Fantasy Basketball: Why Tayshaun Is the Fresh Prince of Motown

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 23, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 09: Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons puts up a shot over Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince is feeling it. Over his past five games, he's averaging 38.4 minutes, bringing his season average up to 33.4 mpg. He has made the most of his extra playing time.

During his five-game stretch, he's averaged 20.0 points per game. His high coming in the form of a 29-point explosion on January 18th against the Timberwolves. He's been in double figures in his past seven games to raise his scoring average to 12.2 ppg on the season, which is his lowest mark since his second season in the league, but his recent stretch is encouraging.

Prince isn't quite doing the same across-the-board damage we've grown accustomed to. He's averaging 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists on the year. Even his recent five-game average of 4.0 rpg and 0.8 apg don't quite reach his career 4.6 and 2.7 marks, respectively.

Prince has provided a fair share of blocks (1.0 bpg) and steals (0.8 spg) during his hot stretch and his season numbers are in line with his career numbers in those categories.

He's right at his career mark for three-pointers per game on the year, but he's doubled that number (1.4 3pg) over the past five games.

Prince is shooting a career low 41.5 percent on the year but is at 48.3 percent during the stretch. He's also hit 90.0 percent of his free throws, which has brought his season average (76.0 percent) in line with his career mark (76.4 percent).

Prince is owned in 45.0 percent of Yahoo! and 57.6 percent of ESPN leagues. He has never averaged more than 14.7 ppg for a season, so don't expect the scoring binge to last, but he is a solid, multiple-category contributor. Ride him while he's hot.


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