Only time he starts is if the opposing team has a legit 7 footer at center. It's been that way all season.
Pick him up if your in a deep league with very deep benches.
Yeah the problem with Zaza (that name lol) is that he is about as frustrating to own as anyone in the league. Throughout his career not only has he been a much better real-life player than fantasy contributor but he has also always
been at the mercy of match-ups (more so than other starting C's) because while he's great at defending big-bigs he gets torched by smaller quicker C/PF's.
That's just exhibit A though, the real reason that I wouldn't be rushing to pick him up is that he guy is 7'0" & 280lbs and plays solid defense but his defensive #'s are just horrendous. He's never averaged over 0.5 BLK per game or 1.1 STL per game (and his STL/BLK seem to be decreasing with age) and he doesn't hit 3's (which isn't a big deal for a C but still part of the puzzle) and struggles to hand out more than 1.0 AST per game as well. Really, unless you're in a 14+ deep league with really serious managers I'd avoid him; you'd just be getting someone who doesn't do anything but not get TO's, grab modest REB & PTS along with solid %'s for a C. There are better options out there who will put up similar #'s but have the potential to explode, especially since we're pre-trade-deadline. Just to put it all in perspective, he got 28+ min/g last year (edit
- I thought I'd point out this was bc Al Horford was out with a major muscle tear and this won't happen again this year) and his #'s were: 49.9% FG, 74.1% FT, 7.8 PTS, 7.9 REB, 1.4 AST, 1.4 TO, 0.9 STL, 0.5 BLK. He averaged 12p/7r/1.5a when he was younger and playing 32 min/g but really the odds of that happening with Horoford, Smith, and Ivan Johnson all on board is really an impossibility. Look elsewhere unless you need 1) a guy to fill in on a Sunday or something at the end of the week where you're just trying to not lose %'s and need someone to contribute a little in other cat's or 2) you're in an extremely deep 14+ team league.
Btw, anyone else everything of "Zaza Peculiar" every time they see or hear his name? The guy is really weird haha.
Edited by krupocin, 18 January 2013 - 06:52 PM.