No, really, I was. With a co-worker. Yesterday. About how he was better than Tyrus Thomas, but also about how the 2006 NBA Draft was quite possibly one of the worst drafts of all time. Agree? Disagree? That’s what the comments section is for.
Line of the Night: LaMarcus Aldridge (2.80) may not be the best #2 pick, but last night he had 36 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, and went 15-22 from the field. I’m still not going to ever draft him again ever. Never ever.
Honorable Mentions: Now wait, you say, where is LeBron James (1.84) and his triple-double in Madison Square Garden? Well, he was down at #12 last night, behind a fairly monstrous all-around game from Michael Beasley (2.67). Cool Beas put up 33 points with 6 rebounds, and a nice combo of defensive stats with 3 steals and 4 blocks.
Danny Granger (2.62) returned from an injury with 30 points, 12 rebounds, 4 threes, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. So, I guess he couldn’t have been all that injured, right?
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Everyone’s favorite Battier, Shane Battier (2.67), had the 3rd best line of the night with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists with 5 threes and 3 blocks. Another guy I never really want on my team, but he is hanging around at #65 on the Player Rater, so he’s at least worth looking at to see if he’ll fit on your team. His FG% is not very good, but he’s only taking 7 shots a game, so he won’t kill you there. His FT% is also not good, but with only 1.6 attempts per game, there’s even less of an impact there. Combine that with his 1.9 threes, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks and you can see why he’s up there in the rankings. Definitely a good guy for a roto team. Not sure what kind of H2H team he’d be best for, though…
Rudy Fernandez (2.59) might make a good 1-week pick up since Brandon Roy is scheduled to miss another 3 games or so to give his knees a rest. R-Fer is available in just about every league, and if can put up 26 points, 6 assists, 4 threes, and 3 steals for those 3 games, he’ll be a monster addition. It’s unlikely though, since the Blazers also have Wesley Matthews and Nicholas Batum. N-Bat only saw 13 minutes last night, opening the door for the Spaniard’s nice performance. Matthews has somewhat surprisingly proven to be the most consistent of the three recently.
If you listen to the podcast that is going up later today, you’ll hear me mention Spencer Hawes (1.94) as one of my picks for this week. The big man put up 18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks, and is looking to have things locked down in Philly these days. A definite add in Roto leagues and for Big Ball H2H teams.
In case you missed it, Jonny Flynn (-0.97) is back everybody! He only played 17 minutes, going 1-5 for 2 points with 3 assists and 3 turnovers. That’s a Biggest Loser quality line, but he’s clearly still working his way back into things. Another Timberwolf who came back at the same time as Flynn (and apparently in much better shape) is Erik’s Podcast Pick: Martell Webster (0.38). Webster had 19 points and 9 rebounds, and the only thing even close to a Biggest Loser number was the 6 turnovers. He had a three and a steal, though, and made all 4 of his free throws, so he’s looking like a pretty nice pick up right now. Plus, he available in more leagues than Flynn! I say go for it!
Biggest Loser: Richard Hamilton (-1.15) just escapes this one since his ownership percent has dropped to 49%. That leaves Andre Miller (-0.79) holding the bag. Miller shot 4-11 for 8 points, adding 3 assists and 3 turnovers.
On Tap: Probably not many games you could convince a casual NBA fan to watch tonight… That’s how I judge the quality of the games; I ask myself if my wife or some of my less hardcore friends would enjoy watching a particular game. If yes, I’ll mention it here. If not, well, look: Philadelphia playing the slumping Magic? Miami against the Wizards? Maybe.. but John Wall might miss this one. Chicago at the Clippers? Maybe if you are my wife and will watch a Bulls game because I want to.
For fantasy purposes, there is Golden State at Portland, so it’ll be interesting to see whether Batum decides to show up to this one and take advantage of the Golden Rule.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version).
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