The 2020-21 NBA season is hardly underway but there are already a few players who stand out as quality waiver wire targets at the small forward position. We’ve identified three players rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN league. Here’s who you should keep an eye on if you need help in the backcourt.
Josh Jackson, Detroit Pistons
Ownership percentage: 15.2 percent
Jackson is ready to have a breakout year. The swingman is averaging 22 points and 5 rebounds per contest in his two games as a starter. He also has shooting guard eligibility and his 6’8” frame gives him a significant size advantage against guards on the boards. The sample size is small but it’ll be hard for a rebuilding team like Detroit to keep such a promising, young talent off the court.
Otto Porter Jr., Chicago Bulls
Ownership percentage: 49.1 percent
A lot of people are down on Porter because he’s coming off the bench behind Patrick Williams but he’s been much more productive than the rookie. He doesn’t provide a ton of upside as a scorer but can reach double-digits consistently while chipping in with rebounds, steals, and blocks.
Deni Avdija, Washington Wizards
Ownership percentage: 18.9 percent
Avdija is already looking like one for Washington’s better wings and as eclipsed 25 minutes in three of his first four NBA games and there’s not much offensive firepower behind him with Isaac Bonga backing him up. Avdija entered Wednesday ranked 18th at his position in total points. While it’s unlikely that he’ll remain that high his improvement throughout the season could make him more appealing over time.