The Outlook goes around the league and examines which players are hot and cold, and which players you should keep an eye on. No team-by-team analysis this week, but I'll be back with a full outlook for Week 11.
With the holidays here, we have a Cliff's Notes version of the Outlook this week, with a quick look at upcoming schedule and a rundown of some top pickups.
1. Los Angeles Lakers (2 games: Utah, Portland)
1. Minnesota Timberwolves (4 games: Memphis, @Dallas, Golden State, @Chicago)
At 26 years old, Warrick is supposed to be entering the prime of his career, but he's yet to start a single game this season, has lost minutes to rookie
In two games before suffering a concussion, Thomas scored 38 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, nabbed 4 steals and blocked 4 shots. In three games since returning from the head injury, he's scored 37 points, grabbed 27 boards, nabbed 7 steals and blocked 6 shots. In those five games, he also made 20-of-22 free throws and is now shooting a rock solid 78.8 percent from the line.
Am I really hyping up a guy with a career average of 1.6 points per game? You bet. McGuire was one of my favorite players to watch in the '07 Vegas Summer League, thanks to his athleticism and versatility. He was recently promoted to Washington's starting lineup, and he's grabbed 29 boards, dished out 11 assists and blocked 3 shots in three games since. McGuire is shooting just 38 percent from the field and 53 percent from the line this season, but those numbers should improve once he gets used to being an NBA starter. The Wizards have a full four-game schedule in six of the next seven weeks (and 10 of the next 13), so McGuire is worth picking up in deeper leagues.
Even in deep leagues, most of these players will usually fly under the radar, but they could fill-in quite nicely.
Anyone who picked Johnson on draft day was reminded why on Saturday. He got the start in place of the injured
Hibbert has started the last six games for the Pacers, but his minutes have been limited. His rebounding rate is terrible for a guy who's 7-foot-2, but he's a decent shot-blocker with a nice low-post game and a soft touch around the rim. Hibbert managed to score 19 points in just 18 minutes on Sunday, and scored 15 points on a perfect 7-7 FG shooting in just 12 minutes on Friday. Those are impressive numbers for a rookie, so you might want to give him a look in deep leagues.
I suggested picking up McCants last week, and I'm mentioning him again since I haven't heard anything about