Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
With Knicks guard Jeremy Lin beginning his descent back to reality by posting averages of 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists over his last four starts, the search is on for the next "Lin."
Jordan Crawford, Washington - The answer to the next "super nova" might be just a short ride south heading from Lin's New York home through Philadelphia and stopping in our nation's capital. Crawford is averaging 21.8 ppg over the past eight contests - about eight points over his season-long average. He's seeing almost 31 minutes of playing time and has supplanted Nick Young in the starting lineup. Crawford is still available for the low price of a waiver claim in 40 percent of all Yahoo leagues.
Kevin Garnett, Boston - Since the All-Star break, Garnett has been the Celtics center, replacing the injured Jermaine O'Neal, and has flourished in his new role. He's averaging 20.2 ppg and 9.5 rpg, both up from his season average. The wrist injury to O'Neal could take a while to heal or if surgery is required could be season-ending, leaving Garnett as Boston's only inside scoring option. He'll never be the fantasy superstar he was in Minnesota, but Garnett could produce better numbers than at any time since going to Boston in 2007.
Antawn Jamison, Cleveland - Another "old timer" who is getting better as the year goes on. Jamison has improved his production in each month since the beginning of the season in points per game, rebounds and assists. Since the start of February, Jamison is averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 2.1 apg, similar to his final years in Washington.
D.J. Augustin, Charlotte - Since coming back from a toe injury which kept him sidelined for almost three weeks, Augustin has averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.0 apg, well off his year-long numbers. During that span of seven games, he is shooting under 33 percent from both the field and three-point range. Augustin and rookie Kemba Walker are getting nearly equal playing time, which doesn't bode well for Augustin's fantasy value for the remainder of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland - Under no circumstances am I advocating trading Aldridge off your roster or even dropping him from your starting lineup, it's just that his statistics have been well below expectations over the past few games. Since the All-Star break, Aldridge is averaging just 17 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 4 apg, with both the points and rebounds well off previous production. It's a small sample size, but Aldridge is shooting the ball less and not getting to the free throw line as often - both ominous signs if they continue. At this point, we recommend monitoring the situation only.
Amar'e Stoudemire, New York - This is not the Stoudemire we have come to expect over the years - the scoring machine who has averaged 20-plus points for the last five seasons and seven of nine during his career. Over the past six games, Stoudemire is averaging a pedestrian 13.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg. I'm beginning to think this might be the "new" Stoudemire production level. A trade might be in order if you can find someone out there who still believes in him.