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Here's the reaction in the SportsNation mailbag:
Atkins' Value Increases
Mike James and Chucky Atkins just traded fantasy values. Although James was only owned in 30 percent of the leagues, that should drop to single digits and be replaced by Atkins. Mike James won't start anymore, and it's possible that Atkins could move into that role in Boston and put up two 3's, 12 points and four assists a night.
Jackson's Value Increases
Sheed will still be solid. Looks like Stephen Jackson owners just hit the jackpot! I'm one of them!
New Brunswick, NJ
Billups' Value Increases
Billups' stock soars now that there is a low-post option that can score. Richard Hamilton drops, Big Ben stays the same as he will clean up Rasheed's misses and collect the same amount of blocks. He might even increase his FG% with guys hanging on Rasheed. Rasheed will dominate the East centers and be huge down the stretch.
Wallace won't put up the numbers he would have in Atlanta, but anything is better than Portland. Detroit is going to be a powerhouse in the East now, especially now that Ron Artest is out. Detroit as a team now has the size to stand up to the West as well. As for fantasy, points will be tough to come by. They have established fantasy studs like Billups and Wallace, and the ripper getting his share as well. I think this trade is great for Detroit, but all owners of Detroit players might take a small hit in points. Wallace will always be a consistent 15-10 guy in Detroit, but his potential as the go-to guy in Atlanta would have been a better fit.
Atkins' Value Increases
Yes, Wallace will post better numbers in Detroit than in Portland. In Portland, Wallace sacrificed his low post offensive game and rebounds to Randolph. Detroit needs another rebounder to complement Ben Wallace, and another scorer to complement Billups/Hamilton. From the trade, it looks like Chucky Atkins is the big winner though. He could get James' 30 minutes in Boston, almost twice what he gets now.
Wallace's Value Decreases
You have to wonder what happens to Wallace's rebounds and blocks playing next to Big Ben. There's a reason Ben's numbers are so high, and it's because he cleans up all the crumbs. If there's nothing left after that kind of Windex job, how can Sheed get his? Same goes for blocks, but to a lesser extent.
Billups' Value Decreases
I'm not a Wallace owner, but I do have Chauncey Billups on my team. I'm worried that with a solid PG Mike James coming to town, along with a scoring threat like Wallace, Billups gets the raw end of this deal. Fewer minutes, fewer points and fewer assists. No fair.