Thursday’s Pickups of the Day
Jahlil Okafor Nets – He’s played 25 minutes this season and was traded to the Nets on Thursday. They might go ahead and start him at center and there’s a chance the change of scenery could work wonders for Okafor. I’m not racing to pick him up, but if you need a center and have someone to drop, he’s worth a waiver-wire flier in case he blows up in Brooklyn.
Caris LeVert Nets – LeVert had a career-high 21 points, a career-high 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes. He was also very solid in his previous game and got his first career double-double tonight. The high assists were due to Spencer Dinwiddie’s early foul trouble, but now looks like the perfect time to go out and grab LeVert.
Markieff Morris Wizards – Morris hit 8-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for 21 points, six boards, two steals and a block last night. He should already be owned, but he’s been struggling and might be available in your league. I think he’s about ready to get it going.
Tyler Ulis, Josh Jackson, Troy Daniels, Mike James Suns – That’s the order I’d put these Suns’ guards in for now. Ulis and Daniels played well (again), Jackson started and scored 10, and James hit just 1-of-9 shots. All of these guys are going to get extra minutes for as long as Devin Booker’s out with his groin injury, and all of them are worth a look.
Greg Monroe & Alex Len Suns – Tyson Chandler was a late scratch for personal reasons, but we have no idea what the issue is. Maybe the Suns are trying to move him, and maybe they’re not. But if he does go, both Monroe and Len are going to be worth grabbing if they’re not already owned. Monroe had a 15-7-5 line in the start, while Len had seven points, eight boards and three blocks off the bench.
Thabo Sefolosha Jazz – Sefolosha had 14 points, five boards, a steal and a block last night, and is averaging 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers on 61 percent shooting over his last five. The return of Rodney Hood (ankle) will hurt him, but he might still be able to help your team in steals, blocks and 3-pointers.
Marquese Chriss Suns – Chriss hit 5-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block. The steals, block and 3-pointer are why he’s intriguing and he really came on in the second half of last season. I don’t know if he’ll do it again this year, but he’s an interesting stash candidate after struggling mightily thus far.
Jarrett Allen Nets – Allen has shown glimpses of brilliance this season, but takes a hit with the Nets acquisition of Okafor. He played just 18 minutes last night for four points, three rebounds and two blocks. He’s still an interesting stash until we see how things shake out for the new-look Nets.
Ian Mahinmi Wizards – Mahinmi had a season-high 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals last night, as Marcin Gortat’s struggles continue. Gortat should eventually bounce back, but if Mahinmi can stay healthy and Gortat continues to struggle, we could see a timeshare situation develop.