Booms, Busts, and Battlestar Galactica: NBA Week 13
March Madness is giving you the chaotic energy you crave, but don't forget about the other vice you need to satisfy.
The NBA trade deadline is approaching and that means a lot of fantasy fortunes may change with the sweep of a pen and the sending of a tweet. Here are the hottest and coldest players heading into this consequential point of the season.
Joe Ingles Guard/Forward Utah Jazz
Efficiency has always been Ingles' game and he's really flexed that last week. It only took him 32 shots to score 67 points in three games averaging 22.3 points while shooting 68.8 percent from the field, making 5.7 threes a game, grabbing five rebounds and swiping the ball 1.3 times.
Joe Ingles is on pace to have the highest single-season TS% in NBA history. He’s averaging 73.2 TS%, 54.0 FG%, 49.… https://t.co/05Ly043NP5— StatMuse (@StatMuse) 1616253837.0
Ingles is safely having a top-100 season in 9-cat but is only rostered in 54 percent of Yahoo leagues. He is a must-own if available.
Richaun Holmes Forward/Center Sacramento Kings
Holmes may want to stay in Sacramento, but his play is garnering a lot of interest from other teams. In four games this past week, Holmes is averaging 17.5 points on 57.4 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 turnovers.
A trade could change his opportunities to produce for his fantasy managers, but as of now, he is getting plenty of chances to excel.
Donte DiVincenzo Forward Milwaukee Bucks
He may not be a fantasy folk hero quite yet, but the man they call Big Ragu is quietly building his legend. He's providing top-100 production in 9-cat and had a very good week, averaging 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals in the last three games. He also threw in 2.3 made threes to round out his stand-out week.
Delaware’s own Donte DiVincenzo wearing his Villanova jacket after his 20 point night at Wells Fargo Center where h… https://t.co/nsk4Nq2fdR— John Clark (@John Clark) 1616036723.0
He won't wow you consistently, but DiVincenzo will produce across all categories enough to keep you in the hunt for a win most weeks.
Danilo Gallinari Forward Atlanta Hawks
Two weeks in a row? Gallinari is (1) having a really good run and (2) not a lot of people believe in him on Yahoo. Gallo started the week strong with a 29-point performance and ended the week averaging 18.3 points on 54.3 percent shooting, three made three-pointers, one steal and 0.3 turnovers.
Gallinari is providing the young Hawks with a dependable veteran presence that they should continue to lean on for the foreseeable future.
Bojan Bogdanovic Forward Utah Jazz
While one shooter (Ingles) thrived in Utah this past week, another struggled to make any impact. Bogdanovic averaged under nine shot attempts the last three games, resulting in 9.3 points on 26.9 percent shooting, 0.7 made threes and 4.3 rebounds.
Over the past 5+ seasons, PJ Tucker has made 100 more corner 3s than anyone else in the NBA Most Corner 3s Last 5+… https://t.co/rranpR7xzH— Kirk Goldsberry (@Kirk Goldsberry) 1616074620.0
While he isn't the stud he was in Indiana, he is still averaging 15.1 points per game this season. He won't be putting up these dismal numbers for long.
Coby White Guard Chicago Bulls
Losing your starting job is never easy and Coby White has not responded well to the adversity. In his last four games, White is averaging 9.3 points on 36.8 percent shooting, 1.3 made threes, 2.3 assists and 2.5 turnovers; a far cry from his season averages.
Unfortunately for fantasy managers, the Bulls are winning games with White coming off the bench, so it's unlikely that he will be back to getting starters minutes for the time being. It's time to make the choice to hold White or ship him off.
Steven Adams Center New Orleans Pelicans
The Big Kiwi's role on the Pelicans is pretty clear: rebound the ball and don't hurt the team otherwise. In this case, one out of two is bad for the squad and fantasy managers.
Remember Steven Adams being in OKC and how much better the world was— chilliams (@chilliams) 1615945484.0
In the last three games, Adams has grabbed 9.3 rebounds, but he's only scoring at a 45.5 percent clip, resulting in 4.7 points per game. He's also turning the ball over twice per game in that same span.
If Adams isn't scoring efficiently and taking care of the ball, he is a one-category contributor. If you have the chance to unload him for a more versatile player, now is the time.
Kelly Oubre Jr. Guard/Forward Golden State Warriors
Oubre had a good February, but his March has been marred by injuries and inconsistent play. In four games last week, he averaged 11.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting, 0.8 made threes, four rebounds and 50 percent free-throw shooting.
With Klay Thompson out and Andrew Wiggins still struggling with inconsistency, there will be plenty of chances for Oubre to snap out of his slump.