• Team USA skittered by again, barely beating a well-oiled Serbian basketball machine. Their hot start looked like the US we expected to see but Serbia got some tremendous performances from their big names and pushed Team USA to the brink of defeat. The other two men’s games were easy blowouts while the American women asserted their dominance against a surprisingly effective defensive team.

    Without further ado, here’s the story from Day 7.

    Today’s Results

    Men’s

    Australia 93 vs. China 68
    USA 94 vs. Serbia 91
    France 96 vs. Venezuela 56

    Women’s

    Serbia 80 vs. China 72
    USA 81 vs. Canada 51
    Spain 97 vs. Senegal 43

    Australia 93 vs. China 68

    I missed most of the first quarter, but was still surprised to see Australia struggle to pull away from China quickly even without Andrew Bogut in this one. This was a three point game after one but the Aussies pulled away without too much struggle. If anything we got an opportunity to look at a different set of Australian players; the talent wasn’t the same but the offensive principles were still in place in a fairly easy win.

    Joe Ingles made some nice passes in an otherwise quiet game while Matthew Dellavedova racked up eight more assists and committed no turnovers in another flawless performance. His perma-irritant skills weren’t needed today but he still was in total control of the offense. The Aussies did well to limit the minutes of their starters and kept both Delly and Patty Mills under 20 minutes today. Cameron Bairstow had a pretty nice showing with 17 and 9 while the Beast Incarnate, Brrrrock Motum (#14) netted 15 points in 16 minutes. Aron Baynes missed an easy look or two around the bucket but still played well in an extended look.

    China was once again led by Yi; 20 and 9 on 9-18 from the field. He’s looked pretty good in Rio and hopefully puts himself back on the NBA radar. Guo Ailun (#6) was hyperactive as well, using his quickness to move around the court with and without the ball. He went for 11 points with 5 assists but shot just 3-10 and turned the ball over 5 times as well. It was a mixed bag but he looks like one of the only Chinese players that can get his own shot. Zhelin Wang (#31) looked awful for the second straight game. It’s disappointing since he appeared to be one of China’s best second tier scoring options, and that lack of consistent depth will prevent China from making too much noise on the international scene.

    Top Performers

    Australia China
    Points Bairstow 17
    Motum 15
    Broekhoff/Baynes/Andersen 12
    Yi 20
    Guo 11
    Zhou / Ding 8
    Rebounds Bairstow 9
    Baynes 4
    Andersen / Motum / Mills 3
    Yi 9
    Qi 3
    Zhou / Zou / Guo 2
    Assists Dellavedova 8
    Lisch 6
    Goulding / Ingles 4
    Guo 5
    Zhao 4
    Qi 3

    Stray Thoughts:

    • Probably a good game to rest Bogut; Australia has played the toughest group schedule so far and only has Venezuela left on the docket so they can make up ground if there’s a catastrophic loss today
    • Got a nice look at Aron Baynes and Cam Bairstow in more prominent roles; Australia obviously suffered without Bogut but they looked fine
    • High usage be damned, let’s get Yi a tryout with somebody
    • Delly with a neat little no-look flip pass in the lane at the end of Q3
    • David Andersen with some more nice offensive play; sneaky mid-range game
    • The ball movement obviously wasn’t the same without Bogut but they still broke China’s defense with relative ease; 56% shooting

Fantasy News

  • Jon Horst - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Horst has been awarded the Executive of the Year award.

    Horst added Coach Budenholzer and retooled the roster to perfectly fit Giannis Antetokoumpo and his style of play. This led to the best record in the NBA and to a team that many believed to be the favorites to come out of the east. Obviously this was a regular season award, because Masai Ujiri came in fourth place and if voting were done today it would look a lot different.

    Source: https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1143346008673398785" target="_blank">NBA on Twitter

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert has won the 2018-2018 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Gobert helped anchor one of the best defenses in the league and this makes it the second consecutive year he's taken home the award. The Jazz are always steady due to his efforts on that end of the floor and the team's identity starts with him.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Mike Budenholzer - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer has been named the Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.

    In his first season as the Bucks’ coach, Budenholzer helped propel the team to an NBA-best 60 wins. The Bucks revamped their offense and did their best to play through Giannis Antetokounmpo’s strengths and the drastic shift in performance compared to years past makes this a well deserved award.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Lou Williams - SG - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.

    Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career highs.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies

    Mike Conley won two awards Monday night that were voted on by the players, the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award and the Sportsmanship Award.

    It's nice to see Conley getting some attention this summer. This is his third Sportsmanship Award, and he'll be taking that and his Teammate of the Year Award to probably the best team he's ever been a part of in Utah. Now let's see if he can get his first All Star nod, too.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Pascal Siakam - PF - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam took home the Kia Most Improved Player Award, beating De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell.

    This award was seemingly wrapped up back in November. Siakam exploded this season, improving significantly is every fantasy category (excluding turnovers). He finished the regular season with per-game averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on 54.9 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. His three-point percentage has increased from 14.3 to 22.0 to 36.9 as well. Whether or not Kawhi Leonard returns, Siakam should easily make his way into the top-40 ranks next season.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic - PG - Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic won the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, beating finalists Trae Young and DeAndre Ayton.

    Ayton had the best fantasy season and Young had an amazing second half. However, Luka was a team leader, primary ball-handler and clutch shot-maker all season. His per-game averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 threes exceed most expectations. If he can bump up his percentages, he could be an early-round fantasy star for over a decade.

    Source: NBA on TNT

  • Patrick Beverley - PG - Los Angeles Clippers

    According to Brad Townsend, Patrick Beverley plans to meet with the Mavs, though a meeting has not been scheduled.

    He's also planning to meet with other teams, as we've heard before. Beverley appears to be in-demand this summer and he should produce similar stats to what he's put up over the last few seasons regardless of his landing spot. Whether he's with a bad team like the Bulls, a middling team like the Mavs or a potential contender like the Lakers, one would think he'll be signing in a spot where he'll be starting.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz - PG - Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will not play at Summer League, according to GM John Hammond.

    Fultz has reportedly been making good progress and the Magic are excited about what he's been able to do since coming over at the trade deadline, but this is not great news. Hopefully Fultz will be ready to contribute in the preseason so we can get a look at how he'll fit in Orlando. The upside is immense but it would take a strong showing to confidently draft Fultz in redraft formats as his shoulder issues have completely derailed the first few years of his career.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter

  • Haywood Highsmith - PF - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers have waived Haywood Highsmith.

    Highsmith joined the Sixers on a two-way deal last season but only appeared in five games. Expect them to use that spot on a more established G-League player or a rookie with some upside.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter