May 13, 2018, 7:34 pm
2017-18 averages: 22 G | 6 GS | 15.6 MP | 4.7 PTS | 3.5 REB | 0.4 AST | 0.4 STL | 1.0 BLK | 0.4 TOV | 54.3 FG% | 50.0 3P% | 62.5 FT% |
JaKarr Sampson only played in 22 games for the Kings this season, but you knew he was on the floor in every single one of those games purely because of the way he plays. Sampson ensured he was playing at 110 percent every minute he was out there this season, and it’s something he’s done throughout his brief three-year NBA career.
Sampson spent the entire 2016-17 season in the G-League, trying to work his way back into the NBA. He joined the Kings in Summer League and didn’t disappoint, out working opponents on the floor and earning himself a two-way contract as a result.
Sampson, though, did spent most of his time in the G-League again this season, but this time it was different. Being signed to a two-way contract meant he could bounce back and forth between Sacramento and Reno at the organization’s discretion.
The 25-year-old played in 35 games for the Bighorns, posting averages of 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game (51.1 percent shooting). Sampson had a big hand in the team winning the Pacific Division, finishing with an overall record of 29-21. The Bighorns, however, would fall in the conference semi-finals to the South Bay Lakers.
Here’s some highlights from JaKarr’s season down in Reno:
Sampson wasn’t an overly productive piece for the Kings, but he did have multiple game-changing moments throughout the course of the season. Timely blocks, big rebounds and some genuinely good defense helped push the team in a positive direction in certain games but he can only do so much.
One of his most notable performances this season came against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Sampson’s hometown. He reeled in 16 rebounds and played some superb defense on the game’s most talented player, LeBron James – even James expressed praise for Sampson’s efforts:
Sampson has had to work his way through the ranks to get where he is today and it’s no surprise to see him play well when given the opportunity. He was probably deserving of more minutes, especially at the expense of someone like Zach Randolph, but Dave Joerger ultimately decided to dish those minutes to the likes of Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Hoop Ball’s Nick Avila went into more detail about Sampson’s situation back in February, discussing why he deserves more playing time and an extended look.
It’s unclear, at this stage, whether Sampson will remain with the team moving forward. Barring a more appealing offer elsewhere, he likely plays summer league for the Kings in July. For what it’s worth he’s still working out at the Kings’ practice facility, per social media.
Sampson, undoubtedly, adds value for the Kings. He’s not going to score a ton of points each game but he’s going to do all the dirty work. Sampson’s a guy that you can certainly keep around at an affordable rate, so there isn’t much to lose there for Sacramento.
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 22, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah CanaanPG, International
Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter
August 22, 2019, 11:58 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.
The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.
August 22, 2019, 11:54 amMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.
Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
August 21, 2019, 10:34 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.
Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.
Source: John Casey on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 6:11 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.
Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.