Brandon Knight G MIL 21 Hrs
Brandon Knight scored 25 points vs. the Wizards during a 114-107 loss on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
The Bucks were down 28 points at one point in the first half, but came storming back in the third quarter to make a game of it. They actually got to the line tonight with 25 makes, which is tied for their third most on the season, but they couldn't stop John Wall and Co. when they needed to. As for Knight, he came into tonight with averages over his previous 10 of 19.2 points, 6.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples, so the numbers are there for the only reliable Bucks player.
Ramon Sessions G MIL 21 Hrs
Ramon Sessions scored 14 points off the bench during Saturday's loss to the Wizards to go with two boards, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.
He played down the stretch and he shot 4-of-11 from the field. The Bucks have been using him as a sixth man and he's played a lot of guard next two Brandon Knight in his time with his new teammates. Sessions doesn't really take 3-pointers and his field goal shooting isn't great, so there isn't really enough upside to keep him owned in most formats.
Jeff Adrien SF MIL 22 Hrs
Jeff Adrien was solid against the Wizards on Saturday with eight points, eight boards and one block in 22 minutes.
He was outstanding on Friday with a 20-10 line against the Pelicans, but he was still able to contribute in tonight's game even with Ersan Ilyasova back from his one-game suspension. Adrien has actually become a solid offensive weapon and he's athletic enough to play in up-tempo games, so he's not just a rebounding guy. He's worth a look in deeper leagues while the Bucks are at full strength.
Khris Middleton F MIL 22 Hrs
Khris Middleton played well again on Saturday night with 15 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
He is coming off a 25-point game on Friday and he's strung together five solid games in a row. in that span, Middleton averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 triples on 54.1 percent from the field. There's enough value there to own him in all standard leagues, especially with little competition.
Jameer Nelson PG ORL 22 Hrs
Jameer Nelson returned from an illness on Saturday but hit just 3-of-10 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for nine points and five assists.
Tony Parker blistered him for 30 points tonight, but the good news is that Nelson was able to return. He's having a good season and should be better than this on most nights now that he's healthy.
Manu Ginobili SG SA 22 Hrs
Manu Ginobili came off the bench to hit 10-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 24 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 27 minutes on Saturday.
Ginobili is heating up, averaging 14.2 points, 5.4 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, but that probably means that Gregg Popovich is ready to cool him off. Ginobili has played in nine straight games after missing eight straight with a hamstring injury, so it would not be surprising to see him take a night off in the near future. But if he's in the Spurs' lineup, he should probably be in yours.
Boris Diaw PF/C SA 22 Hrs
Boris Diaw moved from the starting lineup to the bench on Saturday and hit 3-of-5 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.
We've been getting a lot of questions about dropping decent players to pick up Diaw, and tonight's line is a reason why we've been reluctant to recommend doing so. Diaw came into this one hot and still put up some numbers, but the 22 minutes and move to the bench are both a concern. And as long as he plays for the league's best coach, things aren't likely to change.
Ersan Ilyasova F MIL 22 Hrs
Ersan Ilyasova returned from a one-game suspension on Saturday with 13 points, eight boards, one steal, one block and one turnover.
His shot selection was as bad as ever, but he did manage to make 4-of-10 from the field. Ilyasova has to be frustrated by his terrible play and it doesn't help his team has the worst record in the NBA. His body of work this season suggests he's probably not going to have any season-saving miracles at this point.
Danny Green SG/SF SA 22 Hrs
Danny Green hit 4-of-4 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes on Saturday.
It would be nice to see him score more points and play more consistently, but his 3-point shooting and shot blocking makes him worth owning in any league. He's averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games.
Carmelo Anthony F NY 22 Hrs
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points during Saturday's 107-97 win over the Cavs, adding seven boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers.
He is on cruise control for the Knicks with 29.0 points and 3.5 triples per game over his last four. Melo had 2.8 steals per game and has put up some eye-popping stats since the All-Star break. The Knicks have won three games in a row and are just four games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.