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2012 Fantasy Basketball: Josh Smith, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ray Allen and More

No one had 38 or 40 points; no one had 20 rebounds; there were a few fairly remarkable performances, but with overtime games between the Lakers and Pistons as well as Boston and Houston, I kind of thought there would be some gaudier numbers to throw out… Granted, the top lines are mostly from those two games… once you seem them, it’s almost the opposite of “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”… More like: stat lines in this post appear larger than they appear.

Line of the Night:Andrew Bynum (2.17) put up a very solid 30 points (13-18 from the field), 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks. In the age of Kevin Love, though, 30 and 14 has come to look little more than adequate, especially with an extra 5 minutes of game time.

Honorable Mentions: It’s a bit odd to see Josh Smith (1.86) this far up when he scored 27 points (12-19 from the field) with 9 rebounds, but only had 1 block. Pau Gasol (1.64) had yet another strong night with 20 points (4-4 from the line), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks. Paul Pierce (1.43) also had a good game, again: in overtime, scoring 30 points (11-12 from the line), with 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Ray Allen (1.40) also took advantage of overtime to get something that looks like what he can put up any other day: 21 points (3 threes), 4 assists, 2 steals.

Rodney Stuckey (1.28) is the first real anomaly here with 34 points (13-20 from the field, 7-7 from the line), his second highest total of the season. He’s been on a pretty decent scoring run and actually putting up some decent rebounds and assist numbers, but pretty muchnjust focused on shooting last night. I guess it worked, since Detroit won.

Speaking of shooting: Corey Maggette (1.27) looks like he’s back to making craptons of free throws again. Last night he reached 29 points with his 10-11 from the line (with 7 rebounds). The game before he made 15-16 free throws for 24 points. He’s actually only 50% owned, so if you need the odd Maggette combo of FT%, a three, some rebounds, and points… definitely take a look. It’s not like the Bobcats have a lot of other options.

Another overtime participant: Kevin Garnett (1.10) had 13 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

LeBron James (1.09) played only 30 minutes in a blowout against New Jersey, ending up with 21 points (9-11 from the field), 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Finally, David West (0.98) had one of his best games of the season with 24 points (10-13 from the field), and 2 steals in a loss to Atlanta.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night:Bismack Biyombo (1.38) is a “must add” in all leagues. Sure, he was injured, but going up against Dwight Howard he had: 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks (21% owned). If you aren’t trying to win blocks and rebounds, then you’re not the person who “must add” him, because he doesn’t make threes, his FT% is terrible and he doesn’t get assists. That said, he doesn’t really take that many free throws, so you could still “consider adding” him.

Pick Up Lines: With Brendan Haywood out of the lineup, Ian Mahinmi (0.96) put up another solid game with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks (4% owned). Haywood is still questionable, and the Mavs have 3 more games this week, so if you’re in a daily changes league, definitely take a look.

Steve Novak (0.83) did what he does off the bench for the Knicks, and that is: make threes. Novak had 13 points with 4 threes and 3 rebounds (28% owned). Not much else going on there. If you’re one of those people who likes threes from your forwards, then Novak is an option…

Marvin Williams (0.81) has put together 4 positive WARP games in a row now with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block (19% owned). I’m not going to pick him up, but I feel obligated to mention it, especially for deep league owners.

Zaza Pachulia (0.80) had 12 points (4-4 from the line), and 10 rebounds (23% owned) and is actually doing slightly better than we predicted way back when. Definitely time to consider him for deep league Big Ball teams, as he’s up to #107 on the Player Rater over the last two weeks.

Finally, rounding out the Top 25 from last night: George Hill (0.66) seems to be getting his playing time back after his injury and scored 15 points (4-4 from the line) with 6 rebounds and 1 steal (27% owned).

Biggest Loser:Carmelo Anthony (-1.18) kind of single-handedly brought down the Knicks by shooting 2-12 from the field and 2-4 from the line to end up with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assists, and 2 turnovers. Sure, Jeremy Lin (0.15) was 4-13, but he did manage a positive WARP with his 7 assists, and 2 steals making up for his 2 turnovers.


Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.

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