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Welcome to the fantasy basketball season! After one week of play, owners are currently in a panic and they hate their losing team. On a related note, owners are already claiming victory and are shoving it in everybody’s face. The important question here is: Which category do you belong in? Well, exercise some modesty if you can because some of us (wink wink), belong under “panic mode.”
The Detroit Pistons acquired Allen Iverson on Monday for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Iverson is in a contract year and is averaging 18.7 points per game this season. Billups will continue to be a starter while McDyess will continue to come off the bench.
Portland Center and former #1 pick Greg Oden has found himself with injury again after spraining his ankle in Portland’s season opener against the Lakers. He is slated to miss 3-4 weeks but, we know Oden better than that.
Come on, after two straight seasons of 70+ games played, you couldn’t expect Camby to do it again could you? After missing all of the preseason with an ankle injury, Camby returned Monday night against Utah and had 9 boards and 3 blocks.
Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets: No surprise here. CP3 continues his reign at the top of the fantasy world by averaging 21.7 ppg, 12 assists, and shooting an even 50% from the field.
Yao Ming (C), Houston Rockets: When he is healthy he is dominant. In his first three games, Yao had 22.3 ppg, 11.3 reb, and 1.3 blocks. I am not hoping he gets injured but, we all know it is coming.
Dwight Howard (C), Orlando Magic: Howard had arguably the best week out of anybody with 21.7 ppg, 14.3 reb, and a ridiculous 4.3 blocks. It’s hard to be picky with Howard but, all you have to do is look at his free throws (51.5%).
Jose Calderon (PG), Toronto Raptors: Calderon finally started the season as the starting PG and did not disappoint by averaging 18.0 ppg, 9.7 assists, and making 2.0 three pointers per game. He is on pace for a breakout season.
Brandon Roy (PG,SG), Portland Trail Blazers: With Oden out, this is Roy’s offense. He showed how he can dominate with 20.0 ppg, 5.3 assists, and 2.0 steals. He is also averaging 1.7 three pointers and is shooting 84.6% on his free throws.
Lamar Odom (SF,PF), L.A. Lakers: After being banished to the bench in favor of Vladimir Radmanovic, Odom could only average 8.3 ppg and 2.3 assists. Worst of all, he is only playing about 25 minutes per game.
Jermaine O’Neal (PF,C), Toronto Raptors: As the starting Center, O’Neal is only shooting 40.0% and is averaging less points (11.0) than last season (13.6). The kicker is that he is doing this while playing more minutes.
Mike Miller (SG,SF), Minnesota Timberwolves: The starting SG is only averaging 11.3 ppg and all of his numbers are down from last season including his number of three pointers where he has gone from making 2.2 per game last season to 0.3 this season.
Baron Davis (PG), L.A. Clippers: As if his slow start of 8.5 ppg and 0.5 three pointer per game weren’t bad enough, Davis is fighting a hip injury to boot. The bright side is that the injury won’t keep him out for long.
Caron Butler (SF), Washington Wizards: Butler’s ppg are down from last season (17.0). In fact, the same goes for his steals. His turnovers are up (4.0 per game), and his free throw shooting has dipped to 72.7% on the season.
Delonte West (PG,SG), Cleveland Cavaliers: West’s success has been attributed to his increase in three pointers. In three games last week, he made 2.0 per game and is also shooting 50% from the field.
Quentin Richardson (SG,SF), New York Knicks: Richardson has also seen an increase in his number of three pointers by averaging 3.0 per game. He is scoring 17.3 ppg and is shooting an impressive 54.3% from the field.
Spencer Hawes (C), Sacramento Kings: Hawes has started in place of a suspended Brad Miller. He has made the most of it with 11.7 ppg, 9.7 reb, and 2.3 blocks. He can show he can produce so, keep an eye on him even when Miller comes back.