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Fantasy Basketball Roundup: Week 2

Kevin Martin

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Injuries

Tony Parker (PG), San Antonio Spurs

Mr. Eva Longoria sprained his ankle during Friday’s game against Portland. The x-rays revealed no structural damage, but he may end up missing up to a week of action.

Kevin Martin (SG), Sacramento Kings

Tough break for Martin owners as the Kings guard will miss the 6-8 weeks with a fractured left wrist. Martin was averaging 30.6 points per game this season and had just dropped a season-high 48 last Monday.

Vince Carter (SG, SF), Orlando Magic

I mentioned him here last week, but he hasn’t improved his condition. Carter has missed four of his last five games with a sprained ankle. He apparently had a good workout on Friday and hopes to play this week.

Best Players of the Week

Point Guard

Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets

CP3 regains his throne at the top of the point guard mountain with a monstrous week. He put up superb numbers across the board with 26.8 points, 11.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.0 3PTM. All of this on 59.7% shooting and a 89.3 FT%.

Honorable Mention: Deron Williams, Utah Jazz (24.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 3PTM)

Shooting Guard

Kevin Durant (SG, SF), Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant is making a push for the NBA scoring title this season and he showed us why with 27.7 points last week. His other stats were impressive too, as he shot 50.8% with 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 1.0 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Martin, Sacramento Kings (before his injury, he had 38.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 4.5 3PTM)

Small Forward

LeBron James (SF), Cleveland Cavaliers

King James turned in a masterful week, contributing to everything imaginable with 28.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.7 3PTM on 56.0% shooting.

Honorable Mention: Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks (56.8 FG%, 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 3.8 blocks)

Power Forward

Dirk Nowitzki (PF), Dallas Mavericks

The German Jackhammer dominated opponents with 27.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 2.0 blocks, and 1.3 3PTM. His FG% (49.1) and FT% (91.3) were equally impressive.

Honorable Mention: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors (62.9 FG%, 26.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)

Center

Chris Kaman (C), L.A. Clippers

Kaman is really enjoying his full time starting gig with the Clippers. He kept it rolling with 24.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks on 57.4% shooting.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers (55.2 FG%, 19.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks)

You Could Have Done Better

Point Guard

Brandon Roy (PG, SG, SF), Portland Trail Blazers

The normally explosive Roy was colder than usual with a 45.0 FG% that resulted in 15.7 points. He was also ice cold at the line with a horrendous 63.6 FT%. He capped it all off with two points in 25 minutes on Sunday.

Honorable Mention: Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards (respectable 21.8 points, but 36.4 FG% and 4.0 assists)

Shooting Guard

Ray Allen (SG), Boston Celtics

Allen disappointed owners with only 11.8 points on 44.4% shooting, and more importantly, he only sunk 0.8 3PTM last week.

Honorable Mention: O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies (38.6 FG%, 14.8 points, 0.8 3PTM)

Small Forward

Paul Milsap (SF, PF), Utah Jazz

After a hot start, Milsap managed to put up a lowly 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. He has also slowly seen a decrease in his playing time now that Carlos Boozer is back on track.

Honorable Mention: Wilson Chandler, New York Knicks (34.9 FG%, 50.0 FT%, 8.5 points, 0.8 3PTM)

Power Forward

Elton Brand (PF, C), Philadelphia 76ers

Another year, another disappointing season for Elton Brand. Last week, he gave you an all out crapfest with: 39.1 FG%, 40.0 FT%, 6.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks.

Honorable Mention: Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers (28.9 FG%, 58.3 FT%, 9.7 points, 4.3 rebound)

Center

Dwight Howard (C), Orlando Magic

Howard put forth good points (18.8), but his rebounds dipped below double-digits with 7.5. His blocks also took a hit (1.3), and as you would expect, the FT% was in the crapper at 69.0.

Honorable Mention: Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves (still hasn’t found a groove with a 42.9 FG%, 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 blocks)

Players to Pick Up

Beno Udrih (PG), Sacramento Kings

He will fill in for Kevin Martin for the next 6-8 weeks. So far, he has done a pretty good job with 17.5 points in two starts. In total last week, he dropped 16.5 points on 55.1% shooting with 1.3 3PTM.

Roy Hibbert (C), Indiana Pacers

Now with the full time starting job, Hibbert has come alive in the past three game with three straight double-doubles (13.7 points, 12.3 rebounds). Last week alone, he had 11 blocks in three games.

Quentin Richardson (SG, SF), Miami Heat

Richardson has been seeing more minutes lately, which has led to increased stats. He has double-digit points in three straight games (season-high 19 against Washington) and he sunk 3.3 #PTM last week.

Brendan Haywood (C), Washington Wizards

Those with rebound trouble should pick up Haywood who has grabbed at least 10 boards in three straight games, including 19 against the Pacers.

Travis Outlaw (SF, PF), Portland Trail Blazers

Outlaw is a great scorer off the bench, and lately, he been averaging about 23 minutes per game. Last week, he scored 15.7 points with 1.3 blocks. His three’s were plentiful with 1.7 and he shot a nice 48.5% from the field.

Sports of Boston Basketball League

  • I pulled out a 5-4 win over SoB’s George to move into 3rd place.
  • SoB’s Brian won his matchup 7-2 and is now in 1st place.
  • Recent pickups include: Channing Frye, J.J. Redick, Luol Deng, Jason Thompson, and Erick Dampier.

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