Every night brings a new opportunity for some young fellow to make a name for himself in the NBA, and in turn, to prove himself a little bit more to fantasy owners.
While big performances don't always necessarily equate to more playing time or consistent future production, missing out on a player breaking out can be a huge mistake.
Check out all the guys in today's NBA Fantasy Star Search who stepped up in a big way last night and showed that they can bring more to the table than some thought they could:
J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic
Redick was sick from the floor, going 9 for 12 from the field, while knocking down six threes and scoring a career-high 29 points. Redick even added five rebounds, two assists, and a steal in nearly 40 minutes of action, proving once again that he can put up quality lines when give heavy minutes. Don't expect this to be the norm by any means, but Redick's explosion should at least see him continue getting solid minutes off the bench.
Nick Young, G/F, Washington Wizards
Like Redick, Young is no stranger to an occasional break-out game, and with more potential as a fantasy contributor than Redick, you can't afford not to take notice of his big games. Young surprisingly led the Wizards in shot attempts last night, connecting on 9 of 21 attempts, and ending a solid game with 21 points.
Which player most deserves more playing time?
Charlie Villanueva, F/C, Detroit Pistons
Villanueva has been pretty inconsistent, or at least uninspiring, for most of the season, but his double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds should work some fantasy owners up. If he gets consistent minutes and has his hands on the ball, his potential and past history suggests this is something he could maintain. Keep your eye on Charlie V.
Tracy McGrady, G/F, Detroit Pistons
Mcgrady will be the first to admit (ironically) that his best days are behind him, but he still thinks he can work his way back to a solid role. He did his best to encourage that line of thinking with a 16-point outing on Tuesday night, while also grabbing six boards and dishing out three assists.
Chase Budinger, SF, Houston Rockets
Budinger has always been capable of the random scoring outburst, but has seen inconsistent minutes and production over his first two seasons. Sharing the ball and minutes with newly acquired Terrence Williams probably won't help much, but it was still nice to see his 18 points and four rebounds last night. This is something Budinger could do on a consistent basis if he saw 25-30 minutes regularly.
Martell Webster, G/F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Many didn't think Webster had much of a chance at minutes or success in Minnesota with so many talented bodies at small forward, but he got some time last night, and made the most of it. Webster connected on 6 of 8 shots and poured in 17 points, while also adding five rebounds, two assists, and a steal. It was his first game of the 2010-11 season, so curb your expectations, but keep him on your radar.