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Stephen Curry ended his season averaging 26.4/6.4/8.1 in April and he catapulted to many pre-season top 10 lists (not this one). Halfway through this season – and coming off two lackluster, foul-plagued games – Curry is averaging 18.2/3.4/5.9, has missed eight games due to foot injuries, and it feels like Curry’s a … not a bust, exactly, but a bit of a disappointment. It’s all dependent upon how you see it. Is a zebra white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Either Curry’s Curry or he’s less-than-Curry. Either I’m making a straw man argument or I’m arguing with the shrewdness of my attorney Alan Strawman. Ultimately, Curry is averaging remarkably similar numbers so far this year as he did in total last season (averaging exactly .462 FG% both seasons, exactly 5.9 assists and 1.9 steals both seasons and within 1 stat point in every other fantasy category, often within just 0.5 stat points). He’s doing this, by the way playing three fewer minutes per game. For you Steph Scholars out there, you’ll remember too that Curry spent the first three months of his rookie season bumming around, gettin’ right, doin’ what it do. Then in January he went warp speed. All this is getting around to me telling you not to freak out or even feel upset. He’s not top 10 material yet, but there’s reason to believe it’s coming and soon. I’m expecting a moderately large uptick in Curry’s production any day now. Might not be today. Might not be tomorrow, but it’s coming and y’all better be strapped in when it happens.

Here’s what else went down in a massive MLK hoops-a-palooza:

Sasha Vujacic – Scored 16 points in 27 minutes yesterday. He offers little else besides threes, FT% and the occasional steal, but in deep leagues, you could do much worse. Mime college would be an example of you doing much worse.

Rudy Gay – Rudy-Tootie-Fresh’n’Fruity wet stale against Chicago’s No.1-ranked NBA defense yesterday as he shot 1-for-10 from the floor and scored single-digit points for just the second game this season.

Derrick Rose – Aced his first career triple-double (22/10/12). He’s also averaging more blocks per game than Boozer. Jrue story.

Kyle Korver – Six threes. 22 points in just under 26 minutes. That’s nice, but not nice enough for me to roster him.

Taj Gibson – Played 43 minutes and blocked a career-high six shots. Only scoring 10 points on 11 shots is a little problematic, but with both Noah and Boozer out, he almost has to be a productive short-term pickup.

C.J. Miles – He scored eight points on 3-for-10 shooting after averaging 20 ppg in his previous three, 7.2 ppg in the five before that, 19 ppg in the two before that and so-on. You’ll drop him today, he’ll drop 21 on you tomorrow, you’ll pick him up and dance this dance until April. The C.J. stands for “can’t justify.”

Nick Young – 38 mpg/.464/.904/2.5 3pt/21 pts/3 rbd/2 ast. This is what you were hoping to get when you drafted Ben Gordon or O.J. Mayo or Rip Hamilton. It didn’t happen, instead you’ve been getting this from D.C.’sN.Y. in the 15 games since being positioned as a starter. You’ll eat it up and politely ask for seconds.

Vince Carter – Scored a season-high 29 points in his first double-double of the season. He also sank five threes, has hit at least one trey in every game he’s played with the Suns and is averaging a career-high 2.3 3ptm a game. I’m convinced he’s doing this because I said just after he was traded that he’d hurt Steve Nash‘s assist totals by driving rather than shooting. I hate you, Vince Carter.

Channing Frye – 18/2/3 with 2 threes. Yeah. This counts as a Good Channing Frye Game. Enjoy it while it lasts. Alvin Gentry will eventually bench him for five games, he’ll suck, Gentry will realize he has to put him back in the starting lineup, where he’ll seem rejuvenated for five games and then start sucking again. It’s as annoyingly repetitive as a beatboxing stutterer.

Raymond Felton – 3-for-13 yesterday, sinking his FG% this month to .365. He shot .474 in November, then .415 last month. .415 is closer to his career-average, and he’s declined from November to January then improved every month after that over the course of his career, so although you don’t have to love what’s happening there, perhaps you should hol your whining for at least another month.

Danilo Gallinari – Returned to drop 17 quiet points. Coo-coo ca choo! <– I know that’s not the sound a rooster makes, but it’s a helluva lot closer to a rooster than whatever the sound a damn walrus makes.

Francisco Garcia – Sat out Monday with a surprise sore calf. The Kings weren’t really willing to discuss this much. Also unwilling to discuss their sore and surprised calves? Hillbilly farmers.

Al Horford – 23/9/6 with a career-high seven blocks. He’s the Brook Lopez you wish you had instead of Broke Lopez.

Jarrett Jack – Played 27 minutes and ended with a 17/2/3 line. Okay, Jarrett. We see you. We see you. Now settle down.

Julien Wright – Started for the first time this season and ended with 11/6 in 28 minutes. This was among his best games this season, which means I wouldn’t roster him with YOUR team.

Amir Johnson – 17/8 with a trio of steals and a pair of blocks. That’s more Abig Johnson than Amir Johnson.

Ed Davis – 11/12. He seems to get a double-double about once every 20 days. I’ll see you on February 8.

Jose Calderon – 0-for-5, 0/5/13, 7 tovs, nothin’ else in 39 minutes. Whoa. That line reminds me of … of …

Jason Kidd – 0-for-7, 0/1/13, 3 tov, nothin’ else in 36 minutes. Screw you, Calderon. No one out-Kidds a Kidd!

DeShawn Stevenson – Back to the bench with you!

Gerald Wallace – Arguably, Crash and Andre Iguodala were the two biggest stars coming into this overtime game. They played a combined 82 minutes and only shot the ball a total of 17 times. Meanwhile, Boris Diaw weighs as much as the two of them combined and triple-doubled. We live in a crazy world, man.

Kwame Brown – 15/16 in 42 minutes. It was his second straight double-double and I’d allow you to paint me green and call me Gumby if that streak reaches four games. Just as I couldn’t believe I was recommending owners pick up Mike Conley in early November, DeShawn Stevenson in December and Brown now, I look forward to March when I send everyone clamoring for Eddy Curry.

Ryan Anderson – 16/8 with four threes and two blocks. He’s, like, the perfect fantasy reserve.

Kevin Garnett – Returned after a nine-game absence and ended with a 19/8/2 in 31 minutes. There wasn’t even any rust in his scowl.

Darko Milicic – 22/8 with four blocks. Waited until his 34th minute to draw that magical fifth foul.

Marcus Camby – Left with a knee injury less than eight minutes into the game and didn’t return. But if you watched the Portland broadcast, you couldn’t help but be reminded of that every 15 seconds as Barrett and Rice mentioned Camby’s absence two dozens times with the desperation of guys still not over the only hot girlfriend they’ll ever had dumping them. LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 37/12 without Camby. Yes. This will happen as long as M.C. is hammered.

Corey Maggette – Today was Maggette-O’s game to take over. Tomorrow I’m guessing it’ll be Ilyasova. The Bucks offense attacks like a pack of velociraptors: you may have your eye on one, but it’ll be one of the one’s you don’t see that guts you from behind!

Aaron Brooks – It’s odd how little I’m hearing about one of the 60 best players in the league neither starting much nor playing well. at any rate, bench him until he compels you not to.

Roy Hibbert – Speaking of top 60 players neither playing much nor playing well: Roy Hibbert, ladies and gentleman, who looks like a 7-foot-tall neurotic Woody Allen on the court these days. Might as well send him out there with glasses and black dress socks.

Darren Collison – Speaking of top 60 players not playing well … DarCo is the opposite of that. 30/1/8 yesterday and averaging +5.9 ppg and +2.6 asts this month as compared to last month.

Blake Griffin – NBA season-high 47 points. But you already knew that. What you might have overlooked is that dude sank 9-of-11 free throws. That’s his weakness. Free throws. He shot .580 from the line in November. He’s shooting .701 in January. July Adam has a pencil and his top 20 rankings. We all know what he’s up to.

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  1. Fletch says:
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    @Adam: At this point would you trade D-Will and either Mo-Will or Wes Matthews for Durant and Ray Allen? That is what he is offering me actually as he needs a guard bad and I have depth there. I am just deciding who to part with out of Matthews and Mo-Will…I am leaning towards Mo-Will because of the injury concern the rest of the year.

  2. Migs says:
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    The sad part about yesterday was that I owned both Calderon and Kidd… meanwhile the guy I’m facing has Amare and Maggette.

    *sigh*, at least I’ve got assists….

  3. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Fletch: If he’s willing to take Deron and Mo Williams for Durant and Ray, I’d do it as soon as possible.

    @Migs: Yeah, that’s tough luck. Especially if Skiles gives Maggette a bit more run in the next week.

  4. Cory says:
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    I benched Collison and started Brooks! Aghhh this is worse mixup than the time I watched Ong Bak 2 and took half an hour to realize the protagonist was a male.

  5. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Cory: Was the Ong Bak Affair (as I’m calling it) really that bad of a mixup, Cory? Really? Be honest.

  6. Brent says:
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    Gallinari sound effects courtesy of the Bluth family.

  7. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Brent: Steve Holt!

  8. Ryan says:
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    Hey Adam,

    I’m in first in my 7 team roto league:

    Trying to ramp up my guards. I made some big swaps this week. I’m currently dominating every category except 3 pointers.

    Drop:
    Andray Blatche; get Wesley Matthews

    Drop:
    Roy Hibbert; get Nick Young

    Drop:
    Jrue Holiday; get D.J. Augustin

    What do you think? These guys all fill in at flex starts. I have Curry, Felton, Rose, and Durant as my starters for small guys. I need more guard starts and 3s this season. I can’t believe I’m last place is 3s halfway through the season still. I’ve been hoping Durant and Curry will heat up a bit in the 2nd half.

    It’s been sad to see hibbert drop so much after his amazing start.. The only one I was really hesitant on is Jrue, but I haven’t been using him much and he seems to suck when Iggy is around? Trade Iggy Philly!

    ~Ryan

  9. Rob says:
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    Is Hibbert droppable? Lawson is unowned in one of my leagues and am considering an add..either now or if/when a trade goes down (I have him stashed on 3 other of my teams). My other possible drops would be Lowry, Fields, Batum, Stuckey, Wall. I have Love, Lopez, Thomas as C with Noah on reserve. This is a team stuck in the middle with a lot of middle class talent but no elite outside of Love.

  10. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: I’d drop Hibbert for either Wes or Nick.

    @Rob: Right now he’s playing fewer than 25 minutes and has neither scored, nor rebounded in double-digits in five games. Yeah, he’s droppable. Heartbreakingly so.

    For the record, I think Hibbert will see a resurgence at some point this season.

  11. Steph by steph, day by day
    A fresh start over, (mumbles) every day(?)
    People we know, stumbles we share
    We’ll make it better…a second time around.

  12. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @ChrisV82: Wow. Boo, but also, wow. Your punishment for recalling that show’s theme song is having it stuck in your head until you fall asleep.

    Also, what the hell DOES that guy mumble in the second line?

  13. Durb says:
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    @Adam: What’s your opinion on this trade? KG and bass for Millsap and Sessions? We all know KG along with Duncan will get rest at the end of the year (probably during fantasy playoffs). When’s the right time to sell?

  14. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Durb: I’m not convinced Garnett will rest up toward the end of the year. Perhaps his minutes will decline a little, but not enough that he’d be a fantasy deficit. That said, I’d feel better having Millsap and Sessions down the stretch.

  15. Durb says:
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    If you look at Garnett’s last 5 season’s he has missed at least 3 games in the final weeks, I’m looking to avoid that. I would be offering the trade, do you think it’s even? I’m liking Session’s for the remainder of the season. I think Mo will shut it down eventually because there’s nothing to play for. Session’s assists could help my team…my point guards at the moment are Westbrook, Harris and Collison (just traded Jrich for him). Thanks for the feedback.

  16. hakasan says:
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    @Adam,

    i was offered this trade and wondering your thoughts

    his (s.jackson, milsap, d.howard, t.evans) for my (grant hill, dirk, bogut)

    12 team 10 cat roto, no fouls

  17. Oh man, I really butchered the lyrics. Here it is from the official source, the Internet:

    Step by step
    Day by day
    A fresh start over
    A different hand to play
    The deeper we fall
    The stronger we stay
    And we’ll be better
    The second time around

    I guess I only remembered the important part, that I wanted to NBA Jam actress Christine Lakin. I’d give her a three second violation she’d never forget, due mostly to the double dribble. Hey-o!

  18. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Durb: It’s fairly even. I have a feeling between Bass’ slump and your take on Sessions (which I mostly agree with), the trade won’t be even a month from now. Go for it.

    @hakasan: Your percentages go down the toilet, but if you can spare that, I’d go for it. Who would you drop from your roster to make the deal work?

    @ChrisV82: Lakin was the young tomboy, right? Yeah, she got foxy. When I think of that show, oddly, the first thing that comes to mind is that the kid that played Cody got thrown in jail and they replaced him on the show with Balki from “Perfect Straangers,” only he wasn’t Balki, he was a hairdresser. Did I dream all that shizz?

  19. Durb says:
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    Oh wow Lakin did get hot. Good call…now..time to run virus scan, thanks google images!

  20. hakasan says:
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    @Adam,

    you’re right… i don’t think i can spare the %, so the new offer i got is his dwight for my grant hill and bogut…. i’m thinking about pulling the trigger… i mean, i just picked up grant hill off the waiver… but then i checked the season avg, and grant hill is not doing half bad… what do you think?

    on the wires right now i can pick up harden, george hill, delfino to make up for the extra spot…

    my current line up is:
    kidd/mo will/gibson/richardson
    turk/dirk/horford/brand/frye/grant hill
    bogut/mike miller

  21. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Durb: Hehe.

    @hakasan: How are you doing in blks/rebs in your league? If you’re already in the top 3 or 4 with the team you have, I’d sit tight. If not, I’d pull the trigger.

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