NBA Waiver Wire: Week Five

Dan BentonCorrespondent INovember 27, 2008

Hello, folks, and welcome to a "Power Outage Edition" of this week's Waiver Wire, where only on an island in the middle of nowhere can you lose power and cell phone service for three days in perfect weather. 

Well, such is life, and my understanding is that I'm missing the first snow of the year by being down here, so it's a tradeoff I'm willing to make. I have been able, however, to keep abreast of the situation in the NBA; therefore, this week's Waiver Wire, although a bit tardy, should be as helpful as ever. 

We're just about a month into the season, and role players are starting to define said roles. They're also starting to establish themselves, fantasy-wise. It's important to note the percentage of ownership, however. Some of these players are being snatched up at a pretty good clip, so you may have to act more quickly now than you would normally later in the season. 

These players are here to help you fix an underperforming draft choice or two, so let's take a look at this week's best options available to you on the waiver wire.


Point Guard

Anthony Morrow, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors

With the void left by the departure of Baron Davis in the offseason, and with Monta Ellis currently out, the Warriors aren't supposed to do much in the way of contending in the West this season. However, they may have found a bit of a diamond in the rough with Morrow, who got off to a smoking hot start this season. 

His last three games have been disappointments to be sure; he's just 6-for-22 shooting over the course of that time. Previous to that, however, he was one of the hottest shooters in the Western Conference.

I look at it like this; in his first season, he's going to have some ups and downs. If his ups are as good as they were earlier in the season, I think this is a great keeper for your bench as we go on. 

The last three games have prompted a bit of a sell-off, as Morrow is now down to 29 percent ownership, and my advice would be to buy low here. The Warriors are going to put up a lot of points regardless of how many games they win, and Morrow will end up getting his share—he's worth the risk. 

Here's what Morrow has done to this point on the season: 13.0 pts, 3.6 reb, 1.0 asst, 1.0 turn/game, 0.6 stl, an eye-popping 52.1% FG, 92.9% FT, and he's making 1.9 3-pt/game.


Shooting Guard

Quentin Richardson, SG/SF, New York Knicks

I'm always a little hesitant to ever choose a Knick; but I feel in this case that Q is going to help a few people. Since the salary-dump trades of a few days ago; Q has gotten a boatload of playing time.

Some of this might be attributed to the Knicks lack of healthy guards (Nate Robinson's groin, URI's Cuttino Mobley's...something); and while that may be 100 percent true, the fact is that, even if Mobley is completely good-to-go and this questions with his physical are moot, Richardson still might get the starting nod at the 2-spot.

Richardson has some time in coach Mike D'Antoni's system and overall does bring some decent defense. So, while the world waits for Mobley to take the floor, Richardson will be there getting his shots. He's also clearly still a good value at 48 percent ownership, but the questions about the lack of depth at guard for the Knicks might spike interest from owners, so if you're going to act on Q, act now. 

Here's what we've seen from Q to this point: 11.9 pts, 5.7 reb, 1.9 asst, 1.5 turn, 0.8 stl, a sorry 41.1% FG (that's probably not going to change, folks—it comes with the package), 87% FT, and he's hitting 2.3 3-pt/game.


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