Injury and coaching inaptitude highlight this week’s edition of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em alone. Let’s get to work!
Jerryd Bayless: Jose Calderon owners beware! Bayless has played well in 2 of his last 3 games highlighted by a 23pt, 7reb, 6ast and 5 made threes effort against the Knicks on Sunday. Bayless is not a pure point guard but is instant offense which Toronto seems to lack. It is going to be interesting to see how Coach Jay Triano deploys the former Arizona guard going forward. Bayless will not play the up-tempo Knicks every night and his gaudy line has a lot to do with the opponent. If you have an open spot he is worth an add, otherwise I would Leave ‘Em alone for now and see what happens.
Carlos Boozer: If you saw Boozer’s debut on Wednesday night where the Orlando Magic vanquished the Bulls you might have been worried about all the rust on Boozer’s game. Friday vs. the Celtics Boozer showed improvement and Saturday in overtime against the Rockets Boozer was stellar (25pts and 9rebs). Although he may not rebound the way he used to because of the presence of Joakim Noah, he should still get between 8-10 rebounds per game with increased scoring. He has been very aggressive looking for his shot and he Rose look good together running the ol’ stand by pick and roll. Get Boozer in your lineups immediately. Love ‘Em.
Jamal Crawford: I don’t think anybody wants Jamal Crawford to play better than Jamal Crawford himself. He has been awful by his standards to start the year averaging 14pts on 34% shooting. Crawford seems to be allowing his dispute with management regarding his contract extension to affect his play. Joe Johnson will be out 4-6 weeks allowing Crawford the opportunity to turn his season around. Although he will continue to come off the bench, he should see increased playing time overall. I can’t I love ‘em as much as I am rooting for him but he should be plugged into lineups without much reservation.
DeMarcus Cousins: Who knows what will happen next in Sacramento. Cousins has now been named the starting center and should be added immediately if he was dropped in your league. Samuel Dalembert is a nice guy and all but has nowhere near the upside of Cousins. The Kings are not making the playoffs this season and they would be wise to allow Cousins to develop alongside Tyreke Evans for the remainder of the year. Cousins could be moved back to the bench or moved to power forward starting with Dalembert at a moment’s notice. In fact that is my next prediction in Sacramento…either way Cousins should be plugged in and watched. Love ‘Em.
Drew Gooden: My frustration with Gooden will come with few words here. Andrew Bogut is back, Corey Maggette is back, and Carlos Delfino should be back soon. That combination spells waiver wire for Gooden in my book. He will probably bounce back again at some point this season to astound and amaze but for now, Leave ‘Em alone.
Kyle Lowry: The end is near and maybe even prematurely so. Lowry has been more than serviceable in the absence of starter Aaron Brooks but reports are Brooks may return as early as December 10. I think that is a bit optimistic for Brooks and believe you can squeeze one more week out of Lowry as it should take Brooks a game or two to get his legs under him even if he does come back this week. Thanks Kyle it has been fun but after this week it’s on to the next one. Love ‘Em for one more week.
Josh McRoberts: He has been a very popular addition as he has been providing some very low end value as of late. McRoberts is a hustle and energy guy but nothing more than that. He will continue to provide very modest numbers while Danny Granger and Darren Collison continue to struggle but is still not worth an addition unless you are in a 20 plus team league. Leave ‘Em alone.
J.R. Smith: Here we go again! If you have been following the career of Smith you have seen this before. In doghouse out of doghouse, in doghouse out of doghouse. Right now he is roaming free and tearing things up around the league in his last 3 games 23.6pts and 7.3rebs not to mention 11-22 from the 3point line. Your guess is as good as mine as to when Smith will again visit the doghouse. Carmelo Anthony played limited minutes in the first two Smith explosions but Smith continued his tear in the last game with Anthony playing his usual allotment of minutes. I have a feeling I am going to regret this but Love ‘Em. (Trade him while he is hot if you can, I would love that better!)
Evan Turner: He has been awful since the return of Andre Iguodala. Jodie Meeks is now the starting shooting guard putting Turner on the bench and most fans don’t even know who Jodie Meeks is. That should tell you all you need to know about Turner’s situation right now. When Coach Collins is ready to punt on the season or another guard/wing gets injured, Turner might resurface with value. That day is not today and you need to Leave ‘Em alone.
Beno Udrih: Guess who’s back? Udrih is again the starting point guard in Sacramento. SHOCKER! The Luther Head experiment was a failure of epic proportions, one of many in the land of Kings this season. Udrih never complained about his role change and even managed to produce a couple of decent lines coming off the bench. Now that he is starting again and hopefully for good he should return to providing solid number 3 or 4th guard value. Love ‘Em.
Marvin Williams: Although I believe it is Jamal Crawford who needs to step up while Joe Johnson misses the next 4-6 weeks, Marvin Williams has an excellent opportunity to increase his production as well. Williams will continue to start and really is the most natural scorer in the Hawks starting 5 next to Al Horford (who isn’t really that natural of a scorer). So by virtue of being on the court before Crawford enters the game Williams should have a great opportunity to produce. He played well in the first two games Johnson was out but threw up a stinker against the Heat. Defending Lebron and having Lebron defend you isn’t usually a recipe for success so I will give him a pass on that one. He should have already been scooped up off your waiver wire but double check to make sure. Love ‘Em.
A final note before I wrap up. Jordan Farmar was lights out in the absence of Devin Harris last week and only helped those in leagues with daily transactions. Harris returned on Sunday but Farmar still played well in a blowout loss to the defensively stingy Celtics. I think Farmar is worth holding onto not as a replacement to Harris but Avery Johnson might go with a 3 guard lineup for large stretches based on how well Farmar has played. This is purely speculation on my part so take that for what it is worth. Another week of ups and downs but as always I wish you all well in your leagues. Until next week my friends.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com