June 21, 2018, 7:40 pm
The Sacramento Kings have officially drafted F/C Marvin Bagley with the second overall pick in the draft.
There had been numerous reports over the past few weeks about who the Kings would go with. Luka Doncic and Michael Porter Jr. were two of the other names widely considered to have a shot going No. 2, but in the end the Kings went with the former Duke standout. For what it’s worth, it was reported hours before the draft by multiple reliable reporters that the Kings were “locked in” on drafting Bagley.
The 6-foot-11 big man posted averages of 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game last season. He shot 61.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from three in 33 games with Duke.
Bagley possess impressive physical tools and has elite athleticism for his size. His offensive game is still developing, but his rebounding and leaping ability is what makes him NBA ready from the get go.
As of now the rotation seems a little crowded with Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Kosta Koufos, Zach Randolph and potentially Harry Giles all slated to get minutes next season; adding Bagley to the mix only complicates that situation further. However, the team must be confident they can make it work with the pieces they have.
Fans will get their first glimpse of Bagley in a Kings uniform in July, when he suits up in both Sacramento and Las Vegas for Summer League.
February 21, 2020, 10:26 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis notched 24 points (8-for-16 shooting), 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes as the Pacers beat the Knicks 106-98.
Sabonis is a safe bet for points, rebounds and assists almost every night and Friday was no different. While some choose to nitpick at the lack of threes and defense, just enjoy the consistent baseline of counting stats he gives you if he's on your roster.
February 21, 2020, 10:25 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton notched a double-double on Friday vs. the Raptors, putting up 17 points and 10 boards.
Ayton played 35 minutes in this one which is notable because the Suns were closely monitoring his left ankle prior to Friday's game. He's a top-25 guy over the past two months since returning from suspension so as long as he stays healthy he will remain a must-start player in all formats.
February 21, 2020, 10:22 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Warren scored 27 points (10-for-21 shooting), eight rebounds, three assists, two triples, two steals and a block across 37 minutes on Friday.
Warren was questionable to play in this one but came through with a huge performance. There's a chance Victor Oladipo cramps Warren's style a bit but so far so good. Keep him rolling if healthy.
February 21, 2020, 10:18 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Indiana Pacers
Malcolm Brogdon scored 11 points (4-for-14 shooting), eight rebounds, seix assists and a steal across 34 minutes on Friday.
It was an ugly night from the field for Brogdon but he filled the stat sheet up in other areas salvaging a solid fantasy line. It remains to be seen if the extended time off during the all star break will help him capture his early-season form.
February 21, 2020, 10:18 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio scored 13 points on 4-of-9 FG and added nine assists and four steals in the Suns' loss to the Raptors on Friday.
Rubio still did not shoot the ball all that well, but the four steals made this a very usable fantasy game. He has kept his value in the top 80 this season and while his performances are often nothing to write home about, he is still a must-own player.
February 21, 2020, 10:17 pmCedi OsmanSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman found his groove in Friday's 113-108 win over the Wizards, tallying 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, three triples, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.
Osman had been playing poorly over the last couple of games prior to this gem. As always, Osman brings a lot of volatility to the table, so owners will have to have their seatbelts strapped on tight. He's still a hold in 14-teamers and is a streamer in shallower leagues.
February 21, 2020, 10:16 pmDoug McDermottSF, Indiana Pacers
Doug McDermott went 4-for-6 in 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with 14 points and two triples.
McDermott has one role on this team and that is to shoot threes, which he did quite efficiently on Friday night. Leave him on the wire unless you need threes in a deep league.
February 21, 2020, 10:12 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina started and led the Knicks in minutes with 32 on Friday, adding 14 points (5-for-11 shooting), two triples, two rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Knicks fell 98-106 to the Pacers.
Ntilikina saw extra time with Elfrid Payton out and put up a serviceable line. Look at him as a streaming source of steals and assists with some scoring while Payton is out.
February 21, 2020, 10:11 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) returned to action and started for the Cavs on Friday and quietly put up nine points (3-of-8 shooting), one rebound, two 3s and one assist in 23 minutes.
With the season already a lost cause for the Cavs, there really isn't a lot of incentive for the team to give Love a lot of run as it winds down. Despite his arrow pointing down, Love should do enough to land closer to top-75 value after the season's dust settles. That is, of course, if he manages to stay healthy.
February 21, 2020, 10:10 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
RJ Barrett scored 17 points (8-for-19 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in Friday's 98-106 loss to the pacers.
Barrett missed all five of his three-point attempts and two of his three free-throw attempts but still did enough damage inside the arc to lead the Knicks in scoring. There really is nothing to see here as Barrett will struggle to put up relevant production even with a ton of minutes.