Clippers' Mo Williams on a roll

January, 27, 2012
Mo Williams is on a serious roll. In his past five games he's averaging 22.2 points, 2.6 3-pointers, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals on 56.6 percent shooting in 29.2 minutes, and in Thursday night's win over the Grizzlies, Mo kept on rolling, even with Tony Allen guarding him at various points in the game. He's coming off the bench for the Clippers, and because of his small stature, he's unlikely ever to start alongside Chris Paul. However, it's pretty clear at this point that Williams has surpassed Chauncey Billups as the second-best guard on the Clippers.

Even clearer is that coach Vinny Del Negro is willing to play Williams alongside Paul for stretches -- they played the crunch-time minutes together in the win over the Grizzlies -- and when Williams is in the game, his job is to shoot the ball. His numbers in assists and rebounds are both well below his career levels, but he's shooting the ball so well all over the court that his fantasy value is still high. As long as he keeps playing more than 25 minutes per game, he's going to be a major factor in fantasy leagues all season.

Looking Back

• The other side of the coin in the Mo Williams situation: Chauncey Billups has been terrible lately. He has been so terrible, in fact, that he was relegated to the bench after Williams got hot in the second half against the Grizzlies, and he played a season-low 23 minutes. He managed just nine points on 4-for-10 shooting, and yet this was actually his best game in his past three. A couple more games like this and it'll be time to think about benching him until things turn around. Even now, he's probably not worth playing unless you're desperate for 3s and free throws.

Paul Pierce was at the center of the Celtics' comeback from 27 points down Thursday against the Magic, aggressively looking for his shot and finding teammates to the tune of 24 points and 10 assists. It would appear he's back to his old self and should get last season's efficiency back once Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo return.

• The Celtics are not a deep team right now, so when someone plays well off the bench, it's worth noting. Rookie guard E'Twaun Moore scored 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench and made all four of his 3-point attempts. He's definitely not worth adding in fantasy leagues yet, but he's a good bet to take over the backup point guard job from Avery Bradley if he can show any consistency whatsoever. And if he keeps making 3s, he could find his way onto a handful of fantasy rosters.

Looking Ahead

• With D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson both expected to be out for the Bobcats on Friday night, it should be a good night to play Kemba Walker. He'll struggle with his efficiency against the 76ers, but he should contribute in points, assists, steals and possibly 3-pointers.

• If you need 3s, make sure Anthony Morrow is in your lineup; he should be starting for the Nets with MarShon Brooks doubtful to play. Morrow will have his chances to score against the Cavs, who are in the bottom half of the league in 3-point defense.

Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely for the Bucks after fracturing his left ankle Wednesday night. That means lots of playing time for Drew Gooden, who is always a great source of points and rebounds when he gets playing time. Gooden is available in nearly all fantasy leagues, so you should be able to pick him up with no problem.

Derrick Favors is coming off a 16-point, 12-rebound performance against the Raptors and could get big minutes again Friday night if Al Jefferson is unable to go for the Jazz against the Mavericks. If you need blocks and rebounds, Favors should be a good place to look, at least until Jefferson is back to full strength.



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?