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Wednesday October 18, 2006 10:36 am

Sargent Says: 10.18.2006

Dwight HowardHoly Dwight Howard, Batman!

The 10 boards are money in the bank.  However, the 27 points, three blocks and six assists definitely made me say, “whoa” when I checked out the box scores this morning.  Add center eligibility to this guy, and you should have yourself a top-15 player before it’s all said and done…

Jameer Nelson owners may want to follow the next few games to see how he pans out.  The kid has it down, but the concussion may force him to slow up a bit.  The fact that Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Darko Milicic (yes, you read that right) all had more assists than Nelson makes me a bit weary.  Yes, they all had more PT than Nelson, but we could see an offense that starts to run through the post, as opposed to the point guard.  Just something [else] to monitor going into the season…

Hands down, the highlight of my evening was listening to Joe Tait (Cavaliers play-by-play extraordinaire) attempt to say the players names from Maccabi Elite with the same pace as “Jones,” “James,” and “Hughes.”  Wasn’t happening.  Drew Gooden and Donyell Marshall looked really good last night though, and I’m banking on a rebound year from Marshall.  He’s taking considerably less three-point shots, which he relied a LOT on last year, and it’ll work out for the better.  The two blocks are nice to see…

My first duo-player of the year: Tony Allen Ray.  Your new shooting guard for the Boston Celtics.  Solid scoring, solid free throw percentage, and a few threes mixed in.  Good players, simply in a logjam of off-guards.  Only way they’re getting time in the season is if they go Voltron…

A few more nights like last for Shaun Livingston, and Sam Cassell may see his minutes decrease exponentially…

Leandro Barbosa can score, no doubt about it.  Just don’t look for much more aside from potential shooting guard eligibility sometime during the season…

Don Nelson small-ball was in full force last night – and it produced a win.  Nelson is notorious for simply trying to outscore opponents, opposed to actually playing defense.  If this holds true, Golden State may be a fantasy gold mine – including a credible fantasy year for Mike Dunleavy.  He’ll be outsized at the power forward spot, but if he can draw defenders out, he’ll get to the line an awful lot if he can burn by them…

Earning a line of its own is Baron Davis’ free throw shooting thus far.  2-3, 5-5, and 10-11 in the past three games.  I’ll save you the math…that’s 89%!!  While I have very little faith that he keeps this up, any improvement drastically increases his overall value.  Also a bit enlightening is the fact that he’s capped his three-point attempts at four a game in the same span…

Martell Webster’s bandwagon.  I got the keys….who’s coming with me!?

That’s all for now…

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