Brandon Roy's return had the potential to be one of the best stories of the 2012-13 NBA season. But sadly, it seems the comeback is close to ending before it really had a chance to begin. The condition of Roy's knee is now being described as Level III degenerative arthritis. Level IV means knee replacement.
I've been expressing skepticism about Roy for weeks, but at this point, I can't see any reason to have him on a fantasy roster.
The big beneficiary of Roy's absence is rookie guard Alexey Shved. In the first four games after Roy was forced out of the lineup, Shved posted averages of 14.5 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 block in 29 minutes per game. But those numbers haven't triggered a huge Black Friday discount run on Shved; he's still available in about 85 percent of all Yahoo! Fantasy NBA leagues.
Are people sleeping on Shved? Maybe. But consider . . .
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