27 January 2011
Lou Williams, G, Phi: Williams doesn't do much of anything else (apart from getting to the line an inordinate amount of times), but he does know how to get his buckets. Averaging 16 pts over his last 5 games, and 17 in January.
Thaddeus Young, F, Phi: Williams' team-mate has provided similar impetus off the bench, averaging 15 pts over his last 5.
Chuck Hayes, PF/C, Hou: Hayes won't ever give you a 20 point, 12 rebound night, but do you really expect that scouring the waiver wire? Hayes puts up very efficient numbers (9 pts, 8 reb, 1.3 blk on .596 shooting in January), but it's his steals that make him so valuable (1.4 p/g in January).
Mario Chalmers, PG, Mia: Chalmers has won the starting PG gig in Miami, and his stl (1 p/g) and 3's (1.3 p/g) outputs will only rise as a result of this.
Anthony Morrow, SG, NJ: Morrow is back in NJ's lineup, and it will only be a matter of time until he replaces Stephen Graham as the starting 2. Morrow is a prolific 3-pt shooter (0.4 from outside this season, at 4.4 attempts p/g).
Marcus Thornton, SG, NO: How Belinelli starts over Thornton I'll never know, but at least he is starting to show the promise from the latter half of his rookie campaign. 1.6 threes p/g over his last 5 over 23 min p/g.
Amir Johnson, PF, Tor: Johnson is averaging 7.1 reb p/g in January. He won't wow you with his stats, but he is pretty consistent night-in night-out.
Brandon Bass, PF, Orl: With 11.4 pts and 6.4 reb (8 reb p/g over his last 5) in January, Bass has settled nicely into his starting role.
Kendrick Perkins, C, Bos: Perk came back earlier than expected and posted a decent line first up. He will take time to get into shape, and has to share the load with Shaq and Erden this season, but he may step up nicely in Feb & March.
Derrick Favors, PF, NJ: It's worth noting that rookies almost always have better 2nd halves to their seasons than 1st, and it seems no different with Favors. Favors has 1.6 blk p/g over his last 5, to go with 6.2 reb, and has plenty of upside, especially considering he is seeing increased minutes of late.
Ed Davis, PF, Tor: After averaging 0.9 blk p/g in December, Davis has increased his output to 1.5 blk p/g in January.
Ramon Sessions, PG, Cle: Starting in place of Mo Williams, as he deals with his latest injury, Sessions has come out of the blocks firing, with 5.2 ast p/g over his last 5. With Mo's return unknown, it's worth stashing Sessions at the end of your bench, especially considering he throws in 14 pts p/g as well.
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