Tre Mann is getting a chance to show what he can do in Charlotte. (Sports Illustrated)
Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. It’s the All-Star weekend, so this is a perfect time to raid the waiver wire while the rest of your league is distracted by dunk competitions.
This week, Klay Thompson was demoted, but responded in a big way; journeyman Danilo Gallinari has signed with Milwaukee for the rest of the season; and P.J. Tucker was $75,000 poorer for saying the wrong things.
And now, let’s get to this week’s…
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Picks
Tre Mann, PG, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 7.8 per cent; CBS: 45 per cent): A dude that’s been off the Fantasy radar until recently, Mann headlines our Hornet-heavy lineup this week. He wasn’t getting anywhere near enough PT in OKC to be relevant, but has been set free in Charlotte, starting each game, wasting no time in getting on the scoreboard (see video below) and showing steady improvement in each outing (flirting with triple doubles in the last two). Mann is a nice source of treys and is really trying to prove he can deliver across the board production, so grab him while you can. Did the Thunder have any idea what it had on its hands? Coming out of Florida, he had nice size for a PG (6’4″) and the quickness to be a factor in the NBA. The main questions related to his athleticism and defensive prowess, but right now, he’s getting it done.
Jabari Walker, PF, Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN: 2 per cent; CBS: 24 per cent): Portland’s second round pick in 2022, Walker is starting to see more PT over the last couple of months and showing his potential (last week recording a double-double with two blocks and a steal). His touches are up the last few weeks, and he’s already nearly matched the number of appearances he had in his entire rookie campaign last season. Yes, Walker endured a couple of injuries this season, but they were both minor and he’s proving to be an asset worth considering in deeper formats.
Grant Williams, PF, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 4.7 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): Former Tennessee star Williams caught our eye with his shooting early last season, but it was unsustainable and his bucket count dipped as the season continued. In the offseason, he was acquired by Dallas, where he got off to another big start and continued to jack up more treys before slowing down. Sent to Charlotte at the deadline, Williams has only been used off the bench, but is seeing more PT and sinking way more buckets. It’s clear that he’s found a place to deliver more Fantasy value, so grab him in larger formats now.
Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 3 per cent): We last pimped Gallinari towards the later stages of 2021-22, and it was a great call as he saw even more action in April and tore it up. Unfortunately, it was his ACL he tore up the following season, missing the entire schedule. This season, his role for both Washington and Detroit has been small and the Pistons waived him last week. Now in Milwaukee, Gallinari has a chance to regain his value considering that Khris Middleton is still out and Jae Crowder isn’t exactly taking advantage.
Nick Richards, C, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 9.6 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): In mid-March, we gave Richards some love and it was a sharp choice as he finished strong despite slightly lower PT down the stretch. This season, with Mark Williams out, Richards’ role has increased each month and he’s now regularly racking up (or at least flirting) with double-doubles. But it’s the block potential (Richards is tied for 14th in NBA with 4.5 block percentage) that really intrigues us.
Delon Wright, PG/SG, Free agent (ESPN: 1.3 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): Bought out by Washington, Wright is expected to sign with Miami, which is having point guard injury issues (Terry Rozier and Josh Richardson are out). Wright is no spring chicken, so wasn’t a priority for PT on a young, rebuilding Wizard club. Consider the combo guard a deep league option.
Evan Fournier, SG/SF, Detroit Pistons (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 1 per cent): When Fournier was dealt from New York to Detroit at the deadline, the assumption was that he’d get bought out by the rebuilding Pistons. Instead, the opposite has occurred and so far he’s seeing an increased role and is producing, playing 25 or more minutes and scoring 10 or more points in both games so far. Going from completely out of the rotation to near starter’s minutes? Okay, sign us up.
Trey Jemison, C, Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 1 per cent): Jemison got a chance to start with Jaren Jackson Jr. out, and showed what he can do — especially on the offensive glass (pulling down four of six rebounds on that side of the court). Armed with a new two-way deal, Jemison is only of interest in the deepest of leagues at this point, but his potential is intriguing.
RotoRob Tune of the Day
English rock band The Zombies got their start in 1961 and remained active until 1967. Since then, they reformed in 1968, from 1989 to 1991, in 1997, and finally from 2004 to present. Among their biggest hits ever was “Time of the Season,” which reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and showed up on the compilation Somethin’ Else Again! Here’s the band performing the song on TV in 2011.