• Tuesday had plenty of notable moments with two Olympic games being played. Spain was considered a favorite to potentially challenge Team USA in Rio but are currently 0-2. Dario Saric is a monster? Ricky Rubio needs to change his identity.

    Tuesday’s Excitement

    Today’s plan is to highlight the smaller news first and end with a grand finale — minus the fireworks.

    Perry Jones III is headed overseas on a one-year contract.  Euro hoops are a totally different style of play so this may actually prove to be beneficial for Jones. He’s notably remembered for his 32-point scoring output when KD missed time in 2014. Well, maybe most don’t remember but I do Perry, I do.

    The legend Ray Allen is potentially mulling a comeback attempt. While this seems unlikely, Allen is known for his competitiveness and his 3-point record is in serious jeopardy. We heard this rumor last year and nothing came of it so take it with a grain of salt. A comeback would definitely be a site to see for fans but it’s still relatively unlikely at this point.

    On a much more serious note, Enes Kanter is currently involved in a very serious family matter. It appears he has been disowned by his Mother and he hasn’t been in contact with his Father or siblings in quite some time. This all stems from Kanter’s support of the Gulen movement. Fethullah Gülen was allegedly the leader of the coup held in Turkey weeks ago. To prove how serious the matter is, Kanter’s Dad said, “I would not have taken Enes to the U.S. for the basketball camp where his talent was discovered had I known that it would come to this point.” While Kanter defended his position by saying “I would sacrifice my mother, father and whole family for Gulen’s sake.” Crazy stuff. Don’t be surprised if we hear Enes Gulen soon.

    Now for the notable performances in today’s Olympics.

    Ricky Rubio: Notable? I should’ve made Rubio his own separate category: Embarrassing performances.

    Pau Gasol: Gasol had a mediocre performance but will be remembered negatively for the final few seconds. Sadly for him, scoring a game-high 13 points and recordig four blocks will never be remembered from today’s action. Gasol had the chance to seal the game but missed both of his free throws. In the ensuing possession, Brazil was able to manage a crazy tip and score the game-winning basket. Don’t worry, it’s only mostly your fault.

    Nikola Mirotic: Another disappearance from Mirotic as he went 0-for-4 from downtown. Like Rubio, he has been a massive disappointment thus far. Because of Spain’s inability to finish games, they must win their next three games in order to advance. Maybe if Mirotic actually knew how to properly box out, Spain would be the likely candidate to advance. We know he was a liability at times in Chicago and his minutes down the stretch proved that. He’s been quiet inconsistent during his time in the NBA, though he still holds value as he can get hot in a hurry.

    Marcelo Huertas: Though Huertas has the least fantasy value out of all these players but his performance is well worth mentioning. Saying he outplayed opposing guard Ricky Rubio is a massive understatement. Huertas finished with 10 points, seven assists and four boards. His zero turnovers through 31 minutes are perhaps the most impressive part of the entire game.

    Huertas was mocked and judged by the DFS community last season because he appeared to be an awful decision maker. Huertas improved vastly towards the end of the year but still has no fantasy value with the current Lakers roster. He still proved the DFS bullies wrong, be proud buddy.

    The MVP of the day: Dario Saric — where do I start? Unbelievable performance. He finished with 19 points, 10 boards and seven assists. This is the first time in a few seasons where Philly will actually have a playing time conundrum when it comes to their talented players. Between Saric, Okafor, Noel, Embiid, Grant and Covington — someone will have to suffer a low minute total barring a trade. Saric has displayed his potential both days in Rio but he’s struggling with his 3-point shot.

    He had the game-winning block against Spain and on Tuesday he carried the team on his back, on both ends! Watch out NBA fans, Saric may be the hero Philly needs and deserves. Trusting the process may finally pay off? At least we know Saric is clutch — right Gasol? Too soon.


Fantasy News

  • Jon Horst - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Horst has been awarded the Executive of the Year award.

    Horst added Coach Budenholzer and retooled the roster to perfectly fit Giannis Antetokoumpo and his style of play. This led to the best record in the NBA and to a team that many believed to be the favorites to come out of the east. Obviously this was a regular season award, because Masai Ujiri came in fourth place and if voting were done today it would look a lot different.

    Source: https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1143346008673398785" target="_blank">NBA on Twitter

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert has won the 2018-2018 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Gobert helped anchor one of the best defenses in the league and this makes it the second consecutive year he's taken home the award. The Jazz are always steady due to his efforts on that end of the floor and the team's identity starts with him.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Mike Budenholzer - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer has been named the Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.

    In his first season as the Bucks’ coach, Budenholzer helped propel the team to an NBA-best 60 wins. The Bucks revamped their offense and did their best to play through Giannis Antetokounmpo’s strengths and the drastic shift in performance compared to years past makes this a well deserved award.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Lou Williams - SG - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.

    Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career highs.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies

    Mike Conley won two awards Monday night that were voted on by the players, the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award and the Sportsmanship Award.

    It's nice to see Conley getting some attention this summer. This is his third Sportsmanship Award, and he'll be taking that and his Teammate of the Year Award to probably the best team he's ever been a part of in Utah. Now let's see if he can get his first All Star nod, too.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Pascal Siakam - PF - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam took home the Kia Most Improved Player Award, beating De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell.

    This award was seemingly wrapped up back in November. Siakam exploded this season, improving significantly is every fantasy category (excluding turnovers). He finished the regular season with per-game averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on 54.9 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. His three-point percentage has increased from 14.3 to 22.0 to 36.9 as well. Whether or not Kawhi Leonard returns, Siakam should easily make his way into the top-40 ranks next season.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic - PG - Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic won the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, beating finalists Trae Young and DeAndre Ayton.

    Ayton had the best fantasy season and Young had an amazing second half. However, Luka was a team leader, primary ball-handler and clutch shot-maker all season. His per-game averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 threes exceed most expectations. If he can bump up his percentages, he could be an early-round fantasy star for over a decade.

    Source: NBA on TNT

  • Patrick Beverley - PG - Los Angeles Clippers

    According to Brad Townsend, Patrick Beverley plans to meet with the Mavs, though a meeting has not been scheduled.

    He's also planning to meet with other teams, as we've heard before. Beverley appears to be in-demand this summer and he should produce similar stats to what he's put up over the last few seasons regardless of his landing spot. Whether he's with a bad team like the Bulls, a middling team like the Mavs or a potential contender like the Lakers, one would think he'll be signing in a spot where he'll be starting.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz - PG - Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will not play at Summer League, according to GM John Hammond.

    Fultz has reportedly been making good progress and the Magic are excited about what he's been able to do since coming over at the trade deadline, but this is not great news. Hopefully Fultz will be ready to contribute in the preseason so we can get a look at how he'll fit in Orlando. The upside is immense but it would take a strong showing to confidently draft Fultz in redraft formats as his shoulder issues have completely derailed the first few years of his career.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter

  • Haywood Highsmith - PF - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers have waived Haywood Highsmith.

    Highsmith joined the Sixers on a two-way deal last season but only appeared in five games. Expect them to use that spot on a more established G-League player or a rookie with some upside.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter