Fantasy NBA: Player Pickups for The New Year

By Vidur Malik

Ed Davis – Davis has seen a boost in minutes lately, and an increase in production as well. In the Toronto Raptors’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Davis saw his first extended playing time of the season. He led the Raptors with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. Davis can also contribute a few blocks and steals per game, so he should be able to get you points in a wide range of categories.

Beno Udrih – Udrih is a starter again for the Sacramento Kings, and he’s had a solid year so far. He scores 13.8 points per game, the highest total of his career. He’s also averaging 32 minutes per game for the season, so whether or not he’s starting, he’ll get his opportunities. If your guards aren’t cutting it in terms of scoring, you should seriously consider picking up Udrih.

Wes Johnson – On a struggling team like the Minnesota Timberwolves, Johnson is getting a chance to show his skills. The rookie swingman from Syracuse can be a good scoring guard for your team. The Timberwolves have size, so Johnson doesn’t get many rebounds despite his height advantage over most guards, but he is shooting well from the floor and is an efficient scorer, meaning that he doesn’t need many shots to get you points.

Marvin Williams – Williams is part of a young and athletic Atlanta Hawks team, and has begun his sixth year in the NBA on a good note. He’s shooting 48%, the highest mark of his career in that category, and is putting up 11 points per game with just under five rebounds a game. He’s become a key member of the Hawks, and if they can contend with the elite teams in the league, Williams will have to play a major role. Pick him up if you’re looking for more rebounds and points on a more consistent basis.

Jonny Flynn – Like Johnson, Flynn is a young player getting opportunities on the Timberwolves. Flynn has been making use of the playing time he gets and can be a good pickup if you’re looking for another guard to provide some points. He won’t give you a lot of points or assists if he continues to get the amount of minutes he’s getting now, but if you need more production, it wouldn’t hurt to get him off waivers and see what he can do.

Terrence Williams – Williams has yet to get playing time after being traded to the Houston Rockets, but when he does, he could be another scoring option. Williams also averages 3.6 rebounds a game this year, but that number should increase on a team that doesn’t have a player who averages double-digit rebounds per night. Forward Luis Scola leads the Rockets with 8.4 rebounds a game, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Williams to both score and rebound on his new team.

Shawne Williams- Williams is garnering more playing time every night he continues to produce in limited minutes. His coming out onto the court and adding another deep threat from three for the Knicks. He is currently 19 of 32 from three point range. An astounding 60%. He may be the new Channing Frye in Dantoni’s system.


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