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Week 5 Roto Fact Sheet

by | Fantasy Writer
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A wave of injuries has shifted the statistical landscape in the NBA over the past couple weeks. More minutes for replacements means more chances to help out in areas of expertise. For those of you in category-specific formats, here are some notable factoids that might help you gain an edge in areas of need. We'll continue to validate and debunk trends on a weekly basis in this column going forward.

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(All stats up to date through Nov. 29 games. Info provided by NBA.com and Teamrankings.com)

Scoring

John Wall has been on a tear, averaging a hair less than 30 points per game over the last seven days. The Wizards are without Bradley Beal's 20 points per game for the time being, so expect Wall to keep scoring in bunches during his absence. ... Rodney Stuckey (65 percent) has always had a knack for getting buckets, but lately his production has exceeded expectations. He's gone over 20 points twice in the last three games and is averaging 16.6 points per contest for the season. ... Nick Young (32 percent) is another shoot-first guard who's picked up his scoring as of late. Young scored a season-high 26 against Brooklyn Wednesday night and is averaging 17.5 points per game over the last seven days. ... The 76ers remain the most frequently scored on team, giving up a league-high 109.1 points to opponents per game. They play the Bobcats next week, so consider Gerald Henderson (80 percent) a good Week 6 start if you need help in the points column. ... A surprising 71 percent of leagues consider Kevin Garnett worth rostering, despite his horrendous 6.7 points per game on 36 percent shooting for the season. These owners might be better off adding Andray Blatche, who's reached double-digit scoring in each of his last seven games.

Field-Goal Percentage

Andre Drummond spends a lot of time dunking, currently leading the league with 41 slams on the season. Dunks comprise 47.6 percent of his made field goals so far. Therefore, his 64.7 "shooting" percentage doesn't come as a surprise because almost every other "shot" he attempts involves a hand or two on the rim. ... LeBron James is converting a mind-boggling 60 percent of his field goal attempts. Pretty amazing considering he's third in the league in scoring while shooting almost seven fewer shots per game than second-place Carmelo Anthony. ... Tony Allen is on your team because of his 2.2 steals per game, but his 55 percent field goal shooting is a nice bonus for Roto players. ... J.R. Smith has struggled mightily with his stroke to start the season, converting on only 32 percent of his 13 field goal attempts per game. ... Reggie Jackson (41 percent) has remained productive coming off the bench. His 48 percent shooting from the field is fifth in the league among point guards who attempt at least nine field goals per game. He can help out in just about every other category too -- shooting 90 percent from the free throw line to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Rebounds

Kosta Koufos (54 percent) looks comfortable in the Grizzlies starting lineup, grabbing 13 rebounds in each of his first two starts filling in for Marc Gasol. ... How is it that the Heat can be both the worst rebounding team in the league and still give up the fewest rebounds to opponents per game? It's made possible by ultra efficient offense as Miami is the only team to make more than 50 percent of its field goals. Meanwhile, the Lakers give up the most rebounds to opponents because they attempt almost 12 more field goals per game than the Heat while making only 43.8 percent of them. ... Robin Lopez (71 percent) has been rebounding well as of late, averaging 10.5 over the last seven days. ... Martell Webster ranks fourth among shooting-guard eligible players with 5.0 rebounds per game. He's logged 40 minutes-plus in four straight games and will remain cemented in the Wizards' lineup during Beal's absence. ... Ryan Anderson is great for Roto because of his shooting, but his rebounding has been pretty bad to start the year. He's only grabbing 4.8 a game. Reggie Evans has been able to grab more per contest despite playing only 13.5 minutes a night compared to Anderson's 31.4.

Assists

Mike D'antoni continues to work wonders for point guards, as evidenced by Steve Blake's surging numbers. Blake (84 percent) has dished out more than 10 assists in five games this year, which he hadn't done once since 2010. He ranks sixth in the league in helpers per game with 7.3, more than LeBron James, Tony Parker and Kyrie Irving. ... At the other end of the spectrum is Kemba Walker who only contributes 4.1 helpers per game. The only starting point guard averaging fewer assists per contest is George Hill at 3.8. ... Kenyon Martin wins the award for most unlikely assist man over the last seven days, averaging 4.7 during that span. He'll likely continue to get minutes while Tyson Chandler recovers from injury, so keep an eye on his numbers. ... Fancy new stats allow Fantasy owners to see whether or not assist numbers are sustainable. For instance, Stephen Curry is averaging 8.8 assists on 14.7 assist opportunities per game. This means his teammates are shooting about 60 percent when Curry passes them the ball. Meanwhile, John Wall is averaging the same number of assists on 18.7 opportunities per game, making it much easier to buy into his numbers long term as opposed to Curry's.

Free-throw percentage

If you're struggling in the category because of Dwight Howard or Andre Drummond, you might consider adding Channing Frye, who's averaging double-figure scoring while shooting better than 80 percent from the line. ... Brandon Bass is making a scintillating 90 percent of his free throws this season -- good for second among power forwards attempting more than two per game. ... Michael Carter-Williams does many things well, however free-throw shooting is not one of them. He's only making 68.3 percent of his five-plus attempts per game. ... Other productive guards shooting free throws in the 60s include Lance Stephenson, Dion Waiters, Tyreke Evans and Dwyane Wade.

Three pointers

Channing Frye has been launching from deep all season, but over the last week he's seen a lot of them fall. Frye has made 14 over a four-game span, including five against Charlotte. ... Patrick Beverley (60 percent) has also been hitting from deep, averaging 2.3 made threes per game in the last seven days. That number could remain for the next two weeks while Jeremy Lin recovers from a knee sprain. ... Caron Butler has been surprisingly effective from downtown, averaging two made threes per game for the season. He only averages 0.8 per game for his career, so don't expect him to maintain this pace. ... The D'antoni system has been fully implemented as the Lakers currently lead the league in three point field goals made and are second in attempts. Philadelphia continues to be a gold mine for three point shooters, allowing a league-leading 10.9 made threes per game.

Blocks

Not since Dikembe Mutombo in 1995 has an NBA player averaged four blocks per game for an entire season. Roy Hibbert and Anthony Davis are on the cusp of that number so far at 3.9 apiece. ... Serge Ibaka has been surging in the blocks category as of late, tallying up 21 over his last six games. ... Samuel Dalembert, Jon Henson, Robin Lopez and Wesley Johnson are all widely available players averaging at least 1.4 blocks per game. ... Opposing teams are having block parties against the 76ers, averaging 7.3 per game. Meanwhile, teams playing the Heat average less than three per game.

Steals/Turnovers

The Thunder are currently the most stolen-from team in the league, with opponents averaging almost 10 thefts a game this year. On the other hand, the Knicks' isolation-heavy offense has them giving up the least amount of steals per game at 6.1. ... DeJuan Blair (45 percent) is tied for first in steals among center-eligible players. He and Andre Drummond average 1.8 steals per game. ... The Rockets turn the ball over more than any other team, so it only makes sense that their star player, James Harden, leads the league in giveaways per game at 4.3. ... Victor Oladipo remains the Fantasy player giving owners the fewest assists with the most turnovers. On the flip side, Martell Webster has only turned the ball over seven times in 15 games -- probably because he's shooting just about every time he gets the ball.

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Report: Bulls F Jimmy Butler to be named Most Improved Player
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:40 pm ET) Bulls forward Jimmy Butler will be named the NBA's Most Improved Player this week, sources told ESPN.

Butler averaged 13.1 points last season, but he raised his scoring average to 20.0 during the 2014-15 season. He also set career highs in assists, rebounds and steals. His shooting average also improved from 39.7 percent last season to 46.2 percent this season.

Butler, 25, is set to become a free agent in the offseason.


Report: Pelicans Quincy Pondexter, Jrue Holiday go under knife
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:26 pm ET) Two Pelicans underwent procedures Wednesday, per The Advocate.

Included is small forward Quincy Pondexter, who had arthroscopic knee surgery. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 7.2 points in 24 minutes per game.

In addition, point guard Jrue Holiday had a screw removed from his leg. He missed much of the season due to a stress reaction and played in three of the four playoff games against Golden State.


Nets want Brook Lopez back, but open to dealing other stars
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:15 pm ET) The Nets want center Brook Lopez back. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson? Not so much.

General manager Billy King confirmed Wednesday his commitment to sign Lopez if, as expected, he opts out of his contract in favor of unrestricted free agency in July.

"For us to get in the playoffs that stretch, [Lopez] was the guy who carried us," King told the New York Post. "He was our best player. Without Brook Lopez, there's no way we even get to where we go to this year.

"I'll say it again: We want him back. I want him back, [coach] Lionel [Hollins] wants him back, ownership wants him back. We've all said it. There shouldn't be any more doubts about it."

King, however, is open to trading Williams and Johnson.

"We're going to explore all options, as we have [previously]," he added. "Will there be a trade? There could be, but I'm not sure."

Though his numbers were down from the previous year, Lopez was particularly productive as the Nets fought for and won a playoff spot. He finished the season averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.


Thunder GM: We'd like to bring back Kyle Singler
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:02 pm ET) Thunder small forward Kyle Singler has expressed a desire to stay in Oklahoma City. And general manager Sam Presti hopes to oblige.

"Finding a player in free agency that can shoot close to 40 percent from the three-point line over the course of a season, embrace various roles, and stand as one of your most fundamental players at 6-9 is unlikely when over the cap and tax," Presti told The Oklahoman. "Therefore, we are hopeful we will be able to keep working with him."

Singler performed well after a deadline deal brought him to Oklahoma City. He finished the season shooting a career-best 39.8 percent on three-pointers.


Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving: I've 'got to be better' in fourth quarter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) LeBron James has already accepted some of the blame for a Cavaliers loss in Game 1 of their second-round series to the Bulls. Now teammate Kyrie Irving is heaping some on himself as well.

Irving scored 30 points in the defeat, but blamed fatigue for his performance in the fourth quarter, when he shot 2-for-7 from the field and a Cleveland comeback was met and exceeded by Chicago.

"The shots I was taking, especially down the stretch, they were fatigued shots," he told ESPN Wednesday. "It just wasn't in the flow of our offense. Regardless of if I'm hot or not or Bron's hot or not, it's just the guys out there on the floor, I just have to make better decisions - whether it's going to be making one of my teammates better or me taking a shot. ... I've just got to be better."


Spurs G Manu Ginobili 'can't rush' decision on retirement
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:00 pm ET) Spurs veteran guard Manu Ginobili has provided little insight about his future after his team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. But what he has expressed indicated that it might hinge on whether teammate and future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan decides to retire or return for another year.

Ginobili did say he was going to wait a while before deciding on whether he will play another season.

"I'll wait for this month and see how I feel," he told the San Antonio Express-News. "If I feel like a former player or not. I begin to wonder ... how my body will feel. It is a unique moment. I've never been in this situation. I throught about retiring briefly in 2013, but in a week or 10 days I knew I wanted to take another challenge. ... So I'll see calmly what I want to do, because there are decisions you can't rush."

Ginobili remained effective this season, though his 10.5 scoring average was his lowest since his rookie year. He shot just 42.6 percent from the field, the second-worst of his 13-year career.


Rivers 'doubts' that Clippers PG Chris Paul plays in Game 2
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) appears destined to miss Game 2 of the second-round playoff series Wednesday night in Houston.

Asked if Paul will play, Doc Rivers responded per the Houston Chronicle, "I pretty much doubt it."

Paul was unavailable in the opener, but the Clippers stunned the basketball world by beating the Rockets handily on the road. Replacement Austin Rivers scored 17 points.


Bulls coach, teammate praise struggling C Joakim Noah
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:30 pm ET) Bulls center Joakim Noah took four shots and missed them all as the boos rained down upon him in Game 1 of the second-round playoffs series Monday in Cleveland. Among his misses was an easy layup.

But Noah, who is still struggling with his surgically repaired knee, still has the appreciation of teammate Derrick Rose.

"With Jo, he's giving us what he's got," Rose told CSNChicago.com. "He's been through a lot. For a big guy having those injuries, it takes a lot. Just his energy, his presence is a lot. He's a hell of a character, hell of a teammate and it kind of rubs off on people."

Tom Thibodeau cited Noah's nine rebounds and two blocked shots in praising him.

"I don't want to get lost in his scoring because it's never been a strong suit," he said. "It's all the other stuff he brings to the team. It's not the emotion, it's the activity. When he does that, he's very, very effective for us. It's how the team functions when he's on the floor. He doesn't have to shoot well to play well. It'll come around for him."


Free agency awaits emerging Hawks SF DeMarre Carroll
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Emerging Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll still has work to do this season as his team attempts to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. But his efforts since the All-Star break, particularly in the playoffs, has certainly raised the stock of the free agent-to-be, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting.

Carroll leads the Hawks in the postseason with an 18.9 scoring average. He's shooting a blistering .556 from the field and is 20 of 43 from distance. He has effectively followed up a second half of the season in which he averaged 13.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

The 28-year-old Carroll, who according to the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is an unrestricted free agent after this year, is making just $2.4 million this season. He could command triple that on the open market. Mike Budenholzer has been impressed with his performance.

"He just gets it within the context of who we play in our offense and his teammates are creating a lot of opportunities for him," he said. "He's taking advantage of them. He's driving and attacking more."


Report: GM to give Nets PF Mirza Teletovic a qualifying offer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) Nets general manager Billy King is planning on giving power forward Mirza Teletovic a qualifying offer, ESPN has reported.

The Bosnian import can be a free agent, but has expressed an interest in staying with Brooklyn.

Teletovic lost three months of the regular season to blood clots before returning to earn a bit of playing time in the playoff loss to Atlanta. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes per game this season.


 
 
 
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