NBA Fantasy Spin – 11/21/07

Highlights from another wild night in the NBA

NBA Fantasy Spin

Looking for some fantasy basketball help? Keep your eye on these youngsters…

Andray Blatche – The third year forward has seen his minutes increasing lately and last night responded with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a block on 12-14 shooting. While he won’t score 26 every night, look for Blatche to score in double figures with great blocks and some rebounds coming off the bench.

Washington Wizards Andray Blatche
Blatche scored a career higher 26 on Tuesday against the 76ers

Jordan Farmar – Farmar has been playing very well in limited minutes lately and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him eventually take over the starting PG spot for the Lakers. Over the past four games, the 20 year-old has averaged 12.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 4.0 ast, 2.3 3-pts and 2.5 stl while shooting 53%.

Louis Williams – Over the past two games, Williams has averaged 22.0 pts, 3.0 reb, 3.5 ast, 3.0 3-pts and 1.5 stl while shooting 69% from the field. Philly really doesn’t have any better options at SG as far as I can tell. Even when Kyle Korver comes back, if Williams continues his play, it will be impossible for the 76ers to keep him on the bench.

Shawne Williams – This second year forward out of Memphis has averaged 20.0 pts, 5.5 reb, 2.5 3-pts, 1.5 stl and 1.5 blk while hitting 15 of his 22 field goals over the past two games for the Pacers.

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NBA Fantasy Spin – 11/17/07

After a huge night in the NBA, its time to take another look at some potentially solid players who might be available in your fantasy basketball leagues. A lot of leagues are won and lost in these first few weeks of the season, when NBA teams start to set their rotations.

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes – Don Nelson has been experimenting with different lineups in Golden St. Barnes, who was getting minimal playing earlier this season, has started the last two games and responded with 14.5 pts, 6.5 reb, 7 ast, 2.5 3-pts and even 1.5 blk. Its tough to say who is going to get the minutes for the high-scoring Warriors, especially with Stephen Jackson on his way back, but if its Barnes, expect him to put up solid numbers.

Andrew Bogut – Outside of Michael Redd, there are not many offensive options in Milwaukee. Though I am no fan of the former number one pick, Bogut does have legit double-double potential to go along with a great FG%. If he can keep up his current pace of blocks (1.5/gm), he will become a valuable fantasy asset. On Wednesday, Bogut went off for 23 pts, 12 boards and 4 blocks.

Al Horford – Its doubtful Horford is still available in your league, but if he is and you need rebounds, grab him. The rookie out of Florida is averaging 8.9 pts, 10.9 reb, 1.8 blk, 1.3 stl and only looks to get better as the season goes along.

Troy Murphy – Murphy, who came back from a sore Achilles’ to score 20 off the bench for the Pacers on Friday, is averaging 14 pts in just 24 minutes so far this year. If he keeps up his good play, expect him to see him get more playing time. If he can get some minutes and shake the nagging injury, Murphy can give your team help in points, rebounds and some threes while shooting respectable percentages from the field and the line.

Jamario Moon – Since being inserted in the starting lineup for the Raps three games ago, the 27-year old rookie Moon has averaged 10.3 pts, 5.3 reb, 1.7 stl, 1.0 blk and 1.0 3-pts while shooting 52% from the field. Definitely worth a look now in deep 12 team leagues, Moon is a player to keep on your radar over the next few weeks.

Sean Williams BlockSean Williams – This athletic freak has blocked 3+ shots in all 4 games in which he has logged over 15 minutes of play, including his last three straight. Per minute, Williams’ numbers are outstanding. He is averaging 7.5 pts, 4.3 reb, 2.5 blk while shooting 67% from the field in under 17 minutes per game. Look for his minutes and numbers to rise dramatically as he is too good for the Nets to keep on the bench, particularly with Vince out indefinitely.

Antoine Walker – Could it be time for ‘the wiggle’ to make its debut in Minneapolis? Don’t look now, but ‘Toine has been first off the bench for Minnesota the past two games, averaging 16.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 2.5 3-pts, and 2.5 stl. The T-Wolves are a terrible team and Walker might have just enough left in the tank to put up some good numbers in this situation. Of course, low shooting percentages are always a factor with Walker, so keep that in mind before you decide to pick him up.

Beno Udrih – Udrih, who has started the last two games at PG for Sacramento, is averaging 12.3 pts, 3.3 reb, 3.0 ast, 1.3 3-pts and 1.7 stl in four games so far this season. He didn’t get into a game until Nov 10, but now that he has, he seems to be playing a major role for the Kings.

NBA Fantasy Spin – 11/13/07

Now that we are a couple weeks into the season, its a good time to take a look at some potentially solid players who might be available in your league(s).

J R Smith

JR Smith – Denver’s up tempo system is going to lead to a lot scoring. Carmelo and Iverson are obviously going to get the bulk of it, but Denver needs a third scorer to step up. With JR out suspended, Linas Kleiza was that third option. But no that Smith is back, it looks like the Nuggets are going to be giving more minutes to Smith and less to Kleiza and Yakhouba Diawara. The first sign of life for Smith was 29 points, 7 3-Pts, 4 ast, 4 stl on 10-13 shooting against the Cavs on Monday night.

Kelenna Azubuike – If he’s still available, grab him up. Azubuike is averaging 18.8 pts, 1.4 3-pts, 5.2 reb on 53% shooting. Even with Stephen Jackson coming back, Azubuike should still get minutes and looks.

Antoine Wright – This sparkplug off the bench got his first start of the season on Monday night, with Vince Carter out indefinitely with a grade-one ankle sprain. Wright is a great play until at least Vince comes back. I actually like Wright a lot as a player and wouldn’t be surprised to see him take a bigger role on the Nets even after Carter returns.

Ronnie Brewer – The second-year Brewer, locked in as the starting SG for the Jazz, is averaging 15.0 pts and an amazing 3.0 stl on 58% shooting in the first 8 games of the season. If he is still available in your league, grad him immediately. While he probably won’t average 3 steals all year long, he should be up near the league leaders in this category while also providing nice points and threes with a decent FG% for a guard.

Jarrett Jack – Had an awful start to the season and was benched last week. In the three games since the demotion, Jack has averaged 16.7 pts, 4.3 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl on 55% shooting. Jack, who just turned 24, was on a good career projection heading into this year and I believe his numbers will end up closer to his recent form rather than his struggles of the first three games.

Rashad McCants – McCants, only 23, looks to be the number two option (after Al Jefferson) on a very poor Timberwolves team. He is instant offense, averaging 15 points in only 22 minutes so far this year. He won’t fill up all categories, but he should provide some help in points and threes. Also keep your eye on T-Wolves rookie Corey Brewer, who does have the potential to fill up all fantasy categories.

Mike Conley, Jr. – If you’re in a deep league or looking for some long term help, Conley might be worth a flyer. Junior has received increased playing time over the past three games and it wouldn’t surprise me to see that trend continue. Neither Damon Stoudamire nor Kyle Lowry is the long term answer at PG for the Grizzlies so why not just throw Conley to the fire now? Once he start getting minutes, look for him to help with assists and steals in addition to some points and threes.

NBA Fantasy Watch 11/10/07

Notes from 11/9 Games

 

Huge Performances

Emeka Okafor – 25 pts, 23 reb, 10-14 FG, 1 blk, 1 stl
Kevin Garnett – 27 pts, 19 reb, 12-16 FG, 6 ast, 1 stl, 3 blk
Shawn Marion – 17 pts, 24 reb, 5 stl, 1 blk, 1 ast
Shaquille O’Neal – 25 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 3 blk 11-19 FG
Steve Nash – 30 pts, 8 ast, 6 3-pts, 11-16 FG
Dwight Howard – 22 pts, 20 reb, 3 blk
Tim Duncan – 24 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk, 11-14 FG
Carmelo Anthony – 32 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl, 2 3-pts, 14-24 FG
Yao Ming – 28 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 3 blk, 14-14 FT
Rudy Gay – 31 pts, 3 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk, 4 3-pts, 13-24 FG
LaMarcus Aldridge – 30 pts, 10 reb, 3 stl, 3 blk
Andrei Kirilenko – 10 pts, 11 ast, 8 reb, 4 blk, 4 stl

Duds

Jason Richardson – 5 pts, 2-5 FG, 0 3-pts, 4 reb, 1 stl, 1 ast
Amare Stoudamire – 9 pts, 3 reb, 3-11 FG, 3 stl, 2 blk
Boris Diaw – 4 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk, 2-7 FG
Sam Cassell – 4 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 st, 1-5 FG
Damon Stoudamire – 1 pt, 3 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk

Keep Your Eye On

Anthony Parker – 22 pts, 6 reb, 4 3-pts
Louis Williams – 21 pts, 3 ast, 1 stl, 6-10 FG
Al Horford – 16 pts, 7 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
Jason Williams – 21 pts, 10 ast, 5 reb, 4 stl
Jameer Nelson – 21 pts, 10 ast, 3 stl, 3 reb, 7-11 FG, 10-11 FT
JR Smith – 16 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 2 3-pts
Yi Jianlian – 19 pts, 9 reb, 2 3-pts, 2 stl, 1 blk, 7-12 FG
Bonzi Wells – 18 pts, 7 reb, 2 blk, 1 stl, 2 3-pts
Jarret Jack – 21 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 2 3-pts
Devin Brown – 21 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast, 2 3-pts

NBA Fantasy Watch 11/9/07

Notes from 11/8 Games

Huge Performances

Rasheed Wallace – 36 pts, 9 reb, 3 3-pts
Baron Davis – 37 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 14-26 FG, 3 3-pts
Jason Terry – 24 pts, 4 ast, 3 reb, 4 3-pts, 10-17 FG

Duds

Tayshaun Prince – 5 pts, 5 reb, 0 stl, 0blk, 0 3 pts

Keep Your Eye On

Tyrus Thomas – 19 pts, 14 reb, 8-12 FG, 2 stl, 2 blk
Kelenna Azubuike – 27 pts, 11 reb, 2 3-pts, 4 ast, 1 stl
Andris Biedrins – 9 pts, 10 reb, 5 blk, 2 ast, 1 stl, 4-6 FG
Devin Harris – 21 pts, 7 ast, 5 reb, 1 stl, 8-8 FT

NBA Web Roundup – Stick a Fork in Shaq

Shaq needs to hang up his Heat uniform and start his crime fighting career.

Shaq needs to hang up his Heat uniform and start his crime fighting career.

  • In the Daily Dime, Mark Stein asks if Shaq is done. I say he is… Shaq disagrees. Between the Heat and the Dolphins, the sports scene is not looking so hot in Miami right now. Its like the anti-Boston. Of course, it was 30 degrees here in Boston today so at least they got somethin’ on us. If you have ESPN Insider here is David Thorpe with more piling on Shaq.
  • Play of the Night by Deron Williams. DWill is sick!
  • TrueHoop: Die-hard Sonics fan take on owner Clay Bennett’s announcement that he is applying to move the team to OKC. The best thing about this article was that I found out that the official group lobbying to stop this move is known as “Save Our Sonics and Storm”. C’mon, no one want to save the Storm!
  • Sorry “Save Our Sonics and Storm” movement but David Stern foresees no new team for Seattle.
  • Chicago fans are angry already after the Bulls horrid start. Just a slightly unfavorable comparison of the current Bulls team to the 03-04 Pistons.
  • Sure, Lamar Odom is too hurt to help my fantasy lineup… but he is healthy enough to party at Club Ritual. Which relative knit you that sweater, O?