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The Week's Top NBA Pickups

Friday, March 30, 2012


 

GUARDS - THE REST

 

Baron Davis Knicks – Jeremy Lin is out again Friday and Davis should continue to start for as long as he’s out.  Davis is dealing with a gimpy hammy and back, as usual, but is worth a look as long as Lin remains out with his knee injury.

 

O.J. Mayo Grizzlies – He plays five games in each of the next two weeks, and while his scoring and minutes have been a bit inconsistent, he’s worth a roll of the dice due to his schedule.

 

Nate Robinson Warriors – Robinson failed to score in his last game, but played solid minutes and is over his hamstring injury.  He’ll be inconsistent, but should see plenty of minutes as long as Stephen Curry remains on the shelf – which should be for the remainder of the season.

 

MarShon Brooks Nets – Brooks is starting to come on again and scored 17 in his last game.  The Nets have nothing to play for and would be wise to turn Brooks loose and let him finish on a high note.

 

Jose Juan Barea Timberwolves – Barea had a monster triple-double on Friday with 25-10-14, but hasn’t played since due to a thigh injury.  Luke Ridnour is hot again, but is also banged up, and the two could share time once JJB is healthy again.

 

George Hill Pacers – After a pair of terrible games to start the week, Hill had 14 points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on Thursday.  He’s going to be inconsistent while coming off the bench, but could still get hot and finish up strong for the Pacers.

 

Eric Gordon Hornets – The Hornets keep hinting that Gordon is close to a return, but I’m pretty much ignoring him.  He just wants to prove to NBA teams that he can still play, but has appeared in just two games this season.  And with three games next week, he doesn’t look like an option to me.  However, the Hornets then go 4-4 and if he can stay healthy and get more minutes than Marco Belinelli, he could help owners out over the final few weeks.  But I’m prepared to let someone else deal with the headaches he could bring with a setback.

 

Gary Forbes Raptors – Forbes double-doubled on Wednesday despite playing just 19 minutes, and was hot before that one, averaging about 16 points, eight boards and two 3-pointers over his last four.  With Jerryd Bayless done for the year, Forbes should be the primary backup for Jose Calderon, but can also play SG and SF.

 

FORWARDS

 

Jason Thompson Kings – JT is back from his sprained ankle and had a great line on Wednesday when he had 15 points, seven boards, three steals and three blocks.  Prior to the injury, he’d racked up five straight double-doubles, and is averaging 16 points, 12 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks over his last three.  He looks to be locked and loaded as a starter for the Kings and gets a boost with five games in the upcoming week.  In other words, he’s a must-own player going forward, at least for the next two weeks, and is only owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.

 

Chandler Parsons Rockets – Parsons is still available in about 40 percent of leagues and is hot for the Rockets, averaging 15 points, nine rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and two 3-pointers over his last five games.  And with Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin still out indefinitely, Parsons appears locked and loaded for heavy minutes the rest of the way.

 

Gordon Hayward Jazz – Hayward has really turned it on recently, averaging 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.6 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games, and appears to be ready to finish the season on a high note.  The Jazz have four games in each of the next two weeks, and he looks like a must-own player to me, but is now available in less than 20 percent of the leagues out there.

 

Kawhi Leonard Spurs – Leonard has been a model of efficiency lately, easily hitting over 50 percent of his shots and averaging 13 points, eight boards, one assist, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 3-pointer per game in 30 minutes a night.  The Spurs play six sets of back-to-backs in April and Leonard’s young legs are going to win the favor of Gregg Popovich, while guys like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker aren’t going to be so lucky.  The Spurs go 4-4-5 over the next three weeks and Leonard is still available in about 75 percent of leagues out there.

 

Alonzo Gee Cavaliers – Gee is still available in 60 percent of fantasy leagues and is averaging nine points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, a steal, 0.2 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games.  The scoring has been inconsistent, but the rebounds, steals and threes have remained constant for several weeks now.  The Cavs finish up 4-5-4 over the next three weeks, making him look like a solid option in most leagues.


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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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