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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Shooting Guards

"Women, Dwyane, amirite?"

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. Stephen Jackson should probably be dropped as he’s dealing with a troublesome back issue. O.J. Mayo should be a few spots lower as well until his role is more clear. Feel free to reach a little higher for Tony Allen as long as he remains the starting shooting guard in Memphis. 

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 shooting guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at the 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.

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



1. Dwyane Wade, MIA

Projected Stats: 24.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.7 APG, 0.8 3FG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 3.2 TO, 49.6 FG%, 75.0 FT%

Yes, Wade is in a tier all by himself. In fact, of all the shooting guards on this list, he’s the only one worthy of a first-round draft pick. Sure, there’s always the injury concern when it comes to Wade, but when he’s healthy he’s all but a lock to be among the top 5-7 players in the game. Continue reading

Damn Lies Season Preview: Busts

Jason Kidd is certainly no stranger to the term "Bust".

“Busts”. It’s not just a word that fills up my Google search history. In fantasy basketball, busts can ruin your season in either spectacular or subtle fashion. A bust could simply be a first-round pick that ends up returning third-round value. Or a 10th-rounder who you end up dropping by Week 3.

It’s always good to be on the lookout for these evil creatures. There’s nothing worse than having the excitement of a great fantasy draft ruined once the season begins by someone who you thought would flourish. The following “busts” come in all shapes and sizes. And you can save your jokes, because I’ve Googled them all.

Monta Ellis, PG/SG, GSW
I certainly don’t think Monta will be a major bust, but burning an early-second-round pick on him is rather risky this year. With new coach Mark Jackson, the Warriors could change their approach a bit, and the former point guard could be very hands on in trying to rein in the anything-goes tendencies of Ellis and Stephen Curry. There’s a chance the Dubs slow things down (they’ll have to just to allow for new center Kwame Brown to catch up) and focus on being a sounder team. Ellis’ overall numbers could be a notch worse this year, and I’m avoiding him in drafts.

Jason Kidd, PG, DAL
I gotta hand it to Kidd. The guy averaged 7.9 points and shot 36.1 percent from the field (!) yet still was the No. 31-ranked player in Yahoo! leagues last year. Kidd is 39 in March and the grueling gauntlet of a schedule we’re about to partake in isn’t going to make him look any more sprightly. I also feel a Roddy Beaubois breakout coming. I rank Kidd around 75th overall on my preseason cheat sheets. In other words, I’m going to let someone else draft him. 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.

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.



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

Moving And Shaking: Budget Cuts

It’s all about staying active on the waiver wires this late into the fantasy basketball season. Some owners, however, seem to be playing a bit desperate as they fight for playoff positioning.

In one of my expert(?) leagues I saw an owner dropped Stephen Jackson to pick up Sasha Vujacic. Rolling-on-the-floor-laughing-yet-still-able-to-type! Jackson missed two games with a strained hamstring, yet is expected to play on Wednesday night. Jackson hasn’t been a highly valuable fantasy player, but he’s more valuable than Vujacic. I do recognize that “The Sash” dropped 25 points on the Raptors this past weekend, but that was while playing 47 minutes in a triple overtime win. In his previous 10 games he hit double figures in scoring just four times, while playing 28 minutes per. A healthy Jackson can go off on a given night, as we saw just over a week ago with a 35-point performance against the Magic.

I get that he’s struggled and the Bobcats might be looking to go young down the stretch, but let’s not get crazy here and drop value like Jackson for someone like Maria Sharapova’s boyfriend. Right, ya’ll?

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Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

I’d like to sit here and tell you that this year’s version of the Charlotte Bobcats will pick up where they left off and catapult themselves into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. I’d like to tell you that the team that last year added Stephen Jackson and won 16 of its final 23 regular season games to claim the seventh seed will be a more cohesive unit with that experience under its belt. I’d like to tell you that there are no glaring holes on this roster. I’d also like to tell you that Basil Marceaux will claim the Governor’s seat in Tennessee, but ain’t none of this gonna happen.


"And then I sliced it into the sand trap..."


Over the years, the reviews on Jackson are as mixed as a Whitman’s Sampler. He seems like an absolute nightmare to play with, and after a few months of blending in, I’m sure he’ll be ready to anoint himself team leader as he did in Golden State and Indiana. From a fantasy perspective, Captain Jack is often terrific across the board, particularly if your league doesn’t count field goal percentage and anti-social behavior. His running mate and clearly the best player on this squad, Gerald Wallace, is poised for another big season barring injury. Crash averaged 18.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks last year and that makes absolutely no sense since I can’t remember the last time he accumulated less than 17 rebounds in a game. Grab Wallace long before your mind wanders in Jackson’s direction.

With Ray Felton now studying Talmud with Amar’e Stoudemire in The Big Apple, the ‘cats have an intriguing situation brewing at point guard, where D.J. Augustin is the incumbent. Newly acquired Shaun Livingston finally appears semi-healthy after enjoying a solid final month in ’09-10 with Washington, and will battle Augustin for the starting spot in camp. Should Augustin not live up to Larry Brown’s lofty point guard standards, Livingston could parlay that good health into serious daylight. Despite Mussolini’s penchant for destroying the wills of his lead guards, it should be Augustin’s job to lose in the preseason and he could prove to be a nice source of assists, threes and steals. His field goal percentage last year (.386) might scare off fellow owners, but I like him as a high upside pick in the 8th or 9th round.

You can thank the Charlotte frontcourt for that odor coming from your computer screen as Boris Diaw (11.3, 5.2, 4.0) is set at power forward and a combination of Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown (yes, that Kwame Brown!) will man the middle. I know we’ve said this before, but fifth-year tease Tyrus Thomas has a chance to put up some stupid numbers. I know, I know: for every 12-point, 14-rebound, 6-block, 4-steal game, there are 15 clunkers. But the Bobcats will struggle mightily unless Brown decides to go small and use their athleticism by inserting Thomas at center. I’m hopping on Thomas in the middle rounds, though I’m sure I’ll be regretting it by Election Day.

PG – D.J. Augustin, Shaun Livingston
SG – Stephen Jackson, Gerald Henderson
SF – Gerald Wallace, Dominic McGuire
PF – Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas
C – Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Add Wizard

Throughout the preseason and two and a half months into the regular season, the fine writers here at Damn Lies & Statistics have asked for your trust and respect, and in return you would be rewarded with obscure references, bad puns and funny photo captions. It’s a symbiotic relationship if there ever was one.

But wait. I forgot one other thing we are supposed to provide: fantasy knowledge. My bosses tell me that’s the important part, no matter how fun it is to Google “The Situation”. Luckily, Tom, Greg and I instinctively drop hoops advice on the public as if we came out of the womb checking the waiver wire on a (really small and slimy) laptop. So I’m glad to toot my own horn and point to the recent excellent production out of Randy Foye. In each of my last two Rotoexperts Waiver Wire columns, as well as a recent Damn Lies post, I’ve warned readers of a coming Foye awesomepocalypse in the wake of the Gilbert Arenas shenanigans.

A young Jeff Andriesse checks one of his fantasy basketball teams in 1975.

In retrospect I wish I was a little stronger in my recommendation for Foye, who is averaging 20.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 threes in the last four games. He’s the 10th-ranked player in Yahoo! over the last week. He dropped a 20-5-10 on the Pistons last night. And he’s still only owned in 62% of fantasy leagues.

The Wizards are a stone cold mess and lost at home to bumbling Detroit, but Foye is emerging from the wreckage here. And if either Antawn Jamison or Caron Butler gets traded, he could be even better (as in, worse: more shots, but worse shooting percentage and turnovers). Hopefully you grabbed Foye before everyone else.

Now back to the obscure references and bad puns…

Grizzlies Rain on Clippers’ Parade
Down 12 in the third quarter when a water main broke and triggered the FedExForum’s sprinkler system, the Grizzlies came back to defeat a soaked Clipper team, 104-102. The real shame was that we didn’t get to see Chris Kaman‘s hair under these circumstances. Kaman hurt his back in pregame warmups and is very questionable for Wednesday pending the results of a (gulp) MRI. Baron Davis needed to be doused some more after finishing with a triple-double (27-12-12) with five steals. Memphis is now 19-18, and teams around the league are scrambling to see if they can borrow Allen Iverson for a few games before releasing him in hopes of turning their season around.

Lakers Player/GM Hurting
Kobe Bryant, the league’s only player/GM, sat out the fourth quarter of a loss to the Spurs last night with back spasms. Kobe claims he’ll play on Wednesday at Dallas, but he is dealing with numerous injuries this season and could use a week or two off. With Pau Gasol already out, expect Kobe to see the potential to hoist 35 shots as the elixir he needs to get out of bed just before gametime, trade Andrew Bynum, and step on the floor against the Mavs.

Attention K-Mart Shoppers
Kings guard Kevin Martin could return by Friday to the lineup, just in time to ruin the team’s chemistry and confidence, butt heads with upstart Tyreke Evans, and send Sacramento on a downward spiral for another month or so prior to Martin getting traded for 30 cents on the dollar. The Kings, perhaps sensing the impending doom, got spanked by Orlando at home last night, 109-88. There was no one to handle Dwight Howard (30-16-5, 3 stl, 3 blk), and Evans (5-16) and the entire team for that matter (34.9 FG% for game) couldn’t shoot straight. Watch Orlando go on a run here sans Vince Carter. You just watch.

Jonas, Brother
Second straight start for Jonas Jerebko, who is averaging 14.0 points and 8.0 boards in last two. Pistons are tinkering and desperate. He could benefit if Tayshaun Prince (day-to-day) is out much longer. Either way, playing time is earned.

What can Brown do for you?
Playing as well as anyone in fantasy right now is Stephen Jackson. He had 43 points last night against the defensively suffocating Rockets swingmen, and is officially off the charts since being traded to Charlotte: 21.1 points, 5.2 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.6 steals, 86.3 FT%. And since the ‘Cats have actually been winning lately with Jax chucking away, you have to give Jackson some props for his play or at least his injection of confidence into a dead franchise. More likely, Larry Brown is pushing the right buttons. Even Boris Diaw (19-7-6, 3 blocks last night) is coming around. Now if Tyson Chandler ever gets going… nah, there’ll be a better chance of an Iverson/McGrady starting backcourt in the All-Star Game.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Allergic to Selfish

Yahoo NBA Columnist and Friend of RotoRadio Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a column yesterday that should leave no doubt as to how malignant a cancerous growth Allen Iverson was, is, and will be. Iverson, who backed out of his duties with Memphis earlier this week, has now declared himself a team player for the right situation, a comical slap in the face to any NBA fan with a modicum of intelligence. Meanwhile, Iverson protege Stephen Jackson, who clearly thinks he is far better than he is and hurt those exciting Golden State teams from a few years ago far more than he helped them, is banished to Charlotte. While it isn’t hard to feel sorry for Jackson for having to endure the whims of a concussed Don Nelson, the truth is also this: Jackson will be his typical selfish, inefficient and boorish self in Charlotte. For Larry Brown. More disaster awaits.

Two things I pull from these events:

1) Wojnarowski is a must-read and the NBA provides plenty of fodder for Woj, who has the ability to find the real culprits amongst the many sides to a story.  It’s a match made in heaven for readers: Someone who cuts through the B.S., writes with the dexterity and force of a columnist, and has the sources and drive of an investigative reporter. Disclosure: Woj is a friend of mine and, as I said before, a friend to the RotoExperts hoops team, Tom included. But as an NBA fan, I can’t think of a better fit for national coverage of our favorite pro sport. But don’t take my word for it: read him on Yahoo, and start with that Iverson/Jackson piece.

Family portrait! So cute.

2) Brandon Jennings. “Huh?” you say. Well, this preseason I couldn’t shake the sense that Jennings had too much Iverson and Jackson in him, and that he wouldn’t get it done this year because he was too much cockiness and not enough experience. Well, it is safe to say that Jennings is the fantasy steal of the year so far, and this week has been his coming out party. But I think the best thing that can happen to Jennings this week is off the court: learning from the Iverson and Jackson situations. Jennings is a special talent, for sure, and his ego will balloon predictably if he keeps this up. I just hope he ignores the worst of Iverson’s and Jackson’s selfish ways, whether it be as soon as Michael Redd returns to the lineup Friday or 12 years from now when he has to swallow his pride to play for a Memphis or Charlotte.

Now on to last night’s action while hoping Chris Wallace isn’t still employed by the Grizz in 12 years…

Golden State dressed seven bodies for their game at Cleveland, yet weren’t embarrassed despite two of those bodies being Vladimir Radmanovic and Mikki Moore. The Warriors will be better without Jackson; you watch. However, if they trade the far-from-gruntled Monta Ellis as rumored, all bets are off. I’m holding on to Stephen Curry for dear life and making a desperate lunge for Anthony Morrow on all waiver wires as nobody knows what Nelson’s next move will be. Anthony Randolph played just 25 minutes last night and was disappointing with 13 points, eight boards and no blocks, but you have to think he’ll see a ton of time until Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf are back in the lineup.

I have to give New Orleans credit for winning without Chris Paul against the Clippers at home. Darren Collison started at point but saw just 23 minutes of action while finishing with 12 points and six assists. He’s a solid deep-league add right now and should improve game by game. David West actually played his best game of the year, scoring 24 points on 9-14 shooting while pulling down 10 boards, dishing out 5 assists and not missing at the line in six tries. More of that, please, David. Sincererly, your fantasy owners. Al Thornton continued to thrive with Eric Gordon out of the Clipper lineup. Thornton had 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting and is rolling right now.

The Nets are still winless but that didn’t stop Brook Lopez (26 pts, 16 reb, 5 blk) and Chris Douglas-Roberts (27 pts, 12 reb) from putting cheshire smiles on their fantasy owners’ faces. The Pacers topped New Jersey, 91-83, behind fantasy surprise Dahntay Jones, who tallied 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, two turtle doves and a block. After each win the Pacers go to the local watering hole and laugh for hours about how I drafted Troy Murphy in the third round.

Carl Landry (27 pts, 9 reb vs. Phoenix) and Will Bynum (24 pts, 6 ast, 2 stl at Lakers) don’t have much in common other than joining Ersan Ilyasova (19 pts, 12 reb, 4 threes Monday vs. Dallas) as the trio that has me in the lead over Tom and Greg in the Damn Lies Deep Sleepers Bragging Rights Challenge, which I just made up. I picked those guys  in a preseason column and they are all looking very solid right now (Landry, Bynum and Ilyasova, not Tom and Greg, who are shaky at best both on and off the court).

Oh, I’d be remiss if I failed to mention the annoying news from Tuesday: Jameer Nelson is going under the knife again and could miss six weeks with a torn meniscus. Suddenly I’m craving some White Chocolate. Does this make the best pickups of the week Ben Wallace and Jason Williams? Should I grab Juwan Howard just to be safe? And are they all better options than Allen Iverson right now? Yes, yes they are. This wasn’t so annoying after all.

Daily Lies & Statistics: Son of Iver

I believe we'll see Iverson again... real soon.

I had a friend growing up with the last name Iverson and his father said it was a Danish surname that meant “son of Iver” — Sold! Now that Allen Iverson has parted ways with the Memphis Grizzlies, we can go ahead and make light of his last name. Prior to him walking, the Iverson Experience was a touchy subject. It was only a matter of time before AI walked and/or changed Mike Conley’s Memphis fridge calendar so that Jr. didn’t know which days to show up at the stadium. Sneaky!

Of course I kid. Frank Isola gave us a big heads up. The Knicks and Donnie Walsh are looking to meet with/discuss Iverson over the next 48 hours. Oh what fun that would be!

Greg touched on the Stephen Jackson trade yesterday, so I’ll only note that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Jackson started last night for the Bobcats (boy that was quick!) and put up a typical Jackson line: 45 min, 13 points, 4-of-14 fg, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, and a trey. Stephen Jackson, everyone.

Rashard Lewis returned to action last night and found himself in the starting lineup, playing 35 minutes and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Muscles. Lewis did score 10 and pick up two rebounds and an assist. Give him time. It’s only fair.

Jason Kidd almost triple-doubled last night in an overtime win against the Bucks — Dirk with the winner!! Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds, and 17 assists. I have J-Kidd in the Damn Lies league, so of course I’m going to gloat.

Ersan Ilyasova and his 19 points (4 treys) and 12 rebounds weren’t enough to beat Dallas. Who was that masked man?  I believe Jeff and I have both named Ilyasova a waiver add in the past few weeks. Not sayin’… just sayin’.

Rudy Fernandez took Travis Outlaw’s gig and Fernandezized it. He came off the bench to score 19 points, drain 4 treys and pick 4 steals. Martell Webster was quiet, leaving me to believe that Fernandez is the guy to add in Outlaw’s honor.

Joe Johnson went all max-contract on the Blazers last night scoring eight of his game-high 35 in the overtime period. I bring up the “max contract” because Johnson may be one of the “quietest” max guys in the game. He deserves a fantasy max, but a reality one? Debate.

Josh Smith kept his 11-game block streak going with three more last night. He’s good.

I almost forgot to mention that Flip Murray had 31 points. I vowed always to mention Flip when he dropped 30-plus. I’m a man of my words. Does it look like D.J. Augustin is the real loser in this Jackson trade to anyone else? How many Felton-Augustin sets are we going to see? And how often is Jackson going to play fewer than 40 minutes?

Troy Murphy is questionable tonight.

Pau Gasol is questionable tonight.

My chances of getting “action” tonight are OUT. So don’t start them.

I should post a link now: Tamer Chamma and I talked to Adrian Wojnarowski on the podcast last night just hours after the Iverson/Jackson stuff broke. He had a lot of interesting things and insider-y things to say:  http://rotoradio.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/353/

Daily Lies & Statistics: Going Green

In an effort to save the earth, I plan on ramming my Toyota Prius into the NY Knicks practice facility tomorrow afternoon. Is there anything worse in the world to own right now than a Knicks player for fantasy purposes? Possibly Lehman stock, but I think it’s debatable.

What an abomination the past few days have been. For the third consecutive week of fantasy hoops, everything I did was wrong. I’ll start with the benching of Andrew Bynum, who won first prize for his impersonation of Bill Walton, circa 1974. Bynum, who was iffy to play after hyperextending his elbow the previous scoring period, went nuts in every big man category, concluding the weekend with a 21-point, 11-rebound, five-block effort last night against the Rockettes. My centers of choice – Jermaine O’Neal and Amar’e Stoudemire – were their typical inconsistent selves. Nothing would please me more than to leave my carbon footprint in the side of the overrated Stoudemire’s cranium.

I see that Stephen Jackson was just traded to the Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vlad Radmanovic. What’s the over/under on the amount of days it takes before Larry Brown issues a Fatwah on Captain Jack, six weeks? Does MJ intervene by telling the world that Bryon Russell couldn’t stop him from completing this? Jackson, I’m sure, will curry favor with Brown from the moment he arrives, but when the losing commences and he is not allowed to unload shots at will, trouble will begin. This won’t end pretty.

Getting back to the damn games, how about this Brandon Jennings character? Was that an optical illusion or did he really drop 55 on the Warriors the other night? I’ve always said that college isn’t for everyone. Why is pretty much every franchise in professional sports named for a city except for Golden State?  Do the Oakland Warriors not sound cool enough? What is Golden State?

The Hornets, minus an injured Chris Paul and a jettisoned Byron Scott got trounced in Atlanta on Saturday and that could be a sign of things to come for both teams. New Orleans rookie Darren Collison should be the beneficiary of many of Paul’s minutes and could be a decent source of assists and steals the next few weeks. If Collison can’t step up, expect Bobby Brown, fresh off the Bell Biv DeVoe reunion tour, to provide an offensive spark.

As for the Hawks, they are rolling right now and receiving exceptional play from Josh Smith. This blocks and steals fiend is putting up numbers reminiscent of his phenomenal 2006-07. He stopped chucking up ridiculous threes and is shooting a robust 60 percent from the field. Al Horford has been a man in the interior and the pending Mike Bibby/Jamal Crawford/Joe Johnson disaster has actually not been a disaster at all. The three-headed monster is thriving as the talented Hawks, who have already won in Boston, are turning into legitimate contenders in the East.

In one of the biggest stories of the weekend, the Kings kept on winning without Kevin Martin, defeating the Rockets 109-100 on Friday. Rookie Tyreke Evans continued his stellar play with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists and the vastly talented Jason Thompson erupted for 27 points, 11 boards and two blocked shots. Now in his 24th year in the league, Kenny Thomas appeared in the contest.

The Clips broke their losing skid on Sunday with a nice win at Oklahoma City, despite a 40-point night out of Kevin Durant. Chris Kaman continued his absurd play with 25 points on 10-of-15 from the field and added seven caroms. Baron Davis is beginning to snap out of his year-long funk, exploding for 24, 5 and 6 with three steals in the win.

Along with Jennings and Evans, Houston PG Aaron Brooks has been one of the season’s biggest surprises. He is currently averaging 18.3 points and 5.9 assists and is coming off a 33-point barrage against the Lakers.

How is it only Nov. 16? It’s going to be a long season.

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