It is time to start digging deep in your waiver wires. Your mission is to find a player that can help you consistently in a category for as short as a two-week span. Team rotations are still being formed. A player whose statistics have improved who is only playing 20 minutes per game now could still find his way into the rotation. The season is still young and there is time to find players with breakout potential.
Alan Anderson, guard-forward, Toronto Raptors: Anderson has not been hit with the injury bug yet, unlike about half of his teammates this season. Over the last month, he seems to have grasped some of the focus of the Raptors' overall offensive scheme. He has scored 13.7 points while shooting 37 percent from the field (almost as good as Deron Williams). Do not let his field goal percentage dissuade you, as he has shot 88 percent from the free-throw line over the last month.
Anderson makes at least two three-pointers per game. On the defensive end, he has contributed three rebounds and 1.2 steals per game over the last 30 days. He is owned in just 9 percent of leagues polled and plays about 23 minutes per game. His position eligibility is also a plus.
John Salmons, guard-forward, Sacramento Kings: Wherever Salmons has played he has provided his team with occasional scoring runs. He is the type of person who scores a lot of points in a short span. He has been playing over 30 minutes per game. He has scored 10.1 points while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor over the last month.
Salmons has also grabbed 3.4 rebounds and dished 4.3 assists per game over the last month. He will even get you the occasional steal and block. He is owned in only 7 percent of leagues polled and could be a nice fill-in player off your bench.
Lamar Odom, forward, Los Angeles Clippers: Odom is starting to become a relevant name in the NBA again on the league's hottest team. Owned in just 9 percent of leagues polled, Odom has grabbed 8.1 rebounds per game over the last two weeks. Are you in need of blocks? He has swatted 1.7 shots a game over that same time period. He even has dished out a couple of assists as well.
For the season he has been playing 17 minutes per game, but over the last two weeks his playing time has increased to 24 minutes per outing. He is not much of a scoring help, but he has improved his field goal percentage as well. Could we finally be seeing the return of a threatening off the bench option? Pick him up and find out!
Andre Drummond, forward-center, Detroit Pistons: Despite playing only 19 minutes per game, for Drummond to be available in 75 percent of leagues polled is ridiculous. He is a big man on the rise as he has grabbed seven rebounds per game this season. Over the last two weeks his playing time and rebounding has improved to 24 minutes and 9.9 rebounds per game. In that same time period he has also blocked 2.4 shots per game.
On the scoring front, he has scored nine points while shooting 54 percent from the floor. He will also grab a steal for you every few games. There is no reason why Drummond should be available at this point. He could be one of the best-kept secrets in the league this season. Pick him up now!
Tristan Thompson, forward-center, Cleveland Cavaliers: Here is another player that has put up too good of statistics to be available. Thompson has been playing over 30 minutes a game this season. In that time he has scored 8.9 points and grabbed 8.3 rebounds. From the field, he has shot 47.2 percent. He grabs at least a steal in the majority of games he has played.
Why is he owned in only 31 percent of leagues polled? I am not afraid of his under 60 percent free-throw percentage. Even his position eligibility will help you. In Thompson's case, the good outweighs the bad and he can very well continue to prosper on a very young Cavs team.