BUY LOW: Goran Dragic (Phoenix Suns). Many Fantasy owners had very lofty expectations for Dragic this season, drafting him in rounds two or three. It was hard not to like Dragic coming into the year as a starting point guard. He provided a glimpse of his upside in 28 starts with the Rockets last season averaging 18 points, 8.4 assists, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.8 steals. Even with an increase in minutes, Dragic has not stepped up his production like many envisioned. He is averaging 14.2 points, 6.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 three-pointers. There might have been some trepidation for Dragic owners with a coaching change in Phoenix, as Lindsey Hunter recently took over the helm. It’s a very small sample, but it doesn’t look like Dragic will be hurt by the coaching change and it actually may give him a boost as we often seen with some players. Recently, it has happened with Bucks’ forward Ersan Ilyasova. In four games under Hunter, Dragic is averaging 15.7 points, 9.2 assists, one three-pointer and 0.7 steals. As he showed last season, Dragic is capable of producing excellent numbers. This is the time to buy Dragic at a discount.
ADD: Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons). Just about everyone aside from Pistons coach Lawrence Frank believes Drummond should get more minutes. He has performed very well and not gotten much attention. His per-36 minute numbers are terrific, with 13.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.6 steals and 60.7 percent shooting from the field. Overall the numbers aren’t impressive and it could cause owners to ignore Drummond, and that’s a mistake. Drummond is averaging 7.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 0.9 steals and is shooting 60.7 percent from the field. He is averaging just 20 minutes per game, but that should increase the rest of the way. How good can Drummond be? Take a look at his line from Tuesday night against the Bucks, when he had 18 points, 18 rebounds, two steals and one block on 9 of 15 from the field. It was a blowout loss, but add Drummond or hold him if you’ve been frustrated by him because he didn’t score double-digits in the two games prior to Tuesday.
ADD: Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks). What a weird season it has been in the NBA when it comes to the return of injured players. Several times players were expected to be quite some way from a return and then out of nowhere they return. That’s what happened with Bogut on Monday night. Reports days before indicated Bogut was about one month away from a return from an ankle injury and then he started Monday and played well. He shot 6 of 8 from the field and had 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 23 minutes. Bogut will not play in back-to-back games until after the All-Star break and he is likely to be limited to about 25 minutes. Still, he should be added in all leagues. If he continues to put up good stats, it would also be a good idea to sell because he is injury prone.
All statistics entering Tuesday January 29, 2013.
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