Player Stock Watch: Week 14
January 28, 2015 | Ezra Siegel
D.J. Augustin, G, Detroit Pistons
This one may be obvious, but Augustin should be getting the majority of Detroit’s point guard minutes with Jennings down. Augustin has played well in Jennings’ absence through two games, with a 19 point and nine assist game and a 35 point and eight assist game. He’s a good fit in Detroit’s rotation and should continue to put up solid numbers even if they aren’t as good as the number’s he’s produced through two starts. No matter what format your league is, grab Augustin before someone else does.
J.R. Smith, G, Cleveland Cavaliers
After struggling within the Knicks’ new look triangle offense earlier in the year, Smith’s trade to Cleveland has been a godsend to both him and his fantasy owners. Not counting his first game in Cleveland, Smith is averaging over 15 points, three rebounds and three triples with the Cavs. He’s getting over 30 minutes per game and has been a key contributor in Cleveland’s recent success. Ignore his early season production and give the former sixth man of the year a chance.
Eric Gordon, G, New Orleans Pelicans
After a rough start to the year, Gordon is back. With Holiday’s injury, Gordon is playing a more ball dominant role and is making the most of it. Since returning from injury, Gordon is averaging just under 15 points, five assists and two three balls. He is shooting a high percentage from the field as well as from downtown, and his overall efficiency has been ideal for New Orleans. Gordon is a bit of a liability with his injury history, but if you have an open spot pick up Gordon for a short term rental at the very least.
Reggie Jackson, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
Inexplicably, the Thunder have recently opted to play Dion Waiters significantly more than Jackson, and it has hurt Jackson’s numbers. In his last seven, Jackson is averaging just under eight points in 22 minutes, while Waiters is averaging about nine points in 29 minutes. While the Thunder may not plan to bring Jackson back this summer, Waiter’s involvement has not been as efficient as Jackson, so they may opt to return to their young playmaker. If they are totally sold on giving Waiter sixth man minutes as they have been recently, Jackson may be the odd man out. Keep an eye on this position battle going forward.
David Lee, F, Golden State Warriors
Lee’s been replaced in Golden State. With the emergence of Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes under Steve Kerr, Lee is down to playing just 19 minutes per game. In his last seven, Lee is averaging only five points and eight rebounds. He’s clearly a bench guy at best in Kerr’s rotation, thus Lee’s days of being a key piece in Golden State are probably though. While he’s a big name, and it may be hard to drop him, Lee is probably not worth keeping unless your team is in dire need or rebounds or your league’s waiver wire is extremely thin.