Trey Burke Jazz PG – Burke has now hit double figures in scoring in four straight games and is averaging 11.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five. He’s shooting just 34 percent, but was great on Tuesday with 17 points, nine assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers. He’s also getting 35 minutes per game, and it’s time to pick him up in all leagues if he’s not already owned. If his shot starts falling, look out.
Iman Shumpert Knicks G/F – Shumpert made his return from a hip injury and went off, just missing a triple-double with 21 points, eight boards, eight assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting. If he was dropped in your league, pick him up.
Nick Young Lakers SG – Swaggy made his debut on Tuesday and had 17 points, five rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers off the bench. The Lakers need scoring, and he can score. He’s going to be a hot pickup over the next few days.
Enes Kanter Jazz F/C – Kanter had 16 points and 15 rebounds on 5-of-16 shooting, but didn’t have a block and hit just 4-of-8 free throws. Kanter has quietly been playing very well, and is averaging 14.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over his last five games.
Carlos Boozer Lakers PF – Boozer hit 10-of-14 shots for 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Hawks tonight. He’s not going to do much besides score and board, and plays atrocious defense. This also came against the Hawks, who tend to give it up to bigs. But after a slow start Boozer is averaging 16.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals over his last five games, making him worth a look in all leagues.
Khris Middleton Bucks F – Middleton started and had 13 points, seven boards, three assists and three 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting. He was completely out of the rotation last week, but has played well in two straight games. If he continues to start, and he might, he could keep producing for the dysfunctional Bucks.
Ersan Ilyasova Bucks F – Larry Sanders was a surprise scratch with a thigh injury and Ilyasova finally got loose for his best game of the season. He hit 8-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points in 20 minutes. No, you can’t trust him, but if he wins the favor of coach Jason Kidd, he could get hot and help your team. Or he could sit on the bench and make you very, very angry, at least until he gets injured again.
Jeremy Lamb Thunder SG – Lamb has scored six or fewer points in three of his last five games, but had 24 on Friday and 19 on Tuesday, despite hitting just 5-of-15 shots. The minutes are usually there, but keep in mind that Andre Roberson is nearing a return for the Thunder. But until Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back, Lamb should have some nice nights, along with some duds.
Anthony Morrow Thunder G/F – Morrow played 34 minutes off the bench, but hit just 2-of-7 shots for eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on Tuesday. He’s yet to breakout, but the signs are there that one is coming. However, the return of Roberson isn’t going to do him any favors, either.
Tim Hardaway Jr. Knicks SG – Hardaway came off the bench but got hot, hitting 9-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, two boards and two assists. He had scored a total of 11 points over his previous three games, so I have serious trust issues with him, but if he gets minutes, and keeps hitting shots, he’ll be worth another look.
Thabo Sefolosha Hawks SG – As long as DeMarre Carroll is out with a groin injury, Sefolosha is worth a look. He had 10 points, nine boards and a 3-pointer, but hit only 4-of-11 shots last night. He’s scored in double figures in four straight games, and John Jenkins didn’t even get off the bench tonight, but like I said, the run ends when Carroll is back.
Omri Casspi Kings G/F – Casspi looked like he might be a nice play last night when Rudy Gay was iffy, but once Gay was in, all bets were off on Casspi. He still stepped up with 13 points, five boards and two assists on 5-of-11 shooting, and played an impressive 28 minutes. He had nine points and five boards in his previous game, and if nothing else, is worth putting on your radar.
Jason Thompson Kings F/C – Thompson looked very good against Anthony Davis last night, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes, but one look at his game log should sufficiently scare you away. And the same goes for Carl Landry, who had eight points and nine boards in 16 minutes off the bench last night.