By Derek of The Sportmeisters
NBA Free Agency officially begun this week and there was plenty of action. Today, I am going to discuss the fantasy impact of those players involved in the signings or trades. Let’s get started, shall we?
Detroit Pistons sign G Ben Gordon and F Charlie Villanueva
Detroit wasted no time in trying to improve upon their disastrous 2008-2009 season. Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace are out and Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are in.
Gordon’s fantasy value doesn’t change much from when he was in Chicago. He will probably play the sixth man role, coming off the bench and playing significant minutes. He will average around 25 to 30 minutes per game and should still put up 20 points per game and will definitely still shoot the three ball.
Villanueva becomes a starter and should average more than his 26 minutes per game average that he had last year in Milwaukee. He should also top his 16 points and seven rebounds per game with the increase of playing time.
The other two guys who are affected by these signings are Guards Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey. Hamilton looks to see his numbers decline with Gordon taking some of his minutes and touches, but Stuckey should see an increase of assists playing with the two new guys in town.
Boston Celtics sign F/C Rasheed Wallace
The Big Three just became a Big Four. While Wallace is 34 going on 35, he can still play the game hard and is still a viable fantasy option. He will see his points per game decrease, but should see more rebounds, blocks, and better field goal percentage playing along with Garnett, Pierce, and Allen.
Not to mention he can still shoot the three ball pretty well.
I don’t see much difference in the fantasy value of the Big Three, nor do I see the value of Rajon Rondo being any different. That is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA and all five should be great fantasy options for next season.
Los Angeles Lakers sign F Ron Artest
The champs just got better. Artest brings a ferociousness to the defensive side of the ball and is a pretty good offensive weapon as well. He should maintain, if not improve his 1.5 steals per game and should see his three point shooting percentage increase as well. The big thing to watch for is his point totals.
If Lamar Odom stays, it will be hard to determine how often he gets the ball, especially with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum in the lineup. However, he should still put up about 12 points per game and will still be a good fantasy option.
Houston Rockets sign F Trevor Ariza
Ariza moves from a championship team to a team riddled with injuries. Yao Ming may miss the entire season and who knows with Tracy McGrady. With those two guys uncertain, Ariza may become a go to guy and could see his numbers increase across the board.
4 Team Trade sends F Shawn Marion to Dallas Mavericks and F Hedo Turkoglu to Toronto Raptors
Marion gets put into a great situation in Dallas, playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and Josh Howard. This doesn’t help his fantasy prospects though. Playing with Howard and Nowitzki will limit his scoring, but Kidd is a pass first Point Guard and likes to spread the ball around.
Plus you may see Marion’s assists go up playing with Dirk. As for Turkoglu, he moves into a key role in Toronto. He is going to be playing with a pass first Point Guard in Jose Calderon and the only stat I expect to decrease will be his assists.
That’s all for now, any questions or concerns email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.