In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Livingston and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton.
» Shaun Livingston, PG, Brooklyn Nets (0.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
13 points (4-9 FG, 5-6 FT), 0 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs. 76ers
Everyone knows the story of Shaun Livingston and his horrific leg injury — one that was so severe, doctors warned him he may need to have the leg amputated. What we are seeing now is one of the least talked about redemption stories in the NBA is recent times.
Livingston is not only back playing, but playing well, even starting the last 15 games for the Nets. A lot of those starts were for an injured Deron Williams, but even with Williams re-entering the starting lineup, Livingston has remained a starter.
He put up his best line of the year against the Sixers (hasn’t everybody?), but it’s not just Monday’s performance that has me recommending him as a waiver-wire savior.
In the last month, Livingston is the 49th-ranked player on Basketball Monster.com’s rankings, averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Those numbers increase dramatically when we look at his last three games. In those contests, Livingston is averaging a ridiculous 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.7 steals. Two of those games are even with Williams back in the starting lineup.
As long as Livingston keeps getting close to 30 minutes a game, the steals, points and assists will come, as will the great rebounding he’s providing from the point guard position. Don’t be thrown off by the unfashionable name, Livingston has a lot of value for all fantasy teams and is a great addition to your squad.