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D Roses Bulls
09-17-2010, 11:32 AM
Here are 10 players who we believe are primed for a bounce-back year. Several names were floated, but if one of us disagreed that a particular player is going to bounce back (do better than he did last season), he doesn’t make the list. As much as Patrick wanted T-Mac to be given a pass… we didn’t think it would be as informative as it would be sarcastic. So you can obviously say that this is a unanimous selection. We may vary on our how well or to what level will these players redeem last season’s fantasy production, but we are in agreement that better things can be expected from these guys.

10. Brandon Roy (G) Portland Trail Blazers- He managed to play in only 65 games and we saw his numbers take hits, pretty much across the board. He is now considered a borderline “injury prone stud” in some circles. For these reasons, Roy has gotten some major ranking downgrades coming into the 2010 fantasy draft. Assuming he can stay healthy and deliver 75 or more games of the 2008-2009 Brandon Roy we all enjoyed watching, which by the way is very doable, then Roy should be able to bring some second-round studliness back to the table. Think about it, 22/5/5 with a steal and a three per night, not to mention accompanying good shooting percentages is a pretty damn good deal.

9. Al Jefferson (F/C) Utah Jazz - In 2008-2009, Big Al averages 23-11 and 1.7 BPG. The catch? He injures his ACL and only manages to log 50 games for the entire season. He has surgery to repair the damage and manages to play in 76 games om 2009-2010. The catch? He shows up as a shadow of his “statistical self” from the year before. His stats fall sharply and the fantasy world loses a little bit of faith. Now in 2010-2011, he’s paired with an all-star point guard and on a team that is famous for its PG-PF pick and roll game. We like his outlook this season.

8. Devin Harris (PG) New Jersey Nets- He played in 64 games of the Nets’ worst year in the NBA. Hampered by injuries that didn’t get a chance to fully heal, his play, like the Nets’ season was largely uninspiring. New Jersey has a new owner, a new coach, a fresh direction, and a bunch of new faces on its roster. Elements are in place for Harris to deliver a more motivated performance and take his team from one with the worst record last season to one that just might squeak out a 50-win season. He’s fully capable of delivering 20 PPG, 5.5 APG, and huge FT% impact.

7. Kevin Martin (SG) Houston Rockets – Kevin played 51 games for Sacramento in 2008-2009. He then split 46 games between the Kings and the Rockets in 2009-2010. That’s not very encouraging. So what makes us at GMTR think 2010 will be any different? You can call his 24 games with Houston an “adjustment period.” Since reports point to Yao Ming being limited to 24 minutes per game, it looks like it will be up to Martin and Aaron Brooks to bear the bulk of the scoring load. The Rockets, in spite of this news, still has more inside threats – *cough*LUIS SCOLA*cough* – than the Sacramento Kings did when Martin was there. He should have ample space to get his killer, medium-range jumper flowing more freely than Patron tequila at a Spring break bash.

6. Tony Parker (PG) San Antonio Spurs - He played 56 games last season, but his hand is fully healed, and Manu Ginobili is getting old. What’s there to look forward to? He wasn’t much more than a 20-point, 5-assist guy anyway. Well, rumor has it that he wants to play in New York, and by rumor you knew we meant Eva right? Oh that, and Tim Duncan is ALSO getting old. His tenure with the Spurs is likely coming to its end soon, and he will probably be out to showcase his game…. and if the Spurs want to trade him later on in the season, the will probably be out to showcase his game. As long as he plays his like a quality point guard better than he raps, he should outperform his current ADP.

5. Hedo Turkoglu (G/F) Phoenix Suns- There is a question as to who missed whom more last season between Hedo and his former team, the Orlando Magic. Turkoglu thought he would do well and be better utilized by the Toronto Raptors last year. He was wrong. How do I put this nicely…. He sucked as a Raptor and his fantasy value quickly followed suit. While his 2009-10 performance might still be traumatically burned into the memories of his fantasy owners last season, he is now on a new team and with a point guard who can turn garbage into gold! – or simply Channing Frye into a fantasy-relevant player – You say “poh-tay-toe;” I say “poh-tah-toh.” During occasions that Steve Nash will be resting his aching everything on the bench, Hedo will get to perform some point-forward duties during those minutes. It’s difficult to think that Turkoglu will be more of “Toronto Hedo” than a new and fantasy-revitalized “Phoenix Hedo” this season.

4. Andris Biedrins (C) Golden State Warriors - I playfully and painfully like to refer to Biedrins as the Center-version of the Rockets’ Kevin Martin. He’s great and helpful when healthy, but unfortunately has trouble doing just that. At 24, it’s difficult to visualize this Latvian seven footer as being injury prone. His 33-game 2009-10 season was his worst since breaking out in ‘07-’08. Whether he will remain a Warrior by season’s end, is still in question. On the other hand, the fact that he’s owed $36 million over the next four years, might be an issue. Regardless of his recent past, it’s not likely that he will remain to wallow in his five-point and 7.9-rebound averages from last year. On another team, you know, the kind that does not have a David Lee, Biedrins will probably be serviceable rebounder and paint-clogger. He might just surpass his very late-round draft projections. To what extent, we will still have to see…

3. Yao Ming (C) Houston Rockets - To be fair, we agreed on this list before news on Yao’s minutes broke on the Net. We still agree that he is a bounce-back candidate. It’s just we’re not as enthusiastic about his upside. Let’s assume he does play only 24 minutes a game. Strictly. 70 or more games of an eager, healthy, and motivated Yao is still far better than 82-game missed season. On that note he’s kind of an unfair no-brainer as a member of this list. The Rockets are committed to taking things easy with him this season. That to me, is a positive in the broader perspective of things, but as far as the 2010-11 is concerned 12-14/7/1.5 with good FG% and FT% is still worth drafting in the late rounds. He might just end up doing better than some other injury-prone centers out there whose names rhyme with Shmoden. It’s unfortunate that the Rockets, or Yao for that matter cannot have the bones of his feet insured, unlike some dude’s frickin’ HAIR!!!

2. Gilbert Arenas (PG) Washington Wizards - Two things should be considered when taking a long hard look at Gilbert Arenas this season. First is health, but Gil showed us last season that he was working passed that as shown by his 22.6 PPG and 7.2 APG over 32 games. Now that he’s had so much more extra time to rest, he should be in even better shape. Second is whether he will go through another bout of utter “WTF were you thinking?” So far, he’s on track for a bounce-back year. He started off by impressing the Wizards’ owner. He’s following it up with possibly, just possibly, a fresh outlook now that he’s playing alongside a future all-star PG. It’s hard to trust Arenas after looking at the circus that has been his recent NBA career, but if things fall into place (and they just might), Gilbert should be capable of “early round” pick-worthy numbers.

1. Anthony Randolph (F) New York Knicks - Bounce back? From what? He hasn’t done anything yet! True. We would however, like to remind everyone that Randolph missed out on his projected potential due to the concussion he suffered after being hit over the head by Don Nelson’s dog house. That, and the fact that he actually did get injured in the latter half of the season. He’s in a new team that’s committed to START him and give him prime minutes. So if there was ever such a thing as a “RE-Sleeper,” Randolph would be this year’s candidate. Stay tuned, as we will provide a more in-depth and possibly equally humorous look at his potential upside in our New York Knicks Fantasy Basketball Preview. Anthony Randolph = Amar’e v.2.0 beta?

http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/10_nba_players_projected_to_bounce_back_in_2010/3243860

Chacarron
09-17-2010, 12:16 PM
I can see Hedo do well this year. Al Jefferson will have it good with Deron running the show.

Knickfansince97
09-17-2010, 12:49 PM
as a Knicks fan I definitely look forward to seeing Anthony randolph tear it up this year

td0tsfinest
09-17-2010, 12:50 PM
I'm a fan of most of these guys, so I really hope the projection comes true. I've been praising Anthony Randolph since he was drafted, so hopefully he'll have a break out season.

VinceCarter
09-17-2010, 01:07 PM
How's Randolph going to get all of his minutes? I mean he's got Danilo and Amare in front of him. Is he just going to back both of them up and rack up 35 minutes that way?

bkmikeyy
09-17-2010, 01:26 PM
How's Randolph going to get all of his minutes? I mean he's got Danilo and Amare in front of him. Is he just going to back both of them up and rack up 35 minutes that way?

Easy Amare is going to play 10-15 min a game at C, leaving 25 min for Randolph as back up PF, he can also play 10-15 min at SF. Plus Randolph is so versitile he can play SG and C for short stretches as well.

Cool007
09-17-2010, 02:15 PM
That's a pretty good list and I totally agree with.

I would also put Ben Gordon on there as well.

PlezPlayDKnicks
09-17-2010, 02:25 PM
Randolph is no lock to start like this guy is claiming. He will get big minutes tho

Brew Crew
09-17-2010, 02:29 PM
Easy Amare is going to play 10-15 min a game at C, leaving 25 min for Randolph as back up PF, he can also play 10-15 min at SF. Plus Randolph is so versitile he can play SG and C for short stretches as well.

Is that you, Mike D'antoni?!

beasted86
09-17-2010, 02:35 PM
Randolph is a starter? Is Amare going to play Center?

nycericanguy
09-17-2010, 02:47 PM
Randolph has bulked up to 225, if he starts it would be at center with Amare at PF. But I doubt he starts. He will get his 30mpg+ though because he will split time between C, PF & SF.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
09-17-2010, 02:49 PM
How's Randolph going to get all of his minutes? I mean he's got Danilo and Amare in front of him. Is he just going to back both of them up and rack up 35 minutes that way?

randolph can play 1-5

Stunner
09-17-2010, 02:52 PM
No Ben Gordon?

save the knicks
09-17-2010, 02:52 PM
How's Randolph going to get all of his minutes? I mean he's got Danilo and Amare in front of him. Is he just going to back both of them up and rack up 35 minutes that way?

Dantoni will probably go Felton-sg-Randolph-gallo-stat a bunch this season. I think he will get near 30mpg

Pierzynski4Prez
09-17-2010, 02:52 PM
Randolph has no reason to be on this list, let alone #1. It is called bouncing BACK, meaning you had to be something of value in the 1st place.

And I"m not trying to knock anything Randolph has done, or will probably accomplish this year. I'm sure he will be very good as most of you have said, but just the mere fact this article is about players such as Yao, Gilbert, etc bouncing BACK is what makes Randolph on this list stupid.

knicksfan23
09-17-2010, 03:00 PM
randolph can play 1-5

rethink that buddy

lvlheaded
09-17-2010, 03:06 PM
Randolph is not gonna start right away, I expect the starting lineup to be Felton-Chandler-Gallo-Amare-Turiaf.

However, I do expect AR4 to get ample playing time as the back up PF and SF and am expecting big things from him this year.

thescore53
09-17-2010, 10:08 PM
I can see Hedo do well this year. Al Jefferson will have it good with Deron running the show.

he will be used as a spot up shooter. with nash and goran dribbling alot. and then he'll complain about not being used properly.

Chest Rockwell
09-17-2010, 11:39 PM
How can this guy say The Knicks are committed to starting Randolph when there haven't been any news or quotes from Knicks brass concerning starters and such?

Rafer17
09-17-2010, 11:50 PM
Excited to see Gilbert Arenas actually play a game LOL. Look at these statistics


2006-07 WAS NBA 74 73 2942 647 1548 .418 205 584 .351 606 718 .844 61 277 338 443 139 13 236 249 2105
2007-08 WAS NBA 13 8 425 78 196 .398 22 78 .282 74 96 .771 6 45 51 66 23 1 49 30 252
2008-09 WAS NBA 2 2 63 6 23 .261 2 7 .286 12 16 .750 1 8 9 20 0 1 1 4 26
2009-10 WAS NBA 32 32 1169 253 616 .411 63 181 .348 153 207 .739 17 116 133 230 41 9 117 95 722

He has played 48 games the past three seasons....hasnt played an 82-game season since 2002-2003.

knicksfan42
09-18-2010, 08:13 AM
How's Randolph going to get all of his minutes? I mean he's got Danilo and Amare in front of him. Is he just going to back both of them up and rack up 35 minutes that way?


No true center that's how. Danilo is a SF, btw, he'll see some time at the 4 of course, but not as much as Randolph.

iFYouSeekAmy
09-18-2010, 11:23 AM
rethink that buddy

Agree. But the correction would be that Randolph can play 3-5 due to his surprisingly great ball handle, mid-range jump shot, and his size.

He has the most potential to be an all-star, or will just never reach it.

A good coach that has confidence in him would be a good start.

COOLbeans
09-18-2010, 07:22 PM
I think Monta Ellis is going to have a good year. Yes, Monta Ellis.

Gators123
09-18-2010, 07:25 PM
Ben Gordon. He had surgery on his ankle to correct the problems with it, he should have a much better season.

beasted86
09-19-2010, 06:38 PM
Randolph has bulked up to 225, if he starts it would be at center with Amare at PF. But I doubt he starts. He will get his 30mpg+ though because he will split time between C, PF & SF.

"Bulked up" and 225 lbs. for a 6'10" player doesn't really fit.

I don't think that's big enough to play PF let alone Center.

knicksfan42
09-19-2010, 07:06 PM
"Bulked up" and 225 lbs. for a 6'10" player doesn't really fit.

I don't think that's big enough to play PF let alone Center.

He's 6'11''. I do agree that he is thin for a 7 footer, but hey he can always work out more and put on more lbs of muscle. It's better than him being too fat and having to lose a ton of weight.

Mishmin
09-19-2010, 07:42 PM
I agree with all those said, but got a couple more.

Baron Davis. With Blake next to him and Gordon developing so much, his confidence is gonna be up.

Jameer Nelson. You know he'll be ballin again.


And for the record, A. Randolph won't ever be playin the 2 spot. Sorry to tell you.

SA5195
09-19-2010, 07:47 PM
Randolph's gonna have a breakout season.

And Al Jeff's going get alot of help from D-Will, so I think Al-Jeff could be an all-star this year, or atleast a close one.

masalex1205
09-19-2010, 07:48 PM
randolph can play 1-5

Na, 3-5. AR at the point would be a disaster.

Love his potential everywhere else though

SA5195
09-19-2010, 07:51 PM
I'm gonna add one, don't think he'll be a worthy in this top 10 list, but what the heck.

Jose Calderon.

Reason why is now he can be our primary play-maker. Back in 08-09, he averaged like 9.3 AST, and that time we didn't have much athletic players.

This year majority of our players are high-flyers who can't create their own shot (that's where Jose can come in)

mynameismo
09-19-2010, 10:03 PM
"Bulked up" and 225 lbs. for a 6'10" player doesn't really fit.

I don't think that's big enough to play PF let alone Center.

KG was 6'11" 220 back in Minnesota.

nanablvd
09-19-2010, 10:51 PM
brandon roy

Litchris12
09-19-2010, 11:37 PM
they forgot richard jefferson

What?
09-19-2010, 11:53 PM
KG was 6'11" 220 back in Minnesota.

And thats why he never played C.

jimbobjarree
09-20-2010, 12:12 AM
raja bell too!

beasted86
09-20-2010, 12:44 AM
KG was 6'11" 220 back in Minnesota.


And thats why he never played C.

Bosh is 6'10" 235, and I'm not even comfortable with him playing Center.

Anyone under 230 playing Center will get rag-dolled by any of the legit physical Centers in the NBA.

knicksfan42
09-20-2010, 07:53 AM
And thats why he never played C.

That's just flat out false. Not only did he play center, but in his years at Minnesota he started at center a total of 8 times of course this doesn't include times when he started at PF and switched to C during the game. Point is he played C.

knicksfan42
09-20-2010, 07:56 AM
Anyone under 230 playing Center will get rag-dolled by any of the legit physical Centers in the NBA.

Randolph is 225lbs it wouldn't be hard for him to gain an extra 5-10lbs.