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Fantasy Basketball: LaMarcus Aldridge and Other December 3 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 December 3 Best Performers

December 3
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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 6 matchups. On Sunday, December 2, Los Angeles Lakers SG Kobe Bryant, Orlando Magic SG/SF Arron Afflalo and New York Knicks SF/PF Carmelo Anthony made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Bryant’s 34-point outing against the Magic to Afflalo’s team-leading 30 points in a win over the Lakers, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 5.

With six games on Monday, December 3, 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?

Monday, December 3, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Charlotte Bobcats PG Kemba Walker – 22 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals

9. Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry – 24 points (11-11 free throws), seven assists, three blocks

8. Portland Trail Blazers SG/SF Nicolas Batum – 17 points (4-4 free throws, three made 3-pointers), 13 rebounds, seven assists

7. Magic SG J.J. Redick – 22 points (4-4 free throws, four made 3-pointers), five rebounds, seven assists

6. Utah Jazz PG/SG Mo Williams – 20 points (three made 3-pointers), 12 assists

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Monday, December 3, 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. PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

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1. PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers (at Bobcats, 100% owned)

Statistics: 45 minutes, 12-17 FGM-A, 1-1 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 25 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .459 FG%, .771 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 20.8 PTS, 7.9 REB, 2.8 AST, 0.8 ST, 1.2 BLK, 2.2 TO

Aldridge has been unstoppable for the Trail Blazers, as witnessed by another great showing against the Bobcats on Monday. Showing great efficiency from the floor, he continues to put up big numbers, particularly as a scorer and shot blocker, and is certainly playing at an All-Star level.

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2. PF/C Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

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2. PF/C Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (at Jazz, 100% owned)

Statistics: 37 minutes, 14-20 FGM-A, 2-3 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 30 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .513 FG%, .624 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 17.5 PTS, 8.9 REB, 3.1 AST, 1.2 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.6 TO

Leading all scorers on Monday with 30 points, Griffin led the Clippers to a very close one-point victory over the Jazz. Displaying a better mid-range game from last season, he had the solid numbers you come to expect from a prototypical power forward for fantasy basketball.

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3. PG Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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3. PG Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (vs. Magic, 99% owned)

Statistics: 44 minutes, 9-21 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 3-6 3PM-A, 25 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .418 FG%, .894 FT%, 2.5 3PTM, 18.9 PTS, 3.9 REB, 6.4 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.1 BLK, 3.2 TO

Playing nearly the entire contest, Curry became the first player this season to record 20-10 game in three consecutive games. While his poor shooting percentage is still a concern, his lone turnover against the Magic is an encouraging sign for a point guard who frequently has three or four turnovers a game.

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4. SG Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats

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4. SG Ben Gordon, Bobcats (vs. Trail Blazers, 31% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 9-16 FGM-A, 3-3 FTM-A, 8-12 3PM-A, 29 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 14 GP, .451 FG%, .853 FT%, 2.5 3PTM, 15.0 PTS, 2.3 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.4 BLK, 2.1 TO

Gordon certainly left his mark on his game against the Trail Blazers, as only one of his nine made buckets were from inside the 3-point line. Averaging 2.5 3-pointers a game, his contributions as a scorer off the bench have rejuvenated his career in Charlotte and has made him a coveted scorer in fantasy circles.

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5. PF/C Glen Davis, Orlando Magic

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5. PF/C Glen Davis, Magic (at Warriors, 79% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 10-20 FGM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 24 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .434 FG%, .750 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 15.8 PTS, 8.2 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.6 TO

Davis was a huge part of the Magic’s impressive road win over the Warriors, which came just one night after shocking the Lakers in Los Angeles. Nice balanced games like this one have showcased how well he has played given the opportunities he has received on a young Magic team.