Big (Man) Love, 2018-19 season

Mr. S£im Citrus

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Yup, I'm still doing this...



... And I will be doing it pretty much the same way I did it last year, with a couple of slight revisions. The "rules," such as they are, are as follows:

  1. Anybody who is on the "pre-approved" list of Top Tier Big Men (as determined by @Mr. S£im Citrus) will have their nightly statlines recorded, regardless of whether they are good or bad.
  2. Any big man not on the pre-approved list of Top Tier Big Men is eligible to be included in the Honorable Mention portion of the nightly listing. Inclusion into the Honorable Mention portion requires at least one of the following:
    • 20/10 performance (doesn't matter which stat is the 20, and which one is the 10)
    • Triple-double
    • Double-double in a win versus a Top 5 team
  3. 5 or more appearances in the Honorable Mention portion of the listing in the same month will qualify a player for a probationary inclusion to the Top Tier Big Men nightly listing, until/unless otherwise determined by @Mr. S£im Citrus (criteria for full inclusion to be determined at a later date).
    • Any big man who receives two or more BMOtN awards in the same month as an Honorable Mention will also be subject to probationary inclusion to the Top Tier Big Men nightly listing.
    • Any player included in the listing who posts five or more "double-singles" in a month will be subject to removal from the listing.
  4. This is a list for Big Men, not Tall Men. Tall, talented players who don't play regular minutes at PF or C, or whom don't self-identify as Big Men (e.g., Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokuonmpo) will not be included in this listing.
  5. Nightly listings will, TTBOMA, be posted between 23:00-23:30 ET, with any late game statlines being posted the following morning.
The following is the "pre-approved" list of Top Tier Big Men, and includes every player who received at least five BMOtN awards during the 2017-18 season:
  • Joel Embiid (PHI)
  • Nikola Vucevic (ORL)
  • Hassan Whiteside (MIA)
  • Andre Drummond (DET)
  • Dwight Howard (WAS)
  • Anthony Davis (NOP)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
  • Rudy Gobert (UTA)
  • Marc Gasol (MEM)
  • Nikola Jokic (DEN)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)
 
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Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/16 Big Man update:

Joel Embiid: 23/10/2/1/2 versus Celtics


I'm not staying up to watch the end of the OKC/GSW game, so I might as well post this now. If anyone in the late game is eligible for Honorable Mention, I'll update tomorrow. Otherwise, opening night might go without a BMOtN, as I'm disinclined to give it to Embiid, when his team got smoked, and he got sonned twice by little dudes (once by Rozier, and once by Brown).
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/17 Big Man update:

Marc Gasol: 13/6/3/3/0 versus Pacers
Hassan Whiteside: 12/18/0/1/2 versus Magic
Nikola Vucevic: 12/8/4/1/0 versus Heat
Andre Drummond: 24/20/2/0/1 versus Nets
(
BMOtN) Anthony Davis: 32/16/8/3/3 versus Rockets
Karl-Anthony Towns: 8/9/3/0/0 versus Spurs



Honorable Mention:
LaMarcus Aldridge: 21/19/2/1/3 versus Timberwolves


I'm going to go ahead and call it for Davis: there's still three games left to finish but, just based on quality of opposition, I don't see anybody having a more impressive line than AD against the Rockets.
 
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10/17 Big Man update:

Marc Gasol: 13/6/3/3/0 versus Pacers
Hassan Whiteside: 12/18/0/1/2 versus Magic
Nikola Vucevic: 12/8/4/1/0 versus Heat
Andre Drummond: 24/20/2/0/1 versus Nets
(
BMOtN) Anthony Davis: 32/16/8/3/3 versus Rockets
Karl-Anthony Towns: 8/9/3/0/0 versus Spurs**



Honorable Mention:
LaMarcus Aldridge: 21/19/2/1/3 versus Timberwolves


I'm going to go ahead and call it for Davis: there's still three games left to finish but, just based on quality of opposition, I don't see anybody having a more impressive line than AD against the Rockets.
I think Anthony Davis is going to be the BMotN alot this year.
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/18 Big Man update:

(BMOtN) Joel Embiid: 30/12/3/1/4 versus Bulls
Hassan Whiteside: 9/10/0/0/1 versus Wizards


Late game to come, but it's looking good for the Process.

EDIT - No candidates from the late game: Embiid it is.
 
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Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/19 Big Man update:

Nikola Vucevic: 12/8/4/0/4 versus Hornets
Marc Gasol: 13/7/5/0/0 versus Hawks
Anthony Davis: 25/10/6/2/2 versus Kings
Rudy Gobert: 16/11/2/3/1 versus Warriors



Honorable Mention:
(
BMOtN) Enes Kanter: 29/10/2/1/0 versus Nets

Two late games, at least one Top Tier Big Man playing in them, multiple potential HMs.
 
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Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/20 Big Man update:

Nikola Vucevic: 27/13/12/2/0 versus 76ers
Joel Embiid: 32/10/3/0/0 versus Magic
Hassan Whiteside: 11/15/0/0/2 versus Hornets
Andre Drummond: 10/13/0/0/1 versus Bulls
Karl-Anthony Towns: 31/5/2/1/1 versus Mavericks
(
BMotN) Nikola Jokic: 35/12/11/4/1 versus Suns


Honorable Mention:
DeAndre Jordan: 22/10/1/2/5 versus Timberwolves


Tomorrow's update to include three late games.
 
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Mr. S£im Citrus

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I don't typically like to award BMOtN honors when there's only one Top Tier Big Man playing, and no other bigs acquit themselves well enough to be worthy of an HM, but a game like that in a win against the Warriors will cause me to make an exception.
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/22 Big Man update:

(BMOtN) Nikola Vucevic: 24/12/1/3/0 versus Celtics
Karl-Anthony Towns: 17/14/0/0/3 versus Pacers
Marc Gasol: 18/13/4/1/0 versus Jazz
Rudy Gobert: 11/12/1/1/2 versus Grizzlies


Honorable Mention:
Jusuf Nurkic: 22/18/2/2/0 versus Wizards
LaMarcus Aldridge: 37/10/5/1/1 versus lakers
DeAndre Ayton: 20/14/5/1/0 versus Warriors
 
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Mr. S£im Citrus

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Updated for the late game. I went ahead and gave it to Vucevic: Aldridge had the most impressive numbers in a win, but Vucevic had numbers in the most impressive win.
 

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10/23 Big Man update:

Joel Embiid: 33/11/7/0/3 versus Pistons
Andre Drummond: 14/16/2/3/2** versus 76ers
(
BMOtN) Anthony Davis: 34/13/2/1/5 versus Clippers
Nikola Jokic: 14/12/6/1/0 versus Kings
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/24 Big Man update:

Hassan Whiteside: 22/14/0/0/3 versus Knicks
Karl-Anthony Towns: 14/8/1/1/3 versus Raptors
Rudy Gobert: 12/13/0/2/3 versus Rockets
(
BMOtN) Joel Embiid: 30/19/6/0/3 versus Bucks
Marc Gasol: 10/10/0/0/3 versus Kings


Honorable Mention:
DeAndre Ayton: 22/11/3/0/3 versus lakers


Hesitant to award BMOtN to a player on a losing team, but nobody had more impressive numbers in a win, and 30/19/6/0/3 are serious Big Man numbers.
 
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10/24 Big Man update:

Hassan Whiteside: 22/14/0/0/3 versus Knicks
Karl-Anthony Towns: 14/8/1/1/3 versus Raptors
Rudy Gobert: 12/13/0/2/3 versus Rockets


Two more Top Tier Big Men still on the schedule tonight, with some HM potential.
KAT just doesn't look right this year. He's been downright bad at times.
 

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10/25 Big Man update:

Nikola Vucevic: 24/11/3/2/1 versus Trailblazers
(
BMOtN) Andre Drummond: 26/22/0/0/1 versus Cavaliers
Nikola Jokic: 24/11/3/1/1 [6 to] versus lakers


It's looking good for Andre the Giant, but you never know what Jokic might get up to.
 
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Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/26 Big Man update:

Karl-Anthony Towns: 16/7/1/1/2 versus Bucks
(
BMOtN) Anthony Davis: 18/14/3/4/5 versus Nets


Couple of guys narrowly missed HM consideration (D. Jordan, W. Cauley-Stein) but, like I said already: Rule #2, no exceptions.
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/27 Big Man update:

Andre Drummond: 18/8/1/0/2 versus Celtics
Nikola Vucevic: 16/9/1/1/1 versus Bucks
(
BMOtN) Rudy Gobert: 25/14/0/1/4 versus Pelicans
Joel Embiid: 27/14/2/0/2 versus Hornets
Marc Gasol: 19/8/3/3/0 versus Suns
Hassan Whiteside: 5/16/0/0/6 versus Trailblazers