Can you believe it? The Pistons are at full strength! I never thought this day would come. And to think that Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton and Tayshuan Prince all returned for the same game — Sunday’s. Rip Hamilton tried to make up for lost time, shooting 6-of-20 from the floor. I guess with the Pistons putting together one of the worst offensive schemes in the league this season it might be in John Kuester’s best interest to tell Hamilton and Gordon to just go out and shoot the ball — “see what happens!” Gordon was a bit rusty himself going 4-of-15 from the floor. Again, are you going to defer to Ben Wallace? Is Charlie Villanueva any good anymore? Do fantasy owners really care that Prince returned on Sunday? He’s a better basketball player then he is a fantasy contributor. I have little interest in Prince. Except, of course, if you’re talking about Prince Rogers Nelson. Game…blouses.
There was some pretty awful basketball last night. So let’s not beat around the bush. On to the lines!
Dahntay Jones: Zero points in 16 minutes. He was outplayed big time by Dwyane Wade. With Brandon Rush waiting in the wings, I think Jones’ best days are behind him — 4.4 ppg over his last five. Drop!
Earl Watson: Ooh remember when he stole the starting point guard gig from T.J. Ford? Those were the days. Watson scored zero points last night in 16 minutes. I’ve seen that line elsewhere, but I can’t recall where…anyway, after two straight busts it’s time to stop lusting over Watson. Move on (dot org).
Mike Dunleavy: Dude shot 1-of-10 last night from the floor. He’s made just 6 of his last 36 attempts. I hope you already traded Junior.
Tyler Hansbrough: Probably my favorite line of the night — a double-double on 0-of-5 shooting from the floor. He hit all 10 of his free-throw attempts and pulled down 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Kevin Love? Is that you?
Jarrett Jack: 17 points, 5 assists and a trey — keep ’em coming. There’s no definitive timetable for Jose Calderon’s return. Keep Jack in until Calderon returns.
Trevor Ariza: This guy CANNOT shoot. He went 2-of-10 from the floor last night. Last season after Stephen Jackson decided that he didn’t want to make any more than 30% of his FGA, I vowed never to own him again. Ariza…you are dead to me!
David Lee: The “Big Ups” line of the night — 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block. One of the easiest guys to own.
DeJuan Blair: He nearly double-doubled last night, playing a career-high 35 minutes. The fact that he’s still starting at center and his minutes continue to increase. We went through this early on in the season, though this time it just feels right. He’s worth the add as far as I’m concerned.
Drew Gooden: He led the Mavs with 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting and 10 rebounds. Only eight Mavs played, while seven of them scored in double-figures. Gooden has been battling injuries and fighting with Erick Dampier for minutes in the middle. I’m not sold on him as a 12-team add, though if your other options are Juwan Howard or Blair, I would go with Gooden.
Ty Lawson: Another game, another start. Chauncey Billups sat out last night, so Lawson got the start — 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 30 minutes. Billups is doubtful for Monday night, so take the plunge with Lawson if you’re looking for a point.
Glen Davis: (thumb) In game two we started to see the real ‘Big Baby’ with his eight-point, six-rebound performance last night in 15 minutes. He probably only has about 15-18 minutes with his name on them, especially once Paul Pierce returns to action. A deep league add for sure, but not quite ready for standard leagues.
Tony Allen: No Paul Pierce, means huge line for Allen — 10 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Love the steals and thanks for the rebounds. Allen is a value add until Paul Pierce returns. Even then I’d still put him as the sixth most valuable Celtic.
DeAndre Jordan: Without Marcus Camby (knee) in the lineup, Jordan (the raw one) started and played 36 minutes. His line was so-so — 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks — but when given a chance I think he’s worth a look for blocks and rebounds. That is until Blake Griffin returns in three weeks.
Seven games tonight — no Billups, no Pierce, and no Tyson Chandler. But you don’t want Chandler on your team anyway.