This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
Several of last week's suggested pickups have since seen their rostered percentage rise, including Gary Trent Jr. (48% rostered), Danny Green (47% rostered), Chuma Okeke (46% rostered) and Jae'Sean Tate (44% rostered). As such, this week's column will focus on players who weren't touched on in last week's piece, which prioritized those who were affected in one way or another by the activity leading up to the March 26 trade deadline.
YOUNG PLAYERS TO MONITOR
Hamidou Diallo, Pistons
Diallo was having a breakout campaign in Oklahoma City prior to being dealt to Detroit. While he's still dealing with the effects of a groin injury that forced him to sit out Thursday's second half of a back-to-back, he excelled in his last two appearances. Diallo turned in 19 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes during Monday's matchup versus the Raptors, and he followed up with 19 points (7-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven boards, three dimes, one steal and one block in 26 minutes during Wednesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers. The select few who didn't move on from Diallo – despite the fact that injuries forced him to miss a month of action – are now reaping the benefits.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Pelicans
Alexander-Walker was on a tear in the absence of Lonzo Ball (hip), who missed seven consecutive contests. Alexander-Walker scored at least 15 points five times while starting in place of Ball.