PG Chauncey Billups
SG Landry Fields
SF Shawne Williams
PF Carmelo Anthony
C Amare Stoudemire
With the Knicks' roster thinned out, this rotation basically runs itself. Shawne Williams
and Ronny Turiaf
may flip around as starters based on matchups, but neither are good enough players to chase those starts. Similar to the Heat, this is a "Big Three" situation with everyone else lacking the shots/minutes to really be assets.
Even if Jared Jeffries
eventually starts, he will not get enough offensive looks to be worth anything in fantasy.OKLAHOMA CITY
PG Russell Westbrook
SG Thabo Sefolosha
SF Kevin Durant
PF Nick Collison
C Serge Ibaka
The Thunder's decision to give up Jeff Green
in exchange for the size of Kendrick Perkins
has nothing to do with the James Harden
timeshare. Those roles will stay the same.
It does, however, give Serge Ibaka
a valuable boost. With Perkins (knee) out 2-3 weeks, Ibaka will be given every opportunity to flash his skills. Expect him to take advantage and move to the starting power forward spot as soon as Perkins gets back. With a flourishing mid-range jumper, the upside with Ibaka is monstrous. Two blocks a night is a lock with 34-36 minutes.
The good news for Perkins is that the latest sprain is not the same knee that he tore up in the Finals last year. Sprained MCLs aren't huge deals and he should be able to quickly ramp up. If you can afford to wait a few weeks, similar lines to what we saw in Boston are within reach. PORTLAND
PG Andre Miller
SG Wesley Matthews
SF Nicolas Batum
PF LaMarcus Aldridge
C Marcus Camby
The Blazers' decision to add another wing player in Gerald Wallace
speaks volumes about their confidence in Brandon Roy
's knees. Look for Wallace -- not Roy -- to join the starting lineup soon, likely bumping out Nicolas Batum
It's a major blow to Batum, who has struggled badly of late anyway. He averages 34.3 minutes as a starter and 21.1 as a reserve. Look for Wallace to fit right in and get pumped up around 32 minutes quickly. Batum is headed for something closer to 25.
Meanwhile, Roy is being eased in way too slowly for fantasy owners. There is not much reason to wait around in standard leagues, especially if he can't even play on back-to-backs. Move on. RANDOM THOUGHTSLarry Sanders
is averaging 2.4 blocks per game as a starter this season and is line for tons of run with Andrew Bogut
(ribcage), Ersan Ilyasova
(concussion) and Drew Gooden
(foot) out. … It's not a coincidence that Greg Monroe
's breakout is happening with Ben Wallace
(personal) sidelined. Wallace is out indefinitely. … Mike Bibby
on the Heat? Yawn. There just aren't enough shots to go around and Bibby's defensive woes will prevent big minutes.