Fantasy Basketball: Kevin Durant and Other November 24 Studs
Fantasy Basketball 2012 November 24 Best Performers
From great scoring performances to solid showings on defense featuring plenty of steals and blocks, elite individual performances can help owners win categories in Week 4 matchups. On Friday, November 23, Houston Rockets SF/PF Chandler Parsons, New Orleans Hornets PF/C Ryan Anderson and Rockets SG James Harden made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Parsons scoring a career-high 31 points against the New York Knicks to Anderson’s eight made 3-pointers against the Phoenix Suns, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 4.
With eight games on Saturday, November 24, 2012, fantasy squads had plenty of opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?
Saturday, November 24, 2012 Honorable Mentions:
10. Los Angeles Lakers SF/PF Antawn Jamison – 19 points, 15 rebounds
9. Philadelphia 76ers SG/SF Evan Turner – 26 points (6-7 free throws), five rebounds, four assists, two steals
8. Los Angeles Clippers PF/C Blake Griffin – 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists
7. Sacramento Kings SG/SF Tyreke Evans – 27 points (9-9 free throws), five rebounds, five assists, two steals
6. Miami Heat SF/PF LeBron James – 30 points (8-9 free throws, two made 3-pointers), six rebounds, five assists
* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Saturday, November 24, 2012. Player ranks are determined according to ESPN’s Daily Leaders list. FGM-A = Field Goals Made-Attempted, FTM-A = Free Throws Made-Attempted, 3PM-A = 3-Pointers Made-Attempted, GP = Games Played, PTS = Points, REB = Rebounds, AST = Assists, STL = Steals, BLK = Blocks, TO = Turnovers.
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
1. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (at 76ers, 100% owned)
Statistics: 50 minutes, 10-22 FGM-A, 15-17 FTM-A, 2-6 3PM-A, 37 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL, 3 BLK, 2 TO
Season averages: 14 GP, .490 FG%, .895 FT%, 1.6 3PTM, 26.5 PTS, 9.4 REB, 4.5 AST, 2.0 ST, 1.4 BLK, 3.8 TO
Durant had a season-high 37 points in an overtime win over the 76ers. Scoring was not the only way he contributed to the Thunder’s win, as he put up nice rebounding, assist, steal and block numbers. Durant also shot 88% from the free throw line in this game, further adding to his superior fantasy performance.
2. Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers
2. SF/PF Thaddeus Young, 76ers (vs. Thunder, 82% owned)
Statistics: 44 minutes, 13-23 FGM-A, 3-3 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 29 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .506 FG%, .714 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 13.8 PTS, 8.2 REB, 1.4 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.8 BLK, 1.5 TO
Playing in an overtime game against the Thunder, Young easily surpassed his previous season-high of 18 points with a 29-point performance. While he serves as Philadelphia’s main focus in this game, he was particularly efficient on the boards, finishing the game with a career-high 15 rebounds. Young continues to have improved play this season with Andrew Bynum injured.
3. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder (at 76ers, 100% owned)
Statistics: 42 minutes, 11-23 FGM-A, 6-6 FTM-A, 2-5 3PM-A, 30 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 14 GP, .417 FG%, .780 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 21.8 PTS, 4.7 REB, 8.4 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 3.0 TO
Another top performer from the Thunder-76ers overtime game, Westbrook has been a very dynamic scorer for Oklahoma City recently. Scoring at least 23 points in each of his last four games, this scoring bump has not affected his roles as a point guard, as he’s seen a big bump in assists this season now that Harden is with the Rockets.
4. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
Statistics: 36 minutes, 10-15 FGM-A, 2-2 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 19 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 12 GP, .461 FG%, .743 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 14.0 PTS, 9.8 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.3 BLK, 1.9 TO
Snatching a season-high 19 rebounds against the Bucks, Boozer has done plenty to come back from a rough stretch of offensive games in early November. Averaging 17.3 points in his last six games, he has also recorded four double-doubles in this same time span, which certainly improves his stock on an average season.
5. Byron Mullens, Charlotte Bobcats
Statistics: 46 minutes, 9-15 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 5-11 3PM-A, 27 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 2 TO
Season averages: 11 GP, .372 FG%, .762 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 12.5 PTS, 8.8 REB, 1.4 AST, 1.4 ST, 0.9 BLK, 1.4 TO
Mullens continued his success in his second season with the Bobcats, scoring a season-high 27 points and making five 3-pointers in another win for Charlotte. An unorthodox center that struggles in field goal percentage and frequently contributes with 3-pointers and steals, he is the perfect center-eligible player for owners abandoning typical “big man” statistics.