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!
Chris Bosh, (C) Miami Heat –
With Dwayne Wade sidelined recently, Bosh has really stepped up his game. In his last seven games, Bosh is averaging 22.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1 block per game. On the season, Bosh is posting a sensational 54% field goal percentage as well as an 81% free throw percentage. The Heat are trying to manage Wade with kid gloves during the season so they can have him for their stretch run during the playoffs when they will need him the most. Anytime Wade misses a game, expect Bosh to be the main beneficiary in his absence. Bosh has proven he should no longer be the forgotten man of the “Big 3” and will attempt to be second fiddle to James for the rest of the season. If you were able to snatch him up on draft day, kudos to you!
Serge Ibaka, (PF) Oklahoma City Thunder –
With Westbrook down for the Thunder for the past few games, they have needed multiple players to step up to make up for all that production. Durant has clearly been unbelievable doing anything he wants on offense, but Serge Ibaka is the anchor on defense that alters so many shots in the paint. In his last 7 games, Ibaka’s averaged 19 points, 8.7 boards, and 3.2 blocks per game! He also shoots 53% from the field and 77% from the line for excellent percentages. He is one of the best big men in the NBA to own in fantasy and will continue to step up his offensive game while Westbrook is sidelined. You probably needed to use a high pick to draft him, but he was clearly well worth it.
Dwayne Wade, (SG) Miami Heat –
On the flip side of things for the Heat, Dwayne Wade has been dealing with knee problems recently. Wade had played in 2 of his last 7 games, scoring only 8 points in each. He played on Sunday versus the Spurs but clearly did not look healthy as he only played 24 minutes. The Heat will need him badly during the playoffs with the Pacers looking like a serious road block in the East. Wade will continue to be in and out of the lineup through the rest of the regular season so the Heat can have their superstar healthy later. He is a fantastic player when he plays, but having a superstar who is a game-time decision on a regular basis is more of a headache than anything. If you are able to trade him for a young star with plenty of upside, pull the trigger while you still can.
Larry Sanders, (C) Milwaukee Bucks –
Sanders started his season off in a bit of a bonehead way, breaking a finger in a barfight which sidelined him almost two months. His season has still really not gone well since he’s been back. Especially recently, Sanders has scored 7 and 1 in his last 2 games. He also only played 21 minutes in each of those games. He has been in and out of the starting lineup recently, so coach Drew clearly needs to see more out of Sanders before playing him big minutes. John Henson has been great this season and was huge while Sanders was out. He has been playing more than Sanders recently, so those who stashed Sanders while he was hurt can’t be too happy. It’s great that he blocks a lot of shots and is clearly worth owning if you need them, but anything you get other than some rebounds from him would be a bonus at this point.