Darren Collison averaged 21.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 8.3 apg in February.
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While most of the big free agent signings that have dominated the offseason occurred in mid-July, a couple of the trades over the past few weeks could have serious fantasy impact.
Add these seven names to the dozen we discussed back in July and you will have a comprehensive look at the fantasy effect based on the 2010-11 veteran player movement.
Darren Collison, PG, Indiana - When superstar New Orleans point guard Chris Paul went on the disabled list for almost two months, it was Collison who put up almost identical numbers. Collison averaged 21.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 8.3 apg in February and then 16.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 9.1 apg in March including five games in which they were both on the floor. Those are excellent statistics and certainly "fantasy-worthy." With the trade away from Paul, Collison will run the show in Indiana and should be able to reproduce similar statistics. His early 2010-11 ADP was 71, but after the trade it should rise to the mid-to- high 50s.
Trevor Ariza, SF, New Orleans - When Ariza left the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, his minutes on the floor took a 50% jump. The extra court time helped give him fantasy value as he increased his points total from 8.9 ppg to 14.9 ppg. We also saw a corresponding increase in assists and rebounds. He'll now be in New Orleans with one of the best point guards in the league which should help his point production even further, though it will likely hurt his own assist total. He's got an ADP of 80 and at that price should give you "fair market value."
Troy Murphy, PF, New Jersey Nets - Murphy has been very consistent over the past two seasons in Indianapolis, posting 14+ points and 10+ rebounds in both years. However, he'll be competing for rebounds with center Brook Lopez and rookie forward Derrick Favors which could cause his numbers to drop slightly. Still, there is always room for a hard worker who doesn't require the offense to run through him. His current ADP of 41 is too high, but if you can get him in the fifth or sixth round you will get your money's worth.
Tracy McGrady, SG, Detroit- It's the ultimate in high-risk, mediocre reward. If McGrady had the legs to run and jump like 2006-07, then it would be worth taking a late-round flyer on the seven-time All-Star. Unfortunately, the microfracture surgery on his knee hasn't made him 100% whole again and barring a miracle of biblical proportions, it's time to ignore McGrady on Draft Day.
Courtney Lee, SG, Houston - Lee was a borderline fantasy-worthy player in New Jersey, but after the trade to Houston, he'll likely be reduced to reserve status. The Rockets are set at guard with Kevin Martin at SG and Aaron Brooks at the point leaving Lee without enough playing time to be a fantasy factor.
Shaquille O'Neal, C, Boston - O'Neal still had a little fantasy value in Cleveland last season (12.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 bpg), but even that should disappear in Boston where he'll have to compete for playing time up front with Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Luke Harangody, Brian Scalabrine and Kendrick Perkins.
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