, although he's definitely not the shooter Rashard was, even then," Pelton explained. "I wrote a lot about how Rashard had old-player skills as a young player, and Jones really doesn't."

OK, so maybe he's not Lewis. Or Danny Granger. Or Tim Thomas. Or some tallish small forward who can thrive beyond the arc and carve out a niche in the NBA that way.

But after Thursday, virtually every fantasy expert in the industry raced to their keyboards to tell you to pick up Jones as soon as possible.

Everyone, that is, except me. As much as I liked Jones' upside as a scorer, and as much as I understood his solid short-term value at basically no risk, I struggled with his fantasy value for several reasons:

1. Though he was available in over 95 percent of ESPN leagues at the time, his fantasy production was contingent on basically every other top scoring option on the Thunder being hurt (Kevin Durant, Westbrook, Reggie JacksonJeremy LambAnthony Morrow) and staying out of the lineup. As long as that happened and he played 35 minutes a night as the go-to guy alongside the likes of Andre Roberson and Sebastian Telfair, he was a worthy free-agent pickup. But as soon as any of the others returned, his shot attempts would surely take a hit, and so too would his fantasy value.

2. Jones isn't a versatile player or what anyone would consider a "stat-stuffer." Improvement could still happen, but at this stage, he is essentially a scoring forward who shoots 3-pointers. As far as small forwards and power forwards go, Jones is below average in most of the other fantasy categories such as rebounds, blocks and steals. The stats bear that out (albeit a small sample size). In the two games since the memorable battle against the Clips, he has averaged 19.5 points, 4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.5 3-pointers, 0 blocks and 1 steal per game.

I've received more questions about Jones than any other player over the past five days; people wanting to trade for him, people asking if they should deal him, and others still wondering if they should pick him up. My answer remained consistent: "go with other, more versatile options, or trade him now while his value is at its peak."

Jackson returned to the OKC lineup on Monday, and Lamb (back) is expected to do the same the coming weeks. With that in mind, I asked Pelton how the presence of the two young, athletic scorers in the lineup will impact Jones' numbers.

"The tricky part is figuring out how Scott Brooks is going to distribute playing time," Pelton explained. "When I did the SCHOENE projection for them, I just split the wing minutes equally between Jones, Roberson and Lamb, and that might be wrong. But Jones was only projected to average 10 PPG in that scenario."

Not good, considering we just finished explaining that scoring is basically the one thing Jones does well right now.

As for Jones' game Monday, with Jackson in and Lamb still out? It wasn't very encouraging for Jones backers. Jackson played 42 minutes and attempted 20 shots, while Jones, who took 35 shots over the previous two games, attempted only 12 in 34 minutes.

Think about it. That's just with Jackson back. Now imagine how it will be once Lamb returns ... and Morrow ... and Durant ... and Westbrook. You get the picture.

As bright as Jones' future is, he remains a fringe fantasy prospect right now, and it probably will take him being on a new team before he has any chance of turning into a regular starter and a true fantasy standout on a game-to-game basis.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Durant says he can make an impact on DC from OKC

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@DoubleJ13 perk is always available to bring up the ball too

3 weeks ago on Thunder vs Nuggets: Pregame Primer

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@Jooseppi haha. sorry, assumed the trading for/drafting another backup pg was implicit. maybe semaj will step up next year

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@duhsweetness i think it's partially because people in okc are new to having a team. drafting well inevitably leads to guys leaving

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Crow whomever is working with kidd gilchrist should get paid too. he looks like an actual nba player now. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Jooseppi i'd rather have a solid 2 who can shoot better and maybe penetrate less. wes matthews would be amazing. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Crow does he want to be a head coach? seems like he's built a highly specialized and presumably lucrative niche for himself. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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forget resigning reggie and talking about the draft, we should max out chip engellund and have him turn roberson into kawaii. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Sustainable Parameters new orleans really dropped the ball with gordon/evans/holiday. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Sustainable Parameters yeah. but currys way better than rondo now

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@duhsweetness i can't believe golden state is paying curry 11 per. best value in the nba right now, along with anthony davis. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@duhsweetness teague's an interesting comparison. i think reg is better, especially at scoring. but teague is far better at making plays for people. still making too much for a borderline starter on our team though. we got deals for kd, russ, serge, and adams coming up

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@duhsweetness play him 48 mpg while russ and kd are out. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@cfountain fitting that he was the one who broke russ's hand. perkins is nothing but an innovator in finding ways to submarine this franchise. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@KindaScottish liked for the mental image of skillet hands

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Legendary_Dork i agree. not a max player. but with this new tv deal changing so many things, the potential for him getting overpaid, by someone, is getting higher. i hope it's not us. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@mattchant exactly. it's not personal, it's just business. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Legendary_Dork no. which is why if he wants 14 million and a starting role, you thank him for his service and let another team overpay him in exchange for players or picks. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Legendary_Dork it's not just about getting a big head. reggie's worked hard and increased his value far beyond his draft slot. he's earned the right to get paid. it's just inconvenient for us because we want him to take less money and be ok with a smaller role. this is how the nba works. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third possibly. this tv deal makes everything so complicated...we have no idea what's gonna happen for sure right now. presti's job is tough.

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@mattchant if russ and kd are set on leaving because we let reg go, this is all moot anyway. we know for sure keeping reg with this roster doesn't guarantee a ring. 

obviously it would've been better to keep harden, but presti can't do anything about that now. the best thing presti can do to convince russ and kd is try to fill out the depth around our starters. throwing too much at reggie won't help us in that regard imo. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third he's a great third guard. but dude can't create off the dribble for himself or others at all. too limited to being paid 8 per...but maybe that's just me looking at contracts in the pre big tv deal era.

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@mattchant i was way more pissed about harden. with reg, it sucks, but i'll get over it. 


3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@Josh Bluestis yeah. i can't completely disagree with you there. but we didn't trade him. and it sucks that kd and russ and co are out now, but the opportunity is there for reg to run with it. it helps us in the short term and long term if he does. 

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@d21 sometimes thems the breaks. running a small market team isn't easy.

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@mattchant im hoping he has a big year. reg's betting he'll have a big year too and there are plenty of minutes to be had. the motivation is there, you know?

3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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