February 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden (0) warms up before the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Is Drew Gooden's hot start with Wizards for real?

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Drew Gooden is back on the fantasy basketball scene.  Remember him?

Wait, that Drew Gooden?

The same Drew Gooden who was selected No. 4 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002 NBA Draft?

Okay, okay.  But it’s the same Drew Gooden who was sitting on is couch all season until the Washington Wizards signed him to a 10-day contract on February 26 of this year?

Yep.  The one and only, in the flesh.

His final year in Milwaukee was was not kind to the former Kansas Jayhawks’ All-American.  He was benched for all but 16 games and the Bucks used their amnesty clause to waive the 11-year veteran in the off-season.

One might’ve thought that a player who was only 31 years old and had averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds over his career would be able to latch on somewhere, but Gooden remained out of basketball until the Wizards decided to take a chance on him.

And why not?  Nene, the Wizards’ starting power forward, could be sidelined until the playoffs with a sprained MCL, and backup Kevin Seraphin has missed the last seven games with a sore knee.

I mean, he was the fourth pick of the 2002 Draft — even if that year’s draft is considered one of the worst in NBA history.  Only seven players selected in the first round that year are still playing in the NBA: Gooden, Mike Dunleavy, Amar’e Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince, John Salmons, and the aforementioned Nene.  Not exactly an outstanding group, but hey, you gotta give it to Gooden for still being around.

In five games with the Wizards, Gooden is averaging 8.0 points and 3.6 rebounds, but in his last three he is scoring 13.3 points while playing 17.6 minutes per contest.  Gooden has since signed a second 10-day contract and could stick around as long as the team needs help in their frontcourt.

For fantasy basketball owners in 14-team leagues who are in need of some extra scoring and rebounding help, Drew Gooden could do the trick.

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