With Williamson injured, roles have changed and New Orleans has struggled to find consistency. The biggest change has been the use of Valanciunas and Graham. Valanciunas has been the Pelicans' most steady player this season, averaging 19.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per game -- a career high in scoring and just shy of his career-high 12.5 boards last season.
In case you missed it, the New York Knicks are already rumored to have placed Kemba Walker on the trade block. This follows head coach Tom Thibodeau’s shocking decision to kick the four-time All-Star out of his rotation completely. Walker’s market value is reportedly at an all-time low right now, but as it appears, the Knicks could be looking at a former first overall pick in a potential swap.
Blake Griffin was not playing well, at least on offense when word came from Steve Nash that LaMarcus Aldridge was going to take his place in the starting lineup. He was averaging a career-low 5.5 points shooting just 31.8 percent overall and a shocking 16.1 percent from 3-point range in 17 starts. In his 26-game stint last season, Griffin averaged 10.0 points and shot 49.2 percent overall and 38.3 percent from deep.