Learn your lesson: Five things to live by in fantasy basketball
In addition, Kurt Rambis' Timberwolves are currently leading the league in possessions per game at 100.7. Unlike the Knicks, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in offensive efficiency, shooting only 44 percent as a team. All those missed shots don't do much for the Timberwolves and their fantasy value -- although they have helped Kevin Love to lead the league in rebounding by a wide margin.
Instead, Collison has looked very much like a 23-year-old struggling to learn a new offensive system. He's splitting time at the point with T.J. Ford and is only averaging 4.1 assists per game this year after averaging 9.1 in 37 starts last season. Ariza is also struggling with his new team, shooting 37 percent from the field. He's one of the least efficient offensive players in the league, and has become a marginal fantasy player despite averaging 34 minutes a game.
Murphy has been the most disappointing of all the players involved in the trade. He was injured to start the year, and then quickly found himself completely out of Avery Johnson's rotation. The Nets likely will trade Murphy, and his situation eventually will improve. But for now those unfortunate fantasy teams who took a chance on Murphy got the biggest disappointment of the season: a top 50 fantasy pick who is currently averaging 17 minutes and 3.5 points a game off the bench for the Nets.
Before the start of the season, Oden's original timetable put him back on the court at the beginning of December. Instead a knee injury ended his season before he could even play in his first game. Roy is struggling to play through pain and swelling in his left knee. He is currently out to rest that knee and is expected to miss at least another week with the injury, if not longer.