Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Down Goes Silas!

This sure has been an interesting season for coaching hirings and firings. One of the biggest names in coaching, Flip Saunders, was fired midseason. Then, in the midst of a run at the playoffs, Johnny Davis gets fired. Then there’s the crazy Donnie Nelson debacle, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. And now, with his team pretty securely in position to make the playoffs, Paul Silas got the boot from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

One of the reasons that the Cavs listed for dumping Silas was that he had yet – nearly 4/5 of the way into the season – to settle on a rotation, and most blatant sign of this came Sunday when he benched Jeff McInnis for the entire game in favor of Eric Snow. So the new coach – and rumor has it that Flip Saunders could be handed the job as early as today – will have to keep his GM as well as fantasy GM’s happy with a more consistent rotation. They’re not interested in developing players right now – so the best players will get the most time.

Who has a chance to get 25-30 minutes a game now? At this point, only 4 players – Lebron, Big Z, Gooden, and McInnis – are seeing over 30 minutes a game. After them, no players average more than 5.4 points or 4.6 boards. The 2 players who have the best chance to get major minutes are probably Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao, who are both much better in management’s eyes than in Silas’. If you’re looking for rebounds, Varejao could be a spectacular grab if he gets 25-30 mpg. His 15.6 boards per 48 minutes (including 6.5 on the offensive end) are good for 9th in the league, and he also contributes 2.72 steals and blocks per 48 minutes, and is looking a lot like a poor man’s Ben Wallace. Watch closely to see if Varejao gets the minutes he probably deserves on national TV tonight.

New Feature Alert!
You’ve got games to make up somewhere, at some position – and lots of ‘em. And maybe you just don’t have the resources on your bench to fill those games. Instead, it might be time to rotate guys in off the waiver wire to fill out those games. So every day, we’re going to try and find one guard, one forward, and one center (again, I said we’re gonna TRY) that might not put up goose eggs in your starting lineup the next night. For example, today, we’re going to pick guys that we think have a decent shot at having nice games on Wednesday night, so you can pick them up today and plug them in your lineup tomorrow. So here comes the first edition of …

One-Day Wonders
To play on 3/23
G – Derek Fisher, GSW
The best way to find one-game wonders is to find backups of players who are sitting out. If Jason Richardson does in fact miss Wednesday’s game dealing with family problems in Michigan, Fisher is in line for major minutes, and we know he can produce when he gets those minutes.

F – Bostjan Nachbar, NOR
Consistency might not be his “thing”, but that’s ok. We’re just looking for one game of goodness, and going up against the fading T-Wolves and the equally fading Latrell Sprewell means the odds of Nachbar hitting a couple 3’s are pretty decent.

C – Zaza Pachulia, MIL
Hey, it’s not like you’re gonna be able to pick up Shaq for a game. Pachulia, though, should be out there. When he gets 20+ minutes this year, he averages 8.73/4.8/1.6 with a steal and .7 blocks, a little of everything. He's gotten 20 mins each of the last 2 and responded well, so he could be worth your while.


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