Another week in, and this continues to shape up to be a great NBA season. There is a lot to digest, analyze, and consider on a daily basis, let’s take a look at some NBA Waiver Wire options I have my eye on. At the same time, don’t forget to take advantage of all of the other great tools we have here at Fantasy Alarm for the NBA season.
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This might end up being more of a temporary solution, but production is production. Skylar Mays had his two-contract converted on Saturday into a standard contract after he finished with a double-double on Wednesday. In 37 minutes of action, Mays had 18 points and 11 rebounds and figures to continue to receive playing time in the near future. Not only did Malcolm Brogdon exit with a hamstring injury, but Anfernee Simons and Scoot Henderson are both banged up. While it may be a war of attrition, we have to follow the volume.
After a delayed start to the season due to injury, Haywood Highsmith now has five games under his belt and is increasing his workload in each. Highsmith has returned to the starting lineup, and worked his way to 33 minutes of action and 13 shots on Saturday. While the problem is that the forward only made three shots, there is a lot to be optimistic about. As he shakes the rust off, Highsmith’s efficiency should improve.
Seriously, two Memphis Grizzlies players here? Well, we did say that the Grizzlies had offense to fill with Morant out, so there is some logic there. Kennard is averaging 8.8 points per game with a few rebounds and assists, but that is not what we are after. Instead, let’s take a closer look at how Kennard gets his points. With 2.2 three-pointers per game, Kennard is a strong, category specific addition if that is an area you are deficient in.
Rui Hachimura SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
The dual eligibility at the forward position helps here, as you are likely trolling the waiver wire to fill a roster hole. Rui Hachimura is averaging 11 points and four rebounds per game, so he is also contributing at a solid level. Sticking with the theme of filling a specific need, Hachimura is averaging 1.4 steals per game which also helps. Additionally, while healthy so far, should LeBron James or Anthony Davis miss anytime with injury or rest, Hachimura would also be the beneficiary.
It’s all about playing time here for Nick Richards. If he received more of it than 16 minutes per game, than we wouldn’t be talking about Richards here. However, even in his limited playing time, he certainly has been productive and is clearly earning more of it. Richards is averaging 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, but for those looking for categorical help, the center also has 1.4 blocks per game.