by Jason on Aug.07, 2009, under Uncategorized
Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis was suspended for 10 games by the NBA for failing a drug test on Thursday. He claims that he was not aware that the over-the-counter substance was banned by the league, though some may see that as an untenable excuse.
Lewis will also lose out on $1.6 million of his $18 million pay this season.
Thoughts on the actual incident aside, this clearly does not bode well for Lewis’ fantasy value. True, 10 games isn’t a huge portion of the season, but it’ll mean that he won’t be able to be inserted into lineups for about three weeks. Also, if this episode has a detrimental effect on his psychological confidence, this could spell some trouble for Lewis, who is one of the more efficient, consistent and valuable forwards in the NBA, both in reality and for fantasy purposes.
This may also have a negative effect on Lewis’ team, which is filled with new players. Not only will the team have to get used to its new chemistry at the start of the season, but it will have to adjust again when Lewis returns. This could mean some inconsistency from players like Vince Carter, Matt Barnes and Brandon Bass, though these players will see extra run in the first 10 games of the year.
Lewis is still a solid second or third round pick in most leagues, but if you shy away from picking him because he’s missing the first few weeks of the season, no one can blame you.