Drummond should be valuable in '13-14
The regular season came to an end on Wednesday night, which gives us an opportunity to start looking ahead to next season. Here are some players who gave us something to think about on the final night of the season.
• Andre Drummond put up 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and had a pretty nice April after returning from his injury. In eight games, he averaged 10.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks and shot 66 percent from the floor in 27 minutes of action. If he's going to play anywhere close to 30 minutes per game next season (and I think he is), he's going to be very valuable in fantasy, even if he's looking like a Dwight Howard-level train wreck from the free throw line.
• Chris Copeland had his second straight 30-point night, throwing 33 up on the Hawks in a win at the Garden. Copeland can score, with a true shooting percentage of .583 and a solid usage rate to go along with it, and the Knicks have been creative of late finding minutes and opportunities for him. For April he averaged 15 points and made just fewer than two 3-pointers per game, and those are certainly fantasy-worthy numbers. If he's in the rotation next season, there's a good chance he'll be worth owning in fantasy leagues.
• Josh McRoberts has long been a frustrating player, but he's capable of putting up numbers when he's given the opportunity. On a Bobcats team with very few players who could even be described as good, he found a niche and ended up being pretty valuable these past couple of weeks. He had 20 points on perfect shooting from the floor Wednesday night in a win over the Cavaliers, and in nine games in April, McRoberts averaged 11.9 points and 9.3 rebounds and shot 52.5 percent from the floor. Those numbers are nice, but it took him nearly 40 minutes per game to accumulate them, and he has been in the league a while, so the odds of his carving out a permanent role aren't great. He'll get some attention in the offseason, but you should feel free to ignore it.
• Arnett Moultrie finally got some playing time down the stretch and averaged a solid 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over the final five games of the season. With Doug Collins having resigned as head coach and someone new stepping in, one would figure that Moultrie, a young player with a great deal of promise, would be in line for a bigger role next season. Keep him in mind as a possible sleeper candidate heading into drafts.
• Al Jefferson was the only guy on his team who could get a bucket, finishing with 22 points and 16 rebounds in a soul-crushing loss to the Grizzlies. Jefferson is an extremely interesting player to watch this offseason; he's a free agent, and at 28 years old, he's one of the few players in the league who can reliably score points in the post. He's not a fringe first-round pick in fantasy anymore, but nights like Wednesday, when he puts up huge numbers against a great defense, are why he always ends up going very high in fantasy drafts.
• John Henson had a career-high 28 points to go with 16 rebounds in a win over the Thunder. Henson has been a monster of late and probably will go way too high in drafts next season based on it. The Bucks have a lot of players vying for frontcourt minutes: Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh, to name a few. Henson is really good, and averaging 15 points and 15 rebounds over the final five games of the season is impressive, but I have a feeling he'll go a little too high in drafts to justify the expenditure in the fall.