There are a lot of rumors floating around the NBA right now, and you need to pay attention. Players such as Kevin Garnett and Josh Smith have brought up in trade discussions. DeMarcus Cousins has been in trade rumors all season. This is not the time to take a nap. When players are traded it instantly causes fantasy impact on all teams involved. Never take your team for granted, even if you have a comfortable lead in your league. Here are some more fantasy basketball beasts to take advantage of.
Kyle Korver, guard-forward, Atlanta Hawks: Korver was on the beast report a few weeks ago. He deserves a February appearance because of how much he has improved. Once a suggested waiver wire pickup for a couple, he has been a top five-fantasy option for the last few weeks. Korver has been scoring 17.6 points while shooting 58.3 percent from the field. For the season, he has been hitting 47 percent of his shots from downtown. He has been making nearly five three-pointers a game over the last few weeks.
Another reason I bring Korver up again in such a short time period is because he is still owned in only 67 percent of leagues polled. I want you to go to your waiver wires right now and pick him up if he is there. Get onboard while he is still hot, because like any shooter, they eventually cool off. He also will contribute at least four rebounds per game as an added bonus.
Nate Robinson, guard, Chicago Bulls: The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week has been a big help to fantasy players. Over the last few weeks, Robinson has scored 17.8 points while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. He has been playing over 30 minutes per game and has been helping in just about every category. Yes, I include blocks because the fact that a smaller guy contributes a block every few games is impressive.
He has been stealing the ball 1.8 times of late. He has been playing like a true point guard for the first time in his career, and his 6.4 assists per game during this time shows it. He is also owned in 43 percent of leagues polled, so I ask you again to please stop reading for a minute and check your waiver wires right now.
Kawhi Leonard, guard-forward, San Antonio Spurs: Leonard has been playing over 30 minutes a game of late on a deep Spurs team. He has been scoring 11.3 points and shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Leonard has grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game recently. He plays solid perimeter defense, and his two steals per game has been a big help. Leonard is also not afraid to take an outside shot. He will even block a shot every few games.
Leonard and Danny Green have been a great one-two punch in terms of balancing the Spurs out. Leonard is still available, as he is owned in only 55 percent of leagues polled. You know the drill.
Tristan Thompson, forward-center, Cleveland Cavaliers: With Anderson Varejao (lung) out for the season, Thompson and teammate Tyler Zeller have been filling the void for the young Cavaliers. Thompson has been helping fantasy players in every category. In the last few weeks, he has stolen the ball once and blocked a shot 1.3 times per game. He has also grabbed 9.2 rebounds per night and for some reason is owned in just 67 percent of leagues polled.
On the offensive end he has scored 16.8 points while shooting 55 percent from the field. He has been shooting 84.6 percent from the free-throw line over his last few games. The only thing Thompson does not do is shoot from the outside. He has been playing over 31 minutes per game this season.
Tony Parker, guard, San Antonio Spurs: When Tony Parker is healthy the Spurs play their best because on any given night he can play both point and shooting guard roles to help the team. As a seasoned veteran, he drives the lane like Kyrie Irving, and it helps fantasy owners. In the last few weeks, Parker has dished 9.8 assists per game. He has committed 1.2 steals and has even grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game during this time.
Parker has scored 23.8 points while shooting 65.8 percent from the field recently. All season long he has been playing over 30 minutes per game. Do not waste your time looking on your waiver wire for Parker. If he is actually available in a league, please let me know so I can sign up for that league next season. Try to pull off a trade, if you can get him at the right price.