Unfortunately for NBA fans, the league is determined to keep the draft order for this year’s All-Star rosters a secret, so we may never know exactly how LeBron James and Stephen Curry chose their teams. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with it, right?
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The slump should end eventually, but one has to wonder if the non-stop pressure surrounding Tavares’ future and contract talks are getting to him – despite his protests to the contrary. He finished plus-2 in the loss to the Penguins on Saturday, so perhaps he’s getting over the hump. Either way, there’s not much you or the Islanders can do but weather the storm at this point. Don’t consider benching him, as this week’s swing through Western Canada looks good for offense.
There are few players I’d rather have heading into the head-to-head fantasy playoffs than Barkov. Not only is he scorching hot on the Panthers top line with 21 points in his past 15 games, but the Panthers’ schedule is stacked for the fantasy playoffs. I’ve noted it before, but it’s worth repeating that head-to-head leagues would be well served to load up on Panthers for the fantasy postseason. While Barkov isn’t available, his linemates are. Evgenii Dadonov (rostered in 65.0 percent of ESPN leagues) has 16 points in his past 11 games, while Nick Bjugstad (13.1 percent) has 10 points over that same span.
Whether they could actually make that run would depend on Walker’s fit with Victor Oladipo. They certainly have the potential to complement each other 鈥?both have the tools to play on and off the ball 鈥?but a lot of Oladipo’s success this season comes from the fact that the Pacers have basically turned him into their Authentic David Rundblad Jersey point guard.
Womens Brandon Thompson Jersey Walker would handle the ball far more than Collison does currently, which would eat into Oladipo’s touches slightly and force him to find a middle ground between his role with the Pacers this season and his role with the Thunder last season.
If they could make it work? The Pacers would have a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backcourt few teams in the Eastern Conference could match up with. It might even be enough for them to get out of the first round of the playoffs, something nobody could’ve predicted when they decided to move on from Paul George in the offseason.