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The Pistons said they benched former star(ter) Richard Hamilton on Wednesday so as not to risk injuring him before they ship him off to a farm upstate. They didn’t tell Rip that’s why he wasn’t going to play. They just told him they wanted to save his energy for the really important games. The badder than bad news here is that if they held him on Wednesday, there’s no reason they won’t hold him over the weekend and into next week. Really, there’s no reason Detroit will ever play Hamilton again unless the trade deadline passes and the Pistons were unable to boot him off the bus. Any teams in shallow leagues still holding onto Hamilton kinda deserve whatever’s coming to them, but even medium-sized leagues can afford to drop him. He’s averaging 9/1/2 this month and doesn’t look like he’ll play for at least another week. And now with New York and Memphis forming an alliance against New Jersey and Detroit, who knows if Hamilton is even moving on to greener pastures? It’s entirely possible that Detroit started bad-mouthing your ex-girlfriend right before the two of you got back together. Awkward! If you can afford to stash the guy to see where he pops up, so be it. I’m dropping him for some production now and worrying about his usefulness when a change in scenario warrants it.In the meantime, Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Tracy McGrady will all see bumps in production.

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball yesterday:

LeBron James – Missed Thursday’s drubbing with a sprained ankle. Karma! Will likely return on Saturday to play the Bulls. I don’t really believe James was even injured. He was passive-aggressively protesting the egregious trading circus Carmelo Anthony has created this season.

Dwyane Wade – Dwyane Wayne flipped his shades down over his reading glasses to protect from the glare of such nasty shooting (.368 from the field/.286 from the line). It’s a different world without LeBron. Wait, no it’s not. It’s nearly the same world for Wade as the 2009-10 season. Or the first three weeks of this season.

Mike Miller – Miller has completely forgotten how to put the biscuit in the basket (2-for-7 from the field), which is a shame because his eight rebounds and eight dimes suggests that his other tools are still intact. It’s always good when your tools are intact.

Willie Green - “As much as I like Marcus [Thornton's] scoring, he doesn’t have the size that you like at that position to start the game,” coach Monty Williams said. On a completely unrelated note, Marcus Thornton is 6’4″, 205 lbs. Willie Green is 6’3.5″, 201 lbs. Starter for most of the season so far: Marco Bellinelli (6’5″, 192 lbs.) Yeah That’s the last time Thornton makes a pass at the coach’s wife at a team party. Also, Monty Williams is several different degrees of bananas.

J.R. Smith -He’s played well in his last two, averaging 21.5 points including eight treys just last night, but both were blowouts. In close games, Smith never shows up like he does when no one’s watching. He’s the Sammy Sosa of the NBA.

Kenyon Martin -6/3.5/3 in 19 mpg in his last two. I like this approach. Get your opponent’s confidence up, make ‘em think he’s got nothing left, then come playoff time – boom! – He drops, like, 8/5 on them snitches!

Kevin Martin – Keeping the K-Martin blue lights special, Kevin should play tonight and says he doesn’t think his wrist injury should affect his shooting. No word on if he thinks it will affect his making shots.

Al Thornton – Started for the injured Andray Blatche, played like an injured Andray Blatche. A less-injured andray Blatche will likely return Saturday against Toronto. Even if he doesn’t, only owners in deep leagues should roster Thornton or Yi Jianlian for spot starts.

JaVale McGee -I just realized the guy with perhaps the nastiest hops in league history has a middle name of “Lindy.” That can’t be a coincidence, right? Anyway, LindyHops has grabbed seven or fewer rebounds in four of his last five games.

Gilbert Arenas – Speaking of people who used to play well for the Wizards: ol’ Gil is averaging 9/2/2 in 20 mpg this month. Also known as the Rip Hamilton Special.

Ryan Anderson – 15/5 in 23 minutes. He’s coming off the bench but outplaying Brandon Bass (8/4 in 20 minutes).

Nenad Krstic – 16/11 for his first dub-dub of the season. Nenad-nah-nah-nah-nah! Hey!

Wesley Johnson – Started and played 15 minutes, scoring six points in that time. It’s important to note that Martell Webster outplayed Johnson last night and has moderately outplayed him all month.

Luke Ridnour – He’s averaging 13/2.5/7.5 while shooting well over .900 from the free throw line. If you’d have known he’d average this, you’d have drafted him in the ninth round and been proud to do so. What I’m saying is, you ould do much worse than owning Ridnour. Illegally downloading the new Avril Lavigne single and playing it repeatedly through the speakers of your Android in public places is an example of you doing much worse.

  1. Cary says:
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    I’m thinking I need to drop Tyler Hansbrough for someone like Greg Monroe or Ryan Anderson? Methinks Pyscho T will be too on-and-off to really make a solid starter…

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Cary: If Monroe’s still available, you should definitely target him for Hansbrough. Monroe’s had as many double-doubles in the last four games as Tyler has so far in his career.

  3. If Earl the Pear Monroe was still avaliable I would also drop Hansbrough for him

  4. vinny says:
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    who would you drop out of these players to make room for Ty Lawson and the potential of being the nuggets starting pg?

    j.r. smith, george hill, jared dudley, james harden, grant hill

    rest of my team: billups, gasol, chandler, stoudemire, bogut, westbrook, wright

  5. Larry says:
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    What side would you rather have between Durant/Nash/Fields or Curry/Nowitzki/Camby?

  6. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @mr basketball: You probably mean “The Pearl.” “The Pear” is what he became after a post-career filled with Tastykakes.

    @vinny: Harden, Junior Smith, then Dudley. I might hang on to Smith just in case his situation improves after the trade too.

    @Larry: The Durantula trio.

  7. Henry says:
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    Re Marcus Thornton. Nail. Hit. Head. Monty Williams will be joining the likes of Jim O’Brian in the near future. Lol’d at the injured Blatche comment.

  8. Djole says:
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    Adam, love your blog it’s a daily must read! As an unfortunate Arenas owner I’m in a quandary, do I hold on to Gil or do wish him the best (like I have for the last three seasons!) and let our destinies diverge? I’m in a standard 9 cat, 12 team league and Barbosa is available; however, I have DWill and Westbrook, so a PG might not be what I should be targeting. Harden, RuFer, Ilyasova, Frye, Ariza, and Lawson are all available, who should I add?
    Cheers!

  9. Fletch says:
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    @ Adam: You like Sessions or Ryan Anderson as a pick up…for my flex? 12 team H2H league

  10. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Henry: Thanks! Yeah, add Westphal to Obie and Williams and you’ve got the shortlist to my sh*tlist.

    @Djole: I appreciate the kind words. What categories are you targeting to improve? A lot of the available players you listed aren’t necessary if you already have Arenas.

    @Fletch: Sessions until Mo Williams is healthy again. Anderson after that.

  11. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Adam – Pickup up Monroe and Hickson last week. JJ’s FG% looks like Pujol’s batting average and you’ve got to love those TO’s. Please rank KMart, JJ & Psycho T going forward. I’m keeping Monroe. Thanks!

  12. Fletch says:
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    @Adam: 12 team H2H weekly average based league. Which 3 of 4 do you like for next week out of Beno, Sessions, Wes Matthews and Nick Young?

  13. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @AnotherFalstaff: Ugh. Bag of Cheetos, J.J., a Vintage Movie Monsters refrigerator magnet set, Kenyon, a stranger’s glass eye in a mason jar, Hansbrough. In that order.

    @Fletch: Wes, Young, Udrih, Sessions, in that order.

  14. Tony says:
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    @adam- whats up man, so i dealt evan turner for maggette a week ago, got $1 draft money for him and i wasn’t keeping him anyways. New offer. Same guy is offering me:

    His $16 Blatche and $31 Evan Turner (who use to be mine) and his 1st round res draft pick

    FOR

    My $32 David West and $16 Darren Collinson and my 3rd Rd reserve pick.

    Reserve picks start pick #161

    My keeps would be right now Stephen curry $38, David Lee $29, West $32 and Darren Collinson $16. I’m plus $10 draft dollars too. So I have $95 to buy 4 more guys in the auction before the reserve draft.

    If I make the deal (which im not leaning towards) I’d have curry, david lee, e. Turner $31, and Blatche $16…..

    I would save $1 on evan turner, I like Blatche because he’s younger than david west and CHEAP, but I guess do you think Evan Turner is going to make a big jump next year? He’s not getting PT this year but has had bright moments. Can you see him getting 18pts 5rebs 5 asts next year? Do you think iggy is fore sure getting shipped? I would also be gaining a draft pick but I dont know if its worth the gamble of losing a FOR SURE thing in west and HOPING Turner progresses? THOUGHTS?

    remember its a 20 teamer, points league, CBS…..

  15. Tony says:
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    @adam, again you know me, im working for next year, west will be 30 or 31 and turner’s a young buck ready to…… shine/ride the pine?

  16. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Tony: I’d skip it. You’re not saving any money and you’re left with two keepers who aren’t likely to produce as much as the two you’d be giving up.

    Also, there’s something about taking back a player I traded away that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

  17. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Adam – Almost forgot. Da Bears!

  18. Adam says:
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    what’s up adam. Quick question but some praise first. Great blog- must read everyday. Wish the posts came earlier in the day- like at the beginning of the season slacker! JK.

    With the positive news coming out of boston re: perkins – is he worth an add soon? Can’t really remember if he was a good fantasy option last year- seems like so long ago. 12 team, 15 man rosters. Would prob dump gortat. Thoughts?

  19. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @AnotherFalstaff: Ha! Woot! Woot!

    @Adam: Thanks for the praise. I’d take a look at Perkins. He fits in to the DeAndre Jordan/Ronny Turiaf/Chris Andersen mold of guys who amass plenty of blocks/boards and carry a nice FG%, but are somewhat awful in every other category. He averaged 10.1/ 7.6 / 1.7 blocks and finished in the top 5 in NBA FG% with .602 last season. Between the rust, the two O’Neals and the moderate emergence of Glen Davis, I’d expect something closer to 8/7/1. That’s slightly better than what Gortat is giving you.

  20. Adam says:
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    Thanks. Is perk more valuable that roddy buckets (total relative value) when both get back?

  21. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Adam: I doubt it. Though I think Perkins will play about 5-10 more games than Beaubois. When they’re both playing, I’d rather have Roddy.

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