The Los Angeles’ Lakers Mike D’Antoni has been a fantasy blessing and curse all season — now that he has reinserted Jordan Hill into the starting lineup, fantasy owners would be wise to take heed.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Hill and the Dallas Mavericks’ Samuel Dalembert.
» Jordan Hill, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers (8.2 percent owned on ESPN.com)
28 points (9-15 FG, 10-13 FT), 0 three-pointers, 13 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers vs Magic.
D’Antoni is at it again!
The Los Angeles Lakers’ coach, who has been maddening fantasy owners all season, has changed his ever fickle mind once more. After an extremely productive two week stretch in mid-March, rookie Ryan Kelly has now been unceremoniously yanked from the starting lineup, in favor of the flavor of November, Jordan Hill.
It’s hard to get too mad at D’Antoni though. Whoever starts for his “Blowtime” Lakers, has been a fantasy star throughout the year. And now we have come full circle, with D’Antoni going back to Hill as his favored option at power forward.
Hill has been incredible in the two games since his return from an early March knee injury, averaging 18.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks shooting 59.1 percent from the field. Those numbers leave him ranked as the number 15 player in fantasy over the past week on Basketball Monster.com.
When Ryan Kelly was starting, he was a top 50 fantasy option as well, so whoever gets the nod, is a must-own player. With the sort of numbers Hill has produced in the two games, there’s no reason not to add him in fantasy leagues, but as soon as he returns to a bench role, feel free to drop him like a hot potato.
The future looks rosy, however. With Pau Gasol sitting out the second half of Sunday’s game due to an equilibrium issue and requiring IV fluids after the game, Hill is going to be relied upon (we think) as a key cog in the Lakers’ frontcourt. Gasol may only miss one game (if any at all), but it sure helps solidify Hill’s value.
Just remember this one fantasy tenet — if a player is starter for the Lakers, you want him on your team.