Monday, January 09, 2006

MORE FANTASY HOOPS HELP!

Keep an eye on SG Juan Dixon if you indeed followed my advice and grabbed him. He's a defensive liability and could be yanked soon.

Fantasy Hoops Wire Acquisitions:

CENTERS:

Biggest Surprise: Utah's Mehmet Okur: Paired with AK-47, known in other circles as Andre Kirilenko, Okur’s rounding into a top tier big man. Offensively skilled and able to wipe down the glass, Okur simply needs to record more blocks to reach “elite” Center status. Averaging

Top Rookie Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut: Bogut’s been about what everyone expected. A throwback kind of player with excellent fundamentals, the big Buck’s throwing down almost 9 points per game, with 7+ ‘boards and a handy 2+ assists. Bogut has a single Double/Double to his name… a recent 14 points, 13 Rebound affair that came against the Cleveland Cavaliers and their defensively deficient Center, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Bogut is ranked 9th amongst this year’s rookies in scoring, and 1st in Rebounds with 7 ½. Although he’s a young player, he’s pretty polished. He does, however, need to work on his free throw shooting. Draining a meager 59% of his gimmes’. He could make Shaq’ look like a sharp-shooter!

From “Out of Nowhere!” Clipper Chris Kaman: Hey man, grab Kaman. The guy is prepared to explode. I pushed him towards the end of last season as I saw signs that he was emerging as a legit’ player, and this season he’s hatched! Over his last 5 games, Kaman is averaging 15+ points, 14+ ‘boards, and 1+ blocks. With a few more 20+/15+ games… Kaman may even become a solid #1 Center!

NY Knick Eddy Curry: Curry came to NY in a much-maligned trade that sent Chicago NY’s 1st round pick in the upcoming draft. A defensive minded player Curry is not, thus he and coach Larry Brown see eye to belly-button, roughly. While Curry should be starting in all formats due to the dearth of “true” Centers, the former Bull is an injury prone, 1-dimensional player. As of Monday, The Human-Heartbeat is notching 14 points, 6 boards, 1 swat, and like… 1/5 of an assist per game.

Point Guards:

Boston Celtic Delonte West: West has seen his stock shoot north this season! Last season's 24th overall pick by the Celts', Smith has seen every stat improve since last season.... and that's precisely what a summer of hard work will do for you! On the year, D-Smith's hangin' a line of 11/4/4, with at least 1 steal and 1 3- per game, the Boston SG is draining 52% from the field, 42% from downtown, and 83% from the line. His numbers for January are awfully encouraging; 18 points, 5 dimes', and 6 'boards. Over the span of his last quartet o' contests, West's dropped 71 points/ 20 Assists/ 23 Rebounds and 10 of 16 3's. His last game is an indicator of his po'; 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting, 7 'boards and 2 helpers.

NY's Knick Nate Robinson: A tiny player at 5-9/180, Larry Brown was reluctant to throw him out there. For the season he's averaging 9 points/ 3 boards/ 2 Assists on the season, those numbers are increasing exponentially as he's seeing far more floor time and not pine-time. Over his last 4, Nate's averaged 30 minutes with 12+ points, almost 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, Jamal Crawford's injury has meant increased floor-time for rookie Robinson. However, "LB" say's he'll start both Nate Robinson and David Lee. This is heresy from the mouth of a coach who seems to detest young players. Rook' is a 4-letter word for Larry. Then again, it is for most people.
Shooting 41% from the floor and 65% from the charity stripe, increased minutes will help him hone both his shot selection and acccuracy. Dude can bury the 3- He's shooting almost 50% from beyond the arc, with 28 of 58 3's made. Of concern, "Nate the not-quite-great" is averaging almost 3 Fouls per game... and 5+ in his past 6 games. He needs to be more careful and stay out of Foul trouble. That being said, so long as Jamal Crawford is benched... Robinson is worth a spot in deep leagues. Crawford is, however, a much better scoring option, is as deadly as Nate from 3-point land, and is able to record a steal/game with his quick hands. Still, Nate puts in effort on D... something Crawford... potential trade-bait, is loath to do.

Minnesota Timberwolves Marko Jaric: A virtual "who dat'" entering the season, Jaric's really emerged on a wafer-thin T-Wolve roster this season. One of the "new breed" of fundamentally solid Eastern Euro' players, Jaric is distributing the ball "Democratically." Thus far, Jaric's hangin' a line of 10+/5+/3+, and ranked 8th league-wide with almost 2 steals a game. Jaric needs to improve upon his free throws (shooting slightly below 68%) and fouls.

Deeper Sleeper: LA Clipper Shaun Livingston: The 2nd year Clip' has been a human triage unit. Most recently, a back injury prevented him from flying on the team plane to "Away" games. Further, for a Point Guard, the guy’s shot is AWFUL! Livvy’s burying a scant 36.2% of his shots. Still, Livvy' has an uncanny floor presence and as he puts on some weight and muscle, and improves his shot... the sky's the limit. If you have room on your bench… and belong to a “Keeper” league, you might consider stashing the Clipp’ for NEXT season. Dude’s game is much to raw and I wouldn’t look for anything from him this season.

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