NBA Waiver Wire: Week 17 Adds
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 17 Adds

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Whew. Remember when Derrick Rose's ankle injury was a top-three story in the NBA? Because, while that may feel like a remnant from years gone by, it was actually just last week. That's right, just one week ago Josh "I only average 8.8 points as a starter" Okogie was the third blurb in this article. Life moves pretty fast.

So, to recap the week so crazy that the NBA overshadowed the Super Bowl: Anthony Davis requested a trade and said he wouldn't resign with the Pelicans, the Knicks Knick'd all over themselves trading away Kristaps Porzingis, and LeBron James (groin) returned to action for the first time since Christmas. LeBron James is the third story! Last week's third story was Josh Okogie!

Alright, let's breakdown what it all means, but first, some schedule analysis:

It's another relatively light week, but this time that's because almost everyone plays three games. One team, the Jazz, plays twice. Twenty teams have three games. Nine teams play four times: Hawks, Pacers, Bucks, Pelicans, Magic, Suns, Kings, Spurs, Wizards.

There is, of course, a lot of advantage in playing someone with four games during a slow week, but the week is light enough that there is not much harm in playing a member of the Jazz.

By the daily schedule, the NBA is totally flat – every day has between five and nine games. That means two things: First, no waiver pickup should suffer by losing a game because you couldn't fit

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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