May 12, 2020, 11:49 am
2019-2020 Houston Rockets Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
53-29 31-10 22-19
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
40-24 22-10 18-14
Fun Facts for the season
-The Warriors took more 3-pointers than any other team back when they won 73 regular season games in 2015-16 and eventually lost in the NBA Finals. Ever since then, no team has embraced the 3-point shot more than the Rockets as they have led the league in 3-point attempts in each of the last four seasons and have attempted a total of 13,329 threes over that span for an average of 3,332.25 attempts per season. No other franchise has averaged more than 2,750 3-point attempts per season since 2016-17.
-Since joining the Rockets back in 2012-13, James Harden is the only player in the fantasy community that has maintained first round value in 8/9-cat leagues (per-game and totals) in each of the last eight seasons, and the former MVP has never finished lower than eighth overall during his tenure with the Rockets.
-James Harden has been the most durable player in the NBA since joining the Rockets and it can be fleshed out by looking at All-NBA caliber players (43 players have made at least one All-NBA team since 2013) who have played in over 90 percent of their team’s regular season games: James Harden (606 of 638 games, 95%), DeAndre Jordan (606 of 638 games, 95%), Nikola Jokić (373 of 393 games, 94.9%), Damian Lillard (607 of 640 games, 94.8%), Giannis Antetokounmpo (522 of 557 games, 93.7%), Andre Drummond (599 of 640 games, 93.6%), DeMar DeRozan (591 of 637 games, 92.8%), Kemba Walker (589 of 638 games, 92.3%), Karl Anthony-Towns (358 of 392 games, 91.3%), Draymond Green (576 of 639 games, 90.1%)
-The Rockets needed some time to integrate their newest addition, Russell Westbrook, into the offensive scheme as he started the season by producing 4th/10th round per-game value over his first 18 games while his value soared in the last 53 contests when he produced 2nd/4th round per-game value
-Robert Covington is a name to watch next season as he appears to have plenty of opportunity for fantasy value with the Rockets as he produced 3rd/2nd round per-game value since joining Houston (14 games). By comparison, Covington was producing 4th/4th round per-game value in 48 games with Minnesota prior to the trade.
-Just 14 players in the NBA had a usage higher than 30 percent this season and the Rockets were the only team to have two players over that mark: James Harden (35.8) and Russell Westbrook (33.0). This might help explain why only one other player (Robert Covington) on their team was able to finish inside the top-100.
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-James Harden (1st round/1st round)
-Russell Westbrook (2nd round/4th round)
-Robert Covington (4th round/4th round)
-P.J. Tucker (11th round/9th round)
-Danuel House (12th round/9th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)
-James Harden (1st round)
-Russell Westbrook (2nd round)
-Robert Covington (6th round)
-P.J. Tucker (11th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-James Harden (all formats)
-Russell Westbrook (all formats)
-Robert Covington (all formats)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-P.J. Tucker (8/9-cat)
-Danuel House (9-cat)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Austin Rivers (player option of $2.37M in 2020-21)
-Ben McLemore (team option of $2.28M in 2020-21)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (team option of $1.66M in 2020-21)
-Chris Clemons (team option of $1.52M in 2020-21)
-Bruno Caboclo (unrestricted)
-DeMarre Carroll (unrestricted)
-Jeff Green (unrestricted)
-Tyson Chandler (unrestricted)
-Thabo Sefolosha (unrestricted)
-Robert Covington (acquired via trade)
-Bruno Caboclo (acquired via trade)
-Jeff Green (signed mid-season)
-DeMarre Carroll (signed mid-season)
-Gerald Green (traded to Nuggets)
-Clint Capela (traded to Hawks)
-Nene (traded to Hawks)
-Ryan Anderson (waived)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 second round pick (via Memphis protected 31-55)
-2021 first round pick (least favorable of Oklahoma City, Miami or Houston pick)
-2021 second round pick (Houston has rights to swap second round picks with Philadelphia)
-2022 first round pick
May 25, 2020, 3:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.
With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.
Source: Charlotte Hornets
May 25, 2020, 3:13 pmJon LeuerPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.
Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.
Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 8:03 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.
The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.
Source: The Athletic
May 24, 2020, 7:56 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.
Source: Euro Hoops
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.
Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.
Source: John Denton on Twitter