14 March 2012
So we have some movement in the NBA trade market as the deadline nears. The Warriors and Bucks pulled the trigger on a 5 player trade. The Warriors sent Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. So who were the winners and losers of this trade from a fantasy basketball perspective? The Fantasy Dudes have broken it down for you:
Stephen Jackson: Was well and truely riding the bench at the Bucks, so this should give him a timely boost. Don't expect his stats to be the same as when he was at the Warriors last, but Captain Jack should be added in deeper leagues and could provide a nice boost for the fantasy playoff run.
Monta Ellis: Will take a few games to find his niche, but expect Monta to continue his current production. He didn't seem to have an issue with Curry, why would that change with Jennings?
Stephen Curry: When healthy, he'll see a lot more shots and will be expected to fill the void of Ellis.
Klay Thompson: Speaking to filling the void, it will likely be Klay that steps up into the starting role, as such, increases his fantasy value significantly. Worth owning in all fantasy leagues, especially with Curry out. Did you know he took 19 shots against the kings to lead the team in shots taken?
Nate Robinson: At least in the short-term, Nate will be worth a waiver wire stream in deeper leagues. 17 pts, 2 stls, 2 three's against Kings.
Dorrell Wright: Will the real Dorrell please stand up, please stand up, please stand up. What a major disappointment, but this might be exactly what he needs. Returned stats of 14 pts, 10 rebs, and 4 three's in first game post Ellis.
Andris Biedrins: Well it wasn't like he was doing anything, so not that he's back starting, that is a win right?
Drew Gooden: Has been tearing it up recently, but the addition of Udoh will likely cut down his current production.
Ekpe Udoh: Just went fantasy owners thought they found a piece to their fantasy championship puzzle, its taken away. Udoh will still get minutes, but it won't be as strong as what he had seen recently as starter for the Warriors.
Brandon Jennings: We all know that Monta likes to have the ball in his hands and likes to shoot. He will now need to share the ball. Points likely to come down, but assists should improve.
Carlos Delfino: Sorry, but Monta coming to the party meant someone had to miss out. Welcome to the bench.
Andrew Bogut: Not relevant for this fantasy season. Expect same numbers next season.
David Lee: Will continue to remain the same old workhorse he is. Perhaps will see an slight bump up in points courtesy of there being more shots available.
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