Chicago Bulls new shooting guard Rip Hamilton was just starting to get into a groove for fantasy basketball owners before a foot injury cost him the last four weeks. Hamilton was looking like one of the most underrated off-season additions of the year, as he scored double-digit points in nine of his first 15 games with the team.
Earlier this month Hamilton was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, but is finally ready to get back to action after the grueling foot injury. “Hannibal” is ready to put the mask back on and get into the Chicago’s starting lineup. The team desperately needs someone to step up and start scoring right now with point guard Derrick Rose still out an undetermined amount of time, and Hamilton fills that niche quite well.
Rip was scoring a very respectable 13.6 points per game before his injury, so anyone desperate for a reliable scoring shooting guard should not hesitate to scoop up the veteran. He has always been one of the smoothest jump shooters in the game, so his natural scoring ability will fill an immediate void in Chi-town.
Hamilton has never been a reliable assist man or rebounder, but he can hit any shot on the floor. He certainly could do more from a defensive standpoint, but his 14-plus points a game, along with his strong field goal and free throw percentages make him worthy of a fantasy roster spot.
Hamilton may not be an everyday starter in fantasy leagues, like he was with the Detroit Pistons, but his scoring potential makes him a great flex start in daily leagues.