To determine if a player is a beast for your team, you must look beyond points. You would not believe how many times I have been told about trade talks falling through because one player scores 16 points per game while the others scores 20 a game. What about shooting percentages? I would rather own a player who scores 15 a game while shooting 48 percent over a player who scores 25 a game shooting 38 percent. It is the NBA ... many people score on a nightly basis. You can easily find scorers on your waiver wire. It is not all about the points. Below are a few more fantasy basketball beasts of the season.
Metta World Peace, forward, Los Angeles Lakers: World Peace has always been known to fill up a stat sheet. His defensive style of play has been his selling point for his career. As star-studded as the Lakers are, World Peace has still found a way to make an impact. He has grabbed 5.8 rebounds and stolen the ball 1.7 times per game. It is very comforting seeing that he is playing over 35 minutes a night. It shows just how important his presence is.
World Peace has also scored 13.3 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. He will even contribute a block and a couple of assists as well. He also makes at least two three-pointers a game. I do not mind that he is shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line since he contributes in so many other categories. The Lakers (especially Dwight Howard) have been noticeably struggling from the line, so in the grand scheme of things, World Peace shooting 75 percent is not so bad.
Jason Kidd, guard, New York Knicks: Kidd transitioning to being a shooting guard has been one of the biggest reasons for the Knicks early-season success. Not known for his shooting throughout his career, Kidd has been shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 46 percent from the outside. He makes at least two threes per game. Like World Peace, Kidd also helps on the defensive side as he swipes the ball 1.8 times per outing. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and more often than not will block a shot.
Kidd has been scoring 8.7 points and dishing 3.9 assists per game. This guy would have been a great waiver wire pickup three weeks ago. On a very deep Knicks team with multiple point guards, Kidd plays over 28 minutes a game. Kidd is not afraid to shoot but at the same time does not force up shots. He is often left open when starting backcourt running mate Raymond Felton drives the lane drawing the extra defender.
David Lee, forward-center, Golden State Warriors: New season, same story! Lee very much wants to help your fantasy team. He has been scoring 19.2 points and grabbing 11.5 rebounds per game. He also steals the ball once per game. Playing 37 minutes per game, Lee constantly maximizes his potential by following up his shots and scoring most points right under the basket. On the assist front, he dishes 3.4 per game.
Lee also shoots 52.3 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. His midrange shooting has improved drastically and has multiple moves in the paint. He is one of the leaders on a very young Warriors squad and shows his aggressiveness every night.
George Hill, guard, Indiana Pacers: Last week's Beast Report featured Paul George and now we shift to another Pacers starter. Hill, like the rest of the Pacers are all taking turns attempting to fill the injured Danny Granger's (knee) spot. Hill has helped fantasy owners out in many categories thus far while playing 35 minutes a game.
Hill has been scoring 14.9 points while shooting 40 percent from the field. He has grabbed 4.3 rebounds and dished 5.5 assists per game. He also averages a steal per game and a block every other game. From the line, he shoots 85.7 percent. He is a very balanced player; when and if Granger comes back, Hill will still be running the floor as he as made a name for himself in the league over the last few seasons.
Marcin Gortat, center, Phoenix Suns: Gortat grabbed 10 rebounds per game last season. This season he is averaging 8.3 boards. Though his rebounding has slightly decreased, he has improved in other areas of the game. Gortat now averages 2.1 blocks per game, unlike 1.5 from last season. He has scored 11.2 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field. He will even grab you a steal every other game.
Coming off of a solid year, most of Gortat's stats have decreased but not plummeted. These are slight decreases ... and in fantasy basketball, you have to be patient. The reason Gortat is a beast is because of how aggressive he plays, and by the end of the season I expect him to be averaging double figures in both points and rebounds. It takes time to learn to mesh with different players and the Suns are a different team from last season. It comforts me that Gortat's stats have been hit only a little bit with all of the roster changes the Suns had.