NBA: Player Pickups March 19th

By Vidur Malik

Ronnie Brewer – Brewer has been scoring over his season average recently, hitting double digits with back-to-back 10-point games over the New Orleans Hornets on Mar 7 and the Charlotte Bobcats on Mar 9. His inconsistency could hurt you, as he’s scored zero points in a Mar 12 win over the Utah Jazz and a win over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday, but he’s still a good pickup because he doesn’t need many shots to get his points, and he can also sprinkle in some rebounds and assists and doesn’t need too many minutes to do so.

Ekpe Udoh – Like Brewer, Udoh doesn’t need too much time on the floor to contribute. He doesn’t get much time in the Golden State Warriors’ rotation, but when he’s in the game, he usually makes an impact. He leads the team in blocks, and had five rejections in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. The next night, he helped out on offense with 10 points in a loss to the Sacramento Kings. He isn’t a great rebounder, but he can score and should be a good pickup just for his ability to block shots and make the most of his game time.

 Dante Cunningham – Since being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, Cunningham has seen a few productive nights offensively and on the glass. He had 10 points and seven rebounds in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, and had back-to-back solid nights on March 9, when Cunningham had 15 points, six rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, and on March 11, when he scored 11 points and threw in two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Cunningham should be a reliable post presence for the Bobcats, and he’s athletic enough to play well on the perimeter.


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