EVD is working on updating his hotornot.com page, so I am running the show for awhile. In today’s Fantasy Trends, I’ll take a look at some hot and not hot fantasy hoopsters and leave you with some nuggets and tidbits…Enjoy!
Bar Rafaeli is hot.
Rip Hamilton, Detroit Pistons SG/SF-Rip has started the last two games and led the Pistons to road wins in Orlando and Boston. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The balding, pube-teed Hamilton averaged 28 points and 7.5 assists in the two victories and will probably remain in the starting lineup for the rest of the season.
Ron Artest, Houston Rockets SG/SF-Artest has been making his jumper lately and has become a go-to scorer for the Rockets. Artest is happy because he will get plenty of shots with T-Mac shelved for the year, and a happy Ron is a productive Ron. He has scored 20+ in four of five. But his game (and personality) can be bipolar at times, so don’t expect this hot streak to last.
Shaq, Phoenix Suns C-The Big Cactus scored 45 against the Raptors on Friday and dropped 33 on Kobe and the Lakers yesterday. Without Steve Nash and Amar’e, Shaq will get plenty of touches. He will continue to be a force for awhile, but could wear down as the season continues.
Nate Robinson, New York Knicks PG/SG-Nate has managed to get a free-reign in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Larry Hughes has moved into the starting lineup, but Robinson will minutes at both point guard and shooting guard. He has put up some ridiculous numbers over the last month, scoring 30+ points five times. He has become a good all-around player, and could be an All-Star next season.
Tyson Chandler, New Orleans PF/C-After the trade that wasn’t, Chandler has returned to the lineup and recorded double-figure points and rebounds in three out of four games. He is playing with renewed intensity and energy, and should finish the season strong.
Janet Reno is not.
Cooler than a polar bear’s toenails
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks SF/PF-Although he struggled before the All-Star break, I though Smith would pick up his play. He hasn’t scored 20+ points in over a month and is blocked shot and rebound numbers are dwindling. He missed a game last week with a “personal matter,” so something is clearly wrong. Smith needs to play with intensity to be effective, and that just isn’t happening right now.
Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic SF/PF-An 8-12 performance on Friday ended a alarming stretch of cold shooting for the All-Star. But his numbers have been declining since January, and he is shooting under 40 percent over the last month. He needs to go inside more, but that probably won’t happen.
Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets SG/SF-A 26 point effort against the Hornets yesterday marked the first 20+ game for Vince in two weeks. I don’t expect much from him as the season winds down, and he will most likely be traded in the summer.
Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat PG/SG-Chalmers has hit the wall and may not recover. He has scored in double-figures only once in the last seven games and has lost minutes to Chris Quinn and De’Quan Cook. Cut him loose.
Boobie Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers PG/SG-Boobie Gibson should worry less about his hair and more about his game. Aside from a 19 point performance last week, he has been awful lately. A scoreless outing last night in Hotlanta was a new low for Gibson, who will see less minutes now that Delonte West is healthy. If you have Boobie, drop him now.
Fantasy Nuggets and Tidbits
Don’t add Stephon Marbury just yet-Marbury has looked okay in the last two games but he still has little fantasy value. ESPN is making a big deal about the signing of Marbury and weird dude Mikki Moore, but don’t get too excited. They might help in deep leagues, but don’t have great value.
Danny Granger back this week-Expect Pacers All-Star Danny Granger to return this week, a bit earlier than expected. He will get plenty of shots, so expect big offensive numbers – and nothing else.
Keep an eye on Thabo Sefolosha-Thabo will get minutes with Kevin Durant out for around another week or so. His offensive production will vary, but will get some rebounds and steals. He generally plays better when he knows he will get minutes, but who doesn’t?
Spurs likely to sign Drew Gooden-The Kings released Gooden yesterday, and the Spurs have interest. He might be worth a look in deep leagues once he joins the Spurs, but he won’t get big minutes if Duncan and Manu Ginobili are healthy. Matt Bonner is actually kinda good.
As Nellie’s world turns-More about this tomorrow, but Don Nelson has officially lost his mind. He decided to play baseball manager and give Stephen Jackson a night off last night to “rest.” Apparently, he will rest Corey Maggette sometime this week. This nonsense means C.J. Watson and Kelenna Azubuike will get minutes and produce.
Anthony Randolph can play-Staying in the Bay Area, rookie Anthony Randolph has been playing well. He had 20 points and four blocks last night against Utah. Wildly inconsistent, but keep an eye on him. I still don’t know why he wasn’t in the dunk contest.