There are three fantasy basketball owners out there. The kind that had Ty Lawson and threw him back into the pool, the kind that hung onto him and the kind that don’t know what a Ty Lawson is. To the first and third groups, I say, you’ve gotten what you most likely deserve. I say most likely, because some of you undoubtedly dropped your Lawson stash for Ryan Anderson or someone and no one can fault you. The rest of you, I hope you can grasp this teachable moment: when you have an old, broke down point guard with name recognition on a team days away from completely retooling itself and a young backup point guard who stands to benefit from almost any change that occurs, make sure you’re the guy with the youngin’ and not the … the olden. Or Oden, as the case may be. Anyway, Lawson dropped a 19/6/5 line on the Rockets after, not only returning from a minor injury, but also in relief of Chauncey Billups, who went down with strained knee, which is better than strained peas and way better than Black Eyed Peas, but no where near as good as “did not go down with a strained knee.” You should have already owned Lawson. If he’s available, grab him. If he’s unavailable, it better be because you already own him.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball:
Stephen Jackson – Ejected after playing 11 minutes and earning two techs. Shizz is just rude. If you’re going to get hurt, get hurt over the weekend, so my fantasy lineup isn’t screwed all week and if you’re gonna get tossed, get tossed in the final seconds of a close game, not in the first half you damn dope.
Shaun Livingston – Dropped 17 points in place of Jackson. Livingston hasn’t done much this season, but he has scored double-digits in two consecutive games now. At some point this season Livingston and Kwame Brown are going to double-double in the same game and I’ll loose all control of my bodily functions. I assume.
Rajon Rondo – He’s averaging four turnovers per game, up from three last season. July Adam will enjoy writing the 2011 Overrated Rajon Rondo post almost as much as he’ll enjoy seeing ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ for the fifth and sixth times.
Darko Milicic – Left with a hip flexor. Clearly dude’s not flexoring his hips enough or they wouldn’t be so damn weak. Don’t tell me about his upside. I know all about it. I’m advising you to drop him and pick up DeAndre Jordan or Kendrick Perkins, who are both much more entertaining erratic sources of rebounds and blocks.
Anthony Tolliver – Four treys, seven rebounds and that’s it. He’ll bury some threes if given half chance. Unfortunately, that’s less than the Wolves are giving him.
Michael Beasley – 14/5/3, as he kinda, just, sorta collapsed in the whining moments of the game after his ankle kinda, just sorta stopped working. What’s that? The term is waning, not whining? Oh. So that was just the Beas’ whining then?
Christian Eyenga – Scored 15 points, but contributed little else? Is 15 points and nothing else from Christian Eyenga good or bad? I’m leaning toward the former.
J.J. Hickson – After averaging a weak double-double all January, Hickson’s averaging 19.5/9 in four February games. It’ll be interesting to see how Hickson’s season ends up as compared to Roy Hibbert.
Peja Stojakovic – Started. That is all.
Sam Young – Scored 22 points, but it took him 19 shots to get there. I’m only slightly more interested in picking up Young than I am in picking up Stojakovic.
Zach Randolph – He shot 2-for-14 against the Lakers. No one was more surprised than Z-Bo at how smitten he was with playing on the same court as THE Steve Blake.
Andre Miller – 27/6/11, with four steals against Chicago last night. He’s ranked alongside Rondo and outranks Collison, Harris, Wall, ‘Reke and Baron on the ol’ ESPN Player Rater. Raise your hand if you saw that coming back in October? Put your hand down. You too.
LaMarcus Aldridge – Dropped 40+ for the second time this week. Set his career-high in scoring for the second time this week. He sent Brandon Roy a fruit basket with a card that read, “No hurry, bro’y.”
Channing Frye – Averaging 14.5/10 in his last four, along with 3 3ptm. That’s no small potatoes, even though it is all Frye’s.
David Lee – Twenty-first double-double of the season. In the end, Lee isn’t that far off from most preaseason projections. He earned his 21st double-double on January 15 last season. It felt like he got there in December last year.
Dorell Wright – If going 3-for-13 from the field is Wright, I don’t wanna be Wright.