Tag: tyson chandler
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Beast of the Night: Donte Greene was a monster against the Knicks last night, posting 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 6 blocks while nailing 6 threes and shooting 69 percent (9-13) from the field. When’s the last time a player hit 6 threes and blocked 6 shots in the same game?
Marcus Camby – 6-14 FG (43%), 2-3 FT (67%), 1 3ptm, 15 Pts, 21 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk
Tyson Chandler – 2-4 FG (50%), 1-2 FT (50%), 5 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 6 Blk, 1 TO
Andre Iguodala – 8-18 FG (44%), 7-8 FT (88%), 2 3ptm, 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO
Jason Williams – 9-12 FG (75%), 3-5 FT (60%), 4 3ptm, 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (continue reading…)
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.
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…)
Studs: Gerald Wallace
Duds: Tyson Chandler
The Charlotte Bobcats are a tricky team to assess – they’re always dealing with injuries, and with a new (injury-prone) center and a new style of play set to be integrated into its offense, the Bobcats are somewhat of a mystery.
An offense with more emphasis on running should boost most of the players’ productivity on a team that seems fit for a faster pace. This bodes especially well for Wallace, Raymond Felton, D.J. Augustin and Raja Bell, who will surely welcome anything that resembles the Phoenix Suns offense that made him so valuable a few years ago (so long as he remains on board). Boris Diaw is the keystone in this plan and his recovery from an ankle injury serves as a reminder of how vulnerable to injuries this team’s success is.
- Nick Friedell at ESPN Chicago is shedding more light on Tracy McGrady’s off-season recovery. This will surely add much fuel to the fire of optimism that seems to be brewing for T-Mac this season. While it appears that McGrady is getting sexier and sexier by the day, don’t befooled – he’s still the same risk he was last season, and the season before that, and the season before that… You get the picture. Yes, this is good news for him, especially as a human being recovering from physical and mental hardships, but don’t fall for him just yet. If you do find yourself with McGrady on your roster, look to deal him rather than hold onto him.
- Rick Bonell at The Charlotte Observer lists 10 things he observed at the Bobcats pick-up games last week, and there are lots of juicy bits of information there. Among them are:
Tyson Chandler isn’t playing yet, but is working on screen-and-roll plays with Raymond Felton.
- Nazr Mohammed looks like he’s in great shape. (Regardless, so long as Chandler is healthy, Mohammed has little value.)
- D.J. Augustin seems to be fully recovered from the abdominal injury that plagued him last year.
- Kenyon Martin had some interesting things to say to the Sports Guys at 104.3 The Fan in Denver. He says his legs “feel great” and that he has his “hops back,” adding that he hasn’t felt this great in five years. This is good news for K-Mart, who is a solid fantasy play when given enough minutes, but he’ll have a hard time finding playing time with Nene and the emerging Chris Andersen ready to battle for significant playing time in the front court.
- Michael Beasley has returned to the Miami Heat after spending a month in rehab, according to the Associated Press. He worked out with the team on Monday and “easily” passed the conditioning test. This is good news, but wait to see whether or not the second-year forward can sustain consistent production this year.
- Okafor shouldn’t see that big of a difference in his statistics this year on the Hornet. He’s primarily a rebounder and shot blocker who will be asked to plug the hole that Chandler is leaving behind. He is accustomed to taking more shots per game than Chandler, but given Okafor’s superior offensive game this shouldn’t be a problem for the Hornet to accommodate. With Chris Paul as his new point guard, expect Okafor to be the recipient of some of those famous lob passes as he benefits from his new floor general’s smart play. Expect his stats to remain around the same as last season, with potential for another rebound or two per game.
- Chandler, on the other hand, will see bigger numbers this year. This will partly be due to his improved health, as he is recovered from a toe injury that has plagued him for a while now. Another reason for expectations for a better year than last is a small nugget of information that his new coach Larry Brown dropped: Chandler will see some time at power forward. This pending position flexibility, if Brown does indeed go through with his plan, immediately boosts Chandler’s value. (Okafor is already a forward/center in most fantasy formats.) If Chandler is really healthy, expect his numbers to bounce back to levels that are closer to 2007-08 than 2008-09.