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The Wire Troll: Iman Shumpert is the Man in Cleveland

January 21, 2017 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (1)
Raymond Felton is getting his chance for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Raymond Felton (left) has perfected his reach-around maneuver (Russ Isabella-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. We’re about a month of way from seeing your first round picks put on a show in the annual and highly anticipated NBA All-Star Weekend.

This week, Penny Hardaway has been inducted into Magic Hall of Fame (about time); rumour has it if Chris Bosh is healthy enough to play next season, the Bulls want first dibs (which is apparently “news” to Dwyane Wade); and Russell Westbrook — a guy who is averaging a triple-double, didn’t earn a starting spot in the Western Conference All-Star lineup, making him perhaps the most snubbed player in NBA history.

Try not to snub yourselves by ignoring these great waiver-wire options below…

GUARDS

Iman Shumpert, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers (ESPN: 4.2 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Shumpert has been inserted into the starting lineup and is playing nicely as of late. He’s now scored double-digits in his last three contests, averaging a pair of steals and burying a bunch of threes as well. With teammate J.R. Smith (thumb) out indefinitely, Shumpert is a perfect widely available shooting guard to take advantage of.

Raymond Felton, PG, Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN: 20.3 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): With teammate Chris Paul out the lineup for a couple of weeks, veteran Felton has been given the chance to play alongside the youngings again. Right away, Felton has facilitated great passing, matching his season high on assists, even notching his third double-digit scoring effort. Don’t snub this guy, so consider giving him a spot on your roster especially if you need a scoreboard-filling point guard that can drop in a prayer every now and then (see video below).

FORWARDS

Mindaugas Kuzminskas, SF, New York Knicks (ESPN: 5.7 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): Kuzminskas is trying to take advantage of extra PT in place of another hard-to-pronounce-and-spell-his-named player — Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). With scoring numbers like 17 and 13 in his last four, it’s clear Kuzminskas can get the ball in the hoop when given the chance. Porzingis may return soon, so perhaps you should exploit Kuzminskas’ current and heavier role for the time being.

David Lee, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (ESPN: 8.9 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Every now and then, Lee proves he’s still got game. Remember his return engagement to Boston in late November when we went off for 15 and 12 in just 18 minutes? Well, with Pau Gasol (broken finger) out, Lee started Thursday and put up another double-double while adding a couple of assists, a block and a steal. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to start while Gasol is out, but he should definitely be in line for enough PT to be worth grabbing.

CENTRES

Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics (ESPN: 7.8 per cent; CBS: 35 per cent): Olynyk took a step backward last season as he dealt with a shoulder woe that ultimately required surgery, and this season he’s slipped even further despite the fact he’s starting a bit more often and seeing slightly more PT. However, in recent games the Canadian big showed some serious signs of life, shooting the lights out last weekend for 26 points and then following that up with a 15-point, nine-rebound effort on Monday. In his most recent game, Olynyk was mostly stapled to the bench, which highlights the difficulties of using players that only start periodically, but productive centres are tough to find, so if you can ride out the duds, give him a look.

Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks (ESPN: 1.3 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): Hernangomez notched a double-double in points and rebounds in just 19 minutes during a win over Boston. It’s unclear what his role might be moving forward, but the Wire Troll just can’t overlook double-double performances. He’s so widely available that ESPN doesn’t even have a profile picture for him yet.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy basketball waiver wire pick of the week is.

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Detroit Pistons 2016-17 Preview

September 25, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Last season represented a nice step forward for the Detroit Pistons as they improved by 12 wins to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — the team’s first postseason appearance since 2008-09.
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Cavaliers-Bulls Rematch Highlights NBA Opening Night

October 27, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The 2015-16 NBA season kicks off on Tuesday with three games on tap, but the one that intrigues us the most has the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of last season’s Conference Semi-Finals, won in six games by the Cavs, on their way to representing the East in the NBA Finals.
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The Wire Troll: Shaun Livingston Still Fighting

March 14, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments (2)
Livingston is starting to get in a groove. Over the past nine games, he’s averaged 11 points and five assists while doing a solid job on the glass, putting up games of eight and 10 rebounds in that span.
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The Wire Troll: Brandan Wright Rising in Phoenix

January 17, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
A player that has been buried deep down on the bench, Fredette is finally getting some playing time in New Orleans thanks to the Austin Rivers trade. We wouldn’t quite pick Fredette up yet unless you’re desperate, however he is worth keeping an eye on. We all know he can score as he had 13 points (while dropping five dimes) in limited minutes on Friday.
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