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Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we pose a question to a rotating panel of ESPN fantasy basketball experts to gauge their thoughts on a hot topic. Air Max 2018 Mens . Todays contributors are ESPN Fantasys Joe Kaiser and Kyle Soppe and DFS expert Renee Miller.Preseason breakout candidate Nikola Jokic has taken flight over his past six games, averaging 17.0 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 3.3 APG and 1.0 BPG. That production is similar to what weve seen from Paul Millsap this season: 17.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.0 BPG. Now Millsap has the edge in SPG (1.7, 0.6) and 3-PPG (1.0, 0.3), but Jokic has the edge in season percentages (54.3 FG%, 45.9 FG%; 82.5 FT%, 74.0 FT%). Is it fair to compare Jokic to Millsap in the short and/or long term?Joe Kaiser: I dont think its fair -- not yet -- and the reason is because of age, minutes and consistency. As long as Millsap is healthy, hes a player we can expect to play right around 33 minutes a night just about every game of the season. His statistical averages may be a tick down from previous years, but they are still very solid and check off a lot of different categories. He has proved himself as an All-Star caliber player in the NBA for the past seven seasons.On the flip side, Jokic is only 21, and his minutes fluctuate from week to week, depending on how hes viewed at that particular time by Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone; just a few weeks ago, plenty of people were asking me if he was someone they had to own or if he was droppable. Also, we mentioned that Millsap is averaging 33 minutes per game this season, and thats a number that Jokic has reached only once in 22 games. While Jokics 23.9 MPG could rise in the coming weeks and months if he continues to produce, theres just as good a chance that his minutes dwindle if he goes into another slump.Kyle Soppe: I think so. We were all high on Jokic coming into the season, and he hasnt disappointed, but my answer here has more to do with not liking what Ive seen from Millsap.With Al Horford taking his talents to Boston this summer, the hope was that Millsap (much like Horford) would thrive in his new high-usage role, but what Ive seen is a player willing to settle. With Dwight Howard clogging the paint, Millsaps average distance of shot is up 13.2 percent over his career high that he set last season, and considering that he has failed to show us a consistent jumper, I see no reason to think that his FG% improves in a major way.Jokic, on the other hand, has shown an increase in aggressiveness and efficiency in his four games since returning from a wrist injury that sidelined him for a week (hes shooting 67.5 percent from the field and has taken at least 10 shots in three straight), something that I think earns him playing time as the season progresses. I like this comparison very much and Jokic could be even more involved in this offense if/when Danilo Gallinari misses time.Renee Miller: I dont think theres a fantasy player out there who wouldnt love to compare Jokic to Millsap. Weve been rooting for Jokic since last season!However, the facts that coach Malone hasnt really stabilized the Nuggets frontcourt rotation this season and Jokic missed time with a wrist injury put a damper on the raw statistics. But the real death blow to the comparison is minutes per game. Millsap, in his 11th season, averages 33.0 minutes per game, while Jokic is at just 23.9 MPG. Fantasy value is about opportunity and ability, so even though Jokics player efficiency rating (21.1, 37th in the league), assist ratio (21.8) and 60.8 true shooting percentage are great, he wont rise to the next level until he sees more time on the court.One of the most frustrating things about fantasy is that coaches care more about winning than about stats, and as good as Jokic has been in the past four games, the Nuggets have lost three of four.The last aspect of the comparison is competition. Millsap essentially has none, with Mike Muscala firmly ensconced in a limited bench role, while Denver is also giving almost equal minutes to Kenneth Faried (22.4) and Darrell Arthur (14.6) at the 4. Denver is still working a lot of things out, and its often the case that a very talented basketball players fantasy value suffers during that process.Im hopeful given what weve seen from Jokic this season that a long-term comparison to one of the best all-around power forwards in the game sticks with him. Cheap Air Max Sale . The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. Air Max 2018 . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. http://www.airmax2018onlinestore.com/ . The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 8 Texas A&M outlasted ninth-ranked Tennessee 45-38 in double overtime Saturday to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1994 after starting the previous two seasons with five wins before losing.Its great, defensive end Myles Garrett said. We finally got over the hump, the little 5-0 hill that weve been facing every year.Trevor Knight bulled in for a 1-yard touchdown in the second overtime, and Armani Watts intercepted Joshua Dobbs pass on the next play for Tennessees seventh turnover to end the game.The big takeaway from this was we were able to withstand some things, not play great but make enough plays to win the game without some of our better players being 100 percent, coach Kevin Sumlin said.The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime.Knight threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and three more scores.The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their last five games, including last weeks last-play victory over Georgia. They trailed by 21 points in the third quarter Saturday thanks to six turnovers before tying it on Alvin Kamaras 18-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds left.Proud of the resolve, but the turnovers didnt give us an opportunity, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.The seven turnovers were the most A&M had forced since 2005 and their five fumble recoveries were the most since 1997.Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Daniel LaCameras 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.The Aggies could have put this one away with less than 2 minutes remaining, but freshman Trayveon Williams had the ball knocked from his hands and out of the back of the end zone just before he crossed the goal line on a 71-yard run. Williams finished with 217 yards rushing, a school record for a true freshman.Texas A&M was facing third-and-2 when Knight dashed 62 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 35-21 with about three minutes left. Kamaras 4-yard run about a minute later made it a one-score game.The Aggies built a 21-7 lead in the first quarter after three fumbles by Tennessee. Knight threw touchdown passes of 13 and 2 yards and had a 7-yard TD run in the opening frame.Saturday continued a trend of bad starts for the Volunteers, who have been outscored 62-17 in the first quarter this season.Dobbs finished with 398 yards passing and a touchdown and Kamara stepped up with leading-rusher Jalen Hurd out, finishing wwith 161 yards receiving and a touchdown and 127 yards rushing and two more scores. Air Max 2018 Sale. .THE TAKEAWAYTENNESSEE: The Volunteers finally learned that they cant give good teams such a big cushion and expect to come back again and again. Theyll have to find a way to get off to a better start and cure their turnover woes if they expect to compete with No. 1 Alabama next week.TEXAS A&M: Texas A&Ms defense again showed it is the strength of this team by forcing the flurry of turnovers and pressuring Dobbs all day long. The offense needs to be more consistent for the Aggies to have a chance to topple Alabama in two weeks.We need to finish, Sumlin said. Were a work in progress there.POLL IMPLICATIONSTENNESSEE: The Volunteers will certainly drop a few spots after the loss, but they might not fall too far after their late comeback and considering A&M is also a top-10 team.TEXAS A&M: The Aggies will likely move up a place or two as one of the few remaining undefeated teams. They will certainly jump at least one spot after No. 6 Houston lost to Navy on Saturday.INJURY UPDATETennessee center Dylan Wiesman appeared to suffer a head injury making a block in the first quarter and did not return. Defensive tackle Danny OBrien was put on a stretcher and carted off the field in the fourth quarter. Tennessee officials told CBS that he was moving all his extremities, but Jones refused to comment on injuries after the game.PLAYING HURTGarrett returned after missing last week with a leg injury despite saying he was only about 65-70 percent healthy. He was scheduled to play on third downs only on Saturday, but insisted on playing every play of both overtimes.That tells you a lot about him, Sumlin said. He was really hurting.Garrett was asked just how much pain he was in during overtime.Not enough to quit on my team, he said.He finished with three tackles, including a sack that forced a fumble in the first quarter.BALL SECURITYJones was left searching for answers on how to solve his teams turnover problem.We have to get it corrected and Im dumbfounded because we spend so much time on ball security, he said. We may take 25 minutes a day and work on ball security because we have to get it corrected.UP NEXTTENNESSEE: The Volunteers host Alabama next Saturday.TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M has a week off before traveling to face the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Oct. 22. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '



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