It appears that maybe the Rookie of the Year race could resemble the Dunkin Donuts jumbotron race the United Center plays during time outs atBulls games. It’s nothing special: an animated donut, coffee cup and bagel race twice around an animated track. There are six pre-recorded outcomes that play on a loop every six games. The coffee cup starts off with a huge lead, slows down and here comes the bagel. Now the donut takes a big lead. Last turn, here comes coffee cup. Oh, it looks like coffee cup. Except that coffee cup has suddenly stopped and bagel finishes! The place goes nuts. The only two things that get Bulls fans more buzzing is when the team scores 100 points and everyone wins Big Macs and when Brian Scalabrine enters the game. Go figure. People enjoy races that don’t matter. So when I tell you that the Rookie of the Year race has Kyrie Irving in the lead, after MarShon Brooks and Iman Shumpert took brief and early leads, I don’t blame you when you roll your eyes. For fantasy purposes though,  it’s worth speculating that with D.J. Augustin missing the Cats’ next three games due to an inflammatory condition of the sesmoid bone (which is either a busted big toe or the title of the most awful of Dr. Who episodes), Kemba Walker seems poised to make his own jog around the ROY track. Last night, Walker earned a career-best 22/5/2 line that included 2 blk and 2 3ptm in 36 minutes. Maybe this game is an anomaly borne from nice timing and we never see him do this again. Maybe he carries this on for another week, then returns to 11/3/3 for the rest of the year, or maybe this is the spark that catches fire. Any which way, own Walker if he’s unowned, play Walker if you haven’t been and always root for the donut at the United Center. Here’s what else went down Tuesday night in fantasy basketball.

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Derrick Brown – Season-high 15 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 33 minutes. By season’s end, you will have owned every last member of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Bismack Biyombo – Played 11:07, didn’t block nothin’. Remember what I said two days ago: he needed 23 more seconds.

Ryan Anderson – 24 points and 5 3ptm last night. The night before? 0 points, 0 3ptm. Two-game averages? 12 pts/2.5 3ptm. See how that works? We’re good.

Glen Davis – Big Baby jumps with the meager force of someone launching from a patch of black ice, which explains why his shooting percentage is .345 in his last four games, but not how’s he’s managed to average 7.8 boards in that span.

Darren Collison – Failed to dole out one assist. Matter fact, not a single Pacer guard managed an assist last night. I don’t know what a tiny Pacer is for, if not to hand the ball to the larger Pacers standing closer to the basket.

Carmelo Anthony – Held scoreless in the first half of a game for the fifth time in his career. Ended the game with 1 point in 30 minutes. It was the first game of his career he played that many minutes without scoring. Just 32 more games to catch up to Dennis Rodman.

Iman Shumpert – 1-for-9. ShumpShump has never taken more than six shots in a game before tonight. The fact that he chose his absolute coldest game to do so tells you much of what you need to know about the rookie.

Amir Johnson – I could have made Aaron Gray the subject of this blurb about Johnson losing his starting spot to one of the statistically worst players in the league, despite the fact that he’s healthy, but I didn’t. I didn’t because Aaron Gray is not a fantasy option for any team. And right now, man, neither is Johnson.

Andrea Bargnani – Drained 34 points along with 5 3ptm after returning from six games worth of calf pain. With DeRozan completely pooping out this season, Bargs is Toronto’s best offensive option, bar none-i.

DeMar DeRozan – 4/1/2, on 2-for-8 shooting. SELL! /Adam has the urge to throw something breakable against wall, has nothing in his hand with which to throw, goes to the kitchen to grab some crackers, hurls them against the wall, not good enough, picks up a coffee mug, crashes it against the wall, not good enough, picks up cat, looks at cat, decides the mug was okay enough, puts cat down.

Antawn Jamison – 2-for-6, with 5 points. This after his 1-for-10, 4-point performance on Friday.

Ronnie Price – 4/5, with 2 steals. Jared Dudley: 6/1, with 3 steals. Meh. Tomato-To Otto.

Raymond Felton – Two assists, six turnovers. Ray-Ray’s assist:turnover ratio is, I think, um … shizz:balls.

  1. RashDecisions says:

    Yeah that Collison… The entire game he just dropped the ball to a big and jogged off to a corner to chill for a spell. When he did pass to an open man it was a miss every time! Its hard to move up in assists when your second leading assist man gets a big donut.

  2. RashDecisions says:

    And I guess for a question:
    James Johnson played 35 minutes last night as a starter, and thats with Bargs back. He had the 3rd most shot attempts on the team and had hist first dubdub of the year. With Amir Johnson in the doghouse, are you buying this increased role?

  3. arnold says:

    Brook Lopez is free in my league. what do you think, it’s a good time to stash him on my bench? H2H, 10 teams, I have pretty good team on top of table

  4. Adam

    Adam says:

    @RashDecisions: I didn’t watch this game, but Twitter was all abuzz that Vogel continuously fed it down low to Hibbert, despite the fact that Hibbert was gassed and ineffective for stretches of this one.

    @RashDecisions: I’ll buy an increased role, but not the kind of production we saw last night.

    @arnold: If you can swing it, you should definitely swing it.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:

    Fields had another good game last night, and there’s speculation now that Shumpert takes more of a hit when Davis comes back. Points league, drop Ben Gordon (who has 5 G next week, but is hurt) or Nick Young for Fields or Tony Allen (who also has 5 G next week), or hold? Start 4 Gs, Gordon and Young are my #5 and 6.

    We also start 4 Fs, and Parsons is my #4 (with nobody healthy on the bench). Drop one of the above Gs for Landry (a couple good games in a row), Jerebko (5 G next wk), Ilyasova (good in 3 of his last 4) or J. Thompson (starting again)? Big bonus for dbl-dbls, FWIW.

  6. Zebo says:

    I posted yesterday:

    we play in espn 9 cat H2H league, keep 6 guys. My lineup is
    PG: Jrue
    SG: Paul George
    SF: GWall
    PF: Aldridge
    C: Al Jefferson
    G: CJ Watson
    F: Millsap
    G/F: Ed Davis
    F/C: Elton Brand
    Util: Parsons
    Bench: Devin Harris and Earl Watson
    IR: Brook Lopez

    I am offered Monta Ellis and Luis Scola for my Aldridge and Harris, what do you think?

    Yous liked it. But I countered with asking for Brandon Jennings and Hawes for my Aldridge and Harris, he accepted. How did you think I did? I thought about asking for Jennings and Greg Monroe, but that was probably asking for too much.

  7. Moses says:

    yo Adam, how go it?

    Hawes was just dropped, could def use a center too, would you use your #1 waiver priority on him? Whats the deal with his injurisimo?

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention James Johnson
    James Johnson had 18 points, 10 rebounds and a steal on 7-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes after making his fourth straight start at small forward for the Raptors on Tuesday.
    JJ is really heating up, totaling 30 points, eight rebounds, four steals and seven blocks in his previous two starts before tonight’s nice effort.

    Also just heard B.Diddy could start as early as tonight @ the Cavs his formah team.

  8. Moses says:

    if you guys ever need another b-ball writer to help shoulder the load i’d be interested

  9. Looking for back end of the rotation big type.

    You more partial to ZAZA and his 10/10/2 block “upside” getting increased minutes in rotation or a fragile 37 yr old Camby and his 25-28 min/ night? Obviously, Camby had a nice outburst last night vs. undersized squad… 22 boards/ 5 blocks, which likely be his best game all year. But seeing as my league is 11 categories (standard 9 + FTM, FGM), curious on your thoughts?


  10. Ryan says:

    Hey Adam. So I offered McGee Pierce for Al Jefferson and Harrington but received a counteroffer. The new offer is iggy mcgee for al jefferson harrington a 1st round pick in next years keeper draft. It should be a top 3 pick since the other owners team is in sUch a mess. What ya think of this new offer? Should I just convince the other owner to take the original offer?

    My team
    14 team h2h keeper
    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util carlos delfino
    util evan turner
    bn lamar odom
    bn bryon mullins
    bn jameer nelson

  11. Zebo says:

    Is Marion and Meeks good pickups for the long haul?

  12. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Steve Stevenson: I might take a flyer on Ersan (even though I hate taking flyers on Bucks). Other than that, I’d stick with what you have. Landry Fields’ game – although better – weren’t great. I tend to think Fields and Shump are going to trade some time when Davis returns. I don’t see either of them playing the same amount of time (or even the same role).

    @Zebo: I like the Jennings/Hawes deal less. What worked well with the Ellis trade was that you were getting a top-shelf SG, which you will need more than a solid big once Brook Lopez returns. Basically, you downgraded Ellis (into Jennings) and maybe, possibly upgraded Scola (into Hawes). The problem is that Hawes is hurt (close to returning), he doesn’t have a long history of performing at a level that makes him a solid bet and when Lopez returns, you’ll have more firepower in the front court than you need, but less firepower in the backcourt than you would have had with Ellis. Not a terrible deal, but I liked the Ellis deal better. Also, Marion is a solid grab. Meeks, not so much.

    @Moses: Hawes is about as good of a pickup as you’re going to get in anything deeper than a 10-team league. Re: Johnson – yeah, I saw that he’s heating up. I’ve been saying he’s a solid UTIL grab all month. I don’t buy his scoring binge last night, but the rest of it is legit. Also, If you’re interested in writing, send me an e-mail [ [email protected] ] and tell me what you’re interested in doing.

    @El burro: I still like Camby, despite his fragility. You can find guys in the FA pool like Zaza fairly easily. You won’t find guys with Camby’s ability to randomly explode on given nights.

    @Ryan: Yuck. No, I dislike that deal greatly for you. You get a pair of Als and he gets the second and third best player in a four-player deal AND your most elite player next season? No way.

  13. Ryan says:

    So I guess I should push for the pierce mcgee deal then?

  14. Ryan says:

    Oh do u also think the 1st rnd pick isn’t worth pursuing?

  15. Jeff says:

    Hey Adam,

    8 Team H2H 9 cat
    PG: Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Brandong Jennings, Jrue Holiday
    SG: Eric Gordon, Ray Allen
    SF: Josh Smith, Hedo Turkoglu
    PF: Nene Hilario
    C: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Andrew Bogut

    Looking at the team, is there anyone I should target in a trade that fits well for me? Should I drop EG?

    Also, I have one spot open on the roster. It looks like I need another PF and Luis Scola is available, should I take him? Theres also Kevin Garnett & Andray Blatche.


  16. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Ryan: Wait. I misread the deal. YOU get the 1st round pick. I thought you had to give the other guy your 1st rounder. That changes things. I don’t hate that. But you’d have to decide if that pick would make it worth it to you. It’s lopsided in his favor without the pick, but if it nets you a top 3 FA next season, it’s almost certainly favorable to you in the long run. Kind of depends if you’re looking toward next year or solely focused on this season.

    @Jeff: I’d prefer Garnett over the others. Followed by Scola, then Blatche.

  17. Ryan says:

    Well I’m trying to do both. I’m in contention to win again this year. I’ve actually won the last 2 yrs. Anyway we only keep 5 so one of my studs would have to go back into the draft. I figure I might as well get something in return for next year since I can’t keep everyone.

  18. HotRod says:

    Is CJ Watson worth holding onto? With D-Rose toe issue (not sure its not going to linger… & now Deng out, will he see solid minutes even if D-Rose is playing?

  19. Shawn says:

    should I accept?

    LJames/Jsmith for Howard/Dwilliams
    h2h 3 keepers

    James/Rose/Jsmith or Howard/Dwilliams/Drose?
    What do you think Adam?

  20. bauerspeed17 says:

    What point guards would you aim for if you were using Jason Terry as trade bait?

  21. Alex says:

    Hey Adam,

    Wesley Matthews was dropped and it’s unlikely I get him (low waiver spot) but would you drop Marshawn Brooks for Matthews? Which of the two do you think is more valuable?

  22. Lou says:

    i have an abundance of SG and a weakness at 3’s. Is Kobe alone enough to start up a KLove negotiation or should i throw in a mid rounder like Henderson or Brooks? If it makes a difference I gave him the better end of a 2-for-1 early that looks ridiculous now.

  23. Zebo says:

    @Adam: But in a 9 cat H2H league, it’s better to load up on certain stats and forgo others, right? Once Lopez comes back, I am trying to dominate reb, stl, blk, to, FG and FT, and be competitive in trey and asst. That said, going from Aldridge to Jennings hurts my FG alot, but Ellis is shooting way worse this year with bigger volume. I thought Jennings’ .43-.44 wont hurt me THAT bad, and I do gain a lot of FT, and he helps me with stl, and asst. That’s my rationale. Luis Scola is useless to my goals, while Hawes can potentially help me in those cats. I prob should have asked for more, but I prob always want more.

  24. Jay says:

    @Adam: “ShumpShump has never taken more than six shots in a game before tonight.” Huh?? Shumpert averages 11.9 FGA/g.

  25. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Ryan: Cool. I’d go for it, then.

    @HotRod: He’s worth a hold in deeper leagues, but he just won’t get the same minutes with Rose healthy and playing his usual 35-39 mpg.

    @Shawn: I’d much prefer James and Smoove.

    @bauerspeed17: Something in the Collison, Teague range.

    @Alex: Keep Brooks. He’s got a better role in his system than Wes has in Portland’s.

    @Lou: You’d have to throw in a kicker with Kobe for me to think about dealing Love.

    @Zebo: I hear you. And while I think you’re reasoning is right on, I always prefer balance to dominating just a few categories. That’s just a question of preference and style, I reckon.

    @Jay: Yup. You’re absolutely correct. Last night he actually took among the fewest shots of his young season. Blame the extreme fatigue and the long hours.

  26. Ryan says:

    The trade involving the draft pick?

  27. Jeff says:

    Hey Adam,

    WHat are your thoughts on Ray Allen? Better than Luke Ridnour and OJ Mayo right?

  28. Rob says:

    Continuing with my Ryan Anderson on trade block (because I have surplus of 3s).

    Received an offer of Josh Smith and Tiago Splitter for my Ryan Anderson and Joakim Noah. I find this offer interesting. It meets my needs better. The issue in my mind is Noah versus Splitter. If I think Splitter is 80% of Noah then I will probably accept. Thoughts?

  29. Alex says:

    @Adam (sorry to ask for your opinion twice in a day lol)

    I got offered Gerald Wallace for JaVale McGee or Serge Ibaka. My big men are Mcgee, Ibaka, Hawes, Lopez so I get a lot of blocks.

    What do you think of that offer and do you think McGee or Ibaka would be better to keep?


  30. Moses says:

    Yo Ad, you still around?

    1. Who would you drop for Hawes? Drop Mullens for him? OJ Mayo? BDiddy? I just know I can flip Bdiddy for someone decent once he starts playing some games. Those are my 3 worst guys I’d say.

    2. Would you trade Kmart for Amare? I love Kmart, but I have a PLETHORA of guards, i wind up sitting out one of (Kmart, Jack, Parker, Rubio). My other C are Mullens, Ibaka, McGee, and Hawes if i go thru with #1.

  31. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Ryan: Yessir.

    @Jeff: On most nights, yes. As has been the case over the last two seasons, depending on matchups, he will disappear on your team. Compared to Ridnour and Mayo, though, he’s much more valuable.

    @Rob: Splitter’s been playing well of late, but they’re very different. Splitter will score more than Noah, but he won’t rebound as much and probably won’t block as much, either.

    @Alex: Give him Ibaka and never look back.

    @Moses: 1. Drop Mullens. 2. Yes.

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