Second-Half Fantasy Basketball Players to Watch-Western Conference

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Jan. 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison (4) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers-Luke Babbitt

Not much fantasy value coming out of Portland except for the starting five who are universally owned. Babbitt gets the most minutes off the bench  and has been good for a three-pointer or two and some rebounds. If injury requires him to play more minutes, he may have some value or if you just need an end of the bench player who gets some minutes and rebounds. The real fantasy worth in Portland is in the starting lineup.

LA Lakers-Antawn Jamison

With the emergence of Earl Clark as a fantasy option and everyday starter for the Lakers, Jamison has been relegated to coming off the bench. Until Pau Gasol comes back though, he makes a solid option and is available right now in 84% of leagues. He scored 36 points in his last two games following his 19-point, 10-rebound game against Phoenix by scoring 17 in the first-half finale against the Clippers. If he sees his minutes increase back to the high-20’s on a regular basis he’ll be a nice scoring and rebounding option until Gasol returns.

Dallas Mavericks-Vince Carter

Carter is still available in over 55% of leagues and has emerged as one of the best sixth-men in the Western Conference. He may not be winning dunk contests anymore (that was Terence Ross in a VC jersey), but Carter did finish the first-half with 26 points and six three-pointers with five rebounds and a pair of steals. Over the past five games he’s played he’s averaged 16 points, a steal, and almost two assists per game. Carter is one of the better scoring options available on most waiver wires.

Feb 8, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) goes up for a dunk in the second half against the New York Knicks at Target Center. The Knicks won 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves-Derrick Williams

The Wolves have seemed intent on keeping Williams on the bench with very limited minutes. When he has played, Williams has put up numbers and has two double-doubles in his last five games. In Minnesota’s last game he scored 24 points while pulling in a career-high 16 rebounds. In his last five games, Williams has averaged 16 points and nine boards. He doesn’t put up numbers in many other categories, but his points and rebounds will make a nice addition if he can carve out playing time in Coach Rick Adelman’s rotation. He’s only owned in 2.3% of leagues, but could be a good pickup for the stretch run if he gets more minutes.

New Orleans Hornets-Robin Lopez

If you ned a big-man who is getting minutes, Lopez is a nice option averaging over 30 minutes a game in the last five games. He struggled in the first-half finale but had a monster 23-point, 10-rebound game a week ago. He’s averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, and over a block and a half a game in his last five.

Sacramento Kings-Jason Thompson

Thompson is constantly in the shadow of DeMarcus Cousins, but he’s been playing very well in his last five games. He’s scored in double figures for his last five games averaging 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. If Cousins is traded, Thompson will be more of the focus in the Kings offense, but he’s shown he can contribute fantasy-worthy numbers despite being available in over 67% of leagues.

Phoenix Suns-Michael Beasley

Beasley is feast or famine and can crush your percentages when he’s famine. He does take plenty of shots coming off the bench for Phoenix and averages 15.6 points per game over his last 10 games while adding 5.7 boards. He’s risky, but if you need a boost in scoring he’s available in 60% of leagues.

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