Do you remember when Zach Randolph was considered a good player but not a winning NBA player? He was on Portland, they didn’t win. He was traded to the Knicks they didn’t win. He was shipped to the Clippers they didn’t win. Then he was re-shipped to the Knicks. They still didn’t win. Then, finally, he was shipped to Memphis and, I don’t know, the light bulb went on, and Memphis did some damage in the playoffs. You’re a mature man, Zach Randolph, good for you! Sniff sniff. Anyway, Z-Bo returned on Friday and immediately dropped 25/9 in 25 minutes. He then followed it up with 13/9 in 24 minutes on Sunday. It goes without saying Zach is back but let’s focus on the fantasy affect he will have on others. O.J. Mayo played just 20 minutes on Sunday, down from the 31 he’s averaged in March. Here’s what I told you on March 9 in my Add/Drop post: O.J. Mayo – 56% owned. The return of Zach Randolph will probably affect O.J. Don´t drop him yet but this is more of a bad weather advisory. Hopefully, you listened back on February 6 when I advised you to sell him high: O.J. Mayo – Over his last 5, OJ is averaging 29 mpg/16 ppg/3 rpg/2.2 apg/1.2 spg/1.4 3pg/.4 bpg/1.2 tov. I think now is the time to sell the Mayo before Zach Randolph comes back. By the way, that was my very own recommendation, not my Magic 8 ball’s. Did you listen? I hope you moved him quick, quick while he was hotty hot. My Magic 8 ball was impressed, he actually told me so. He’s my buddy. That would have been the perfect time to sell him since there was a still time for him to produce for his new owner until the well ran dry. Since we’re downgrading guys on Memphis, go ahead and notch Tony Allen down a bit and as for Marreese Speights? Well, you can lose him. As Roxette once sang, “It must have been love, but it’s over now”. Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball this weekend:
Kevin Seraphin – 12/12/1 with 2 blocks and a steal in 38 minutes on Sunday. He also hit double digit points in his previous two and swatted 6 balls over his last three. Unfortunately, this may be Kevin’s best three game stretch of the season barring injury to Nene Hilario. I know you know the words injury and Nene go together like peas in a pod so keep an eye or two on the situation.
Jonas Jerebko – 14/8/1 with a block and a steal in 29 minutes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jason Maxiell dropped 2/3/1 in 17 minutes. Is this a changing of the guard? Maybe, maybe not. My Magic 8 Ball which moonlights as a crystal ball in Manhattan on weekends is still sleeping but if he was awake, he’d say something like, “Jonas Jerebko? Meh”. Yes, that’s an option.
Nick Young – Nicky Young was traded and now plays with Chris Paul, yeah baby! Wait, they still have Mo Williams and Randy Foye who should get some back court run. Boo. Nick Young was attempting 14.8 FGs in DC this season. Yeah! Nick Young took 6 shots in 29 minutes yesterday. Boo! You need threes and low teen points, ok.
Jordan Crawford – 22/1/3 with 2 threes, a block and a steal on Sunday. I want you to get a little excited so I decided to dig up Jordan’s numbers as a starter last year. You ready? Here goes: 18 games/39.5 mpg/.392 FG/.866 FT/19.3 ppg/3.6 rpg/4.7 apg/1.3 spg/1.2 3pm/3 tov. Hooray if you grabbed him! Yes, the field goal is in the toilet but you can’t have it all, man. Greedy.
Kevin Martin – I get more questions on Kevin Martin than I care to admit but it’s all good. Everyone who owns him is frustrated. I actually just traded for him in one of my leagues because I think he’ll come back and produce. You can’t drop him unless you’re in a shallow league and can grab Klay Thompson or Jordan Crawford or someone of that good repute. Yes, I used the word repute. First time in my life. Check that one off the bucket list! Just hold him if there are not better options out there.
Kirk Hinrich – 14/3/1 with a block and 2 threes in 39 minutes. Over his last 5, Kirk has averaged a whopping 39.2 mpg. What has he done in those 39 minutes of burn? Good question, excellent question. Let’s take a look-gander: 11.4/2.6/3.2 with 8 threes and 2 steals. 39 minutes to get to that?! Blech. Don’t go dropping anyone solid for him but he’s getting minutes so go ahead and take a whirl if you’re sitting with a schmoe like, oh, I don’t know, like Corey Brewer or Rudy Fernandez on your reserves. I don’t know why I always pick on the Nuggets’ guys. Habit I guess.
Wesley Matthews – 16/1/1 with 4 steals and 3 threes in 33 minutes. New life! Breath, Wesley, good work, man. If he was dropped in your league go ahead and take a whirl. At the minimum, he’ll be cheap 3s. At the maximum, he’ll be cheap threes. Or something like that.
Michael Redd – Michael Redd is back! 25 points! 10-13 FG! 3 threes! Oh, nevermind.
DeAndre Jordan – Over his last 5 he’s averaging 25.6 mpg but still rebounding the basketball at an 8.2 per clip and blocking the basketball at a 1.8 per clip. That’s what DeAndre does, he blocks the basketball and he rebounds the basketball. Doesn’t seem to need 30+ minutes to do it so chillax, Mr. DeAndre Jordan Owner.
Darren Collison – 15/6/3 on Sunday. 15/4/4 on Friday. I don’t know how many of you know but I write a weekly column for www.rotoinfo.com. It’s really fabulous stuff but I do hold back a little bit in terms of writing style for the, um, mainstream reader. Anyway, here’s what I said over there last week: Collison will remain the starter but Hill will most certainly steal minutes making DC even less valuable that he’s already been. If Collison is able to string together a few good games, go ahead and try to move him quick, quick to someone who believes. That’s two good games in a row from DC so go ahead and start trying to do the needful. No, I’m not Indian.
D.J. Augustin – 23/2/11 with 3 steals and 2 threes on Saturday. Basically he and Gerald Henderson have killed Kemba Walker’s standard league value so if you haven’t cut bait yet, feel free to do what you gots to do for a hot free agent. Or don’t. I’m flex like that.
Spencer Hawes – 10/7/1 in 22 minutes on Saturday. Go ahead and grab him if he was dropped but what are the odds on Spencer staying healthy the rest of the way? I don’t know, I’m not an odds maker. Just make sure you have center depth if you own him. That’s all I’m saying.
Luol Deng – Hold up, let me try to understand something. Luol missed a couple of games with a recurrence of his old wrist injury last week then comes back and plays 37, 40 and 40 minutes? Pace yourself anyone or is he trying to re-injure himself as quickly as possible? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me trying to show off my common sense and 1st grade education again.
Mike Dunleavy – His minutes immediately dipped to 19 with Monta Ellis in the lineup but that didn’t matter as he poured in 24 points on 7-8 FG with 4 threes. I’d focus on the minutes if I were you. You’ve been behooved!
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – 22/17/2 with a block and 3 steals on Friday. I haaaaate typing his name but I’ve typed his name a bunch of times in the past year so it’s not so bad anymore. Yes, I feel terrible that I know how to type his name without looking. I really need to get a life. Anyway, Erson Ilyasova handcuff only if you have the room but I don’t think I’d even bother.
Jason Smith – 6/5/2 in 22 minutes. I have to admit, I didn’t know Jason Smith was white but I won’t hold that against him. Go ahead and take a whirl in deeeep leagues if you need a forward. Or not. I’m easy like that.
Stephen Jackson – Pardon me but I’m not as excited about Captain Jack as other fantasy media seem to be. Nope, I’m not dripping the Kool-Aid because he’s reunited with Pop in San Antone’. Go ahead and take a whirl in deep leagues but I already warned you not to go dropping anyone getting steady minutes for him. Kawhi Leonard seems like a better option but that’s just me. Maybe I’m just crazzeeee.
Greg Stiemsma – You need some blocks in your deep league, go ahead and take a whirl on Stiemsma. His name reminds me of smegma but whatever, he gets blocks.
Richard Jefferson – 9/7/3 in 38 minutes on 2-14 FG. That line surprised the heck out of me, Dick, like to call him Dick, jumped right in there. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Brandon Rush dropped 4/3/1 in 22 minutes. I don’t like it for my man, Brandon here, man. You see what I did, I used the word “man” in the same sentences but with two different connotations. Damn impressive if you ask me. Monitor this but you may have to lose Rush if he’s not getting 30ish minutes per of burn.
Dorrell Wright – 13/10 on Saturday. 17/7 on Friday. He also totaled 5 threes, 3 blocks and 3 steals this weekend. Guess who’s back, back again, Dorrell is back, go pick him up before you tell a friend. Or something like that.
Jeremy Lin – 19/7/6 with a steal and a block in 33 minutes. Jeremy Lin is allowed as many carry on bags as he wants … for free!