The fantasy basketball playoffs are just around the corner, and in some leagues, they’re already here.
The NBA’s best teams will be fighting to the finish, but the one’s looking ahead to next season will use this time to develop their young players, making them possible fantasy sleepers.
Uncovering hidden gems like these on your league’s waiver wire could be the difference between winning and losing — and no one likes a loser, right?
» Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings: The Kings selected Ray McCallum with the 36th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, but it wasn’t until recently that the former University of Detroit star go to show off his stuff on the court.
Prior to February, McCallum saw just 42 total minutes of court time. He was a DNP-CD nearly every game and even got demoted to the NBA’s Developmental League to hone his craft.
In seven games with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, McCallum scored 20.0 points and dished out 4.3 assists. This impressed Kings’ coach Mike Malone enough to give him a shot with the big club.
With Jimmer Fredette bought out and donning Bulls’ red instead of Kings’ purple, McCallum has taken on a larger role, leading the way for the Kings’ second unit.
Over his last seven games, he has averaged 8.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 triples in 26.1 minutes.
There’s a lot of rust in his game, but with Sacramento tied with the Lakers for the worst record in the Western Conference, there will be plenty of opportunity for McCallum to have a fantasy impact down the stretch.