We are officially into the second week of the 2020-21 NBA season and have already seen numerous players starting to create a buzz for themselves. Some of these players such as CJ McCollum, Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook, and Nikola Jokic, we expected them to put on a show. But there been a few under the radar players such as Julius Randle, Gary Trent Jr., and Tyrese Haliburton, who have had good performances that might warrant a spot on your fantasy team.
We are going to look at some of the shooting guards that you need to consider grabbing off of waivers with Week 2 NBA action underway.
Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder
Ownership percentage: 17 percent in ESPN leagues
Heading into this season, a lot of attention is on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and how the Thunder’s offense would be ran through him. While that is true through the first three games, SGA needs help and thankfully he is getting that from Luguentz Dort.
Dort is averaging 18.7 points per game, and shooting 54.1 percent from the field, and 47.4 percent from three-point range on 6.3 attempts per game. Despite it being a small sample, it is encouraging to see Dort’s shooting splits up from his rookie season. We saw at Arizona State that he can get to the basket at will. But the question that remained was could he be a decent shooter from the perimeter? Thus far, he’s done a great job of answering that question.
Alec Burks, New York Knicks
Ownership percentage: 31 percent
Alec Burks has been the player and creator that the New York Knicks’ offense need this season. The veteran guard is microwave scorer, meaning it does not take long for him to start cooking on offense. In three games this season, Burks is averaging 20.7 points per game. He is also while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from behind the arc on five attempts per game.
Now granted, Burks will likely not shoot above 60 percent from three-point range for the entire season. But he will play a significant role in the Knicks’ offense. Burks is already averaging 28 minutes per game off the bench.
Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz
Ownership percentage: 29.8 percent
Jordan Clarkson is one of the many contenders for the Sixth Man of the Year Award and already off to a solid start for the Jazz. Clarkson is averaging 18 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game off the bench. The former first-round pick is the perfect guy to lead the Jazz’s second unit as he is shooting 41.2 percent from three-point range. If you need a guard to fill in at one of your UTIL spots, then Clarkson is your guy.
Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers
Ownership percentage: 4 percent
To wrap-up this week’s waiver wire shooting guards, we are going to add Gary Trent Jr. to the list as someone you need to grab soon. However, fantasy managers beware because he’s a streaky shooter. Unlike Clarkson and Burks, who we know will get consistent minutes and buckets, Trent Jr. is up and down. On Tuesday, he erupted for 28 points in 24 minutes in the Blazers’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers. They will need consistent performances from to lead the second unit when Damian Lillard and/or McCollum are not on the floor.