Fantasy Basketball: Undervalued Players
Andris Biedrins (Warriors)- Among centers last season Biedrins finished second in rebounding (11.2). He also blocked 1.5 shots a game, recorded one steal and shot 57 percent from the field. The Latvian big missed 20 games last season but did not a miss game in 06-07 and missed six in '07-08.
Despite being injured last year he set career highs in points (11.9), assists (2.0) and minutes per game (30). The 23-year old does not have much competition at the center position with Mikki Moore and Ronnie Turiaf on the roster.
Andre Miller (Blazers)- Miller is a steady point guard that seems to put up solid numbers every year. He has not missed a regular season game for the 76ers the past two seasons and averaged 16.7 points, 6.7 assists, 1.3 steals. Even though he does not shoot that many threes he posts solid percentages.
Miller is good for at least 35 minutes per game and should be motivated to keep PG Steve Blake on the bench.
John Salmons (Bulls)- Salmons had a breakout season last year averaging 18.3 points in 56 games with the Kings. Salmons was traded to the Bulls along with C Brad Miller for SF Andres Nocioni.In 26 regular season games the former Hurricane averaged 18.3 points. 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 threes and one steal per game.
He also shot 47 percent from the field and and 84 percent from the foul line. He averaged more points than shooting guards: Richard Hamilton, Ray Allen and Jason Richardson.
Shawn Marion (Mavs)- It was only a few years ago Marion was an early fantasy pick. Injuries have slowed down Matrix the past few years but he showed fantasy life with the Raptors last season. In 27 games he averaged 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks.
Even though his three point attempts have declined he posts solid percentages and has the versatility to fill up the stat sheet. Also, Marion is reunited with his former Suns teammate PG Jason Kidd.
Brook Lopez (Nets)- Lopez had a solid rookie season averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. The tenth overall pick also shot 53% from the field and 79 percent from the foul line. He did not a miss a game and has the upside for a 16-18 point season with 10 rebounds and two blocks per game.
The seven-footer will be hyped into the season but he is a worthy fantasy selection at the center position.
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