Hibbert continues hot stretch

January, 6, 2010

It was a huge game for Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in their win over the Orlando Magic; he finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, and is now averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in his past five games.

Hibbert showed last season that he has a ton of talent and could be a terrific fantasy player, but has struggled to put it all together this season, even given the added opportunity. Of late, he's clearly tearing it up, and while there will undoubtedly be some more rough patches, he's a viable option at center who can score, rebound, block shots and even dish out some assists for good measure. He's available in most leagues, and is worth adding in all of them.

Looking Back

Stephen Curry, Warriors: 26 points (10-13 FG, 6-6 3-pointers), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals versus the Nuggets.
Tyreke Evans, Kings: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists against the Suns.
Zach Randolph, Grizzlies: 27 points (10-16 FG), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals versus the Trail Blazers.
Vince Carter, Magic: 6 points (2-15 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists against the Pacers.
Allen Iverson, 76ers: 4 points (2-6 FG), 5 assists, 7 turnovers versus the Wizards.
Beno Udrih, Kings: 8 points (3-9 FG), 4 assists against the Suns.
Josh Howard certainly doesn't seem to be all the way back to being a useful fantasy player, but the two 3-pointers he made on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons (after not making any in his previous four contests) are a good sign. His averages of 13.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in his past five games aren't going to bowl you over, but he's getting enough minutes to be an everyday player in most formats. … Jonas Jerebko has seen his minutes decline in each of his past four games, down to just 14 in the Pistons' loss to the Dallas Mavericks; if he was in your lineup, you might want to consider keeping him on the bench or even dropping him until his minutes are back to more than 25 for a game. … Don't let the threat of suspension hanging over Gilbert Arenas keep him out of your lineup; he's still valuable as long as he's playing, as he proved by putting up 14 assists in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. … On the other side, don't let Samuel Dalembert's 20 points and 20 rebounds against the Washington Wizards change your opinion of him too much. If you need rebounds and blocks, he's a good player, but the scoring just isn't going to be there on a regular basis. … If Omri Casspi is still unowned in your league (he probably is), it's probably time to pick him up. After putting up 24 points and seven rebounds against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night he's averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in his past five games. His minutes might shrink a bit from the 39.4 per game he's playing over that stretch, but he's definitely a worthy pickup. … In case you were unaware, Lamar Odom always needs to be in your lineup when Pau Gasol sits (if he isn't in your lineup already). When given the starting gig and plenty of minutes, Odom has been a monster lately, and needs to stay in your lineup until Gasol is back for good.

Looking Ahead

Paul Pierce is expected back for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday against the Miami Heat, which (hopefully for Celtics fans) means less Tony Allen. If you've been using Allen lately, you may want to sit him this time around. … I like the matchup for Devin Harris against Mike Bibby when the New Jersey Nets face the Atlanta Hawks. Harris was terrible on Tuesday night, but should bounce back a bit against the struggling Hawks. … Make sure you get any Minnesota Timberwolves you own into your lineup. They'll be facing the Golden State Warriors, and that means plenty of possessions for guys such as Corey Brewer, Jonny Flynn, Ryan Gomes and Ramon Sessions to contribute far more than usual. In fact, the same goes for the Warriors against the Wolves. This is going to be a high-scoring affair.



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