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Daily fantasy recap: 2.24

by on Feb.24, 2010, under Other

Kobe Bryant

Kobe doesn't like wasting time. (NBAE via Getty Images/Joe Murphy)

[Read the full, original post at Dimemag.com]

Beast of the Night: Kobe Bryant wasted no time reasserting himself, finishing with 32 points, 3 threes, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 turnovers against the Grizzlies. He’s back.

Noteworthy Lines:
Mo Williams – 2-9 FG (22%), 1-1 FT (100%), 1 3ptm, 6 Pts, 1 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO

David Lee – 13-22 FG (59%), 2-4 FT (50%), 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO

Ray Allen – 9-14 FG (64%), 5-6 FT (835), 1 3ptm, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO (continue reading…)

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Fantasy week 5 preview

by on Nov.23, 2009, under Quick hits

Hill is sloping downward lately. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Hill is sloping downward lately. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

It’s hard to believe we’re already five weeks into this NBA season, but that’s reality of my calendar is correct. A lot has gone on in the form of injuries, waiver wire drama and lineup changes, so let’s take a deep breath and dive into this week’s fantasy preview.

Game watch:
4 games: DAL, DEN, LAC, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJ, NY, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SA, TOR
3 games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DET, GS, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, OKC, PHO, UTA, WAS
2 games: CHI, NO

Waiver wire watch:

  • Jason Williams: his most recent line was solid and he should see plenty of minutes while Jameer Nelson is out
  • James Harden: he’s turning things around, though his shooting is still unreliable
  • Mike Dunleavy: nearing his return, should be treated with delicacy in real life and fantasy life (continue reading…)
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Hill stays with Suns, what it means for Stoudemire

by on Jul.10, 2009, under Free agents

Grant Hill has finally decided to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns for one season at $3 million with a player option for another year at $3.24 million, according to The Arizona Republic.  It seemed that the New York Knicks had a good shot at signing Hill but they fell short, along with the Boston Celtics.

Does Hill's re-signing with the Suns hint at Stoudemire's immediate future?

Does Hill's re-signing with the Suns hint at Stoudemire's immediate future?

For Hill, who came off of a solid season stats-wise and a stellar season health-wise (he played in all 82 games for the first time in his career), stands to benefit from the likely departure of Matt Barnes.  This will give Hill, 36, less competition at the small forward spot, which will mean more than the 29:48 per game he played last season.

Don’t expect anything more than 32 minutes a night though, and remain wary of his health.  It’s almost inevitable that he’ll make up for last year’s perfect attendance by reverting back to the mean and missing at least a handful of games this season.  Still, expect around 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a steal per game, about what Hill produced last season.  He’ll remain an efficient player with high field goal and free throw percentages and low turnovers, who won’t carry your team but will be a solid utility player in most leagues.

Maybe the most interesting implication here is how much of a guarantee this is that Amar’e  Stoudemire will be staying in Phoenix this year.  Stoudemire was the center of loud trade speculation in June, particularly with the Golden State Warriors, who were said to have offered Andres Biedrins and their No. 7 pick (Stephen Curry) in return for the Suns’ stud center.

Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic mentions Hill’s agent, Lon Babby, and his thoughts on Stoudemire’s status:

Babby said Amaré Stoudemire’s status after June trade talks was also a “concern” for Hill, who strengthened his relationship with Stoudemire this summer.

“I think the expectation is he would be there next year,” Babby said. “There was no reason to think he wouldn’t be there next year.”

With Shaquille O’Neal gone and with all signs pointing to a successful recovery from surgery on his retina, Stoudemire seems set to boost his numbers back to 2007-08 levels (25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks per game), assuming he actually stays with the Suns.

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Murmurs: LeBron, Ariza, Hill and Marion

by on Jul.07, 2009, under Free agents

Here’s a glimpse into some juicy murmurs circling the NBA:

  • Trevor Ariza has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, but will he change his mind and skip to Cleveland to join LeBron?

    Trevor Ariza has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, but will he change his mind and skip to Cleveland to join LeBron?

    He said, he said: LeBron James is denying reports that he told former free agent and soon-to-be Houston Rocket Trevor Ariza that he was staying in Cleveland beyond next summer, when James becomes a free agent himself.  Back-and-forth aside, Ariza could still pull a Turkoglu and sign with the Cavs tomorrow, when free agents can officially sign with their new teams.  Regardless, Ariza stands to gain a boost in minutes, especially if he ends up in Houston, where Artest’s absence leaves a big hole for him to fill.  Throw in the possible absence of Yao Ming for the season and Ariza’s potential for a breakout season is even more sexy.  On the Cavaliers, Ariza’s value would only see a modest  boost, since he plays the same position as James and would be competing for shots with the King and Mo Williams, not to mention Shaquille O’Neal.

  • It seems like there is more and more reason to believe Grant Hill will be leaving the Phoenix Suns and sign on with the Boston Celtics.  First off, if he does sign with the Celtics, they would have a lineup filled with big names: Hill, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace?  It reads like an All-Star lineup a few years ago.  But, as everyone knows, all of these players, save Pierce, are seeing age and mileage catching up to them, muting their production.  Still, Hill would provide the Celtics a solid, dynamic sixth man.  His value would decline on the Celtics, where he would likely see around 20 minutes per night.  Hill is still being sought after by the New York Knicks where his value would be higher than it would be on the Celtics, and the Suns, so this is far from done.
  • Once upon a time, Shawn Marion was a perennial top three fantasy basketball player.  Then he got selfish and whiny and went to the Miami Heat and then to the Toronto Raptors and his value hasn’t recovered since.  Now there are reports that the Dallas Mavericks are trying to engineer a sign-and-trade involving a Jerry Stackhouse buyout.  There are a few ways this could go down, but Marion stands to benefit either way.  Playing alongside a distributor like Jason Kidd and a star like Dirk Nowitzki should boost Marion’s scoring and rebounds per night.
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