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The biggest bust in the NBA that no one is talking about has got to be Tim Duncan. Well, no. Technically, Boris Diaw‘s bust is the biggest one no one is talking about, but that’s just because he’s sensitive about it. Maybe don’t eat so many bunt cakes next Christmas, Boris! Duncan played 29:28 last night and shot a sickly 1-for-7 from the field against the Lakers. Duncan isn’t hurt and, for the most part, he’s not even playing all that poorly. He just isn’t as much a part of the team’s offense as he had previously been. His career Usg% is 28.  This season, it’s 23. Timmy be Timmy, just less often. And this is why ain’t no one talking about what a tremendous deficit Duncan has created for fantasy owners. He hasn’t gotten worse or more injury prone like Shaquille O’Neal or Yao Ming. He’s just being used sparingly. Which is what his owners (or prospective owners) need to keep in mind: Duncan is like a serpent in the sand. Blending, blending, blending; waiting for you to assume he’s not there. Then just as you’ve relaxed and kicked off your Tevas, he sinks two teeth into your ankle bone. Clearly this is a metaphor, as Duncan still hasn’t lost his baby teeth and cannot possibly sink them into anything harder than applesauce. But still … Duncan might be worth benching in standard leagues (he’s shooting .321 and averaging 6.3/6.3 in his last three games), but it’s reasonable to believe that it won’t get worse for Duncan. His worst games have all come when he plays fewer than 30 minutes and once the All-Star Break rolls around, so too will Duncan’s minutes increase. For those of you in need of a big man on the cheap, you might consider making trade offers now so that come March, it’ll be someone else’s ankle he’s sinking his teeth into.

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

George Hill – Wasn’t a great scoring night, but nine boards, three dimes, a pair of steals, four blocks and no turnovers is enough to warrant a blurb. If George was an actual hill, I’d want to climb to the top and plant my flag in it. That sounded gross.

Dwight Howard – 12/6 with 7 tov. Dwight thought it’d be funny if he and J.J. Hickson swapped fantasy lines. Hickson forgot about the deal and just did his normal thing. That’s so Hickson!

Gilbert Arenas – Best game of Gil’s season: 5 3ptm/22/6/11. I’m as wary of trusting this line as I am of a church with insurance coverage against “Acts of God.” What kind of church fears God is going to strike it down? What’s up with that church? I want no part of it.

Brandon Bass – 6.5/3.5/1 in his last two games. Despite being against the mighty defensive powerhouses in Cleveland and New Jersey, I’m still concerned that Bass is on his way back to the shadows.

Daniel Gibson – After missing his last game with the flu, Boobie’s bouncing again.  .500/.714/2/15/6/4/1/1/3

Mo Williams – Mo missed all but one of his six three-point attempts and dropped his 3p% to .276 after averaging around .430 the last two seasons. He’s not getting good looks and he’s rushing to get the crappy looks he’s getting.

Anderson Varejao – 14/9 with three blocks and a career-high five steals. So spray that in your hair and curl it.

Danny Granger – 5-for-21, 0-for-6 from the arc last night. I’m pulling for a Granger, Mo Williams, Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza Three-Point Shootout this February. The winner is the first to make two.

Roy Hibbert – Scored 4/3/1 in the first half, finished with 8/8/2 as Hibbert seems like he’s totally in his own head. Somebody nudge O’Brien awake. He hasn’t actually looked at Hibbert since Halloween.

Tyrus Thomas – His wrist is feeling a little limp, so he’ll be out of tonight’s game.

Landry Fields – 3/7/1 in his worst game of the season, or the first game of the season in which he performed at the level expected of him back in June.

Wilson Chandler – 21/6 before fouling out against the Heat. He was 0-for-1 behind the arc, but I hadn’t realized  that on the season, he’s making 1.2 more treys a game than he did last year despite playing 1.5 fewer minutes.

Mike Miller – DNP-CD again. C’mon Spoelstra, hasn’t it been three weeks yet? Maybe he should dress like a girl again and ask to be put into the game. Guys love giving girls what they want. It worked for Bugs Bunny.

John Salmons – He averaged 18 in the second half with the Bulls in 2009, 20 with the Bucks last season and has scored 18+ in five of his last six. He’s a month early on busting the slump, but bust it he seems to be doing.

Corey Maggette – 15/4/1 in his second game back after missing the previous three games. On a completely unrelated note: Chris Douglas-Roberts felt it necessary to download Angry Birds onto his iPhone. He said something about needing a way to pass the time during games now.

Shannon Brown – 1-for-11, but still grabbed 11 boards because bricks bounce far enough away from the basket that a 6’4″ guard can grab ‘em easy.

Lamar Odom – Scary fact: Ron Artest was more efficient than Lamardashian last night (3-for-9, 9 points).

Wesley Matthews – What’s cooler than Wes Matthews? I said, what’s cooler than Wes Matthews? Ice Cold! 1-for-8 with six points.

LaMarcus Aldridge – Tuesday’s line: 18 pts/13 rbd/4 ast/3 stl/7 blk. Those blocks are a high in his career, which is different than former Blazer Rasheed Wallace, whose career sometimes blocked his high.

Kenyon Martin – Played last night, won’t play tonight. Just precautionary.

Dirk Nowitzki – Toronto beat Dallas by eight. Turns out Bargnani, Calderon, Weems, and Evans combined are worth less than one Dirk.

Ed Davis – 17/12/3 blk. Currency exchange joke alert! Meh. This would only have been 16.7/11.9/2.9 in the States.

Chris Andersen – 8/12/3 With all those tattoos, I bet he never looks naked, even when he’s not wearing any clothes.

  1. Josh says:
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    I was just offered L Aldridge for my Garnett. Should I take this in our standard rotisserie league? I am in need of points rebounds steals blocks

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Josh: LMA outscores Garnett +3.7, outblocks him +0.6. KG outrebounds +1.2 and outsteals him +0.7. Although I’d give the advantage to Aldridge on that (in addition to the ever-present fear that KG will get injured), KG leads Aldridge in all other categories.

    I’d pass. Keep Garnett unless you really fear an injury.

  3. Cory says:
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    “That’s so Hickson” is the new “Fabrajon Egg”

    You’ve outdone yourself, sir.

  4. brad says:
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    Granger-Okur for D. Lee-Thomas?

    What about for D. Lee-Roy?

  5. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Cory: Hehe. “Fabrajon Egg.” Geez, that’s awful. You shouldn’t let me get away with that.

    @brad: Lee’s on an upswoop. Thomas may also gain value soon. Even if he doesn’t, he’s still worth more than Okur. And Granger can’t shoot .400 to save his life. I’d prefer Lee/Thomas. Also, I wouldn’t want Roy for any player inside the top 100.

    … And before you ask, Lee is inside the top 100.

  6. brad says:
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    @Adam: meant Granger + Okur for D. Lee + Roy, sorry if I was unclear.

  7. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Oh, gotcha. I’d still prefer to have the duo with Lee in it.

  8. Bad at Fantasy says:
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    I just picked up Chuck Hayes. (Chuck’s that guy’s first name right?)

    With Joakim out and Scola spittin out mediocre games like a nasty piece of chaw, I’m weak at center. (In case picking up Chuck Hayes didn’t clue you in.) Josh Smith, Brandon “I was throwin'” Bass and Wilson Chandelier aren’t really makin’ up for my lack of a big man.

    So, 10 teams, 15 players, 13 Categories: Pts, Mins, FG%, FT%, 3%, TO, A, A/T, STL, OReb, DReb, BLKs, Fouls.

    Ol’ Hawes, Gooden Plenty, Blair, DeAndre Jordan, Dr. McRoberts, Nazr Up There….

    (I apologize in advance for the terrible nicknames, I suffer from a rather severe case of Chris Berman-itis.)

    PG Lawson
    PG Ridnour
    G Tyreke
    PG Collison
    PG Parker
    SG Afflalo
    G/F Ronny Brewer
    SF Durant
    F W Chandler
    PF Millsap
    PF Bass
    PF Josh Smith
    C Scola
    C Hayes
    C Noah

    Should I accept that Biedrins for Lawson offer that the 1st place team keeps pushing my way?

    Thanks. I still love the stuff that you write, so keep writing.

  9. brad says:
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    @Adam: word, thanks. Guy just offered Billups + Roy for Granger + Okur. Don’t think I’m into Billups.

    Should I take this to mean you like Lee over Granger straight up? I’m in a points league so the crappy FG% doesn’t hurt me so much.

  10. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Adam

    My team is in first place in a 12 Team, standard Yahoo H2H league (with turnovers as a category). I’m in first place overall, and first or second in most of the categories. I’m hoping you could maybe toss me a few suggestions on players/trades I could pursue that could help me in FG% (where I rank 12 of 12) and blocks (where I’m 6 of 12) without sacraficing too much in the other categories. My current team:

    PG: Westbrook
    SG: E. Gordon
    G: T. Parker
    PF: Nowitzki
    SF: Iguodola
    F: Love
    C: B. Lopez
    C: Camby
    UTI1: D. Wright
    UTIL2: W. Matthews

    Bench: L.Fields, Lawson, J.Crawford

    (Yes, that is a TWELVE teamer after a Galinari/Conley for T.Parker/Iggy trade and some lucky waiver pickups)

  11. clyde says:
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    I’m scrounging for 2/3’s…

    I can have two of the following from the WW (first two currently on my squad):

    F Garcia
    R Fernandez
    G Hill
    B Rush
    Kleiza
    Marvin Williams

  12. brad says:
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    @clyde: I think the 4 you don’t have are better than the 2 you do. I’d go with Hill and Rush though.

  13. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Bad at Fantasy: Thanks, BaF. I’d hang on to Lawson. You don’t have any reliable PGs and Lawson could be just around the corner to being exactly that. You can probably trade away your 2s and 3s for a better big than Biedrins anyway.

    @brad: Yeah, I prefer Lee. Lee owners are frustrated because he’s been hurt. Granger owners have been frustrated because he settles for ridiculous jumpers from 23 feet away 15 times a game.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: You’ve got a super solid 12-teamer there. I’d shop Iguodala around. He blocks a few shots, but perhaps you can target teams with an abundance of bigs, get yourself an efficient shot-blocker (M.Gasol, Bogut, Okafor) or package Iggy and Lopez together for a slightly better option (P. Gasol, until he stops playing lethargically).

    @clyde: I’d prefer Hill and Rush. Followed by Kleiza.

  14. Larry says:
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    Trying to nab a big from a team who has Amare, Love, Howard, Zach Randolph and Varejao.
    I can afford to throw a 3 point shooter at him as i roll with Curry, Martin, Wright, Gordon, Wilson Chandler, Felton, Rose, Ginobli and Wesley Mathews.
    The guy needs 3’s bad and i am dominating them.
    What do you think it would take to get 1 of the first 4 listed?
    Thinking Zach would be the least expensive and has comparative value to the rest.
    Thanks for your time.

  15. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Larry: I agree with your assessment about Z-Bo. Why not offer him Chandler or Matthews and if he rejects it, offer Martin?

  16. Vinny says:
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    With Carter back, I am planning on dropping Dudley. Who do you think I should I pick up off the waivers in his place? Harden, Batum, or Rush

    Side Rant: I just recently dropped Cousins and he goes and has his best game of the year!>:o

    Current Roster:
    Jared Dudley
    O.J. Mayo
    Robin Lopez
    Pau Gasol
    Amare Stoudemire
    Grant Hill
    George Hill
    J.R. Smith
    Dorell Wright
    Wilson Chandler
    Chauncey Billups
    Russell Westbrook

  17. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Vinny: I’d prefer Rush, Batum and Harden to Dudley in that order. Re: Cousins – for what it’s worth, I doubt he continues having games like that. Randolph doesn’t “do” defense.

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