NBA Depth Chart Analysis: Backup Plans 1.13.11

via RotoExperts

Now that the Fantasy Football season has ended, many are turning their attention to their neglected basketball squads. If you are serious about competing and winning a Fantasy title, hop on board for a jaunt around the league. Backup Plans examines the latest depth charts for each team, touching on the latest injuries and lineup changes.

All depth charts and statistics are based on information through Wednesday, Jan. 12.

ATLANTA HAWKS
PG – Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague
SG – Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford
SF – Maurice Evans, Damien Wilkins, Marvin Williams (injured)
PF – Josh Smith, Josh Powell
C – Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia
Williams has missed six straight games with a back injury and Evans has been getting the starts. Crawford has been on fire of late, averaging 27.2 points over his last six games. With Williams out, Crawford should continue to be fantastic. Smith and Horford suffered sprained ankles on Wednesday but played through them.

BOSTON CELTICS
PG – Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson
SG – Ray Allen, Von Wafer, Delonte West (injured)
SF – Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels
PF – Kevin Garnett (injured), Glen Davis
C – Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden, Kendrick Perkins (injured)
Garnett has now missed eight games with a calf injury through Jan. 12 and it appears the Celtics won’t rush him back. He’s considered day-to-day. Jermaine O’Neal rested against the Kings Wednesday with a sore knee. He isn’t much of a Fantasy factor.

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
PG – D.J. Augustin, Shaun Livingston, Sherron Collins
SG – Stephen Jackson, Matt Carroll, Gerald Henderson
SF – Gerald Wallace, Dominic McGuire, Derrick Brown
PF – Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas
C – Kwame Brown, DeSagana Diop, Nazr Mohammed (injured)
Mohammed should return this weekend from a knee injury but keep in mind that Charlotte’s centers aren’t worth owning in most formats. Wallace missed four games with an ankle injury before returning against Chicago on Wednesday night and playing 41 minutes. Get him back in your lineups.

CHICAGO BULLS
PG – Derrick Rose, C.J. Watson
SG – Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer
SF – Luol Deng, Kyle Korver
PF – Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson
C – Kurt Thomas, Omer Asik, Joakim Noah (injured)
Thomas is not worth owning unless you need a center in a really deep league. Brewer has seen a boost in his minutes but still hasn’t performed enough from a Fantasy perspective. He really only excels in steals (12 in his last six games).

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
PG – Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions
SG – Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee, Daniel Gibson (injured)
SF – Christian Eyenga, Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker (injured)
PF – Antawn Jamison, Samardo Samuels
C – J.J. Hickson, Ryan Hollins, Anderson Varejao (injured)
The biggest mess in the league, in both reality and Fantasy. If you have to count on Cavaliers the rest of the way, my apologies, although Hickson, Jamison and Williams should be good in theory. If the team plans on getting trounced by 55 points every night, like it did on Tuesday at the Lakers, no one is going to help. Parker and Gibson should both be back soon, limiting further the fleeting value of Harris and pushing Eyenga to the bench. Varejao is out for the year with a torn tendon in his right ankle.

DALLAS MAVERICKS
PG – Jason Kidd, Jose Juan Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois (injured)
SG – DeShawn Stevenson, Jason Terry
SF – Shawn Marion, Sasha Pavlovic, Caron Butler (injured)
PF – Dirk Nowitzki (injured), Alexis Ajinca, Brian Cardinal
C – Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood
Nowitzki’s knee injury has now caused him to miss eight games, but he could return by the weekend. With Butler now out for the year with a knee injury, Marion has picked up the slack offensively. When Nowitzki returns, Marion’s value should slip but he is still worth owning in most leagues.

DENVER NUGGETS
PG – Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson
SG – Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith
SF – Carmelo Anthony, Gary Forbes
PF – Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Shelden Williams
C – Nene Hilario, Chris Andersen
Here’s the epicenter of strife in the Fantasy Basketball world. Just trade Carmelo already! It’s not that easy. This will drag toward the Feb. 24 trade deadline and new rumors will pop up daily. I’d love to be able to predict who will benefit from what, but right now I’m just quietly stashing Lawson, Afflalo and Smith where I can. Martin returned from a knee injury and started Tuesday. He could possibly pick up some Fantasy value, but he is too brittle to count on.

DETROIT PISTONS
PG – Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum
SG – Tracy McGrady, Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton
SF – Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye
PF – Chris Wilcox, Charlie Villanueva
C – Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiell, Ben Wallace (injured)
John Kuester, take a bow. We’ve written about a lot of crazy rotations this season, but yours is the wackiest. Kuester is now starting McGrady and Wilcox and bringing Villanueva and Gordon off the bench. Gordon erupted for 25 points on Wednesday night, and in related news Hamilton didn’t even play. Rip is a candidate to get traded, likely to wherever Carmelo Anthony is shipped.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
PG – Stephen Curry, Acie Law
SG – Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams
SF – Dorell Wright, Vladimir Radmanovic
PF – David Lee, Louis Amundson, Brandon Wright
C – Andris Biedrins, Dan Gadzuric, Ekpe Udoh
Biedrins has been very underwhelming since returning to the lineup from an ankle injury. He is struggling this year and should be on benches until he turns it around. You know what to do with your other Warrior starters.

Will Aaron Brooks play his way back into the starting point guard role in Houston when Kevin Martin returns from injury? Photo Credit: Keith Allison

HOUSTON ROCKETS
PG – Kyle Lowry, Aaron Brooks
SG – Kevin Martin (injured), Courtney Lee
SF – Shane Battier, Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams
PF – Luis Scola, Jared Jeffries, Patrick Patterson
C – Jordan Hill, Brad Miller (injured)Chuck Hayes (injured)
With Martin having missed two straight games with a wrist injury, the Rockets have been starting both Lowry and Brooks in the backcourt. It will be interesting to see what happens when Martin returns, which could be this weekend. Brooks has played well after struggling to regain his footing after a long layoff. Lowry has done enough to keep his starting job as well, and both Lee and Budinger have established themselves as decent rotation players. Things are crowded here, and will be more so when Martin, Miller and Hayes return.

INDIANA PACERS
PG – Darren Collison, T.J. Ford
SG – Brandon Rush, Mike Dunleavy
SF – Danny Granger, James Posey, Paul George
PF – Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts
C – Roy Hibbert, Jeff Foster, Solomon Jones
Jim O’Brien is doing everything he can to ruin the value of Hibbert, whose minutes have plummeted as the season has progressed. The Indiana lineup remains very fluid from game to game, and that’s a bad thing for every Pacer not named Granger or Collison.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
PG – Baron Davis, Eric Bledsoe
SG – Eric Gordon, Randy Foye, Rasual Butler
SF – Ryan Gomes, Al-Farouq Aminu
PF – Blake Griffin, Ike Diogu, Craig Smith (injured)
C – DeAndre Jordan, Jarron Collins, Chris Kaman (injured)
The Clips are a Fantasy goldmine lately. We all know Griffin is a beast, but Gordon is an under-the-radar star, Davis is rejuvenated and Jordan is thriving as the starting center. Kaman could be back in a few weeks, which would make things interesting, but Jordan (8.5 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 4.0 BPG in January) is doing all he can to hold on to the starter’s job.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
PG – Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
SG – Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown
SF – Ron Artest, Luke Walton, Matt Barnes (injured)
PF – Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom
C – Andrew Bynum, Derrick Caracter, Theo Ratliff (injured)
Barnes is out eight weeks after knee surgery and Artest should pick up some big minutes. One would think Brown would also benefit, but he played just 15 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday. Bynum is rolling, having scored in double figures in six straight games. He has also averaged 2.9 blocks in January.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
PG – Mike Conley, Greivis Vasquez
SG – Tony Allen, O.J. Mayo, Xavier Henry (injured)
SF – Rudy Gay, Sam Young
PF – Zach Randolph, Darrell Arthur
C – Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi, Hasheem Thabeet
Just when Allen was looking like a nice Fantasy pickup he sat with a sore knee on Wednesday and is now day-to-day. Young started in his place and it seems like Lionel Hollins wouldn’t even start Mayo if the team was down to five warm bodies. All you can do is hope Mayo gets traded to a better situation for him.

MIAMI HEAT
PG – Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers
SG – Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller
SF – LeBron James, James Jones
PF – Chris Bosh, Juwan Howard, Udonis Haslem (injured)
C – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony, Erick Dampier
After bringing up “karma” when snickering at his former Cavs losing by 55 points to the Lakers on Tuesday, LeBron went out and sprained an ankle against the Clippers on Wednesday. This stuff writes itself. It is unclear whether he will miss any games.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS
PG – Keyon Dooling, Earl Boykins, Brandon Jennings (injured)
SG – John Salmons, Chris Douglas-Roberts
SF – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino (injured)
PF – Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders
C – Andrew Bogut, Drew Gooden
Scott Skiles said he was going to start Maggette, but then didn’t, opting for Mbah a Moute on Wednesday instead. Skiles is known to change his mind, and mix and match often. Even without Jennings and Delfino, Maggette and Douglas-Roberts can’t get anything consistent going.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
PG – Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn
SG – Corey Brewer, Wesley Johnson
SF – Michael Beasley, Martell Webster
PF – Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver
C – Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic
Brewer has replaced Johnson in the starting lineup and is worth a look in deep leagues. I wouldn’t give up on Johnson just yet, either. Beasley is nursing an ankle injury and could take some games off. Ridnour continues to play well and has officially held Flynn at bay.

NEW JERSEY NETS
PG – Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar
SG – Travis Outlaw, Sasha Vujacic, Anthony Morrow (injured)
SF – Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross
PF – Derrick Favors, Kris Humphries, Troy Murphy
C – Brook Lopez, Johan Petro
Will the Nets get Carmelo? That question hangs over everything here. Until that is decided, this team doesn’t offer much Fantasy-wise. Harris has been battling a quad injury but appears to be fine after dropping 15 dimes on Wednesday. Lopez is the top Fantasy option here but still a major disappointment compared to where he was drafted. Favors is now starting for Humphries but has yet to prove he is worth a Fantasy roster spot.

NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
PG – Chris Paul, Jarrett Jack
SG – Marco Belinelli, Marcus Thornton, Willie Green
SF – Trevor Ariza, Quincy Pondexter
PF – David West, Jason Smith
C – Emeka Okafor, Aaron Gray
The big news in New Orleans is the sprained ankle Belinelli suffered Wednesday night vs. Orlando. He played just one minute in the game and Thornton went off for 22 points. Check in on this situation; Thornton may wind up being a must-add right away.

NEW YORK KNICKS
PG – Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas
SG – Landry Fields, Bill Walker, Roger Mason
SF – Wilson Chandler, Shawne Williams, Danilo Gallinari (injured)
PF – Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph
C – Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov
On Wednesday night at Utah, Williams and Walker exploded for 25 and 23 points, respectively. Do the Knicks finally have a bench? I wouldn’t rush to pick either up with Gallinari expected back soon, but keep an eye on this situation.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
PG – Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor
SG – Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green, Nick Collison
C – Nenad Krstic, Serge Ibaka
After reaching double figures in 12 straight contests, Harden has scored below that mark in three straight. Chalk it up to a cold spell, as he’s just 2-of-12 from the floor in that span. He still gets to the line, as his 18 free throws in 18 attempts in the last three attest.

ORLANDO MAGIC
PG – Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas
SG – Jason Richardson, J.J. Redick
SF – Hedo Turkoglu, Quentin Richardson, Earl Clark
PF – Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson
C – Dwight Howard
Amazingly, Turkoglu has rekindled the, ahem, magic he had from his last couple of years in Orlando a few seasons ago. He is averaging 12.5 points, 5.3 boards, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.7 threes in 11 games for the Magic. Orlando still needs some help up front for Howard, but at least Bass has recovered, for now, from a sore knee.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
PG – Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams
SG – Jodie Meeks, Evan Turner
SF – Andre Iguodala, Andres Nocioni
PF – Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young
C – Spencer Hawes, Marreese Speights
Iguodala owners threw up in their mouths Tuesday night when he returned to the lineup to score just one point in 33 minutes against the Pacers. Is it a matter of time before he is dealt? The Sixers showed some scrappiness and signs of life when Iggy was sidelined. It wouldn’t be shocking. Another thing to watch: Speights is making inroads into the rotation and has outplayed Hawes of late.

PHOENIX SUNS
PG – Steve Nash, Goran Dragic
SG – Vince Carter, Josh Childress
SF – Grant Hill (injured), Jared Dudley, Mickael Pietrus
PF – Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick
C – Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat
Hill has missed two straight games with a sore knee. Uh-oh. Childress started in his place. If Hill misses more time Carter stands to benefit the most. Lopez has held on to his starting job for now but it wouldn’t be surprising if Gortat overtook him within the next month.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
PG – Andre Miller, Patrick Mills
SG – Wesley Matthews, Rudy Fernandez
SF – Nicolas Batum, Brandon Roy (injured)
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, Dante Cunningham
C – Marcus Camby, Joel Przybilla
Credit the Blazers with playing better-than-.500 ball, particularly Aldridge, who should be an All-Star. Roy could very well be shut down for the year, and there could be some trades to shake this roster up. Right now, Batum is valuable while Roy sits, Matthews has been more cold than hot lately, and Fernandez is his usual erratic self.

SACRAMENTO KINGS
PG – Beno Udrih, Pooh Jeter
SG – Tyreke Evans (injured), Jermaine Taylor
SF – Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi, Donte Greene
PF – Jason Thompson, Carl Landry
C – DeMarcus Cousins, Samuel Dalembert
Evans has now missed three games with an ankle injury through Jan. 12 and his nagging injuries have been a killer this season. He was just starting to pour it on, too, averaging 28 points and 10 assists in his previous two games before the injury. Udrih has been the beneficiary of Evans’ absence, and should be owned in all leagues.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PG – Tony Parker, George Hill
SG – Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal
SF – Richard Jefferson, Ime Udoka
PF – Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner
C – DeJuan Blair, Antonio McDyess
At 33-6, the Spurs won’t be adjusting their rotation any time soon. What would be nice is if it was possible to predict when bench guys like Neal, Hill and Bonner were going to produce. All three have been intermittently playable, but not sturdy enough to be worth targeting on the waiver wire.

TORONTO RAPTORS
PG – Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa
SF – Linas Kleiza, Sonny Weems
PF – Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Reggie Evans (injured)
C – Andrea Bargnani, Joey Dorsey
Weems missed 11 games with a back injury and now has nowhere to play. Kleiza has performed well at small forward and Barbosa is on a hot streak that should keep him locked into 25-30 minutes a game. Calderon appears to have wrestled away the majority of minutes from Bayless, but as we’ve seen all year this could change at any time.

UTAH JAZZ
PG – Deron Williams, Ronnie Price, Earl Watson
SG – Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward
SF – Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
PF – Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur
C – Al Jefferson, Kyrylo Fesenko, Francisco Elson
Not much to see here as long as everyone is healthy. Okur missed six games with a back injury but returned Wednesday to play 12 minutes vs. the Knicks. He has no value as long as Millsap and Jefferson continue to produce.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS
PG – John Wall, Kirk Hinrich
SG – Nick Young, Cartier Martin, Josh Howard (injured)
SF – Rashard Lewis, Al Thornton
PF – Andray Blatche, Yi Jianlian, Kevin Seraphin
C – JaVale McGee, Hilton Armstrong, Trevor Booker
Fantasy owners have to be happy with Washington’s tight rotation since Lewis joined the team. Not only is Lewis himself thriving (13.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.5 3FG, 1.3 SPG in 10 games with the Wizards), but both Blatche and McGee are strong plays right now. Young went off for 43 points on Tuesday and looks like a great option with Howard (knee) sidelined. Wall has regained his starting spot, but Hinrich is worth holding onto. He’s still a decent Fantasy option as a Sixth Man.

 

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