Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cold Streaks: February 27

Five players that have been struggling over the last couple of weeks. Stats listed below are from the last 15 days.

  1. J.J. Hickson (14.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 38.7% FG%, 50% FT%): Hickson is putting up great numbers aside from his percentages. He's been a poor shooter all season, but there's just no excuse for a big man who plays so close to the rim to be shooting below 40% from the field. Hickson owners need to be sure they can handle his poor shooting if they're going to keep him on their roster.
  2. Andrew Bogut (8.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 37.7% FG%, 40.9% FT%): Like Hickson, Bogut is putting up pretty good numbers aside from his percentages. Bogut, though, is playing through an elbow injury which is obviously hurting his shooting ability. It's being reported that the elbow will require surgery in the offseason. Since the injury is obviously affecting his performance, don't be surprised if the Bucks shut him down early if they fall completely out of the playoff picture.
  3. Raymond Felton (9.3 points, 8.5 assists, 30.6% FG%): The move to Denver has not been kind to Felton as he's gone completely cold from the field. He's still managed to see over 30 minutes a game even though he's coming off the bench, so we'd advise Felton owners to be patient as he adjusts to his new role. He'll likely continue seeing good minutes as head coach George Karl has gone with a small back court of Felton and Ty Lawson for stretches.
  4. Rashard Lewis (4.8 points, 1 three-pointer, 33% FG%, 50% FT%): Lewis is struggling with a right knee injury, which has limited his playing time and effectiveness of late. Because of the injury and the recent return of Josh Howard, Rashard could see his minutes limited for some time and possibly shut down for the rest of the season with Washington out of playoff contention. Fantasy owners in standard leagues will want to consider dropping him if the struggles persist.
  5. JaVale McGee (8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 40% FT%): McGee hasn't been playing terribly, but his shooting numbers are down and his shot blocking has really fallen off of late. Those counting on McGee for blocks have to be really disappointed that's he's fallen below a block a game over the last couple of weeks. This should be just a slump, though, as he's getting his usual dose of minutes. We expect him to return to form in the coming weeks.

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