The Charlotte Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts has been playing at a very high level all year, but he hasn’t been able to pique the interest of fantasy owners yet.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like McRoberts and the Utah Jazz’s Jeremy Evans.
»Josh McRoberts, PF, Charlotte Bobcats (3.1 percent owned on ESPN.com)
9 points (3-4 FG, 0-0 FT), 3 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs Mavericks.
There aren’t many guys in the league who look less like an NBA player than Josh McRoberts. If he wasn’t 6’10″, you’d be forgiven for confusing him for your local barista. But ignore the scruffy beard and greasy-looking hair pushed behind his ears and you’ll find a fantasy diamond in the rough.
Perhaps surprisingly, McRoberts was named the opening day starter for the Bobcats, over number four overall draft pick Cody Zeller. McRoberts has held that job all season, missing only one game back in November.
On the surface, McRoberts’ statistics may not seem all that impressive. Only looking at the surface is for losers! McRoberts is Basketball Monster.com’s number 85 player for the entire season, playing just a tick over 30 minutes per contest. In those games, he is averaging 8.9 points, 1.9 three-pointers, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 0.9 steals.
The scoring isn’t impressive, McRoberts’ doubters will say. True. But look at the assists! Those sort of passing numbers are usually reserved for guards. In fact, McRoberts is the third most prolific assist-man among players who are eligible at power forward or center. The only players with more assists per game in terms of big men are LeBron James (6.5 per game) and Joakim Noah (4.3 per game).
Assists are usually concentrated among point guards and there are only 30 of those starting in the NBA. Being able to get over four dimes a game off the waiver-wire and plug them in at power forward is great for fantasy flexibility and your championship aspirations.