Last week I told you to buy low on Pau Gasol. I gave you a reasoned explanation why. I scoured his career averages, looked at his current season averages and concluded that the only real difference was his poor FG, lack of FGA attempts vis-a-vis his career FGA and points per game. Of course, a poorer FG and less FGA translate to less points per game! Reasonable explanation like I said! Yes, I used vis-a-vis, what are you going to do about it, punk? Nothing! Anyhoo! I also said maybe his knees are a concern but I wouldn’t worry about it. I concluded that the guy hadn’t missed a game to date so how bad could those achy breaky knees really be? Turns out worse than I thought! Pow, kicked right square in the nuts. Or Pau, if you want to be all cute about it. Sooo, what to do with Pau, what to do. Well, you really can’t drop him, his upside is still too great and he’s only day to day at this point. If you’re really frustrated and want to lose him I’d look to package him in a two for one where you get the upgrade. You can then use the open spot to pick up a free agent if you’re in a shallow league. If you’re in a standard league or deeper, that strategy doesn’t work so well because there are, um, no decent free agents most likely worth picking up. My recommendation in those leagues is to just hold him. Remember, fantasy basketball is a buy low/sell high game. Pau is at his lowest right now so don’t sell low! If you can get fair value from a believer based on his name though, I’m cool.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Jose Juan Barea – 11/2/10 with a steal and a three in 27 minutes. J.J. had the hot hand so the T-Wolves rode him like a race horse, swishing and dishing to the hoop! Or something like that. Go ahead and grab him in standard leagues for now. Go on, hurry along now.
Alexey Shved – 17/4/3 with a block and 4 threes in 29 minutes. Yesterday the coach said Alexey is their shooting guard of the future. That means he’s not an instant drop even after Andrei Kirilenko and Ricky Rubio return to the lineup. Temper expectations though, it’ll be crowded back there with Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea, y’all.
Josh Howard – 16/10/0 with a steal and 2 threes in 29 minutes. This is an injury produced mirage line, or Mirage if you’re from Las Vegas, but if you want to stream him while Andrei Kirilenko remains sidelined then feel free. Just be ready to launch once AK47 is back. I don’t see him producing like last night again though. You’ve been warned!
Jason Richardson – 14/7/4 with 2 steals. J-Rich is hitting 2.4 threes per and stealing the basketball 1.7x per. He’s also grabbing the basketball 4.4x per while blocking the basketball .7x per. And here I thought he was just a threes specialist. Silly me!
Chris Singleton – Started and dropped 9/9/3 with a block in 35 minutes. I read somewhere, I think it was the USA Today, that this was a match up based start for Chris. Miami is too quick, son! Consider adding in deeep leagues and monitor elsewhere, or spec grab if you’ve got a dead spot. You can always lose him!
Trevor Ariza – 4/2/5 with 3 steals in 16 minutes before exiting stage left with a strained calf. I know it’ll be hard for your team without Trevor’s .349 FG and .7 threes per game but try to hang in there. Wait, he doesn’t even hit threes? Where is the trade off? Where is it???? There is none! Ewwwww.
Jordan Crawford – 22/3/6 with a steal and 3 threes on 7-16 FG in 31 minutes. You best go grab Jordan quick quick, I smells me a hot run coming on. It’ll be a hot run with bad FG but it’ll be hot anyway!
Martell Webster – 13/3/1 with 2 threes in 32 minutes. The second beneficiary of the Trevor Ariza injury. Go ahead and do the needful in deeeep leagues and monitor elsewhere. No, I’m not Indian but I like Indian food!
Lebron James – Triple double! Lebron gets a blurb over here at hecmanhoops only when he triple-doubles. Otherwise, take your ass on over to some Rotoworld if you want to get sucked up to on a daily basis!
Ray Allen – 11/4/1 with 3 more threes. Admittedly, he’s doing better than I expected, said Mike Miller.
Thabo Sefolosha – 14/5/1 with a block and 2 threes. Now averaging 7.5 ppg. Same old Thabo! Assign same value as you had for him yesterday morning.
Kevin Martin – 7/2/0 with a three in 27 minutes. Please, I beg of you, no Kevin Martin panic questions today. I’m answering you right here. Carry on!
Andray Blatche – 19/11/1 with 3 steals. Did you grab him last week quick, quick like I advised? I care, man. I really do! I want you to win! But you knew that already.
Joe Johnson – 17/3/3 with a steal. Seems to be picking up the pace. I haven’t blurbed much about Joe but the questions I’ve gotten about him I always say the same thing: Stay patient! I know many of you were looking to sell him a bit low. I hope you didn’t!
Nate Robinson – 19/2/1 with 2 threes. Well, well, well, the Rip Hamilton injury finally came and now it’s Lil’ Nate time! Rip is out indefinitely so you best go grabs you some Lil’ Nate! Hurry.
Marco Belinelli – 6/3 /1 in 24 minutes. Cheap threes. Meh. Monitor.
Jimmy Butler – 4/9/0 with a steal in 31 minutes. He’s really more of a swing man than a two guard. I can see a lot of Nate running the point and Kirk Hinrich sliding over to the two. Monitor! Echo!
Paul George – Exploded with 34/9/2 with 3 steals, a block and 3 threes in 41 minutes. Let’s see if it jumps starts him. It better jump start him! As an aside, here are your minutes from last night for the Pacers: Roy Hibbert 34. Lance Stephenson 38. George Hill 37. David West 35. Nobody else played more than 14. So what’s the lesson here boys and girls? Do I really need to spell it out for you? Rhetorical!
Lance Stephenson – 6/7/1 in 38 minutes. You already knew he played 38 minutes though! He’s still really not doing much but worth an add in deep leagues. Monitor elsewhere. Or don’t, your call. You’re not missing much!
Roy Hibbert – 10/11/2 with 2 blocks and 2 steals. Now averaging 3.1 bpg. Aren’t you glad you kept the faith?
Luis Scola – 16/8/2 with 3 steals in 38 minutes. Could order possibly be restored in Phoenix? Meh, I don’t like idiot coaches so who knows. I say that generally, I’m not talking about anyone in particular. Disclaimer! Anyway, here’s what I told you just this past Monday: Luis Scola – Continuing our tour of Fantasy Loserville, Luis dropped 9/8/0 in 22 minutes. I decided to check out the Suns record since Alvin Gentry made wholesale changes to the starting lineup on November 17. Heading into that night’s game the Suns were 4-6, not great by anyone’s imagination unless you’re an Islander’s fan, but I digress! Anyhoo, since Scola lost his starting job, the Suns are 3-5 and have lost 4 of their last 5. Two of those 3 wins were against New Orleans and Cleveland. If this keeps up, I assume Scola will get back his minutes but clearly expectations have to be kept in check regardless. He aint that good to begin with! Useful but not extremely useful. Definitely not extremely useful, said Rain Main. Well, that was fast, his minutes came back! Not a hard prediction. It’s called common sense!
Jared Dudley – 13/2/3 with 3 threes in 31 minutes. I’ve always preferred him over Shannon Brown but then again I’m not the coach. If Jared starts to see close to 30 minutes per then go ahead and add him, if not, then don’t. Simple!
Quincy Pondexter – 16/3/1 with a steal and 2 threes. Tony Allen missed this one with a sore back so this appears to be a one off. If Tony Tony Tony is too miss Friday’s game then consider as a streamer. Maybe he can make it a two off! Doubt it though.
Greg Smith – 21/9/0 with 2 blocks on 7/8 FG in 25 minutes. Nice game! Monitor.
Toney Douglas – 22/4/3 with 2 steals and 3 threes on 8-17 FG. Nobody ever accused Toney of being shy! I can just imagine what he was thinking last night: Now’s my chance, I better shoot. Heave. Oh, I’m actually playing. Heave. Oh, cool, I’m on the jumbotron. Heave! Monitor but I don’t see anything coming of this.
Carlos Delfino – 15/4/3 with a steal and 3 threes on 3-10 from beyond the arc. 10 three point attempts, oohh, so that’s what a threes specialist is supposed to do, said Trevor Ariza.