By Matt Rochinski
Charlotte, NC Feb. 25, 2013 – The Bobcats hit the road today as they begin another West Coast trip, so finding the Charlotte player who plays best away from Time Warner Cable Arena® is crucial. While Kemba Walker is a great play in any fantasy league, the second-hottest Cat right now is Gerald Henderson, so get him in your lineup.
Henderson has been on a tear in February, posting some of the best numbers of his career. Through 11 games this month, Hendo has scored in double figures in 10 contests, coming up just short in the 11th with nine points. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.90 steals this month and is one of the Cats top road players. He’s put up 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.00 steal on the opponents’ home courts this season and been even better this month with averages of 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.17 steals in six games away from the Queen City.
In Los Angeles, it has been Blake Griffin who’s helped the Clippers to remain one of the NBA’s hottest teams. How hot has Griffin been? He’s scored in double-digits in every game of 2013 and currently leads the Clips in scoring (18.5 points) and rebounding (8.6) while adding 1.45 steals and 0.64 blocks this season. He could provide serious problems for the Cats on Tuesday – just hope Charlotte doesn’t send Griffin to the line often – he’s just 66.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Speaking of fantasy studs, DeMarcus Cousins has carried the Kings fantasy stats this season with averages of 17.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.60 steals and 0.62 blocks through 52 games. Finding a big man who can put up stats across the board the way Cousins does can prove invaluable for fantasy squads. The only real problem with Cousins comes with wondering if he will suit up for Sacramento every night. If Cousins can stay in a good place, he’ll continue to be the Kings best fantasy player.
With Griffin, Cousins and now LaMarcus Aldridge, it’s evident some opposing big men could put up good numbers against the Cats this week. That’s not good news as a Charlotte fan, but as a fantasy owner, you’d love to have one of these guys on your squad. Aldridge currently leads the Trail Blazers in scoring (20.8 points) and can facilitate from the post with an average of 2.5 assists. He’s also a terror on the defensive end with averages of 8.6 rebounds, 1.19 blocks and 0.83 steals.