In most fantasy basketball leagues the playoffs start in about a month, but now is the time to be on the lookout for speculative adds that could put your team over the top.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Kings, which you probably haven’t aside from Demarcus Cousins, since George Karl has been named head coach Ben has been heating up.
In his past three games McLemore has averaged 16 points to go along with with five three pointers, and he’s even had a game where he went 10/12 from the free throw line. Also, McLemore was limited to only 24 minutes on 3/1 against the Blazers due to jamming his thumb so his points per game could be a little better had he played more.
Obviously McLemore’s stat line isn’t earth shattering, but in the past month he has averaged 13 points with 2.2 threes per game. McLemore has always had the potential to develop into a very good shooter, and on occasion he has shown the ability to get to the basket, most notably his game with 12 free throw attempts.
With Darren Collison out for the year the Kings desperately need a third option next to DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. As long as McLemore gets minutes, and he has the past month average 33 minutes per game, he has the potential to develop into a solid source of points and threes for owners.
Other potential targets:
Trey Burke: He recently replaced Dante Exum in the starting lineup and it could stick. Burke hasn’t lit the world on fire like he did in college, but owners in need of threes and assists should target Burke even if he remains the teams sixth man.
Gorgui Deng: Deng is only owned in 57% of yahoo leagues, and with Nikola Pekovic only playing 12 minutes on 2/28 it’s possible Deng could get more minutes.
Michael Carter-Williams: You definitely can’t add MCW, but if you haven’t hit your trade deadline yet it is very likely his owner may be willing to deal him. He’s been injured for the past few weeks, and has gotten off to a bit of a slow start with the Bucks. However, once Jason Kidd is ready to let him lose MCW will probably post near triple-double efforts every game.