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The Week's Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, April 08, 2012

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Marcus Thornton & Terrence Williams Kings – Thornton could play on Sunday after missing three straight games and most of a fourth with a calf injury.  If he plays Sunday, get him back in your lineup for next week, and if he doesn’t, you’ll have to make a tough decision on Sunday night when setting your lineup.  The Kings finish up 4-3-2 to end the season.  Williams continues to play well and has been helped by the absence of both Thornton and John Salmons (hip).  Williams is averaging 10 points, five rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals over his last five games, and should continue to see decent minutes even if Thornton is back on Sunday.


Eric Gordon Hornets – Gordon has been hit or miss in his three games since returning from a knee injury, going for 15, 31 and 10 points.  He’s hit five 3-pointers and is contributing across the board, so make sure he’s still not available in your leagues.  Marco Belinelli had 15 points on Friday and 14 last Sunday, but scored just 6 & 5 points in his other two games.  With Gordon back in the starting lineup, Belinelli is too risky to start in most leagues.


O.J. Mayo & Tony Allen Grizzlies – Mayo has cooled off over his last two games, but is still averaging 15 points, two boards, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five.  Allen has missed two straight due to a mouth injury and remains a bit risky for the upcoming five-game week.  Make sure Mayo isn’t available in your league, as the Grizzlies finish up 5-4-2.


Rodney Stuckey Pistons – Stuckey is back from his toe injury and says he will play on Sunday.  He scored 27 points on Friday and 15 on Thursday, meaning it’s time to get him back into lineups (and off waivers if he was dropped in your league.


Shannon Brown & Michael Redd Suns – Brown had a big game on Saturday with 24 points, five boards, three assists and four 3-pointers, following Friday’s line of 18 points, six boards, a steal and three 3-pointers.  He was a little quiet coming into the weekend, but finally answered the call.  The Suns go 4-4-2 to finish and Brown still looks like a must-start with Grant Hill still recovering from knee surgery.   Redd is somehow averaging 16 points and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, and while I don’t trust him, he’s worth a look if you need some scoring in a deep league.


J.J. Redick Magic – Redick started in place of Hedo Turkoglu on Saturday and had 19 points, four boards, a steal and a 3-pointer.  Turkoglu’s season is done thanks to a facial fracture, meaning Redick should continue to get plenty of minutes going forward.  He’s averaging 10 points over his last five, and has hit double figures in scoring in three of them.  Jason Richardson has also been getting nice run with Turkoglu out, and has scored in double digits in three straight while playing 23, 37 and 42 minutes.  He could be getting hot at the right time, as the Magic finish up 4-4-2.


MarShon Brooks. Gerald Green & Anthony Morrow Nets – Brooks finally broke out with 18 points, six boards, six assists, a steal and a block on Friday and is still averaging just seven points over his last five games.  The Nets finish up 3-3-2, so Brooks is still not a must-start, especially since he’s really struggled in all of his recent games except the last one.  Green had 20 point and four assists on Friday and is averaging 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and .8 3-pointers over his last five.  He’s not a must-start either, with just three games, but might be worth a look.  Morrow is suddenly hot again, scoring 17, 20, 8 & 24 points in each of his last four games, hitting 10 3-pointers over that stretch.  He’s another guy I don’t fully trust, but he’s hot enough that it makes sense to grab him if you need threes and points.


Iman Shumpert & J.R. Smith Knicks – Shumpert has scored 9, 5, 10, 25 & 25 points in each of his last five games, but has cooled off since the dual 25s late last week.  The good news is that he’s played between 37 and 41 minutes in his last four games, so you have to think the production is going to eventually follow.  Smith has hit double figures in four of his last five games and is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over that stretch.  The Knicks finish up 4-4-2, making both players worth an add in any league right now.


Avery Bradley Celtics –Bradley continues to start over Ray Allen, as Doc Rivers wants scoring punch off the bench, but has scored just four and nine points in his last two games, both of which featured Allen off the bench.  Bradley had scored 19, 13 and 17 points in his previous three games without Allen around, but the run appears to be over.  The Celtics play five times this week, making Bradley worth a look in deeper leagues.


Devin Ebanks Lakers – Kobe Bryant’s shin injury kept him out on Saturday and Ebanks started, finishing with 12 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes.  There’s still no word on when Kobe will return, so rolling the dice on Ebanks could make sense in a real deep league.  But it’s tough to keep Kobe down, so ignoring Ebanks is probably the way to go.


Small Forwards


Corey Higgins, Derrick Brown & Corey Maggette Bobcats – Higgins blew up for 22 points off the bench on Saturday against the Hawks, while Derrick Brown started and had eight points and three rebounds in 22 minutes.  Corey Maggette came off the bench for six points and four steals on 2-of-7 shooting in 26 minutes, while Reggie Williams remains out with a knee injury.  This is a mess any way you slice it and despite the Bobcats playing five times in the upcoming week, I don’t trust any of these guys enough to start them in fantasy playoff leagues.


Brandon Rush Warriors – Rush continues to be a model of inconsistency, but awoke for 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Saturday.  He had just eight and two points in his previous two games, and his minutes were down, but he’s still worth a roll of the dice with four games this week, and five the following.  Klay Thompson, who is also inconsistent, is a better option at this point, in my opinion.


Michael Beasley Timberwolves – Beasley might finally be getting healthy again and had 20 points on Saturday after missing four straight games with a toe injury.  Derrick Williams just hasn’t been getting it done and it’s conceivable that Beasley could finish the season on a high note.  The Wolves go 4-4-1 to finish up.


Linas Kleiza Raptors – James Johnson has disappeared for Toronto due to disciplinary reasons and Kleiza has been getting 28 minutes per game over his last three, when he scored 8, 10 & 18 points, hitting seven 3-pointers off the bench.  See if Johnson returns to the fold on Sunday, and if not, think about adding Kleiza.


Luke Babbitt Blazers – Babbitt is finally getting some late-season run for the Blazers and is averaging seven points and 1.6 3-pointers in his last five games.  He had 12 points and two threes on Saturday, and might be worth a look in deeper leagues if you need a small forward who hits treys.

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