Williams coming on strong for Nets

March, 11, 2010
New Jersey Nets rookie Terrence Williams may have been a bit of a disappointment to this point in the season, but he's been playing extremely well of late. Averaging 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in his past five contests, Williams has been one of the best all-around players in the league for the past week, especially considering he's putting up those numbers in just less than 30 minutes per game.

Sure, it's worth wondering whether he can keep this up, but clearly, given his skill set, it's within the realm of possibility. He's a great pickup in all formats if you need help in points, rebounds and assists. If he keeps showing this much talent for the rest of the season, he's worth looking at as a player who could help you in multiple areas next season. He'll probably never be a great shooter, but he has enough athletic ability to be a major contributor in blocks and steals.

Looking back

Tyreke Evans, Kings: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists versus the Raptors.
Manu Ginobili, Spurs: 28 points (10-for-18 FG), 6 rebounds, 5 assists against the Knicks.
Dwyane Wade, Heat: 27 points (15-for-17 FT), 6 rebounds, 8 assists versus the Clippers.
Drew Gooden, Clippers: 6 points (1-for-9 FG), 9 rebounds against the Heat.
Brook Lopez, Nets: 10 points (5-for-16 FG), 6 rebounds versus the Mavericks.
Hedo Turkoglu, Raptors: 6 points (2-for-8 FG), 3 assists against the Kings.
Jason Maxiell is getting a lot more minutes of late for the Detroit Pistons with Ben Wallace missing time, and he's showing he can at least fill Wallace's void as a rebounder, if not a shot-blocker. Maxiell is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game in just 28.6 minutes in his past five contests, and is definitely worth consideration if you need help in that category. … Los Angeles Clippers small forward Rasual Butler may not be a great all-around player, but he's certainly worth owning if you need 3-pointers in any league. He's made 14 3s in his past five games after knocking down six Wednesday night, and it's pretty clear that he has a firm spot in the starting lineup for the time being. He also has been a nice surprise in the blocks category, having blocked six shots in his past five games. … Anthony Carter may not be much of an all-around player, but for the Denver Nuggets, he has been an assist machine of late, averaging 6.8 assists in just 17.8 minutes in his past five games. He's not worth adding in any leagues based on his all-around skill set, but if you need help in assists, he's a pretty good bet in the short term after his eight assists in just 16 minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. … Despite an off night against the New York Knicks (12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), I would continue starting San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill in all formats as long as he's in the starting lineup with Tony Parker out indefinitely.

Looking ahead

After having a few productive games in a row (from a fantasy perspective), Washington Wizards big man JaVale McGee had a terrible game on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets, finishing with just four points, seven rebounds and no blocked shots. Take away that game and remember that he had 14 blocks in his four previous games, and that should give you a hint as to why I would recommend you put him into your lineup against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. … Derrick Rose single-handedly torched the Orlando Magic the first time the Chicago Bulls played them this season, then got injured the next time they met. It's hard to say whether the Magic's defense has an answer for Rose, but I would expect him to have a huge game this time around either way. … Because the Portland Trail Blazers are going up against the Golden State Warriors, it's a good night to get any of the mediocre Blazers you are hanging on to into your lineup. In particular, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez are the sort of players who would appear to fit into a game played at the Warriors' pace.

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.


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