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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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

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was limited by foul trouble on Sunday, fouling out with just two points on 1-of-3 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Hornets blew up in the third quarter with an 18-1 run to erase a 17-point deficit, but MKG didn't contribute much to the run. He was out-of-position much of the game defensively, due to Charlotte's lack of frontcourt depth, which is part of the reason he picked up so many fouls. Expect much better vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.
Feb 27 - 12:42 AM

Kemba Walker carried the Hornets on Sunday with 34 points, six 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in a tough road loss vs. the Clippers.

Kemba has never beaten the Clippers in his career, now sporting an unenviable 0-10 record. He forced overtime with a clutch 3-pointer, followed by a pair of free throws, to quickly erase a five-point deficit with under 30 seconds left. His undermanned team didn't have enough in the bonus frame, however, and the struggling Hornets are now 2.5 games out of the No. 8 seed.
Feb 27 - 12:41 AM

The two crowns that were knocked out of Jusuf Nurkic's mouth on Sunday have been repaired.

Nurk didn't even leave the game after losing his two teeth, so it's safe to assume that he'll be in the starting lineup on Tuesday. We'll leave him on the injury report, to be safe, but there's no real ambiguity here.
Feb 26 - 11:19 PM

Ish Smith finished with two points, four rebounds and three assists with a blocked shot and zero turnovers in 14 minutes on Sunday.

Smith has a 3.54 assists-turnovers ratio which is the best for the Pistons since Chauncey Billups (3.59, 2006-07). While he is doing good things with the ball, he remains behind Reggie Jackson on the depth chart. Unless Stan Van Gundy has a change of heart and decides to mix up the lineup, Smith's fantasy ceiling remains rather limited.
Feb 26 - 10:07 PM

Arron Afflalo (hamstring) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Wolves.

The Kings are likely to play it safe with the veteran, especially since they have no incentive to rush his return. Ben McLemore is playing well, and the Kings just acquired Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans, so there's simply no upside here.
Feb 26 - 10:01 PM

Taj Gibson finished Sunday's home game with six points on 2-of-9 shooting, five rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.

Gibson played solid defense but wound up with zero steals or blocks, and the inefficient shooting added insult to injury for anyone relying on him tonight. The veteran could overtake Domantas Sabonis as the starting PF, but until his minutes spike it's hard to trust him.
Feb 26 - 9:55 PM

Alex Abrines started in place of Victor Oladipo (back) on Sunday, posting 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers and three rebounds in 35 minutes.

It's not the return opportunistic owners were hoping for after Friday's 19-point outburst, but keep in mind that game came vs. the Lakers. Oladipo warmed up prior to tonight's game and it sounds like he's close to a return, so there's no real incentive to hold Abrines in season-long leagues.
Feb 26 - 9:55 PM
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