NBA Around the League 11/16/10: Deron Williams, Eric Gordon and More

Daniel ShirleyContributor INovember 16, 2010

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Lamar Odom's MRI on Monday came back negative. He has a bone bruise on his right foot, but it’s nothing serious. He might be slowed for the next few games, but it doesn’t appear that he’ll miss significant playing time. Still, the Lakers want to preserve him for later in the year, so keep yourself updated on his status before playing him. If he’s playing very few minutes, you may not want to waste the Game Start on him.

Another Laker, Theo Ratliff, got less than good news. His MRI revealed that his sore left knee will require arthroscopic surgery. There is currently no timetable set for his return.

On Monday, Doc Rivers said that Jermaine O’Neal could be out of the lineup for another two to three weeks due to nagging injuries in his left knee. Rivers added that there had been no discussion of surgery for O’Neal. The details of this story are basically nonexistent. If you’re in a deep league and own O’Neal, be prepared for him to miss significant playing time.

The Suns’ Robin Lopez is expected to miss several weeks due to two sprained ligaments in his left knee. This news does not bode well for the Suns or for Lopez’s fantasy owners. My fellow writer at Rotoprofessor, Will Overton, picked Lopez as one of his top sleepers of this year's fantasy draft. Right now, it looks like Will is going to have that opportunity again next year.


The stat line from the Grizzlies-Magic game last night looks like a good college basketball box score. It’s only mentionable because of its uniform mediocrity.

The Minnesota frontcourt continues to impress. Everyone knew Kevin Love would have a big year, but he’s defying expectations nonetheless. A good indication of how good his season is going is the fact that a 20-point and nine-rebound night doesn’t feel especially mentionable. Michael Beasley looks like he may be turning the corner and becoming the player most of us thought he could be coming out of college. He scored 28 points last night. His previous three games leading into last night’s matchup with the Bobcats saw him score 25, 35 and 42, respectively. The buy low period on him should be officially over.

Tyrus Thomas continued his unpredictable ways on Monday night. His 20 points nearly doubled his season average of 11.7 PPG. If he could ever truly find his rhythm, Thomas could develop into a solid post player.

The second Peja Stojakovic sighting in as many consecutive games occurred last night in Dallas. After getting zero minutes in five games, Stojakovic has scored 28 points in the last two: 11 Saturday and 17 Monday. He’s clearly been good in the past, but those days seem long gone. Be aware of him, but don’t drop anybody relevant to pick him up.

Kevin Durant is good at scoring points. He scored 30 of them against the Jazz on Monday.

Deron Williams had himself a great game against the Thunder with 30 points and 11 assists. To all the fans who got to watch that game: I envy you.

If you’re looking for a player to get on the cheap, consider Kris Humphries. Now that he’s getting some minutes, he’s putting up some nice stats. Monday night against the Clippers, he got his second double-double in three games by scoring 13 and grabbing 12 rebounds. He could offer great reward for your team with little, if any, risk attached.

Another Nets player who had a big night was Jordan Farmar. He scored 15 with 12 assists off the bench. Farmar doesn’t have quite the potential upside that Humphries could, but he’s another guy who plays quality minutes. If you can get him for little or nothing, go after him.

The Clippers’ Eric Gordon appears to be healthy again as he’s scored 58 points in the two games since his return. If his shoulder is still giving him problems, it’s not showing.

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