Some of fantasy’s biggest names posted video game stat lines in New York on Wednesday night, headlined by Stephen Curry’s 54-point explosion at Madison Square Garden. Curry added six boards, seven dimes, and three steals, very nearly carrying the Warriors to the win despite the absence of both David Lee and Andrew Bogut.
I’ve long considered Curry a potential top-five fantasy player, assuming he can stay healthy. But that may be the most dangerous assumption in fantasy NBA circles. Can you really risk a top-five pick on a player with his injury history?
It seems fair to call Curry the biggest risk/reward play in next year’s draft.
Worth noting … Curry’s Warriors lost the game, in large part because their Lee and Bogut-less frontcourt could do nothing to slow the Knicks’ big men. Carmelo Anthony had 35 points and eight assists, and Tyson Chandler grabbed 28 rebounds – 10 on the offensive end – and scored 16 points.
Imagine how many boards Chandler would have had if Curry missed a shot occasionally.
via Rotowire.com – Waiver Wire: Risk and Reward.
Earlier today, I was pretty convinced that Chris Paul would be heading to the Warriors for a package involving Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Ekpe Udoh. But as of about 4pm, that rumor had cooled considerably. Says ESPN’s Marc Stein:
CP3 Update: Source close to process tells ESPN that NOR talks w/GSW "definitely cooling" because of GSW refusal to put Steph Curry in deal
So what’s going on here, exactly? A couple of educated guesses…
The Warriors are afraid of giving up a player as good/young/inexpensive as Curry without some assurance that Paul is willing to sign in Oakland long-term. They can’t expect him to sign an extension now – as several outlets have reported, under the new CBA, Paul stands to make significantly more money by getting traded now, opting out after the season, and then re-signing. But they could be looking for a wink-and-nod agreement with Paul’s reps… and that agreement might not be forthcoming.
That hesitation strikes me as very reasonable. After all, Curry plays like a future all-star and is signed through 2013-14 for about $12 million total. It doesn’t make a ton of sense to give up a player like that without a fair amount of confidence that Paul will stick around. Maybe you make that deal if you’re a veteran team that needs one more piece to make a run at a title – the Spurs or the Celtics or the Mavs. The Warriors aren’t winning a title in 2012 with or without Paul, so a rental gamble makes a lot less sense.
But why is Paul hesitant to commit? It’s possible he’s just keeping his options open.
It’s also possible that he really does want to engineer a way to join the Knicks.
And if you’re having flashbacks to 2010 and the Carmelo Anthony saga, you’re far from alone. Don’t forget, CP3 and ‘Melo are represented by the same agency.
You could call last night’s win over the Golden State Warriors historic – after all, as Mike D’Antoni told reporters, the Knicks hadn’t posted a win in Oakland “in 58,000 years.” Actually nine – but who’s counting?
The Warriors’ outstanding backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 69 points, but Raymond Felton was the top dog in either backcourt, posting a career-high 35 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead New York to the win. Amar’e Stoudemire scored 26, and Danilo Gallinari added 23.
via Knicks Top Warriors in Oakland – Charlie Zegers – MSG.com.
On Wednesday night, David Lee will make his first appearance at Madison Square Garden in a Golden State Warriors uniform. And he’ll rightfully get a round of applause from Knick fans, who always appreciated Lee’s hard work, rebounding, and climb to All-Star status.
Inevitably, some fans will also question Lee’s departure from the Knicks.
It’s a valid question. After all, Donnie Walsh was able to acquire Amar’e Stoudemire before he traded Lee to the Warriors; he could have completed the sign-and-trade for STAT, re-signed Lee and built a roster around two frontcourt all-stars.
If he had done so, what would that theoretical Knick roster look like?
via What If the Knicks Had Kept David Lee? – Charlie Zegers – MSG.com.
It seems Don Nelson’s tenure as coach of the Golden State Warriors will be over as soon as new owner Joe Lacob officially takes control of the team.
via Rotowire.com – We Won’t Have Nellie to Kick Around Any More