Sunday, November 25, 2012

Carlos Boozer has 22 points and 19 rebounds

For the fourth time in the past five games, Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer finished with a double-double. In fact, he was only one rebound shy of a 20-20 game.

Boozer scored 22 points tonight and finished with a season-high 19 rebounds, eight of which were offensive rebounds.

Despite having a performance of four points and three rebounds in the middle of the team's five-game road trip, Boozer is averaging 17.8 points and 12.6 rebounds during that span.

As a comparison, Boozer averaged only 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in his first seven games of the season.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thaddeus Young has 29 points and 15 rebounds in loss

Sixers forward Thaddeus Young had a season-high 29 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in tonight's overtime loss to the Thunder.

Although it was the first time that Young scored 20-plus points this season, it was his second consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season.

Young added a season-high four assists, one steal and one blocked shot to his stat line as well.

On the year, Young is averaging 13.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Jack Taylor scores 138 points for D3's Grinnell College

Jack Taylor, sophomore guard for Grinnell College, hasn't met a shot he didn't like.

If you missed it, he set the NCAA single-game scoring record with 138 points (boxscore) last night.

Taylor was 52-of-108 from the field including 27-of-71 from three-point range and, as you might imagine, had zero assists.

In fact, Aaron Levin was the team's second leading scorer with 13 points, but he took only six shots from the field.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kyrie Irving out four weeks with broken finger

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Iriving will miss the next four weeks due to a hairline fracture in his left index finger, according to Bob Finnin of The News-Herald.

Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, currently ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring with 22.9 points per game. In addition, he is averaging 5.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

At this point, it's not known will start in Irving's place.

Coach Byron Scott could start Jeremy Pargo or Donald Sloan, or go with a backcourt of Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson, currently the team's leading scorer off the bench.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Options Heading into NBA Week 4

Now that we are several weeks into the 2012-13 NBA season, it may be time to make some tweaks for your fantasy roster(s) either due to injuries, lack of performance, etc.

I've put together a list of players worth adding that are owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues that are worthy of consideration.

While some players that are owned in 60, 70, 80 percent of leagues could certainly make for better additions than the players on this list, the thought behind the 50-percent cutoff is that there is a better chance than not that the players on this list are actually available in your league(s).

Here are some players to consider adding in fantasy leagues (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

PG - A.J. Price, Wizards (28 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Until John Wall (knee) returns from injury, Price has decent value as the team's starting point guard.  Price is averaging 9.9 points, 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game through the first eight games of the season.

PG/SG - Jordan Crawford, Wizards (47 percent)

The Wizards backcourt of the future is clearly Wall and Bradley Beal, both top-three picks in 2010 and 2012, respectively.  Not only is Wall out with an injury, but Beal was benched in favor of Crawford on Saturday.

Crawford has scored 20-plus in 34-plus minutes in back-to-back games.  On the season, he is averaging 12.4 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

PG/SG - Eric Bledsoe, Clippers (12 percent)

If given a larger opportunity, Bledsoe could really deliver for fantasy owners.  In only 18 minutes per game, he is averaging 10.6 points and 1.6 steals per game.  In addition, he is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the line.

PG/SG - Alexey Shved, Timberwolves (13 percent)

Coming off a season-high 22 points, Schved has scored in double-digits in three consecutive games and is averaging 17 points during that span.  Over his past five games, Schved has at least five assists in four games and is averaging 5.4 dimes during that span.

SG/SF - Tony Allen, Grizzlies (38 percent)

While he won't help you in many categories, he will help you in one: steals.  Allen is averaging 1.8 steals per game, which is his average over the past three seasons.  Especially for a guard, Allen also helps with blocks (0.7 per game).

SG/SF - Kyle Korver, Hawks (36 percent)

In his past six games, Korver has averaged more than 30 minutes per game and has knocked down 19 of his 20 threes in those six games.  During that span, he is averaging 13.8 points and is shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 100.0 percent from the line.

SG/SF - Alonzo Gee, Cavaliers (17 percent)

With 17 points against the Sixers on Sunday, Gee has scored in double-digits in four of his past five games.  In addition, he has multiple steals in six of his 10 games played this season.  On the year, he is averaging 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

SF/PF - Tayshaun Prince, Pistons (29 percent)

Prince is not great in any one individual category, but he contributes some in them all.  On the season, he is averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  In 11 games, he also has five three-pointers, seven steals and five blocks.

SF/PF - Derrick Williams, Timberwolves (21 percent)

Williams, the second overall pick in 2011, scored 23 points and had four blocked shots, both season highs, in his last game.  Although his minutes will continue to vary once Kevin Love returns, Williams has played 12, 23 and 37 minutes in his past three games, respectively.

SF/PF - Shawn Marion, Mavericks (46 percent)

Although he's not a big scorer, Marion has the ability to contribute in multiple categories for fantasy owners, especially rebounds, steals and blocks.  Marion is averaging 7.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in his six games played this season.

SF - Kyle Singler, Pistons (seven percent)

Before Singler became a starter, the Pistons were 0-8.  Since then, they have won two of three games.  In those three games, Singler has scored at least 14 points in each game.

On the season, Singler is shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from behind the arc.

PF/C - Larry Sanders, Bucks (49 percent)

As a reserve, Sanders is averaging 24 minutes (and 5.0 fouls) per game.  Sanders is averaging 8.3 points and 2.4 blocks per game and is shooting better than 60 percent from the field.

PF/C - Jason Thompson, Kings (43 percent)

Through 10 games, Thompson is averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.  Not only is Thompson shooting above 50 percent from the field, he is shooting 76.5 percent from the line as well.  Considering Thompson is shooting 66.8 percent from the charity stripe in his career, it's likely his free throw percentage dips.

PF/C - Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers (27 percent)

Thompson, the fourth overall pick in 2011, has back-to-back double-doubles and four of them on the season.  Despite being 6-foot-9, Thompson has only three blocks on the season, but he is averaging 9.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

PF/C - Patrick Patterson, Rockets (18 percent)

Patterson logs nearly 30 minutes per night and is averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.  In addition, he will make the occasional three.

C - Samuel Dalembert, Bucks (49 percent)

Although Dalembert starts, he is averaging less than 17 minutes per game.  He has been more effective lately although his playing time has not jumped significantly.  In his past four games, Dalembert has scored in double-figures three times and is averaging seven rebounds per game during that span.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jose Calderon has season-high 18 assists

Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon had a season-high 18 assists in today's win over the Magic.

With the exception of only nine assists last night, Calderon has double-digit assists in four of his past five games.  He has three double-doubles, one of which was his first-ever triple-double, during that stretch.

During those five games, Calderon is averaging 13.2 points and 11.6 assists per game.

Until Kyle Lowry returns, he should continue to be a great source of assists for fantasy owners.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rajon Rondo had 20 assists vs. Raptors

Before missing Thursday's game in Brooklyn due to his ankle, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had double-digit assists in every game he played this season.

Not only did he have double-digit assists against the Raptors today, he essentially had two games worth of double-digit assists.

For the second time this season, Rondo finished with 20 assists in a game although he finished with only six points for a second consecutive game.

On the season, Rondo leads the league with 13.4 assists per game and now has more assists (121) than points (120) through nine games.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nuggets PF Kenneth Faried gets 4th Double-Double in 5 Games

It took two overtime periods for the Nuggets to beat the Warriors last night and Denver's Kenneth Faried played nearly 48 minutes.  (It was only his third game with at least 30 minutes played.)

On eight-of-13 shooting, Faried scored 18 points, his fifth straight game in double figures.

In addition, Faried grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked three shots and had two steals, all of which are season highs.

Nine of Faried's 17 rebounds last night were offensive rebounds and he has more offensive rebounds (39) than defensive boards (36) this season.

During the past five games, Faried has four double-doubles.  During those five games, he is averaging 17.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.

While he is shooting 56.0 percent from the field, he has made only 48.1 percent of his free throws.  While he is not a great free throw shooter, he shot 66.5 from the line last year so those numbers should improve.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Greg Monroe has triple-double vs. Kings

The Pistons dropped a fifth consecutive game to start the season, but it was certainly not Greg Monroe's fault.

Monroe had a career-high 11 assists, which is four more than he had in his other four games this season combined.

In the process, Monroe finished with a triple-double, the first of his NBA career.  In addition to his 11 dimes, Monroe scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds.

While he got off to a slow start in the team's first three games (no double-doubles), he has had strong back-to-back performances (double-double and triple-double).

On the season, he is averaging 16.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lakers PG Steve Nash out for at least a week

Lakers point guard Steve Nash sat out of Friday night's loss, the team's third straight to start the season, and he's going to miss (at least) a few more games.

According to's John Schuhmann, the Lakers announced that Nash will miss at least a week with a "small non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula."

Through two games, Nash has shot 4-of-12 from the field to score only nine points with eight assists in 50 minutes played.

With Nash out, Steve Blake played 39 minutes and eight points, two assists and one rebound last night.  He should continue to get plenty of minutes while Nash is out.

Josh Smith won't travel with Hawks to OKC

Per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hawks forward Josh Smith will not travel with the team to Oklahoma City for Saturday's game.

Smith will miss the game due to a sprained right ankle.

In the team's season opener against the Rockets last night, Smith finished with 18 points on 9-of-21 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 41 minutes.

After tonight's game, the Hawks don't play again until Wednesday night against the Pacers.