Day 99: Where Samuel Dalembert Plays Like Back When Had a Mohawk
Line of the Night/Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Okay, I don’t know if Samuel Dalembert (34% owned) ever actually played his well, even when he had the mohawk. I mean, technically he shot too well to be the WWLotn (80%), but since he had the overall LotN as well, I’m going to give it to him for his 35 points, 17-21 from the field, and 12 rebounds (2.34 WARP). Over the last 2 weeks, Dalembert is up to #70 on the Player Rater, but he’s only had 3 of 6 good games in that span… Still he’s at #178 on the season, so definitely a deep league guy not that he’s starting to get slightly more minutes.
Honorable Mentions:Larry Sanders also had a nice game for the Bucks with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks (1.19 WARP). Unfortunately for he and Dalembert, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings went big game hunting, shooting the Bucks into a loss. (Do you see what I was going for there at least?) On the other side of the ball, Ty Lawson had 22 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals (1.09 WARP) for the Nuggets.
Jeremy Lin and the Rockets tied the record for the most number of threes in a game before basically getting Hack-a-Shaqed to prevent them from breaking the record. Even more strange is that neight Mark Jackson nor Kevin McHale seemed to think that was the wrong thing to do. I guess that shows the kind of mentality you have to have to play in the NBA (at least in the 80′s/90′s era NBA). Lin contributed 5 threes along with his 28 points, 10-16 from the field, and 9 assists (1.89 WARP). Chandler Parsons had 4 threes en route to 16 points and 8 assists (1.15 WARP). And finally, James Harden capped things off with 18 points, 4 threes, 7 assists, and 3 steals (1.00 WARP). Houston ended with 140 total points in the game and won by 31.
Luckily for people who drafted both Nic Batum and Paul George, at least one of those guys has been on fire at any time this season. Right now, it’s George, who is up to #11 over the last 2 weeks thanks to performances like: 29 points, 5 threes, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists (1.61 WARP). (And yes, there is a guy in my work league who has both of them)
David West had another strong game with 15 points, 5-5 from the line, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks (1.57 WARP), while Roy Hibbert also played well for the Pacers, putting up 12 points, 6-8 from the field, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks (0.99 WARP).
Brook Lopez may have scored 30 points, with 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks (1.11 WARP), but probably better for his rep was not having the ball smashed in his face by Kobe Bryant.
Hasn’t Kris Humprhies suffered enough humiliation for one lifetime?
Pick Up Lines: So… I guess this Jerryd Bayless (23% owned) thing is for real… He’s been moved to the bench as expected, but still scored 29 points in 29 minutes on 11-15 from the field, 4-4 from the line, with 3 threes (1.27 WARP). It looks like Memphis basically has a 7 man rotation going, so ride Jerryd Bayless like you might a bolt of lightning and hope that it turns into some sort of CFL bulb.
Earl Clark (31% owned) is probably not available in any competitive leagues since he’s been tearing it up for a while. With Dwight Howard still out and Pau Gasol with a fresh new ankle injury, look for more games like 14 points, 6-9 from the field, and 12 rebounds (0.91 WARP) from Clark.
Lance Stephenson (9% owned) has been starting for the Pacers for a long time now, but he’s finally starting to play like he deserves it with 14 points and 6 rebounds (0.84 WARP). Too bad Danny Granger is going to be coming back soon to put Stephenson back in his place. (I really hope so as I’ve been sitting on Granger all season in one of my leagues)
Jermaine O’Neal (2% owned) returned for the Suns and played close to a season high in minutes and put up one of his best lines this year with 14 points, 5-7 from the field, 4-4 from the line, and 2 steals (0.73 WARP). If he starts getting 25 minutes consistently, he’ll still be an injury risk, but he’ll probably be worth picking up because his WARP numbers from the beginning over the season were mostly positive.
Biggest Loser: Marc Gasol only played 22 minutes before fouling out and ending up with 6 points (2-8 from the field), 3 rebounds, 1 assists, and 4 turnovers (-1.16 WARP). Some joke about what a foul game he played? I don’t know…
Then there’s the crushing fall back to Earth of Michael Beasley. Okay, it’s not all that bad. His 6 points (2-7 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 1 assists (-0.82 WARP) are his second ugly game out of the last 3, but the other 1 in that stretch was very nice, as were the ones before that. I’m not sure how Beasley is up to 66% owned, but I’m assuming it’s 33% lazy owners who never dropped him and 33% owners who picked him up because of his hot streak.
Daily rankings and stats come from the FBC H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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