May 16, 2020, 2:20 pm
2019-2020 Miami Heat Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
39-43 19-22 20-21
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
41-24 27-5 14-19
Fun Facts for the season
-The Miami Heat’s current roster can help illustrate that top draft picks aren’t necessary in order to build a talented and competitive team. Out of the nine players who averaged over 20 minutes per game for the Heat at the time the season was suspended, only four of them were first-round picks and just three of them were lottery picks: Bam Adebayo (13th overall, 34.4 mpg), Tyler Herro (13th overall, 27.2 mpg), Meyers Leonard (11th overall, 20.1 mpg), Jimmy Butler (30th overall, 34.3 mpg), Jae Crowder (34th overall, 28.7 mpg), Goran Dragić (45th overall, 28.4 mpg), Duncan Robinson (undrafted, 30.0 mpg), Kendrick Dunn (undrafted, 29.8 mpg), Derrick Jones (undrafted, 24.5 mpg)
-With Hassan Whiteside out of the picture, Bam Adebayo exploded in his third season with career-highs in every statistical category outside of turnovers and percentages, which allowed him to climb from a 10th/10th round per-game value in 2018-19 to 3rd/4th round value so far this season
-Since the 2014-15 campaign, Jimmy Butler has not finished lower than the second round in per-game value and he had a great start to his tenure in Miami with career-highs in both assists (6.1) and rebounds (6.6) in his ninth NBA season.
-Duncan Robinson proved to be one of the best 3-point specialists in the league with 243 trifectas at a .448 clip on the season. Only one other player in NBA history has made more than 240 three-pointers in a season while shooting better than .440 from distance and he is known as the best 3-point shooter of all-time (Stephen Curry in 2015-16, Stephen Curry in 2014-15, Stephen Curry in 2012-13). Robinson provided little else but is a name to watch later on in drafts if your team is need of a highly efficient 3-point shooter.
-Derrick Jones Jr. could eventually find himself with consistent standard-league value if he can regularly see over 25 minutes of action. In 27 out of a possible 51 games this season Jones eclipsed the 25-minute mark and in those contests he averaged 11.1 points (+2.2 above season average), 5.0 rebounds (+0.8), 1.2 assists (+0.1), 1.4 steals (+0.3), 0.9 blocks (+0.2), 0.7 turnovers (+0.2) and 1.0 3-pointers (+0.3) in 30.1 minutes (+5.6) while shooting .514 from the field (even) and .816 from the charity stripe (+.037).
-Another undrafted gem was found by the Heat prior to the start of the regular season as Kendrick Nunn got off to a blazing start, returning 6th/7th round per-game value for the first month of the season (16 games). However, Nunn struggled from that point forward as he produced 14th/14th round per-game value since November 26 (46 games)
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Jimmy Butler (2nd round/2nd round)
-Bam Adebayo (3rd round/4th round)
-Duncan Robinson (10th round/8th round)
-Jae Crowder (10th round/9th round)
-Kendrick Nunn (11th round/11th round)
-Derrick Jones (13th round/10th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Goran Dragic (11th round/15th round)
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)
-Bam Adebayo (3rd round)
-Jimmy Butler (3rd round)
-Jae Crowder (7th round)
-Goran Dragić (8th round)
-Duncan Robinson (9th round)
-Kendrick Nunn (10th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Jimmy Butler (all formats)
-Bam Adebayo (all formats)
-Duncan Robinson (8/9-cat specialist)
-Kendrick Nunn (points leagues)
-Goran Dragić (points leagues)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-Derrick Jones (8/9-cat)
-Kendrick Nunn (8/9-cat)
-Jae Crowder (all formats)
-Goran Dragić (8-cat)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Goran Dragić (unrestricted)
-Jae Crowder (unrestricted)
-Derrick Jones (unrestricted)
-Kelly Olynyk (player option of $12.2M in 2020-21)
-Kendrick Nunn (team option of $1.66M in 2020-21)
-Duncan Robinson (team option of $1.66M in 2020-21)
-Meyers Leonard (unrestricted)
-Solomon Hill (unrestricted)
-Udonis Haslem (unrestricted)
-Andre Iguodala (acquired via trade)
-Jae Crowder (acquired via trade)
-Solomon Hill (acquired via trade)
-Justise Winslow (traded to Grizzlies)
-James Johnson (traded to Wolves)
-Dion Waiters (traded to Grizzlies)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick
-2022 first round pick
-2022 second round pick (Miami will receive the less favorable second round pick from Philadelphia or Denver)
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