• 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.

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    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.

    Jake Fitzgibbon

    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.

    Nick Avila

    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.

    Jon Schifferle

    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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Fantasy News

  • Jeff Hornacek - Team - New York Knicks

    The Kings have interviewed Jeff Hornacek for an assistant coach position.

    The Kings have already hired their head coach, Luke Walton. However, with Walton's status up in the air with the recent allegations made against him, the Kings would do well to hire an assistant with head coaching experience. Hornacek last coached for the Knicks before being fired at the end of the 2017-2018 season. His overall record as head coach for the Knicks and the Suns is 161-216.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Omer Asik - C - Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have requested that Omer Asik's contract not count towards the team salary as he suffered a career-ending injury/illness.

    Asik, who was waived by the Bulls last October, has been forced to retire. Asik was able to play in the league for 8 seasons. With this move, the Bulls would free up an additional three million dollars in cap room that they could use to help bolster their young roster heading into the 2019-2020 season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz - G - Orlando Magic

    Orlando's President Jeff Weltman says that he is "more excited" about Markelle Fultz now than he was at the trade deadline.

    At this time, there is no reason for Orlando to be anything other than positive about the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. With an entire offseason ahead of him in a city other than Philadelphia, perhaps Fultz can finally turn it around and find his shot. The Magic are a team that is looking towards the future and Fultz has an opportunity to become the starting point guard of that future. The team will not rush him back but it does seem like they expect more from him next season.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Steve Kerr - Team - Golden State Warriors

    Head coach Steve Kerr told the media that “everything is on the table” ahead of Game 6 on Friday night against the Clippers.

    The Warriors have struggled in ending this series against a very solid Clippers team. The Warriors coaching staff will make any necessary adjustments for Friday’s Game 6 so that they can end the series and focus on the playing the Rockets in the next round. We should expect some changes to the rotation but this may only be coach speak. Expect some minor adjustments ahead of Game 6.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Markieff Morris expressed that he wouldn't return to the same allotment of minutes that he played for the Thunder this season but he was very complimentary of the organization.

    Morris didn't play a high total of minutes for the Thunder after being signed in late February. It looks like he may be interested in returning to the team if they would expand his role heading into next season. Otherwise, he will be looking at other opportunities that grant him more playing time.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Malcolm Brogdon (partial right plantar fascia tear) is out for at least Game 1 and Game 2 against the Celtics and will be reevaluated afterward.

    With Brogdon out, Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, George Hill and Tony Snell will continue to handle the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard in the meantime.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Monty Williams - Team - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Suns’ officials will travel to Toronto on Friday to meet with the franchise’s top coaching candidate, Sixers assistant Monty Williams.

    Williams has a busy schedule lined up with interviews scheduled with the Suns and Lakers in addition to a second-round playoff series with the Raptors to prepare for. As the battle for Williams’ services heats up, it would be a shocker if he isn’t announced as a new head coach within the next week.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel was coy when asked about his $1.99 million player option, saying he's going to let his agent figure that out.

    Noel had a decent bounce-back season in limited minutes off the bench for the Thunder. After playing in a career-high 77 games and proving he was healthy coming off an injury-plagued 2017-2018 season, Noel should be able to make more money in free agency.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Andre Roberson - G/F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Andre Roberson said during his exit interview, that he’s been “making great progress” and is on track to be ready for training camp.

    This is encouraging news for Roberson who missed the last year and a half with the patellar injury after taking a wicked fall. Roberson will have to prove his health this fall before he becomes an option for fantasy teams, but the Thunder have to be thrilled to hear this news about their defensive stopper.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Monty Williams - Team - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Lakers are sending a host of prominent figures including Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka, COO Tim Harris, Joey Buss, Jesse Buss, and Kurt and Linda Rambis to meet with Monty Williams for his second interview.

    Both Williams and Tyronn Lue are the presumed favorites to land the Lakers head coaching vacancy. With Williams' name heating up within open positions around the league, the Lakers decided to send everyone his way for the second interview. This interview should be telling as to which direction the leagues coaching carousel goes in.

    Source: Bill Oram on Twitter