Plenty of obscure Hawks played well last night, including a not-so-obscure Al Horford, but I’m not going to get into them since Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll were all given a night off in order to rest against the lowly Sixers. And the plan worked beautifully for Mike Budenholzer, as the Hawks still rolled 105-87.
Hassan Whiteside Heat – The Blindside, as I like to call him, did it again last night, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and five more blocks. There’s not much else to say about him, other than PICK HIM UP. Despite our best efforts to hype the crap out of him up this week, he’s still available in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Mo Williams Wolves – Mo-Will came out of nowhere for a Wolves franchise record of 52 points to go along with four rebounds, seven assists and six 3-pointers. If you happened to use him in Daily last night, you win. Mo-Will’s victory parade will be cut short by the return of Ricky Rubio, but he should be owned and started until that day arrives.
J.R. Smith Cavs – Smith started last night and outside of LeBron, was about the only other Cavalier to show up. He hit 10-of-19 shots and 8-of-14 3-pointers and finished with 29 points, one rebound, two assists and four steals. Of course, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving’s nights didn’t go so well and the Cavs lost, so I’m still confused as to what the Cavs are doing. Adding Smith to a lineup that already had chemistry issues? Well, it’s just kind of crazy.
Alex Len Suns – Len stayed hot with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block, and should be owned across the board.
Derrick Williams Kings – Rudy Gay lasted just 10 minutes last night before going down with a knee injury and could miss time with the injury. If he does, Williams would stand to gain the most from the situation, and finished with 12 points, 10 boards and two steals last night. Carl Landry added 14 points and 10 boards off the bench, and would also help to eat up Gay’s minutes. And if Omri Casspi wasn’t out with a knee problem of his own, he’d be worth a look too.
Andrew Bogut Warriors – Bogut is back and had nine points, eight boards and a block in 26 minutes last night. Injuries and minutes are a concern, but he’s a decent guy to use when he’s playing.
C.J. Miles Pacers – If Miles would just stay healthy he wouldn’t keep showing up on this list. He had 22 points, five boards, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers last night, and as long as he’s in uniform for the Pacers, he’s likely to score a decent amount of points.
Mario Chalmers Heat – Chalmers finally had a good game and hit 7-of-16 shots for 19 points, three rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 34 minutes. Maybe this was the game that will get him back on track.
Timofey Mozgov Cavaliers – LeBron was back last night and pretty much ruined Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, and Mozgov ended up with his worst line of the year as the Cavs got beaten by the Suns. Mozzy finished with two points, six rebounds and four turnovers in just 16 minutes, but my guess is he bounces back in his next game.
Chris Andersen Heat – He had 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks last night in a start, but he’s going to be trying to hang onto his job over Whiteside.
Joe Ingles Jazz – Ingles continues to start and hit 4-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds two steals and a block in 24 minutes. Of course, he scored a total of three points in his previous two games, so there’s that.
Kevin Seraphin Wizards – Seraphin had 17 points, eight rebounds and a block in 20 minutes last night, hitting 6-of-8 shots. He also had 13 points and six rebounds in his previous game, so this is just a heads up to put him on your radar in case he’s about to get hot.