Oden logs best game as a pro
If you ever do decide to make to our fair capital for the Inauguration, I can offer only one tip: Do not drive around in a car you borrowed from your father-in-law that is still drenched in "McCain-Palin" bumper stickers. Trust me, the 46 percent of the country that voted for McCain is nowhere to be seen within the borders of the District of Columbia.
I finished the rest of my column 23 minutes ago, but have been sitting here contemplating what 10 days ago would have seemed inconceivable.
I may pick up Greg Oden.
You should never let sheer physical exhaustion govern your fantasy decisions, but I need a center, and it's down to Oden or Andray Blatche. Both had huge games Tuesday; Blatche went for 22 points, 9 rebounds and a block, while Oden had a career-high 24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Both performances also carry an asterisk; Blatche was playing against the Warriors, while Oden was playing against Dan Gadzuric.
Blatche doesn't carry an inordinate amount of mystery. Pencil him in for 10 points, 8 rebounds and a block and hope he curbs his thirst for Washington nightlife.
But Oden is another story.
Right now, it's popular to proclaim that "I always knew Oden wouldn't pan out." In my mind, I've always felt he's somewhere between Emeka Okafor and Dwight Howard; very good, with a chance of being great if he stays healthy. He's been nothing short of a bust so far in fantasy, but his name value has led to him still being owned in 88.4 percent of all leagues.
To me, his nadir was last week, when he scored only two points against the Nets and found himself totally outperformed by Brook Lopez. Would I rather have Lopez? You bet, but someone picked him up while I was writing that you should run out and pick him up. Grrr!
Under the Boards
|• Jason Kidd, Nets: 22 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 6-of-8 3-pointers at Philadelphia.|
• Greg Oden, Trail Blazers: 24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, only 2 personal fouls in 35 minutes against Milwaukee.
• J.R. Smith, Nuggets: 24 points, 7 rebounds, five 3-pointers at the Rockets.
|• Manu Ginobili, Spurs: 6 points on 1-for-11 shooting against the Nuggets.|
• Jason Richardson, Suns: 8 points, 3 rebounds, no 3-pointers, no assists at Boston.
• Amare Stoudemire, Suns: 3 points (0-7 FG), 1 rebound, 4 turnovers against the Celtics.
John Cregan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.