June 10, 2018, 2:21 pm
Welcome in HoopBallers! As we’ve gotten a little distance from the end of the season and the emotional highs and lows of the fantasy campaign have evened out, it’s worthwhile to take a look back on the year that was. I asked some select members of our tremendous HB staff, from feature writers to blurbers to podcasters to people in our journalism and scouting arms, to answer a handful of questions about another fun year of hoops and what went right or wrong in their fantasy endeavors. We’ll be bringing you those answers in the coming weeks.
So far it’s been mostly good news in our Season Reviews, but this week we’ll talk about the big mistakes that plagued our seasons — or at least made them more difficult than they needed to be. Yours truly burned a fourth-round selection in a 30-team league on Willy Hernangomez, only to watch the Knicks bury him for the entire year. By the time the Hornets decided to let him play it was far too late. There weren’t a ton of players I was enamored with in the range that Hernangomez was selected, but any active player might’ve changed the season dramatically. Onto the experts.
My biggest regret is the Kawhi thing. I finished fourth or fifth in a bunch of leagues in which I drafted Kawhi, killing a good prediction season for me. But other than that I’d say not reacting to the Taj Gibson reunion in Minny. I didn’t have a big season in store for Gorgui Dieng but I didn’t expect him to get wiped out and I should have known Thibs couldn’t control himself.
Accidentally dropping Zach LaVine in a keeper format where his price would have only been a 9th round pick next year. I got two of my money leagues confused – I had LaVine in both, but only one was a keeper format. I dropped Zach in the wrong league and dropped Greg Monroe in the other one. Oops.
#NoRagrets – This season couldn’t have gone better for me. Going back-to-back as champion of the Hoop Ball league is something I’ll brag about for the rest of my fantasy career. Bring on the three-peat!
My biggest transactional regret was dropping Brook Lopez. I drafted him in the fourth round and while he wasn’t gangbusters to start the season, he was at least all right. The he started sliding out of the top-80, top-120, top-150 and I think he kissed top-200 a few times. So, when he hurt his ankle around Christmas, I pulled the plug. He missed eight games and was still meh upon his return when I could have reacquired him.
Well, coach Walton finally gave him more tic and he seemed to develop a little rapport with IT3. While he never made it back to his usual, lofty rankings, he was ranked top-60 for the last two months of the season. This was also on my squad that was missing Kawhi so talk about compounding my errors. I really Cheddar Bob’d myself in that league.
Not snagging Donovan Mitchell and dropping Lauri Markkanen. I’m a HUGE skeptic when it comes to rookies and this year we happened to have the most loaded draft class in terms of fantasy impact. Things just went right for all of these guys, Utah was in desperate need of offense, Boston lost their primary wing, and the Bulls frontcourt punched each other out. Don’t get me wrong, all of these rookies are talented, but under normal circumstances we wouldn’t have had so many rookies inside the top-75.
Not buying enough Donovan Mitchell stock. Even after an impressive Summer League performance Mitchell is the breakout star that nobody saw coming. He was just the No. 13 pick in the Draft and a lot of teams are definitely regretting passing up on him. Credit the Jazz and coach Snyder for his development but again I can’t stop emphasizing the importance of the right fit since Mitchell could have been picked up by the Hornets and stayed on the bench for the entire year.
Not picking up Josh Richardson when he hit the wire briefly early in the season because of a terrible shooting stretch.
Not drafting AD anywhere.
My biggest regret of this season, a lot like other owners’, was believing in Marquese Chriss for far too long. I took Chriss in the tenth round ahead of players like Lou Williams, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell. Even once it became clear that Chriss would be a bust this season I still held on to him instead of dropping him and streaming the position. Thankfully I won the league because the rest of my team was able to carry the load but eventually I had to drop him. He wasn’t able to put that talent to good use and ended as one of this season’s biggest letdowns.
August 17, 2019, 2:10 pmTyler DorseySG, International
Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.
Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.
Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:57 pmRayjon TuckerPG, Milwaukee Bucks
Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.
Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:45 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.
Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
August 17, 2019, 8:24 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Denver Nuggets
Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.
Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 8:03 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.
Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 7:36 amDaulton HommesSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.
This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 9:31 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills scored 20 points along with three rebounds, four assists and four treys in 24 minutes in Australia's 70-90 loss to Canada in Friday's World Cup exhibition game.
Mills lead Australia in scoring in their first World Cup exhibition game. With Dejounte Murray returning this coming season from injury and Derrick White's rise, Mills is only a deep-league player at best in 2019-20. Fellow countryman Joe Ingles scored 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.