Nick Young enjoys career night

January, 12, 2011

Remember before the Washington Wizards traded Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic, Agent Zero feigned injury in a preseason game because he felt Nick Young needed more playing time, because the kid was such a good scorer? Arenas may have taken a terrible approach to express that sentiment, but he was right about Young's skills. Tuesday night, the fourth-year player broke off a career-high 43 points on 14-of-22 from the field, including 7 3-pointers in an overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings. Young still hasn't developed into a quality, all-around fantasy option because he's inconsistent (he had just seven points in his previous game) and doesn't contribute much besides scoring and 3s. We all need those stats, though, and he has the opportunity to crank them out at a good clip for the remainder of the season.

Looking Back

• Bad weather in Atlanta forced the NBA to postpone Tuesday's game between the Bucks and Hawks. They'll play the game March 15. It's always tough on fantasyheads to lose a random game during the week, but the good news is that both teams will play four games during the fantasy week of March 14. It'll also give Marvin Williams an extra day off to rest his sore back. It sounds like he may be ready to return from a five-game absence Wednesday on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

Arron Afflalo took the Phoenix Suns for a career-high 31 points Tuesday, hitting 11 of 14 field goal attempts and all seven tosses from the charity stripe. Afflalo also banged down two 3s, blocked two shots and cleaned nine boards off the glass. He turned an ankle against the Nuggets on Sunday, but it certainly didn't slow him Tuesday night. If Carmelo Anthony actually gets traded, Afflalo could end up with a larger role in the Nugs' offense. If that happens, he may not post lines like this on a regular basis, but he could be a reliable fantasy contributor if the cards fall the right way for the Nuggets' roster. Will there even be a trade soon? ESPN's Chris Broussard reported last night that Melo hasn't agreed to sign an extension with the New Jersey Nets, which means all this trade talk may have been futile. Nonetheless, Afflalo is worth adding if you have space on your bench in case a bigger role opens up for him by the trade deadline next month.

• Please raise your hand if you had Alonzo Gee in your starting lineup last night? Well, you must be in one hell of a deep league, and you must be happy to have the best stats from a Cleveland Cavalier last night. He led the Cavs with 12 points, eight boards and three steals, while the Los Angeles Lakers humiliated his team 112-57. At this point, the Cavs are so bad that it's hard to recommend playing any of them on any given night, so there's no need to go running to the waiver wire to grab a reserve like Gee. Oh, and in case you're wondering, former Cav LeBron James stayed classy as always by Tweeting: "Crazy. Karma is a [expletive]. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"

Looking Ahead

Tyreke Evans skipped Tuesday's game because of his injured ankle, but he's hoping to get back on the hardwood when the Sacramento Kings square off against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, his coach, Paul Westphal, was planning to play without Evans' services, so time will tell. Look for updates as game time approaches. Regardless, even if he does lace up, he'll have a tough time against the brutal Celtics defense on a bum ankle.

Gerald Wallace is set to return to action Wednesday. Like the rest of his teammates, he's going to benefit from new Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas' up-tempo offense. Wallace, who has been out with an ankle injury, will replace Gerald Henderson in the starting lineup.

Michael Beasley played through his sore ankle Tuesday night, but he tweaked it during the game and was having trouble even walking on it afterward. It sounds like he's going to take a little time off to get it right, which means he's unlikely to lace up for Thursday's tilt between his Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards. He could also be iffy for the weekend. Look for more production from Martell Webster and Wesley Johnson if Beasley sits.

Tom Carpenter is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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