This week, I would like to address an issue that has been on my mind since the fantasy basketball season started. Why doesn't the NBA count dunks as an official statistic?
If dunks were counted as an official stat in NBA games, it would make the fantasy game just a little bit more exciting. I'm pretty sure I am not the first one to think of this idea, but I think it's a great idea anyway.
Why do I think dunks should be counted in NBA games, as well as fantasy games? First off, in the fantasy world, we use turnovers as a stat, and if you have a player such as Dwight Howard on your team, it's not a fun stat to have. Secondly, if dunks were counted as a stat, players such as Howard would be awarded for their prowess in the paint and not for their lousy ball-handling skills.
Third, it would just make the game - fantasy and reality - more fun to count dunks as a statistic.
The thing that really made me think about having dunks as an official stat began back at the beginning of the season, when I noticed that Kevin Garnett had three dunks and four turnovers in one game. I thought to myself, "Why can't dunks be an optional stat to have instead of having turnovers?" Turnovers are an annoying stat to have in the fantasy game in the first place, and dunks would make the fantasy game a bit more interesting.
Waiver wire picks
Enough ranting about dunks, let's see who you can go out and grab off the waiver wire to make an impact on your fantasy basketball team.
Hakim Warrick, forward, Memphis Grizzlies - I find almost hard to believe this guy is not owned in at least 65 percent of Yahoo leagues right now. He stands at 47 percent ownership after scoring in double figures his past 11 games. It seems as if Hakim has found his steam going into the second half of the NBA season. He is a great pickup right now while he's on a roll, and if you're in need of a forward who can produce great numbers for you, then he's your man.
Mardy Collins, point guard/shooting guard, Los Angeles Clippers - Throughout his past four games, Collins has averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, two steals and close to a block per game. That is a pretty balanced stat line from a lesser known player, and he could be very useful for a team in need of a balanced attack from the guard positions.
That's all for this week fantasy players. Look for a 2009 fantasy baseball preview next week.
Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached at email@example.com.