Bobby Portis and the Chicago Bulls finally broke through with a late burst that made the difference.
There obviously aren’t a lot of fade options on a four-game slate, but I’m not willing to pay top dollar for a rookie who figures to see plenty of LeBron James. Sure, Simmons is impressive and I love his long-term outlook, but “The King” will be looking to send a message to a city that is shamelessly recruiting him. I fear that could mean a long night for Simmons.
In two games against Cleveland, Simmons has totaled just 24 points, 12 assists (11 turnovers), and 14 rebounds — numbers that simply aren’t appealing at his current price point. Furthermore, the Cavaliers are in the midst of a five-game homestand and have off-days on both sides of this game, making this a good spot for a rested James to impose his will. If you’re “trusting the process” tonight, Joel Embiid is far-and-away the best member of the 76ers to roster in this spot.
Simmons has played very well of late. He’s seemingly gotten through his rookie wall, and his good play is reflected with near-max level pricing in DFS. However, he is coming off three straight solid, but by no means monster outings. He also has had two performances of relative insignifigance in his meetings against the Cavaliers this season. I simply do not expect him to live up to his price tag on Thursday.
So … what gives with the shortfall? Where is the ding in Antetokounmpo’s numerical portfolio? What’s keeping him from fulfilling his top-two ADP?
Becoming a top-three player requires a special brand of statistical domination. A player might be able to crack 18-19 Player Rater points with one mediocre-to-bad category. LeBron is a substandard free throw shooter (73.8 FT% on 6.0 attempts per game). James Harden hits a boatload of 3s but pays a small price in his field goal percentage (44.9 FG% on 20.6 attempts).
“I feel like I will get out of it, man,” Ball said at the time. “It is still early in the season. We have a long season to go, just keep working.”
Since the start of December, Ball has shot 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3 line, despite not playing for a six-game stint and then a 15-game stretch due to injuries to his shoulder and knee, respectively. He also sat out one game — against the Sacramento Baseball Jerseys For Sale Kings on Saturday — as the team held him out of his first back-to-back since returning Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike from his sprained MCL injury.