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Friday, June 25th, 2010

Knicks can find talent from these undrafted free agents

Three undrafted free agents the Knicks should target:

Sherron Collins:

The Knicks have to bring in the senior point guard from Kansas. Despite his inconsistent senior season (15.5 points and 4.5 assists) he averaged 18.9 points and 5 assists in his junior season.

One of the reasons he was not one of the 60 players drafted was his size and conditioning leading up to the draft. He is 5’11” and is weight has fluctuated from 209 to 227 the past two months.He also had nagging injuries during the pre-draft process. If he can get down to playing weight  the winningest player in KU history (130 wins) would provide depth for the Knicks.

Collins already has an invitation to join the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team. Bobcats Head Coach Larry Brown is a former KU coach.

Brian Zoubeck:

I saw reports the Knicks could have drafted him in the second round because they liked his size and grit. The 7″1″ center would  fill a need since the Knicks lack size upfront. Zoubeck clogs the lanes and can rebound. He set a Duke …

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Most overpaid player in the NBA: Rashard Lewis

Is Kevin Garnett still this good on defense or is Rashard Lewis just this bad?

Lewis:

Regular Season: 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 39% from 3 (Missed 10 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level)

First Round: 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 46% from 3

Conference Semis: 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, 46% from 3

Through 2 games in the conference finals Lewis is averaging 5.5 points. He is shooting 25% from the field and 11% from  three (0-6 in Game 1). KG is doing a great job guarding him on the perimeter and forcing him to take difficult shots. Lewis averaged 20.4 points last year against the Celtics in the playoffs. The only difference is KG was not on the court last year.

Vince Carter has taken shots away from Lewis this season but that should be an excuse. Last season from March 21st on he attempted 14 or more shots 17 times. So far this season over the same time period he has yet to have a game with over 13 shot attempts. Lewis needs to have a breakout …

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Week 21 Pickups

Fantasy

Week 21 (March 15-21) Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Utah, Washington Teams playing three games: L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Sacramento, Toronto Teams playing two games: Dallas, Orlando, Portland

Toney Douglas (Knicks)- The last time Douglas started was on November 18th. Last Saturday he started and scored 21 points in helping the Knicks defeat the Mavs. He has played in at least 22 minutes the past four games and has 7 three-pointers in this span.

Jannero Pargo (Bulls)- Pargo started his first game of the season due to a wrist injury suffered to Derrick Rose. Pargo, scored a season high 20 points with 4 assists and 2 three-pointers. Rose should return tomorrow vs. the Grizziles.

Johan Petro (Nuggets)- Petro has started four straight games because of the injury to Keynon Martin. He is averaging 5.8 points, 7.8 rebounds .8 blocks as a starter.

Honorable mention: James Johnson (Bulls)

Monday, February 15th, 2010

David Lee makes his All-Star Debut

David Lee had 4 points ,2 rebounds and 1 assist in his All-Star debut as the East won 141-139. He only played 12 minutes and had  3 turnovers. Lee replaced Allen Iverson who missed the game due to personal reasons.

Lee was the first Knicks All-Star since 2001 and played in front of 108,713 fans. Lee said he wanted to score a basket and get a win so at least he accomplished both in his debut. Hopefully, Lee and LeBron James can be All-Stars for the Knicks next season.

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

First Half Fantasy Awards

Fantasy MVP: LeBron James (Cavs)

James is leading the league in points (29,9) and is  6th in assists (8.3). He also is averaging 1.9 threes, 1.6 steals and

1 block per game. He is shooting 50% from the field and is the second best free throw % of his career 77.6

Runner up: Kevin Durant (Thunder)

Least Valuable player: John Salmons (Bulls)

Salmons was traded to the Bulls last season and was expected to carry some of the load this year with Ben Gordon gone. He averaged 18.3 points and 1.9 threes per game while shooting 47% from the field and 81% from the line in 26 games. This season he is averaging 12.8 points, 1.4 threes and is shooting 41% from the field and 78% from the line.

Runner up: Gilbert Arenas (Wizards)

Biggest Fantasy Surprise: Zach Randolph (Grizzles)

Randolph has not missed a game this season playing in all 51 games. He is one of the main reasons Memphis is 26-25 and three games out of the 8th seed. The most games he has played in a season were 81 back …

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Week 15 Pickups

Week 15 (Feb. 1-7)
Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New Orleans, Portland, Sacramento, Washington
Teams playing three games: Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
Teams playing two games: Minnesota

George Hill (Spurs)- Tony Parker is expected to miss several games due to an ankle injury. Hill has averaged 15.6 points and 3.6 assists over his past five games. He also has played in at least 31 minutes in six of his past seven games.

Nicolas Batum (Blazers)- Batum has played in at least 26 minutes in his past three games. He is coming back from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for most of the season.

Antoine Wright (Raptors)- Wright has 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 three-pointers over his past two games. He has received more playing time due to injuries in the rotation.

Ryan Hollins (Timberwolves)- Hollins has started the past two games and has 35 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals. …

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Week 6 Observations

1. Kevin Love and Chris Paul are back: Love made his first appearance of the season last Friday and has double-doubles in both games he has played. Last season as a rookie in 81 games he made 2 three-pointers. He already has four three-pointers and is becoming a very versatile player.

CP3 returned with a bang with 15 points, 15 assists, 8 steals, 6 rebounds, one three and one block in 38 minutes last Friday. He should resume his excellent play and the 8 steals was a great sign for the rest of the season.

2. Al Harrington is on fire: Al has scored 26, 27, 14 and 22 over his past four games with 7 three-pointers. He pulled down a season high 14 rebounds today and is having a solid all-around fantasy season.

3.Kevin Durant is having a fantasy MVP season: The third year forward is averaging 28.1 points, 7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.2 threes and .8 blocks per game. He has scored at least 33 points in three of his past four games and …

Week 7 Pickups

Week 7 (Dec. 7-13)
Teams playing four games: Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Minnesota, New Jersey, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
Teams playing three games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento
Teams playing two games: L.A. Clippers, Miami, New York, Washington

Guards

Chucky Atkins (Pistons)- Atkins scored a season high10 points vs. the Bucks last Friday. He has 4 three-pointers in seven games and has started four straight games.

Jordan Farmar (Lakers)- Farmar has scored in double-figures in three of his past four games. He has 17 three-pointers on the season and played a season high 24 minutes last Tuesday.

Honorable mention: Wayne Ellington (Timberwolves)

Forwards

Kevin Love (Timberwolves)- Love returned from injury last Friday and has a double-double and 4 three-pointers in the two games he has played. Last season in  his rookie year he made 2 three-pointers in 81 games.

Sam Young (Grizzles)- Young has scored 34 points over his last three …

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Week 4 Observations

1. Lou Williams and Trevor Ariza are overachieving: Williams scored a season high 30 points last Friday against the the Grizzles. On the season he is averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds. More importantly he is shooting 48% from the field. Ariza has scored at least 15 points in every game but one this season. On the season he is averaging 18.3 points per game but needs to increase his FG% if he wants reach to elite status. Ariza also has at least one steal in every game but one.

2. Drew Gooden is a must start: Gooden has started the past four games with Erick Dampier out and has 14.8 points, 13 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He is shooting 50% from the field and 81% from the line in 36 minutes.

3. Peja Stojakovic has become important again: Peja has scored at least 25 times in two of his past five games. He made a season high 7 three-pointers and pulled down 13 rebounds vs. the Suns last week. He has …

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Fantasy Faceoff: Kidd vs. Harris

Who to draft: Jason Kidd vs. Devin Harris

The case for Kidd: In his first full year with the Mavericks, Kidd averaged 9 points, 8.7 assists (5th in the NBA), 6.2 rebounds 2 steals (3rd in the NBA) and 1.6 threes per game. On any given night Kidd has a solid chance of recording a triple-double. Dallas signed F Shawn Marion who was Kidd’s former teammate with the Phoenix Suns. Baring injury Kidd is a safe third round pick because of his contributions in assists, rebounds, and threes. The formet Net also turned the ball over just 2.28 times per game which was his lowest total since 96-97. He shot 46% from the field and averaged 11.4 points per game in 10 playoff games last season.

The case against Kidd: Since being traded to Dallas during the 07-08 season he has averaged 9.5 points during that span. He also has not shot over 44% from the field since the 98-99 season. Kidd is now 36 years old and the upside is very limited. He also rarely goes to the foul line attempting just 1.3 …

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Fantasy Faceoff: Gwall vs. Iggy

Gerald Wallace vs. Andre Iguodala

The case for Wallace: Wallace averaged a career high 7.8 rebounds to go along with 1.7 steals, .9 blocks, shot 48% from the field and 80% from the foul line. However, his fantasy potential should be based on the 14 games he in March where he averaged 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks and .9 threes per game. He also shot 58% from the field which is outstanding for a small forward. He cut down his turnovers from the previous season from 2.9 to 2.1.

The case against Wallace: His scoring dipped last year (down to 16.7 from 19.4) and has missed 43 regular season games the past three seasons due to injury. Head Coach Larry Brown might consider playing Wallace at the 4 which would hurt his fantasy value. He needs to raise his assists (2.7) if he wants to go ahead of Igudola.

The case for Igudola: Iggy has missed just six games in five seasons and has played in all 82 in four of them. Last season he …

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Billups or Calderon?

Fantasy Faceoff: Chauncey Billups or Jose Calderon

Both point guards are drafted in the second round and each bring different strengths to the table.

Case for Billups: Biliups continued his efficient play with the Nuggets last season averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 77 regular season games. He made 2.1 three per game which was his most since the 05-06 season. While his fg % is one of his drawbacks he shot 45% in 16 postseason games. Billups is almost automatic from the line shooting 91% and 92% the past two seasons.

Case against: He shot 42% from the field during the regular season and has turned the ball over at least two times per game the past three seasons. Billups turned 34 years old last month but he has not shown any sings of age yet.

Case for Calderon: Last season he averaged 12.8 points, 8.9 assists, 1.2 threes, 1.1 steals and shot 50% from the field and 98% from the foul line. The 29 year old is in his prime and recovered from …

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