December 21, 2018, 6:43 am
On the injury news front, we received confirmation that Bobby Portis will be out from 2-4 weeks with his sprained ankle. Such a shame indeed, especially since he just returned from a sprained MCL that kept him out of commission for over a month.
Now owners are in a quandary as to whether they should hold onto him or drop him like yesterday’s news. From what we’ve seen so far from the Bulls, he’s their preferred backup PF/C moving forward (as long as he can stay healthy), so much so that they dumped Jabari Parker out of the rotation. So if you can hold onto him, do so. If not, then a warm body might what your teams needs. It all depends on your team’s place in the standings and its ability to handle the
Unfortunately, there’s no real pickup recommendation here. Parker is not worth the movement of your finger ligaments to press “add player,” so look elsewhere on the wire for some help. Perhaps a Greg Monroe would be a nice short-term little Dutch boy to place his finger in the dike.
Since we’re on the sour topic of injuries, we have to address that Chris Paul hamstring injury, which he sustained in the Heat-Rockets game last night. It’s not the same hamstring he injured last season, but then again, this is Chris Paul we’re talking about here. He’ll be gone for a considerable stretch and we should look to Eric Gordon, who dropped 20 points and five triples, for some extra production. Of course, James Harden will take his MVP-caliber play up to epic levels. We got a taste of it with his 35-point, 12-assist gem in their 99-101 loss to the Heat.
I’d like to direct your attention to Tyler Johnson and his 19-point performance. He should be solid while Goran Dragic remains out. Dwyane Wade is just too unreliable at this stage in his career, at least outside of the random good performances here and there, limiting his appeal to deep leagues. Now, I’d like to introduce you to Derrick Jones Jr., just in case you haven’t been properly introduced. His 15 points, two steals and two blocks are part of his fantasy-friendly kit. He’s currently must-own in 14-team leagues or deeper and is on the fringe of standard league end-of-bench players.
In the other game, Luka Doncic had a monster game with 32 points on 10-of-20 shooting with four rebounds, five dimes, four steals and three triples. Sadly, it was not enough to carry the Mavs as they ended up falling to the Clippers 121-125. DeAndre Jordan went bonkers on the glass, grabbing 22 boards to go along with his 11 points, four assists and one steal. Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea added 16 and 19 points, respectively.
D.J. has been a monster in the rebounding department all season. Sadly, we’re still missing those wonderful blocks he used to bring.
It was not so much about what the Mavs failed to do, but more of what the Clippers did right. Danilo Gallinari had a sweet game, dropping 32 markers on 11-of-16 shooting with six boards, four dimes, three triples and a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the line.
Lou Williams also woke up with a 26-point explosion accompanied by eight assists and two steals. Classic Sweet Lou right there. Montrezl Harrell played well too, adding 18 points, six boards, four assists and two blocks in the winning effort from LAC.
That’s it. Short and sweet. Well, unless you own Chris Paul, of course.
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic
September 20, 2019, 4:03 pmDaryl MaconPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.
Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.
September 20, 2019, 1:10 pmTahjere McCallF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.
This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp
Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter
September 20, 2019, 11:58 amThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.
Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:22 pmTyler ZellerC, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.
Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:03 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.
In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.
September 19, 2019, 2:53 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey revealed that although the team's training staff is easing him into things, Blake Griffin (knee) is back on the court and playing.
Coach Casey added that the team expects Griffin to be at 100% with "no lingering effects." It looks like Griffin is progressing nicely in his return and should be all systems go for the start of the season. With Griffin's extensive injury history, the team may manage him more this year. Coming off a career year, he's expected to be an early middle-round selection.
September 19, 2019, 2:44 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Coach Nate McMillan said that Victor Oladipo (knee) probably wouldn't play on opening night.
Videos have surfaced this summer of Oladipo doing on-court work, and by all accounts, he is progressing well. Coach McMillan said that Oladipo isn't playing live yet and it would seem he still has hurdles to climb. Even when Oladipo does return, he will likely be facing minute restrictions and frequent days off, at least initially. Jeremy Lamb figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Oladipo's absence.
September 18, 2019, 10:18 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
In an interview Wednesday, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said he could see Nikola Vucevic improving across all areas of his game, and echoing his player's belief that he is in his prime.
One of the areas Clifford thought Vucevic could improve upon was his 3-point shooting percentage, and also seemed to indicate that he could contonue to up his play on defense. He's unquestionably solidified himself as the anchor of this team, and the Magic as a whole are likely eyeing to improve upon their momentum as a rising young playoff team in an Eastern Conference that looks pretty weak after the top four to five teams. Expect Vucevic to produce safe second-round value this season.
September 18, 2019, 9:18 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.
One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.