Editor's Note: Matt Buser started a franchise of his own, but remains a top expert in fantasy basketball and his court vision is sharp as ever. We continue to encourage you to visit busersports.com, but we'll also feature his analysis frequently in the Roto Arcade. We begin with Friday's Heat-Raptors deal that sent Jermaine O'Neal and Jamario Moon to Miami in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
So the much-speculated deal finally went down Friday. Apparently the Heat felt good enough about what O'Neal (15.6 points, 7.4 boards, 3.3 blocks and 36 minutes over the past eight games) and Michael Beasley (14 points, 5.9 boards over the past 21 games) have been showing to finally pull the trigger. And the swapping out of Banks for Moon is a clear win for the Heat. Let's take a look at the new depth charts:
PG: Mario Chalmers, Chris Quinn
SG: Dwyane Wade, Daequan Cook, James Jones
SF: Michael Beasley, Jamario Moon, Yakhouba Diawara, Dorell Wright
PF: Udonis Haslem
C: Jermaine O'Neal, Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, Mark Blount
It's no guarantee that Beasley starts at small forward, but it makes sense to me that he would. Moon should see similar playing time either way, with Beasley getting minutes at both forward positions either way. Considering what O'Neal is replacing at center – Anthony and Magloire have combined for 4.1 FGA in 30 minutes per game – we could see Wade's scoring decline ever-so-slightly (an uptick in efficiency could make that a wash). And in O'Neal's case, of course, everything hinges on his health.
PG: Jose Calderon, Roko Ukic, Marcus Banks, Will Solomon
SG: Anthony Parker, Jason Kapono
SF: Shawn Marion, Joey Graham
PF: Chris Bosh, Kris Humphries
C: Andrea Bargnani, Jake Voskuhl, Nathan Jawai
The trade guarantees that Bargnani starts at center for the rest of the season – in his 21 starts there thus far, he's averaged 18.4 points, 2.1 threes, 6.5 boards, and 1.1 blocks in 36 minutes. Marion's prospects improve on a team that will push the ball more than the half-court heavy Heat – what fantasy owners really need to be hoping for is that he starts shooting more threes. Bosh figures to stay fairly consistent when you consider how he performed when O'Neal joined him in the starting lineup (30 games, 22.3 points, .492 FG%, 9.7 boards, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks) and when O'Neal did not (21 games, 22.2 points, .502 FG%, 9.3 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.2 blocks).
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