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Fantasy Basketball: Kevin Durant and Other November 28 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 November 28 Best Performers

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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 5 matchups. On Tuesday, November 27, Minnesota Timberwolves PF/C Kevin Love, Los Angeles Lakers SG Kobe Bryant and Houston Rockets SG/SF James Harden made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Love’s 20-20 game against the Sacramento Kings to 40-point performance against the Indiana Pacers, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 5.

With 11 games on Wednesday, November 28, 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?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. San Antonio Spurs SG Manu Ginobili – 20 points (six made 3-pointers), five assists

9. Atlanta Hawks PF/C Al Horford – 17 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks

8. Charlotte Bobcats SG Ben Gordon – 26 points (5-5 free throws, seven made 3-pointers)

7. Rockets PF/C Patrick Patterson – 27 points (two made 3-pointers), six rebounds

6. Memphis Grizzlies PF/C Zach Randolph – 17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Wednesday, November 28, 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.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder


1. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. Rockets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 43 minutes, 13-22 FGM-A, 9-10 FTM-A, 2-4 3PM-A, 37 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .505 FG%, .899 FT%, 1.6 3PTM, 26.6 PTS, 9.1 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.8 ST, 1.5 BLK, 3.6 TO

Durant had another prototypical fantasy performance on Wednesday against the Rockets, as he contributed with a season-high matching 37 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Averaging over 30 points per game in his last five outings, he has started to creep towards Kobe Bryant’s lead in the scoring title race.

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2. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder


2. PF/C Serge Ibaka, Thunder (vs. Rockets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 29 minutes, 11-13 FGM-A, 0-0 FTM-A, 1-1 3PM-A, 23 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 6 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .595 FG%, .881 FT%, 0.2 3PTM, 15.0 PTS, 7.7 REB, 0.4 AST, 0.3 ST, 3.1 BLK, 1.6 TO

With greatly-improved shooting this season, Ibaka has elevated himself to superstar fantasy status. From his high shooting percentage, especially a near-90% average at the free throw line, to the rebounds and blocks he provides on a consistent basis, he is an elite option who is clearly a must-start this year.

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3. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers


3. PG Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (vs. Timberwolves, 100% owned)

Statistics: 36 minutes, 7-13 FGM-A, 8-8 FTM-A, 1-3 3PM-A, 23 PTS, 2 REB, 11 AST, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 15 GP, .469 FG%, .892 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 16.5 PTS, 3.6 REB, 9.6 AST, 2.8 ST, 0.0 BLK, 2.2 TO

In a close victory over the Timberwolves, Paul played well alongside the returning Chauncey Billups. From his first double-double since November 17 to his fifth straight game with multiple steals, he facilitated the team’s plans on offense and had a very good day of fantasy production.

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4. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks


4. SF/PF Josh Smith, Hawks (vs. Bobcats, 100% owned)

Statistics: 37 minutes, 7-15 FGM-A, 3-5 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 17 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL, 5 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 12 GP, .441 FG%, .459 FT%, 0.2 3PTM, 15.3 PTS, 7.6 REB, 3.8 AST, 1.3 ST, 2.3 BLK, 3.2 TO

In what has been largely a down year for Smith, he had a very good all-around performance in a win against the Bobcats. Injuring his knee earlier in the week, he was very active in this game and displayed better shooting accuracy, which will go a long way for his return to elite fantasy status this season.

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5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks


5. SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (at Milwaukee Bucks, 100% owned)

Statistics: 30 minutes, 9-18 FGM-A, 8-9 FTM-A, 3-4 3PM-A, 29 PTS, 8 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 14 GP, .469 FG%, .798 FT%, 2.4 3PTM, 26.5 PTS, 7.1 REB, 1.9 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.5 BLK, 3.1 TO

Anthony followed up his 35-point, 13-rebound showing against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday with almost another double-double against the Bucks. Playing more of his minutes at power forward this season in Amar’e Stoudemire’s absence, he has thrived as a very good scorer and rebounder this season.