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J.J. Hickson | Center/Forward

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 242
College: North Carolina State
Contract: view contract details

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J.J. Hickson resumed a backup role vs. New Orleans on Sunday, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes.
He also blocked a shot and was extremely active when on the court, but the value-killing lack of playing time has become common-place for Hickson. He's averaging 13.4 minutes since Feb. 20 and belongs on the waiver wire in all standard leagues. Mar 1 - 11:06 PM

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J.J. Hickson will start Friday vs. the Jazz.

While Kenneth Faired is healthy and available to play, head coach Brian Shaw has elected to go with Hickson as the starter. This is a strange move, and it seems Faried and Shaw could use some counseling, but it is what it is. Hickson is averaging 7.6 points and 6.8 rebounds through five games with the starting unit, and he'll have a tough matchup tonight, making him a risky play in most leagues.
Feb 27 - 7:30 PM

J.J. Hickson played 22 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with eight points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

He only played six minutes on Monday, but the Nuggets gave him minutes out of desperation. Hickson is likely behind rookie Joffrey Lauvergne right now and doesn't have a high upside anyway, so he can be kept on the wire in most leagues. Lauvergne is the better speculative grab with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) expected to miss time.
Feb 26 - 1:22 AM

J.J. Hickson played two minutes against the Nets on Monday with no stats.

Ouch. The Nuggets appear to want to give minutes to their newly-signed big man, Joffrey Lauvergne. Hickson only played 12 minutes on Sunday and he's not really worth owning in almost any league right now.
Feb 23 - 11:59 PM

J.J. Hickson logged just 17 minutes on Monday, putting up two points, five rebounds and two assists.

Hickson wasn't very valuable in standard leagues when he was putting up double-doubles lately, so needless to say when things head south owners can cut bait real quick.
Jan 27 - 1:01 AM

J.J. Hickson started the second half of Friday's game instead of Jusuf Nurkic, finishing with a double-double including 15 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Hickson added three assists and two steals but hit just 3-of-6 from the foul line. He's barely clinging to life in 12-team standard formats and JaVale McGee hasn't yet stepped on the floor, making him a stop-gap solution at best for owners needing a big man, regardless of whether he starts or not.
Jan 24 - 4:42 AM

J.J. Hickson double-doubled off the bench on Saturday against Minnesota, scoring 14 points with 10 boards and one assist in 32 minutes.

He has now notched double-doubles in four of his last six games, and it's becoming obvious that the trade of Timofey Mozgov has really benefited him. While he is definitely worth owning in points leagues, owners in standard leagues can still probably do better given Hickson's poor free throw shooting and his inability to contribute in areas other than points and boards.
Jan 18 - 12:32 AM

J.J. Hickson double-doubled with 13 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, five turnovers and 3-of-8 makes from the foul line in 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Outside of points leagues this line has no real value and that's the story with Hickson, as his fantasy deficiencies keep him from being an asset in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 1:38 AM

J.J. Hickson scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and one block in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Kings.

The Kings are reeling but this does make two solid games in a row so if you need a big man give him a look. Just remember that in approximately 30 mpg for Portland he was just a low-end value.
Jan 10 - 3:03 AM

J.J. Hickson came off the bench and racked up 11 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block on 4-of-5 shooting in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

Hickson has now played 30-plus minutes in two straight games and has double-doubled in both of them. We still like Jusuf Nurkic more than Hickson, but if you need a big man in a deep league, the trade of Timofey Mozgov appears to be working in Hickson's favor, so feel free to grab him if you don't mind owning big men who don't block shots. And it's worth noting that JaVale McGee could be close to finally returning to action for the Nuggets, which would further cloud this picture.
Jan 8 - 1:27 AM

J.J. Hickson double-doubled against the Rockets on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 22 minutes.

Kenneth Faried had an in-game injury and coach Brian Shaw started Hickson anyway, so the injury wasn't a big factor to his output. Hickson can't make free throws, doesn't usually block shots and doesn't do much else because score and rebound, so he's not a terrific add in standard leagues.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 11:33:00 PM

J.J. Hickson started over Kenneth Faried and had six points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

Faried came off the bench and had 13 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes. This is likely going to be a timeshare situation, but we expect Faried to get his job back sooner than later.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 02:13:00 AM

J.J. Hickson was a disaster against the Hawks on Sunday, making 1-of-6 from the field for four points with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.

He was flat-out awful today and had a slew of mental mistakes. Perhaps coach Brian Shaw wakes up and realizes Kenneth Faried (back) is capable of helping the Nuggets down low, but we don't know how long he'll be out. Hickson can be left on the wire in most leagues unless you're dying for rebounds.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:22:00 PM

J.J. Hickson will start against the Hawks on Sunday.

He is starting in place of Kenneth Faried (back) and the Nuggets will likely see how his knee is going to hold up. Hickson has played more than 21 minutes in just one game all year and has a good chance for the third double-double of the season. He'll be worth a spot-start tonight in some leagues. He doesn't have high enough upside to grab in most leagues.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:23:00 PM

J.J. Hickson played down the stretch for the Nuggets on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and one block in 31 minutes.

This does not bode well for Kenneth Faried, as coach Shaw opted to go with Hickson in what was a very close game. Yes, the rotations in Denver are a complete mess, but Hickson deserves a long look for owners in standard leagues as he is simply the guy getting the minutes right now.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ty Lawson
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Randy Foye
2Will Barton
3Gary Harris
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Danilo Gallinari
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2J.J. Hickson
3Joffrey Lauvergne