Anthony Randolph's 2012-13 value
Anthony Randolph had yet another double-double for the Timberwolves, who beat the Pistons handily. Randolph finished with 15 points (5-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the line), 10 rebounds and three blocks in just 27 minutes, and is averaging 12.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his past five games.
Randolph has used his significant potential to tantalize fantasy owners before. His draft position will be a major storyline in fantasy leagues next season, as he's shown just enough these past few weeks that he'll be touted as a sleeper all over the place. At this point, it's probably a good idea to remain skeptical, and while he should remain a good fantasy option for the rest of this season, you may want to steer clear of him in next year's drafts.
• It's extremely difficult to know what to expect from him going forward, but it is abundantly clear that when Eric Gordon makes his way into the lineup for the Hornets, he's an extremely productive player even if he's nursing injuries. He had a great game in leading the Hornets to a win over the desperate Rockets on Thursday night and was especially impressive in getting to the line 10 times despite his sore back. It will be extremely interesting to see where Gordon goes in drafts next season considering the gulf between his talent and his ability to stay on the court.
• Elsewhere on the Hornets, Al-Farouq Aminu continues to struggle with his shot, but managed 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals. He's averaging 10 points and 5.8 rebounds in his past five games. While those numbers are less than impressive, he's throwing in 2.2 steals per game over that stretch as well, which definitely gives him some value if you need a few extra steals in the final few games of the season.
• Darren Collison missed the Pacers' win over the Bucks with a sore groin, and, as expected, George Hill was great filling in. Hill had 22 points (on 8-for-12 shooting), five rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers. Hill certainly belongs in your lineup if the Pacers choose to be cautious with Collison heading into the playoffs.
• With Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo both out for the Celtics against the Hawks on Friday night, you'll want to make sure Avery Bradley's in your lineup. As I wrote yesterday, Bradley is on fire from just about everywhere lately, shooting 60 percent from the floor and 69 percent from the 3-point line in his past five games. He doesn't do much else lately, but he's going to get a ton of minutes over the Celtics' last few games of the season now that they've locked up the Atlantic Division title.
• With the way the Bobcats are getting destroyed just about every night lately, it's hard to recommend using any of their players, but with D.J. Augustin once again doubtful for Friday night's game against the Grizzlies, Kemba Walker could be a good play if you are in a deep league and desperate for point guard help. Walker managed 16 points and five assists against the Bulls on Wednesday night in a game in which the Bobcats scored only 68, so it's a good bet that he'll get his looks on Friday, too.
• Matt Barnes has been great for the Lakers in the absence of Kobe Bryant, but with Kobe listed as probable for Friday night's rematch (yet again) with the Spurs, it'll be interesting to see what happens to Barnes' production. He's averaged 14 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 3s in his past five games, and under normal circumstances he would definitely belong in your lineup. I'd be inclined to play him, as he managed 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting the last time the two teams met.
• I will be keeping Tyreke Evans on my bench on Friday night when the Kings face the Thunder. Evans has really struggled lately, averaging just 12.4 points on 41 percent shooting over his past five games with no peripheral numbers to write home about. What's more, he's been terrible against the Thunder this season, averaging just 12.0 points on 35 percent shooting in two games.