August 23, 2017, 12:24 am
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you the third instalment 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.
Vince Carter joins Sacramento after signing a one-year, $8 million deal in July and instantly becomes the oldest player on the roster. The eight-time All-Star brings a wealth of experience to a young Kings roster that welcomes his knowledge with open arms. In 73 games with the Grizzlies last season, the 40-year-old posted averages of 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game on 37.8 percent shooting from three.
Dave Joerger knows Carter well from his days in Memphis, and has a reputation for fondness towards veterans so we may see Carter on the floor more than expected. Will Vince Carter be more than just a veteran leader for the Kings?
Stat-line Prediction: 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks. 42% FG, 39% 3PT, 79% FT.
Joerger’s reputation with prioritising veterans over younger players scares me. We may see Carter on the floor often, at least during the early stages of the season. It’s because of this that I envision a slight uptick in production for Carter this season. He’ll hurt the Kings on defense but that’s something we may have to live with.
He won’t do much else other than spot-up for threes, but that’s all Sacramento really needs him to do at this point in his career. Justin Jackson and the other young wing players will likely dig into Carter’s minutes as the season wears on, which is more so a good thing than a bad thing. Overall, I liked the signing by the Kings and think that the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to Carter.
Stat-line Prediction: 6.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks. 38.5% FG, 33% 3PT, 75% FT.
Carter may be asked to start early on, but the team will likely want to give players like Malachi Richardson, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin Jackson some opportunities at small forward. He may not see more than about 15 minutes per game by the end of the season, and may struggle to stay efficient on offense.
With that said, Carter’s experience will make him a good fit when players like George Hill and Zach Randolph are on the bench. His minutes will also likely depend on the play of some of the Kings’ younger options on the perimeter, so he may find himself with a fairly large role if some of them struggle early on.
Stat-line Prediction: 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.7 steals, 41% FG, 39% 3PT, 78% FT.
Carter may not be as athletic as he once was, but the Kings hope to get every last pump of talent out of him this season. He will play the veteran bench role and will be looked at as a mentor for the many young players the Kings have. Carter probably won’t play many minutes, but he could provide an outside shooting ability that the Kings haven’t consistently had over recent seasons.
The 40-year-old Carter will hope to prove he still has what it takes to play in the league this season and if his shot is going down, he’ll keep critics quiet all year long.
February 26, 2020, 3:38 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday as he continues to nurse a sore left knee.
Walker will now miss his fourth consecutive game since playing in the All-Star game. In his absence, Brad Wanamaker and Romeo Langford have seen additional opportunity handling the ball but neither are standard league streamers. Marcus Smart and the rest of the starters will benefit the most while Kemba is sidelined. Walker's next opportunity to play will be on Saturday vs. the Rockets.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 3:13 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker has been assigned to the Erie Bayhawks of the G League on Wednesday.
Alexander-Walker hasn't been in the rotation for the Pelicans of late, so he's an afterthought in fantasy circles.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 3:09 pmRoyce O'NealeSF, Utah Jazz
Royce O'Neale will enter the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Celtics.
It sounds like this will be the new normal for the Jazz going forward. Mike Conley will slide to the bench but should still play a prominent role. O'Neale will be a nice source of steals with more minutes coming, but we'll have to see if the offense follows. Joe Ingles could see an uptick in assists as part of this new lineup configuration.
Source: The Athletic
February 26, 2020, 3:07 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley is expected to come off the bench starting on Wednesday against the Celtics.
He'll be replaced in the starting lineup by Royce O'Neale. Conley will still play significant minutes, but he has disappointed this season while O'Neale is renowned for his defense.
Source: The Athletic
February 26, 2020, 2:59 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) will not travel with the Blazers to face the Pacers on Thursday.
This isn't a major surprise, as he was already expected to miss the next couple of games. However, he could rejoin the team later on the road trip. C.J. McCollum owners should have some big numbers on the way while Lillard is out.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 2:28 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program.
Monk's suspension will last until he is deemed to be in "full compliance." Monk had been on a nice run in February, but this news certainly clouds his status going forward. His absence could provide an opportunity for Cody Martin to step up.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:47 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric will start Wednesday's game due to the injury to Kelly Oubre Jr.
Saric scored 14 points in only 16 minutes on Monday. Sporadic usage has really hurt his fantasy value, but he could be a decent DFS play against the Clippers.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:44 pmNorvel PelleC, Philadelphia Sixers
Norvel Pelle will miss Wednesday's game due to illness.
It's an upper respiratory ailment. Pelle has rebounding and shot blocking ability but simply doesn't play enough to hold fantasy value.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:42 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (bruised right knee) will not play during Wednesday's game.
Gordon was forced to leave Monday's game early. Ben McLemore should be the primary beneficiary of his absence.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:39 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
It has not been a smooth transition for Drummond after being traded to the Cavs, and he hasn't exceeded 29 minutes since the Pistons dealt him. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. could each receive a small bump in playing time against the Sixers. Cedi Osman will likely be relied upon more as well.
Source: NBA Injury Report