Fantasy Wake Up Call - April 1

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Player of the Night

David West, New Orleans Hornets
vs. Sacramento Kings
40 points, 9 boards, 6 dimes, block,

Mr. West makes his first appearance as our Player of the Night while playing through an ankle injury that's slowed him down some recently. Is there a better player in the NBA that doesn't get the kind of recognition he deserves than West?



The first player that comes to mind is Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers, but other than that, West leads the bunch. He's more than capable of popping off for 35+ on any given night and his averages of 20.5 ppg and 8.4 rpg make West an ideal starting PF for any fantasy squad.

He also just happens to play alongside the best point guard in the Association, Chris Paul, and takes full advantage of it. The Hornets are heading on the road to take on the Clippers and Warriors the next couple days, games West should be able to dominate.

Top Performers

Brandon Roy, Trailblazers
vs. Utah Jazz
25 points, 11 dimes, 6 boards, 2 steals, 71% FG

Josh Smith, Hawks
vs. Philadelphia 76ers
33 points, 5 boards, 2 blocks, 86% FG

Gerald Wallace, Bobcats
vs. Los Angeles Lakers
21 points, 13 boards, 5 blocks, 4 dimes

Bust of the Night

Allen Iverson, 76ers
vs. Hawks
11 points, 2 dimes, 1 board, 3 TO, 18 minutes played

This is really starting to get awkward.

The Pistons knew what they were getting in Iverson, a natural born scorer who would kill himself trying to win. Instead, Pistons GM Joe Dumars made the move sending Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for A.I. for the sole purpose of clearing cap space for the 2010 free agent extravaganza.

A player of A.I.'s caliber shouldn't be forced to go through this and it's an absolute waste of talent to leave him rotting away at the end of your bench. He's in the twilight of his career and to not allow him a last shot at winning a title is an injustice that should not go overlooked.

Top Scorers

40 - West, Hornets
33 - Smith, Hawks
31 - Kevin Durant, Thunder
31 - Danny Granger, Pacers
30 - Nate Robinson, Knicks

Top Dime Droppers

15 - Chris Paul, Hornets
13 - Jason Kidd, Mavericks
12 - Boris Diaw, Bobcats
11 - Roy, Blazers
11 - Chris Duhon, Knicks

Top Rebounders

13 - Wallace, Bobcats
12 - Tim Duncan, Spurs
12 - Kevin Love, Timberwolves
12 - LeBron James, Cavs
12 - Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs
12 - Nene, Nuggets
12 - David Lee, Knicks
12 - Troy Murphy, Pacers

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