Last night Pau Gasol continued his disappointing start by posting 10/9/3 and a block in 32 minutes. Suddenly I’m getting questions from the left about him. I’m getting questions from the right. I’m getting questions from above and below! I’m getting questions everywhere, man! I’m like the guy that got food thrown at him by lots of people at the same time and am trying to get out of the way but I can’t. Anyway, let’s settle this right here and right now. You want the truth, you can’t handle the truth, son! The truth is you want Pau on that wall! You need Pau on that wall! Let’s take a look why. On the season he’s averaging 35.7 mpg/13.1 ppg/9.1 rpg/3.3 apg/.5 spg/1.3 bpg/.423 FG/12.1 FGA/.759 FT/3.6 FTA. Now let’s compare these numbers to his career averages, shall we? 36 mpg/18.6 ppg/9.3 rpg/3.2 apg/.5 spg/1.7 bpg/.519 FG/13.5 FGA/.752 FT/6 FTA. I know I just strung a bunch of numbers together and maybe your eyes are all googly now. Sorry about that. In short though, this is what you’ll find. His minutes, boards, assists, steals, FT% and FGA are all almost exactly in line with his career averages. His blocks are down .4 but I’m not concerned about that, he’s still blocking the ball. What’s different? Good question, excellent question. His points are down by 5.5 per. His FG% is down from .519 to .423 and his FTA are down from 6 to 3.6 per. That’s it then, the answer is in the percents and the FTA. Next question is do you really think Pau is going to continue to shoot .423 FG? If you do, then by all means sell him. I know you don’t. Two more buckets per and he’s at 17 ppg. Maybe he won’t get to the line 6x a game, but 3.6 FTA per is kinda low so let’s say he gets to the line 5.2x per going forward, that’s not unreasonable. There’s your extra point to get you to 18 ppg. Lady and gentlemen, he’s just struggling to hit shots from the floor right now. It’s called a shooting slump so chill baby, baby chill! Do you feel better? Are his knees a concern? Maybe but if you can get him as a buy low right now, I’d go for it. Remember, buy low/sell high, peoples!
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball yesterday:
Steve Nash – Still not really jogging yet. Here’s what I said back on November 5: Have you ever fractured your fibula? I haven’t but I’m guessing if I did, I wouldn’t be planning on playing basketball after only two weeks. I have a feeling I’d need my fibula to, you know, do things like run and jump. Steve Nash has this problem. His owners now have this problem. Steve Blake is no Steve Nash, said Lloyd Benson! Who? Look it up if you don’t know! I’m in an election type mood, I guess. Anyway, I’m not counting on Nash helping until at least after Thanksgiving. That’s just me though, one doctor said possibly as soon as two weeks but what does he know? So who are you going to believe going forward, me or an orthopedist? It’s called common sense! Try it sometime, it’s fun! Continue to hold, hopefully back in early December.
Josh Howard – 0/0/0 with a block in 7 minutes. A commenter asked me my thoughts on Howard possibly moving into the starting lineup. I told him naw, not worth losing anyone for him. Now you see why?
Jason Thompson – 7/5/0 with a steal and 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Decent for your last forward if that’s your thing. I can see Thomas Robinson eventually cramping his style as the season progresses though.
Aaron Brooks – 7/3/4 with a three in 26 minutes. You know I haven’t advocated committing to him for the long term. Wait, that’s like saying don’t get married. Well, don’t!
John Salmons – 5/0/2 with a steal in 30 minutes. Because it’s necessary that John Salmons play 30 minutes!
Darren Collison – Surprisingly came off the bench but dropped 12/3/6 with 5 steals in 30 minutes anyway. Assign same value you had for him yesterday morning. Or the day before yesterday. Or the day before that. It’s all the same value!
Elton Brand – Returned to Philly and posted 17/8/0 with a steal and a block in just 18 lonely minutes of burn. Motivated! I don’t really see the good times rolling though. Sigh.
Evan Turner – 22/4/4 with 2 threes in 36 minutes. Last week I told you I smelled, or is it smelt?, a hot run coming from Evan. Scorch! In the good way!
Spencer Hawes – 6/2/0 with a steal in 13 minutes. Feel free to lose him, I’ve lost hope! See what I did there?
Michael Beasley – 15/4/0 with a steal and a three in 29 minutes. I hope you held. I tried anyway.
Markieff Morris – 4/2/0 with 2 steals and a block in 24 minutes. Here’s what I told you yesterday: Recently, you have the mess in Phoenix with wholesale starter changes. Out went Luis Scola, in went Markieff Morris. Out went Jared Dudley, in went Shannon Brown. Sort of out went Michael Beasley but then quickly he was back in again. At the end of the day, what you end up with is a bunch of guys playing 20something minutes with mediocre lines. Um, yay?
Luis Scola – 14/4/2 with a steal and a block in 24 minutes. I still have him benched in the 14 team league I own him in but I’m not dropping him. Nobody out there is better.
Jared Dudley – 11/4/1 with a steal in 22 minutes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Shannon Brown started and posted 9/3/2 with a steal, a block and a three in 24 minutes. Now I refer you back to Markieff Morris’ blurb two inches or so above (depending on your monitor). What did I tell you yesterday about everyone playing 20 something minutes with mediocre lines? Blech.
Anderson Varejao – 20/18/3 with a steal and a block. I had the guy pegged for a double-double which was not a shocking prediction but what he’s been doing has been insane! Like Crazy Eddie! Remember him? Probably not. Anyway, it’s not talent that is the issue, it’s health. If you feel you want to sell extremely high right now, I wouldn’t begrudge you. I hardly know you!
Tristan Thompson – 5/6/0 on 1-7 FG in 24 minutes. Unless there’s a hot free agent out there like a Jonas Valanciunas type, I don’t see any choice but to hold. So hold!
Dion Waiters – 16/3/7 with 2 steals and a block on 7-20 FG. Now the owner of a .377 FG but he’s still hitting 1.9 threes per and stealing the ball 1.3 times per to go along with 15 ppg. If the FG starts to figuratively drag you down then look to move him. Or don’t! Your call!
Andrea Bargnani – 21/4/1 with a steal and 3 threes. That line was very European of you, Andrea. By the way, I wonder what the over/under date is on him hurting his back and missing 3 weeks.
Terrance Ross – I scanned the Raptors box score to see who I wanted to blurb about. I saw Dominic McGuire, the Irish black guy, nah. I saw Jonas Valanciunas, how many times can I shove his ass down your throat? I scanned some more, I saw Kyle Lowry. Boring! Scanned down some more and saw Jose Calderon and his 24 minutes. Been there done that, you already knew to sell him high 10 days ago! And you definitely knew not to buy him! Then at the very, very bottom, the last name appeared. It was Terrance Ross and next to his name was the number 36. As in minutes! Then 9-17 as in FG! Then 19/5/1 and a three to boot. Wowza! Where did that come from? So I did what I always do when I need answers, I went down to the corner and bought the USA Today. Only hard copy will do! In there it said go ahead and add him in deeep leagues for his upside and monitor elsewhere. Gosh, I love the USA Today. My league hoops commissioner also still does the league standings by hand every week using it. You should try it, it’s fun!
Jeremy Lin – 16/4/10 with 3 steals and a three. Once Jeremy Lin climbed Mount Everest by accident.