Wednesday’s Pickups of the Day
Shabazz Muhammad G/F Wolves – 10-of-17, 30 points, 5 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, 1 block
He’s still only owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! Leagues and has scored in double figures in all but 11 games this season, including in 12 of his last 13. The 30 points were a season high, as were the 3-pointers, and I don’t know what else to tell you. Pick. Him. Up.
Tristan Thompson PF Cavs – 9-of-12, 18 points, 13 rebounds, 42 minutes
Kevin Love left this one early with back spasms and LeBron James was already out with a sore knee, so Thompson’s line is a little inflated. But with the aforementioned players hurting, and Anderson Varejao out for the year, Thompson is still a player who should probably be owned across the board.
Trey Burke PG Jazz – 10-of-21, 3 3-pointers, 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 37 minutes
That’s a season high for Burke and while he’s been as frustrating to own as any player in the league, this was a great night for him and the minutes have been there all along. It’s possible he finally lives up to the hype in the second half.
James Johnson F Raptors – 7-of-11, 14 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, 32 minutes
Johnson hasn’t exactly been killing it, but he is starting and getting minutes. He has the potential for a line like this every time out, but the question is, do you have the patience to weed through his bad games in order to be rewarded for the good ones?
Cory Joseph PG Spurs – 9-of-13, 18 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 31 minutes
Tony Parker was out again with a hamstring injury and Joseph had one of his best games of the year. Like a broken record, any time Parker is out, Joseph is worth using. Additionally, Patty Mills had 10 points and three assists in 18 minutes on 3-of-10 shooting, putting owners in deeper leagues on notice now that he’s back.
Wes Johnson SF Lakers – 6-of-10, 4 3-pointers, 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 24 minutes
He’s averaging 14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, scoring in double figures in all of them.
Mike Dunleavy G/F Bulls – 9-of-15, 5 3-pointers, 23 points, 5 rebounds, 35 minutes
I had Dunleavy in a few lineups last week, which was an unmitigated disaster. And as soon as I dropped him on Sunday, he took off. He had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks on Monday and then put together the nice line posted above on Tuesday. Maybe the slump is over, but he’s been pretty inconsistent all year.
Carlos Boozer PF Lakers – 8-of-14, 19 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 29 minutes
Boozer was solid on Tuesday and has been playing well, averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23 minutes a night over his last five. He’d be higher on this list if he contributed anywhere else.
Jodie Meeks SG Pistons – 11-of-16, 9 3-pointers, 34 points, 2 steals
Meeks absolutely blew up last night with nine triples, but has also quietly scored in double figures in four straight games. He’s averaging 15.6 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a player to grab, despite the timeshare with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Rodney Hood SG Jazz – 2-of-5, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 19 minutes
Alec Burks was lost for the season due to shoulder surgery, and while last night’s line wasn’t great, the opportunity should be there for Hood the rest of the way. He started tonight, and if he keeps the job, I think you’ll be glad you picked him up if you’re in a league featuring more than 10 owners. He’s a borderline add in 12-team leagues, and a solid choice in larger leagues.
Elfrid Payton PG Magic – 4-of-8, 8 points, 6 assists
Payton still isn’t blowing anyone’s socks off, but is averaging 8.2 points and a healthy 6.4 assists and 1.8 steals over his last five games. He’s starting and getting about 29 minutes a night, and should be able to improve his game going forward as he figures out how to play in the NBA.
Marreese Speights F/C Warriors – 9-of-13, 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, 24 minutes
Andrew Bogut should eventually come back from his knee injury and hurt Speights’ potential, but he was great last night and deserves a close look in most leagues, just as he has all year. And given how well he’s played in limited minutes all season, the Warriors would be wise to give him a full timeshare with Bogut once he’s back.
Henry Sims C Sixers – 9-of-13, 19 points, 7 rebounds, 23 minutes
He’s hit double figures in scoring in three of his last five games and scored eight points in the other two. He’s averaging 11.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over that stretch, and could be ready to get it going after a slow start to the season.
Ronnie Price PG Lakers – 6-of-10, 5 3-pointers, 18 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 33 minutes
Don’t look now, but Price has scored in double figures in three of his last five games and is averaging 11.8 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers in 28 minutes over his last five games. If you’re sitting on Jeremy Lin, it’s time to dump him for Price.
Joel Freeland C Blazers – 1-of-5, 2 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
Freeland is really struggling to score, but is starting and has averaged 13 rebounds in his last three games. Over his last five, he’s at just 5.2 points, but 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. If you’re desperate at center and can live with a low scorer, he can help you with boards and blocks.
Mirza Teletovic F Nets – 1-of-9, 1 3-pointer, 5 points, 6 rebounds, 32 minutes
The only thing I liked about Teletovic’s line last night was the 32 minutes. His shot has been off for most of the season, but if the Nets stick with him, he should hit a boatload of threes over the rest of the season. Just know that Kevin Garnett was out for this one, and that resulted in a few more minutes for Teletovic.
D.J. Augustin PG Pistons – 4-of-8, 11 points, 10 assists, a 3-pointer, steal, block, 30 minutes
Brandon Jennings was a disaster on Tuesday so DJA got the run and the double-double. Jennings had 25 points in his previous game, and 14 points and 10 assists in the one before that, but it still feels like he’s always on the edge of entering Stan Van Gundy’s doghouse. If he ends up there, DJA will become a must-own player, but we’re not there yet.
Jusuf Nurkic C Nuggets – 7-of-10, 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 27 minutes
Nurkic has now been in the rotation for 10 straight games, although he played just five minutes on Sunday against the Lakers. Tuesday’s game was easily his best of the season and could have been even better if he didn’t have five fouls. He’s not a must-own player, but could be ready to split minutes down the middle with Timofey Mozgov, so make sure you keep a close eye on him going forward, if you’re not ready to the pull the trigger.
Charlie Villanueva F Mavs – 6-of-8, 2 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 12 minutes
I still don’t really understand the sudden rise of Charlie V, but he’s averaging 13.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five games, despite getting just 16 minutes in them. No, I don’t trust him to keep it going, but given the low minutes and decent production, it’s possible. Additionally, Richard Jefferson played 24 minutes and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers, and could also get hot for the Mavs.
Nate Robinson G Nuggets – 6-of-13, 1 3-pointer, 13 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 22 minutes
Nate-Rob scored 20 points on Dec. 19, then didn’t score more than nine points in his next five games. It’s possible that he won’t do anything for his next five games, but tonight’s line should at least put him on your radar.