Danilo Gallinari does more than just shoot

November, 3, 2009
11/03/09
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When an NBA player buries 18 3-pointers in a three-game span, everyone notices, not just fantasy owners.

Of course Danilo Gallinari couldn't keep up that pace. On Monday against a New Orleans Hornets team that was focused on defending the perimeter, the second-year player from Italy scored just nine points on 2-for-9 shooting.

In the past week, Gallinari's ownership in ESPN.com leagues has skyrocketed from 4 percent to more than 45 percent. And despite his showing versus the Hornets, you'll want to keep that number going up. The 21-year-old has the ability, and Mike D'Antoni and the Knicks will continue to give him opportunities. Even in his quiet 37 minutes Monday, Gallinari gave you five assists, a couple of steals and a block. There seems to be a bit more to his game than just the 3s, and he will have more big nights from downtown, too. Gallinari should be owned in all leagues.

Browsing the box scores

MONDAY, NOV. 2
HIGHLIGHTS
Kevin Martin, Kings: 48 points (14-for-27 shooting), 7 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals versus the Grizzlies.
Gerald Wallace, Bobcats: 24 points, 20 rebounds and 4 steals versus the Nets.
Chris Paul, Hornets: 32 points (12-for-18 shooting), 13 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 3-pointers at New York.
LOWLIGHTS
Tyreke Evans, Kings: 3 points (0-for-4 shooting), 4 assists and 3 rebounds versus the Grizzlies.
Danilo Gallinari, Knicks: 9 points (2-for-9 shooting), 5 assists and 2 steals versus the Hornets.
Yi Jianlian, Nets: 4 points (1-for-4 shooting), 6 rebounds and 4 turnovers at Charlotte.

• After attempting an incredible 116 treys in their first three games, the Knicks spent a bit more time in the paint Monday. David Lee finished with 28 points (on 13-of-17 shooting), Al Harrington got 24 more points off the bench and Chris Duhon eased his owners' concerns with his best showing of the young season: 18 points, nine assists, two steals and two 3s. Larry Hughes also enjoyed another big night, with 20 points, six boards and a couple of 3s. Not bad for someone who didn't get off the Knicks' bench the first two games. With Nate Robinson sidelined for up to two weeks because of a right ankle sprain, Hughes should play plenty for the time being. While you shouldn't expect Hughes, a 41 percent field goal shooter in his career, to maintain his accuracy, the Knicks do have six games in the next 11 days, a stretch that includes favorable matchups against the Pacers, Bucks and Warriors. Hughes is available in more than 80 percent of leagues. Add him if you have the roster space.

• I would tell you to add Aaron Brooks, but that ship has sailed. The Houston point guard shined again in Salt Lake City, going for 19 points, nine assists and a couple of 3s against the Jazz. His 50 percent shooting through four games comes as a bit of a shock, given that Brooks connected at less than 41 percent after assuming a starting role last season. In retrospect, though, maybe his 45.3 percent shooting in the '09 playoffs was a sign of things to come. I think Brooks is for real. See if you can swing a deal; maybe the Brooks owner in your league thinks he can "sell high" on him.

• The Grizzlies-Kings tilt featured the return of Allen Iverson and a stellar 48-point showing from Kevin Martin, but take note of rookie Omri Casspi, who contributed 15 points, three 3s, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes off Paul Westphal's bench. The deep-leaguers aren't even on Casspi yet -- he's virtually unowned in ESPN.com leagues -- but you are likely aware that the Kings don't have a lot of talent beyond Martin. Casspi is worth a look in leagues of at least 12 teams.

Looking ahead

Tyreke Evans is battling an ankle sprain and now coming off a three-point night. Jonny Flynn turned it over five times in just 22 minutes against the Clippers and watched Ramon Sessions once again get more minutes. Such is the life of a rookie point guard -- at least, most rookie point guards. On Tuesday, though, we'll get another chance to see what Brandon Jennings (a player I recently addressed in my Week 2 Forecaster) can do, this time against Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

In his first two NBA games, all the 20-year-old has done is register a near triple-double in his debut against the Sixers and spark a comeback victory (with 24 points and three steals) over the Pistons. Not surprisingly, Jennings is currently the third most added player in ESPN leagues (behind Gallinari and Marc Gasol), but he can still be had in more than 35 percent of leagues.

Even more enticing: With Michael Redd now reportedly out for at least two weeks, Jennings might be asked to shoulder even more of the offensive load for the Bucks. While fantasy owners should have known what they were getting with the oft-injured Redd, at least his strained left patella tendon is unrelated to last season's ACL and MCL injuries. Veteran Charlie Bell is expected to fill in for Redd, which is news that obviously won't excite fantasy owners.

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