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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

13.0

REB

7.4

AST

1.5

STL

0.5

BLK

0.1

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Carlos Boozer was amnestied by the Chicago Bulls in July, and the Los Angeles Lakers won the amnesty bidding process. Last season, Boozer averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game in 28 minutes per game through 76 games played. He s...

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HT: 6' 9"   WT: 258 lbs   DOB: 11/20/1981  College: Duke   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #35 Overall in 2002   Show ContractHide Contract

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Claimed off waivers by the Lakers in July 2014, after he was amnestied by the Bulls.

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Boozer posted a double-double in 25 minutes Monday against the Pacers as he scored 13 points (3-8 FG, 7-10 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

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Carlos Boozer NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 22 51 34.7 17.8 9.0 2.8 0.8 0.5 0.0 52.1 69.8 2.7 2.8 6.2 0.0 0.0 7.1 13.6 3.7 5.3
2005-06 23 33 31.1 16.3 8.6 2.7 0.9 0.2 0.0 54.9 72.3 2.1 2.2 6.4 0.0 0.0 6.6 12.1 3.0 4.2
2006-07 24 74 34.6 20.9 11.7 3.0 0.9 0.3 0.0 56.1 68.5 2.6 3.2 8.5 0.0 0.0 8.7 15.6 3.4 5.0
2007-08 25 81 34.9 21.1 10.4 2.9 1.2 0.5 0.0 54.7 73.8 2.6 2.4 8.0 0.0 0.0 8.8 16.0 3.6 4.9
2008-09 26 37 32.4 16.2 10.4 2.1 1.1 0.2 0.0 49.0 69.8 2.1 3.0 7.4 0.0 0.0 6.8 13.8 2.6 3.8
2009-10 27 78 34.3 19.5 11.2 3.2 1.1 0.5 0.0 56.2 74.2 2.7 2.3 8.9 0.0 0.0 7.9 14.1 3.7 4.9
2010-11 28 CHI 59 31.9 17.5 9.6 2.5 0.8 0.3 0.0 51.0 70.1 2.5 2.2 7.4 0.0 0.0 7.3 14.3 2.9 4.1
2011-12 29 CHI 66 29.5 15.0 8.5 1.9 1.0 0.4 0.0 53.2 69.3 1.7 1.7 6.8 0.0 0.0 6.8 12.8 1.4 2.1
2012-13 30 CHI 79 32.2 16.2 9.8 2.3 0.8 0.4 0.0 47.7 73.1 2.2 2.2 7.5 0.0 0.0 6.9 14.4 2.4 3.3
2013-14 31 CHI 76 28.2 13.7 8.3 1.6 0.7 0.3 0.0 45.6 76.7 2.0 1.8 6.5 0.0 0.0 5.9 12.9 1.9 2.5
2013-14 31 LAL 76 28.2 13.7 8.3 1.6 0.7 0.3 0.0 45.6 76.7 2.0 1.8 6.5 0.0 0.0 5.9 12.9 1.9 2.5
2013-14 31 CHI/LAL 152 28.2 13.7 8.3 1.6 0.7 0.3 0.0 45.6 76.7 2.0 1.8 6.5 0.0 0.0 5.9 12.9 1.9 2.5
2014-15 32 LAL 24 26.4 13.0 7.4 1.5 0.5 0.1 0.0 50.7 65.5 1.2 1.9 5.5 0.0 0.0 5.7 11.3 1.6 2.4
Rest Of Season Projections 33 LAL 53 25.9 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Carlos Boozer
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Carlos Boozer NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 27.7 16.3 12.0 1.7 0.3 0.7 0.0 58.8 69.2 1.0 3.7 8.3 0.0 0.0 6.7 11.3 3.0 4.3
Last 14 Days 6 25.3 13.0 9.7 1.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 50.8 63.2 0.8 2.2 7.5 0.0 0.0 5.5 10.8 2.0 3.2
Last 30 Days 13 25.2 12.5 8.2 1.2 0.5 0.2 0.0 51.0 56.7 0.9 1.8 6.5 0.0 0.0 5.6 11.0 1.3 2.3
Last 5 Games 5 26.8 15.2 10.2 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 54.2 63.2 0.6 2.6 7.6 0.0 0.0 6.4 11.8 2.4 3.8
Last 10 Games 10 25.6 13.5 8.7 1.2 0.6 0.2 0.0 54.1 65.2 0.9 1.9 6.8 0.0 0.0 6.0 11.1 1.5 2.3
Last 20 Games 20 26.6 13.7 7.8 1.4 0.6 0.1 0.0 51.9 63.3 1.0 1.9 5.9 0.0 0.0 6.1 11.7 1.6 2.5

 

Carlos Boozer Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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True Shooting Percentage

52.8%

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In 2014-15, Carlos Boozer has a true shooting percentage of 52.8%.

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Carlos Boozer NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 22 51 36.0 18.5 9.3 2.9 0.8 0.5 0.0 52.1 69.8 2.8 2.9 6.4 0.0 0.0 7.3 14.1 3.8 5.4
2005-06 23 33 36.0 18.9 10.0 3.1 1.1 0.3 0.0 54.9 72.3 2.4 2.6 7.4 0.0 0.0 7.7 14.0 3.5 4.8
2006-07 24 74 36.0 21.8 12.2 3.1 1.0 0.3 0.0 56.1 68.5 2.7 3.3 8.9 0.0 0.0 9.1 16.2 3.6 5.2
2007-08 25 81 36.0 21.8 10.7 3.0 1.3 0.5 0.0 54.7 73.8 2.7 2.5 8.2 0.0 0.0 9.0 16.5 3.7 5.0
2008-09 26 37 36.0 18.0 11.6 2.4 1.2 0.2 0.0 49.0 69.8 2.4 3.3 8.2 0.0 0.0 7.5 15.4 2.9 4.2
2009-10 27 78 36.0 20.5 11.8 3.3 1.1 0.5 0.0 56.2 74.2 2.9 2.4 9.3 0.0 0.0 8.3 14.8 3.8 5.2
2010-11 28 CHI 59 36.0 19.8 10.8 2.8 0.9 0.3 0.0 51.0 70.1 2.9 2.5 8.3 0.0 0.0 8.2 16.2 3.3 4.7
2011-12 29 CHI 66 36.0 18.3 10.4 2.3 1.2 0.4 0.0 53.2 69.3 2.1 2.1 8.3 0.0 0.0 8.3 15.6 1.8 2.5
2012-13 30 CHI 79 36.0 18.1 10.9 2.5 0.9 0.4 0.0 47.7 73.1 2.5 2.5 8.4 0.0 0.0 7.7 16.1 2.7 3.7
2013-14 31 CHI 76 36.0 17.5 10.6 2.0 0.9 0.4 0.0 45.6 76.7 2.6 2.3 8.3 0.0 0.0 7.5 16.5 2.5 3.2
2013-14 31 LAL 76 36.0 17.5 10.6 2.0 0.9 0.4 0.0 45.6 76.7 2.6 2.3 8.3 0.0 0.0 7.5 16.5 2.5 3.2
2013-14 31 CHI/LAL 152 36.0 17.5 10.6 2.0 0.9 0.4 0.0 45.6 76.7 2.6 2.3 8.3 0.0 0.0 7.5 16.5 2.5 3.2
2014-15 32 LAL 24 36.0 17.7 10.1 2.0 0.7 0.2 0.0 50.7 65.5 1.6 2.6 7.5 0.0 0.0 7.8 15.4 2.2 3.3
Rest Of Season Projections 33 LAL 53 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Carlos Boozer
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Carlos Boozer NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 22 51 1772 909 457 144 41 24 0 52.1 69.8 137 141 316 1 0.0 361 693 187 268
2005-06 23 33 1025 537 285 88 30 8 0 54.9 72.3 69 73 212 0 0.0 219 399 99 137
2006-07 24 74 2557 1549 867 221 70 21 0 56.1 68.5 194 235 632 0 0.0 647 1153 255 372
2007-08 25 81 2827 1708 844 233 100 41 0 54.7 73.8 210 197 647 1 0.0 709 1297 290 393
2008-09 26 37 1197 599 385 79 39 7 0 49.0 69.8 79 111 274 0 0.0 251 512 97 139
2009-10 27 78 2673 1519 874 247 84 36 0 56.2 74.2 212 181 693 0 0.0 617 1098 285 384
2010-11 28 CHI 59 1882 1033 565 145 45 18 0 51.0 70.1 149 130 435 0 0.0 431 845 171 244
2011-12 29 CHI 66 1948 991 564 125 63 24 0 53.2 69.3 115 114 450 1 0.0 448 842 95 137
2012-13 30 CHI 79 2546 1281 771 179 66 28 0 47.7 73.1 176 175 596 2 0.0 544 1140 193 264
2013-14 31 CHI 76 2141 1042 632 118 53 22 0 45.6 76.7 154 137 495 2 0.0 447 980 148 193
2013-14 31 LAL 76 2141 1042 632 118 53 22 0 45.6 76.7 154 137 495 2 0.0 447 980 148 193
2013-14 31 CHI/LAL 152 4282 2084 1264 236 106 44 0 45.6 76.7 308 274 990 4 0.0 894 1960 296 386
2014-15 32 LAL 24 633 312 177 35 13 3 0 50.7 65.5 29 45 132 0 0.0 137 270 38 58
Rest Of Season Projections 33 LAL 53 1372 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Carlos Boozer
Preseason Projections 33 LAL 77 2449 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Carlos Boozer

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Carlos Boozer NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 22 51 34.7 56.0 52.1 13.2 12.5 1.1 20.1
2005-06 23 33 31.1 58.5 54.9 14.3 11.2 1.3 20.0
2006-07 24 74 34.6 58.8 56.1 12.8 11.2 1.1 25.8
2007-08 25 81 34.9 58.1 54.7 12.2 11.0 1.1 25.0
2008-09 26 37 32.4 52.3 49.0 10.8 10.8 1.0 19.6
2009-10 27 78 34.3 59.9 56.2 14.3 12.3 1.2 25.2
2010-11 28 CHI 59 31.9 54.2 51.0 11.6 12.0 1.0 19.8
2011-12 29 CHI 66 29.5 54.9 53.2 10.9 10.1 1.1 18.4
2012-13 30 CHI 79 32.2 51.0 47.7 11.1 10.9 1.0 18.8
2013-14 31 CHI 76 28.2 48.9 45.6 8.8 11.5 0.8 14.9
2013-14 31 LAL 76 28.2 48.9 45.6 8.8 11.5 0.8 14.9
2013-14 31 CHI/LAL 152 28.2 48.9 45.6 8.8 11.5 0.8 14.9
2014-15 32 LAL 24 26.4 52.8 50.7 9.7 8.1 1.2 14.9
Rest Of Season Projections 33 LAL 53 25.9 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Carlos Boozer
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Carlos Boozer 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 15 at IND 25 13 10 2 1 0 1 3 8 7 10 0 0 2 8 0
Dec 14 at MIN 27 22 13 2 0 0 1 10 14 2 3 0 0 6 7 4
Dec 12 at SAS 31 14 13 1 0 2 1 7 12 0 0 0 0 3 10 3
Dec 9 SAC 28 15 9 1 1 0 0 6 13 3 6 0 0 0 9 1
Dec 7 NOP 23 12 6 1 0 0 0 6 12 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
Dec 5 at BOS 18 2 7 1 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Dec 3 at WAS 26 10 8 0 1 0 2 5 9 0 0 0 0 2 6 3
Dec 2 at DET 26 14 7 2 2 0 0 7 13 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
Nov 30 TOR 30 18 9 2 0 0 2 9 15 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
Nov 28 MIN 22 15 5 0 1 0 0 6 9 3 4 0 0 2 3 2
Nov 26 MEM 21 4 6 1 0 0 1 2 6 0 2 0 0 1 5 2
Nov 23 DEN                                
Nov 21 at DAL 20 12 1 2 0 0 0 6 11 0 2 0 0 0 1 3
Nov 19 at HOU 30 12 13 1 0 0 2 5 15 2 3 0 0 3 10 3
Nov 18 at ATL 29 20 10 2 0 0 0 10 14 0 0 0 0 4 6 3
Nov 16 GSW 21 6 5 1 0 0 0 3 13 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
Nov 14 SAS 32 19 8 1 2 0 2 8 13 3 4 0 0 2 6 2
Nov 12 at NOP 34 16 6 0 2 0 2 6 13 4 6 0 0 2 4 2
Nov 11 at MEM 29 20 8 3 0 0 0 8 13 4 5 0 0 4 4 6
Nov 9 CHA 30 16 5 1 1 0 2 7 11 2 2 0 0 0 5 5
Nov 4 PHO 29 13 6 4 0 0 1 6 13 1 2 0 0 1 5 4
Nov 1 at GSW 24 9 4 1 0 0 0 4 9 1 1 0 0 3 1 4
Oct 31 LAC 29 9 7 3 0 1 2 3 9 3 5 0 0 2 5 5
Oct 29 at PHO 23 4 4 1 1 0 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Oct 28 HOU 28 17 7 2 1 0 0 7 13 3 3 0 0 3 4 1

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Carlos Boozer: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Boozer scored 22 points (10-14 FG, 2-3 FT) with 13 rebounds, both season highs, and added two assists in 27 minutes Sunday.

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Boozer scored 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 FT) and added nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes of play against the Kings on Tuesday.

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Boozer will likely remain in a bench role for the next 10 to 15 games, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Boozer scored 12 points (6-12 FG) with six rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench Sunday.

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Boozer will come off the bench Sunday against the Pelicans.

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Boozer scored 18 points (9-15 FG) with nine rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes during Sunday's OT win over the Raptors.

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Boozer returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Grizzlies after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Nuggets with a sore left shoulder, but struggled, scoring just four points (2-6 FG, 0-2 FT) with six rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.

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Boozer (shoulder) will start Wednesday against the Grizzlies, ESPN Radio Los Angeles reports.

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Boozer (shoulder) could return Wednesday against the Grizzlies, with Lakers coach Byron Scott sounding "optimistic" about Boozer's chances to play, Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times reports.

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Boozer (shoulder) did not practice Monday due to soreness in his shoulder.

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Boozer (shoulder) will not play Sunday against the Nuggets, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

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Boozer (shoulder) did not practice Saturday, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Boozer came off a solid season in his 2012-13 campaign, averaging 16.2 points (48 percent from the field, 73 percent from the line), 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32 minutes per game. He was one of the main offensive options for the Bulls, who played the entire season without former MVP Derrick Rose. With Rose set to return to the 2013-14 season, an entirely different offensive system may be in place for the Bulls, which could negatively affect Boozer's touches. Boozer will head into his 12th season in the NBA at 31 years of age, where he could see a decline in overall production. Despite this, Boozer should still remain a solid fantasy option in a variety of leagues as long as he can stay healthy. He has missed just three games over the last two seasons. While his contributions are limited to just two or three categories, Boozer can still have a positive impact on fantasy rosters.

2012-13

The Bulls bought into Boozer on the wrong side of his career arc. Once a double-double machine in Utah and thought to be part of Chicago’s “big three,” Boozer has experienced drop offs in each of his first two seasons with the Bulls. He averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season, which aren’t bad numbers, but not worth an average annual salary of $15 million. On the bright side, Boozer played and started all 66 games in the lockout-shortened season. Not many players can make that claim in a season when a day-to-day injury meant missing four games. While the trend on Boozer is heading downward, circumstances point to a bigger scoring role in 2012-13. Former MVP point guard Derrick Rose will miss approximately half the season. As we’ve seen the past few seasons, the Bulls have become Rose’s team, so Rose’s absence from the lineup opens up opportunities for others. Without him, we expect more offense to run through Boozer in the low post, where he still maintains an arsenal of moves. And he can be effective out to mid range. We’ll also need to see how Luol Deng copes with a torn ligament in his wrist. Deng is electing to not have surgery, but that doesn’t mean the wrist won’t become an issue at some point. If another core piece of the Bulls’ offense is forced to miss time, Boozer could have strong stretches where the Bulls are forced to put a lot of the offensive load on his shoulders this season.

2011-12

On the surface, Boozer’s first season with the Bulls looked fairly similar to his six-year stint with the Jazz, but there were signs of regression as the year wore on, especially in the playoffs. He finished the season with averages of 17.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 assists and 0.3 blocks while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor and 70.1 percent from the line – all in line with his career numbers. His production took a dip in the postseason, though, as Boozer averaged just 12.6 points per game. The 30-year-old veteran often looked athletically inferior to his competition, as his game is now purely below the rim. And while his move from Utah to Chicago meant Boozer would still be paired with one the league’s best point guards, it became apparent throughout the season his rapport with Derrick Rose wasn’t as smooth as the chemistry he shared with Deron Williams. Injuries were also a concern for Boozer again, after he missed 22 games with toe and ankle ailments, but neither appears to be a long-term issue. Despite some of the obvious flaws in his game, Boozer remains a solid source of scoring and rebuilding when healthy – just realize we’ve already seen the best he has to offer, and that was in Utah.

2010-11

For years, the lack of a consistent scorer on the front line has been a glaring weakness for the Bulls. This summer, they addressed that hole in a big way, acquiring Boozer via a sign-and-trade deal with the Jazz and giving the team – on paper at least – one of the most formidable cores in the East. Boozer is a lock to post a double-double nearly every night, and is one of very few players with the potential to average 20-and-10 – he came up just shy last season, averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 boards in 78 games for Utah. Of course, games played is a significant category for Boozer – a notoriously slow healer, Boozer played in just 37 games in 2008-09, 33 in 2005-06, and 51 in 2004-05. Like most top bigs, Boozer shoots a very high percentage from the floor – 56.2 percent from the field last season and just under 50 percent on his career. Unlike the truly elite, he doesn't give you much beyond the points, boards and shooting and is a very poor shot blocker. The big question this season is if he'll establish the same sort of rapport with Derrick Rose that he shared with Deron Williams as one of the league's top pick-and-roll combinations; the additions of ex-Jazz teammates Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer to Chicago's roster this summer could help speed his transition.

2009-10

After shedding the injury-prone label for a two-year stretch, Boozer was back on the sidelines for the majority of last season, as knee surgery cost him 44 straight games last year. (In fact, Boozer has missed at least 30 games in three of the past five seasons). When he finally returned to the court, he wasn’t entirely 100 percent, but Boozer picked it up down the stretch, including a monstrous, 23-point/22-rebound performance in the playoffs against the Lakers. During the offseason, Boozer decided not to opt out of his contract, so the Jazz are on the hook for $12.7 million this year. The team can’t be happy, since Paul Millsap proved he’s basically the same player as Boozer, but more durable, cheaper and younger. Still, Boozer’s expiring contract is a fine trade chip, and Utah will continue to explore deals. Because he’s likely to get moved at some point – perhaps around the trade deadline – Boozer’s value hinges in part on his future landing spot. Should he stay healthy, he’ll remain a nightly double-double threat so long as he sees north of 30 minutes per game.

2008-09

Fantasy general managers, take note: you don’t rule out players just because of their medical records. Carlos Boozer is living proof. Just two years ago, Boozer was one of the most notorious “lepers” in the Association, having missed 80 games from 2004 to 2006 due to the world’s slowest-healing hamstring. In 2007-08, he started 81 games – suddenly, he’s Cal Ripken. And he made the most of his good health, posting a career-high 21.1 points per game, along with a shooting percentage of 54.7 from the field. He’s also doing a great job of shaking another label – that of a fantasy player who scores and boards but doesn’t contribute elsewhere. Last year he posted a career-best 1.2 steals per game and an assist average of close to three – very nice numbers for a big man. (Though he still doesn’t block shots.) Look for Boozer to continue running the old pick-and-roll with Deron Williams – in the grand Utah tradition of Stockton to Malone – and rack up another 20-and-10 season.

2007-08

Boozer finally showed what he could do if healthy for an entire season. Missing only eight games (after missing 80 over the previous two), Boozer parlayed this health into a dominant 20.9-point, 11.7-rebound season, shooting 56.1 percent from the field and establishing himself as one of the best big men in the NBA. He still doesn’t contribute much on defense, but he got his assists up to 3.0 per game – a very respectable number for a power forward. If he can remain healthy this season, which is a big IF, he should remain one of the more effective fantasy big men in the league.

2006-07

Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz – After missing significant time with a hamstring injury, Boozer finished the second half of last season strong, scoring 21.8 points and hauling in 9.8 rebounds per game in April. Boozer was the starting center during that stretch – the best the Jazz put together all year – so look for him to play more center this season. Boozer has an excellent post game with a nice touch around the rim and handles passes well. Head coach Jerry Sloan prefers the half-court game and working the ball in to his bigs. And it’s not like teams can leave Mehmet Okur to concentrate on Boozer. The two make for one of the more potent frontcourts in basketball.

2005-06

Boozer has managed to upset fans in two cities, leaving Cleveland under dubious circumstances, and drawing accusations of dogging it in Utah when what was initially thought to be a minor foot injury kept him out for the last 31 games of the season. With Andrei Kirilenko out early in the year, Boozer was the unquestioned leader of the Jazz, averaging 20.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game over the first two months of the season. But as the season wore on, Boozer found himself in frequent foul trouble, limiting both his playing time and his production. Based on what he did in Cleveland two seasons ago, and the first two months of last season, there’s plenty of upside here if Boozer can stay healthy and keep his head in the game on the defensive end.

2004-05

First, let's set aside the question of Boozer's arrival as a member of the Utah Jazz. Most fantasy leagues don't award points for "integrity in contract negotiations" anyway. Instead, let's concentrate on the matter at hand - Carlos Boozer is an absolutely perfect fit for this team. He plays the game right. He's very smart. He will sacrifice his body and play hard every minute. He will cover the glass. Utah will have a lot of options on offense, which could hurt Boozer's scoring... but he should make up for it in boards.

2003-04

Boozer emerged as a valuable fantasy power forward after Tyrone Hill experienced back problems. He enters the 2003-04 season as the club’s starting power forward and should increase his minutes, meaning a potential for more points and rebounds. Expect 10 points and 8-9 rebounds per game. He’s got a nice touch around the basket, shooting 53.6 percent (3rd in NBA) from the field.