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!
Pau Gasol, (PF) Los Angeles Lakers –
The Lakers have had a disastrous season with a flurry of injuries that have torpedoed their season. The one positive that has come out of this situation lately is the stellar play of Pau Gasol. In his last 6 games, he is averaging 19.8 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. With the Lakers so banged up, Pau Gasol is the clear leader and go to guy on the team and will be for the forseeable future until Kobe returns. It seems rumors of a potential swap for Andrew Bynum and Laker salary cap relief may have fired up the Spaniard to play some inspired basketball. With this sudden resurgence, Pau has reminded his fantasy owners what he can do when healthy and motivated. His owners might not want to part with him at the moment, but give it a shot.
Randy Foye, (SG) Denver Nuggets –
Denver has had an up and down season for the most part this season, but have been playing very well as of late. With Andre Miller falling out of coach Shaw’s favor and oft-injured Wilson Chandler out again for a while, Foye has stepped up tremendously for the Nuggets. He has scored double digits in his last 8 and averaged 21.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1 steal and 5.3 threes a game in his last 3! I’m sure Shaw knows a good thing when he sees it and why shy away from what is currently working? Foye will need to continue to score well while the Nuggets are so banged up. There is a good chance Foye is still available in your league, so if he is go scoop him up quickly.
Deron Williams, (PG) Brooklyn Nets –
No one can deny the talent Williams displays on a nightly basis when healthy, but those days are few and far between for a player that has chronic ankle issues. He has been out for the last 3 games and looks to be out for the foreseeable future. Even though the Nets badly need Williams PG prowess in their lineup, I’m sure Jason Kidd will approach his current ankle issue with extreme caution to prevent any recurrence of an aggravation. This will be something Williams will be battling all season, which will become extremely frustrating for his fantasy owners. Once he returns and has a couple good games under his belt, I suggest his current owners send out some offers attempting to sell high on him.
JR Smith, (SG) New York Knicks –
Coming off a superb season last year after winning sixth man of the year honors, Smith has been a disaster this year. He is shooting a putrid 35% from the field on the season, which is one of the worst percentages in the history of the NBA at his position! Not to mention prior to Sunday he had scored in single digits in his previous 4 games before being benched Thursday by coach Woodson for his on court antics. Untying players shoes while they’re lined up at the free throw line? These are the antics of an immature player who has had behavioral issues his whole career and it seems to be trending the wrong direction still. He is a highly skilled basketball player, but I do not believe it is worth the headache to have him on your fantasy team. The risk is not worth the reward with Smith. Cut bait if you still roster him.