Josh Smith, ATL- Most people know Josh Smith for two reasons; he is outstanding in the Slam Dunk contest, and he is a beast in fantasy basketball. The key to Smith is that he posts numbers across the board on a nightly basis, specifically on the defensive end. His line Saturday night was as follows: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 6 blocks, and even a 3 pointer. Although his rebounding numbers were a bit down from his season average (8.9), he posted without question his best performance of the season. Smith simply produces in every single category, and for that he will continue to be regarded as a top-20 fantasy player by anybody who understands the true production he accumulates.
Danilo Gallinari, DEN- The Nuggets are a deep team, but with Nene Hilario out another game, the Nuggets have been somewhat depleted underneath the basket. Gallinari has seen a heavy amount of minutes the last two games (over 39 in each) and as long as Nene is out, this type of playing time should only continue. The former Knick from Italy scored 31 points along with 5 rebounds Saturday Night, and his scoring and 3-point numbers should remain strong for the time being.
Performances to Forget:
Toney Douglas, NYK- Douglas had already lost his starting job to rookie Iman Shumpert, but following his early departure due to a shoulder injury, playing time may be tough to find when he does return. Mike Bibby performed quite efficiently in his absence, hitting all 4 shots from long range, especially in crunch time situations.