• 2019-2020 LA Clippers Season Recap to date

    2018-2019 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

            48-34                                     26-15                            22-19

    2019-2020 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

             44-20                                     25-7                            19-13

    Fun Facts for the season

    -It is a tale of two franchises in Los Angeles. The Lakers are one of the most prolific franchises in NBA history, having made the Finals more than any other team (31 NBA Finals appearances) while the Clippers have had the longest drought in NBA history without ever making an NBA Finals (50 years).

    -Many expected Kawhi Leonard to miss more than 13 games so far this season and that could help explain why his ADP was 10th overall (according to Yahoo!). Leonard’s total value fell off by a full round of value in comparison with his per-game value after only playing in 74 percent of his team’s games in Toronto last season. By comparison, Kawhi was able to maintain first-round value on both a per-game and totals basis as the defending NBA Finals MVP was on track to play in 80 percent of his games with the Clippers.

    -Drafting injured players to start the season is a risky proposition for fantasy GMs and Paul George did not pan out as he has only taken the floor in 66 percent of his team’s games thus far this season, resulting in a four-round drop in value between his per-game numbers (3rd/3rd round) and his totals (7th/7th round). An injury-riddled season had George fall short of his early second-round ADP and it is a lesson for everyone that drafting injured players early can cost you.

    -The Clippers’ five-man lineup of Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, George, Leonard and Montrezl Harrell have only played 56 minutes together across 17 games but have the second best defensive rating in the league (min. 50 minutes together) of 84.4. When/if the season resumes and we head into the playoffs, expect to see this combination of players on the court together a lot more as the Clips look to earn their first NBA title.

    -As a result of the new influx of talent on the roster, the incredible bench duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell both saw their values decline season over season. Williams saw his usage fall from a career-high 32.4 in 2018-19 to 28.3 so far this season which helps explain the dip in his fantasy production as there are more mouths to feed. Harrell actually saw his usage increase season over season but saw his value fall due to a drop-off in defensive stats as well as percentages.

    -The Clippers have perhaps their best chance at an NBA Finals appearance in franchise history with Leonard and George surrounded by talented complimentary pieces. However, the window could close as quickly as it was opened if George and/or Kawhi decide to opt-out of their player options following the 2020-21 season. The team only has six players under team-control through the 2021-22 season and only four of them averaged 15 mpg or more this season: Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Rodney McGruder, Landry Shamet, Mfiondu Kabengele, Terance Mann

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Clippers’ entry can be found right here.

    Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Kawhi Leonard (1st round/1st round)

    -Paul George (3rd round/3rd round)

    -Montrezl Harrell (8th round/9th round)

    -Lou Williams (8th round/13th round)

    -*Marcus Morris* (8th round/8th round)

    -Patrick Beverley (10th round/10th round)

    *Deontes that most of his value came while in New York

    Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Landry Shamet (12th round/10th round from Jan 14 through Feb 13)

    -Ivica Zubac (13th round/11th round since Feb 5)

    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)

    -Kawhi Leonard (1st round)

    -Paul George (3rd round)

    -Lou Williams (7th round)

    -*Marcus Morris* (8th round)

    -Montrezl Harrell (9th round)

    -Patrick Beverley (9th round)

    *Deontes that most of his value came while in New York

    Flashes of value in standard points leagues:

    -N/A

    Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season

    -Kawhi Leonard (all formats)

    -Paul George (all formats)

    -Montrezl Harrell (all formats)

    -Lou Williams (8-cat/points leagues)

    -Patrick Beverley (all formats)

    Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season

    -Marcus Morris (all formats)

    -Landry Shamet (all formats)

    -Ivica Zubac (9-cat)

    -Reggie Jackson (points leagues)

    Upcoming Notable Free Agents

    -Marcus Morris (unrestricted)

    -Montrezl Harrell (unrestricted)

    -JaMychal Green (player option of $5.01M in 2020-21)

    -Patrick Patterson (unrestricted)

    -Reggie Jackson (unrestricted)

    Key Additions

    -Marcus Morris (acquired via trade)

    -Reggie Jackson (signed as free agent mid-season)

    Key Departures

    -Jerome Robinson (traded to Wizards)

    -Maurice Harkless (traded to Knicks)

    Upcoming Draft Picks

    -2020 second round pick

    -2021 first round pick (protected top-4, if pick falls within 5-30 New York has the right to swap first-round picks)

    -2022 second round pick

    -2022 second round pick (via Atlanta protected 31-55)

Fantasy News

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers closed their practice facility in a precautionary move after a member of their Orlando traveling party tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

    This seems like something that will continue to happen as we prepare to move teams into the Orlando bubble. We'll keep an eye on whether any specific player is infected and how that will impact the restart plans for this team.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, the NBA is close to signing off on a secondary bubble location in Chicago for the eight teams left out of the league resumption with a target date of September.

    They went on to say that this bubble would allow those eight teams who were not invited to Orlando to have an opportunity to have mini-training camps as well as games. It has been reported throughout the last few months that the teams that were not invited should have an opportunity to prepare for next season. Many of the teams who were not included would benefit greatly from additional practice time and game reps as most of these teams have young players who need to continue to develop their skills. There will still be a lot of logistics that need to be ironed out so this a situation to monitor as we learn more.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley confirmed that he is "ready to go" for the NBA restart in Orlando after rehabbing from a left foot sprain.

    It was previously reported in early July that the Kings' training staff believed that Bagley would be available for game action soon and this report confirms that Bagley will in fact be available for the league resumption. Bagley has yet to live up to the hype of the second overall pick in 2018 as he has only been able to play in 75 out of a possible 146 games (51.3 percent). It is unclear what role Bagley will have in Orlando but it appears that his injury woes are behind him and we will learn more about his ability during the league resumption. Bagley's return would likely cut into the playing time of Nemanja Bjelica, Harry Giles, Jabari Parker and Harrison Barnes.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In a conference call with Portland media, Terry Stotts revealed that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are likely to return to their starting jobs and won't be under minutes restrictions when the NBA resumes.

    It should be a huge defensive lift for a Blazers squad that gave up points like crazy, though this will throw a wrench into plans for DFS players. Stotts mentioned that he's considered starting Nurkic next to current starter Hassan Whiteside, though that fit would likely only be tenable in certain matchups. This, plus news of Trevor Ariza's absence during the restart, also has big effects on the wing rotation, where it sounds like Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. are competing to start with Nassir Little and Mario Hezonja also in the mix off the bench. This is a big blow to Hassan Whiteside's fantasy appeal — a top-15 player in 31.3 mpg this year– as his minutes should sink into the mid twenties. Anyone participating in a short league that covers the restart may want to view Whiteside as more of a middle-round, blocks specialist type, though this all obviously hinges on how Nurkic and Collins look when games begin.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Monty Williams said that he wants to play Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio less than their typical minute allotment when the NBA resumes in Orlando.

    The Suns have extremely slim playoff hopes and Williams doesn't want to risk one of the team's starting guards sustaining an injury in what amounts to a meaningless game. Expect similar moves from plenty of teams who realistically have no shot at the playoffs, even if they don't declare as much publicly. Anyone playing fantasy games for the eight-game restart should familiarize themselves with the depth charts on such teams and maybe downgrade some of the bigger names in case their minutes are limited.

    Source: Valley Tales

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Out of 344 players tested between June 24-29, nine have tested positive for COVID-19.

    That brings the NBA up to 25 positive cases among players since June 23 testing began, a positive rate of 7.1%. 10 out of 884 staff members have also tested positive. How the NBA handles any potential spread of the virus inside the Orlando bubble will make or break their entire plan.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Jontay Porter
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said that rookie Jontay Porter may be available for games in the Orlando bubble.

    Porter missed the entire 2018-19 college season after suffering a knee injury and hasn't suited up as a pro, so if he accompanies the Grizzlies to Orlando it'll be more for the experience than actual playing time. His college numbers were intriguing but Porter is only of consequence in deep dynasty formats for now.

    Source: Daily Memphian

  • Grayson Allen
    SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grayson Allen (left hip) may be able to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando.

    Allen has been sidelined with left hip soreness since leaving a game in late January, and his ailment would've ended his season had things finished as scheduled. While he hasn't received the all-clear yet, the Grizzlies will evaluate him after he gets through some practices in the Orlando bubble. He's unlikely to play much even if he can, as the Grizzlies currently boast a fully healthy roster.

    Source: Daily Memphian

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.

    The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.

    Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter