Lord help me if I get any of these wrong
I’m going to try to do this in terms of Most Important…
- Ramon Sessions traded to the Lakers. He’s probably already gone if your league is anything resembling competitive, but since it’s close to the end of the season, maybe enough people are slacking off that you can grab him. Do it now. I’ll wait. Okay, now that you’re back, you can continue on, but come back to this article on how it might seem like the Lakers are trying to win, but they’re also trying to lower their payroll and it doesn’t seem to bode well for the Lakers in the future. Fun fact: Kobe Bryant is the only remaining Lakers player from their three-peat in 2000-2002.
- Nene heads to Washington giving the Nuggets enough room to sign Wilson Chandler. Go pick him up. Now. he’ll fit nicely alongside your newly added Ramon Sessions. If he’s not available, that’s okay, I think people have been hoarding him off and on for weeks.
- Stephen Jackson to the Spurs. He should have stayed in San Antonio all those years ago, but went chasing money and didn’t do too badly until he ended up in Minnesota. The Spurs sent back Richard Jefferson, which basically means that Jackson will get at least 28 a minutes a game and is certain to be more productive than Jefferson ever was. As for Jefferson, well, I guess that means we should all keep holding on to Dorell Wright. Smart move for the Warriors since Jackson’s not getting any younger, and Wright has started to heat up again and they get a conditional first round pick this year to see if they can add more young talent. Also, anyone else think it’s funny how we can say something like “Jackson will return to the Spurs team where he won a championship” even though that was 11 years ago because the Spurs are still basically the same team? 11 years. Wow.
- Nick Young goes to the Clippers. He’s already at 82% owned (though I didn’t check his numbers prior to the trade). Slotted in as the starting sG for the Clips.
On the other end of those Clippers and Nuggets deals, JaVale McGee goes to Denver. I didn’t realize the Nuggets thought so highly of Kenneth Faried, but evidently they do and they’re willing to make him the starter alongside McGee. I’m not sure where exactly Chandler fits in there with Gallinari back (and playing well), but I bet they can make it work for the Nuggets who matter.
- Marcus Camby goes to Houston (for nothing). He’s at 50% owned right now, so if you need a big man, he’s almost got to be the one with the highest potential right now. We already know that Kevin McHale has no love for Samuel Dalembert, so I can see Camby getting big minutes at Center for the Rockets. On the other side, since the Blazers get basically no one back (Hasheem Thabeet? Really?) I think that Joel Pryzbilla becomes a tentative add since the Blazers don’t really have anyone who can play Center (besides Thabeet until Mehmet Okur comes back). I mean, Kurt Thomas can play decently when he get minutes, but I can’t see them running him out there for 30 minutes a game…
- Speaking of the Blazers, they also took advantage of a panicked Nets team to send Gerald Wallace across the country for Okur, Shawne Williams, and their first round pick this year. Unless the Nets end up in the Top 3 spots, the Blazers will have a very high draft pick, plus two salary dumpable players in exchange for someone they didn’t really need since Nicholas Batum finally decided to start playing to his potential. Wallace is already owned in 99% of leagues, and even though he’ll start for the Nets (say buh-bye to DeShawn Stevenson) I wouldn’t try to trade for him or anything at this point.
I think that covers. I’m sure you’ll let me know in the comments if I missed anything, but there’s only so much time in a day…
And now back to our regularly scheduled program…
We’re going to do this rapid-fire style… hang on…
Line of the Night: Paul Millsap (2.37) had a nice across-the-board line with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, oh and 8 f@e#*&!!ng steals!
Luke Ridnour (2.35) continued to play like a poor man’s Ricky Rubio (which he is) with 18 points, 13 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Meanwhile scoring Point Guard John Wall (2.29) had 26 points (11-16 from the field, 4-4 from the line), 12 assists, and 3 steals. I’m not sure how Channing Frye (1.88) rated so highly, but it must have been his shooting since he only had 12 points (4 threes), 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. I don’t have time to check though…
Kevin Durant (1.64) had a pretty average night for him: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals; as did Dirk Nowitzki (1.47) with 27 points (3 threes), 6 rebounds, 5 assists. DeAndre Jordan (1.45) continued to try to outpace JaVale McGee in blocks with 4 while adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Finally, James Harden (1.23) continued a strong campaign (in the general sense, not like he’s actually campaigning for something) with 18 points (4 threes), and 4 assists.
I’m not sure how relevant any of these WW pickups will be since there were a lot of players being shuffled around with the trades… Like, for example…
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Roger Mason (1.59) came out of pretty much nowhere to score 19 points (4 threes, 7-9 from the field) (1% owned). He violated the 70% rule, but that’s just a rule of thumb, and not an actual rule we use in awarding WWLotN, so he still gets it. Congrats Roger. Now pass to Captain Jack.
Pick Up Lines: Gordon Hayward (1.35) played in a basketball game. He might have had 26 points, but let’s everyone in leagues with 14 or less teams just forget it happened (28% owned). We’ll all be happier.
Just when you thought it was safe to drop Gustavo Ayon (1.16) (and you probably did drop him because it was safe to drop him), he scored 16 points (4-4 from the line), with 9 rebounds (10% owned). Granted, this was against a Washington Wizards front line of Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin… so let’s wait to see if it’s safe to pick him back up again.
Shannon Brown (0.93) had 21 points (3 threes) (13% owned). So, that’s that.
The aforementioned Kevin Seraphin (0.88) had 12 points (5-7 from the field), 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (0% owned). I hope he had fun with that, cause Nene’s coming to town and those 29 minutes will be the highlight of his season.
Derrick Favors (0.81) had 4 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 blocks, but still has a negative WARP in every time frame we look at (22% owned).
Definitely time to get on the Rodrigue Beaubois (0.76) fan express if you’re in a deep league. His WARP score was aided by the fact that his 14 points came on 7-9 from the field, cause the 2 steals is just kind of, well, his 18% ownership tells the story. I know a lot of people are real interested in him right now. I’m very hesitant to admit I’m almost one of them.
Biggest Loser: Marcin Gortat (-0.73) did pretty bad, even if he was a Waiver Wire big man, with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. His 3-10 from the field really hurt, though, and those counting stats are not what owners expect from him these days.
Also, the days of Mo-mentum might be over for Mo Williams (-0.71). He had 10 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 4 turnovers while going 4-14 from the field and adding a new roommate who’s going to steal all his minutes without even asking and probably pick up a lot more chicks at the bar too.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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