Tuesday, November 28, 2006

FANTASY NBA: Emerging Forces

SHALLOW LEAGUES

In my league (which is actually ridiculously deep or "subterranean"), someone dropped PG/SG Randy Foye. I'm sure this happened in plenty of leagues where patience is not a requisite for a league championship, so it deserves to be pointed out he should be picked up immediately if he's available.

You cannot teach a player to be clutch. Coaches rely on this intangible and players who have it get the opportunity to shine. Last night, Foye scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter against the Mavs. En route to victory against the Clippers Saturday he scored 14 of his 15 points in the fourth. He's stepping up in a big way against quality opponents while Kevin Garnett is occupies defenses. The other stats should fill out in time, which is awesome potential for the 13th man.


DEEP LEAGUES

Miami G/F Dorrell Wright is finally cracking the rotation. Drafted in 2004 out of high school, he barely saw the light of day on the Heat bench despite having some freakish athletic gifts. He developed a knowledge of the game, being coached by Pat Riley, playing with some legendary veterans and being part of a championship team. Now, he is budding into a star. With Riley calling out his team, Wright should continue to get minutes as long as keeps earning them.

In three games as a starter, his line: 8.7 PPG on 50%, 100% FTP, 11.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.3 SPG and 1.0 TO.


SUBTERRANEAN LEAGUES

I was one of the many Knicks that attended the 2006 draft who booed Isiah Thomas' draft selection of SF Renaldo Balkman (for the record, Kenny Bloggins called Isiah drafting the most unconventional player possible). While PG Marcus Williams appears capable of being Jason Kidd's successor, Balkman is a high energy rebounder and shot blocker, who has the ability to lead the fast break.

Channing Frye will be inactive for five weeks and Quentin Richardson and
Jared Jeffries are out for about a week apiece. Balkman will get more minutes too after coming off a truly spectacular game against Chicago.

In 20 minutes, his line: 10 PTS on 50% FGP, 1 3PM, 13 REB, 3 AST, 3 BLK, 1 STL and 1 TO.



3 comments:

radar said...

Balkman = Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams. Not a bad guy on the team, but certainly not a first rounder!

Patrick said...

First, let me say that your pic on the top of the blog is one of the greatest things that I've ever seen in my life. Wade Boggs was hands down my favorite baseball player (and likely my favorite human being) during my impressionable years from 1985 to 1992 or so.

Second, Q-Rich is back, after missing a game his a hamstring. Which is good, cause I put him in this week on one of my weekly teams since the Knicks had 4 games this week. Oh, I was pissed on Tuesday when I saw he was out...

Steve "Supreme Commander" Cernak said...

radar, don't dismiss Balkman! He gets all the hustle stats and if he can polish his offensive game, he'll be very good. "JYD on crack" is a fitting description.

Patrick, QRich completely changed his game around from last year to this year. He's had some amazing games, for sure. Isiah Thomas doesn't call plays for him but if that changes, Q will be an even better fantasy option.