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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Chris Paul dished out 17 assists with zero turnovers on Sunday, adding 15 points and nine rebounds in 41 minutes during an overtime win vs. Charlotte.

CP3 had never recorded seven assists and five rebounds in a single first quarter in his esteemed career, but he did it in the first quarter tonight. He also passed John Stockton with the most games of at least 15 points and 15 rebounds without a single turnover, having done it six times. He shot an uncharacteristic 4-of-18 from the field tonight, but needless to say, he's looked perfectly healthy since returning ahead of schedule from thumb surgery.
Feb 27 - 12:54 AM

J.J. Redick had it going early on Sunday, finishing 9-of-16 from the field with three 3-pointers to score 22 points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Redick typically starts games hot and assumes a less prominent role as the game progresses, and that was the case again tonight. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, his 16 first-half points were enough to buoy his value in almost any format, and his 38 minutes tonight tied a season high.
Feb 27 - 12:53 AM

Blake Griffin made a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Charlotte on Sunday to finish with 43 points (15-of-26 FGs, 10-of-16 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Blake's 43 points were the most scored by a Clippers player this season. The Hornets are giving up a league-high 11.3 triples per game and Blake took full advantage of their perimeter defense. He also did plenty of work in the paint, including one soaring putback dunk, and concerns about his explosion after knee surgery are getting quieter on a nightly basis. The star PF even logged 42 minutes with just one turnover tonight, rounding out a stellar performance.
Feb 27 - 12:52 AM

DeAndre Jordan piled up 20 points and 19 rebounds during an overtime win on Sunday, making 9-of-10 shots with three steals, two blocks and one assist.

DJ played 43 minutes and he was a tolerable 2-of-4 at the FT line, even though Charlotte committed a few intentional fouls late in the game. He went through a fallow period without Chris Paul prior to the All-Star break, but with CP back Jordan's owners can expect his typically dominant production.
Feb 27 - 12:51 AM

Austin Rivers vanished during Sunday's game, scoring just five points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound, one assist and zero defensive stats in 20 minutes.

Rivers came in hot and foul trouble played a role tonight, so most owners should cut him some slack. He hadn't played fewer than 26 minutes in a game since Dec. 30, but owners obviously shouldn't expect the lofty playing time he got while Chris Paul was injured. Rivers is a low-end hold in most situations.
Feb 27 - 12:51 AM

Jeremy Lamb stepped up in 37 bench minutes on Sunday, scoring 19 points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in a road loss vs. the Clippers.

Lamb made 5-of-10 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws for his second-highest scoring game of the season, and his contributions were critical in taking pressure off Kemba Walker and Nic Batum. The fifth-year swingman has found a solid niche off Charlotte's bench the past two seasons, but he doesn't typically do enough for standard-league ownership.
Feb 27 - 12:49 AM

Frank Kaminsky fouled out of Sunday's game after scoring 16 points with five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

Kaminsky made 5-of-13 field goals with one 3-pointer, while going 5-of-5 at the free throw line. Injuries to Miles Plumlee (calf) and Cody Zeller (quad) have thrust him into a huge role and he's responded well, but the Hornets simply don't have any depth at center. He had a rough time corralling the Clippers' explosive frontcourt tonight. Owners should keep deploying him until his role changes.
Feb 27 - 12:48 AM

Nicolas Batum set a new season high with eight 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block in 43 minutes.

The Clippers have held opponents to 9.0 threes per game this season, sixth-fewest in the league, which makes Batum's eruption surprising. The fact that all eight of his threes came in the second half and overtime makes it surreal, as he helped the Hornets stay in this game until the bitter end of OT. The veteran has consistently flirted with top-40 value in roto leagues this season.
Feb 27 - 12:42 AM
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