Week 16 and football is officially over, giving basketball the sports spotlight until baseball begins in April. Here is this week’s edition of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Alone.
JJ Barea: Barea has started the last two games for Dallas with modest results. He averaged 12.5pts last week highlighted by a 22pt explosion against the Knicks. He shoots a good percentage and hits a couple 3’s but little else. If he continues to start he is worth a look but I am not rushing out to insert him into my lineups. Leave ‘Em alone.
Andris Biedrins: After some early season struggles Biedrins is starting to get his act together. Grabbing double digit rebounds in 3 of his last 4 games, one could do worse at the center position. He could very well be sitting idly on your league’s waiver wire. If you are in need of a center pick him up. Love ‘Em.
Michael Beasley : Beasley is plagued by injuries and probably can’t wait to get some rest All-Star weekend. He played 13 minutes on Friday night after he tweaked his ankle for what seems like the 100th time this year. He returned Saturday night despite not being 100% and posted 23pts, 5ast, and 4rebs. So I guess that means he is good to go. Love ‘Em.
Baron Davis: Davis I only mention selfishly as he has played 2 games since scaring owners with back spasms on Wednesday. I thought he might be out or play limited minutes as a result of those spasms given his history and benched him in my daily leagues Friday. Naturally Davis played and went mad with 22pts, 13ast, 4ast, and 4stls against the Hawks on my bench. Davis is a different player this year and while the numbers are not mouth dropping there is no reason to bench him at this point. Love ‘Em.
Mike Dunleavy: Dunleavy seems to be adjusting somewhat to the new rotations of Coach Frank Vogel. His scoring has been up and down but seems to contribute in enough categories to keep starting. Shooting the 3 and snatching a couple steals keep his value at an acceptable level. Love ‘Em.
Ersan IIyasova: With the news that Drew Gooden is going to miss the next 4-6 weeks Illyasova is the main beneficiary of the minutes Gooden would have gotten. He is an underrated rebounder and has been playing extremely well but somewhat under the radar. 14.7pts and 9.2 rebs last week. He only had 6pts Saturday night but should be locked and loaded for your lineups. Love ‘Em.
Richard Jefferson: RJ had been struggling despite the Spurs dominance over the league. He has picked it back up recently at least in the scoring department. Posting shooting guard like numbers with 14.6pts, 2rebs, and 1blk over the last week. Not exactly inspiring and I would Leave ‘Em alone unless I had no choice.
Andrei Kirilenko: AK47 is struggling with an ankle injury and is listed as day to day. He hopes to play Monday and has not been affected by a move to the bench in recent weeks. I think he comes back and plays to the level owners have been enjoying. Love ‘Em.
Anthony Parker: There is no remedy for the Cavaliers record losing streak. All Coach Byron Scott can do is continue to shuffle the lineup and hope for varying results. Back in the starting lineup is Anthony Parker sending Manny Harris to the bench. He averaged 14.6pts with 2 3’s per game last week. Add and stash to see how things play out this week.
Quincy Pondexter: Trevor Ariza went down last week with an ankle injury and is expected to miss 1-3 weeks. Pondexter got the start Saturday night in Ariza’s place and did nothing of note. Marcus Thornton picked up the load slightly Saturday but Pondexter is a Monty Williams favorite. Yet, given his performance of 0pts in 15 minutes the decision is clear. Leave ‘Em Alone.
Luke Ridnour/Johnny Flynn: Ridnour missed the entire week with injury and an undisclosed personal matter to attend to. Flynn stepped up and looked more comfortable in Ridour’s absence with 10pts and 5.3ast last week. Ridnour might have lost some minutes to Flynn going forward and it looks like an ugly situation is developing. Leave ‘Em both alone and let’s see how this plays out.
Marvin Williams: He rewarded owners with 15pts and 12rebs Saturday night against the Wizards. That was without Al Horford in the lineup and Horford should be back on Tuesday. Williams is going to be in and out of the starting lineup based on matchups, so owners should keep that in mind going forward but should start him with relative confidence. Love ‘Em.
Hope you enjoy(ed) the Super Bowl and that your team got the “W”. Full speed ahead as basketball moves to the sports front page. Have a great week everybody.
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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