Tag: allen iverson
Allen Iverson just won’t leave us alone.
The Answer was The Problem in Memphis and though it’s somewhat surprising that he’s still being seriously considered by the New York Knicks and, reportedly, the Miami Heat, the reality is that he could be returning to the basketball court very soon.
His fantasy value will likely be better in New York or Miami than it was going to be in Memphis, but we’ll table that discussion for when (or if) Iverson actually lands somewhere.
He’s the epitome of a hired gun, but fantasy owners have to be at least a bit intrigued by this storyline.
So, where do you think A.I. will end up? Let us know what you think in the poll below and please share your comments, too. (continue reading…)
If you’re looking for good daily fantasy recaps (besides the ones I post here and on Dimemag.com), check out these sites:
- Give Me The Rock – these guys never disappoint; check out today’s recap here
- FourPointPlay – good stuff; check out today’s recap here
- Fantasy Basketball Daily – thorough overviews of each game; read today’s box score review here
- Rotoworld – last but definitely not least; read today’s Daily Dose here
- FourPointPlay, The Fantasy Lounge and Give Me The Rock recently posted their takes on what to do with certain players who are struggling or surging.
- Brian McKitish at ESPN.com posted his rankings of the top 130 players and discusses the scarceness of blocks and steals.
- Matt Buser at Yahoo! Sports writes about T-Mac, Iverson, Don Nelson and more in his NBA Skinny.
[Read the full, original post at Dimemag.com]
Weekend Wonder: Tyreke Evans is filling in nicely for Kevin Martin. The Kings’ stud rookie averaged 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and just 1 turnover in two games over the weekend, while also hitting 1.5 threes, shooting 50 percent (15-30) from the field and 85 percent (22-26) from the free throw line.
Brook Lopez (11/6) – 10-16 FG (63%), 6-9 FT (67%), 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 3 TO
Anthony Randolph (11/6) – 5-15 FG (33%), 3-4 FT (75%), 13 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO
DJ Mbenga (11/8) – 5-9 FG (56%), 0-1 FT (0%), 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk
Boris Diaw (11/7) – 8-14 FG (57%), 1-3 FT (33%), 3 3ptm, 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 6 TO
John Salmons (11/7) – 9-16 FG (56%), 7-9 FT (78%), 2 3ptm, 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO (continue reading…)
With the first week of the 2009-10 NBA season under our collective belt, it’s time to look forward to Week 2.
4 games: ATL, BOS, DEN, DET, LAL, MEM, MIN, NJ, NO, NY, ORL, PHO, SAC, UTA, WAS
3 games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, GS, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, OKC, PHI, POR, TOR
2 games: SA
Waiver wire watch:
- Rafer Alston: Four games + no Devin Harris = nice week for Skip to My Lou (20/2/8, 3 threes in first game without Harris)
- Brandon Jennings: He’s proving to be quite an attractive fantasy player so far, though his turnovers and FT% are mediocre (continue reading…)
Allen Iverson is signing with the Memphis Grizzlies for what is expected to be a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.
This move (along with the trade for Zach Randolph) is questionable at best for the well-being of the young Memphis Grizzlies, who have a stable of promising young players that will probably be weighed down by the presence of these two historically selfish players.
While much can be said about this interesting signing, we’ll table that for now and get right down to the fantasy impact.
- For Iverson, this move cements his spot in the realm of fantasy mediocrity. He’ll most likely be backing up the point guard position, which means he won’t get anywhere close to the 36:30 he played each game in Detroit last season. Expect him to put up decent stats once every couple weeks, but the Answer is no longer that for any fantasy squad. His name still holds weight but don’t think of him as anything more than a guard to fill out the bottom of your bench in most fantasy leagues. It’ll be surprising if AI can put up more than 14/2/3.5 and a steal per game.
The key here is that Iverson will have to live with fewer minutes and touches, which is a growing shadow of bad things to come for him and the team. As Geoff Calkins at the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes:
“Iverson was unhappy backing up Rip Hamilton in Detroit, understand. The man would be unhappy sharing minutes with God. If you think he’s going to merrily sit on the bench behind Conley and O.J. Mayo as the Grizzlies lose another 50 games, I have an Iverson workout video I’d like to sell you.”
Which brings us to our next two bullet points…
- With Iverson set to backup (read: steal minutes from) Mike Conley at the point guard spot, don’t expect any uptick in the third-year player’s stats this season. This is a shame, since Conley had a real shot at becoming a more consistent, productive point guard for fantasy squads this season. It should be considered a success if Conley can maintain his minutes and production from last season.
- O.J. Mayo, who had a stellar rookie year in 2008-09, was set to be an under-the-radar fantasy stud this season. He played 38:06 per game last year and averaged 18.5/3.8/3.2 along with 1.8 threes and 1.1 steals per outing. Since Iverson will inevitably play some minutes at the two-guard spot, Mayo’s heavy minutes are now under threat to either remain the same or even dip a bit, which could mean the same for his production. He’s still worthy of a spot on your roster, but keep your expectations in check.
- For the rest of the Grizzlies’ relevant fantasy players (Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol), Iverson’s presence means less touches and shots, which doesn’t bode well for their values.
As if all the red in this post doesn’t spell it out for you, think of it this way: Iverson is a wet towel that’s been thrown onto the entire Grizzlies roster. It’s possible that one or two of his teammates will figure out a way to thrive underneath, or even escape its evil, damp clenches, but the chances for anything good coming from this situation are slim at best.