Dirk Nowtizki and Serge Ibaka are both featured in today's starting 5, but Nowitzki gets the MVP-for-a-day award for leading the Mavs over the Thunder. (AP Photo-Tim Sharp)

Fantasy Basketball-Starting 5-January 3

Last night in the NBA the last of the unbeatens went down as the Thunder and Heat both burned and crashed leaving us with every team with at least 1 loss. The Wizards are the only team without a win after the Celtics beat them last night to get their record to .500.

The other big news was the injury to Manu Ginobili of the Spurs who is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Let’s take a quick spin around the Association and recap last night’s action in 9 lists of starting 5’s.

5 stars being starry

1. Dirk Nowitzki-Dal: Dirk stepped up as Dallas knocked off the Thunder scoring 26 points while adding 2 steals, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds.

2. Carmelo Anthony-NY: With Amare again absent, ‘Melo stepped up and poured in 35 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. It wasn’t enough as the Knicks fell to the visiting Raptors, but Anthony’s numbers sure helped his fantasy owners in everything but % as he did take 31 shots.

3. LeBron James-Mia: James continued his early season tear with 28 points, 6 assists, and 7 boards. It wasn’t enough as the Heat lost, but LeBron put up his numbers again.

4. Deron Williams-NJ: Williams scored 22 points and dished 8 assists to go with 2 steals, 2 boards, and a block in NJ’s loss to the Pacers.

5. Kevin Durant-OKD: Durant had 27 points to go with a block and 2 boards against Dirk and Dallas last night.

5 multi-category contributors

1. Kevin Love-Min: Love led the Wolves over the Spurs with 24 points, 15 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

2. Jarrett Jack-NO: Jack led the Hornets with 27 points, 2 blocks, 11 assists, and also had 5 rebounds

3. Paul Pierce-Bos: Pierce bounce back from a rough Sunday night to contribute 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

4. Dwyane Wade-Mia: Wade has 12 points, 10 asists, 3 steals, and a block. His 4-17 shooting was killer for your FG% though.

5. Jeff Teague-Atl: Teague score 15 points while adding 5 assists, a rebound, and 4 steals. He’s averaging 1.6 steals per game and almost 14 points-5 assists.

5 solid point men

1. Steve Nash-Phx: Nash had by far his best game of the season going for 21 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals with only 2 turnovers against the young Golden State backcourt.

2. Monta Ellis-GS: Ellis dished 11 assists stepping to PG with Stephen Curry in foul trouble. He added 18 points, 5 boards, block, and steal Monday night. He returned from his grandmother’s funeral and played 42 minutes and looked like Ellis typically does.

3. Jose Calderon-Tor: Calderon has 12 assists, 9 points, 4 boards, and a steal in the Raptors win at MSG.

4. Rajon Rondo-Bos: With the other starters hitting their shots, Rondo took less of the offense on himself scoring only 6 points, but did still contribute 13 assists, 1 steal, and 7 rebounds.

5. Ty Lawson-Den: Lawson scored 16 points while adding 6 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal in Denver’s victory over the Bucks.

5 solid shooting guards

1. Ray Allen-Bos: Allen knocked in 6 of 7 3-pointers while going off for 27 points, 2 assists, 2 boards, and a steal.

2. Ben Gordon-Det: Gordon finished with 26 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds leading the Pistons over the Magic.

3. Joe Johnson-Atl: Johnson had 21 points to lead the Hawks while adding 5 boards and an assist in Atlanta’s victory in Miami.

4. DeMar DeRozen-Tor: DeRozen had 21 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes to help Toronto get a nice win on the road over the Knicks.

5. James Harden-OKC: Harden didn’t shoot particularly well but finished with 16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, and an impressive 7 rebounds. He’s averaging over 6 rebounds per game coming off the bench for the Thunder.

5 solid Centers

1. Dwight Howard-Orl: Howard scored 19 points, while grabbing 7 rebounds and adding 2 assists, a very nice number-5 steals, and a block. He was in single digits rebounding for only the 2nd time this year and had 15+ in his last 3.

2. Al Horford-Atl: Horford had 16 points on just 9 shots while grabbing 9 boards, 2 assists, a steal, and 2 blocks.

3. Al Jefferson-Uta: Jefferson had 22 points, a block, a steal, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds in the Jazz victory on Sunday night

4. Andrea Bargnani-Tor: The Italian chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and an assist.

5. Chris Kaman-NO:Kaman played 29 minutes off the bench for the Hornets while scoring 14 points on 6-7 shooting, adding an assist, and collecting 6 rebounds

5 solid Forward starters

1. Danilo Gallinari-Den: Gallinari led the Nuggets with 21 points and added a block, 2 assists, and 10 boards.

2. Paul George-Ind: After 2 tough games, George bounced bask with 21 points, 5 3PM, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and a steal to lead Indy over the Nets.

3. Andray Blatche-Wsh: Blatche had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks in the Wizards loss to Boston.

4. Danny Granger-Ind: Granger didn’t shoot the ball well (4-14) but still finished with 3 3-pointers, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and 15 points.

5. Jonas Jerebko-Det: Jerebko had double-digit rebounds once again with 11, and added 8 points on 4-6 shooting with an assist.

5 at a block party

1. Javale McGee-Wsh: Mcgee is averaging 2.4 blocks per game and had 3 last night against Boston to go with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

2. Amir Johnson-Tor: Johnson swatted 4 while grabbing 2 steals, an assist, 3 rebounds, and 5 points in just 25 minutes last night against the Knicks.

3. Serge Ibaka-OKC: Ibaka had 2 blocks last night which dropped his average to 2.2 per game. He added 10 points, 8 rebounds, an assist, and a steal against the Mavs.

4. Andrew Bogut-Mil: Bogut is averaging almost 2 blocks a game and had 3 last night to go with 12 points, a stea, 4 assists, and 7 rebounds

5. Emeka Okafor-NO: Okafor didn’t have a block for the first time this year last night. He’s still averaging almost 2 per game and when he gets the minutes (he only played 25 minutes) he usually gets the blocks.

5 disappointing lines

1. Jason Richardson-Orl: Richardson has struggled this year averaging under 10 points per game. Last night he shot 1-5 and finished with 4 points and a steal.

2. DeJuan Blair-SA: Blair had been rolling right along but failed to reach double digits in either rebounds (3) or points (6) for the first time since the opener.

3. Brandon Jennings-Mil: Jennings shot 5-16 from the field while ending up with 12 points and 6 turnovers with only 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal.

4. Mehmet Okur-NJ: If Okur is on your team, you can either be patient for him to regain his form or not. It’s your call, but his 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assits, and a steal are not going to help you much in the mean time.

5. Stephen Curry-GS: Curry had a very nice game Saturday but struggled last night with foul trouble all game, scoring just 10 points with 2 boards, 2 assists, and a steal.

5 to consider adding

1. Markieef Morris-Phx: Morris had double digits for the second game in a row last night going for 16 with 9 boards and 2 assists. If he gets consistent playing time he can be good for 15-8 just about every night. He’s currently owned in just 1.0% of leagues.

2.Marshon Brooks-NJ: Brooks was huge again off the bench this time with 21 points, 2 steals, and 7 rebounds. This team needs him in the starting lineup, and since he’s only owned in 13.4 percent of leagues, he could fit nicely in yours as well.

3. Greg Stiemsma-Bos: Stiemsma is going to be the talk of the hub after going for 13 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in his first start. There will be many calling for the Stiem-ah to be the permanent replacement for Jermaine O’Neal. If/When that happens he’ll be a good source of blocks and boards without hurting you in percentages. He’s available now in 99.4 percent of leagues.

4. Al Harrington-Den: Harrington continued his strong start as Denver’s 6th man with 17 points and 8 rebounds. His percentages aren’t great, and he can be inconsistent, but there is value if you need points and/or boards with a few 3’s sprinkled in. He’s owned in 34 percent of leagues.

5. Tracy McGrady-Atl: T-mac from yesteryear showed up for the 2nd game in a row for the Hawks as McGrady scored 16 points with 3 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Coming off the bench as a spark-plug seems to agree with his, and he’s available in 97.5 percent of leagues, but beware of a possible drop-off coming soon.


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