April 6, 2016, 2:00 am
March Madness is over (and what madness it was!) and it’s time for the grown ups to take over. I guess you can’t necessarily call Boogie Cousins a grown up but you know what I mean. Twenty-two NBA teams went to battle on Tuesday and there was a ton of action to keep up with, including a monumental upset with the baby Wolves taking down the Warriors 124-117 in overtime. NBA fans have to be excited about the future in Minnesota.
For this dish, I’ll save you from another one of my 5,500-word Bruski Breakdowns and spare you the talk about spares. Studs and duds are what we really care about this time of year. For other inquiries on fantasy tweeners not mentioned below, questions are always welcome via Twitter to @RiazD. Let’s check out the eye-popping lines of Tuesday night’s slate:
Riggin’ for Wiggins was a thing around this time just two years ago, and we are starting to see why. Andrew Wiggins shocked the NBA world on Tuesday, leading an upset win over the 69-win Warriors. He shot 11-for-19 from the field and 8-for-9 from the line for 32 points with two threes, five rebounds, four assists and six steals. Wiggins has top-40 value over the past two weeks and is reaching stud status in recent games. Of course, the Wolves couldn’t have pulled it off without their soon-to-be Rookie of the Year Karl Anthony-Towns, who poured in a 20-12-4 line with two swats. KAT was magnificent in his 45 minutes of play and formally introduced himself on a national stage. The future is extremely bright in Minnesota. Shabazz Muhammad added 35 points (9-for-12 FGs, 15-for-17 FTs) with two threes and six boards in 39 minutes. You can ignore Shabazz’s line for today.
Something tells me that Paul Millsap is on a lot of championship rosters with his top-5 ranking over the last two weeks. Millsap dominated again on Tuesday, going off for 13 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, three blocks and one three ball. Mail carriers will be delivering carts of thank you notes to his door step. His fellow teammate Kent Bazemore had himself a night as well with 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. Consider him a must-start player the rest of the way.
The Sun was shining in Atlanta with Devin Booker‘s skills on display. He is going to be a special player in Phoenix for years to come. Booker erupted for 12-for-25 shooting from the field for 34 points with four threes, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Enjoy if you found him for cheap this season.
Russell Westbrook recorded his 17th triple-double of the season, becoming the first player to have 17 in a season since Magic Johnson in the 1988-89 season. Westbrook spat out 13 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two threes. What a special season for Russell. Kevin Durant also produced a gem, shooting 8-for-14 from the field and 7-for-7 from the line for 26 points with eight assists, five boards, three threes, three steals and one block. Thunder coach Bill Donovan has repeatedly said that he will not be resting his guys down the stretch, but the Thunder do close the season out on a back-to-back. Monitor their statuses.
With Darren Collison (rest) and Rudy Gay (rest) out for the Kings, there was plenty of usage to go around to the two stars who did suit up on Tuesday, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins. Coming off of a rest game, Rondo played 42 minutes, shooting 11-for-17 from the field for a season-high 27 points with 12 dimes, 10 rebounds, three treys and two steals with a triple-double. Boogie decided to care on Tuesday as well, logging 38 minutes and scoring 30 points to go along with nine boards, two steals, three blocks and one three ball. Both seemed to try to make up for all of their DNPs over the last week. Unfortunately, more DNPs are coming as the Kings play their final two games on the road. Beware.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is on another level at the age of 21 and keeps dazzling fantasy owners with each near-triple double or trip dub that he gets. Tuesday was more of the same as Giannis shot 10-for-18 from the field for a 22-14-8-1 line with two threes. He has season tickets to this stud column.
Zach Randolph helped the Grizzlies stop the bleeding with a monster line on Tuesday, as the Grizzlies snapped a six-game losing streak. Z-Bo dominated the Bulls on 10-for-19 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 27 points with 10 boards, four assists and two steals. He looks to be out of his shooting slump. With the Grizzlies giving everything they have (which isn’t much) to make a playoff push, Z-Bo should play each game for the rest of the season.
When DeMar DeRozan gets to the line, he can’t be stopped, neither can the Raptors on most nights. Toronto is 15-4 when DeRozan hits at least 10 free throws. Tuesday was one of those nights as he was 10-for-11 from the charity stripe, adding 26 points, seven boards, six assists, one three and one steal in the Raptors 96-90 win over the Hornets. Kyle Lowry poured it on with 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 8-for-16 from the field and hitting three triples for 21 points, four boards, six assists and one block. Both DeRozan and Lowry are coming off of a rest day from Saturday, but they do have another back-to-back coming up on Thursday and Friday. Owners with stock in either will want to check their status updates before each game.
All is good for Rodney Hood these days with top-40 value over the last two weeks. Hood was at it again on Tuesday, shooting 10-for-19 from the field for 23 points with seven boards, four assists and one three. He is certainly rewarding those who were patient during his dry spell a few weeks ago. Hood is now settling in at sixth-round value on the season.
Carl Landry owners can breathe these days as he just keeps on producing even with Nerlens Noel (knee) back in the lineup (more on Noel later). Landry stayed hot in 26 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, shooting 9-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from the line for 22 points with nine boards and two steals. Landry owns top-40 value in 9-cat leagues and hovers around top-50 in 8-cat leagues. Add him and don’t worry about Noel.
Even with Kyrie Irving (ankle) returning to the lineup, good J.R. Smith keeps showing up. Smith scored all of his 21 points on seven threes, adding two boards, one assist and one steal. That’s 13 threes in the last two games. It will be interesting to see which J.R. shows up in the playoffs.
The Pistons had an extremely poor showing on Tuesday, but Tobias Harris was a survivor in that mess. Tobias shot 8-for-10 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line for 21 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. He is posting third-round value over the last two weeks and seems to be fully comfortable in the Pistons offense.
Moe Harkless stepped up big in the Blazers’ 115-107 win over the Kings. Harkless was 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 20 points with 16 boards, two assists, two steals and two threes. His top-70 value over the last two weeks make him a must-own player moving forward. C.J. McCollum was also terrific on Tuesday, shooting 11-for-20 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line for 30 points with five threes, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Start your Blazers until further notice.
Tim Frazier got his second start after a break out game on Sunday (19 points, 13 assists and three steals) and kept the party going. Frazier was terrific in five categories, shooting 4-for-4 from the line with 12 points, six boards, nine assists and three steals. His sixth-round value over the last two weeks warrants a spot on your team and makes for a sneaky cheap DFS play. He may be small on the court, but his confidence is massive.
If you need points, pull a Babbitt out of your hat. Cool hand Luke is getting it done for owners with top-120 value over the last two weeks. Luke Babbitt was at it again Tuesday, shooting 7-for-16 from the field for 16 points with two treys, eight boards and three assists. Wave your free agent wand.
Jeremy Lin likes to stay relevant and got the start for the injured Nicolas Batum (knee) on Tuesday. He saw a ton of run with a Hornets-high 40 minutes, shooting 5-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 21 points, four dimes, two boards, one three, one steal and one block. Eight-cat owners may want to give Lin a look with his mid-round value over the last two weeks.
August 17, 2019, 9:40 pmMalachi RichardsonSG, International
Malachi Richardson has signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel.
Richardson played 22 games for the Raptors last season and averaged 1.4 points. At 23 years old, he still has time to develop and possibly return to the NBA in the future.
August 17, 2019, 9:16 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored 14 points along with nine rebounds, two assists and a block in France's 86-72 win vs. Brazil in the World Cup exhibition games.
Gobert led the team in scoring across 22 minutes of playing time. With the new additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Jazz, Gobert may take a slight hit in scoring however you can still expect excellent field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. Evan Fournier chipped in 13 points with five rebounds, three assists and a steal for France. Brazil's Bruno Cabloclo scored nine points, seven rebounds and a steal.
August 17, 2019, 8:35 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder scored 19 points to lead Germany to a 83-62 win vs. Hungary as the teams prepare for the Wold Cup.
Schroder filled the box score tonight by adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four treys. He will come off the bench again next season behind Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Anyone who drafts the often-injured Chris Paul may want to handcuff him with Schroder. Fellow countryman Daniel Theis scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
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