Working the Wire
By Charlie Zegers
RotoWire Hoops Editor
Changes bring uncertainty. But if you're working the waiver wire, uncertainty can also mean opportunity. Here are some potential pickups for this week, with a focus on the teams that made significant changes recently.
Stephon Marbury - Marbury reportedly refused to suit up for Friday's game - the first the Knicks played without Jamal Crawford. That almost certainly knocks him out of Mike D'Antoni's plans permanently… but stranger things have happened. If the Knicks actually do manage to get Steph to suit up - the need is dire, given the current state of their guard rotation, Steph could put up big numbers. Obviously, don't make a claim until you see him on the floor - but if Steph suits up, he could be a short-term steal.
Al Harrington - Due to inconsistent play and a lingering back injury that mysteriously cleared up as soon as he was traded, Harrington was a non-factor in Oakland. That means he's available in a lot of leagues - any leagues where he wasn't snapped up the moment the trade hit the wires, anyway.
Tim Thomas - Like Harrington, Thomas figures to get a lot more opportunities in New York than he was getting on his old team. Remember -- Thomas was highly productive playing for D'Antoni with the Suns back in 2005-06.
Ricky Davis - Davis should also have an expanded role with Mobley out of the picture… but not in the very short term, he's suffering from tendonitis in his knee.
Anthony Morrow - Morrow teamed with Crawford in the starting backcourt on Tuesday night, which may indicate that last week's fantasy darling might have some value left after all. He was limited, though, to just 15 minutes of play - four Warrior reserves played more than that.
Dominic McGuire - For now it appears McGuire will be the fourth big man in Tapscott's rotation, behind Antawn Jamison, McGee and Blatche. McGuire is a "defense and rebounding" guy who will chip in a couple of steals and blocks when he gets playing time, but won't score much. He might be worth a look in very deep leagues.
Dee Brown - Brown has replaced Juan Dixon as the interim starting point for the last two games, and against Golden State he played arguably the best game of his NBA career (10 points on 4-of-4 from the field -- 2-of-2 from downtown -- three assists, two rebounds and one steal). His value is likely to drop like a stone once Antonio Daniels returns, but he might be worth a look in the short term.
Russell Westbrook - Westbrook isn't part of OKC's new starting lineup - yet. But with the team clearly making a move to feature the young guys, more playing time for the rookie out of UCLA seems like a logical next step.
Nick Collison - Like Wilkins, Collison is part of the Thunder's new starting five. Collison isn't a young guy with potential, but he is a solid vet who could contribute decent scoring and good rebound numbers at the five spot.
Article first appeared on 11/26/08