2017 NBA Fantasy Basketball Waiver Advice: Feb. 17 Cover Image
2017 NBA Fantasy Basketball Waiver Advice: Feb. 17
Justin Fensterman
Frank Kaminsky Headshot

Kaminsky had a team-high 33 points (12-16 FG, 9-13 3Pt) with three rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

The 7-footer from Wisconsin is starting to come into his own, and Friday's performance is a sampling of what he has been doing lately. Kaminsky is averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 3-pointers and 1.3 steals per game in seven February outings for his finest month as a pro. If he is available off the waiver wire now is the time to act.
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Karl-Anthony Towns Headshot

Towns connected for 24 points (11-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Towns was a men among boys, putting together a very efficient shooting performance from the field. He has posted 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in the first half, numbers worthy of a roster spot in the All-Star Game. He'll be there eventually, and he is likely to play in several before his career is finished.
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Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis finished with 24 points (11-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

The Latvian looked pretty good, as he has been under the weather lately. He hit the All-Star break averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game over his past five outings, nearly back to his season averages after tailing off a bit near the end of January.
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Buddy Hield Headshot

Hield posted 28 points (11-22 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Hield looked great in this young player showcase, but he has looked overmatched at times during the regular season. He is averaging just 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in eight February games, making him worth using only in deeper redraft fantasy leagues. The rookie remains a must-have in long-term keeper formats, however.
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Jamal Murray Headshot

Murray finished with 36 points (13-19 FG, 9-14 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while posting 11 assists, three rebounds and a steal in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge Game.

Murray secured MVP honors in the game, as his sensational February continues. He is averaging 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in nine games in February, taking advantage of the injury to Emmanuel Mudiay (back). When Mudiay is healthy then Murray is likely to see his minutes cut, and his fantasy appeal decrease.
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Joel Embiid Headshot

Embiid (knee) said he hopes to return for the first game after the All-Star break, when the 76ers play host to the Wizards, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Process has missed the past 11 games, but sounded optimistic when talking about his progress during the Rising Stars Game as part of Friday's NBA All-Star festivities. Embiid said he'd "probably" return after the break, adding, "if the practices before that go well, and I don't get any knee swelling or soreness, definitely." The 22-year-old Center from Kansas is no stranger to adversity as he missed his first two seasons with foot ailments and also dealt with the death of his brother. However, he's averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while converting just over 78 percent of shots from the charity stripe this season. With the trade deadline approaching, Philadelphia has made no secret about its desire to shop a different center in Jahlil Okafor -- if that comes to fruition, it could potentially clear the logjam in the frontcourt, where Nerlens Noel is also in the picture.
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Gerald Green Headshot

Green (heel) submitted six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and three rebounds across 12 minutes in a 104-103 loss to the Bulls on Thursday.

It wasn't certain the Celtics would make a hurting Green available Thursday with the All-Star break looming, but he ended up seeing a normal workload off the bench and seems to escaped the contest without any setbacks. Green has suited up in seven consecutive games, which included a three-game stretch of double-digit scoring, but he's at risk of falling out of the rotation after the break once both Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) return to action.
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Briante Weber Headshot

Weber was assigned to the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday so that he can participate in the D-League All-Star Game on Saturday, Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Weber has spent the majority of this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he played well enough to be designated as a D-League All-Star, but he's currently on a second 10-day contract with Golden State. He'll likely be called back up following All-Star weekend and available for Thursday's game against the Clippers, although Weber is averaging just over eight minutes during his five games with Golden State to date.
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Doug McDermott Headshot

McDermott contributed 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one steal over 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

While he wasn't at his most efficient from the floor, McDermott still posted his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, and seventh in the last nine games overall. The 25-year-old has upped his scoring averages in each month of the season thus far, and is now tallying 11.0 points across an average of 21.6 minutes in eight February games. With Dwyane Wade out of the lineup in four of the last five games, McDermott has upped his involvement as well, as he's sporting a solid 20.8 percent usage rate over that span while also taking double-digit shot attempts in three straight games.
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Jerian Grant Headshot

Grant poured in 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added two rebounds and one assist over 28 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

Grant came alive in the second half to hit double digits in the scoring column for the fourth time in eight February contests. He was particularly aggressive from long range, with his seven three-point attempts representing a career high. The second-year pro has acquitted himself reasonably well while drawing starts at both small forward and guard in recent games in the wake of the respective absences of Jimmy Butler (heel) and Dwyane Wade (wrists/illness), but may be back on the second unit to open up the second half of the season.
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