There's no replacing Bogut

April, 5, 2010
Most-improved player candidate and top-10 fantasy center Andrew Bogut is out for the season with a multitude of injuries to his upper appendages after a scary fall on Saturday, which lets the air out of the Milwaukee Bucks' balloon, leaving them scrambling for frontcourt options much like Bogut owners. Sadly, there isn't a young center bursting with talent primed to benefit from the injury, and the minutes will be sopped up by players currently in the Bucks' rotation. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova should both see their minutes increase significantly, and Kurt Thomas should be the primary beneficiary. Thomas had 10 points, seven rebounds and a block in 21 minutes off the bench Saturday, and if the grizzled vet gets starting honors, I could see him averaging 10 points, eight boards and a block per game, numbers good enough to warrant a roster spot in deep leagues. Thomas is now relevant, and both Mbah a Moute and Ilyasova should be upgraded for the final week of the season.

Looking Back

With Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace sidelined for the Detroit Pistons, Kwame Brown started at center on Saturday, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds in 29 minutes of run. The minutes were a season high, and Brown has proved to have value in the blocks category in the past. For his career, he is averaging 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 22.0 minutes per game, demonstrating an ability to accrue defensive stats here and there. If he's starting and getting big minutes, he should average around a steal and a block, but don't look for help in any other categories. … Darius Songaila of the New Orleans Hornets has scored at least eight points in 10 of his past 11 games, and is averaging 1.4 steals per game in those games. He is a sure source of cheap steals for deep formats, with the added bonus of center eligibility.

What You Might Have Missed

Chris Bosh, Raptors: 42 points (11-19 FG, 20-23 FT), 12 rebounds, 5 steals against the Warriors.
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 40 points (13-22 FG, 12-12 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 3-pointers, 2 blocks, 2 steals versus the Wolves.
Zach Randolph, Grizzlies: 24 points, 18 rebounds, 4 steals against the Magic.
Ron Artest, Lakers: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists versus the Spurs.
George Hill, Spurs: 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist against the Lakers.
Kevin Martin, Rockets: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists in 25 minutes versus Pacers.
Andray Blatche has been so impressive since the Washington Wizards traded Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler. The fact Blatche was immediately made the team's go-to scorer was exacerbated when Josh Howard, Al Thornton, Randy Foye and other Wizards went down with injuries, but he hasn't batted an eye, and he dropped 20 points and 13 assists on Sunday. To me, he's cemented his keeper status for next season after teasing us with his potential for years. The 13 dimes are just another example of his multiple talents, and his ability to put the ball on the floor as well as work the paint is the reason I'm already thinking about next season when analyzing Blatche. … Jordan Hill had nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks on Friday, then followed it up with 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the floor Sunday evening. He's brimming with upside, and with the Rockets out of the playoff picture and nursing several injuries, he should get extended run as the season comes to a close. He's scored in double-figures in four of his past eight contests, and if he continues to get minutes in the 20s, it'll be a nightly occasion from here until the end of the regular season. … Chris Kaman scored 22 points with 16 boards Sunday, and in his past five games he's averaging 16.8 points and 12.8 rebounds, a great bounce back from when he posted five consecutive single-digit rebounding games in mid-March. Most importantly, Kaman hasn't missed a game since January, and is picking up momentum in the final days of the season as he's become dependable for the nightly double-double. … Even though he had 10 assists in 22 minutes off the bench Sunday, Sergio Rodriguez simply hasn't been dependable enough since the trade to the New York Knicks for me to rely upon him for anything on a nightly basis. He's averaging fewer than eight points and four assists per game in his past five, and isn't worth owning unless you're desperate for dimes in a very deep format.

Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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