September 15, 2016, 11:32 pm
The NBA preseason is so close that you can almost smell it. This is great from a writing standpoint, as there is significantly more news to share with our readers than there was just a week or two ago. However, from a fantasy standpoint, this can be tough as this is a lot of “noise” to filter through as a majority of the current news are statements from coaches and players talking about how good they will be this season.
In today’s Dish, the goal will be to share some solid insights and weed through the fluff as we get closer to fantasy draft days.
The Suns will be without starting small forward P.J. Tucker for the next 6-8 weeks as he recovers from a lower back surgery. This will likely sideline the veteran for all of training camp and the preseason, possibly the first few weeks of regular season as well as he works himself back in to game shape. Tucker will be a risky draft pick and offers very little upside upon his eventual return. His roughly 30 minutes per game will no be distributed amongst T.J. Warren and Devin Booker. There was already a lot of excitement for Booker this season, but the potential of him sliding in to a starting role or added minutes on opening night adds even more reason to chase the hype.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown may be leaning towards Jerryd Bayless as his starting point guard. It really should not even be a question, as the only other option is Sergio Rodriguez. Even if Bayless came off the bench, he would be the guard to own and would possibly have a higher usage with the second unit. Either way, the offense will run through Ben Simmons this season, so any point guards will simply bring the ball up and settle for catch-and-shoot situations.
The drama surrounding Chris Bosh is still unsettled and will likely remain so until we get closer to the season. Bosh has been very vocal that he is ready and capable of playing, but the Heat have remained silent and noncommittal for the most part as they seem intent on playing it safe.
Excitement is continuing to build for Joel Embiid as it was reported that he will be a part of training camp activities without any medical restrictions. Coach Brett Brown stated that they will restrict him during regular season play, mostly to ease him in to the NBA playing level and to not gamble with his recent foot health too much.