Waiver Wire: Two Rookie Centers Too Pick Up


By Zack Cimini


Blake Griffin has stole the rookie showcase this year. Becoming an All-Star and being a fixture on ESPN’s sportscenter night in and night out. Development as a rookie isn’t supposed to be that easy. Learning and growing in time is a challenge to all rookies. Even John Wall is having a rough go. After torching teams early in the year, he has struggled with injuries and consistency.

A couple big men though are starting to produce and earn more minutes on their teams. Availability of a big man is huge in rotisserie leagues. Stat categories such as field goal percentage, rebounds, and blocks can never be overlooked if options are available.

Greg Monroe–41% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

For the first few months of the season it looked like you could officially label, Monroe, as a left too early player. Nevermind that, he has came to life and is out dueling other big men in the league on certain nights. His quick and agile, and at 6’10 is causing problems. His left handed finishes you know he is going to go to, but is very tough to stop. In the month of January and the first few games of February, Monroe is averaging nearly a double-double, with a couple steals to go with it. January 30th he had 15 points and 17 rebounds against the Knicks, and February 4th he posted another gem with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Trevor Booker– 1% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

Booker is more of a player to keep your eye on, but will be moving up in the Wizards rotation. Flip Saunders keeps reducing the minutes of Andray Blatche and Javele McGee as of late. McGee has had issues sustaining energy on the court, and Blatche seems to have taken a step back after breaking out last season. Rookies are always hungry, and when Booker comes into the game he provides hustle and tenacity. Another left handed player, that stays active on the glass. Against the Magic, they were torched for 20 plus offensive rebounds. Something that shouldn’t happen with the size and athleticism of Blatche and McGee. In a little over 20 minutes Friday against the Magic he provided a spark and finished with six points, six boards, and a staggering six blocks. He has shown what he can do with starting minutes. In back to back games January 28th and 29th, he had 21 points and 12 rebounds, then 12 points and 12 rebounds.


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