Roy Hibbert, the giraffe-half of Indy’s starting front court earned his ninth double-double of the season (18/14, with four blocks). After his first 20 games last season, Hibbs only had seven dub-dubs. What’s that suggest? Nothing special. Why mention it, then? Because I needed a reason to callback my preseason projections. So there. I didn’t want to pull back the curtain, but you forced my hand. There just isn’t the magic and wonder left in fantasy basketball writing the way there used to be. Everyone’s got to know how the sausage is made. What I knew in the preseason was that Roy was going to make incremental-but-important improvements this season. What I didn’t know was how. Watching him now, he’s becoming more of a traditional big man. He’s moving away from the finesse game that, frankly, hurt him last season. He’s still not a banger like Nene or Al Jefferson, but he’s taking shots closer to the basket, posting up more often and holding it longer down in the block waiting patiently. I predicted his assists and free throw percentage to be what set him apart from other bigs, while his field-goal percentage, rebounds and points would keep him from one of the top tiers. So far it hasn’t worked out that way. His point, rebound and field-goal averages are all career-highs, while Indy’s offense hasn’t flowed through him as it did last season, so his assists are a career-low. He’s still not as physical as owners would like him to be. He doesn’t have a great body type to successfully bang down low. He doesn’t have a great shot from the outside. In short, his game is still limited and those limitations will always keep him from being an elite big. The good news is, he’s vastly improved the game he’s limited to playing, and still easily falls in as a top 10 center. Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball.

George Hill – Landed funky and fractured his ankle. The replay showed Hill saluting, then winking in Darren Collison‘s direction as he crumpled to the floor in agony. No lie. DarCo hot streak up ahead! Also, Lance Stephenson might be a good add for the next couple games.

Anthony Morrow – Sank 28 points, drained 5 threes, and flushed 10-of-18 from the floor. I won’t mind you putting Morrow in your lineups if you don’t mind me disparaging the Nets with an unsubtle use of verbs.

Avery Bradley – 8/2/1, in 37 minutes. Thirty. Seven. On a note completely unrelated to Avery Bradley’s shockingly ineffective performance Tuesday, Rajon Rondo is aiming to return Friday.

Tristan Thompson – Left with an ankle sprain, but not before earning owners a rebound. Hey, it’s better than not having gotten that rebound. I’m a glass-is-at-least-1/35th-full kind of guy.

Mychel Thompson – Got the start over Alonzo Gee (in the absence of both Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson). He went 8/1/4, with a steal, a block and two threes. He does this twice more, I’ll consider him.

Anderson Varejao – 20/20 last night. He’s like the most springy-haired of all angels! I wouldn’t drop your best center for him, but if he’s available, he’s worth more than a used whiffle ball bat and a twin-pack of halogen bulbs.

Iman Shumpert – Tuesday afternoon: “[Shumpert] is learning the league. We’re learning where to play him. The 1 spot is not a natural one. It’s too much.” – Mike D’Antoni. Tuesday evening: Shumpert starts, Douglas comes off the bench for the first time in three games. Tuesday night: 6/4/6, for Shumpert, with 2 stl in 35 minutes. Trust no one. But also, start shopping Shump. Trust me.

Jeremy Lin – 4/1/4, with a steal in 6 minutes > Mike Bibby, like, ever. It had to be said in some official capacity.

Landry Fields – 18/5/3, with 4 threes and 5 steals. He’s been quietly very solid in six of his last eight. He’s scored 18 in three of his last six and is good for at least one steal every time out.

Marvin Williams – Played two of his best three games coming into last night before ending with 10/4/3, with 2 threes, a steal and a block. He was cold before facing Detroit, New Orleans and Toronto and those teams have a way of heating a fella up. Unfortunately, Atlanta plays Memphis, Philly and Indy in the next week and I expect Williams to slow down a bit. If you’re in a bind or a deep league with an open spot and Williams is available, you could do worse. You could also probably do better. ANALYSIS!

Kirk Hinrich – 4/1.8/3.5 in 19 mpg in his first four games of the season. I wasn’t blurbing him so’s you’d pick him up. I was blurbing him so you’d know not to.

Amir Johnson – Since his last double-double eight games ago, Johnson has averaged a mere (wink!) 3.1 pts/2.4 rbd/2.4 fouls in 15.1 mpg. If you’re considering someone else, let this blurb tip you in that other guy’s favor.

Ed Davis – Ed Canadian earned his season’s only double-double (11/11, with a block) in 26 garbage time minutes. Should you pick him up? Let’s review the highlights from this blurb’s first sentence: his, season’s, only, double-double, garbage time.

Ty Lawson – Returned after a short layoff to play 35 minutes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he was relatively unsuccessful in that time.

Danilo Gallinari – Shot 1-for-10. This was the Rooster’s worst shooting performance as a member of Earth.

Andrew Goudelock – He’s seen a significant bump in minutes over the last four games. He’s averaging 11+ points and a pair of threes in each of his last four games. He’s the second best NBA Andrew … on the Lakers.

Tyreke Evans – 16/4/3, with a steal and a three before halftime. ‘Reke has strung together a handful of solid games including two stellar ones in his last two. Perhaps February 1 is when the former Rookie of the Year will finally have his his coming out party. Not the kind that my Aunt George invited me to when I was younger, the kind where Evans earns being picked in the second or third round in most fantasy drafts.

  1. Jeremy says:

    who do you see having more value going forward, Meeks or Tyrus?

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    are the lakers going to grab sessions or arenas?any thoughts

  3. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Jeremy: They’ll both have relatively equal (although different) value. I’d give a slight edge to Tyrus, but ultimately, I think it depends on where your team’s needs lie.

    @AL KOHOLIC: They’re more likely going to land Sessions, which would be huge for his value. Frankly, if Arenas is on the Lakers, his value increases a ton, too. I’d have to wait on an actual deal (or even specific rumors of who the Lakers would be getting rid of) before speculating too much.

  4. Ryan says:

    Just got offered kevin martin/j Smoove for my curry/amAre.. There are a lot of question marks involved in this deal. I dunno if its worth the gamble to accept this deal or stick with I got. Btw this is a h2h keeper league where we keep 5. Team is below.

    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 rodrigue beaubois
    util evan turner
    bn Lamar odom
    bn bryon mullins
    bn jarryd bayless

  5. Shawn says:

    Should I trade O.J mayo for Rodney Stuckey?
    would u?

  6. Tony says:

    @Ryan: keeper league? i’d say no, curry might be an injury risk but so is Kevmartin, as much or more.

    @adam- ed davis and amir j suck, i know i own both, about to take them to the dumpster. Whats best is i play in weekly leagues and flip flopped them around this week, locked in amir, ed goes off for his best game, story of 2012. The PT situation in TOR is a mess.

  7. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Ryan: I couldn’t pull the trigger. Amar’e is underperforming and Curry is complaining about his damn ankle AGAIN, but the fact is, you’d be giving up the top two talents for the bottom two talents in this deal. Hell, for all you know you could give away Curry and Martin’s fragile bones give out.

    @Shawn: Not if you’re getting Rodney Stuckey.

    @Tony: Toronto is always a mess. Even in seasons where they shouldn’t be so messy, they’re covered in goo. You shouldn’t have any problem dropping either of those two.

  8. Nick says:

    When Deng comes back I’ll be dropping Brewer but just wanted your advice on who to pick up out of these players? Vince Carter, Jason Thompson, Brandon Rush, Trevor Booker, Tony Allen and Jerryd Bayless is available on the waiver wire for tomorrow but I’m #8 on the waiver so I doubt I’ll get him.

  9. durb says:

    Was offered Gerald Wallace and Boozer for Granger (dropping CJ Miles). Pull the trigger?

  10. Lance says:

    Adam, that right up on Ryan Anderson yesterday with the chocolate milk was hilarious…! Who would you rather have on your roster, Shumpert or Landry Fields? When Baron Davis gets back, who will see more minutes?

  11. Nick says:

    Adding on to my previous question, would you hang onto Ronnie Brewer over any of those guys listed considering Hamilton is now out indefinitely?

  12. Quintero says:

    @Adam: And suddenly Ed Davis is starting…I’m rostering Tryus Thomas and James Johnson. Taking Davis over any one of them? Thanks.

  13. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Nick: Booker, Bayless (I’d place Brewer about here), Rush, Carter, Allen in that order. I might also consider Kyle Korver.

    @durb: Yup.

    @Lance: Hehe. not for Ryan Anderson, it wasn’t! Right now, I’d prefer Fields. I always assumed Shumpert would take a backseat to Davis, even when Shumpert was playing well. Now … he’s not playing all that well and Fields has kicked it up a gear.

    @Quintero: Thomas isn’t showing us a whole lot. You wouldn’t be risking much by dropping him for Davis.

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