RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 17

Updated: February 3, 2019

The All-Star teams have been announced, and there were some controversial selections as always. Rudy Gobert and Andre Drummond can consider themselves extremely unlucky. D’Angelo Russell was also not named as a reserve, but was added as an injury replacement for injured Pacer Victor Oladipo.

Once again this year, the initial teams were selected by conference, however the actual teams will be selected via schoolyard pick by team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James.

East Starters – Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid.

East Reserves – Bradley Beal, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, D’Angelo Russell**, Ben Simmons, Dwayne Wade*

West Starters – Steph Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Paul George, Kevin Durant

West Reserves – LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Dirk Nowitzki*

*Selected as special roster addition by Adam Silver

**Selected as injury replacement for Victor Oladipo

The OTLS Teams

I have dragged OTLS staff member Zano out to the blacktop court of the local school, and we picked our teams from the players selected for the All-Star Game. I was even generous enough to let Zano have the first pick.

Here is how the teams came out.

Team Zano

Starters – Irving, Harden, Giannis, PG13, Leonard

Reserves – AD, Jokic, Beal, Lillard, Vucevic, Middleton, Aldridge, D Wade

Team Archie

Starters – Curry, Kemba, LBJ, Durant, Embiid

Reserves – Westbrook, Simmons, KAT, Lowry, Griffin, Klay, Russell, Nowitzki

Who wins?? Let us know what you think in our twitter poll.

Schedule Breakdown

Just a reminder that Week 18 of RDT NBA is spread out over two calender weeks. You can read about this in more detail in last week’s article.

8 Game Teams

New York, Atlanta, Indiana, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando and Washington

Oh Captain, My Captain!

With Anthony Davis still suffering from the hand injury he sustained a couple of weeks ago, he is doubtful to play all 4 games this week. Throw in to that the fact the he (or more specifically his agent Rich Paul) told the Pelicans last week that he won’t be re-signing there at the end of his contract, making him a high chance to be traded before the trade deadline, you can’t consider him a captain option.

So let’s have a look at who else is available. One choice is James Harden. The return of Chris Paul has done little to slow his RDT NBA scoring. Even with just 3 games this week, he must come into consideration.

Milwaukee have 4 games, which makes the Greek Freak a great option. They play Brooklyn, Washington, Dallas and Orlando, which is a pretty good match up, though there are some concerns around blowouts against Washington and Dallas.

A left-field captain selection would be San Antonio Spur LaMarcus Aldridge. After struggling early in the season, Aldridge has found his groove recently and has been putting up monster numbers.

Keeler’s Captain Choice – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil)

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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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