Welcome back fans of guys putting an orange ball through an eerily similar shaped rim! The Day Before Tomorrow is back in action this season to give you all the news and notes from around the NBA the day before… well… tomorrow. That’s actually today if you are calendar impaired or just don’t like to think. Let’s dive in…
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-In case you haven’t seen it yet, Mike D’Antoni is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. I’m not going to go into debating whether he is a better hire than Phil Jackson (Hint: He’s not), but the fantasy impact is the most important thing for us here. D’Antoni is the guy who led Steve Nash to his two MVPs and he is a genius when it comes to the pick in roll. The Lakers four best players all fit really well into a pick and roll heavy offense, so this is great news for all of them, especially Nash and Howard who rated as the best ball handler and finisher in the pick and roll last season. All the Lakers (especially Dwight, Kobe, Pau and Nash) should take a step up in their respective value just due to the fact that D’Antoni will play a much faster paced game than Mike Brown did, leading to more possessions, and shots, for everyone on the squad. Nash probably gets the biggest bump to his formerly sinking ship.
–Kirk Hinrich injured his hip in the Bulls game on Saturday and it looks like he will be out most of the week with a hip strain. Nate Robinson obviously is the pickup here and he goes from inconsistent fringe option to must-start player in any league. Robinson is the far and away number one waiver choice this week.
–JJ Redick started the game Sunday for the Magic and while he didn’t explode with a stat line, this is great news for his fantasy value. In a starting role, Redick should be able to average close to 35 minutes per game and has been providing solid numbers in most categories for a guy labeled as a shooter. If he has been dropped, I would run to the wire and add him.
-If you missed it, DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for 2 games prior to Sunday’s bout with the Lakers. Of course, the Kings frontline was undersized and outmatched without him and rookie Thomas Robinson, so you will want to target the Kings frontcourt again next game with these two out. Cousins has problems like this now and then, but he’s simply too good to bail on because of something like this. Chuck Hayes is probably the man to add if you need a placeholder for the Kings next game, but don’t expect any miracles out of the defensive specialist.
–Quick Injury News: Nene has experienced soreness while trying to work his way to a return, don’t own him. Chase Budinger is out a month or two due to knee surgery. Luke Ridnour, Alexy Shved and whatever Twolves guard that gets healthy first see a nice bump. Kevin Love is now targeting early December, slightly dissapointing. Gerald Wallace should be back soon, don’t drop him. Jason Richardson is expected to return Monday, which takes the wind out of the sails of the rest of the Sixer wings.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
ATL @ POR
DEN @ PHX
Calderon has a solid matchup with Jamaal Tinsley if both starters remain sidelined as expected, check the news page later for updates. Lillard has been phenomenal and facing off against the Hawks in what should be a fairly high scoring game just on pace alone. Nate Robinson gets a tough matchup in likely his first start for the Bulls, but he rarely doesn’t provide value when he’s getting minutes.
Mayo remains on fire and should continue to shoulder the majority of the scoring for the Mavs as long as Dirk remains out. Shved has a clear path to minutes and his well rounded game should look good on any fantasy basketball roster. Korver has been played 30 mpg lately and that coupled with knocking down threes is always a recipe for success.
Batum has been as good as anyone in fantasy basketball so far, look for him to keep it rolling as long as he’s playing extended minutes. Iggy has struggled with his shot and his last performance was boosted by a lot of overtime, but he is going to get his shot going and his versatile game will keep him relevant in every game that it’s not. This has the makings of the game Smoove finally breaks out, his ankle finally looked healthier last time out. Hopefully he starts making free throws though. UPDATE: Smith is questionable with the flu, but expected to play. This tempers his expectations.
Serge continues to show why he’s such a special player, his blocks were down despite his points being up, so he went out and blocked 7 shots last night. Faried doesn’t create much for himself with the ball, but he’s an offensive rebounding machine and that leads to fantasy points, he had 9 of them last time out. Parsons is quite a value play as Patrick Patterson struggled last game. Parsons has been up over 30 mpg in almost every game this year and is now playing more PF with Carlos Delfino playing well at SF.
Noah has been great so far and the Celtics always struggle with athletic bigs. Kaman is going to have to continue to shoulder part of the scoring load with Dirk out, get him out there despite a slow night last time out. Asik is going to be one of the rebounding leaders every night and provides great value when he gets any kind of offensive production.