Fantasy Basketball: The Fallout of Orlando
The Magic were not happy being a title contender. They want a title. They want the Heat and Celtics to eat shit for teaming up players that colluded to work together. They decided to make trades like to do on NBA2K or on your fantasy team. They kept their PG and C and then changed the rest, here is the rundown of each player involved, from biggest winner to biggest loser.
1. Nick Young – With Arenas gone Young becomes part of the three guard rotation in Washington. It’s a three guard rotation that often has John Wall injured – giving Young ample opportunity to start. In the 9 games this seasonwhere Young has gotten 30 or more minutes (something that looks to be regular given his situation) Young has averaged 21.2 pts, 2.3 threes, and 1.1 stls on 48.6 FG% and 88.2 FT%.
2. Vince Carter – Last time Carter played with a pass first PG on a team willing to fastbreak more often that breakfast was with J-Kidd. It was four years ago and Carter was a younger man, but he averaged 25 pts, 2 threes, 6 rebs, 5 asts. He’s playing with Nash now. Trade for him, trade for him, trade for him.
3. Hedo Turkoglu – Last time he played for Orlando, Turkoglu averaged 17 pts, 1.7 threes, 5 rebs, 5 asts, and a steal. His play hasn’t gone down as much as his stats suggest, he’s simply getting 11 minutes less per game. Expect numbers similar to last time he played in magic-town.
4. Kirk Hinrich – Arenas gone, John Wall injured constantly. In games where Hinrich played over 35 minutes a game Hinrich has gotten 12.3 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1 3pg. Since the four guards have been averaging 125 minutes a game together I assume it will pan out to 38 mpg for Wall, 37 minutes for Hinrich, and 33 for Young. This is an underestimation. Hinrich will improve his already fantasy decent numbers.
5. Jared Dudley/Josh Childress/Hakim Warrick – Hedo’s 25 minutes have to go to somebody. My assumption is that they will mostly go to Dudley who has averaged nearly 2 threes and a steal in games with over 25 minutes.
6. Gilbert Arenas – His stats should stay the same. He will come off the bench, but get starter minutes. Jason Richardson can play SF and Hedo can play PF.
7. Brandon Bass – If the Magic aren’t comfortable sliding Hedo over to PF as much as I assume they will be, Bass has the chance to be a real fantasy player. he’s averaged 15 pts and 7.5 rebounds as a starter, but he averages very little else.
8. Jason Richardson – Not playing with Steve Nash will always make things harder for a shooter. I only forsee decline.
9. Rashard Lewis – He’s moving to a team that shoots 7 less threes a game when all he can do that is worthwhile is shoot threes. I would drop him now.
10. JJ Redick – It’s too crowded now, there is no reason to have him on a fantasy team.
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