NBA Waiver Wire: Week Four

Dan BentonCorrespondent INovember 18, 2008

Hello and welcome from Beaverhoutsberg on top of Gifft Hill; on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's me, Tommy D, on my semi-annual visit to the territory. But that can't stop me from bringing you the latest and greatest from the world of the waiver wire.

Hey, it's never stopped me before. I might be down here for Paradise Jam, the NCAA preseason tournament. If I am, I'll check it out and see who to look for next year on the wire.

Regardless, I kind of have TV, and obviously I kind of have a web connection as well so I'll be able to get you fine folks the latest as if I were in beautiful downtown Worcester.

As far as this week is concerned, the best of the best is separating themselves from the pack a bit (not really all that unexpected). Also, the all-around solid play appears to be carrying over from 07-08, which is great news for everyone involved.

Both the league and the viewers get to see a high level of basketball. That's great to see, but it also makes fantasy more difficult, because finding a second-tier guy isn't always apparent when there's a lot of team play happening.

Well, that's why I'm here. And with the first month of the season complete, it's time to get into the waiver wire.

Point Guard

Daequan Cook—PG/SG—Miami Heat

Cook and Chris Quinn (another candidate for this spot) both had their coming out parties on the waiver wire one year ago. This year, it seems as though things are just going to continue to improve, and their time as waiver wire players may be running short.

In Cook's case, he's become the sixth man for the Heat, and has really found his role on the team. As a sixth man, you might think that he's more of an SG, and you're probably right. However, he's got the PG designation so you might as well take advantage of it.

To this point in the season, here's where Cook stands: 9.9 PTS, 3.9 REB, 1.0 ASST, 1.0 TURN, 0.6 STL, 0.1 BLK with 2.5 three-pointers made per game. He's just a 37.2 percent FG shooter, which is something that probably scares a lot of people away—with good reason.

We'll keep an eye on this to see if he improves any. It's tough to improve on his free throw shooting, though. He's currently at 100 percent for the season. Those are some solid bench numbers for any lineup. He's owned by just 13 percent of fantasy owners, so you can afford to wait...for now.

Shooting Guard

Kelenna Azubuike—SG/SF—Golden State Warriors

Wait, what? Azubuike's got numbers? He's on your waiver wire? Oh, you betcha.

Azubuike is a scoring machine for a transitioning Golden State team trying to find its identity. He has settled into a swing-man role, but of late he's been starting with Corey Maggette and Stephen Jackson at the same time. It's a small lineup, but coach Don Nelson likes him some small lineups. Expect Azubuike's minutes to continue for the time being.

Here's what Azubuike has put up so far this year: 15.8 PTS, 4.4 REB, 1.7 ASST, 1.3 TURN, 1.1 STL, 0.3 BLK, and he's shooting 44.9 percent FG, 74.4 percent FT, and is hitting 0.7 three-pointers per game. Those are your alternate starting numbers are they not? He's owned by 59 percent of fantasy owners, so snag him while you still can.

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