With injuries to Nene and Andrew Bynum, let's take a look to see if we can find some waiver-wire pickups to help ease the blow during their absence:


Josh Boone, F (NJ): It seems like Josh Boone and Sean Williams alternate minutes and fantasy relevance, and Boone happens to be the flavor of the minute for Lawrence Frank. He's averaged 27 minutes per game over December and January, and has averaged 9.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 BLK, 1.0 STL per game. Those are good numbers and if he keeps them up, it won't matter to you when or if Nene returns.


Rashad McCants, G (MIN): Although Randy Foye should be returning shortly, it is worth noting that Rashad McCants is getting better as the season progresses. From December to January, he's improved on his points per game (19.0), rebounds (4.3), free throws made per game (3.0), field goal percentage (52.4%) and assists (3.2). It is uncertain whether he can keep this up for the long haul since he has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Maybe he is finally starting to connect the dots.

Cuttino Mobley, G (LAC): Looking for points and threes? Cuttino Mobley is a good source, even though he's not in the nightly starting lineup. Mobley averages about 30 minutes a games and has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 15 games and has averaged just over one three-pointer per game. He'll throw in assists and rebounds sporadically, but mostly you are getting points and threes with him.

Deshawn Stevenson, G (WAS): Since Mister 50 started playing more than 30 minutes per game in November, he's become a reasonable fantasy contributor. Particularly in January, DeShawn Stevenson is averaging 13.9 PPG, 4.0 RPB, 2.9 APG, 1.9 3PG, 3.4 FTG and 1.0 SPG. With Gilbert Arenas out for a while, you can expect Stevenson to keep this up.


New York Knicks Point Guard Situation: Isiah Thomas might be close to getting canned. Stephon Marbury has an ankle injury that may require surgery. Fred Jones has been starting in his place. Nate Robinson has been receiving hefty amounts of playing time.

This situation is a mess, but I'll try to handicap it. If you own Marbury, you keep him on your roster until you know he's injured for a prolonged period of time. If he is out for a while, Nate Robinson picks up some steam. Fred Jones has little fantasy value whether he's starting or sitting. And if Marbury is fine, he's the only player of the three worth keeping.

The trade deadline is approaching and the Knicks are always a wild card at this time. They could be even more so given the possibility that Thomas could get fired soon. He might want to go out with a bang.

Antonio McDyess, F (DET): There was a time over the last couple of years when Antonio McDyess was the main - and only - front court depth that the Detroit Pistons had. Now they have plenty. On top of that, McDyess has been struggling in the points category of late. His value is limited to just points and rebounds - the two cheapest commodities in fantasy basketball. You can find someone better.