Friday night provided fantasy owners with some good insight into the trade deadline fallout, including the debut of Spencer Hawes and the reassurance of Victor Oladipo. Chris Paul and Jimmy Butler went down while Pau Gasol made his long awaited return. With plenty to cover, let’s get right to the action.
Oladipo seizes opportunity
After the departure of Glen Davis, there was a hole in the Magic’s starting unit which Victor Oladipo filled to the brim on Friday night. The superstar rookie had 30 points and a career-high 14 assists as the Magic pulled one out against the Knicks in double overtime. He added nine rebounds, just missing out on a triple-double, while hitting two triples and nabbing two steals. The versatile guard did whatever he wanted and did a nice job of getting to the basket, especially down the stretch. While Oladipo won’t be this good every night, his production will rise in the second half as he makes a run at the Rookie of the Year award.
Afflalo tears it up before going down
Meanwhile, teammate Arron Afflalo shook off his trade rumor dust and lit up the Knicks for 32 points on 11-18 shooting with four three-pointers. Along with Oladipo, Afflalo carved up the shoddy New York defense, adding three rebounds and three assists for good measure. Afflalo’s stellar night was abruptly cut short when he stepped on Raymond Felton’s foot and went down in a heap. He left the game with a right ankle sprain and should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game.
Anthony’s 44 not enough
Carmelo Anthony did everything he could to keep the Knicks alive on Friday night; dropping 44 points to go along with 11 rebounds, but his squad fell in Orlando. Melo was pretty efficient, hitting 16-28 shots including six three-pointers. The All-Star forward played over 50 minutes and while his production probably won’t slow down, he has to be getting tired of carrying the Knicks on a nightly basis. A drop in shooting percentage is certainly possible as he labors through the rest of the season but Anthony’s big time scoring and rebound numbers shouldn’t change too much.
Young goes hog wild for Sixers
Without Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young had a new lease on life Friday night. Running around the court like a man possessed, Young racked up a stout fantasy line of 30 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and a whopping seven steals. Young only shot 12-29 and turned the ball over five times but everything else was fantastic. Teammate Michael Carter-Williams was also tremendous with 25 points and six assists while Tony Wroten came off the bench for 21 points. It’s worth noting that neither Danny Granger nor Byron Mullens suited up for the Sixers but even when they do MCW and Young will be the main attractions in the offense going forward. Wroten is also worth a speculative add for owners in need of triples in deeper leagues.