Big (Man) Love

Mr. S£im Citrus

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#1
This is going to be my season-long thread devoted to the top bigs in the league. Yeah, including that one:


Opening night

Joel Embiid: 18/13/3/0/1 versus Wizards
Nikola Vucevic: 19/13/1/2/2 versus Heat
Andre Drummond: 8/13/4/1/2 versus Hornets

Not surprisingly, my main focus has been on NOP/MEM, since it features three of the Top 5 big men in the league. Refs are allowing the Grizzlies to get away with a lot of physical contact around the rim, and the Pelicans haven't reacted that well to it: Davis doesn't look like he can take the banging, and Cousins looks like he's afraid to complain half the time. He is giving Gasol that work, though.
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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More opening night Big Man Love:

Anthony Davis: 33/18/0/0/1 versus Grizzlies
DeMarcus Cousins: 28/10/2/0/7 versus Grizzlies
Marc Gasol: 14/11/4/0/3 versus Pelicans

The Pelicans are going to have a lot of problems finding offense from players not named Davis and Cousins. Those other guys aren't any good. I don't mean that they're not very good, I mean that they're not any good. I feel pretty comfortable saying that New Orleans bungled their offseason. Oh well, over to DEN/UTA
 
#6
More opening night Big Man Love:

Anthony Davis: 33/18/0/0/1 versus Grizzlies
DeMarcus Cousins: 28/10/2/0/7 versus Grizzlies
Marc Gasol: 14/11/4/0/3 versus Pelicans

The Pelicans are going to have a lot of problems finding offense from players not named Davis and Cousins. Those other guys aren't any good. I don't mean that they're not very good, I mean that they're not any good. I feel pretty comfortable saying that New Orleans bungled their offseason. Oh well, over to DEN/UTA
I'm confidant in saying that the Pels coach will be fired at some point this year. The GM SHOULD be gone as well but we will see. That is a bad bad supporting cast.
 
#7
Love watching Embiid play. A lot of people think KAT is going to wind up being the best big man but I think Embiid is going to have the biggest impact if he can stay healthy. He went 1 on 1 with Cousins last year and nearly matched him as a rookie. That was impressive.
 

kingsboi

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#8
no love for the Polish Hammer? He had himself a great opening night. no mention of Whitesides' 20/20 game? Nik Vucevic 19 & 13. The big man is far from extinct.
 

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10/20 Big Man update:

Rudy Gobert: 10/12/0/2/2 versus Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns: 20/10/1/1/2 versus Jazz

Nikola Vucevic: 41/12/3/0/0 versus Nets
Andre Drummond: 9/12/2/1/0 versus Wizards
Joel Embiid: 11/14/3/1/2 versus Celtics


Honorable mention to Dwight Howard, with 20/15/0/0/1. I'd downgraded him but, if he has a few more of these games, I may have to restore him to 'top big' status.
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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Late game update:

Anthony Davis: 35/16/5/2/1 versus Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins: 33/14/5/3/1 versus Warriors

Those two guys need some help. I know that it was the champs but, still.
 
#14
Late game update:

Anthony Davis: 35/16/5/2/1 versus Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins: 33/14/5/3/1 versus Warriors

Those two guys need some help. I know that it was the champs but, still.
The NBA box score has DMC with 23/10/4 with 4 steals. Nothing to sneeze at, but not the 33/14/5/3 that you listed. Am I looking at the wrong box?
 

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10/21 Big Man update:

Marc Gasol: 34/14/2/1/2 versus Warriors
Andre Drummond: 21/12/1/1/1 versus Knicks
Nikola Vucevic: 23/7/5/1/3 versus Cavaliers
Jonas Valanciunas 5/4/0/0/0 versus Seventysixers
Rudy Gobert: 16/13/2/1/0 versus Thunder
 

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10/22 Big Man update:

Karl-Anthony Towns: 27/12/1/0/1 versus Thunder
Anthony Davis: 27/17/3/3/3 versus lakers
DeMarcus Cousins: 22/11/8/0/2 versus lakers
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/23 Big Man update:

Joel Embiid: 30/9/0/2/0 versus Pistons
Andre Drummond: 14/14/1/4/1 versus Seventy-sixers

Marc Gasol: 26/5/2/0/2 versus Rockets

I am tentatively giving Gasol Big Man of the Night honors, pending what Jokic does in the fourth quarter against Washington. You could argue that Embiid's statline was more impressive, but the Pistons are trash.

Also, shout-out to Dwight Howard, for going 8/22/1/0/4, on the road against Milwaukee. BUUUUUT... he also went 0-9 at the line, including missing a pair in the final thirty-five seconds, that would have made it a one-possession game.
 

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Late game update:

Nikola Jokic: 29/9/5/1/0 versus Wizards

I was going to give Jokic BMON, due to a strong fourth quarter... but then I saw those turnovers. :eek:
 

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#23
10/24 Big Man update:

Nikola Vucevic: 12/9/1/0/3 versus Nets
Karl-Anthony Towns: 28/7/2/0/2 versus Pacers
Anthony Davis: 2/1/0/0/1 versus Trailblazers (left in 1Q [knee])

DeMarcus Cousins: 39/13/3/1/3 versus Trailblazers (8 turnovers)
Rudy Gobert: 13/7/2/0/3 versus Clippers
 

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#24
10/25 Big Man update:

Joel Embiid: 21/6/3/1/2 versus Rockets
Nikola Jokic: 18/11/0/0/0 versus Hornets
Karl-Anthony Towns: 23/10/1/0/1 versus Pistons
Andre Drummond: 15/15/4/2/1 versus Timberwolves
Marc Gasol: 26/11/4/2/0 versus Mavericks
Rudy Gobert: 16/14/1/0/5 versus Suns
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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10/27 Big Man update:

Nikola Jokic: 18/15/5/1/0 versus Hawks
Nikola Vucevic: 15/2/3/0/2 versus Spurs

BMOtN: Karl-Anthony Towns: 33/19/0/0/4 versus Thunder


Honorable mention to Dwight Howard, and his 19/16/2/1/1 versus Houston. One more game like that, and I will feel compelled to restore Howard to "Top Big Man" status.
 

Mr. S£im Citrus

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#29
10/28 Big Man update:

Anthony Davis: 30/14/2/2/3 versus Cavaliers

BMOtN: DeMarcus Cousins: 29/12/10/3/0 versus Cavaliers
Joel Embiid: 23/9/4/0/0 versus Mavericks
Marc Gasol: 6/7/5/1/4 versus Rockets
Rudy Gobert: 6/8/0/0/3 versus lakers

I'm going to go ahead and tentatively give Cousins BMOtN honors, pending the outcome of Pistons/Clippers. But, I'll have to update that game tomorrow; I'm not staying up for the rest of that.