Kenny Hustle working hard, playing increased role for Oklahoma City
“It was a regular Tuesday night”. Erik Spoelstra may have been talking about the Heat after Dewayne Dedmon threw a massage gun on the floor and was ejected, but that was another way to describe this slate of games.
We saw Donovan Mitchell‘s return to Utah spoiled by Jordan Clarkson. The Heat shot 40-for-40 from the free throw line, which was a new NBA record for shots made from the charity stripe without missing. And James Harden and Joel Embiid combined to help the 76ers score 147 points in a blowout win over the shorthanded Pistons. Just a regular Tuesday in the NBA. There’s always headlines, which leads to the players worth streaming flying under the radar. Don’t worry, I’m here to help.
Kenrich Williams- 12%
Kenny Hustle may have been moved to a bench role for their game against Miami on Tuesday, but he has been excellent lately. He should continue to play big minutes for the Thunder, and he has provided top-100 value over the past two weeks. He started the second half of Tuesday’s game and should return to the starting unit for their next one. However, with the way the Thunder’s rotations have worked, it’s impossible to say with certainty that he’ll start.
Detroit had quite the laundry list of injuries on Tuesday. With Bojan Bogdanović, Isaiah Stewart and Jalen Duren joining Marvin Bagley, who is set to be out for another month, on the injury report, Dwayne Casey was forced to turn to Noel and Knox as starters. The game was too much of a blowout to really see how they can produce, but Noel should be able to provide defensive value and rebounds, while Knox can fill it up from deep. Detroit plays the second leg of a back-to-back against Minnesota on Wednesday, so if the three usual starters remain out, both guys should be worth a stream.
Moritz Wagner- 31%
Both Mo Bamba and Bol Bol received a DNP- Coach’s Decision on Tuesday. Bol was just exiting league protocols, so he should be back in the rotation for their next game. However, Wagner is clearly ahead of Bamba in the rotation.
Robert Covington- 20%
Covington hasn’t played a large role for the Clippers this season, but he has seen minutes lately. He didn’t play against the Hawks, but he has seen at least 23 minutes in three of their last four games. He’s known for his defensive numbers, but he added nine points, eight rebounds and three assists on Tuesday. If he keeps seeing a large role, he’ll be worth a roster spot.
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Precious Achiuwa- 8%
After missing a month and a half of games, Achiuwa has been back in the rotation. He played his fifth game since returning on Tuesday, and he finally got back to producing solid value. He scored 13 points and hit three 3-pointers. With how Nick Nurse operates, it shouldn’t be long before Achiuwa is a consistent part of the rotation once again, which should lead to larger minutes. He’s worth deep league consideration.
Lamar Stevens- less than 1%
Jarrett Allen exited their game on Tuesday after playing just seven minutes due to an illness. That allowed Stevens to start the second half and contribute three steals and two blocks. Allen will likely be back for their next game on Friday, but if that’s not the case, Stevens is on track to start. However, he is only worth a look in deep leagues, since he hasn’t been a consistent producer as a starter.