While it might be considered a gimmick, the NBA In Season Tournament does add another layer of excitement to things. We continue to get exciting action on a nightly basis, and the week ahead will be no different. 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.
Fantasy Basketball NBA Waiver Wire Picks
The great news here with Jonathan Isaac is that he is healthy and back on the court. Despite a need and opportunity as Orlando is dealing with some injuries, Isaac still isn’t back to a full workload. He has yet to play more than 17 minutes in a game, and is averaging 14 per night with the Magic exhibiting some load management. At some point, his run will have to increase as Isaac is proving to be up to challenge. When on the court, and what really points us to Isaac is his overall efficiency touching multiple categories. While 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game won’t stand out, they do on a per minute basis. What really can help though are the 1.4 shots per game Isaac is blocking to go along with a steal per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks are a team with the bigger picture in mind as they look towards June. That means load management comes into play here as they manage workloads. Additionally, in the push (well warranted) to add Damien Lillard, some depth was sacrificed. That puts more of an emphasis on players such as Malik Beasley, both as a scoring option off the bench and a streaming option. So far this year, Beasley is shooting an efficient 49% from the field while averaging 10.3 points per game along with 3.7 rebounds.
Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards, SG/SF
On a team that doesn’t have much depth or expectations for this season, Corey Kispert will get a fair amount of opportunity to produce at a fantasy level. The injury to Delon Wright has also helped to open up some additional opportunity, but Kispert continues to be a solid contributor. He is averaging 10.2 points per game while also making about two three-pointers a game and shooting 82% from the free throw line. What you see from Kispert is what you get, but that might be all you need.
We can always use some help and depth at the center position, so enter Goga Bitadze. Thrust into the starting lineup with Wendell Carter sidelined, Bitadze has been a solid performer with double-doubles under his belt. The problem is that there is some variance in his production as he went from a 15-point, 11 rebound performance to scoring just two points to go along with four rebounds. Despite starting, it is still a timeshare, but in 18 minutes per game, he is averaging seven points and 5.2 rebounds per game to go along with a steal and blocked shot.
Sam Hauser, Boston Celtics, SF/PF
Despite only getting one start so far this season, through 12 games, Sam Hauser is very much part of the Boston Celtics rotation. The good news, is that they generally only go about eight deep, so Hauser will have a substantial role all season with streaming potential should there be an injury. Absent of that, Hauser has eligibility at both forward positions which helps your roster management. We also buried the lead though. While he is averaging 9.6 points per game, that comes almost exclusively through the 2.8 three-pointers he is making per game.
Isaiah Joe, Oklahoma City Thunder, PG/SG
Isaiah Joe is averaging about 20 minutes per game off the bench for the Thunder, but he continues to prove his value. The guard continues to fire from downtown, and that means 2.6 three-pointers per game for Joe which certainly is worthy of your attention. For now, that appears to be the basis of his role, but it is also worth riding his hot streak.
Maybe this is why Kevin Knox was a lottery pick a few years ago? Alright, we don’t need to get too crazy here, but Knox has moved into the starting lineup with Jalen Duren sidelined, and he is proving his worth. Knox is averaging 28 minutes per game while scoring 13.7 points to go along with 5.7 rebounds. The production is certainly going to warrant some attention.