With the 2023 NBA trade deadline just a few weeks away, teams that are trying to trade certain players will showcase those players over the next few weeks of action. Certain rotation players may see a boost in playing time so that other teams get a good look at that player and the more they can see of that player, the better they can analyze themselves whether trading for the player is a good idea or not. The Philadelphia 76ers have been a team circling the trade rumor mill and some of their end of bench players can see a slight uptick in minutes. NBA lineups won’t be hugely impacted until the NBA trade deadline passes, but certain bench players could be given a longer leash on the basketball court. Here are a few players you can look to add from your fantasy basketball waiver wire.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups
T.J. McConnell PG Indiana Pacers-43% rostered
Tyrese Haliburton will need another couple of weeks to recover and McConnell’s scoring has soared over his last three games scoring 12-plus points in each of his last three contests. He took double-digit shots in all three and is currently playing mid-20s minutes. The Pacers have a lot of guards they can rotate in and out of their lineup, but McConnell should spend a lot more time bringing up the ball and he dished seven dimes or more over his last few games. The impressive stat has been the increase in his rebounding. This is a player that grabs fewer than three boards per game, but he’s pulled down no fewer than seven rebounds over his last three games. He also posted multi-steal outings in every game during that span. McConnell averages over a fantasy point per minute with Haliburton off the floor.
Gabe Vincent G Miami Heat-20% rostered
It hasn’t been the healthiest season for Vincent since around Thanksgiving, but with Kyle Lowry banged up, the Heat need others to bring up the ball until Lowry’s knee heals up. Vincent has seen his playing time increase tremendously over his last few games playing at least 39 minutes in his last 3 contests and he not only scored in double figures in all 3, but he scored 27 or more points in both of his last 2 contests. Naturally, his assists will be boosted, and he’s been helpful on the glass, but he’s also grabbed steals in each of his last three games and he’s coming off a five-steal games. Victor Oladipo has played good basketball and he’s been rewarded with more minutes as well and even though it should pose a threat to Vincent’s playing time, it hasn’t impacted his minutes in his last few matchups and until Lowry comes back, Vincent will see more run. Vincent (and Oladipo) can toggle to both guard spots.
Isaiah Jackson PF, C Indiana Pacers-40% rostered
Jackson should be viewed as a short-term solution as Myles Turner’s back pain seems to be subsiding and there’s a chance he can return for the Pacers next game. Jackson has played 26 minutes or more in both of his last 2 games and he produced a double-double in 1 of those contests. Once Turner returns to the court, who will be the primary backup center? The Pacers will have to choose between Jalen Smith, who’s been floundering lately, or Jackson who has been playing better basketball. Jackson has been helping defensively turning away shots in the paint but blocking two or more shots in four straight games. He’s blocked 11 shots combined in his last 2 outings. Jackson has blocked 1.5 shots per game this season. He deserves to see a boost in playing time even once the team is fully healthy. He’s also scored 10 or more points in 3 of those outings. If Jackson gets the minutes, he should be able to take advantage of Brook Lopez in the paint and then Indiana has a juicy matchup against the Thunder who play very limited interior defense.
Seth Curry G Brooklyn Nets-20% rostered
Kevin Durant being hurt creates a major scoring void in the Nets offense that needs to be filled and they have a good number of shooters and Kyrie Irving will help plenty. Curry sees a 5.5 percent usage bump with Durant off the floor and he’ll certainly take more shots. Curry scored at least 11 points in 5 of his last 6 games and he should continue playing 25-30 minutes per outing. He hits about two three-pointers per game, and he shoots over 42 percent from beyond the arc. He’s taken nine or more shots in six straight games and he’s shooting 46 percent from the floor. Curry can also help bring up the ball if needed, but with Irving being a complete shoot-first guard, Curry will often be seen waiting to be fed at the arc. He doesn’t go inside the arc on either side of the ball and even though he’s a bit scoring dependent, he’s stolen the ball in five of his last six contests.
Santi Aldama PF, C Memphis Grizzlies-18% rostered
Centers aren’t easy to find on the waiver wire, especially ones that play 20 minutes or more. Aldama has been a big man that has been on and off the fantasy basketball waiver wire throughout the season, but he’s put together a few nice stat lines lately. He’s doing just enough to earn a spot at the end of fantasy benches, and he’s scored 12 or more points in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s hit the 20-minute mark in both of his last 2 contests and he pulls down 5 rebounds per battle. Aldama will help stretch the floor and he’s shooting over 37 percent from downtown and there’s a chance Steven Adams sits for the Grizzlies next game and if that’s the case, Aldama will be in line for more minutes in Jaren Jackson Jr shifts up to center for a bit. Aldama is about seven feet tall and can guard the post too, but not as effectively as Jackson. He’s blocked shots in three of his last six and has produced two multi-steal games in two of his last three matchups.
Max Strus SG, SF Miami Heat-43% rostered
The Heat have had a revolving door of injured players throughout the year and they’ve been a nightmare to analyze because we never know who is in or out on a given day but Strus has been the healthiest Heat player this season playing the most games of any player and he scores 13.1 points per game, the 4th most on the team. He’s been helping run the offense setting up plays more lately with Kyle Lowry hurt and he’s dished at least three assists in six straight contests. Strus has also been rebounding better as well pulling down no fewer than seven boards in each of his last three outings. He posted a double-double a couple of games ago and he’s taken 11 shots or more in 4 of his last 5 battles. He’s also produced swipes in six of his last eight games. Playing time certainly isn’t an issue lately as he’s played 41 minutes or more in 3 straight matchups.
Dennis Schroder PG Los Angeles Lakers-45% rostered
The Lakers are still without Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker IV and Patrick Beverley is sick and Schroder should continue handling the ball more. He’s been playing regularly into the 30s and even though he’s had a few tough matchups lately, he’s scored 14 points or more in 6 of his last 9 games. He’s been scoring over 12 for the season and the Lakers continue to bring Russell Westbrook in off the bench and that has benefitted Schroder and could keep him in the starting lineup when the Lakers are healthier. He’s also posted three or more rebounds in four of his last six games and dropped three or more dimes in three straight outings. He’s mainly a scorer, but the relief he’s provided in other areas (along with his minutes) has made him a more appealing player to add. Schroder is shooting over 43 percent from the field and over 36 percent from downtown. He’ll play both on and off the ball as LeBron James will bring up the ball a good amount as well.
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