The NBA All-Star break seemed to come at a good time for San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, as a variety of injuries led to him sitting out the team’s last game prior to the break. He then played 11 minutes in the All-Star Game, lending some hope he’d be ready to go when the team resumed play this week, but Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich said that Parker will be out for the “foreseeable future” due to his various ailments.
Tuesday’s news will leave fantasy basketball owners looking for a way to replace a player who is averaging 17.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in 47 games played so far this season. That is obviously unlikely to do with a single player, and next to impossible to find via the waiver wire at this stage of the season, but could someone on San Antonio’s roster emerge as a suitable option?
Cory Joseph started in Parker’s place last Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes of action, while Patty Mills had 16 points (3-for-8 on three-pointers) with two rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench. Nando De Colo may also see increased playing time while Parker is sidelined, but he is unlikely to see enough action to be worth the attention of fantasy owners
Joseph and Mills will not suddenly become must-adds for fantasy owners while Parker is out, but both are widely available in Yahoo! leagues right now (Mills-14 percent owned; Joseph-two percent owned) and are worth a look in deep leagues. Mills is the better option right now, since he is averaging 18.6 points per game over the last five games (16 or more points four times in that span) to push his points per game average up to 9.4 on the season. By comparison Joseph is averaging 5.1 points per game, and both players are averaging 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game right now.
Brad Berreman is a Senior Writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.