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The first round of playoffs are coming to an end for most leagues, and hopefully you are on your way to a victory. If so, it’s time to start closing in on additions to your team that can lead you to a championship. Here are seven players that should be at the top of your wish list.
1. Elfrid Payton
Payton can’t shoot, but that isn’t why he should have a place on your team. Although, he is shooting 46 percent in his past 14 games which is an improvement upon his 42 percent on the year.
Regardless of poor shooting, Payton is the type of point guard that is going to fill up the stat sheet with rebounds, assists, and steals. Over the past two weeks Payton is averaging 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Like I said, he can’t shoot, and you won’t be getting threes from him either, but he is a poor man’s Russell Westbrook at this point.
2. Steven Adams
The Thunder have yet again been hurt by injuries losing Serge Ibaka, but that gives fantasy owners the opportunity to take advantage of the next man up in Steven Adams.
Adams is one of the more energetic players in the NBA, and will be a near double-double threat as long as he can stay out of foul trouble. Also, if you’re starving for blocks, Adams blocks 1.3 per game in about 22 minutes so that should bounce up to about two per game.
If Adams is available in your league he should be a top target, the only thing standing in his way is the potential for Scott Brooks to start Mitch McGary, but it looks like Adams has the job.
3. Alex Shved
Shved is still only owned in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues, and that needs to change. Shved has come out of nowhere very similar to Jeremy Lin’s breakout with the Knicks a few years back.
The Knicks are so talent deprived that Shved basically has free reign as the primary ball-handler, and scorer on the Knicks.
Like Payton, he will fill up the stat sheet, but he can also knock down threes. Though he is only shooting 41.8 percent in the past two weeks, he is averaging two threes per game.
Shved has become a very entertaining player to watch in real life, and often times leaves you wondering what the hell he was doing, but in fantasy he is becoming a must-own player for teams making a playoff run.
4. Aaron Brooks
Since the Derrick Rose injury Brooks has done everything but run away with the starting point guard job, but the past week has seen a major improvement.
In the past week Brooks has averaged 16.3 points, with three. assists, and one three.
Obviously Brooks isn’t going to light up the scoreboard each night, but he has it in him to put up a 30 point game every now and then.
5. Thomas Robinson
Robinson just hasn’t been able to catch a break in his young NBA career, but sticking on with one of the worst teams in the NBA could help his cause.
The 76ers like losing so they’ll probably continue to start JaKarr Sampson over Robinson, but Robinson’s play in just 17 minutes per game has been making that hard.
In the past week, with only 17 minutes per game, Robinson is averaging eight points, eight rebounds, and one block per game. If he could just lockdown 30 minutes Robinson would be a near 15-15 threat every game.
However, Robinson is in a horrible situations with the 76ers, but if the coaches come around he could be a serious steal.
6. Rodney Hood
Hood’s fantasy value may be on the decline considering his performance in the past two games, but he seems to have snagged the starting shooting guard role on the Jazz.
Hood isn’t going to get you much other than points, but he seems to have set up shop behind the three point line. In his past 11 games Hood has hit 20 threes.
If you need threes Hood is a good option, however, like I said, Hood has struggled in the past two games by only average five points.
A few days ago he was a decent add, but now he’s just a wait and see.
7. Brandan Wright
Brandan Wright has spent a lot of time injured in his career, and in six years he has surprisingly never average more than 19 minutes per game in a season. He’s basically been the first big man off the bench throughout his career, and only has 49 starts to his name.
However, with Alex Len nursing an ankle injury it appears Wright is being given a chance to start for the Suns.
In two starts Wright has averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds, and has a seven block game to his name.
Len’s status is up in the air, and without a definitive return date Wright could get a lot of run. However, if Len gets ruled out for the season Wright becomes must-add.