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Morris Peterson Fantasy Analysis

Morris Peterson Signing Fantasy Analysis
July 24, 2007

Morris Peterson signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Hornets on July 23.  Peterson had played in Toronto for seven years but last season his role as a three pointer shooter was taken by Anthony Parker.  Rookie Andre Bargnaniís three point shooting skills also contributed to the Raptors needing to rely less on Peterson. 

Prior to last season Peterson had a career year, averaging 16.8 pts and shooting nearly 40% from three point range (2.2 treys per game).  His 1.3 steals per game were not negligible either for his fantasy teams.  He also had the quality of durability having played four consecutive 82 game complete seasons.  

Peterson joins a team that was forced to start Devin Brown 49 games at SG.  It is likely Brown will not be back having playing last season on a one year minimum contract.  The Hornets also started journey man Rasual Butler 38 games.  So it can seen the Hornets need a more established swing type of player like Peterson.   

Further increasing the chances of Peterson bouncing back with more playing time next season is the departure of Desmond Mason to the Bucks via free agency and the possibility that Stojakovic not being quite ready yet to play heavy minutes after sitting out much of last season with injury.  Even if Peja is healthy, there should be plenty of minutes for Peterson at SG. 

Given the situation in New Orleans, fantasy managers should recognize Peterson, who averaged only 9 pts in 21 mpg last season, as a sleeper candidate who can make an impact in treys and contribute points and steals.

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