NBA Portfolio: December 23-29

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NBA Stock Up/Stock Down

by Danny Panosian

Each week I will be diving into a few players whose stock has gone up the past week, and conversely whose stock has gone down. Trends in the NBA are always changing, and players’ values can change on any given night. So without further adieu, let’s dive in!

Stock Up

Andray Blatche, (C) Brooklyn Nets –

BlatcheThe Nets received a devastating blow to their season this week with the news of Brook Lopez suffering a season-ending broken foot injury. To say their team has had trouble keeping players healthy is an understatement. But one of the few constants to the season has been Blatche. In the nine games Lopez missed previously this season, Blatche has averaged 17.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. With the Nets reeling with injuries and with an aging roster, Blatche is a must-own player going forward. Pierce and Garnett will also be missing games occasionally for rest purposes which gives Blatche an even better outlook. He will be playing significant minutes and has nice upside for the rest of the season. If he is somehow still available, go scoop him up before someone else does.

Brandon Knight, (PG) Milwaukee Bucks –

Brandon KnightKnight has taken his game to another level recently. In his last 3 games, he has averaged 24.7 points, 9 rebounds, 5.7 assists with 1 steal, 0.7 blocks and three 3s a game! While these averages are likely unsustainable, Knight is clearly the focal point of the Bucks offense right now and will continue to dictate the game as he wants. With Ersan Ilyasova now shut down indefinitely, Knight will have to continue to score for the Bucks to have any chance to win each night. He has triple-double capability on any night and he is what I like to call a 9-Cat Delight! Even if he’s not available on your waiver wire (which he shouldn’t be) see if his owner believes in his recent surge and make him a buy low offer.

Stock Down

Terrance Jones, (PF) Houston Rockets –

Terrance JonesJones had the look of a waiver wire steal to start this season as it looked like he was blasted out of a cannon! But Jones has really been struggling as of late. In his last 5 games, he has only scored in double figures once, and has not rebounded more than 5 in any of those games. Even though he is still starting for the Rockets, His minutes have been getting cut down recently as well. While he had the look of a must-own player until a few weeks ago, Jones can now be cut for a hotter player on the waiver wire. Though keep an eye on his play over the next few weeks to see if he can start picking it up again soon.

Harrison Barnes, (SF) Golden State Warriors –

Harrison BarnesBarnes was another player that seemed to be waiver wire gold early on this season. He was doing a fine job filling in for an injured Andre Iguodala. But since Iggy has returned, Barnes has become a ghost. With averages of 6 points 3.5 rebounds 1 assist and 0.8 steals over his last 4 games, his value has clearly gone down the tubes. When the Warriors backcourt is fully healthy, he is not worth owning in standard leagues. But as we all know, things can change at any time. So if anything happens to Curry or Iggy again, think about picking him up again.

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