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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Point Guards

"That's where I'm going to jump. Just throw it to me."

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. If written today I would jump Kyrie Irving into the fourth tier, have Jarrett Jack in the sixth tier (since the Hornets haven’t procured another point guard), drop Toney Douglas a few spots (thanks to Baron Davis signing in New York) and take D.J. Augustin down a few notches in fear of a Kemba Walker coup d’etat. 

In the midst of a wild NBA offseason and uncertainty as far as the eye can see, Fantasy owners need the steady hand of a point guard to guide their team. The best NBA point guards are also some of the best Fantasy players, and no championship team is complete without at least a few of the top options on this list. The top Fantasy point guards anchor your team in assists and are often positive contributors in several other categories.

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO), using Yahoo!’s positional eligibility. We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. Finally: this is a list of true point guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at this position this season. There are several combo guards, such as Dwyane Wade, who are eligible at point guard in some leagues but ranked on the shooting guard list for our purposes.In tumultuous times like these, it is best to write your own cheat sheets in pencil and be prepared to move things around as needed based on roles changing and injuries sprouting up. The Chris Paul trade is a great example of this. Luckily, CP3 doesn’t move much as he’s the top Fantasy point guard in the game.

These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM POINT GUARD RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. Chris Paul, LAC

Projected Stats: 17.8 PPG,  4.1 RPG, 10.9 APG, 1.0 3FG, 2.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 2.7 TO, 46.9 FG%, 85.5 FT%

Paul has finally been traded, and visions of CP3 setting up Blake Griffin for breathtaking alley-oops are dancing in the heads of everyone who is now claiming they’ve been a diehard Clippers fan all along. Paul should be thrilled to land in this spot where he has a pair of top-notch finishers underneath in Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and talent at other positions as well. In all the drama over where he was going to get traded, it’s easy to forget that he carries with him some risk due to his questionable knees. If he plays a full season at close to 100 percent, Paul is the top point guard and easy No. 3 pick in all formats. Continue reading


Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Central Division

In the days leading up to the start of free agency on Dec. 9, Damn Lies & Statistics will be taking a look at each team’s potential moves, top fantasy players and more. Here’s a look at the Central Division squads.

CHICAGO BULLS
Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): G Derrick Rose (1), C Joakim Noah (4), F Carlos Boozer (6/7), F Luol Deng (7)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: None
Key Restricted Free Agents: None
What to Look For: Chicago is close, very close. They will try to add a shooting guard who can be an upgrade over Keith Bogans. Jason Richardson or Caron Butler are options. Boozer is a risky pick in fantasy as he just can’t stay on the court, so Taj Gibson is a necessary handcuff. Rose can make a case for the No. 4 pick in drafts. While his minutes might be more in check during a 66-game slate, he remains an unstoppable offensive player who is young and eager to win a championship, not to mention try like heck to get the No. 1 seed in the East over Miami.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: Richardson and Butler are decent but aging options who aren’t built for the kind of schedule we have coming up. They might be a little pricey. If the Bulls miss out on them or decide to go a cheaper route, they should make an offer for Golden State’s Reggie Williams – he’s restricted, but the Warriors might not have him in their plans. He could really stretch the floor and spot up to receive kickouts from Rose. Continue reading


2011-12 Damn Mock I: Fifth Round

The Damn Lies Mock Draft rolls along, and the fifth round certainly presents some challenges. We’re coming to the point of the draft where players with one or two glaring flaws are selected, such as Stephen Jackson or Brandon Jennings with their noxious field goal percentages. Or perhaps a Kevin Garnett with too many miles on him, or Andrea Bargnani, who refuses to rebound adequately for his size and position. It is starting to get interesting checking out each team, and it’s certainly only going to be tougher from here on out. We’re just getting started, though; keep checking back for more.

The rules: Jeff, Tom and Greg are taking four teams each in this 12-team league, which is a nine-category rotisserie league (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, TO) that will draft the following: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 2 C, 1 F, 1 G, 2 U. We’ll be building each team ourselves based on this format. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to mock us in the Comments.

FIRST ROUND | SECOND ROUND | THIRD ROUND | FOURTH ROUND

DAMN MOCK I FIFTH ROUND

49. Team 1 (Greg) – David West – Team 1 is shaping up fine, and I think the right tactic is to grab best available and that would mean West goes off the board. Before injury prematurely ended his season, he was averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 1.0 steals and was shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line, third round stuff if I’ve ever seen it. Don’t lunch on him as he is one of the most consistent power forwards in the game. Continue reading


Damn Lies Midseason Report: Central Division

Call me lazy. Call me super lazy. But just don’t call me late for dinner. I happen to believe that no matter how hard I try, I won’t be able to do the intro to our awards any justice, which is why I am going to re-print Jeff’s intro from his Atlantic Division awards. Hey, deal with it.

Per Jeff..

We’re gonna mix it up a bit this week at Damn Lies. Now that the season is roughly halfway over (emphasis on ‘roughly’), we thought it would be fun to hand out grades to each player who has made an impact, positive or negative, on the fantasy landscape. Think of these as sort of the Golden Globes to our annual postseason awards, The Dammies, only with fewer scientology jokes. This isn’t very scientific, in the sense that the three of us were liberal arts majors and are much more comfortable making stuff up rather than postulating an actual theory, which I can rarely do without pulling a muscle. For each team, we’ll assign grades based on how players have lived up to fantasy expectations. If a guy has disappointed or has been hurt more than not, he could get a ‘D’ or ‘F’ even though his numbers aren’t totally awful. If someone went undrafted in every league but has come out of nowhere to offer solid value, he could get an ‘A’. Or not. It’s really up to us. Don’t think to much about it.

…Here now are my Central Division awards. Enjoy!

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Moving And Shaking: Hold the O.J.

Looks like someone got Greg PhotoShop for the holidays... or did they give him a wish?

It’s shocking just how many fantasy owners have already given up on O.J. Mayo. Has he really been that bad? Well, yeah, sure he’s been downright awful. But to be fair, he’s getting downright better. After going four straight without hitting double figures in the scoring category he’s now scored at least 13 points in five of his last six games, and in three of his last four he’s scored at least 17 points. Not too shabby.

This past week alone I picked Mayo up in three different leagues. One was for garbage (see: Hakim Warrick), the other was for Drew Gooden (he was the worst player on my team!) and the third was for Thaddeus Young (again, the only dropable player I had). I’m a big believer in Mayo, even if he continues to come off the bench. Though with the way he’s been playing of late I don’t see him riding the pine much longer. He can hit threes, add a few steals, hit his free throws (he’s a better FT shooter than his numbers indicate this season) and he’s starting to improve his FG shooting.

My point is, it’s not worth dropping Mayo. I can see certain players getting the waiver wire treatment, but none as good as Mayo is. And trust me, I’m not trying to make him out to be a Top 25 player, or even a Top 50 fantasy contributor for that matter. I’m just not so sure that you dropping Mayo because Terrence Williams has potential is the right move. Thanks, though, to those of you who bailed on him. You’ve inspired me to get into the holiday season.

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Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks were the league’s upstarts last season, a feisty and brash stew of effort, defense and confidence thrown together. It seemed precarious, yet at each turn Milwaukee adjusted, adapted and continued to be a thorn in the side of anyone who lined up against them. Teams truly feared The Deer. So what did the Bucks do in the offseason? They imported more ingredients, some of them suspect. Scott Skiles did a masterful job with this bunch a year ago, but he really has his work cut out for him now. In come proven players demanding shots, and out goes… nobody, really. The Bucks could conceivably have a legitimate 10-man rotation. For fantasy purposes, this doesn’t bode well.

LIES
There are two “sure things” on Milwaukee, yet both carry with them fantasy baggage, not to mention the dreaded quotation marks. Andrew Bogut is a legit fantasy center who averaged 15.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG and 2.5 BPG before gruesomely dismantling his elbow on a fall that will ensure I never leave my feet while playing basketball again. What a shame, because he was becoming a legitimate third-round pick if not better (despite a poor FT%). Bogut’s injury could keep him on the bench to start the season and might linger for a while. Meanwhile, we all know Brandon Jennings and his 37.1 field goal percentage will start at the point. It got ugly there for a while, as Jennings was barely startable for much of the season’s middle months. The Bucks will need him to do everything more efficiently. With maturity, he should bring that awful shooting percentage up above 40, but that’s still rotisserie kryptonite. He did average 5.7 assists, 1.8 threes and 1.3 steals, so he has some head-to-head value.

 

With Corey Maggette in town, will there be enough shots to keep Bango Buck happy?

 

DAMN LIES
How good was John Salmons after he joined the Bucks? He poured in 19.9 points per game in 30 contests, contributing 1.5 threes, 1.1 steals and shooting 86.7 percent from the line. He won’t do it again. Why not? Two guys: Michael Redd and Corey Maggette. Milwaukee might think they solved their scoring problem, but now there are too many cats who need their shots. It wouldn’t shock me if Redd takes a very reduced role, but he does make $17 million this year. Maggette walks in as Milwaukee’s best offensive player, but will he buy in to Skiles’ defense-first system? I’m avoiding all three of the above in drafts until we see how all of this plays out. Expect around 15-17 points from Salmons; I’m not sure he does enough else well to warrant a high selection in that scenario. Of course, Redd and Maggette own second homes in the training room, so there’s still a lot of upside with Salmons.

STATISTICS
Bogut’s injury likely means free agent signee Drew Gooden has some late-round value. Gooden should start the season at center, and he can shift to power forward easily, which is probably Luc Richard Mbah a Moute‘s spot to kick things off. I consider the Bucks frontcourt situation to be very fluid. It all depends on Bogut’s health, something to watch very closely. By the way, I haven’t even mentioned two of the team’s key cogs from last season: Carlos Delfino and Ersan Ilyasova. They are still here, and they will pick up minutes all over the court (as will newcomer Chris Douglas-Roberts, who the Bucks traded for because, um, well… I am not sure; and Jon Brockman, who will play because he’s a tough S.O.B.). Seriously, if Skiles gets it done with this group, he’s sold me. Go Deer.

DEPTH CHART
PG – Brandon Jennings, Chris Douglas-Roberts
SG – John Salmons, Michael Redd
SF – Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino
PF – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Ersan Ilyasova
C – Andrew Bogut (injured), Drew Gooden

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Daily Lies & Statistics: It’s April, fools

It’s Thursday, April 1st, 2010, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day. As a fantasy basketball junkie, this is usually the time of year where I’m in no mood for jokes or surprises. It’s bad enough just looking at box scores and yelping “You gotta be kidding me!” with each click. So we’re handling today’s post with the utmost seriousness. Among last night’s stat lines, I’m not kidding about any of them.They really happened. And during the fantasy playoff season, no less.

The following are not, I repeat NOT April Fool’s jokes:

Do NOT anger the fantasy gods.

*After Brandon Jennings dropped a 29-8-7 Sunday followed by a 17-6-5 Tuesday, the fantasy gods (yes, Scott Skiles is one of them) decided that the fun was fin. Jennings played just 19 minutes last night at Cleveland and finished with five points on 2-of-9 shooting, one rebound, one assist and 2,396 ruined fantasy playoff matchups.

*Drew Gooden has five straight double-doubles after his 17-points, 10-board performance last night. He averaged a 15 and 10 in March in 30 minutes per game. On second thought, maybe this is a joke. Let me double-check and get back to you.

*The Celtics had the worst record in the NBA three years ago yet ended up with the fifth pick in the draft. Had Boston gotten the first or second pick their lineup right now would be Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson, and Kendrick Perkins. And they wouldn’t be overpaying Rasheed Wallace to hoist awful threes. Yes, I was at the game last night and saw Durant pour in 37 without breaking much of a sweat, and yes, I’m a little bitter right now. But we did win a title, no? (I’m telling myself ‘yes’ over and over and over).

*The Lakers lost at Atlanta, 109-92, which is nothing to be ashamed of, but L.A. has now dropped three of four. Chinks in the armor? They are still the best team on paper but looking a little vulnerable right now. Andrew Bynum returning would solve some things, perhaps, but I get the feeling the one guy the Lakers would love to have is Trevor Ariza.

*Dwyane Wade had 10 points, 3 rebounds and one assist – and Miami won by 17 at Detroit. Huh? Well, for one: Detroit is an abomination and was missing Richard Hamilton (hamstring) and Charlie Villanueva (DNP CD LOL). But Miami played minus Jermaine O’Neal (knee), who was at the courthouse having his name legally changed to Jermaine O’Neal (knee). Luckily Michael Beasley went off for 28 and nine, and Dorell Wright added 17 in 22 minutes off the bench. A weird game, for sure.

*Now that the Nets won’t be the worst team ever in the record books, they can get back to tanking for John Wall. Jersey actually led Phoenix at halftime, but the Suns pulled away for their ninth-straight win. Steve Nash was magical, finishing with a 24-7-14 on 9-16 shooting (3-4 threes). Despite scoring 116 points, Amare’ Stoudemire finished with a sorry 15 and 4, and his owners have to be swearing under their breath this morning at him.

*If I had told you at the beginning of the season that the Wizards would be led by Mike Miller, Andray Blatche and Shaun Livingston in late March/April, you would have looked at me funny before thinking that Gilbert Arenas must have gotten hurt or done something crazy. So this isn’t that weird at all. The Livingston part is kind of a curveball, as the guy has lived the last few years without working knees. He’s the starting point guard now in Washington with Randy Foye out for the year, and he had 18 points and eight dimes as the Wiz snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 96-91 win at New Orleans. Miller had 27 and seven and Blatche had 23 and three steals (but just one rebound? Really?).

*Al Jefferson and Darko Milicic combined for 10 blocks last night in a 108-99 Minny (mini?) win over Sacramento. Both guys also double-doubled, as did Kevin Love (12 & 11). Sacramento was led by Tyreke Evans (20-7-13, 3 steals), who is playing really well despite coming off a concussion last week and subsequently claiming to have owned a penguin.

*George Hill offered up a candidate for Stat Line of the Year last night against Houston. Hill, who has been a fantasy savior this second half, finished with 30 points, seven assists, five steals and two threes and shot 11-15 from the floor and 6-6 from the line. Does anyone want to play San Antonio in the West this postseason? I didn’t think so.

*Speaking of teams in the West playing well, Dallas nipped Memphis in overtime last night, 106-102, improving to 50-25. That’s good for the No. 2 seed right now if the season ended today. Dallas has weapons, and when Jason Terry (29 points, six assists, four steals) is doing his thing they are formidable.

*Al Harrington took Greg’s post hinting that Al is selfish to heart, taking just six shots last night as the Knicks lost big at Portland, 118-90. Did anyone out there start Tracy McGrady (2-0-1) last night? You can type with a straightjacket on? Cool.

*The West’s current #3 seed, Utah, is performing at a really high level these days. Who knows if winning big over the Warriors of the National Rec League will help or hurt them, but they rolled last night, 128-104. Carlos Boozer was beastly with 25 & 13 on 12-14 shooting. Deron Williams had 19 assists. I wouldn’t want to play them, either.

Luckily I’m not on an NBA team, so I don’t have to. Although the Warriors have been calling.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Whole lotta Love

How many folks playing in head-to-head leagues had their playoff series come down to the wire in a hectic 10-game NBA Sunday? Did anyone win or lose because Kevin Love had 22 rebounds? How about Beno Udrih‘s triple-double, at Cleveland no less? Brandon Jennings: where’s that been? And can we stop with this Reggie Williams nonsense?

With our collective NCAA brackets melting before our eyes, those of us who like to follow the bouncing ball were forced to turn their focus back on the players who receive their salaries over the table. It was a fantasy smorgasbord yesterday. Let’s dig in.

SUNDAY’S NOTABLES

Kevin Love – Love’s 23-point, 22-board gem couldn’t have come at a better time for his owners battling in rebounds. For whatever reason, Love’s role has been wildly inconsistent in Minny, so there’s a chance he wasn’t even started in some weekly lineup leagues. He also added two steals, two blocks and a three. That’s a many splendored thing.

You need rebounds? Baby I'm not foolin'...

Beno Udrih – I never would have pegged a Sunday afternoon affair at Cleveland without Tyreke Evans as a game where Udrih and a few of his teammates would go off. Udrih blew up for 18 points, 10 boards and 15 assists in 48 minutes, while Jason Thompson also played the entire game and finished with a 16 & 14. If that’s not enough, Andres Nocioni had 21 points and five threes. And the Kings scored just 90 points! I love late-season fantasy lines.

Dwyane Wade – A throwback Wade masterpiece yesterday against the Raptors. D-Wade dropped a 32-7-6 with five steals and three blocks and has somehow led a putrid Miami team to a 40-34 record this season. I’m sure Kobe will get more MVP votes than Wade, and we’ll bitch about it on this blog all summer as is now becoming tradition.

Brandon Jennings – A 108-103 overtime win by the Bucks over Memphis brought fantasy riches, especially from Jennings, who us fantasy experts had pretty much given up on. But his line Sunday – 29-7-8, 4 steals, 3 threes – has him back in our good graces. Andrew Bogut bounced back from a rough couple of weeks with 18 points, 11 boards and four blocks, and John Salmons continued to make a case for Resurrected Fantasy MVP with a 25-6-6 along with two steals and two threes.

Manu Ginobili – Is there anyone in the NBA playing better right now? Ginobili was magical as the Spurs handled the Celtics easily in Boston, 94-73. Manu had 28 points and seven assists and hit all eight of his free throws.

Vince Carter – Carter left the game two minutes in with a sprained ankle and didn’t return. Sounds familiar. In his stead, J.J. Redick went for 23 points, seven boards, eight dimes and three trifectas. Carter’s never that good when healthy. Is Redick worth a pickup? Probably, as the Magic will hold Vince out so he is healthy in time to ruin Orlando’s season in the playoffs.

Reggie Williams – Williams went off against the other Reggie Williams’ former team, the Clippers, in a 121-103 win. The D-League sensation put up a 25-6-7 with two threes and would be a national sensation right now if six other Warriors hadn’t done similar things throughout the year. There was also a Ronny Turiaf sighting as he started, played 28 minutes, and finished with 13 points, eight boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks. This Warriors season should be a reality show. I’m serious. I hope they filmed it.

Good luck to everyone still playing. Here are the teams with four games this week, if you are setting your lineups: CHA, DAL, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIL, NJ, NO, NY, PHO, SA, TOR, WAS. Everyone else plays three.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Wade’s OK; Shaq — Not So Much

What a surprise! Just when you thought that Dwyane Wade was going to sit out a nationally televised game against the Magic, the top-dog in Miami suited up and returned to the court Willis Reed style in time to see his team fall to a Magic team that got barely a handful of points and rebounds from Dwight Howard.

"He crossed out 'Willis Reed style'... LOL"

Wade’s line was OK, but nothing special — 21 points on 6-of-17 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 37 minutes. Seen better, seen worse. And as I mentioned earlier, Howard was hardly a factor for the Magic — seven points on 1-of-7 shooting, five rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes. Gross. Howard was forced to sit on the bench for most of the game due to foul trouble. But even when he was on the court he was a non-factor. The Magic got most of their production from Rashard Lewis and his game-high 22 points and Vince Carter and his 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

The other big news on Sunday was the announcement that Shaquille O’Neal will have surgery on his thumb on Monday and will most likely miss the remainder of the regular season. Ouch. Somebody get Zydrunas Ilgauskas on the phone! This is the perfect time to go out and pick up Anderson Varejao if you haven’t done so already. Don’t worry, I’ll wait….

Back? Great! Let’s get to the action!

Al Jefferson — Baby Al has been suspended for the next two games due to his arrest for a DUI on Sunday morning. Ummm… sit him.

Yi Jianlian — He went for 20 points and 19 rebounds against the Wizards. Take a picture, it’ll last longer. You probably won’t see anything close to 20/20 from Yi the rest of the season.

Andray Blatche — I’m going out on a limb here: If he continues to go for 36 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks he will be a second- or third-rounder next season. This kid is just that good… and his team is that bad. They need him to score 30 points and pull down 10-plus rebounds or else they’ll turn into the Nets. Neeeewwww Jerseeyyyyyy! I think 20 and 10 is reasonable for the rest of the season.

Amar’e Stoudemire — “What? Trade me?” Stoudemire dropped a huge 41 points and 12 rebounds on the Spurs. Too bad Jason Richardson couldn’t put in an easy, wide-open dunk. Still, Stoudemire looked strong on Sunday. Real strong.

Kobe Bryant — What an ugly shooting performance the Mamba had — 14 points on 3-of-17 shooting, 12 assists, three steals and two blocks. The rest of his line was “nice,” but the shooting was terrible. Credit the defensive pressure from the Nuggets on this one. And credit Ron Artest’s defense (6 steals) and Lamar Odom’s presence off the bench (20 points, 12 rebounds and four steal) for the big home win.

Brandon Jennings — The rook did not get much run late in the game. Maybe it’s because he’s an atrocious shooter! Only once in the last 14 games has he shot over 40% from the floor. On Sunday he went 1-of-5 from the floor in just 26 minutes. I would sit him, unless you are looking to punt your FG%.

Jerry Stackhouse — Holing back the years… Stack went for 20 points in 28 minutes off the bench. He’s been a nice option for those who are desperate for scoring, but I don’t see him keeping up this pace. He’s closer to 12-14 points and little else per game.

Serge Ibaka — You have to start by crediting Kevin Durant and his 29 points for blowing the Raptors off the court, but also give credit to Ibaka for taking advantage of his garbage time. He went for 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes. The guy’s a nice option for blocks if you’re in the market. He’s close to 1.8 per game for the month of February.

Spencer Hawes — With Jason Thompson out for the next two weeks, Hawes has a bit of breathing room. He showed nice effort on Sunday against the Clippers with 16 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 40 minutes. At least until Thompson returns to action you should look at Hawes.

Caron Butler — After missing his team’s last two games, Butler returned to the court to put up 19 points and pick four steals in 40 minutes. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! If you can get this kind of production out of Butler going forward than you’d be a happy man.

Emeka Okafor — What an effort! He pulled in 17 rebounds to go along with five steals and three blocked shots. Who is this guy, Marcus Camby?


Daily Lies & Statistics: Luke, In the Nude

Yes, we all know by now that Michael Redd is out for the remainder of the season and possibly part, if not all of next season. It really is a shame. Honestly. It’s tough to see an athlete just completely break down like Redd has. So where do the Bucks turn now?

Last night they turned their lonely eyes to Charlie Bell. What a disaster that nearly turned out to be. After the Suns got off to a 41-17 lead — with no offensive help from Bell who shot 3-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc — it was Luke Ridnour’s turn to get this team headed in the right direction. Ridnour scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 2 treys, 7 assists and a steal in 32 minutes. He is, right now, the most valuable guard on the Bucks. Yes, Brandon Jennings, I’m looking at you. Jennings shot 5-of-18 from the floor and scored 14 points with 8 assists.

Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were useless last night. And that’s when Hakim Warrick stepped in — team-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Dare I say that Warrick, and his seven double-digit scoring performances in his last eight, is the most valuable forward in Milwaukee. I dare!

Lots of lines. Let’s get to it…

Steve Nash: Scored 30 points and dished 10 dimes. This dude is amazing. But you knew that, right? He is nearly a lock to be the seventh 50%/40%/90%-er in the league’s history. You can mark it down. He’ll hit that mark.

Dwyane Wade: Not only did he score a season-low 13 points, but he left early on with a wrist injury. Woops! He did return, but I know all you D-Wade owners are starting to wonder what it would be like to own Kevin Durant…

Kevin Durant: He went for 30 points against the Knicks last night. This was his 9th games in his last 11 in which he scored at least 30 points. Make sure you check on D-Wade’s status tomorrow afternoon…ha.

Jarrett Jack/Jose Calderon: Blow the whistle, we have a legitimate timeshare on our hands. Jack started and played 26 minutes (5 points, 5 assists), while Calderon came off the bench to ply 26 minutes and post 12 points and 6 assists. Sell “high” on Jack.

Earl Watson/A.J. Price: Watson shook off Price a little last night after he went for 11 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, a block and a trey in 36 minutes. Price came off the bench to score 16 points and hit 2 threes in 22 minutes. Price has great deep-league value. Watson is still the man, though.

Allen Iverson: He returned to action after having his knee drained this weekend. Iverson went for 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 3 rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes. Nothing special.

Rajon Rondo: Without Kevin Garnett (10 more days….guh) and Rasheed Wallace (foot) in the lineup Rondo did his best to lead the Celtics to victory — 26 points, 7 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. That wasn’t enough. Neither was Brian Scalabrine’s 9 points in 20 minutes. Is Scalabrine ever enough?

Nate Robinson: Things were bad for the Knicks last night. Danilo Gallinari was held scorless (0-of-7), Chris Duhon shot 0-of-8 from the floor, and Nate Robinson led the team in scoring with 19 points in 31 minutes. Usually when lil’ Nate leads the Knicks in scoring you know it’s been a bad night.

Jonas Jerebko: With Tayshaun Prince (knee) out, Jerebko got the start at small forward. He played well, scoring 15 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. Unless Prince is out for an extended period of time, I’m not biting on Jerebko. (What a great name.)

Derrick Rose: The ultra-efficient line of the night — 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting, 9 assists, 1 steal and 2 turnovers. His teammate Tyrus Thomas had the ultra-defensive line of the night7 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks. I still have a “thing” for Thomas. If you like defensive numbers, you should feel the same way I do about him. Just don’t come on too strong.

Carmelo Anthony: Finally returned to action! He scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with just 2 rebounds and 2 assists. You’ll take that. It’s better than the zeroes he’s been putting up over his last five games.

Ryan Gomes: He scored 2 points on 0-of-6 shooting last night after posting back-to-back- 15-point performances. No thanks. His teammate Corey Brewer was much better — 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 threes, and 2 blocks. Yes, please.

Corey Maggette: He is having one hell of a season. Last night’s 32-point performance on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor and 17-of-18 from the line was just the tip of the iceberg. Mags has scored at least 22 points in 13 of his last 14 games. He’s shooting over 83 percent from the free-throw line on just over 8 attempts per game. That is huge. If it was a man it would be called huge-ene.

Anthony Randolph: He is not out 4-6 weeks as initially reported. He is in fact out just 3-6 weeks. Good to know.

Vladimir Radmanovic: He scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 3 treys, 9 rebounds and 3 steals in a start against the Cavs. I’ll admit, I’m no fan. But with Randolph out and Ronny Turiaf hurt (annkle) in last night’s game, Vlad might be the only option at power forward for the Warriors.

Five games on Tuesday night. Sure, I thought I was getting the easy Monday night schedule, but nooooo, give Jeff the five-game slate. Unbelievable.

Pau Gasol is doubtful. What else is new.


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