By Elvis GutierrezIn this week’s Fantasy Bucket, we highlight the contributions of two former fantasy studs making a comeback.
First Bottle: Dwight Howard
I don’t know why he doesn’t have many fans nowadays—except for the people of Charlotte—because Howard has been a straight beast lately with averages of 18 ppg, 16 rpg, 1.3 spg, and 3 bpg with a respectable (by Dwight Howard’s standards) 56% from the freethrow line. Good Dwight is back. We hope.
Second Bottle: Larry Nance Jr.
He doesn’t jump out of the box score like he does in real life, but he quietly contributes consistently. This week, the Son of Larry has been a beast on the defensive end with averages of 2.3 spg and 1.8bpg to go along with 11 ppg and 8 rpg. And you say Junior can only dunk.
Third Bottle: Dennis Smith Jr.
Another Junior made it on our list: the Son of Dennis. The tantalizing rookie averaged 23 ppg, 5 apg, 4 rpg, 2 spg and, most importantly, 87% from the freethrow line, where he struggled early in the season.
Fourth Bottle: Kyle Anderson
Sometimes, the “eye test” can fool you, because watching Kyle Anderson, you’d think he’s not doing anything on the floor with his slo-mo moves. Then you look at the box score and see that he filled it up in many ways. This week, in the absence of Kawhi Leonard, Anderson tore it up with averages of 7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpb, 2.3 apg, 2.5spg, 1.8bpg, and 1 3pg. Sometimes, you just gotta take it slow like slo-mo.
Fifth Bottle: DeMarre Carroll
Carroll has been quietly having a great comeback season with the rebuilding Nets. This week, he averaged 19 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2 apg, 2.3 3s, and 1 spg as he continues to reward the people who drafted him or plucked him off the wire. Everybody loves a comeback story.
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