• The NFL season has now begun!

    You might ask why am I mentioning this on a fantasy basketball site, but rest assured that I do have a reason.  While the rest of your league is focused on the start of their fantasy football season, now is your time to gain an edge with an extra month of research and news that they are sure to miss out on.  If you REALLY want an edge, be sure to jump on the Hoop-Ball.com Draft Guide as soon as possible.

    With that shameless plug out of the way, let’s take a look at Thursday’s NBA news.

    Anthony Davis had his season cut short last year when he underwent surgery for tendinitis in his knee.  He is now officially cleared to resume all basketball activities without restrictions.  This is great news for those that wish to spend an early pick on the talented big man, but it would be wise to remember that he has yet to make it through a full season.

    In other news that won’t impact your fantasy roster in any way, Allen Iverson pulled a classic Iverson move and showed up late to Thursday’s Hall-of-Fame activities.  When questioned about it, he claimed it was for personal family reasons and left it at that.  This HoF class will be headlined by Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming and include many others.

    It appears the 76ers might still be shopping Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.  This is likely to be an ongoing conversation until something comes to fruition as it just doest make sense to have this many young bigs with potential creating a logjam with each other.  It was reported that the organization doesn’t believe the two bigs work well together and may wish to move only one of them.  This would show a lot of trust in Ben Simmons’ talent and Joel Embiid’s health.

    Sad to say, but this pretty much wraps it up for Thursday’s news in a drag of day.  News will start to build up as we get closer to October, so hang tight and get ready for the ride.

Fantasy News

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard went ballistic in Monday's 129-124 OT win over the Warriors with a career-high 61 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and 11 3-pointers.

    Lillard drilled a huge 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left in the grill of Alec Burks to tie up the game and send it to OT and hit another dagger in OT. He put up a Herculean effort to ensure that the Blazers would not lose at home tonight in what was one of his best games ever played. The Blazers will continue to lean massively on Lillard and he's proven time and time again that he's up to the challenge.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside had a monster night on Monday, dropping 17 points with 21 boards to go with two assists and six blocks.

    Whiteside briefly left the game with a quad injury, but returned to the game. It looks like we've avoided any major scare as Whiteside logged 43 minutes and closed this one out. He was crucial in securing defensive rebounds and hit two clutch free throws to help seal the victory for the Blazers.

  • Anfernee Simons
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Anfernee Simons scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting to go with two bards, three dimes, two blocks and a triple on Monday.

    Simons drew the start in place of C.J. McCollum, but didn't do much with it. He has a decent stat set, but he just can't capitalize on the opportunity.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Monday.

    Melo fluffed up the stat sheet as much as he could and provided an efficient scoring night which was the minimum we expect with C.J. McCollum out. Don't expect these shooting nights to come often, but the numbers should continue to pile up as the Blazers are in dire need of help.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell scored 27 points on 9-of-27 shooting to go with eight rebounds, nine assists and five triples on Monday.

    Russell continues to be the steady hand for a Warriors team that's full of injuries and new rotation players on a nightly basis. There's the threat of him resting down the stretch, but the Warriors are so bad even with him that they don't really need to. Plus, the team wants to see what he and Steph Curry look like playing alongside each other.

  • Alec Burks
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Alec Burks scored a team-high 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting to go with seven boards, eight dimes, a steal, two blocks and two triples on Monday before fouling out.

    Burks hit his two triples in crunch time when the Warriors needed it most, but he fouled out while going for a rebound in OT. He's played heavy minutes lately and should be rostered in all leagues because of his ample opportunity.

  • Eric Paschall
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Eric Paschall started and logged a team-high 42 minutes on Monday, notching a 22 point and 13 rebound double-double to go with two dimes and a steal.

    Paschall got eh starting nod with Draymond Green (finger) sitting out and produced another fat line for owners. We've seen this before though, so we advise caution when thinking about scooping him up.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Marquese Chriss led the Warriors' bench on Monday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Draymond Green sat this one out and Omari Spellman (21 minutes, three points, five rebounds, one steal and one triple) looks like he's now behind Chriss in the rotation, but the frontcourt is a revolving door. It's hard to pin down who the guy to own his here so we can't advocate for grabbing Chriss off the wire.

  • Damion Lee
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Damion Lee scored four points on 1-of-7 shooting to go with nine boards, four assists and a steal on Monday.

    Lee fell flat in 39 minutes after posting a strong 21-point line before and even though he was bad tonight, he's worth holding onto in standard leagues. On a team full of question marks, Lee has proven himself to be one of the most consistent players on the Warriors.

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker led the Suns in their 118-120 loss to the Spurs on Monday, scoring a game-high 37 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and four triples.

    Booker went 13-for-23 from the floor, 4-for-6 from deep and 7-for-7 at the line in another hyper efficient night shooting the ball. He missed a go-ahead three-point attempt at the buzzer, but he's been a fantasy monster this season thanks to his new found efficiency.