News to Know
- The San Antonio Spurs were dealt a very serious blow when their shooting guard and best offensive weapon, Manu Ginobili, left the game with a broken left hand. So far there is no word on how long Manu will be out, but a quick return. This means increased minutes for James Anderson who will become the team’s starting shooting guard. Anderson is a good outside shooter and could have some value in deep leagues. This also means that Tim Duncan is going to be counted on to shoulder more of the load scoring the ball, something he has not done much of in the early part of the season.
- Jermaine O’Neal left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and after the game we were told he could’ve come back if needed. But he still sat out last night’s game against the Wizards. O’Neal struggled in the first few games, but he seemed to be getting things together before this injury. Starting in his place was Greg Stiemsma who did well for himself with 13 points, 7 boards and 2 blocks. Stiemsma has proven to be an effective shot blocker off the bench and getting a few extra minutes in now could earn him some more time even when O’Neal is back.
- The “not at all serious” injury that Eric Gordon sustained last week is still keeping him out of games this week and after missing four games in a shortened season, the seriousness is growing. It’s still said to be just soreness which is a good thing, but Gordon owners are anxious to see him back on the court. I know this because I am one. Jarrett Jack owners might not be as anxious to have him back though as they are enjoying Jack being the team’s best scorer as Jack put in 27 points last night.
Ben Gordon: It looks like Ben Gordon is actually going to get a chance to earn a little bit of that over the top contract he received from the Pistons a few years ago. Ever since joining the Pistons Gordon’s role on the team has been in flux and his minutes have been inconsistent. But this season he is, for the time being, locked in as a starting guard and he is embracing the role of one the team’s primary scoring options. Gordon had his early season best in points last night with 26 and is averaging 18 per game. Gordon also had 6 assists last night and is averaging over 4 of those per game as well. Gordon isn’t a superstar, but he could very well put up Jamal Crawford like numbers this season even though he was picked at the end of drafts, or not picked at all in some drafts.
Toney Douglas: I know a lot of Knicks fans who are none too happy with Douglas play as the point man for the Knicks so far, and considering the amount shots he’ll take in games it might be understandable. But if you own him in fantasy you can’t be complaining about the impact he’s been having on your team. Douglas does put up too many shots which hurts your FG%, but for the second game in a row he knocked down 4 triples. He also had 22 points overall with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Considering where you probably took Douglas you have to be happy.
Carlos Delfino: After battling through an injury and missing the season’s first three games, Carlos Delfino kind of fell off the radar, but he’s back on it now. Delfino made his debut last Friday and scored 15 points with 6 rebounds and 3 treys. Last night he filled the stat sheer with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 triples, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals. I was a little worried about playing time for Delfino, but last night he played 41 minutes and my fears are being eased. Delfino is one of the more underrated and unnoticed guys in fantasy basketball, but he’s a strong source of help in threes and steals and a good source for points and rebounds as well. He’s out there in a lot of leagues and is worth a pickup.
Josh Smith: The Hawks won a big game last night and are looking very good through the first week of action. Josh Smith however has not been one of the team’s bright spots. After putting up just 9 points and 6 rebounds last night Smith’s average is 10 and 7 for the season so far. He’s still blocking shots which is a big part of what he brings to the table, but he’s not even getting many steals so far which you need from him. I have to think he gets things going at some point, but he had a lot of distractions in the off season and right now if you took him in the second round of your draft you can’t be happy with what you’re getting back.
Dorell Wright: Anyone else getting a little bit worried about Wright? Wright has played in five games this season, he has reached double figures in points just one time. Wright hit a new low yesterday afternoon when he went 0 – 4 from the field and scored 0 points. Wright lives and dies by the three-pointer. Last season he set a Warriors record for most three’s in a season and he catapulted himself in to the fantasy basketball top 50. This season he is 3 – 20 so far and all those owners who took him in the fourth round or higher are a bit panic stricken. Wright also seems to be losing confidence in himself as he has yet to take more than 10 shots in a game when he averaged 14 per game last season. Right now as an owner all you can do is hold on to him and hope for the best, but you do have cause for concern.
Arron Afflalo: The prep time for this season was already far too short, and for Arron Afflalo it was even shorter as he was waiting for a contract until right before the season started. It looks like Afflalo is still working things out and right now he is conceding a lot of playing time to Andre Miller and Rudy Fernandez. Afflalo played 26 minutes last night and had 4 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds, not hitting a three or grabbing a steal, two of the categories you count on him for. Because Afflalo is struggling and has so much competition for playing time, I’d rather have Ben Gordon or Carlos Delfino who I mentioned earlier and who are available in more leagues currently.