Some fairly interesting players slipped through the cracks in last night's draft, and as of this morning are available on the wire. Here's a top five:
Shaquille O'Neal (97% owned) - Funny to see Shaq-Fu on the wire; owners were likely looking for upside picks instead of known quantities with baggage. After one game, Shaq's free-throw percentage stands at zero.
Aaron Brooks (86.3% owned) - I actually really like Brooks this season and think he'll emerge as one of the key scorers for an injury-depleted Rockets team… in fact, let me go pick him up now, he's a much better bet at this point than Jonny Flynn.
Kirk Hinrich (74.6% owned) - He probably won't be a big value unless/until he's traded, but he should see regular playing time backing up both guard spots for the Bulls.
Ronnie Brewer (73.1% owned) - My league's might have been scared off by reports of a back injury, but Brewer is healthy enough to start the season in the lineup.
Tayshaun Prince (68.9% owned) - Another player who may have dropped on draft night due to a minor injury - Prince's toe is reportedly healthy enough for him to start Detroit's opener.
All "percent owned" stats are taken from ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball - your mileage may vary.
Kenyon Martin (20.7% owned) - Injuries will always be a factor when considering K-Mart, but he's reportedly in the best shape of his career.
Peja Stojakovic (19.8%) - Worth a look - but at this stage of his career, don't think of him as anything more than a three-point specialist.
Marvin Williams (16.1% owned) - He'll never shake the "draft bust" label - he was selected ahead of Chris Paul, it comes with the territory. But he has improved steadily, and could be primed for a breakout year.
Andray Blatche (3.8% owned) - Outstanding call by my colleague Carson Cistulli, who made Blatche his opening night pick for the Pick One Challenge game. As Carson pointed out, Blatche should generate good numbers while filling in for the injured Antawn Jamison. In the opener, he played 35 minutes, scored 20 points and grabbed seven boards with an assist, a steal and two blocks.