Now, we are really getting rolling. The 2023-24 NBA season is finding its groove as teams across the league are settling in. We have also begun the mid-season tournament and the excitement it brings even if the only thing different is the design of the courts. Of course, the way things present now is liable to change over the course of the season, but now we have some true, on court, action to work with. With that being said, lets take a look at some NBA Waiver Wire options I have my eye on.
Fantasy Basketball NBA Waiver Wire Picks
While the rookie’s place in the starting lineup was temporary while Brandon Ingram was sidelined, Jordan Hawkins is in the process of securing a steady role. Hawkins showed what he could do coming off the bench on Saturday as he scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in 24 minutes of action. With four three-pointers, Hawkins showed where he truly can be an asset. What we have seen to this point, is that Hawkins is not shy about launching shots from downtown. As Hawkins gets more comfortable, there is value in that alone. However, it seems that when the Pelicans are dealing with any injuries, it will be the rookie who benefits.
Perhaps the best way to describe the Brooklyn Nets, would be to refer to them as a team in transition. The Nets tried the superstar route, and while Ben Simmons is still around but his shine has diminished, they have shifted gears towards a more organic build. That includes bringing in players such as Lonnie Walker via free agency for depth. While averaging 22 minutes a game, Walker has hit double figures in each game. The guard has been a strong source of offense with 14.8 points per game while chipping in a few rebounds and assists. One of the things I like is that we get two three-pointers per game from Walker which are always useful.
While Dario Saric continues to be stuck in the 20-minute range per game, he certainly is making things work. On Friday, Saric came through with 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists. It continues to be a strong season for Saric in his first with Golden State. The veteran figures to maintain a steady role with the Warriors moving forward as a productive dual threat offensively and on the boards. Despite the fact that he certainly deserves more playing time, Saric is still an asset averaging 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
With Wendell Carter expected to be sidelined for the next few weeks, Moritz Wagner is in line to take on a larger role for Orlando. On Saturday, that didn’t translate to an increase in minutes, just 19, but the production was certainly there. Wagner put up 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds, and he should only see his role and responsibility increase. Based on what we have seen to this point, Wagner is up to the task while also adding a blocked shot or two per game. With a 64.9% field goal percentage to this point, Wagner is multi-category contributor.
In his first season with Phoenix. Grayson Allen has quickly become a valuable secondary scoring option. With both Devin Booker and Bradley Beal dealing with injuries, that also serves to make Allen a viable streaming option. After opening night, Allen has played at least 27 minutes per night and previously had a streak of three straight games in which he scored between 16 and 19 points. Allen also has made multiple three-pointers while averaging 4.3 rebounds and three assists per game to be a well-rounded contributor.
With Kevin Love’s shoulder issues past him, the veteran once again becomes an option worth targeting. While the Heat are going to keep a close eye on Love’s workload, getting 20 to 25 minutes a night from him is enough when considering waiver wire options. Settling into a complementary role at this point in his career has worked well for Love who is averaging 8.3 points and eight rebounds per game. In what has become a common theme, Love is proficient at knocking down shots from downtown which only expands his streaming value.
Cedi Osman was on his way towards being dependable fantasy asset off the bench for the Spurs. But with Devin Vassell now going to be out, Osman’s volume and playing time will only increase. With that being said, the 12 points per game Osman is averaging will only increase. Consistency is also in play here as Osman has hit double figures in four of five games to begin the year.