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Outside of player injuries, players sharing equal minutes with other players at a position for stretches of games is just about as annoying as it gets. In fantasy basketball, anyway. In real-life basketball, the voices of Heat announcer Eric Reid and Knicks announcer Walt Frazier are just about as annoying as it gets. (Why does Frazer always sound like he’s grinning?) But in fantasy, little else evokes such white-hot pissyness as two players sharing equal playing time. Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson are going through it. Ty Lawson and Chauncey Billups are unoffcially going through it. Everyone in the Kings’ frontcourt or the Pistons’ backcourt is going through it, anyone who’s ever looked at Jose Calderon has gone through it … it’s a part of the game. It happens. It’s as common as men Mikhail Prokhorov has made to look like chumps. So what are some things to look for when you’re face-to-face with a timeshare and deciding the likely player to come out on top?

First of all, timeshares, like home-schooled children, are all a little different. It’s possible owners might want no part of either player until the mess is settled. It’s also possible that each owner will choose one and hope things fall their way. As with most advice doled out here, take it with a grain of salt (and large amounts of alcohol. Really, if you can only do one, go with the alcohol). The first guideline is to always favor the more proven of the two timesharing players. This is the one in the hand is worth two from D-League rule and assumes that if the player suddenly forcing the timeshare could play like a starter, he’d be a starter. Really, the only instances in which you’d want to move away from that philosophy is if a) the starter being forced into a timeshare is old and busted (Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Shaq), b) the more proven player is recovering from an injury (Aaron Brooks, Calderon), and c)the proven player has a beef with the team (Troy Murphy, Samuel Dalembert). In instances like the Kaman/Jordan situation that will soon bubble up in L.A., Kaman is the proven player there, but I’m guessing Jordan plays more minutes even after he returns. In cases like this, the Clippers were 1-9 with Kaman playing and are 14-16 since The Hylandre took over. Add in that Kaman is less aggressive, fragile, clunkier than the rest of this athletic rotation, and the buzz on Jordan has been extremely positive and smart money says Jordan is L.A’s new starting center even after Kaman comes back. What’s that … ? I’m being reminded that Vinny Del Negro is the Clippers’ head coach. Smart money has since shifted its odds to even money. In cases of players who all kinda suck (Hill, Hayes, Miller in Houston), coaches almost always lean toward the better defender, offense be damned. If all the players are equally inept, choose the one with the better DRtg or blk/stl numbers. The point is that while there are exceptions to every rule, the rule being excepted should always be that coach’s take far fewer chances than fantasy owners would like them to.

  1. Cory says:
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    I have a surplus of guards and want to ditch Brooks in favor of a f/c. Do you think it’s better to hold Brooks until he has a few good games, then try to trade him? Or pick someone up off waivers now?

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Cory: Well it’s always better to get something instead of nothing. It kinda depends on how quickly you need to move Brooks.

  3. Paul says:
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    I was offered Roy Hibbert for Gortat. Seemed great at first but Hibbert is playing like shit. Thoughts?

  4. Cory says:
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    I’m in no hurry. I just beat the guy who’s in first place 5-4 this week, so I feel like I can tread water until Brooks gets back to par – if he ever does.

    Problem is, I’m eyeing Darko on the waivers, and in my head I hear that “oooohhhhh yeah, chicka chicka” music from Ferris Bueller, where it’s like..I know this is wrong, but I just can’t help myself.

  5. d2bnz says:
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    First up congrats to Eric….aka , RBAej on his leading the commentator leagues to date , and I don’t see it changing, given the squad make up.
    Adam, without going into too many details which side of this trade do you prefer J Richardson, Amir Johnson and Roddy Beaubois in return for DeAndre Jordan, Demarcus Cousins and Jason Terry. In assessing this trade the normal rule of the best player i.e. JRich is balanced by the potential of Cousins and Jordan.

  6. I also have brooks and am worried that he’ll never get back to normal, he’s had good games but with lowry playing as well as he his it doesn’t seem like adelman is ever going to put brooks back in the starting five, if even give him any regular minutes. I’m eyeing sessions at the moment but that situation isn’t stable either.

  7. Daniel says:
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    Ryan Anderson is the New Troy Murphy, Troy Murphy is the new Jeff Foster

  8. brad says:
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    yo, am i overthinking this?

    my batum, ridnour and frye for his j-rich, battier and carmelo. batum, ridnour or frye could be kept for 2 yrs, none the players that would be coming in can be kept.

    j-rich’s role has diminished right, but has it gotten this bad?

  9. brad says:
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    to be clear the above trade was proposed to me and i feel like an objective person should take it and run, but you know how it is when a trade is proposed, you start questioning everything.

  10. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Paul: Do it. He’s not playing much worse than Gortat and the upside is better.

    @Cory: I’d prefer Brooks over Darko unless you need blocks specifically. Darko’s just as fragile as Brooks and gets into more foul trouble.

    @d2bnz: Richardson is the best player in that deal, but he’s been remarkably less so since the trade from PHO to ORL. I’d much prefer the promise of the De’s and Terry. Especially since we have no real idea how long it’ll take Roddy to knock the rust off his game.

    @Jeremy: Sessions is a much better play now than Brooks. I’d drop Aaron and do your best to keep an eye on him if Houston’s situation changes.

    @Daniel: Ha! And Kevin Love is Troy Murphy with respect.

  11. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Well, the keeper aspect of this trade is the kicker, right? Is it a problem that you’d be giving up two future prospects (Batum being the marquee guy there) for three that will just get you through the season? If that’s not a problem then, yes, you should take ‘Melo and bounce.

  12. brad says:
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    @Adam: i could roll with morrow for the next two years instead of batum. . .

    only two guys are kept per team and they have to have been selected in round 6 or later.

    he just offered (in email, not actual trade proposal) calderon instead of battier. . . that sounds almost too good to pass up.

  13. brad says:
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    so next year i’d have holiday + morrow instead of holiday + batum. the year after it’d be morrow + whoever from next year’s draft.

  14. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Yeah, if you’re cool with that for next year, the trade certainly improves your team this year. With or without Joe Kettle.

  15. brad says:
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    adam you like gallo over kettle corn?

  16. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Only when Calderon is hurt … which is every third game.

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