Somewhat forgotten in San Antonio, the Spurs’ Boris Diaw is playing some great basketball at the moment and is pushing for inclusion on just about any fantasy team.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Diaw and the New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. for deep league consideration.
» Boris Diaw, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (4.6 percent owned on ESPN.com)
22 points (9-20 FG, 2-3 FT), 2 three-pointers, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers vs. Rockets
In the past four games, Diaw has been on an absolute roll. He has hit 10 of his 11 shots from downtown in that time frame, which works out at an average of 2.5 made three-pointers per game. Those sort of numbers are phenomenal and go along with the 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Coincidentally, or perhaps not coincidentally at all, these awesome figures have come since Kawhi Leonard broke his hand. In that time frame, Diaw is ranked 42nd according to Basketball Monster.com’s rankings. With Leonard slated to miss another three weeks, Diaw seems likely to continue getting a big opportunity, both in terms of minutes and offensive involvement.
Even though Diaw’s value will probably peak during Leonard’s absence, he has been a valuable contributor for a good portion of the season. He is the 99th ranked player over the past month, which means he is a must own player in all leagues.
Diaw is a guy I’ll be recommending across the board for short term and long term value and I believe he can help any form of fantasy squad.