Corey Maggette has seen an improvement in almost every fantasy category in January.
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There are some guys who are so good they dominate no matter where they go (see LeBron James in Cleveland). There are some players who get in the right situation to thrive (example: Shawn Marion in Phoenix). And then there are some, like Golden State Warriors small forward Corey Maggette, who are both good and in the perfect situation. When that happens, you get a great season.
Maggette is in his second year with the "run and gun" Warriors and things are starting to gel.
The former Duke star, began the season slowly, averaging just 9.5 ppg in two October games. He returned to his normal playing level in November and December, averaging 17.3 ppg and 19.1 ppg, respectively.
But it's been in January that Maggette has taken his game to new heights. In almost every fantasy category, the 6'6" forward has seen an improvement. Through nine games in 2010, Maggette is averaging a stunning 29.2 ppg, pulling down a season-high 7.8 rebounds and dishing out 3.8 assists. He's shooting at a season-high 58.2% clip, including 33.3% from three-point range and making 91.3% of his attempts at the foul line.
Those are Carmelo Anthony (29.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Kevin Durant-type (29.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.0 apg) numbers. The big difference, however, is that Durant cost you a No.7 overall selection on Draft Day, Anthony had an ADP (Average Draft Position) of 34 and Maggette didn't come off the board until the 13th round with his ADP of 127.
The 13th selection in the 1999 draft (by Seattle), Maggette has played for three NBA teams - Orlando, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State.
Maggette didn't get much of an opportunity during his single season in Orlando, playing barely 18 minutes-per-game. By contrast, he played eight seasons in LA including averaging 20 points-per-game three years (2003, 04, 07). But he also had trouble staying on the court due to injuries, missing significant time. He's played less than 70 games in six of 10 seasons, including 32 in 2005 and 51 last season.
Fortunately, he's healthy now, in an up tempo offense, and playing like a top- five pick. Enjoy the ride, but beware of his propensity for injury and consider trading him while he is at peak fantasy value.