Fantasy Wake Up Call - Thursday

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Player of the Night

Kevin Durant, Thunder
vs. Memphis Grizzlies
35 points, 10 boards, 6 dimes, 4 blocks

While his team may be an afterthought in the NBA, Durant still manages to capture the spotlight with his freakish stat lines from time to time. He's still got that wiry frame that looks fragile to the untrained eye and is about as pure of a scorer this league has seen in quite some time.

But as the Thunder improve in the next couple years, Durant's fantasy value has the potential to skyrocket. Right now opposing defenses know that the way to stop the Thunder is to shut down Durant. But with the emergence of rookie point guard Russell Westbrook and teammate Jeff Green, Durant's future certainly looks promising.

He's a must keep in every league format as long as you are aware of the fact that like most scoring machines, there's a price to pay in terms of field goal percentage and turnovers.

More after the jump...

Top Performers

PF Rasheed Wallace, Pistons
vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
25 points, 10 boards, 5 steals

Vince Carter, Nets
vs. Toronto Raptors
27 points, 10 boards, 5 dimes, 5 three pointers made

Marvin Williams, Hawks
vs. New York Knicks
28 points, 7 boards


Bust of the Night

Chauncey Billups, Nuggets
vs. New Orleans Hornets
12 points, 2 boards, 2 dimes, 4-for-14 from the floor, 1-for-6 from the charity stripe

Things have been going so well for Billups up in the Rockies, it's easy to forgive him for his struggles last night. He's been the steadying presence the Nuggets desperately needed and has made those around him better.

But still, missing five out of the six free throw attempts in a game is unacceptable even by Shaq-Diesel's standards.

Top Scorers

35 - Durant
34 - T.J. Ford, Indiana Pacers
28 - Williams
Eddie House, Boston Celtics (Knocked down eight three-pointers)
Charlie Villanueva

Top Dime Droppers

11 - Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Chris Duhon, New York Knicks (Thank you Mike D'Antoni)

10 - Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

9 - Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Mike Conley Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (He's alive?)
Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks
Rafer Alston, Houston Rockets

Top Rebounders

16 - David Lee, New York Knicks

13 - Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia 76ers
Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers

12 - Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards

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