Ibaka poised to finish strong
Wednesday was yet another productive night for Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka, who finished with six points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes. Ibaka continues to carve out minutes in the Thunder's rotation, and while he can be a bit of a wild card (four turnovers), his shot blocking, rebounding and field goal percentage have been stellar.
Perhaps more impressive, he's played more minutes than either Nick Collison or Nenad Krstic in two straight games. As the season goes on, it is becoming more clear that Ibaka is the best option the Thunder have at the center spot, and that's a good sign for his fantasy value in the remaining games on their schedule.
Basically, if you are considering adding a big man off the waiver wire down the stretch, Ibaka probably is one of your best options. He's available in almost every fantasy league, so there's a great chance he's on the waiver wire in yours.
Stephen Jackson, Bobcats: 37 points (15-24 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals against the Wolves.|
LeBron James, Cavaliers: 38 points (15-22 FG), 6 rebounds, 9 assists versus the Hornets.
Rajon Rondo, Celtics: 11 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists, 4 steals against the Nuggets.
Andrew Bogut, Bucks: 8 points (4-8 FG), 3 rebounds against the 76ers.|
Rashard Lewis, Magic: 6 points (2-9 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 assists against the Hawks.
Hedo Turkoglu, Raptors: 4 points (1-3 FG), 2 rebounds, 2 assists against the Jazz.
The Chicago Bulls are going to be cautious with Joakim Noah during the next couple of weeks, but they're talking about playing him 20 minutes against the Miami Heat on Thursday night, and 20 minutes of production against the Heat's front line might be enough to make him worth starting in most leagues. He'll get you at least some rebounds and a block or two. I'm expecting a big game out of Drew Gooden against the Houston Rockets. He already has faced the Rockets four times this season, and is averaging 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in just 20.5 minutes per game. Considering the way he's been playing lately and the fact that he's averaging 31.2 minutes in his past five games for the Los Angeles Clippers, it seems like a good bet that he'll throw up a double-double.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.