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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
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J.J. Hickson (knee) is only expected to play if it's absolutely necessary on Wednesday against the Jazz.
He is technically questionable to play, but he'll be in uniform tonight. Without Hickson and Darrell Arthur (calf), Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried should have a higher floor for their minutes tonight. We'll likely see more of Joffrey Lauvergne as well. Hickson can be dropped just about everywhere. Apr 1 - 2:18 PM

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J.J. Hickson is battling knee soreness and he is questionable to play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

The Nuggets haven't played since Saturday, so it's a little concerning that he is having trouble with his knee. Hickson actually started last game due to the absence of Danilo Gallinari (rest), but the Nuggets have nothing but ping pong balls to play for so they will likely err on the side of caution. If Hickson sits, Jusuf Nurkic may rejoin the starting lineup and could see major minutes if he can avoid foul trouble. Expect another update closer to tip-off.
Apr 1 - 1:15 PM

J.J. Hickson played 26 minutes in a start against the Blazers during a 120-114 loss on Saturday, scoring nine points with eight boards, two assists and three steals.

Danilo Gallinari (rest) didn't play tonight, but Hickson only picked up four minutes from his Friday game. He's not a great player to add in most leagues for poor foul shooting and not much contribution to the defensive stats. The Nuggets are off until Wednesday and only play three games between now and Wednesday Apr. 8. That's not good.
Mar 29 - 12:36 AM

J.J. Hickson will draw the start vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

Danilo Gallinari is taking the night off in order to get some extra rest, but it's definitely surprising to see the Nuggets go with Hickson over Jusuf Nurkic. Hickson might flirt with a double-double vs. his former team, but he still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
Mar 28 - 9:54 PM

J.J. Hickson had 10 points, nine rebounds and a block off the bench in Wednesday's blowout win over the Hawks.

Hickson is averaging 8.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five games, but with Jusuf Nurkic due back soon for the Nuggets, Hickson should take a hit.
Mar 12 - 12:34 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ty Lawson
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Randy Foye
2Will Barton
3Ian Clark
4Gary Harris
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Danilo Gallinari
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2J.J. Hickson
3Joffrey Lauvergne