The playoffs are here for most owners, and we have some quick players that are either rising or falling. Take a quick look, and good luck in the playoffs.
J.J. Hickson, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers acquired Hickson to beef up their frontcourt depth, and so far he is panning out. The former King has been filling in for Przybilla and Lamarucs Aldridge, while averaging 16 points and almost eight rebounds. Everybody is picking this guy up, so if he’s available, follow the trend.
Carl Landry, PF/C, New Orleans Hornets
Due to the several injuries to an already weak Hornet’s frontcourt, Landry has been able to step in and produce. But even though he’s playing very well of late, the injury bug might’ve reached his locker as he has been out for the past two games. Before missing back to back games he was averaging nearly 23 points and eight rebounds. When Landry returns, I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to produce those types of numbers.
Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, Charlotte Bobcats
Henderson returned from injury a couple of weeks back, but now he’s finally starting to come into form. The lengthy forward isn’t going to give you much more than steals and points, but that is enough to overshadow those flaws. In Henderson’s last five games, he is averaging 15 points, but expect those numbers to rise as we hit the home stretch in the 2012 season. Henderson has also been a hot add in all leagues, so keep him on your radar if he’s available in your league.
Amare Stoudemire, PF/C, New York Knicks
Stoudemire will travel to Indiana with the team after having a treatment on his back, but this might not be the end of injuries for the Knick’s forward. Stoudemire hasn’t played for four straight games, and people who own Stoudemire are dropping him like he’s hot. Depending on whether he plays Tuesday, and the reports come back well, we will have to see if he can stay healthy for the home stretch.
Carlos Delfino, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Monta Ellis is finally starting to become comfortable in his new role, and Mike Dunleavy has also been streaking of late. Those two things mean that Delfino isn’t getting enough minutes to produce. Delfino has also been injured, which definitely won’t help ease him back into his role. If the Bucks are serious about making the playoffs, then you won’t see Delfino very much for the remainder if the season.
Corey Maggette, SF, Charlotte Bobcats
Maggette will once again be sidelined with an injury. This seems like a common theme, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bobcats just completely shut him down, as they are completely out of the playoff hunt. When Maggette was on the floor he was very productive, but rarely did he make the floor in 2012.