September 7, 2017, 9:11 pm
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you the tenth installment of a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. 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.
After two full seasons with the Kings, Kosta Koufos has been steady and reliable production wise. In 71 games last season (62 starts), Koufos averaged 6.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game on 55.1 percent shooting from the field. He’s performed exactly as advertised through his two years in Sacramento, which is more so a good thing than bad.
He has exceptional touch around the rim and plays hard on defense; tools he’ll certainly be able to teach the younger guys on the roster. This is the final year of his current contract with the Kings, he then has a player option for $8.7 million the following season but it’s hard to say now whether he will pick that up or not. Either way, he’s a solid player to have on the roster and is an appealing trade chip to use come the trade deadline, or even prior to the start of this season.
He started over 60 games last season, so will we see the same trend this season despite the team’s decision to go young? Or will Koufos spend more time on the bench acting as a mentor for the youngsters?
Stat-line Prediction: 5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.5 blocks. 56% FG, 0% 3PT, 65% FT.
I have this weird feeling that Koufos may begin the season as a starter, and I can’t decide if that’ll be a good or bad thing. He’s a solid, reliable player so having him as a starter won’t be a bad thing at all. But the Kings are rebuilding, so it would be wise to start the younger guys ahead of players such as Koufos and Randolph.
Whether he starts or comes off the bench, I think he’ll hover around 20 minutes per game; at least for the early portion of the season. Similar to last year, he’ll fade as the season progresses and he may even end up being traded at some stage too. Overall, Koufos’ production should be about the same as his career averages.
Stat-line Prediction: 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks. 52% FG, 0% 3PT, 62% FT.
With the expectations on young bigs so high for the Kings, it’ll be interesting to see if Koufos is able to get the same 20 minutes per game he’s gotten with Sacramento the past two seasons. If Randolph must face any type of repercussions for his drug possession, Koufos could see some extended minutes at the beginning of the season.
But, aside from that, I’d expect Koufos to see about 15-18 minutes per game. He brings what he always has to the table: an inside presence with a floater that’s not always on the money. He is at times a decent defender, but he’s a bit of a liability against stretch big men.
Coach Joerger and Koufos go back to their Memphis days, however, so it’d be surprising if he doesn’t see some consistent minutes at least from the get-go
Stat-line Prediction: 7.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.0 blocks. 53% FG, 0% 3PT, 61% FT.
Kosta Koufos is one of the more reliable veterans on the Kings’ roster, and his value to the team primarily relies on his consistency and experience. Koufos will probably see his role with the team expand next season, but it may not be in the categories that people tend to expect.
Dave Joerger prefers bigs that can run the offense, to some degree, much like Marc Gasol was asked to in Memphis. Koufos isn’t likely to be asked to take on a larger role as a scoring threat, but he may be asked to run the offense more often than he has been in the past. This should result in a slight uptick in overall production.
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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
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