Waiver Wired: Top NBA Pickups

Waiver Wired: Top NBA Pickups
Ryan Knaus discusses some of the most intriguing waiver wire pickups, including young guys on the Bulls, Nets, Lakers and Suns.
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Khris Middleton got his first start of the season during Sunday's 100-96 win over Phoenix, registering eight points, seven boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

Middleton replaced Michael Beasley in the starting five on Sunday, but he'll be rested for the second leg of this back-to-back set on Monday, meaning Beasley will likely be starting vs. Cleveland tomorrow. Middleton did struggle with his shot a bit in this one, going 3-of-8 from the field, and it could take some time for him to find his footing after spending most of the season watching from the sidelines. Still, he has enough upside to warrant a roster spot in any league.
Feb 26 - 7:33 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting during Sunday's 100-96 win over the Suns, to go with eight boards, six assists, two blocks, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

Antetokounmpo also went 6-of-7 from the charity stripe, giving him a phenomenal 87.1 true shooting percentage to accompany his 27.7 usage rate. The Greek Freak scored 15 points during the third quarter without missing a single shot to help give Milwaukee the lead, and there really wasn't anything Phoenix could do to try and stop him. He ranks No. 3 overall for a reason.
Feb 26 - 7:25 PM

Brandon Knight picked up his second straight DNP-CD on Sunday.

The Suns are shifting to a developmental focus, meaning that Tyler Ulis is now ahead of Knight on the depth chart. Feel free to send Knight to the wire.
Feb 26 - 7:14 PM

Alan Williams had an impressive double-double off the Suns' bench on Sunday, racking up 17 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers in a 100-96 loss to the Bucks.

Williams was an efficient 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe, and the 17 points set a new career-high for the second-year power forward. He's really outplayed started Alex Len over the past two games, and with Williams still only being 24 years old, you could argue that he's in just as much need in development minutes as the 23-year-old Len. Williams is on the radar in deep leagues, but just know that the distribution of the big man minutes in Phoenix could get complicated once Tyson Chandler is brought back into the rotation.
Feb 26 - 7:12 PM

Markieff Morris was ejected from Sunday's game for throwing the ball into the stands in the fourth quarter.

Morris fouled out on the same play anyway, finishing with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting, three rebounds, three steals and one assist. He might face a fine for his actions, but a suspension is extremely unlikely. He should be ready to go vs. Golden State on Tuesday.
Feb 26 - 7:11 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len started on Sunday, but only managed to get on the court for 14 minutes, ending his evening with six points, nine boards and two steals.

That's two consecutive unimpressive outings for Len, which is particularly concerning given that Tyson Chandler has been out of the rotation for these past two games. Len was again severely outplayed by Alan Williams, so it'll be interesting to see what head coach Earl Watson's rotations look like on Tuesday with a matchup against the Grizzlies. At the moment, Len is more of a deep league stash.
Feb 26 - 7:03 PM

E'Twaun Moore (personal) will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the Thunder.

Moore was out of Saturday's game for personal reasons, but he is back and should see a healthy amount of minutes off the bench. Hollis Thompson will make the start at the two for the second consecutive game.
Feb 26 - 6:57 PM

Tyson Chandler picked up another DNP-CD during Sunday's loss to the Bucks.

With the Suns shifting to a developmental focus, getting Chandler meaningful minutes is no longer a priority for Phoenix, so he might be collecting DNPs to close out the year. Chandler was playing well prior to the break, but he’s approaching cut-candidate territory with Phoenix now focusing on the younger guys.
Feb 26 - 6:57 PM
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