From left to right: Kendrick Nunn, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), LaMelo Ball

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Booms, Busts, Battlestar Galactica is getting an NBA facelift prettier than the episode-to-episode changes on WandaVision.

For this version, we want to focus on booms that are widely available on the waiver wire so we can give you a leg up on the competition and busts you may want to consider getting rid of. All is fair in love and fantasy.

Let's get started with a look back at the last week of the NBA fantasy season.


Booms

Daniel Theis, Center, Boston Celtics

Since Kemba Walker's return against the Knicks on January 17, Theis is averaging 13.5 points on an incredible 79.2 percent shooting from the field with 6.3 rebounds and one made three-pointer a game.

When paired with Walker, Theis nets +14.8 points per 100 possessions on the strength of the pick and roll they run together. Only 46 percent of teams on Yahoo have the big German on their roster, but with his PnR partner back, that number should increase in the coming weeks.

Kendrick Nunn, Guard, Miami Heat

With Tyler Herro nursing a neck injury, and Avery Bradley and Jimmy Butler in the health and safety COVID protocol, someone needed to step up like Neville Longbottom against Voldemort. Kendrick Nunn has been that dude.


Since January 18, Nunn has averaged 35 minutes a game while putting together a .561/.444/.833 slash line and compiling 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Only 49 percent of managers on Yahoo have ridden this amazing wave, but with Butler and Avery on their way back, the chance to capitalize on his hot stretch may be over.

Naz Reid, Center, Minnesota Timberwolves

With COVID once again gripping Karl-Anthony Towns, Reid has been holding down the center position in Minneapolis. Reid has averaged 14 points per game with a .588/.500/1.000 slash line the last four games to go along with 2.3 blocks and 1.5 made threes.

You would like to see something higher than the 4.3 rebounds he grabbed during that stretch and with Towns' 10-to-14-day quarantine on the verge of ending, he may see a dip in numbers, but as long as KAT is out, he will continue to produce.

David Nwaba, Guard/Forward, Houston Rockets

Nwaba's game is about as sexy as The Thing from the Fantastic Four, but the little things he does are finally showing up in the stat sheet, giving him some fantasy value. His 11.8 points a game the last week isn't anything to write home about, but his 2.0 steals a game, 4.3 rebounds and 58.6 percent shooting from the field at the guard position gives him plenty of value.

With such a short bench in Houston, he will get plenty of minutes to improve on those numbers as the season continues.

Busts

Terry Rozier, Guard, Charlotte Hornets

Rozier started the week off with a 24-point, nine-rebound performance, but then cratered the next two contests. By week's end, he finished shooting 36.6 percent from the field and 13.7 points per game. Not exactly the Scary Terry numbers people were hoping for.

However, one thing Rozier won't do is stop shooting, and while he will have those terrible shooting nights, he will follow that up with a couple of strong shooting games. Welcome to the roller coaster of Rozier management.

Steven Adams, Center, New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans' center is one of the leaders in field goal percentage, which has been something fantasy managers could lean on, but not this week. Adams struggled with consistency, shooting 46.2 percent from the field while turning over the ball 2.5 times per game and only getting one block in four games.

Thankfully, his rebounding numbers floated him, but one category isn't going to cut it for a player who is owned in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Blake Griffin, Power Forward/Center, Detroit Pistons

Griffin isn't the same player he was five years ago, but he is definitely better than the 34.6 percent shooting, 9.7-point averaging player he has been the last week. The fall has been very quick for the former Rookie of the Year the last two seasons, but on a bad Pistons team, he will at least have plenty of minutes to succeed.

Whether he does or not is left to be seen.

LaMelo Ball, Guard, Charlotte Hornets

Ball's hot start got him a lot of fans at the beginning of the season, but the middle of January has not been kind to the rookie. He only averaged 9.7 points on 37.9 percent shooting and 3.3 turnovers a game. The third Ball brother is not the first rookie to hit a wall in his first year and he won't be the last, but only the most patient of managers will tolerate a stretch like this for long.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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