TORONTO - With the Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams blockbusters out of the way, itís time to take a look at the impact the rest of the trade deadline deals and subsequent buyouts might have on the world of fantasy hoops.
Weíll start with some point guards. Kirk Hinrich and Mike Bibby (ironically traded for each other, though Bibby was quickly bought out by Washington and signed with the Heat) each will see a spike in value. Hinrich becomes a starter in Atlanta after playing behind rookie star John Wall and should put up solid numbers. Heíll help the Hawk even more in the playoffs than he will fantasy owners.
Bibby has already pushed Carlos Arroyo out the door in Miami and should quickly overtake Mario Chalmers because he is a better shooter. Bibby couldnít defend a chair, but the Heat has enough good defenders to make up for that. Heíll be nailing open threes all day.
Current Net Kris Humphries and his former teammate Troy Murphy both will benefit from Murphyís move to Boston. Murphy goes from not playing and useless to possibly a great fantasy add, given that only Big Baby Davis is not ancient and decrepit in Beantown.
Meanwhile, The Hump should keep on posting career-best numbers now that rookie Derrick Favors isnít pushing him. Speaking of Favors, he has looked good in limited minutes in Utah and should be even better down the stretch.
Jason Thompson and Carl Landry both get a spike in value now that Landry is with the Hornets. Thompson, moreso, now that he is entrenched as a starter, but Landry should get a lot of time even with David West in front of him.
Gerald Henderson and Boris Diaw will get more minutes and offensive opportunities now that Charlotteís best player Gerald Henderson is gone. Stephen Jackson should also get a boost as well. Henderson is the sleeper though, heís looked good live when Iíve been in Charlotte this season.
Raptors fans are aware that newcomer James Johnson can stuff a stat-sheet. Who knows if he can keep it up, but he has the size and athleticism to pick up rebounds, blocks and steals and the court vision to get some assists. That field goal percentage wonít help you though.
James Harden is finally free in Oklahoma City now that Jeff Green is gone. Heíll see the court a lot more and should be able to show why he was the PAC-10 player of the year and a guy a lot of fantasy owners expected a lot from. Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka will be moved to power forward when Kendrick Perkins is ready to play in a few weeks.
Jeff Greenís value probably drops, since he becomes a sixth man, rather than a starter.
Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier both lose value by becoming backups instead of starters, though Kyle Lowry had already pushed Brooks out of the starting unit in Houston even before he was traded.
New Rocket Hasheem Thabeet gets another chance to show why he was a No. 2 overall pick. Donít expect much.
In Cleveland, Antawn Jamison is done for the year and there is not telling when Baron Davis might get in the lineup. Samardo Samuels, Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson will benefit in their absence.