Fantasy Basketball: Stephen Jackson Dealt to Charlotte

Nov 16, 2009

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Well, Stephen Jackson got his wish–sort of. He forced his way out of Golden State. Unfortunately he did not land with a contender, rather a struggling Charlotte Bobcats team. The good news for Stephen Jackson owners is the fact that he’s no longer at the whim of Don Nelson, and his bizarre playing time allocation.

Jackson’s value should go up a bit as he will be the focal point of Charlotte’s offense. Acie Law came over as well, but doesn’t have much fantasy value. Jackson’s arrival doesn’t bode well for the assist totals of Boris Diaw as the offense will likely run through Jackson. Diaw’s scoring could see an increase though. Gerald Wallace should see an increase in scoring as well. Raymond Felton’s fantasy value shouldn’t take much of a hit, but D.J. Augustin’s may.

For Golden State, Raja Bell’s fantasy value increases slightly as he provides injury relief following the loss of Kelenna Azubuike. Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow should get more opportunities with Jackson’s departure. Vladimir Radmanovic, who came over from Charlotte, should get a slight bump in production with his ability to hit the long ball. He was getting just 16.6 minutes per game for the Bobcats, and could see a slight increase in Nellie’s system. He’ll remain an inconsistent option though, and not worth adding until he proves otherwise.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    November 16th, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I don’t think Jackson could have expected to land with a contender after his “I don’t want to be team captain” tirade a few weeks ago — contenders don’t want the hassle of dealing with someone like that.

    I read somewhere that the Cavs were interested but didn’t want the baggage. I hope Jackson learned his lesson — being a team player is really important, because you never know when a contender wants to trade for you and give you a shot at a title.

    I really believe if Jackson would have kept his mouth shut, he would be in Cleveland right now instead of Charlotte. But, the Bobcats look to have some pieces coming together — they may not contend this year, but I see them in the playoff hunt in the next 2-3 years, especially in the Eastern Conference.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 16th, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    It’s a shame because the Cavs could have used him.

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