Last night, O.J. Mayo finished with 4 points on 1-7 shooting (1-5 from downtown), with 3 boards, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 6 turnovers. Before that game, he was averaging 8.8 points per game, down from 19.3 on the season. He is now battling a flu-like bug. It will be hard to pry Mayo away from owners who have enjoyed him all season, but if there is a nervous owner who may believe Mayo is falling back to earth, now would be the time to strike. Make your Japanese ancestors proud.
Matt Barnes – Despite lackluster minutes (only about 23 on the night), he still had his third 15+ point game in a row (2nd 20+ game). Barnes had 2 games in a row with 8 rebounds before last night, where he didn’t grab anything, but I wouldn’t let that deter you. Some cultures admire goose eggs.
Robin Lopez – Has 22 or more points in 3 of the last 4 games while averaging about 7 rebounds and 3 blocks during that time. His ownership is greater than 50% already, but it’s still low enough to give you a heads up before it’s too late, like that time you could have met Mr. T at the mall. Don’t put it off til later, or he might just leave without you.
Jarrett Jack – Over the past two weeks, in every game he sees more than 30 minutes of floor time, he scored 15 or more points (twice scoring 28+). He also is good for 5+ assists, including double digit assists twice in the past 5 games. Over the past 2 weeks, he has 17.4 PPG, 2.1 3PG, and 6.7 APG.
Kosta Koufos – He’s a deep league dream currently, producing double digit points with the potential for double digit rebounds as well. He is a prolific blocker of late, swatting at least 2 in the past 3 weeks (including 5 on December 22). There will be days when he grabs 3 boards, but the potential for more is why you add the hero of Canton.
Amir Johnson – As discussed yesterday, he will see increased time with Jonas V. out, and Amir is looking to earn about 13 points and 9 rebounds per game, with a block for good measure. At least, that’s what my Magic 8 Ball tells me.
Alexey Shved – He has averaged 15+ points in the past 3 games with 3 threes and 6+ assists (although that is misleading because he had 12 dimes one night). If he continues to start at Small Forward, he will likely gain triple eligibility (PG, SG, SF).
Mario Chalmers – Had been quiet and mostly useless for most of the season, but he had started to increase (and hit) his three point attempts, giving him 4 threes in the past two games to go with a handful of other stats (a few assists, a couple of steals). He is averaging 2.3 threes over the past 15 days.
Shawn Marion – In last night’s basketball competition, the gentleman Shawn finished with a brilliant line of 14/9/7 with a block. Over the past 2 weeks, he is averaging 11+ PPG and 9.5 RPG. The 34 year old is roaring right now, but I can’t see him continuing this pace. He’s not going to drop off the face of the earth, but why not move him when he is at his sexiest?