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Fantasy Basketball: Antawn Jamison and Other November 30 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 November 30 Best Performers

November 30
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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 Thursday, November 29, Golden State Warriors PF/C David Lee, Miami Heat SF/PF LeBron James and Warriors PG Stephen Curry made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Lee’s game-high 31 points against the Denver Nuggets to James’ solid numbers in a near-loss to a San Antonio Spurs team without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 5.

With 11 games on Friday, November 30, 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?

Friday, November 30, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Atlanta Hawks SF/PF Josh Smith – 25 points (5-9 free throws, two made 3-pointers), eight rebounds, two steals, three blocks

9. Milwaukee Bucks PF/C Larry Sanders – 10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 blocks

8. Oklahoma City Thunder SF Kevin Durant – 25 points (9-11 free throws), four blocks

7. Philadelphia 76ers SG/SF Evan Turner – 25 points (4-4 free throws), 10 rebounds

6. Cleveland Cavaliers PF/C Anderson Varejao – 20 points (6-6 free throws), 18 rebounds

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Friday, November 30, 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. SF/PF Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers

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1. SF Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Nuggets, 34% owned)

Statistics: 33 minutes, 13-19 FGM-A, 2-2 FTM-A, 5-10 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .473 FG%, .667 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 7.3 PTS, 4.6 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.8 TO

Jamison continued to break out of his early season slump on Friday with a big scoring night against the Nuggets. Benefiting from the changes on offense in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, this outburst of production could be a very good indicator for things to come.

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2. C Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

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2. C Dwight Howard, Lakers (vs. Nuggets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 32 minutes, 12-16 FGM-A, 3-9 FTM-A, 1-1 3PM-A, 28 PTS, 20 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .609 FG%, .470 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 18.6 PTS, 11.1 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.3 ST, 2.8 BLK, 1.6 TO

In the decisive victory over the Nuggets, Howard had a dominant night filled with points, rebounds and blocks. While his free throw numbers will always be discouraging, his owners live through his struggles in one category for the benefit in other categories. Howard’s surprising 3-pointer will also serve as a nice addition for the week.

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3. PF David West, Indiana Pacers

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3. PF David West, Indiana Pacers (at Sacramento Kings, 89% owned)

Statistics: 38 minutes, 13-20 FGM-A, 5-7 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 31 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .483 FG%, .757 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 17.4 PTS, 8.3 REB, 2.4 AST, 0.5 ST, 1.3 BLK, 1.8 TO

With Danny Granger still out with an injury, West has taken on a bigger role on offense for the Pacers. A leader on offense, he is demonstrating more productivity on offense similar to his time with the New Orleans Hornets. His numbers are on par with any very good fantasy power forward.

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4. PG/SG George Hill, Indiana Pacers

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4. PG/SG George Hill, Pacers (at Kings, 77% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 9-14 FGM-A, 3-4 FTM-A, 4-6 3PM-A, 25 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .419 FG%, .830 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 14.5 PTS, 4.3 REB, 5.4 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.9 TO

Currently having the best season of his career, Hill is averaging career-highs in points, 3-pointers made, rebounds, assists and steals. Playing a bigger role in his team’s success than ever before, he has risen to the occasion and has been effective for the Pacers so far this season.

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5. PG Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

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5. PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder (vs. Utah Jazz, 100% owned)

Statistics: 39 minutes, 6-18 FGM-A, 8-10 FTM-A, 3-5 3PM-A, 23 PTS, 13 REB, 8 AST, 7 STL, 0 BLK, 8 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .413 FG%, .772 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 20.8 PTS, 5.1 REB, 8.6 AST, 2.0 ST, 0.2 BLK, 3.4 TO

Despite the eight turnovers, Westbrook had an excellent fantasy night. Just two assists and three steals shy of a quadruple-double, he dominated in all facets of the game. After averaging just 13 points in each of his last two starts, Westbrook made up for his lack of points against the Jazz by going 8-for-10 from the free throw line.