“I don’t smile. I’m great.”

“You are smiling. Everything you watch over and over.”

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“I more than smile at these John Wall highlights. Because they are full of splendor. In this way? I. Brilliant.

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It was me trying to hit the dopamine jackpot for my daughter, which was the debut of Wall’s Clipper. Cheerful, perky 15 points in 24 minutes.

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He stopped, jumped out, crossed himself and repeatedly treated poor Austin Reeves like a cat toy. He flashed some vintage “fast braking” for a couple of painfully successful downtime.

But what was brilliant?

His short, happy interview on the way to the tunnel: “First game in a long time, great team…great competition. Peace be with you dude.

Hell yes, I woke up another Bullets fan I know in Pasadena; my 14-year-old son, the proud owner of John Wall T-shirts more than anyone else in the Pacific Time Zone, informed him that he would go to school the next day wearing a Wall T-shirt. (It would be great to get on the first floor of the Wall fanship at John Muir High School.)

High school is a good place to build on. Because any high school, like the first week of any NBA campaign, is full of brilliant optimism… driven by a complete and utter lack of perspective. But it’s pretty fun to live in illogical extremes. For a week or so. Not for four years.

Two or three games is an acceptable sample size in a fantasy football season. In fantasy hoops, this is hardly a statistical sneeze. But, as with John Wall, there are a few teams and one or two lineups that, while not brilliant, are pleasant fantasy surprises.

So far I have two favorite compositions:

1. Detroit Pistons

Bojan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, Cade Cunningham and Jayden Ivey

Potential through the lottery. Average expectations. Mediocre depth. That’s what great young fantasy lineups are made of – for an irrationally skewed three NBA games. But someone has to be the best.

And three games? This is the most powerful offensive lineup in the NBA per ton. Average 57.7 PPG to 21.9 MPG. According to NBA.com’s EverythingMachineTM (my term), this is the strongest roster this junior season with nearly 10 points per game. How does this one week juggernaut work rough?

Taking more triplets than anyone (18.7). Makes more triplets than anyone (8.0). Helps score more baskets than anyone else (14.7).

These traits might be assumed. But the secret sauce is that the small PFD column second from the right is 11.0 personal fouls. It’s also more fouls than anyone (11.0), resulting in more free throw attempts (12.3) than anyone.

And here’s the thing; Cade Cunningham fared worse. That’s why it’s important to look out for young teams that are far from competitive but have only recently been eliminated from winning the draft lottery. Up, up, up.

Jaden Ivy is real. It’s not his 17.7 points per game, or 5.3 points per game, or 6.0 assists per game, or 1.7 points per game. That’s Ivey’s usage rate of 23.5, which is a strong early indication that he and Cunningham will coexist just fine.

And Saddiq Bey has been one of my most picked players this season, not because I’m smart, but because my draft board felt he’d stuck in too many eighth rounds. Didn’t he impress you with his big plays last season? Like the 51 points he lost in Magic without Banchero?

Detroit is overflowing with lottery talent. A couple of good players in the middle of the first round getting hard minutes (Bey and Isaiah Stewart). And nothing else, at least in terms of a fantastic advantage.

The question mark here for fantasy is PF. Will it just be a match-based timeshare? So far, the answer is no, because Bojan Bogdanovic – one of the most underrated late round favorites in fantasy – has vacuumed 31.1 minutes per night. This time is more than enough for him, given his effectiveness from the depths (3.7 3PG).

It’s only three games. But the consolidated MPG and Usage in this line means more fantasy and longevity than those 57.7 PPG.

2.San Antonio Spurs

Jacob Poeltle, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Tre Jones and Jeremy Sochan

There was a season many years ago when I refused to type Gregg Popovich’s name without much arm-twisting. I wanted to call it just the Fantasy Doom® Whirlwind. It was my fanatical protest against the chaos he invented to manage workload, his randomized rest of the star players, and his flat, nameless, low MPG rotations hitting the borders of Fantasyland.

All is forgiven.

Because Popovic’s last couple of Spurs releases have turned into reliable sources of two or three draft picks. In this starless Spurs universe, if you get over 30 mpg, you’ll be in the top 75 roto players. None of these spurs excel at anything. But they are firm in everything.

Tre Jones is a perfect example of this solid dynamic. He averages 29.9 miles per game, 14.3 points per game, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 three-pointers and 2.3 blocks+steals. (And this is with an average of 58.6 tf.)

Jakob Poeltle is in the top 100, averaging 15.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

But Keldon Johnson (20.5 ppg) and Devin Vassell (19.8 ppg) are in the top 40 in Round 8 ADP. It’s not a superstar production, but it’s these late-stage ROIs that make a good fantasy team a champion fantasy team.

Great fantasy team.