September 18, 2017, 5:00 pm
Hoop Ball Kings’ brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season continues. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
Georgios Papagiannis was a curious selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. He went 13th overall, and was a player that virtually no one had heard of. ESPN’s draft analysts’ were caught completely off guard, and so was the rest of the NBA world. Papagiannis spent most of last season in the G-League (formerly the D-League) with Reno, and he only played 18 minutes with the Kings prior to the All-Star break.
He was undeniably raw, as raw as a player can be but following the departure of DeMarcus Cousins more playing time was available for the rookie and he surprised everyone. He was far from perfect but he displayed some impressive touch around the rim and was a reliable source of rebounds. In 18 games following the All-Star break, Papagiannis posted averages of 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 blocks in 18.7 minutes per game. He shot a respectable 54.1 percent from the field too.
He still has many holes to fill in his game, but at just 20 years old he still has lots of time to grow. Will Papagiannis continue his upward trend from last season, or will he struggle to get his feet underneath him during his sophomore campaign?
Stat-line Prediction: 6.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.2 blocks. 55% FG, 12% 3PT, 68% FT.
Papagiannis could struggle for minutes early on, and may even take a backseat to Kosta Koufos. But as the season progresses forward, he should work his way into a solid rotational role. Don’t be surprised if he spends more time in Reno too. Spending time in Reno isn’t at all a bad thing either, as it proved highly beneficial for the youngster.
He’s eventually going to show some improvement across the board. Papagiannis needs to work hard on his defense for him to really make the leap into a reliable option. I still like he has upside and he could be a solid backup center for the Kings but it will take time and patience.
Stat-line Prediction: 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.9 blocks. 50% FG, 20% 3PT, 85% FT.
At 20 years old, Papagiannis is one of the most interesting players on the Kings’ roster. He’s not exactly a stretch big man, but he also doesn’t have the best game around the rim. He is still getting adjusted to the NBA speed and that’ll be something to watch during the upcoming season.
If Georgios is able to wrap his head around the game, he could have a significant impact with the Kings. He’s shown during practice and on short video clips that he can shoot to an extent, but didn’t utilize it as part of his repertoire last season.
He’s a liability on defense, but the same could be said about the rest of Sacramento’s big men. His minutes will more than likely range between 10 and 20 on any given night and depending on how he performs, he could see himself squeeze into the same role on the roster that Kosta Koufos has occupied.
Stat-line Prediction: 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.0 blocks. 53% FG, 0% 3PT, 78% FT.
Georgios Papagiannis was known to be a project when the Kings used the 13th overall pick on him in the 2016 NBA draft, and there have been definite signs of progress since that selection was made. Papagiannis has lost quite a bit of weight during the offseason, and he showed some confidence in his game at times towards the end of his rookie season.
While the progress that he’s made has been great, Papagiannis is still quite a ways away from a regular spot in an NBA rotation. He’ll still get some opportunities to show that he’s ready for a larger role, and showed some decent ability as both a rebounder and shot blocker at times last season, but with Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos both firmly ahead of him in the depth chart, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Papagiannis spend plenty of time with the Kings’ G-League affiliate in Reno.
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July 22, 2019, 11:08 pmMarcus MorrisPF, New York Knicks
Marcus Morris stated that he didn't expect another offer after he verbally agreed to the Spurs' two-year, $20 million contract.
We've seen players renege a contract offer before, so this isn't unprecedented, but it's still not a good look for the Knicks and Morris. He took more money and will join a weaker free agency class in 2020, but he joins an insanely crowded Knicks frontcourt which will now have to find playing time for Morris, Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Mitchell Robinson.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 8:00 pmDonta HallPF, Detroit Pistons
Donta Hall was signed by the Pistons to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Hall is a forward that went undrafted this summer after four years at Alabama. He's currently many hurdles away from fantasy significance.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 7:42 pmThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young will be added to the Team USA training camp.
Young joins Marcus Smart on Monday as two late additions to the training camp roster after six players withdrew from camp to focus on the upcoming NBA season. Although neither of these two are superstars, both are very solid veterans who can impact the game on both ends of the court. There may be more additions to the training camp roster to come.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 7:12 pmTodd WithersPG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have signed Todd Withers to an exhibit 10 contract.
Withers will join the Pistons for training camp to compete for a roster spot. The best outcome for Withers is being signed to a two-way contract for this upcoming season. There is no fantasy impact from this signing.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 6:37 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart has been selected to participate in Team USA training camp.
Following the news of six players dropping out of contention for the USA roster for the FIBA World Cup, the team has decided to add Smart to the list of participants. Don't be surprised if we hear of more additions in the coming days.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 5:07 pmTim DuncanPF-C, San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan will join Gregg Popovich's coaching staff as an assistant with the Spurs.
Duncan played all 19 of his NBA seasons under Popovich. He became one of the league's most dominant big-men of all-time. In regards to the hiring, Popovich joked "It is only fitting, after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor." The NBA will welcome having Duncan back in the league.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 4:46 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie will join Al-Farouq Aminu in representing Nigeria at the FIBA World Cup.
Okogie broke the news Monday on Twitter. He will be playing with at least a few other current or former NBA players in China.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 4:28 pmGerald GreenSG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have officially re-signed Gerald Green to a one-year contract.
Green will come back to the Rockets for his third straight season. He will continue to be a 3-point specialist off of the bench for this high-powered offense.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 3:34 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris has decided to withdraw from Team USA training camp.
Harris is the sixth player to withdraw from the Team USA training camp. The roster will be cut to 12 players heading into the FIBA World Cup which starts at the end of August.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
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