October 5, 2017, 8:07 pm
While most fans of basketball aren’t giving the Kings much credit, TNT analyst — and NBA Hall of Famer — Charles Barkley went about as far from the crowd as he could go as he proclaimed Sacramento would make the playoffs.
With stacked teams such as the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Thunder and even the Timberwolves expected to lead the way in the West, is there actually a chance the Kings can make the playoffs?
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 5, 2017
Prior to his first season with the Kings last season, Coach Dave Joerger had reached the playoffs in all three of his seasons as the Grizzlies head coach, so, it’s not a foreign idea to him. With the additions of Vince Carter, Zach Randolph and George Hill, players who all have extensive playoff experience, it’s clear to see the Kings have made it a priority to add players and staff that come from a winning background.
But, do the Kings have enough experience to actually be in the mix? Aside from the five teams mentioned above are teams like the Clippers, Jazz and aforementioned Grizzlies who all lost key pieces in the off-season.
Then, there are the teams like the Pelicans, Blazers and Mavericks. The latter two each have seen the playoffs in recent years, but haven’t made much noise and have had early exits for the most part.
In addition to that tier, there are those like the Nuggets, Lakers and Suns who are stacked with young talent, but haven’t made the strides necessary to reach the postseason in the last few seasons. The Nuggets, however, were almost there last season before a Russell Westbrook dagger ended their year.
The principle belief when it comes to the Kings is that they’re too young to really have a playoff-caliber lineup. They have a completely uplifted roster this season compared to last and haven’t spent much time playing with each other. The Kings could very well be the worst team in the Western Conference at the end of this year, but if there ever was a dark horse, the Kings may fit that exact title.
No one really knows what to expect from Sacramento, perhaps themselves included, and that might make them one of the most dangerous teams in the West.
February 20, 2019, 8:28 pmTrey Lyles - F - Denver Nuggets
Trey Lyles hobbled off the court during the Nuggets' practice on Wednesday, so consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Mavs.
Lyles has not held much value while Paul Millsap is healthy and active and this news does not help his short-term outlook. You can consider dropping him in deep leagues for a more promising FA.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:22 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris, who has missed the Nuggets' last seven games due to a right adductor strain, is available to play vs. the Mavs on Friday.
Harris has had a rocky 2018-19 season to say the least, dealing with an assortment of injuries that have kept him off the floor for multiple games. Hopefully, he can finally stay healthy for the second half of the season. He has a top-30 upside when at 100 percent health, so feel free to slot him in your active lineups.
Source: Christian Clark on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:16 pmEmanuel Terry - PF - Miami Heat
The Heat have signed undrafted D2 All-American forward Emanuel Terry to a 10-day contract.
Terry played in nine games for the Heat's G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and posted averages of 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He's currently not someone worth picking up in fantasy leagues.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:50 pmTroy Brown Jr. - F - Washington Wizards
According to Candace Buckner, Wizards rookie Troy Brown Jr., who missed the last several games due to an ankle injury, has been looking "fresh and spry" while going through a shooting drill.
Brown has not made much of an impact in fantasy this season, but with the Wizards out of the playoff race, we could see Brown get some run. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues for now.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:42 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Coach David Fizdale said that he's open to Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) and Dennis Smith Jr. together in the backcourt.
This would make for an interesting albeit the most inefficient scoring backcourt in the league. Even if Mudiay does share the floor with DSJ, he's not going to bring enough fantasy juice to worth an add outside of very deep leagues.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:38 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Coach Jim Boylen said "We have not discussed a diminished role for him at all" in reference to Robin Lopez, who was shut own post-ASB last season.
Lopez looks like he'll be sticking it out with the rest of the Bulls starters until further notice. He's good for some points and boards with reasonable field goal shooting but that's about it. As long as you're not expecting to be wowed, Ro-Lo is a decent pickup in 16-team leagues or deeper. Cristiano Felicio is a drop as he won't hold value while Lopez is in play.
Source: KC Johnson on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:42 pmKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn (back contusion) is on track to play on Friday after going through Wednesday's practice.
Dunn missed the last game before the All-Star break but wasn't expected to miss any further time. Ryan Arcidiacono will move back to a bench role going forward.
Source: Mike McGraw on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:40 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) will return to the lineup on Friday against the Wolves.
Mudiay won't be usurping Dennis Smith Jr.'s starting role, so he'll likely have to settle for battling with Frank Ntilikina for backup minutes. He's safe to cut in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Source: Zach Braziller on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:34 pmFrank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina (groin) is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Friday.
It sounds like Ntilikina will not suit up on Friday. He'll be fighting with Emmanuel Mudiay for backup point guard minutes when he does get back on the floor, and while he might be able to get an edge there with Mudiay headed for free agency there isn't enough to warrant attention in fantasy leagues.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:04 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
Aron Baynes (left foot contusion) will not play on the Celtics' upcoming road trip, which means he'll miss at least three more games.
Danny Ainge said that Baynes may not return until early March, so this isn't too surprising. Daniel Theis gets at least three more games of fantasy appeal.
Source: Jay King on Twitter