Boxscore Breakdown Day 119: In Thad We Trust

Thaddeus Young

Photo Courtesy: Philadelphia 76ers

MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers:
28 points (11-19 FG, 3-4 FT), 3 three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers

Could Thaddeus Young be a top 10 fantasy player down the stretch? It sure looks that way. With no one really left on the Sixers bar Michael Carter-Williams, Young is taking over and posting up some monster stat lines. He now has 13 steals in his last two games — ridiculous!.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Carmelo Anthony
  2. Chris Paul
  3. DeAndre Jordan
  4. Derrick Favors
  5. Anthony Davis
  6. Jose Calderon
  7. Kelly Olynyk
  8. Ersan Ilyasova
  9. O.J. Mayo

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics (1.1% owned):
21 points (8-13 FG, 4-4 FT), 1 three, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 0 turnovers

Buoyed by the absence of Jared Sullinger, Olynyk went off against the Jazz, posting his highest points total since January 17th. His minutes will probably drop back to around 20 when Sullinger returns so that makes it hard to own Olynyk in standard leagues, but it’s good to see his output when he gets the minutes.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans:
26 points (7-16 FG, 12-13 FT), 0 threes, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover

This award looks like it’ll be shared between Davis and Damian Lillard for a good portion of this season. Davis was superb yet again and the fantastic free throw shooting as a centre is gold in fantasy. An elite player.

THE STINKER – First Annual Joe Johnson Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Mediocrity

Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors:
4 points (2-10 FG, 0-0 FT), 0 threes, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers

This was not good. Just when Iggy looked like he was turning things around, he drops a steamer on us. Let’s hope for a bounce back in the next game, but Iggy is definitely not a top 75 player this season, as he was in the preseason.

NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION

Ty Lawson is still questionable to play on Tuesday and if he does miss again, Aaron Brooks should get another start.

Nene has a sprained left MCL and will be out 4-6 weeks and can probably be dropped in all formats now. It’s either going to be Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin who gets the value — I’d lean with Seraphin as he has more upside.

Andrew Bogut returned from his shoulder injury on Monday and started alongside Jermaine O’Neal.

Derrick Favors made his return from a hip complaint against Boston and in doing so, popped the balloon that was Enes Kanter‘s fantasy value.

Glen Davis is now officially a Los Angeles Clipper. He has no real fantasy value.

Kawhi Leonard remains a game time decision for Wednesday’s game, but did practice fully on Monday.

It’s unlikely that LaMarcus Aldridge will play on Tuesday for Portland as he hasn’t been cleared to travel yet. Thomas Robinson has good short term value.

Whispers of Danny Granger‘s buyout grew louder and it looks to be imminent.

Drew Gooden has signed a 10 day contract with the Wizards. Ignore him for now.

Timofey Mozgov will be the Nuggets new starter at centre, replacing the slumping J.J. Hickson.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, New York Knicks – 44

Melo is doing it on his own for New York and it’s not enough. The Knicks are reeling and Melo needs help. Until they can get him that help — which won’t be this season — Anthony is going to keep putting up bonkers lines and will end the season in the top 10 of fantasy players.

Most Threes – O.J. Mayo, SG, Milwaukee Bucks – 7
Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks – 7
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, New York Knicks – 7
Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers – 7

What an interesting night! With only five games on, it’s quite surprising that we had four separate guys hit seven three-pointers.

O.J. Mayo had his best game since returning from his illness and is showing a glimmer f the form he showed last year in Dallas. He’s worth a flier in leagues deeper than 12 teams.

Vince Carter has been superb this season and he should be owned in 12 team leagues for his scoring and three-point shooting.

Melo and Crawford are already owned everywhere. Melo also added nine rebounds, while Crawford poured in 24 points and five dimes.

Most ReboundsDeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers – 16

Jordan also scored 14 points and four blocks and has been superb this season. I doubt many people would’ve thought he would be leading the NBA in rebounds at this stage of the season.

Most AssistsChris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers – 13

Yawn. Chris Paul again. He added 19 points and another two steals, hitting all seven of his free throws. Can Paul finally have some playoff success?

Most Steals – Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers – 6

13 steals in two games in phenomenal and that’s exactly what Young has done. If you an trade for him, do it, but it’s going to be mighty hard to get value now.

Most BlocksJeremy Evans, SF, Utah Jazz – 4
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers – 4
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks – 4

Antetokounmpo had a really nice game, scoring 13 points with six rebounds and four assists. This is what he could be able to do if he was a little more consistent ad it’s also why I think he is going to be a stud in years to come.

Jeremy Evans has been producing good numbers in his limited minutes. He only played 18 minutes against Boston, and had four points, six rebounds and two steals. He’s someone to own in deep leagues only.

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