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Breakin' the Law(son)

Sunday, December 26, 2010



Marvin Williams F Hawks

Marvin's hit double digits in six of his last eight games, but has also been racking up boards, steals and 3-pointers. He's getting some extra run with Jamal Crawford out with a back injury, but Crawf should be back at some point in the near future. Even so, Marvin's still worth a look.

Nicolas Batum G/F Blazers

With Brandon Roy's future so cloudy, it's time to give Batum another look. He's been an inconsistent mess this season, but had 18 points and 10 boards on Christmas Day. It's not guaranteed he will start doing that on a nightly basis, but at some point you have to think he's going to realize that being aggressive is going to start paying off.

Martell Webster G/F Wolves

Webster has played in six games for the Wolves this season, scoring 17, 11, 19, 12, 18 and 16 points in each of them. He's also rebounding, handing out a couple dimes on most nights, and has knocked down 10 3-pointers on the season. Yes, I'm kind of waiting for the other shoe to fall on Webster, but so far he has looked like a very good player for the Wolves.

Mike Miller G/F Heat

I am not picking up Miller in any leagues. In fact, I'm not even paying that much attention to him. If you need threes in a Roto league, he might hit a ton of them. But because there are barely enough balls to go around for the Super Friends, I just don't see how Miller's going to get the ball enough to be a consistent fantasy performer. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm just not feeling Miller (or Mehmet Okur, for that matter).

Centers

Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan C Clippers

DeAndre Jordan is playing very well, but will definitely take a hit when Chris Kaman returns. Blake Griffin is stealing all the rebounds in L.A., while Kaman's name is now being kicked around in trade rumors. He'll be back soon from an ankle injury and should be put back into the mix for the Clippers. Don't expect All-Star production, but if you have a roster spot available and some patience, give him a look. As for Jordan, he's still worth owning for another week, or until you see Kaman back on the court.

Serge Ibaka F/C Thunder

Ibaka's on this list every single week, so I have to keep the streak alive. Nenad Krstic returned to action on Christmas Day, pushing Ibaka back to the bench, where he managed four points, six rebounds and three blocks. He's been pretty inconsistent all season, but remains a reliable source of boards and blocks, if you can handle the off scoring nights.

Brandon Bass F/C Magic

Bass worked out very well for those of you who stuck with him this week after the big trade. He returned to the starting lineup and posted lines of 21 & 9, and 17 & 6 in his last two games. I have no idea how long he'll keep it going, but now that the Magic have no one to back up Dwight Howard, Bass should start at PF and then get extra minutes as the backup C. He's also led his team in minutes played in two straight games, and I think I'm going to stick with him until we see how this plays out. And the icing on the cake will be if he plays enough center to actually qualify there in some leagues, but I'm not holding my breath on that one.

Marcin Gortat F/C Suns

I still think Gortat and Robin Lopez are going to split time this season and it's possible Lopez is the guy to own. But again, we're all waiting to see what Gortat will do with 25-30 minutes per game. I don't know when we'll see that happen, but in any case, he's probably still worth stashing away if you've got room on your bench.

Samuel Dalembert C Kings

Sammy D is back in the starting lineup (for now) and had 13 points, 12 boards, a steal and two blocks. Look, Paul Westphal simply doesn't know how to manage this team and despite the season being 1/3 over, and the fact they have just five wins, still has no set rotation. DeMarcus Cousins is back in the doghouse and could end up in the D-League or on the bench after his one-game suspension for the 'choke hold,' but either way, it's hard to trust anyone on this team. But if you're desperate for a center, now might be the right time to jump on Sammy's bandwagon. Just beware that he wasn't even worth owning prior to his last game.

Tiago Splitter F/C Spurs

Splitter, who was a preseason favorite of our, as well as most other fantasy sites, is finally making some noise. He's averaging 11.5 points and seven boards in his last two games and may finally be on the verge of getting 20 minutes tonight. If it happens, he's at least worth keeping an eye on.

Mehmet Okur F/C Jazz

I am not picking up Okur and haven't even put him on my radar. He's going to come off the bench and shouldn't be more than a 3-point specialist. It would probably take an injury to a starter to make him worth starting, but he's at least worth keeping an eye on now that he's playing again.


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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