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    Playing time is the key

    Andray Blatche averaged 37 minutes, 22.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.6 apg over the final 32 games.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In the NBA, almost everybody can shoot the ball. They can also rebound and dish the rock with regularity. So the key to finding a "diamond in the rough" is often as simple as knowing who will get the most playing time.

    With all the player movement this off-season, predicting playing time could be your most valuable tool. Find the former backup who will get 30 minutes and you could be looking at next year's fantasy bargain.

    That's because in the NBA, one minute of playing time equals 0.415 points, 0.172 rebounds, 0.088 assists, 0.029 steals, 0.02 blocks and 0.026 three- pointers.

    For the average NBA player, certainly not Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant, that means a 30-minute effort is worth 12.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks. Those are "Tayshaun Prince-type" numbers...borderline fantasy worthy.

    But the numbers also include every defensive specialist, 12th man and 10-day contract player last season. Therefore 30 minutes from a starter should yield even better results and possibly a fantasy star.

    Let's see if we can find some of the future "diamonds in the rough." This list won't include rookies like John Wall and Evan Turner who will obviously get plenty of playing time. This is just about veterans who will jump to a new level in 2010-11.

    Andray Blatche, Washington - Blatche is a perfect example of more playing time equaling more fantasy value. After the Wizards traded Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, Blatche averaged 37 minutes, 22.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.6 apg over the final 32 games. Compare that to 21 minutes before the trade and averages of 8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg. His "post-trade" statistics would put him around Amare Stoudemire, Al Jefferson, Chris Kaman, Antawn Jamison and Brook Lopez in next year's rankings.

    D.J. Augustin, Charlotte - Augustin should get most of the minutes that Raymond Felton, now in New York, got last season, around 32-34 minutes-per- night. Given that kind of opportunity, Augustin will match or better Felton's numbers, which were 12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.6 apg, making him fantasy-worthy.

    Yao Ming, Houston - Yao didn't play a single minute in 2009-10 and as frequently happens when a player isn't listed in the year-end statistics, he gets forgotten by fantasy owners, particularly the ones who just study the numbers. Don't be that guy. Yao averaged 19.7 ppg and 9.9 rpg in 2008-09, which should put him just above Lopez and Kaman in your rankings.

    Jamario Moon, Cleveland - Well...somebody will have to play in LeBron James' position on the floor and get his minutes. Moon certainly won't be a 29.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 8.6 apg type guy, but he could average 14-6-2 and be borderline fantasy-worthy.

    Anthony Randolph, New York Knicks - Randolph should get plenty of court time in New York alongside Stoudemire. We should be able to project his statistics using his Golden State numbers because both teams run an up-tempo offense. A 40-percent increase in playing time should yield the following statistics - 16.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.8 apg and would make him a solid fantasy option.

    Hakim Warrick, Phoenix - Warrick signed a big four-year, $18 million deal with Phoenix to play the power forward spot vacated by Amare Stoudemire, but it remains to be seen if he will get the majority of the minutes there because the Suns also have former first-round pick Earl Clark. You will have to watch this battle closely to determine who wins the starting role, but it's likely that both players will see around 20-plus minutes per game and neither will be a great fantasy option like Stoudemire.

    Paul Millsap, Utah - Millsap is a special situation in that he already averaged 27-plus minutes last season, but will still be much improved from a fantasy point of view because of the departure of Carlos Boozer. While Millsap averaged a respectable 11.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg last season, to get a glimpse of what he will be like in 2010-11 as a starter, simply look back to 2008-09, when Boozer was injured for half the season. As a starter, Millsap posted numbers of 16.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 2.4 apg. Those numbers project out like Andrew Bogut (15.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.8 apg). Beware that if the recently acquired Jefferson is completely healthy, he could cut into some of Millsap's playing time, although he'll likely play more center (Mehmet Okur is trying to come back from a ruptured Achilles tendon) than power forward.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

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      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

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      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

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      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

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      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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      • Showers and storms this afternoon as front arrives in Tampa Bay

        Showers and storms this afternoon as front arrives in Tampa Bay

        Monday, April 20 2015 2:45 PM EDT2015-04-20 18:45:17 GMT
        As of 2:00 pm, there is a severe t-storm watch for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. This watch is expected to expire at 6pm, but could be extended or counties could be added. 
        As of 2:00 pm, there is a severe t-storm watch for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. This watch is expected to expire at 6pm, but could be extended or counties could be added. 
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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