Rudy Gay (shoulder) is officially out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, should the Grizzlies get there. Gay has been out since Feb. 15, so this is old news. It’s not like you lost his services on Tuesday morning and are scrambling for a replacement. He’s been long gone. And we already know who has benefited from his absence.
Tony Allen: Love this dude! I’ve been advocating for Allen for close to a month now. Since Gay’s injury, Allen has posted 13.4 points on 53.5 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in 14 games. That’s in just 27 minutes. Two steals in 27 minutes. There’s no better player at closing out the passing lanes than Allen. He is the must-add in Memphis, and has been for a month now, so go get him!
Sam Young: I’m no Young fan. I’ll let that be known up front. He’s not gifted enough on offense to make an impact, and his defense is far too spotty, which leads to his limited playing time. Since the Gay injury he’s averaging 26 minutes, 8.3 points, 0.2 threes, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks. Meh. His game is quiet. The presence of Shane Battier has hurt his value as well. When the Grizzlies need a lock-down defender they call on Battier. When it’s offense they need, they call on…
O.J. Mayo: No one has been a bigger bust at the shooting guard position this season than Mayo. Think about it; your expectations this season for Mayo were probably similar to that of Eric Gordon’s. We talked about Gordon and Mayo being a coin-flip in terms of which one you draft first. Mayo has been just downright awful while Gordon, when healthy, has looked like a fantasy superstar in the making. That said, Mayo now stands to continue to benefit from Gay’s absence in that he would be glued to the bench if Gay were able to return. Mayo’s had his moments. He hit three 3-pointers against the Jazz on Monday, had two steals and a block against the Pacers last Saturday night, and over a week ago dropped 19 points on the Heat. He’s not the best option, but he’s a better fantasy player than Young.
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