Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Stat Grabber - Andrew Ericksen

STATS WE LIKE:
  • 60.1
    • LeBron James's field goal percentage through 8 games - 12 percent higher than his career average.  Only attempting one three pointer on the year so far, I wouldn't be surprised if this number remains pretty steady throughout the season.
  • 42
    • Amount of three point attempts through eight games from Timberwolves F/C Kevin Love, shooting at 40.5% from deep.  He put up a similar percentage last season but attempted 2.9 a game as opposed to the 5.25 clip he's at so far this season.  Great news for Love owners.
  • 7.01
    • Blocks per 48 minutes for Celtics rookie C Greg Stiemsma, leading the league (next two are Biyombo at 5.2 and McGee at 4.8).  His minutes have been too inconsistent so far to highly consider him as an option, but with fragile big men Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox being the only other Centers at Boston's disposal, keep an eye on Stiemsma, who had a whopping 6 blocks in his 20 minute NBA debut against New Orleans.

  • 10-10
    • Knicks C Tyson Chandler's free throws December 31st against Sacramento.  Surely a delight coming from a 62% career free throw shooter.  His 79% from the line so far this year has been a pleasant surprise - maybe he could offer some lessons to struggling young shooters like Griffin, Howard, or Noah?
  • 8-10
    • Field goals in the most efficient game thus far in the young career of Cavaliers rookie PG Kyrie Irving.  He shot 2-2 from beyond the arc and from the line while notching 20 points, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and most astoundingly, 0 turnovers - something another standout rookie point guard in Washington last season rarely attained.  He's proving to be quite the value pick this year and a definite keeper going forward.
  • 4.0
    • Three pointers per game so far this month for Spurs F Richard Jefferson - that's 20 threes in just 5 games!  Jefferson's career marks in threes were set last year, when he averaged 1.7 a game at 44%.  This season so far he's at 3.22 threes per game at a whopping 58%!  The rest of his game doesn't offer much, but it doesn't look like San Antonio is afraid to shoot the three ball this year, so if you need a steady supply of threes with steady, efficient scoring, Jefferson appears to be your man.
  • 4
    • Blocks put up by Nuggets PF Kenneth Faried in just 9 minutes January 4th against Sacramento.  His minutes have been even less generous than Stiemsma's so far, but he could be a key contributor at some point down the line.
  • 0
    • Amount of turnovers from Clippers G Chauncey Billups since returning from his groin injury.  Always a conservative point guard who has never averaged more than 2.5 turnovers per game throughout a season, the move to SG should reveal an even more efficient Billups.  You gotta love any guard that can help out your team while not inflating your turnovers, right?
  • 30, 20, 2
    • Amount of points, assists and turnovers from Rockets G Goran Dragic in the two starts he's made in replace of the injured Kyle Lowry.  If Lowry struggles to stay healthy this year, or Dragic is traded to a team in need of a PG, don't hesitate to go after him, because we've seen what he can do in big minutes.  Problem is that Lowry has averaged about 32 minutes a game when he has played and Dragic has only played about 12 minutes in these games.
  • 69.2
    • Field goal percentage of Phoenix PG Steve Nash over his past four games.  He had a rough three game stretch before this week where he failed to score in double digits once, but the crafty Canadian has reassured us this past week that he's still got some tricks up his sleeve.
  • 10, 11
    • First career double-double from former first rounder and Bobcats C BJ Mullens.  He's been getting about 20 minutes a game the past week or so, has scored in double-digits in four straight, and is a perfect 13 for 13 from the line so far this year.  Hey, Spencer Hawes has proven already this year that you don't need to be the most flashy or athletic big man to be a solid fantasy contributor, so if he's available in your league and you could use some front court help, take a chance on BJ.
  • 3
    • You remember back in 2004 when UAB shocked the world and knocked off one-seeded Kentucky en route to the sweet sixteen?  Well now at 28 years old, the point guard of the surprising cinderella Blazers, Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson, has finally made his way to the NBA with New Orleans and in his first game with legitimate minutes - 17 - he was able to shoot 3 for 4 from behind the arc.  Not that he should be on your fantasy radar or anything, but way to go, Squeaky!

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