A typically excellent piece from SBNation’s Tom Ziller on the most cost-effective players in the Association… with Houston’s Chandler Parsons topping the list:
Chandler Parsons is the most cost-effective player in the NBA.
Through March 10, Parsons had cost $1,165 per unit of production. The average cost of a unit of production this season is $13,938. Based on that price, Parsons’ production this season has been worth $10.6 million. He’s making $888,000. So he’s currently worth roughly $10 million more than he’s being paid. That’s huge. That’s like a free All-Star, almost.
via Value added: Late draft picks, cheap veterans the most cost-effective producers in the NBA – SBNation.com.
Biggest surprise? The top ten includes a Knick… which might be the first time a New York player has been described as “cost effective” since MSG plucked Anthony Mason and John Starks from obscurity.
Best thing the Knicks have done this month. (Actually, that’s not saying much…)
GREENBURGH — About 150 amateur basketball players filled the Knicks’ training courts on Sunday, shooting for the hoops, while keeping a higher goal in mind.
They faced off in a round-robin tournament to benefit Backyard Sports Cares, which offers children with autism and other special needs.
“We all play in our schoolyards and our driveways, with the vision of playing in a professional sports facility,” said Danny Bernstein, head coach and executive director the organization.Youngsters from Backyard Sports Cares got to show their hoops skills, too. And several former Knicks, including John Wallace and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, came to lend support.
via Special needs kids try out Knicks’ training center | The Journal News | LoHud.com | lohud.com.
Rotowire injury guru Jeff Stotts breaks down exactly what’s going on with STAT’s knee:
The former All-Star will undergo a right knee debridement to clean up the effected joint. Reports suggest Stoudemire had developed a Baker’s cyst in his knee, the same condition that required surgery on his left knee prior to the start of the season and ultimately cost him 30 games.
This wouldn’t be the first time Stoudemire has dealt with a Baker’s cyst in his right knee, undergoing the procedure in the 2005-2006 season. He has since had an additional right knee debridement, making this latest surgery his third right knee surgery in the last eight seasons.
via Rotowire.com – Injury Analysis: Rose and Irving, STAT and ‘Melo.
Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game Thursday night and is being described by the Knicks as “day to day” with a “sore knee.” I’d like you all to read that last sentence with Chris Farley-style air quotes, because Madison Square Garden has lost all credibility when it comes to this sort of thing.
Last season, the Knicks listed Jeremy Lin as day-to-day for the better part of the second half. Lin’s season ended in early March. And “sore foot” was the description of Rasheed Wallace’s injury … which required season and likely career ending surgery.
I don’t want to step on Jeff Stotts’ toes and start analyzing injuries, but know that, in MSG-speak, “sore knee” could mean anything from “he knocked knees with Steve Novak at practice” to “amputation pending.”
For as long as Anthony is out, Amar’e Stoudemire 91% owned will be a top-tier play, even though his playing time is capped at about 30 minutes a night. J.R. Smith 89% will also be asked to pick up some of the slack – Smith scored 36 against Oklahoma City on Thursday – but he’s also one of the streakiest players in the league.
If ‘Melo is sidelined for an extended period, Steve Novak 14% could win back a much more prominent and consistent spot in Mike Woodson’s rotation.
via Rotowire.com – Waiver Wire: MSG “Day-to-Day”.
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.