Friday, November 7th, 2008 at 8:25 am  |  26 responses

Trade Beneficiaries

Fantasy implications of the Iverson/Billups blockbuster.

The new No. 1 in the Dby Emry DowingHall

Allen Iverson’s stat lines through the start of the season had fantasy owners raising a collective eyebrow and questioning their roll of the dice on The Answer.

Say what you will about Iverson’s legacy, but statistically his numbers have always been on point, and throughout his career he’s left a chunk of his 5-11, 165 pound frame every time he laced’em’up.

After Denver shipped Marcus Camby out of town for a bag of nickels and a Casio watch, the flooring was laid for Iverson’s departure. Monday’s trade to the D for Chauncey Billups, Antonio Mcdyess, and Cheick Samb will be welcomed by Iverson, who’s in search of another trip to the finals. It also gives George Karl and the Nuggets a true point guard for the first time since Andre Miller left for Philly.

SLAMonline has already covered all the on-court angles of this trade, so let’s examine the fantasy impact.

Allen Iverson — Though he never made it public, Allen was hoping for a ticket out of town, and so were his fantasy owners. A motivated Iverson equals production and although there are questions regarding tick between Iverson, Stuckey and Hamilton, Iverson will certainly be a mainstay in the rotation. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s playing for a contract, and will be showcasing the spring in his step via the stat line.

Rodney Stuckey — His sleeper status coming into the season likely pushed him a bit too high in your league’s draft, but this trade is a step in the right direction. He will share time at both guard slots, while RIP Hamilton may move to the 3 some Beast on the leastnights. Though he will rarely see 40 minutes, it’s clear Joe Dumars has confidence in Stuckey going forward and he should be owned in all leagues. RIP’s situation is more of a concern, as his game is 100 percent reliant on getting the ball in the right spot.

Detroit’s Frontcourt — Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell will see added clock as a result of McDyess’s exodus. While I wouldn’t run out and grab either player in shallow leagues, their lines need to be closely monitored going forward. Johnson is especially useful for owners in search of help in the blocks category.

Chauncey Billups — The Avon Barksdale of the Detroit Pistons has left the building. Joe Dumars wasn’t playing when he said anybody can get it this past Summer. Chauncey is a smart basketball player, who picks his spots and allowed his teammates to get theirs before taking over in Detroit. His fantasy value should increase in Denver because George Karl is going to be 100% on the Billups meat wagon.

The rest of the Nuggets – Carmelo Anthony is now the face of the franchise, which means he’s squeezing more than ever. He’s saying all the right things about the deal, but I think he welcomed the move. Denver will be building around him from here on out, and he’s primed for a monster year.

J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin and Nene should also see a boost in value because Decent optionsplaying with a true point guard will make things easier on offense. Keep your eye on Dahntay Jones and Linas Kleiza in deep leagues for waiver wire additions.

While I’m at it, check your waiver wire for these guys who have been hot pickups across fantasy leagues:

Roger Mason — Manu’s replacement and he’s been ballin’ in SA thus far.

Luke Ridnour and Ramon Sessions — Ridnour is starting again in Milwaukee and had a huge game last night. Sessions was also impressive and Scott Skiles will have some decision making when Redd’s ankle is back to 100 percent.

Marquis Daniels — There’s no specific timetable for a Dunleavy return, and Daniels has been more than serviceable as his replacement.

Delonte West — Back to back big games for Cleveland. He stays in control and has the ability to fill the boxscore.

Brandan Wright — Al Harrington is buried under Nelly’s doghouse at this point, and Wright will be the benefactor.

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  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    AI rules…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    What about DAT HERRMANN (!!), Emry?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    Ryne: I like Fabio’s game and all but, with RIP actually playing some time @ the 3 slot that will just crowd the frontcourt and I don’t see it.

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL


  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Hermann is only getting burn when the matchups favor it. He has been killing it early though. Also, I’m glad I have both Stuck and JR on my fantasy team.

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Emry, I really would like to know: I’m pondering about trading Mayo for JR Smith. This might seem ridiculous, but I need a guard who can really shoot some 3′s. Is giving up Mayo too much for Smith, or should I go for it?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    Gerard: I don’t think it’s ridiculous … it’s a bit of a risky trade because both guys are going to improve as the season goes on. You will get more three balls with JR but, I think I would hold onto Mayo because he’s going to be a better player and has all the minutes he needs in Memphis. Dhantay Jones, Anthony Carter, Linas Kleiza all you take a little of JR’s shine, not to mention that he’s in and out of Karl’s doghouse.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Cheik Samb is the real winner

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    yezzir, i have sessions and as soon as nellie said he wasnt playing al, i ran and grabbed wright

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    hmm, tough one, because I really need some 3′s. The thing is: I know you’re right, but at the same time I’m really thinking about pulling the trigger and make that trade you know…. I’ll think about it, thanks

  • ciolkstar

    Emry is the man! If you get to this – Would you drop Stuckey for Ramon Sessions? My only other PGs are Devin Harris, Joe Johnson and Rondo, none of whom really rack up the assists…

  • ciolkstar

    Andre Miller and Iguodala (and Brand for that matter)looked AWFUL last night. The Sixers need to realize that Thad Young is the key. Trade Iggy before everyone realize he sucks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    Gerard: If you have a good feel for JR, go for it. It’s close either way, so you’re not killing yourself and if you are ok with scoring but need more three balls, take JR.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    @ciolkstar: Appreciate it… I wouldn’t drop Stuckey for Sessions until I saw how things shake up with the AI move. Remember, Sessions hasn’t shown his true ability in a full Bucks lineup yet… Redd was out when he and Ridnour exploded and Ridnour was out previously. All signs point to Ridnour being the starter, so just be a bit patient and see what’s what. If Sessions has a huge game tonight with Redd and Ridnour in the lineup though, he may be the real deal holyfield and you might want that move based off Stuckey’s night.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    welcome back emry!

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    what’s your take on telfair? i’m in a 14-deep league and needed some help in assists. i dropped kleiza to pick him up though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    David: Thanks man, happy to be writing the column again… hmm well, he has been playing well and the rumblings are he may move into the starting PG slot and let Foye play the 2. He can dime that’s for certain. What about Steve Blake, is he available? I like him better than Telfair right now though I know it’s tough in a 14 team league. Also consider Lowry, Westbrook, Ridnour, Sessions

  • Balltastics2000

    Hey Emry, just reposting my query from the last column (I missed the boat on that one) regarding PG needs -

    Rondo, Foye, Westbrook, Stuckey, Mario Chalmers and Ramon Sessions are all sitting on the Waiver list. Do I drop Prince or Salmons (I’ve got Joe Johnson, Crash, Roy and JR Smith to cover their positions) for one of these guys? Or chould I just drop Kendrick Perkins (I’ve got Dwight, Brand and Chandler in the middle already). Thanks again.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    yea man, i’m really looking forward to your weekly fantasy articles not only for the advice, but because they also point out unexpected rising stars.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    unfortunately, blake, westbrook, ridnour, and sessions are taken. i wanted to take lowry, but i felt him and conley are too inconsistent so it’s hard to tell who’s going to get more minutes between them. i also have udrih, but he’s been terrible so far. it also doesnt help that i drafted lil dunn haha. is there any word on when/if hes going to return?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    balltastics, personally if you need huge assist numbers i’d go with sessions and drop perkins since you sound pretty stacked at fg% rebounds and blocks. but if you want all around solid numbers, go with rondo since he’ll give you decent assists (4-6per), 1-2 steals a game, about 50% fg, and 3-5 rebounds.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    Balltastics2000: If you really need a PG you may want to let Prince go and snag Rondo. Foye had a lot of hype coming into the year but has been disappointing. Actually, I just read your post again, drop Perkins for sure and snag Rondo or Foye.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    DavidR: Dun is def. a mystery right now… its being called extreme tendinitis and he is out “indefinitely”. If Marquis Daniels is around, you may want to add him.

  • Balltastics2000

    Thanks Emry, I missed out on Rondo but Foye is still available (Sessions is pretty appealing though). Good job on the column as well.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    Balltastics2000: I would take Foye over sessions all day

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