NBA Around the League 11/11: Michael Beasley, Shaquille O'Neal and More
- Shaquille O’Neal reportedly tested out his injured right knee in practice yesterday. Meanwhile, Jermaine O’Neal did not practice. When asked, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it was too early to tell if either of the O’Neals would be available for Thursday’s showdown with the Heat. Just to remind everybody, the Celtics won the last game 88-80.
- The ever-injured Yao Ming left the Rockets' Wednesday night game after only playing six minutes with a strained tendon in his left leg. Given Yao’s injury-plagued career, don’t expect Houston to bring him back until they feel he is 100 percent over this.
- Caron Butler sat out Wednesday night with back spasms. Starting in his place was Shawn Marion. Butler will be listed as day-to-day heading into Friday’s game against the 76ers. Even if Butler does play Friday, expect Marion to get the bulk of the minutes.
- Corey Maggette scored 20 last night agains the Hawks. The Bucks don’t have a dominant scorer, so if Maggette keeps performing, he should keep getting minutes. If the Bucks play competitively this year, Maggette could easily win the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
- Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 last night. Other than Maggette, the Bucks' bench doesn’t really jump out at you. Ilyasova is in a good position to see a lot of playing time. Keep an eye on him in standard leagues, and pick him up in deep leagues if you’ve got room.
- The revolving door of centers in Atlanta benefited Zaza Pachulia Wednesday night. His minutes were about the same as usual Wednesday night, so this was probably just an anomaly. Still, there’s plenty of room for him to earn playing time.
- Wilson Chandler had his first big game in a while for the Knicks last night versus Golden State with 27 points and six rebounds. Chandler has the ability to consistently score more than his 15.6 PPG this season. This might be the last chance you have to buy Chandler while he’s relatively low priced.
- Devin Harris scored 31 points for the Nets against Cleveland on Wednesday. It’s not unheard of for him to do so, but he still deserved a note. Kris Humprhies had great stats in the same game with 13 points and 18 rebounds.
- No one on the Cavaliers was even worth mentioning Wednesday night. They didn’t get destroyed or anything, but look at the box score and you’ll understand. I know we’re supposed to simplify things for the reader, but it’s worth it. Just weird looking.
- Sonny Weems is becoming a nice bench player for Toronto. His numbers have been good when he gets minutes. With neither of the starting guards absolutely lighting it up, he should get planet of minutes. Pick him up in deeper leagues.
- John Wall continues to amaze. He amassed a triple-double Wednesday night against the Rockets, scoring 19 with 13 assists and 10 rebounds. We all knew he was special, but he’s progressing faster than anyone could’ve predicted. Aside from John Wall, maybe.
- Whatever Jason Terry and Derek Fisher are doing, they’re doing it right. Of course, the Lakers didn’t play Wednesday night, but I mention Fisher because he and Terry have something in common: They’re “old” but still very good players. Of course, neither of them is legitimately old, but they’re both like relics in the NBA. Fisher’s success is well documented due to the fact that his team is slightly followed by the national media. Terry, though, is an afterthought. You can probably pick him up much cheaper than market value in most leagues. His respect doesn’t fit his stats.
- Zach Randolph appears to be healthy. He had another nice game for the Grizzlies in a losing effort against the Mavericks Wednesday in which he scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Those of you who drafted him will now be rewarded. By his stats, not by Rotoprofessor.
- Michael Beasley had the game of the night Wednesday with 42 points and nine rebounds. I vaguely remember someone picking him for a breakout year in Minnesota, and including him in basically every fantasy article he wrote….Oh yeah, that was me. Does one game prove it? I wish. Still, it’s a great sign. Hopefully Kurt Rambis won’t cut his minutes in half now.
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