It’s hard not to feel a little bad for Delonte West. After a stellar college career, he found some NBA success with the pre-title Celtics before being jerked around by the horrible Doc Rivers.
Eventually Boston ships him off to Siberia (aka Seattle), where he gets inconsistent playing time. He finally gets traded to a good team in Cleveland, which then goes and acquires a new starting point guard, keeping him on the bench.
In the offseason it was revealed that he has suffered from depression and mood disorders. He seemingly overcame that and was having a really good season. And then he broke his wrist on Thursday night and suffered facial lacerations in the process.
In researching the timetable for such injuries, Mickael Pietrus has already missed two weeks and is out indefinitely with a fractured wrist. However, the fracture is to his non-shooting wrist and players have been able to return after a couple of weeks with a splint. Further tests with determine the extent of the injury.
But for fantasy purposes, West was logging nearly 34 minutes per game on a strong team and was benefitting from sharing the court with LeBron James and Mo Williams. So who benefits now?
The main candidates:
Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (6-2, 190, 4th season)
Per 36 minutes this season:13.7 points, 2.9 assists, 1.3 TOs, 1.0 steals, 2.2 3-pointers, .414 FG%, .773 FT%
Pros: 3-pointers galore, decent enough FT% (.773 career), some assists with few turnovers.
Cons: Poor FG% (.426 career) but that comes with the territory. Very little in the way of rebounding.
Wally Szczerbiak (6-7, 244, 125th season)
Per 36 minutes this season: 12.4 points, 1.7 assists, 1.7 TOs, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.4 3-pointers, .414 FG%, .825 FT%
Pros: Some 3-pointers and rebounds, excellent free-throw shooter.
Cons: The days of solid FG% for Wally are long gone. Awful assist-to-turnover ratio. His FT% is of little use for he doesn’t get to the line much.
Sasha Pavlovic (6-8, 220, 7th season)
Per 36 minutes this season: 9.8 points, 2.5 assists, 1.7 TOs, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.3 3-pointers, .413 FG%, .458 FT% (not a typo)
Pros: Some 3-pointers and, well, that’s about it.
Cons: Similarly poor FG% (.412 career) and a poor free-throw shooter (.718 career, .688 last season)
Gibson received the immediate benefits on Thursday, playing nearly 40 minutes and scoring nine points on 4-of-11 shooting. He’ll have nights like that. He’s most likely to see a major bump in minutes, but he’ll give you J.R. Smith-type headaches.
Gibson can put up five points on 2-of-10 shooting one night, you’ll bench him, and he’ll nail seven 3′s the next game. Very useful if you’re looking for a short-term bump in 3′s and can weather the bad games.
Szczerbiak is still effective enough as a perimiter player, but he hasn’t played more than 28 minutes per game in three seasons. It’s unlikely to think he’ll starting putting up 30 good minutes per might for a defensive-minded contender. He had three points and five rebounds in 29 minutes on Thursday. Not worth a pickup except in deep leagues.
Pavlovic has been a disappointment for the Cavs this season. His per-minute offensive numbers are down and he’s been in-and-out of the Cavs rotation. Even if does get big minutes, he doesn’t really do anything well enough to offset his awful percentages. I wouldn’t go near him in any league.
You know what that means……Boobie time!