Tag: jason kidd
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Beast of the Night: Jason Kidd was a monster again, putting up a line to the tune of 16 points, 2 threes, 8 boards, 10 assists, 5 steals, 1 block and 4 turnovers. He shot 83 percent (5-6) from the floor and 100 percent (4-4) from the line. Kidd remains one of the best fantasy point guards today.
Brandon Jennings – 7-21 FG (33%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 3ptm, 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl
Wilson Chandler – 10-18 FG (56%), 3-3 FT (100%), 1 3ptm, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO
Danilo Gallinari – 5-14 FG (36%), 8-10 FT (80%), 2 3ptm, 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 TO
Mike Conley – 8-12 FG (67%), 4 3ptm, 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk (continue reading…)
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Beast of the Night: Jason Kidd went off for 22 points, 5 threes, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. He shot 50 percent (8-16) from the field, 50 percent (1-2) from the line and turned the ball over twice. He won’t score like this very often, but his overall value remains intact this season.
Andrew Bogut – 10-19 FG (53%), 2-6 FT (33%), 22 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk
Elton Brand – 8-12 FG (67%), 5-6 FT (83%), 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 TO
O.J. Mayo – 8-13 FG (62%), 3-4 FT (75%), 1 3ptm, 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO
Ronnie Brewer – 11-16 FG (69%), 2-2 FT (100%), 1 3ptm, 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO, 3 Stl (continue reading…)
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Beast of the Night: Dirk Nowitzki hit the game-winner in Milwaukee last night and put up with 32 points, 1 three, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block while shooting 48 percent (12-25) from the field, 88 percent (7-8) from the line and zero turnovers. Diggler’s on a tear.
Brandon Jennings – 8-22 FG (36%), 5-8 FT (63%), 4 3ptm, 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO
Jason Kidd – 3-7 FG (43%), 3 3ptm, 9 Pts, 10 Reb, 17 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 TO
Andre Miller – 4-10 FG (40%), 6-6 FT (100%), 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO
Josh Smith – 8-14 FG (57%), 4-7 FT (57%), 20 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO (continue reading…)
These rankings are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league with nine categories (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers).
- Brandon Roy: Roy just signed a five-year extension with the Portland Trail Blazers for between $72 million to $82 million. This is big bucks for a big-time player. After notching rookie of the year honors, the aptly named Roy has gone on to have two all-star seasons for the Trail Blazers. With Andre Miller on board, Roy will have less ball handling duties, which could impact his assists in minor fashion, but could mean that he breaks the 24-ppg mark this season. He’s a reliable all-around player who could easily be taken in the first round of most drafts.
Caron Butler: The productive small forward for the Washington Wizards played well last season but struggled because of nagging injuries. Assuming he starts this year healthy, and assuming that Gilbert Arenas will be running the show again in D.C., Tough Juice should return to prime form this season. With Arenas hopefully back, Butler’s turnovers will most likely decrease. Having Mike Miller on board should also lighten Butler’s physical burden.
- Andre Iguodala: AI9, as Iguodala dubs himself on Twitter, has already proven that he can put together fantastic all-around numbers. His battle this year will be for more consistency. With the departure of Miller, Iguodala now takes the reins as the on-court leader of this team. A healthy Elton Brand will affect Iguodala’s stats in a positive way, but that is far from a certainty. Expect him to break through the 20-ppg barrier, hand out more assists and, consequently, more turnovers.
- Joe Johnson: Another great all-around producer, Johnson doesn’t really hurt you anywhere. His near-guaranteed minutes in the Atlanta Hawks lineup also helps to make him a reliable stud in fantasy leagues. Expect him to pick up right where he left off, with averages of 20/4/6 with 2 three-pointers per game as reasonable expectations.
- Jason Kidd: He’ll start the season at 36 years old, but that won’t keep him from flirting with triple-doubles every now and then. Kidd’s field goal percentage (41.6 percent last season) is painful, but his three-point shooting, free-throw shooting and all around game (not to mention his ability to make two thefts per game) still make him a valuable asset on your fantasy roster. With the addition of Shawn Marion on the Dallas Mavericks, expect Kidd to have a couple more easy opportunities for assists each game. Don’t let the absence of double digits on his stat sheet fool you: Kidd can still play.
- Chauncey Billups: Yes, Billups is entering this season at 33 years of age, but his game is crafted for longevity. His efficiency is what makes him so valuable every year and that shouldn’t change this season.
- Jose Calderon: Placing the Spaniard this high in the second round may be a bit hopeful, but the man can play. He put up solid figures in 68 games last season, all the while struggling to play through a nagging hamstring injury. With his health fully back and with a new sharpshooter in Hedo Turkoglu to find out on the perimeter, Calderon could finally break into double-double territory.
- Steve Nash: He’s old (35) but with the Phoenix Suns’ Shaq-free roster looking more like it did under Mike D’Antoni, Nash’s stats could see a small revival this season. Nash is also one of the most efficient players in the entire league, with stunning shooting percentages all around.
- Dwight Howard: Some will be surprised to see him this low, but with crippling free-throw shooting and lots of turnovers it’s hard to put Howard higher than this. True, he’ll almost single-handedly win you rebounds and blocks each week, but he’ll also almost submerge your team’s free throw percentage. You know what you’ll get with Howard, and if you can structure your team to accommodate his weaknesses, he’s as great as they come.
- Tim Duncan: Duncan is a lock for about 19/11 with 2 blocks per game. His free-throw percentage is the only thing to frown at. Otherwise, Duncan is always a steadying presence on any fantasy roster.
- Kevin Garnett: If he’s healthy, expect KG to come back with a vengeance. While it’s sometimes dangerous to use a player’s personal attributes as the basis for fantasy expectations, Garnett’s fire and hunger cannot be ignored here. He won’t see more than 32 minutes per game, but his high shooting percentages and consistent mix of steals, blocks and rebounds still make him valuable in fantasy leagues. Just know that he carries more injury risk now than we’re accustomed to.
- Antawn Jamison: For some reason, Jamison always seem to be underrated in most fantasy leagues. Nevertheless, he remains a very helpful power forward who is good for one or two three-pointers per night, along with 20+ points and 8+ rebounds.
Marion, who had a dismal 2008-09 campaign by his standards, should see his numbers rise across the board this season as he plays alongside Jason Kidd, who isn’t the same as Steve Nash but will surely learn to find his new teammate in the right spots very quickly. He won’t play like he did from 2001 to 2008, when he was a perennial top-five fantasy player, but there is little reason to believe that being back in the states, in Dallas, will give a bit of refreshing wind in Marion’s sails.
Playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki could prove tricky, since they are both power forwards, though Marion plays just as well as a small forward, but the good news is that they are both versatile players who will give defenders matchup problems all season long.
- Marion will get more touches, shots and better three-point looks than he did last season, as a result of playing with Kidd and Nowitzki. Expect somewhere around 15 points, 9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1 block a night. He won’t be a top-three pick again, especially as he enters the upcoming season at 31 years old, but putting him in the top 20 of your draft lists shouldn’t be too far of a reach.
- Kidd will likely benefit by handing out more assists to the slashing and alley-oopable Marion. His turnovers may see a slight increase if too many of his passes to a cutting Marion get picked off, but this should be negligible.
- Nowitzki probably won’t benefit or be hurt too much by Marion’s presence on the team. Marion is a player who is effective without ever needing the ball in his hands, so Nowitzki’s offensive game shouldn’t be too different. While Marion will take more shots than any of the players the Mavs look to be unloading, Nowitzki could be handing out another assist or so a night to his new teammate. His shots will likely drop back to around 17 or 18 per night, which is where that figure has hovered around until he took 20 shots per game last season, but this will be evened out by higher shooting percentages.
- Josh Howard will likely see his struggles from last season continue and even deepen this year with the presence of Marion. Howard is probably the one player on the Mavericks’ current roster whose style of play is most similar to Marion’s. He’ll have to find his shots and spots a little more now.