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Troy Murphy signed with the Celtics, who seem to be gunning for the all-time record of broke-down NBA big men. Erick Dampier feels like he should be on this team. You get the feeling Rajon Rondo spends most of his free time Skyping kids his own age during road trips while the rest of the Celtics roster goes out to see “The King’s Speech” for the third time? As far as Murphy goes, what can I say? We’ve been waiting for him to play all season and he hasn’t. Technically he has, but he looked like a coma victim taking his first steps on atrophied legs during that time. I expect the same immediately from Murphy right away. But for better or for worse, he’s likely going to grab big minutes if he shows any pulse. He was a top 30 pick just a year ago and, as far as anyone can tell, there’s no reason he still can’t finish the season that way. Just understand that we’re talking about three weeks-worth of production – and almost certainly not top 30 production.

Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:

Eric Gordon – Returns tonight. You know the drill. Give it a game or two, then forget you ever knew Randy Foye.

Mike Bibby – Your new starting PG for the Miami Heat. He averaged 9.1/2.5/3.6 in 30 minutes per contest starting for a highly athletic, playoff-bound club with a multitude of scoring options. At best, I see his 1.9 3ptm improving a tick, while his assists and points droop ever so slightly. If you owned Bibby before, keep owning him. If you had no use for him before, keep pwning him.

Larry Sanders – Starting for the next week in place of Andrew Bogut. He started that run going 2/8, with a trio of blocks. He’s unlikely to remain that cold and even if he does, he’s not shooting much worse than Bogut had been (.355 in the previous seven).

Carlos Delfino – An absence of Bogut, an absence of Ilyasova, a presence of Brockman. As long as this keeps up, be sure to roster Delfino (16/10/4, with four steals and two blocks last night).

Richard Hamilton – Kuester shuffled up the cards and re-dealt. Surprisingly, the Stuckey-Gordon-Daye-Wilcox-Monroe starting lineup actually make sense. My assumption is whenever Prince gets healthy (any day), he’ll return to the starting lineup, but McGrady (also healthy any day now) won’t. Hamilton’s 10/2/3 in 26 minutes leads me to believe he has slight worth again. If you were shopping for someone with “slight worth,” well, giddyup!

Reggie Williams – 25/4/2, with five treys while Dorell Wright took an extended dinner break. Unless it turns out that Wright was more injured than he felt at game’s end, this was a fleeting game for Reg’.

Tyson Chandler – Outside of his 23/13, .713 FG% Saturday, the league-leader in True Shooting Percentage has shot .294 (5-for-17) in the last week. Then he sprained his ankle. He’s on that same team I have with Parker, Gay, Smith and Felton. If there are more typos than usual in this post, it’s because I threw my laptop against the wall two or three times before getting through this blurb.

Jason Terry – 30/2/4. Sometime after his 20th point, JET made a point to stare over at Beaubois to ensure he appeared appropriately guilty.

Louis Williams – Shot 1-for-8 last night. Shooting .350 in his last eight games. He’s scored 16+ in three of those games, but really, it wasn’t worth it.

Hedo Turkolgu - Got tossed after earning a second technical while arguing from the bench, leaving with no points on 0-for-4 shooting. That’s so Hedo! Also, he won’t make my top 150 list next season.

George Hill – Played poorly, shot poorly, turned the ball over six times. That said, no one on San Antonio played well. Except for Tiago Splitter whose season was supposedly over – which I guess was just a metaphorical thing.

Marcus Camby – Nate McMillan removed Camby’s time restriction, but Marcus clearly wasn’t ready for that and re-applied the restriction himself by playing crappily (1/7/2, with a block in 19 minutes).

Chase Budinger - I said this two days ago: “He’s a 15/6/1 player who will sink a pair of threes every game and give you solid shooting from the free-throw line. Your team can use that. Every team can use that. So go use that.” Why am I awesome? Because last night he ended with 14/5/2, and went 2-for-2 from the line. Adam, he missed all of his three-point attempts. You’re right, Al Talics. I’m worthless.

Wesley Johnson – 20/8/2 against L.A. He’s averaging 19.7/5.7/3 in the three games since the trade deadline. Go ahead and grab him while he’s playing well, but I don’t see it lasting. Firstly, he’s averaging 39 minutes a game. As Martell Webster is near his return and Anthony Randolph‘s minutes have increased in each game he’s been a part of the team, he won’t maintain that average. And Secondly, he’s averaging .480 from the floor in those three games, which is about 30 percentage points too high.

Kevin Love - He’s shooting .265 (9-of-34) against the Lakers this season. sarcasm\ Hope they don’t meet in the first round of the playoffs! /sarcasm If there’s any knock against Love, it’s that he could b considered a bit soft against winning teams. His worst field goal shooting this season came against the Lakers, Celtics, Mavericks, Kings and Hawks. The two games against the Kings both happened in the first 10 games of the season when Love was playing fewer than 30 minutes. ‘Member that!?!

  1. JT says:
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    In a dynasty, do I drop either Ed Davis, Hedu, or Landry Fields for Murphy? Fields feels like the dropper here, but he might be a top 60 player for several years in NY.

  2. AJK says:
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    when can we expect murphy to start playing for the celtics?

  3. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @JT: Hedo. By a long shot. ESPECIALLY in a dynasty league.

    @AJK: Could be tonight, though Friday would make more sense. The symmetry of playing Golden State and all.

  4. Bryan Showalter says:
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    Adam – I am in 12-man Roto league with 12 categories for scoring. Our trade deadline is today at Noon PST, so I am looking for some last minute trade advice. I am currently in 1st place with 9-point lead over 2nd place team. (94 total points as of today)

    League Categories (my pts)
    FG% (9), FT% (7), 3PM (3), OREB (9), REB (12), AST (12), A/TO (11), STL (11), BLK (9), PTS (11)

    My active roster players: Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Randy Foye, Monta Ellis,
    Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Josh Smith, David West, Andrew Bynum, Marcin Gortat, Chris Kaman, Josh Howard, Jason Thompson, Andris Biedrins, James Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal
    IR players – Antawn Jamison & Kendrick Perkins

    I am running away with assists (due to the fact I have both Rondo and Nash on my team)…I am tempted to trade one of them (probably Rondo)…was actually offered Kobe and Delfino for Rondo and Foye the other day, but not sure if it’s good trade? (thoughts)…Rondo does some nice things other than assists for me (like steals and fg%) whereas Kobe might hurt Fg% and gets fewer steals).
    One scenerio I am working on is making this deal, but only if I can trade Monte Ellis for Horford…I really want to get another big and this guy needs a SG, so if I can deal Ellis and get Horford then make the deal for rondo and get kobe – I think that will help me in the home stretch? What do you think? Any thoughts on what you would do in my position and roster…any specific players to target in a trade this morning?

  5. JT says:
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    It’s not Adam, but @Byran, I’d take that Kobe deal in a heart beat. I would also do Ellis for Horford if you could.

    Thanks, @Adam.

  6. Bryan Showalter says:
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    Thanks JT…I know I can do the Kobe deal, but I dont really have the need for both Kobe and Ellis (especially when I already have the likes of Durant and Anthony)…I am in a battle for FG% (can land anywhere from 7 to 11 in pts (currently at 9), as we are all so close), so my only hesitation would be Kobe could kill my fg%…not sure I can get Horford for Ellis, but if I could I think I would do the Kobe trade for sure. Even if I can’t I am still debating that Rondo for Kobe deal…I have 5 hours to decide. Thanks for thoughts JT.

  7. Bryan Showalter says:
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    @JT…I agree with adam, in dynasty league, drop Hedo for Murphy in this case (Davis and Fields are guys you want to hold onto for future years). Good luck.

  8. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Bryan Showalter: I’d offer up Ellis for Horford and leave it at that. You’re already in first with the team you have, so you don’t want to tinker too much with that. Also, if FG% is a close category for you, and you give up Rondo for Kobe – that, my friend, is a clear-cut case of over-tinking it.

  9. Bryan Showalter says:
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    Thanks for advice Adam

  10. I know I’m a day late and a dollar short (well, except for the thing about the dollar), but how confident are you in K-Mart for the next 3 weeks? I need to drop Battier again, and Martin is looking like a good replacement, but I want to make sure I’m not trading meh for bleh.

  11. By the way, I mean Kenyon, not Kevin.

  12. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Bryan Showalter: No problem. Good luck today.

    @ChrisV82: I’ve been cool on Battier all year and this trade to Memphis does little to dissuade me from feeling that way. I think you’re safe drooping Shane for Ken.

  13. brad says:
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    H2H

    Steph Curry and Iguodala for D-Will and Eric Gordon

    Who wins?

  14. hakasan says:
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    @Brad
    fwiw, i’d take d-will and eric gordon… curry and iggy are both very inconsistent while their ceilings are not any higher than d-will/ej

  15. hakasan says:
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    @Adam,

    detroit is a mess! i’m gonna give tmac one more game to get some playing time but in the mean while i got harden/mmiller/shane b/jeff green on the waiver wire…

    kidd/rondo/geohill/mowill
    dirk/horford/brand/jrich/turk
    frye/ibaka/tmac

    i think tmac is the one to drop, but who would you pick up?

  16. Migs says:
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    Hey Adam,

    Our fantasy playoffs are scheduled as follows:

    Rd 1 (Mar 21 – Mar 27)
    Rd 2 (Mar 28 – Apr 3)
    Rd 3 (Apr 4 – Apr 13)

    Between CJ Miles and Roddy B, who would you rather keep? They’re both pretty frustrating to own right now, but I’m looking to pickup someone and they’re currently my 2 worst guys.

    here are their games played for each week:

    Rod – 3,4,3
    CJ – 4,3,3

  17. Adam says:
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    Start/sit question – pick 1 – aaron afflalo, willie green or shaun livingston.

  18. hakasan says:
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    @17
    imho, start afflalo (more shots with gallo out) green/livingston might see less court time/shots?

  19. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Williams/Gordon … unless Williams’ wrist lays him low.

    @hakasan: Yeah, you could drop McGrady for Harden. I might also considering dropping Hedo for Harden in case McGrady returns to the starting lineup whenever he gets healthy.

    @Migs: Beaubois. He’s got more upside and an extra game later in the season when he’ll be that much more acclimated.

    @Adam: Start Afflalo, sit Green and Livingston.

  20. hakasan says:
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    oh yeah, charlie v is available as well… drop tmac/hedo for harden/charlie v?

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