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Daily Fantasy Basketball: Three Underutilized Big Men

Fantasy Basketball Enes Kanter
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In deciding to keep their crowded, free-agent laden front court intact for a playoff run, the Utah Jazz have subsequently banished Enes Kanter to the periphery for the remainder of 2013. Kanter has produced wildly productive numbers in his limited playing time —6.4 points (54% FG) and 4.1 rebounds in 14 minutes – but with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors all remaining in the picture his freedom will remain on hold, at least for a short while. Examples of his dynamic potential: in his lone career start on December 7th he finished with 18 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes; on February 6th he posted 17 points (7/9 FG), nine rebounds and five blocks in 17 minutes; on 2/23 he put up 15 points (6/7 FG) in 17 minutes. At 6’11 250, he provides activity on both backboards, an interior defensive presence and high percentage finishing around the rim.  Despite his lack of professional experience, last year’s third overall selection is physically and skillfully ready to be a mainstay contributor. The Jazz are +45 with Kanter on the floor, Ty Corbin is feeling the heat to up his PT. Good luck, coach.

Drafted as developmental project back in 2005, Ian Mahinmi has progressed rapidly over the last two seasons. Dealt from Dallas to Indiana in the off-season (along with George Hill), his minutes backing up the struggling and foul prone Roy Hibbert have been essential. With Hibbert on a shooting free fall and Tyler Hansbrough a defensive liability, Mahinmi has earned extended run. On Saturday night versus Detroit he recorded his second double-digit rebounding game of the season, pulling down ten boards total and six on the offensive end. He’s played 20+ minutes on nine occasions, which have yielded dividends to the tune of 8 points/ 7 rebounds/ 1.2 blocks per. Mahinmi won’t solve the Pacers half-court scoring issues, but his energy and athleticism are not present elsewhere on the roster. He’s agile, cleans up the mess around the bucket and displays better than expected touch.

Rookie Arnett Moultrie has seen his share of DNP’s this season, but those days should be over. Moultrie, a double-double machine at Mississippi State, is brimming with potential on a Sixers bench that is exceedingly short on NBA-caliber talent. Lavoy Allen is a solid defensive player, but what’s his ceiling? Does he really warrant 30 minutes a night? Damien Wilkins? Please. Currently standing at nine games below .500, Doug Collins should be sending the 22-year old out there every single night. During the month of February he’s getting 16 minutes per game, scoring 5.3 points, grabbing 4.8 rebounds and shooting nearly 58%. Unfortunately, the return from All-Star Weekend has also seen a return to old minute patterns (seven minutes in two games, including one DNP). It’s only a matter of time before Moultrie breaks the chains and separates himself from the raggedy pack.

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