• 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.

    (You can check out the rest of our Season Review articles right here!)

    This week I asked the crew which players they would never own again after this season. Pretty much everyone hedged their bets a bit and we even got some excellent diplomatic answers, but the common thread among the answers here was poorly-timed injuries. I’ll also say that you should never say never, but I can tell that there are some players that I’ll never be able to draft unless their ADPs plummet. Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are three that come into mind immediately, and Devin Booker is probably right on the edge of that list as well even if he’s worth the investment. As far as players that I’m actually unlikely to draft, period, Andrew Wiggins is the most notable. I’ll borrow from Nathan a little bit here — I just don’t find it enjoyable to flip on the Wolves and watch Wiggins play. Heaven forbid I ever need him to come through in the clutch. Let’s see what the experts have to say.

    Aaron Bruski

    I don’t like to use the word “never” because anybody can get so piled on that they become undervalued. Kawhi would be that guy if there ever was one and I’ll draft him next year.

    Dan Besbris

    None. Writing off a player is a surefire way to miss out on a great low price value.

    Jake Fitzgibbon

    Tony Snell – Took him in the later rounds and while he was admirable early on, just has incredibly limited upside and hurt me down the stretch.

    Chef Ali

    It’s hard to say “never own” since it’s really relative to value per draft position, but Melo is obviously there along with Hassan Whiteside. Aside from that, all the old(er)/hurt guys aren’t “never own,” but I probably won’t be taking them where they’re likely to be drafted: CP, John Wall, Lowry, Conley, Marc Gasol, Boogie, Porzingis, Bro-Lo, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Goran Dragic. Throw in Andrew Wiggins, too; dude just doesn’t look like he likes hooping that much.

    Nathan Nguyen

    I’ll draft any player in the right spot, but a general rule I have is to not have multiple poor free throw shooters unless I plan on punting (H2H only). I play multiple roto leagues so I can only roster one poor free throw shooter per team. Just for kicks I’ll throw in Harrison Barnes on my do not draft list. That guy is so boring to watch, own and root for.

    Dio Nikiforos

    I think I’m pretty much done with Danilo Gallinari after he played only 22 games this season. After seeing him in person a couple years ago and realizing how thin and weak his legs are from close up I made a mental note to myself to stay away from him. Still, I couldn’t resist drafting him in a couple leagues this season as the mid round value was there but he was a major disappointment and killed my chances in a league where I needed his scoring and threes.

    Souriyo Dishak

    This is a bit weird and unfair because he was quite good again, but I’m pretty tired of Al Horford in general. He does stuff but it’s not exciting at all and I consistently feel disappointed with his production. It’s not really his fault, he’s just not for me.

    Vladi Semenov

    Gary Harris.

    Najee Adams

    I so badly want to say Marquese Chriss right now but I won’t do it. The player I will never own again after this season is Kyle Lowry. Listen, hear me out before you go crazy. Lowry is amazing, he’s an All-Star and helped my fantasy team get a ton of wins but he always seems to disappear when owners need him the most. In the last 10 games of the season, the games in which his fantasy owners have likely entered their playoffs, Lowry was the 106th ranked player with averages of 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 triples on 37 percent shooting. Those stats aren’t acceptable for a player who was taken in the first three rounds of almost every draft, especially because it usually happens to be in the fantasy playoffs. I’ve owned Lowry for each of the past two years and his streaky, mistimed performances have been a problem both years. Well, consider this the last one as there’s no way I’ll ever own Kyle Lowry again.

Fantasy News

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) will reportedly be "good to go" for the start of training camp in October.

    Well, this is good news that we didn't hope we would need. Covington played 35 games last year and couldn't get over the bone bruise injury that kept him out for a majority of the year. We expected him to be ready to go, and the fact that we're even discussing this is slightly less than ideal.

    Source: Dane Moore on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.

    Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.

    Source: Boston.com Celtics News on Twitter

  • Isaiah Canaan
    PG, International

    Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.

    The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.

    Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.

  • Trevon Bluiett
    PF, Utah Jazz

    Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.

    Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Zach Collins
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.

    Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.

    Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.

    Source: John Casey on Twitter

  • Tyronn Lue
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.

    The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.

    The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter