Fantasy Basketball: Josh Smith and Other January 23 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2013: January 23 Best Performers

January 23
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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 13 matchups. On Tuesday, January 22, PG Kyrie Irving, SF Kevin Durant and PF Ersan Ilyasova made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Irving’s 40-point outburst against the Boston Celtics to Durant’s well-rounded attack featuring five made 3-pointers against the Los Angeles Clippers, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 12.

With 11 games on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 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, January 23, 2013 Honorable Mentions:

10. PF Darrell Arthur – 20 points, nine rebounds

9. PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge – 27 points, six rebounds

8. C Tiago Splitter – 25 points (5-6 free throws), seven rebounds, two steals

7. PG/SG Ramon Sessions – 27 points (6-6 free throws), five assists, two steals

6. PG Stephen Curry – 31 points (6-6 free throws, three made 3-pointers), seven assists, four steals

* Player statistics are accurate as of Wednesday, January 23, 2013. 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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5. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Parker
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Statistics: 36 minutes, 10-18 FGM-A, 4-7 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 24 PTS, 4 REB, 13 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Parker scored at least 20 points in his fourth straight game in a win over the New Orleans Hornets. Playing at an incredibly high level as of late, he has been extremely-effective as a scorer and passer.

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4. PG/SG Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Wade
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Statistics: 40 minutes, 13-19 FGM-A, 9-15 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 35 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

In an overtime game against the Toronto Raptors, Wade took advantage of his extra playing time by scoring a season-best 35 points in the win. His overall numbers have been great as his health improves.

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3. SF/PF LeBron James, Miami Heat

James
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Statistics: 45 minutes, 12-23 FGM-A, 6-7 FTM-A, 1-5 3PM-A, 31 PTS, 10 REB, 11 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

In a closely-contest game, James recorded his 34th career triple-double against the Raptors. Scoring 31 points in this game, he also moved past Tom Chambers on the all-time scoring list.

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2. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant
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Statistics: 39 minutes, 10-17 FGM-A, 11-12 FTM-A, 2-3 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL, 3 BLK, 6 TO

In a matchup between the two of the best teams in the West, Durant has a very efficient outing in a loss. Serving more as a facilitator and making plays in defense, his effort were not enough at the end of the game, for he missed crucial shots in the fourth quarter.

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1. SF/PF Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks

Smith
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Statistics: 38 minutes, 15-24 FGM-A, 0-2 FTM-A, 0-2 3PM-A, 30 PTS, 13 REB, 8 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 7 TO

After a poor outing in his last game, Smith went berserk against the Charlotte Bobcats by having his first 30-point game in about a month. Just shy of a triple-double, he made up for injuries in the frontcourt and looks to rebound as a great fantasy option after his suspension last week.

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Fantasy Basketball 2013: January 23 Best Performers

January 23
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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 13 matchups. On Tuesday, January 22, PG Kyrie Irving, SF Kevin Durant and PF Ersan Ilyasova made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Irving’s 40-point outburst against the Boston Celtics to Durant’s well-rounded attack featuring five made 3-pointers against the Los Angeles Clippers, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 12.

With 11 games on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 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, January 23, 2013 Honorable Mentions:

10. PF Darrell Arthur – 20 points, nine rebounds

9. PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge – 27 points, six rebounds

8. C Tiago Splitter – 25 points (5-6 free throws), seven rebounds, two steals

7. PG/SG Ramon Sessions – 27 points (6-6 free throws), five assists, two steals

6. PG Stephen Curry – 31 points (6-6 free throws, three made 3-pointers), seven assists, four steals

* Player statistics are accurate as of Wednesday, January 23, 2013. 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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5. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Parker
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Statistics: 36 minutes, 10-18 FGM-A, 4-7 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 24 PTS, 4 REB, 13 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Parker scored at least 20 points in his fourth straight game in a win over the New Orleans Hornets. Playing at an incredibly high level as of late, he has been extremely-effective as a scorer and passer.

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4. PG/SG Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Wade
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Statistics: 40 minutes, 13-19 FGM-A, 9-15 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 35 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

In an overtime game against the Toronto Raptors, Wade took advantage of his extra playing time by scoring a season-best 35 points in the win. His overall numbers have been great as his health improves.

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3. SF/PF LeBron James, Miami Heat

James
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Statistics: 45 minutes, 12-23 FGM-A, 6-7 FTM-A, 1-5 3PM-A, 31 PTS, 10 REB, 11 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

In a closely-contest game, James recorded his 34th career triple-double against the Raptors. Scoring 31 points in this game, he also moved past Tom Chambers on the all-time scoring list.

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2. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant
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Statistics: 39 minutes, 10-17 FGM-A, 11-12 FTM-A, 2-3 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL, 3 BLK, 6 TO

In a matchup between the two of the best teams in the West, Durant has a very efficient outing in a loss. Serving more as a facilitator and making plays in defense, his effort were not enough at the end of the game, for he missed crucial shots in the fourth quarter.

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1. SF/PF Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks

Smith
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Statistics: 38 minutes, 15-24 FGM-A, 0-2 FTM-A, 0-2 3PM-A, 30 PTS, 13 REB, 8 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 7 TO

After a poor outing in his last game, Smith went berserk against the Charlotte Bobcats by having his first 30-point game in about a month. Just shy of a triple-double, he made up for injuries in the frontcourt and looks to rebound as a great fantasy option after his suspension last week.


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