Rick’s Tips: Players Who Need Minutes


Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for the triumphant return of “More Minutes Please!”

Step right up as we list 10 players who simply need a little more burn to breakthrough in fantasy basketball.

Anthony Davis, Hornets: Can someone please explain to me why the Hornets are not playing the top overall pick 30+ minutes per game? Davis is clocking just 28.6 minutes and still managing to put up 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.2 steals.

Andre Drummond, Pistons: In a measly 20.2 minutes per game, he is bagging 7.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 0.9 steals. Not sure why Lawrence Frank is resistant to starting Drummond and Greg Monroe together, but I do know that Jason Maxiell shouldn’t be starting over the UConn rookie.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs: I don’t understand limiting him to 28.8 minutes per game (9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.3 threes). Why not run him out there for 33-36 minutes and let him blossom into a star that could help the Spurs win their first title since 2007?

JaVale McGee, Nuggets: The Nuggets gave McGee over $40 million in the offseason, then they mysteriously play him 18.7 minutes per game? Imagine what his stat line of 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks would look like in even 28 minutes.

Derrick Favors, Jazz: I fully expect the Jazz to unload Paul Millsap before the trade deadline, freeing up starter’s minutes for Favors, who is averaging 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 0.9 steals in 21.8 minutes.

Patrick Patterson, Rockets: In 25.4 minutes, Patterson is averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 0.8 threes, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line. Patterson is the perfect finesse 4 to Omer Asik’s dirty-work 5, but the Rockets are taking a long look at 2011 lottery pick Marcus Morris.

Markieff Morris, Suns: Marcus’ twin brother needs more minutes in Phoenix, as Markieff is averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.2 minutes. The Suns’ rebuild demands 28+ minutes from Morris, who has the potential to be a 1-1-1 guy in the blocks, steals, and threes.

Harrison Barnes, Warriors: The time has come for Mark Jackson to lengthen his leash on the prized rookie, who is averaging 25.7 minutes, 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 threes, and 0.7 steals. In 30 minutes, Barnes could average 13 points and 6 rebounds, with 1+ and 1+ in the threes and steals.

Marcus Thornton, Kings: How did Lil Buckets go from the Kings’ closer to basically out of the rotation? I think it’s a joke that Thornton’s hustle and big-shot ability is left on the bench in most games. In 23.9 minutes, he’ still averaging 11.4 points, 1.7 threes, and 1.0 steal.

Nene, Wizards: Brace yourself, as what you are about to read may shock you. Nene is averaging – ehem – 25.6 minutes per game. 25.6!?! I leave you with this: Wizards coach Randy Wittman isn’t to blame here.


  1. fireball says:

    KAMLA only cares about STATS.

  2. Cody says:

    Just a thought on Kawhi: He probably will boost up to those minutes come the end of February. Then Pop will pull back his minutes again as the postseason looms, then throw him into the game and make him change games come playoff time.

    Just speculation, but after 10+ years of watching Gregg Popovich work, that’s probably what will happen. He defines the conservationalist coaching style.

  3. Charles Murray says:

    Nuggets fan. Love McGee! But, what is his defence consistany? Answer your question?

  4. big cat says:

    jon brockman , luke harangody , and brian cardinal all deserve more minutes , NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW !!!!!!!!

  5. Kamote says:

    yup, give more minutes to the rooks that shows potential. especially for A. Davis, Drummond and Gilchrist. Their playoff run is over anyway, so just let them get the needed burn for quick maturity.

    Drummond is a beast, and he’s my fantasy goldmine LOL. Maxiel can start, but Drummond should be played for 25-28 minutes, and give him a FT coach also :).

  6. Chester says:

    Maybe these young guys should earn the mins first, before being more time. The writer of this article is thinking stats only. Not for the good of the team

  7. steppx says:

    well, in the case of AD, its just wanting to protect a kid who is still growing in a season lost anyway.
    Andre Drummong i would have to agree……….he needs those minutes.
    Leonard……….im not second guessing Popovich, are you, really??????????
    Javale has asthma ……not all the time Im told….but he is working up to more minutes. But even if totally healthy, Karl likes him in spurts until he learns not to make goofs.
    Agree about Favors, and its true of Kanter too, but Corbin is clueless as is dennis lindsay. Too bad.
    Barnes cant play defense.
    Thornton WONT play defense….ask monty williams.
    Patterson i agree should start. But markieff is shooting a very low %………….and frankly i wouldnt play him either. HOpe that clears it up. Personally i think JImmer should be given a long look right now……..ditto Terrence Jones and Montenjunas at houston, and where is jonas jerabko…………?

  8. karma says:

    hey nba, i need minutes, 1 minute in fact. i need a 10 day contract for free, YES FOR FREE NBA. sign me, whatever team, let me play 1 minute against boston, i destroy garnett, to be sure that this evil will not put a feet in a basketball court again. then i’m ejected, fired from nba, and everybody is happy
    garnett, i’m the karma, and i’m on you baby