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NBA Wired: Top Week 5 Pickups

Sunday, November 24, 2013

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Point Guards


Trey Burke Jazz 66% owned


Burke will make his first start on Sunday for the Jazz and should be owned in all leagues, and not just 66 percent of them. He’s only played in two games this season, but he’s good to go and should get better with every passing week.


Rodney Stuckey Pistons 51% owned


Stuckey is playing more shooting guard than point, but he should qualify at both spots. He’s been on a ridiculous tear, averaging 20 points, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games, and is shooting 90 percent from the line and 53 percent from the floor during that stretch. The fact he’s available in half the leagues out there is a joke.


Kirk Hinrich Bulls 28% owned


With Derrick Rose now out for the rest of the season, it looks like Hinrich will have to carry much of the load in his absence. I honestly don’t feel great about how long he’ll be able to stay healthy for the Bulls, but he had nine points, seven assists and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes of Sunday’s ugly loss to the Clippers. He probably would have played more had the game not been over at halftime, and deserves to be given a close look by any owner in need of a point guard.


Reggie Jackson Thunder 16% owned


Jackson will get the start on Sunday for the resting Westbrook, but has been quietly playing pretty well off the bench. Prior to Sunday’s start, where he should do nice work, he was averaging 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his previous five games, meaning he’s always worth a deep-league look.


Shaun Livingston Nets 10% owned


Livingston had just four points, seven assists and five fouls before suffering a head injury late in Sunday’s game, and was even worse on Friday, when he missed all seven of his shots, didn’t hand out an assist and scored just one point. But prior to his last three games, he was playing very well while filling in for Deron Williams. I have no interest in using Livingston if the grumpy and perpetually injured Williams is going to play, but any time he’s sitting out, Livingston should be a safe bet for production, despite his last few miserable starts.


Shooting Guards


Gerald Green Suns 30% owned


When Green first burst onto the scene this season I really wasn’t too impressed, as far as long-term plans go. We’ve seen him break out in the past but it never, ever has lasted more than a few games or weeks. But things are different this time, as it would appear that he has earned substantial minutes even when (or should I say ‘if’) we ever see Eric Bledsoe back on the court after his shin injury. Green is clocking in at 17 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games and with there still being an outside chance that he can steal P.J. Tucker’s starting job at some point, I’m planning on holding him until further notice.


Mike Dunleavy Bulls 11% owned


With Jimmy Butler going down with a foot injury, Mike Dunleavy should be ready to step up to the mic and make some noise. Sunday’s ugly slaughter at the hands of the Clippers isn’t a great game to use as a Dunleavy road map, but he had a solid 14 points, two boards, three assists and two 3-pointers on 6-of-9 shooting, and is averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 boards and two 3-pointers over his last five. If he can stay healthy, he should be reliable enough to start on a daily basis for as long as Butler is out.


James Anderson Sixers 25% owned


It seems like Anderson is on this list every week, simply because he’s still not really owned, but isn’t going away. He’s been incredibly consistent, scoring between 11 and 14 points in his last five games, averaging 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and two 3-pointers over that stretch. He’s not going to blow your mind, but he’s also not going to hurt you anywhere, and there’s always a chance he’ll go crazy again one night and put up a 36-point effort like he did a couple weeks ago.


Lou Williams Hawks 23% owned


I don’t think I would have even put Williams on this list if I didn’t receive so many questions about him. He’s played in just two games this season, scoring six points and playing less than 20 minutes in each of them. He’s coming off of major knee surgery and while there’s a chance he could be effective a month from now, he’s just not at the top of my list for guys to go after. If you’re in a super deep league and need 3-pointers, stashing him makes sense. But I see no reason to hold him right now in 12-team leagues.


Matthew Dellavedova Cavaliers 0% owned


Just as a heads up, this kid has started two straight games at shooting guard for the Cavs. He did nothing in his 12 minutes in the first one, but had 14 points, four steals and a 3-pointer on 6-of-8 shooting in 34 minutes on Saturday. If you’re in a 20-team league, he might be worth a look if he continues to start while C.J. Miles is injured.


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