In this edition of TFJO, we switch it up a bit and look at the half-season that was in the NBA, fantasy style. (Queue magic hands and horns!)
The “Oh You Didn’t Know? You Better Ask Somebody” Award
The winner of this award possesses skills that more than pay the bills, but didn’t get the love he deserved before the season began. And the winner is … Kevin Love (21.3 PPG; 15.6 RPG).
Love has been an absolute beast on the boards this season, thanks in part to Al Jefferson no longer clogging the box, as well as no one else on the T-Wolves caring to grab rebounds (Michael Beasley, almost a full ten boards behind, is second on the team with 5.7 RPG). Real talk, Love is that dude.
The “Who That?” Award
This award goes to the player that basically came out of nowhere to make his fantasy mark without any indication of awesomeness from previous seasons. The winner is… Dorell Wright. He’s averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks. Awesome.
The “It’s Just Part of the Evolution” Award
This honor is for the player that took a jump in his game and making an impact in fantasy leagues like a punch in the face. And the winner is … Eric Gordon.
Gordon takes home this prestigious award for jumping 7.2 points in his PPG average from 16.9 to 24.1, as well as averaging career-highs in assists (4.5), rebounds (3.1), steals (1.2) and field-goal percentage (46.8 percent). Gordon is showing a great overall game this season and with his ability to penetrate, dish, and hit from the perimeter, he should be one of the top fantasy shooting guards for the next several seasons. Barring injury, that is.
Speaking of which…
The “All I Need is a Miracle (And by Miracle I Mean Injury)” Award
Sometimes, an injury needs to happen in order for fantasy relevance to come to fruition. And when Brandon Roy got injured, that’s when our winner, Wesley Matthews, started doing his thing on the regular.
In 32 games as a starter, Matthews is averaging 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 treys and 1.5 steals in 37 minutes of hardwood time. It’s one thing to get an opportunity, but it’s another to make the most of it. Matthews is getting it done.
The “Don’t Kick The Geezer Out of the Elite Class Yet” Award
Have you ever watched a movie and thought it was over? Credits are rolling and almost over and you’re sitting there in the theater all alone because the nachos are starting to hit you hard? Then, voila — a small clip starts to play and it’s paradoxically cool as hell! Well, that’s what the winner of this award is. Congratulations, Kevin Garnett.
KG is ranked 13th overall in Yahoo! leagues, averaging 15.2 points, 9.0 boards, 2.1 dimes, 1.7 thefts, while shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 82.0 percent from the charity stripe. He’s not done yet, kids!
The “Blake Griffin” Award
This award is for the best rookie in fantasy basketball that has an Antoine Dodson “hide your kids, hide your wives” attitude towards destroying baskets and a reckless abandon in attacking the rim like it owes him money. The winner is … Blake Griffin (22.8 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 3.5 APG and 3.3 highlights per contest). This award is also known as the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
The “Fantasy Dud” Award
Sometimes, there is hype and sometimes there is HYPE. This award goes to the player ranked relatively high before the season with tons of publicity from the fantasy basketball community, but does nothing for you except being able to pat his head and rub his tummy at the same time… something I think the winner does most of the time he’s on the bench. The winner is … Anthony Randolph.
If Randolph couldn’t/can’t take advantage of high-powered offenses in Golden State and New York, then he stinks. Sorry, he’s bustier than Christina Hendricks. Fantasy owners are “mad men,” indeed.
The “Worst Use of a Pop Culture Reference” Award
See the above entry’s last two sentences.
Next time, we go back to suggesting players in standard and deep leagues, getting back to business! Now excuse me while I laugh after searching Google Images under the term, fantasy busts, hoping for more Hendricks pics, but getting this. If I was actually able to lift my leg more than five inches, I’d so get them!
Number of Team Games in Week 13
Four Games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
Three Games: ATL, CHI, DAL, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, SAS
Two Games: POR
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