D.J. Augustin has not had a great NBA career since being drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2008, and when the Toronto Raptors waived him in December it was unclear if any team would have interest in him at all. But the Chicago Bulls were looking for some point guard depth and signed him once he cleared waivers, and he has taken on an increased role recently.
After scoring a season-high 27 points (10-for-16 from the floor, 5-for-7 on three-pointers) with four assists, four rebounds and one steal against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Augustin is averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game over the last four games while making 56 percent (14-for-25) of his three-pointers in that span. Over 20 games with the Bulls, Augustin is averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in just over 29 minutes per contest.
Should fantasy basketball owners consider Augustin a must-add?
Derrick Rose is of course out for the season for the Bulls, and Kirk Hinrich has not exactly been a picture of durability as he left Monday night’s game with a hamstring issue and did not return. Add in Chicago’s reported recent trade of Marquis Teague to the Brooklyn Nets, and the team simply does not have many options at point guard right now. Hinrich’s prognosis going forward is unclear, but Augustin is playing too well not to see significant minutes.
Augustin’s ownership percentage is currently 35 percent in Yahoo! leagues, and rising, so any fantasy owner that wants to add him will have to act quickly. I don’t expect him to sustain the high level of production he has had over the last few games, but Augustin contributes enough in four categories (points, assists, rebounds and steals) to be a fantasy asset as long as he continues to play sufficient minutes.