Captain Kirk is back!
Kirk Hinrich (PG/SG Chicago Bulls) played in his first game after undergoing surgery two months ago to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He played a respectable amount of minutes, 20:52. He score four points care of two of five shots from the field. He dished out 3 assists and got 1 steal.
Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon fantasy basketball owners alike are now a bit wary of Kirk’s return to active duty. Both Ben-Gor and D-Rose have gotten fantasy bumps due to their extra playing time in the wake of captain Kirk’s absence.
Thorn for my ROSE?
As a Derrick Rose fantasy owner myself (2 leagues), I am wondering what impact Hinrich’s healthy return will have on my guy. Personally, I would like to hope that head coach Vinny D (del Negro) will appreciate Derrick’s averages of 16.7 PPG and 6.2 APG and keep his minutes, currently 37:17, above the 30 mark. Then again, I’m not the coach and somehow I doubt that the Bulls’ coaching staff will plan their rotation around my fantasy basketball needs and whims.
I will be joined by the many Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon fantasy owners in closely watching the impact of Kirk’s return on our guys’ minutes and production.
So far things look positive for Derrick as he still managed to play 41:58 in Kirk’s first game back. It’s possible that Kirk may not actually end up being the thorn for my Rose. Hopefully he and fellow injury-returnee Luol Deng will eat up the minutes of the less productive members of the Bulls’ roster. The biggest loser so far in the rotation game appears to be Larry Hughes who just logged in a pitiful 7 minutes on the floor.
Kirk averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 assists, 1.1 treys, 1.2 steals and 31:41 minutes over 75 games for the Bulls last season.
It’s a little too soon to make a judgement on the true and actual fantasy impact Kirk’s return has on that of Derrick’s and Ben’s value. Let’s keep an eye on his second game back which is in a few hours and take it from there.