Pickups of the Day

Jonathan Kuminga playing increased role for Golden State

by Noah Rubin
Updated On: March 8, 2023, 11:11 am ET

We're heading into the home stretch of the season, as most leagues will start their playoffs soon, if they haven't already. With only a month left in the regular season, Tuesday's eight games provided plenty of big-time performances. Khris Middleton started for the first time since December and led the Bucks past Orlando. Daniel Gafford's game-winning tip in gave the Wizards a win over Detroit at the buzzer. Charlotte ended New York's nine-game winning streak, while Mikal Bridges led Brooklyn past Houston with a 30-point performance. Joel Embiid outdueled Anthony Edwards, while Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić outlasted Lauri Markkanen and the Jazz. Josh Giddey became the youngest player ever to recorded a triple-double with at least 15 assists, which was enough for the Thunder to withstand Stephen Curry scoring 40 points with 10 threes. Anthony Davis capped off the night with 30 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Lakers past Memphis. With more important games coming up for fantasy managers, here are the players that can help you advance to the next round.

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Jonathan Kuminga- 27% in Yahoo leagues

Despite Golden State only missing Andrew Wiggins for their game on Friday, Kuminga started alongside Draymond Green down low in place of Kevon Looney. While this was likely a move to match Oklahoma City's smaller lineup, it shows how Steve Kerr currently values Kuminga. He has provided top-50 value over the past week and can provide a huge boost in steals. He posts a 21/3/2/2 line on Tuesday.

Donte DiVincenzo- 44%

Wiggins has been out due to personal reasons, and there is no clear timetable for his return. That means DiVincenzo should be a fixture of the starting unit for the foreseeable future. He only hit one 3-pointer on Tuesday, but he has been able to supply those consistently. He was able to make up for it with a 7/6/7/3 line.

Moritz Wagner-11%

With Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) out once again, Wagner got his second straight start in his place. He only played 21 minutes, but he was able to post an 18/8/3/2 line with two 3-pointers. If WCJ remains out for Thursday's matchup with Utah, Wagner will be a reliable streaming option once again.

Isaiah Livers- 2%

Livers got another start on Tuesday with Bojan Bogdanović sidelined, though he didn't have a great shooting night. However, he did provide a full line of 9/2/1/2/1 with three 3-pointers. Detroit will be in no rush to bring Bogdanovic back from an Achilles injury, which will make Livers worth streaming as long as he's starting.

James Wiseman- 40%

His production has been inconsistent since joining the Pistons, but he had his second 20-point game since the trade on Tuesday. More importantly, he had two blocks, which was his third straight game with at least two swats. As long as Jalen Duren remains sidelined, Wiseman will be a reliable option.

Talen Horton-Tucker- 22%

Let's just be clear here. THT is only a viable option in 8-cat leagues or with a turnover punt. He has started all six games since the All-Star break and has turned it over 30 times over that stretch. His value in 9-cat leagues has been outside the top-200, but with a turnover punt (or in 8-cat leagues, he has played at a seventh round level.

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Joe Harris- 6%

Harris hasn't been a consistent part of Brooklyn's rotation since the trade deadline, but he has started to play a larger role lately. Over his last two games, he has played around 20 minutes and hit four 3-pointers in each. As long as he's playing a consistent role, he can be a source of triples in deep leagues.

Ousmane Dieng- 1%

The majority of Dieng's rookie season has been spent in the G-League, but he has played a larger role over the last two games. In 19.5 minutes, he has averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 triples while shooting 61.5% from the floor. It's a small sample size, but Dieng has provided sixth round value over their last two games. If he maintains this role off the bench, he'll be worth a roster spot.

Tim Hardaway Jr.- 45%

THJ isn't as widely available, but he has been fantastic since the All-Star break. He hit seven 3-pointers on Tuesday, and he's hit 29 in their six games since the break. He has still maintained a high percentage from the floor, which has allowed him to provide fourth round value over the past two weeks.

Noah Rubin

Noah is a recent college grad who loves all things basketball. You can find him on Twitter @NoahRubin22 for NBA insights that hopefully aren’t too biased towards his Atlanta Hawks.