With starter Jusuf Nurkic out at least four weeks due to plantar fasciitis, it’s time for the Portland Trail Blazers backup center Drew Eubanks to step up for the remainder of the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball season.
While rookie Trendon Watford is the only center candidate signed through the rest of the season, it’s Eubanks, currently on a 10-day contract, who could provide the most fantasy value this season.
Drew Eubanks started for the Portland Trail Blazers in their first game back from the NBA All-Star break against the Golden State Warriors!
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Drew Eubanks
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Currently auditioning for a season-long contract, Eubanks is going to have to impress if he wants to keep his job.
In nine starts this season with the San Antonio Spurs, Eubanks averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 22.3 minutes of action.
Keep in mind that he was largely sharing minutes with Thaddeus Young during these starts, which largely came when starter Jakob Poetl was out due to COVID-19 protocols.
While 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, and 55.6% from the field aren’t exactly gaudy numbers, they’re enough to warrant season-long consideration if he can stretch those numbers to 30 minutes per night.
It sounds like a reach, but we’re at the point of the season where there are so few waiver wire adds with upside that Eubanks is going to be worth plenty of dialogue if he gets a contract and minutes.
Can Eubanks step up?
We haven’t seen much from Eubanks to show that he’ll be able to earn consistent minutes in the NBA. But, just like we saw with Omer Yurtseven earlier this season, it’s not too difficult for backup centers without much talent to earn plenty of Fantasy value.
Eubanks may lack the height of Yurtseven, but he’s always impressed scouts with his hustle and has shown the ability to rack up low-key blocks in very few minutes.
What Should Blazers Fans Expect From Drew Eubanks?
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Is Drew Eubanks worth an add?
Ultimately, it makes sense to wait a few games to judge whether or not he’s worth taking a flier. Add him to your watch list and check back every game. Monitor his minutes, rebounds, blocks, and it won’t be hard to tell whether or not he’s worth an add.
As long as the Portland Trail Blazers don’t add another center, there’s a decent enough chance that Eubanks can become Fantasy relevant in these last few weeks of the season.