In preparation for the big 13 game slate tomorrow, the NBA only scheduled four games tonight, but there will some interesting things to come out of them.
Following on from yesterday’s news of the Derrick Williams trade, the Sacramento Kings plan on playing him mainly at SF, but also at PF. The Kings do have a lot of PF, but they aren’t really good, so I can see Williams getting quite a lot of minutes splitting between the two spots. If you look at the stats he put up last year replacing Kevin Love in the starting lineup, he is worth an add in pretty much all leagues until we see what happens exactly with the rotation.
TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2013
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Martell Webster, SG/SF, Washington Wizards:
20 points (8/15 FG, 0/0 FT), 4 threes, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers
In what was supposed to be the game where Webtser would crash back to Earth with Trevor Ariza rejoining the starting lineup, Webster pulls out his best game of the year. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of Bradley Beal, who is out with a stress reaction in his right leg. Hopefully you didn’t drop Webster (like I did) as he is still going to have great value for at least the next two weeks.
Honourable Mentions: John Wall, DeMar DeRozan
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Martell Webster, SG/SF, Washington Wizards (48.4% owned):
20 points (8/15 FG, 0/0 FT), 4 threes, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers
Rudy Gay, SF, Toronto Raptors:
9 points (3/12 FG, 2/2 FT), 1 three, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 7 turnovers
It was only a matter of time before Gay nabbed this illustrious award. His FG% is woeful and to add seven turnovers to that is fantasy strychnine for your team. Gay is belligerent regarding his poor shot choice and doesn’t seem like he will change his ways at all. Good luck with that owners.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS @ WASHINGTON WIZARDS
The Lakers offense is looking really good, but their defense is another story. However, in fantasy, the more points and possessions per game, the better it is. The rotation has settled markedly from the mess at the start of the year and there are now useable players on the team. Wes Johnson has put together a few decent games over the last couple of weeks and has started seven straight games. He actually has top 100 value on the season and you could do worse than add him, just be prepared for a very up and down season. He’s a good source of blocks for someone who has shooting guard eligibility. In 14 team and over leagues, he should definitely be rostered. Jordan Farmar exploded for 22 points and eight assists without hurting Steve Blake’s performance. Blake hit two threes in his 15 points with five assists. Farmar’s was an out of the blue performance and you can keep him on your wire. Pau Gasol approached a triple double with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists and has been on a tear the last four games. I think Kobe Bryant’s return will only help his value. Jordan Hill had eight rebounds and two blocks and is still performing well without the extreme numbers of his first couple of starts.
John Wall has now scored 30 points in his last three games and is absolutely on fire. He is also second in the NBA in assists and it seems as though this is the year he pushes himself into consideration for his first All-Star berth. He’s the number 13 player for the season and has a better than good chance of finishing in the top 10. Wall wasn’t the only Wizard to score 30; Nene got 30 and added five assists with a fantastic percentage. In Ariza’s return, he picked right back up with three steals and seven boards and if he was dropped, he should be scooped back up. Marcin Gortat had a very usual line of 15 points, eight boards with a steal and a block. It was revealed Bradley Beal would be reevaluated in two weeks regarding his leg, but it’s unlikely he will be back after two weeks. He needs to be held, but when more news comes out, we will reassess then.
BROOKLYN NETS @ TORONTO RAPTORS
Well, the Nets finally got off the schneid, beating the Raps narrowly. Still without Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche dominated for 24 points and five rebounds with a pair of blocks and steals. He should be owned whilst Lopez is out and we don’t actually know when Lopez will be back. Shaun Livingston was able to play after bumping his head in their last game and he had a nice multi cat line, with five points, six rebounds and seven assists. He has more value than say Kirk Hinrich in Chicago whilst Williams is out. Joe Johnson had another very good game and is finally taking advantage of all the Nets outs. He had 21 points, three more threes,, six boards and four assists. When everyone is healthy, he’ll drop right off, but until then, enjoy the extra production.
DeMar DeRozan was amazingly able to hit 60% of his shots including four threes, which are complete outliers for his style of play. He’s been a top 60 player for the season, and looks to be improving the level of his play on a week to week basis. Kyle Lowry continued his hot streak with 24 points, six assists and two steals. There was a Steve Novak sighting, coming off the bench for 23 minutes, two threes and 12 points. Only play him in spot start duty for three pointers. Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson are continuing to disappoint. You have to hold JV for now, but I think Amir can be dropped in most leagues until he picks his play back up.
ORLANDO MAGIC @ ATLANTA HAWKS
Tobias Harris was slated to start in his second game of the year, but then was a late scratch and missed the game entirely. He said he had pain in his ankle, which had already caused him to miss five weeks, so monitor the situation over the next few days. Glen Davis also moved into the starting lineup at the expense of Maurice Harkless and has eight points and eight rebounds, with three steals. I don’t think Big Baby is worth owning in 10 or 12 team leagues, but he can give you some inefficient scoring along with rebounds. Harkless only played 10 minutes and he is droppable immediately. Arron Afflalo hit four more threes on his way to 26 points and shows no sign of slowing. Nikola Vucevic had 15 rebounds and is a very steady fantasy player who won’t let you down. Jameer Nelson had 10 assists, but shot poorly, but that’s just what Jameer does. Victor Oladipo had 18 points in another start, but was slated to move back to the bench with Harris starting. He still is a must own player regardless of his starter status. Andrew Nicholson outplayed Big Baby with 18 points and eight boards and has reappeared after going missing for a few weeks. With the logjam at the 3 and 4, Nicholson can stay on the wire, but if he forces his way into a constant 25 minutes a game, he can obviously score, so keep him in mind.
The Hawks were destroyed by the upstart Magic in a disappointing home performance. Lou Williams led the way in 24 minutes off the bench with 11 points, three three and eight assists. If he can play like this every game, he is a must own, but you need to wait for consistent minutes before relying on him. Kyle Korver had a stinker, with only three points, but at least that was a three, and now he is only two games behind Dana Barros for the all time record in consecutive games with a three pointer made. Jeff Teague and Al Horford both shot below 40%, but were productive otherwise. DeMarre Carroll had nine points and seven boards and is still getting overlooked by most owners.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS @ NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
With Andrew Bogut sitting out with a one game suspension, Jermain O’Neal started at centre and had 18 points and eight rebounds. If Bogut were to miss any time (fingers crossed he doesn’t), O’Neal looks like he will be a productive player and would vault into probably must own territory. Stephen Curry neared a triple double with 16 points, two threes, eight rebounds and nine assists. Klay Thompson hit three of his own threes for 22 points and added a surprising eight assists. With Andre Iguodala out, Harrison Barnes played 39 minutes the start, but put up mediocre numbers. He is still must own. Draymond Green got 23 minutes with Iggy and Bogut out, and had three steals and three blocks so kudos to you if you somehow were able to predict that happening. It won’t be repeated anytime soon.
Even in a quietish night, Anthony Davis was still the best fantasy player on his team. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks shooting 6-of-9 from the field. Eric Gordon bounced back from his recent dud, with 16 points, seven assists and two steals. I’m still not a fan of his in fantasy, and if you can move him for someone like say Wesley Matthews, DeMar DeRozan or to a disgruntled Kawhi Leonard owner, I’d do it in a heart beat. Ryan Anderson has started his season absolutely on fire and looks like he can’t be stopped. I don’t think there’s anyway he is traded for Omer Asik, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Jrue Holiday has been fantastic the last two weeks after his uneven start and looks to have settled in nicely. He is someone else I’d might try to get in a trade.
Who’s game did you like tonight? Disagree with Martell Webster? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter @redrock_bball or email me firstname.lastname@example.org