‘Tis the season for Dirk Nowitzki’s and Amar’e Stoudemire’s respective returns to the NBA hardwood and fantasy basketball lineups. Ricky Rubio is already back in the fold, almost notching a double-double with eight points and nine assists in just 18 minutes during his first game back.
Steve Nash and Pau Gasol may return to the floor for the L.A. Lakers before the calendar year is over as well. The fantasy fallout of their respective reclamation projects of NBA minutes will be examined here. Derrick Rose and John Wall’s still-indefinite absences won’t be addressed.
The top five most widely-owned absent players in ESPN.com fantasy leagues deserve some attention in terms of predicting how their teams’ rotations will change when they make their respective returns. Rubio doesn’t fit that description anymore, but another point guard does.
All stats accurate prior to games played on Dec. 18, 2012.