September 24, 2017, 10:31 pm
Hoop Ball Kings’ brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season continues as we round out our player predictions for the upcoming season. Following this piece, we’ll move onto topics regarding the team as a whole which should transition us into the new season.
Guard Frank Mason, and F/C Harry Giles could very well be spending a large portion of the 2017-18 season on the sidelines in Sacramento, or in Reno developing their skills. None of this is bad news by any stretch as development is exactly what they need and playing time on the NBA roster will be hard to come by.
Mason comes in as one of the older rookies from the 2017 Draft Class and showed during Summer League that he could be ready to contribute sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, there just won’t be minutes available for the former Kansas Jayhawk as both George Hill and fellow rookie De’Aaron Fox sit above him on the depth chart.
Mason could follow the same trajectory as former King Ray McCallum who started off his career in Reno, before working his way into the Kings’ rotation after the injury bug sunk its teeth in. Hopefully, injuries aren’t the way Mason works his way into a rotational role, but it may be the only way he gets minutes this season.
Harry Giles may not see the court in Sacramento at all this season. He sat out the entirety of Summer League and it would seem the Kings are prepared to take a long-term approach with the injury-prone Giles.
This is a wise move by the Kings. Being patient with the 20-year-old is exactly what Sacramento needs to do, whether that’s sending him down to Reno for playing time. Or sitting on the bench learning from guys like Zach Randolph and Vince Carter. All of which will be highly beneficial for him.
Both Mason and Giles will struggle to find minutes in Sacramento, meaning this season will likely be one of pure development. Training camp and preseason should signal the Kings’ intentions with two of their rookies moving forward.
Stat-line Prediction (Frank Mason III): 3.2 points, 0.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.0 blocks. 41% FG, 30% 3PT, 81% FT.
Mason will be a Bighorn for the majority of his rookie season. He’s equipped with tools that should allow him to dominate down in the G-League, and he’s going to need to if he wants a shot at cracking the Kings’ rotation at some point.
He’ll likely end up getting some minutes near the back-end of the regular season when the Kings throw in the towel so you have that to look forward to if you’re an avid Frank Mason fan. I think he can stick in the NBA, but Mason will have to excel in Reno and make the most of his time on the court when he’s with the Kings.
Stat-line Prediction (Harry Giles): 3.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.8 blocks. 55% FG, 0% 3PT, 70% FT.
It’s a high possibility that they don’t play Giles at all this season, at least in Sacramento. They’ll likely play him cautiously in Reno too so don’t expect a major role on the Bighorns either. The fact that he sat out Summer League means the Kings are playing their cards carefully, and they have no need to rush Giles along.
I’ve projected him to still produce something for Sacramento this season, but I honestly don’t see him getting on the court for the Kings. If his rehab and development goes well throughout the season he could get on the court over the last 20 or so games.
Stat-line Prediction (Frank Mason III): 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks. 46% FG, 34% 3PT, 76% FT.
Mason saw more than 30 minutes per game in Kansas on his way to earning the Wooden Player of the Year Award, but his lack of size resulted in him sliding on draft night. Thus, resulting in the Kings selecting him in the second round.
With tough competition at point it’s easy to see why Mason is somewhat overlooked. Mason’s tenacity, which was shown plenty over the course of his collegiate career, will be put to the test as he looks to squeeze himself onto the court and steal some minutes.
Stat-line Prediction (Harry Giles): 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.5 blocks. 48% FG, 0% 3PT, 54% FT.
Giles is somewhat like a test subject for the Kings and more than likely won’t see much time in the NBA this season. Giles, though, will probably see plenty of time with the teams G-League affiliate.
The minutes Giles will see with the Kings, however, could highlight his already mature build. He’ll be a force down low, but more than likely will look uncomfortable, especially on defense. He was a good rim protector in college and could add a boost to Sacramento’s presence in the paint.
It would be very surprising if Giles sees any kind of extended minutes, but if he can prove to be a difference maker, he could test Georgios Papagiannis as a low-minute player.
Stat-line Prediction (Frank Mason III): 4.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks. 42% FG, 36% 3PT, 78% FT.
Frank Mason will enter the season with far more experience than any other Kings rookie (aside from Bogdan Bogdanovic), but fans shouldn’t expect too much from him early in his first season with the team. Mason has plenty of skills that can make him a valuable contributor, but the odds of him being part of the rotation early in the season are very low.
While he may not see much time early in the season, he should be able to play a decent amount as the year goes on. Hill has suffered his fair share of injuries during his career, and Fox may not be able to be the full-time backup point guard from day one.
Mason proved during his time at Kansas that he can space the floor, capably run an offense and do the little things that can make him a valuable bench piece for an NBA team.
Stat-line Prediction (Harry Giles): 3.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks. 54% FG, 0% 3PT, 55% FT.
Many experts placed Harry Giles at the top of their mock drafts heading into his freshman year at Duke, and while his stock may have slipped during the season, his talent was still evident at times in college. With that said, Giles still has plenty to learn before he’s ready for regular minutes at the NBA level.
Giles is a tremendous rebounder, and his size and physicality would be a huge benefit to this team early on, but the game still seems somewhat fast for him and he may be best served by going to the G-League to begin his career.
Giles will get some opportunity during his rookie season, but fans shouldn’t expect to see too much from him during his first season.
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July 21, 2019, 7:49 pmDarius MillerSF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have officially re-signed Darius Miller to a two-year deal.
Miller will be playing behind a plethora of young assets at the Pelicans' disposal. Given that the team has entered a full-blown youth movement, it is unlikely that he will earn enough meaningful minutes to make a splash in fantasy in 2019-20.
Source: Pelicans on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 7:35 pmBonzie ColsonPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have waived Bonzie Colson.
Colson only played 98 minutes during his rookie season, but when he played he was a DFS favorite. Colson could play multiple positions and is young enough where a few teams would likely be interested in taking a flier on him.
Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 5:11 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kostas Antetokounmpo has signed a two-way deal with the Lakers on Sunday.
The Mavericks waived Antetokounmpo last week and most knew the younger brother of last season's MVP would not last long before another team took a shot on him. He is still a developmental player, but he should have ample opportunity playing for the Lakers' G-League team, the South Bay Lakers.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 10:09 amAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
When asked by Chicago Tribune reporter K.C Johnson on how he'd feel about wearing a Bulls jersey someday, Anthony Davis said that "If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I’d definitely consider it.”
The chances of that time coming is more likely for 2025 than 2020, but still, until Davis is firmly committed to the Lakers long-term speculation of his future will remain. It's nice to know if you're a Bulls fan that he imagines playing for his home town at some point, but don't expect him bolting LA for them after one season.
Source: Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2019, 6:42 pmKenny WootenPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.
Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post
July 20, 2019, 3:09 pmOshae BrissettSG-SF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 2:32 pmJordan McLaughlinG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.
McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 1:26 pmEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.
All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.
July 20, 2019, 12:59 pmCJ McCollumSG, Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 12:51 pmFrank MasonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.
Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster spot even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter