How do you pronounce Shawne Williams‘ first name? Is he going to add an apostrophe after a few more games like Stoudemire? Make it Shawn’e? Or is it pronounced “Shawn-E?” Weren’t the Shawnee an American Indian tribe wiped out by smallpox in the mid-1800s? And did they call it the smallpox back then? I feel like before the turn of the 20th century diseases were all given respect for being one of a kind. It’s not any ol’ cholera, it’s the cholera. Anyway, it’s great that the NBA has a Native American contingent now. I was nervous that “Chief” Robert Parrish was the closest we were ever gonna get. Anyway, after sitting out the first month of games, Williams has averaged almost 23 minutes in each of his last three along with a line of 13.3/3. Caveat! This is D’Antoni we’re talking about. I thought we were talking about Shawne Williams. Yes, but we were talking about his playing time, which is directly affected by Mike D’Antoni. And since it is he we are talking about, I doubt very much we’ll be talking about Williams two weeks from now. Desperate deep leaguers, go ahead and do what you do. Everyone else, stay on the reservation.

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:

Landry Fields – What’s cooler than being cool!?! Landry Fields! 1-for-7 in 29 minutes. (We also would have accepted Jeff Green, who shot 1-for-9, or Andrei Kirilenko, 1-for-10) Fields did grab 10 boards. So at least that’s one feather in your cap. Can’t have too many feathers.

Amar’e Stoudemire – STAT was all, “Give me 39 minutes, I’ll give you my fifth consecutive 34+ point game.” Then he pounded his chest and noogied Ray Felton. Meanwhile Kevin Love played three minutes longer, scored about the same number of points, grabbed three times the rebounds and sank more treys than Danilo Gallinari, but he ain’t say nothing because otherwise someone might have noticed him. We wouldn’t want that.

Darko Milicic – Left the game after only eight minutes (and 10 points, I might add) with a right quad contusion. That’s different than a right quad confusion, where the groom searches for the bride’s garter belt on the wrong leg. Yeah, Darko didn’t do that.

Ed Davis – In his last three games he’s played 17, 18 and 19 minutes and dropped 6/4, 6/8, and 6/7 lines. That kids, is consistency. If he ever manages 30+ mpg a game, you’ll have yourself an efficient double-double machine on your hands.

Darren Collison – Left with seven minutes remaining in a blowout with a lower leg injury. “Whew!” That was Collison’s upper ankle! Honestly, it might be good for Collison to miss a game or two. He hasn’t looked terrible lately, but he still looks confused. Maybe a game or two to catch his breath, take a shvitz, and get ready for the next 3/4 of the season would do him wonders. Maybe not.

Brandon Rush – Season-high 26 points after sinking six bombs right along with Mike Dunleavy‘s chances at returning to his spot in the starting lineup.

Roy Hibbert – 13/6 last night, only averaging five boards in last four. Only speaking in sentence fragments because … saying negative things … about Hibbert …. too … painful.

Marvin Williams – Hurt his knee playing SG and left in the second quarter having shot 0-for-5. He returned in the second half and went 1-for-1. Put away your abacus, we don’t have that kind of time. He went 1-for-6 on the night in 20 minutes. That thumping sound is the death rattle of Williams’ career coming up fast on him.

Maurice Evans – Benched after two games. Clean cup! Clean cup! Move down! Move down! Clean cup, clean cup! Move down! Smoove played the three, Horford played the fourford and Jason Collins did some stuff near the basket for, like, 15 minutes. Until he or I figure out what that stuff was, leave him and Evans on waivers.

Andre Miller – Sitting out tonight’s game after being suspended for his part in Sunday’s kerfuffle with the Clippers. Patty Mills is his replacement, but you probably don’t want him to be yours.

Andrew Bogut – Returned to play his 14th game of the season (Milwaukee’s 20th). He played 39 minutes and ended with 11/13 and a trio of blocks. All-in-all his season is going exactly how we all kinda, sorta knew it would. He’s a great piece to have if you have a glut of bigs and only want someone you can play half the time.

Larry Sanders – 10/6/2 blks in 29 minutes. This counts as a “good Larry Sanders game.”

Dwyane Wade – Grabbed a career-high in rebounds to go along with his 25 points, five dimes, block and half-dozen turnovers. Ugh. It’s like the artist sneezed before painting the final stroke.

Carlos ArroyoMatt Barnes did it. Pau Gasol did it. Steve Nash did it two nights ago. Did they all mail their Christmas cards? No. See Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman kiss in “The Black Swan?” No. Text in their vote for “Dancing With the Stars?” No. That show’s been over for a week. Man, you are really bad at this. I was unprepared! No one told me I’d be quizzed. What did they all do? They all shot perfect from the field and from the line. Arroyo went 6-for-6 and 4-for-4 respectively.

Carlos Boozer – If you labeled him hot in his third game back Saturday, might as well call him hotter after last night’s 29/12 dagger to the Thunder. Welcome back, Hotter.

C.J. Miles – Hit that magical 25 minute mark. Benchslapped! And why wouldn’t you have been? He’s completely unpredictable. In fact, that’s what the C and J stand for: “Completely Unpredictable.” But Unpredictable doesn’t start with a ‘J.’ Exactly.

Paul Millsap – 7/7. He started the season with four double-doubles in his first six games. He’s had one in his last 16. Skillsapped?

Eric Bledsoe – Maintained his spot in the starting roster, used it to drop a 15/3/3 line. His best since November 15. Shrewd move, young Bledsoe. You won this time, but you will meet Baron Davis again. I assure you.

Pooh Jeter – Played 17 minutes. Had 11/4/2. Don’t judge. What was so great about your Monday night?

Omri Casspi – 21/10 in 34 minutes off the bench. The Sacramento bench outscored the starters 53-38. You might say it’s because this game was a blowout by the end of the third. I’d say it’s because Paul Westphal’s starting lineup is as irrational as electing the Tourette’s sufferer as a Sotheby’s auctioneer.

  1. Eric chen says:

    Great insightful AND entertaining analysis as usual. I didn’t even notice Shawne Williams – great eye. I’m still needing a good SF (I traded Mayo for Rashard Lewis, what do you think) and have Nick Young. My SF positions changes as often as Paul Westpha’s line up b/c I haven’t found anyone solid yet! Still thinking about picking up Mike Miller or Carlos Defino, who are both available.

  2. Migs says:

    I always thought that Cherokee Parks was part native… can’t quite put my finger on why….

  3. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Eric chen: Thanks. Mike Miller would certainly improve your current situation. And although I like Carlos Delfino’s well-rounded game better, no one outside of Jennings is guaranteed sturdy playing time.

    @Migs: Hehe. Nice.

  4. Migs says:

    Man, I just dropped Bledsoe, and then Baron Davis goes down again with a hammy injury. That’s what I get for betting on Baron.

    Adam, would you rather have Bledsoe or Marvin on your team at this point?

  5. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Migs: Yeah that’s a tough break, but don’t freak out until you hear definitively how bad it is. He could miss some time or he could be fine. If Baron misses more time, I’d prefer Bledsoe. If Baron misses just a game or two at most, go with Marvin.

  6. Tony says:

    shawne worth a grab over jordan hill or possibly chris d roberts…?

  7. Gerald says:

    @Adam: What is outlook on mayo? If given the choice, who would you rather have, OJ mayo or baron davis?

  8. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: Hard to say just yet. He’s only played five games this season. If he continues getting 23-25 minutes a game, sure. But I’m skeptical.

    @Gerald: Honestly, I’d rather have Baron. Maybe not if he’s hurt and misses any length of games, but health issues aside, I’d prefer Davis. And while I suspect Mayo’s production will improve from it’s current state, I just don’t think he’ll return to the 18/4/3 guy owners hoped he’d be this season. Davis, on the other hand, has at least had flashes of leadership amidst his injuries. I hate choosing the injured guy, but at least h has an excuse for sub-par play. Mayo just looks bad.

  9. Gerald says:

    @Adam: Thanks, that is what I came to conclude as well. If you recall, i seeked ur opinion on using no. 1 waiver for davis which I did. Since I have already thrown the dice, I’ll just stick with the gamble. If it turns out bad, I can just drop for a hot FA. Mayo, on the other hand may just rot all the way..

    On the side, in the battle of mid-tie Cs, do you prefer Lopez or Hibbert? I own Hibbert and have been offered Lopez however, a 7 footer than averages just 6 rbd in 35 mins gives me huge cause for concern.

  10. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Gerald:Right now, I’d prefer Hibbert if for no other reason, everyone on the Nets seems dissatisfied and underperforming because of it.

  11. Tony says:

    @Gerald: mayo disgusts me

  12. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: Are we talking O.J. or Hellmann’s now?

  13. brad says:

    Granger/Frye or J-Rich/D. Lee?

  14. ThE sHiT says:

    @Adam: Terrence Williams worth a look now that he was recalled by the Nets?

  15. Cory says:

    I also have Mayo. Is there any reason to not just drop him? I could pick up Toney Douglas or Beno Udrih.

  16. Tony says:

    @Adam: OJ…. now are we talking 100% or concentrate?

    what a bad grab… i coulda just kept chitty paul pierce at the same price, let me jump into my delorean and go back and have a redo for 2010…..

  17. Tony says:

    oh btw, OJ MAYO is definitely concentrate…. not 100%!

  18. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: Unless you need tons of inefficient threes, I’d prefer Richardson/Lee.

    @ThE sHiT: Yes. I have to believe Johnson got a talking to about sending a guy down to the D-League good enough to nearly averaging a triple-double down there. I wouldn’t bet the farm on it, but I tend to think Williams will have at least 22 mpg coming to him.

    @Cory: Mayo will not continue to suck quite so much all season. If you’re in a deep league I’d hang onto him. Especially if Udrih or Douglas are the alternatives.

    @Tony: Maybe if Mayo concentrated a bit more he wouldn’t be Za-Vee-Ay Henry’s backup.

  19. bostonfan says:


    I am in a 12 team H2h Point League.

    My team is as follows:
    Jason Kidd (pg)
    Baron Davis (pg)
    Jose Calderon (pg)
    D.J Augustin (pg)
    Jrue Holiday (pg)
    Manu Ginobli (sg)
    Rudy Gay (sf)
    Amare Stoudemire (pf)
    Javale Mcgee (c)
    Andrea Bargnani (c)
    Jeff Green (pf)
    Roy Hibbert (pf)
    Tyrus Thomas (pf)

    I have not been happy with tyrus thomas. Should I pick up terrence williams since he has tremendous upside and has been recalled from the nets? Who should I pick up in an H2H league.

    Available Pickups:
    Terrence Williams
    Carl Landry
    Yao Ming
    Mike Miller
    Mehmet Okur
    Kenyon Martin
    Drew Gooden

    Anyone I can stash that will provide numbers after injury?

  20. Adam

    Adam says:

    @bostonfan: I’d go Williams (and cross your fingers he gets more than 20 minutes of burn this time around), Miller, Gooden, Martin, Ming, Landry, Okur in that order.

  21. Eric Chen says:

    @bostonfan: too many PGs… trade one of them away for a swingman or big man

  22. bostonfan says:

    Sorry if this wasn’t clear before, but are you saying dropping thomas for twill would be a good move. I am looking for someone who will give me 16 fpts on a nightly basis

  23. Adam

    Adam says:

    @bostonfan: Nothing is promised in Jersey this year, but if Williams can maintain 25+ mpg starting this week, yeah, I think he’ll be an improvement from Thomas.

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