Jrue Holiday (PG) Jason Richardson (SG) Evan Turner (SF) Thaddeus Young (PF) Kwame Brown (C)
George Hill scored 12 points (5-12 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with two assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block over 32 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Hornets.
After a very pedestrian start to the season, Hill has begun to turn on the jets in February. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game during the month. The Pacers have started to labor and have looked to some of the pieces surrounding Paul George to give them some support. Hill’s name has recently be thrown around in some trade rumors but it hasn’t seemingly affected his ability to play through it. Hill’s at his best, and most valuable, when he’s knocking shots down from the three-point line. He hasn’t shot the three-ball better than 33-percent over his three games. The last time he hit north of two three-pointers, he hit 4-of-8 and scored 23 points. If we begin to see that more often, Hill’s value will sky rocket. Analysis: James Grande
Myles Turner scored 10 points (4-11 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with five rebounds over 23 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Hornets.
The rookie has been impressive since joining the starting lineup, but Wednesday’s game wasn’t one of his shiniest performances. Even though he scored 10-plus points for the fourth straight contest, he did so on a measly 36-percent shooting. But since entering the starting lineup, Turner’s averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He’s even recorded two double-doubles as a starter. He has shown some serious skill on both sides of the ball. He’s an excellent shot blocker that will only get better the more time he gets. He also has a few post moves he’ll showcase throughout the night, to go with a face up jumper he can knock down as far out as 18 feet. As long as Turner remains with the first-unit, he’ll be a viable fantasy option, in all formats. Analysis: James Grande
Jeremy Lin came off of the bench and scored 14 points (5-9 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks over 14 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the Pacers.
After a three-game stretch of below average basketball, Lin got his mojo back on Wednesday, pouring in 14 points on 57-percent from the floor. Lin has played some very inconsistent hoops this season. On some nights, he looks like he’s back with the Knicks during his “Linsanity” days. Others he looks lost, like he did during his stints with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. But when Lin has gotten it going this year, he’s been hard to stop. Many second-units across the NBA have trouble stopping Lin offensively, with good reason. He has a very strong right hand and is always looking to attack the basket off the dribble. If Lin begins to show some consistency, don’t let it fool you. He’ll drop a dud in your lap leaving you a few points short of the big money you should have won. If he draws a spot start here and there, he’s a little more trustworthy then his sporadic play off of the bench from game to game. Analysis: James Grande