One of the most disappointing first round picks in recent memory was the Utah Jazz ’s selection of center Kosta Koufos.
Koufos was the 23rd overall selection of the 2008 NBA Draft. He came out after a brilliant freshman season at Ohio State, in which he averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. He looked like a very promising talent entering the pros, but as it turned out the kid simply was not ready.
Even worse was the fact that many people drafted him early in fantasy basketball dynasty leagues, only to see him have a permanent seat on the bench.
Here we are, five years later, and Koufos is finally starting to mature into a reliable fantasy starter, even though it may have cost the 24-year-old his hair in the process. Koufos is now the starting center with the Denver Nuggets, and more importantly, he is getting a consistent amount of playing time every night.
Koufos went from posting 7.6 points and 6.3 boards last month, all the way up to 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds this month. In his last three games alone, Koufos has averaged an insane 15.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks. The seven-footer is finally putting up starter-worthy fantasy numbers on a daily basis.
Koufos is worth a spot in 10-man leagues and can still be found on a vast majority of waiver wires at the moment. He will be a cheap way to steal eight or more boards per night, so grab him off the waiver wire if you are desperate for rebounds.