Mike Conley Jr., PG (MEM): Marc Iavaroni is now giving the starter's minutes to his "Ferrari", Mike Conley Jr. The fourth pick in last year's draft has started four straight games and is going to see a lot of time now that Damon Stoudamire has been cut out of the picture. Conley has averaged 9.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.5 RPG and 2.0 SPG in his four starts. Make sure you pick him up.

Joe Smith, F (CHI): I can't believe that I'm going to recommend the guy who cost the Minnesota Timberwolves four first-round picks, but he's playing well. As a starter, Joe Smith is averaged 12.8 PPG and 6.0 RPG. He's blocked at least one shot in five straight games and has scored 13 points or more in seven of his last nine games. He's still Joe Smith, which might mean that your investment will only be short term, but interim head coach Jim Boylan has a lot of confidence in Smith and is showing it.


Nate Robinson, G (NYK): If you are looking for a short-term solution, Nate Robinson might be able to give you a lift with threes and points. He'll throw in rebounds and assists, but his production in those categories is spotty from game-to-game. Robinson is averaging more than 30 minutes per game in January, but with Isiah Thomas coaching, it is difficult to rely on his rotations. Didn't he have 55 different starting lineups two years ago?

Jeff Green, F (SEA): It ain't easy being green but it has been a little easier being Jeff Green - the Supersonics' other first-round pick - since he's become a starter. Green has started six straight games and as you would imagine, with added minutes he has been more productive. Right now, he's more of a long-term investment because there isn't really any consistent production in one category. But you can already see that he's kind of a Josh Howard-type: a guy who will chip in across the board with points, rebounds, blocks, steals and assists.

Sebastian Telfair, PG (MIN): Sebastian Telfair has been dropped significantly this week, mostly because everyone is expecting the return of Randy Foye shortly. But I'm not so sure that Telfair gets the shaft when Foye returns. Foye could play shooting guard more, leaving Telfair to run the point. The skinny is that Telfair is averaging 5.7 assists per game and if a player is averaging more than five, he shouldn't be on the waiver-wire. Hold onto him until he proves to be unworthy. He also averages 1.1 steals per game.


Damien Wilkins, F (SEA): After burning up October with averages of 14.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.3 3PG and 1.1 SPG, Damien Wilkins has declined in literally every category. He's clearly not part of the long-term plan in Seattle/Oklahoma City, so don't expect him to post anymore crazy averages.

Kurt Thomas, F (SEA): On the surface, Kurt Thomas' 6.6 PPG, 9.6 RPG and 1.1 BPG looks stellar. The reality, though, is that it probably won't last. For starters, Chris Wilcox, who should be cutting into his stats, has been sidelined for most of the last five games. Secondly, Thomas is not part of the long-term solution, so even if the Sonics don't deal him at the trade deadline, he's like to give way to one of the 99 project centers that the Sonics have on their roster. They might be part of Seattle's future - Thomas is not.

Juan Carlos Navarro, G (MEM): Don Juan Carlos Navarro is an excellent source for three-pointers if you only count every second game. Navarro showed a bit of consistency between Dec. 14 - 19 when he totaled 12 threes in four games, but he only has eight since then. He hasn't notched three-pointers in consecutive games since Dec. 22 and Dec. 26. His minutes are declining and he's not worth owning right now.