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.
February 18, 2020, 2:53 pmIsaiah HartensteinPF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have assigned Isaiah Hartenstein and Chris Clemons to the teams G League affiliate.
Hartenstein was unable to find any minutes while Clint Capela was injured as the team fully embraces the small-ball philosophy. Hartenstein and Clemons will be able to get consistent minutes down in the g League. Neither player is on the fantasy radar right now.
Source: Alkyhan Bijani on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 2:36 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Per Jason Quick of The Athletic, Hassan Whiteside is unlikely to lose the starting C job when Juduf Nurkic returns to game action.
It's going to take some time for Nurkic to get up to speed in addition to the team likely being conservative on back-to-backs. The Blazers are trying hard to get the eighth spot in the west, but won't do it at the expense of their long-term big man. Whiteside has put up first-round value on the year and should be safe heading into the stretch run.
Source: The Athletic
February 18, 2020, 2:17 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Coach Jim Boylen said the Lauri Makkanen (right hip stress reaction) remains on track to return to game action near the beginning of March.
Makkanen went down in late-January in an injury initially believed to be soreness but was later deemed worse. There were even rumblings that Markkanen would be able to play had it been the playoffs. Assuming Markkanen will be back within two weeks, he makes sense as a high-upside add for teams comfortably gearing up for the playoffs.
Source: Chicago Tribune
February 18, 2020, 2:03 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter (foot) has reportedly shed his walking boot and could be returning to practice soon as he eyes a return to the court.
The Bulls are optimistic that Porter, who has been out since early November, can resume practicing shortly after the All-Star break. It is uncertain what type of workload the Bulls would hand to Porter when he does suit up, but owners with open spots can start to think about stashing the versatile forward ahead of the stretch run.
Source: Chiacgo Tribune
February 18, 2020, 12:45 pmDeMarre CarrollSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have officially waived F DeMarre Carroll on Tuesday.SAS officially waive DeMarre Carroll on Tuesday
Carroll was expected to sign with the Rockets, but with the news of him being waived rather than being bought-out, Carroll will now have to clear waivers first. Feel free to leave him on the waiver wire as the situation plays itself out and we know where Carroll will be playing next.
February 18, 2020, 12:10 pmCharlie BrownF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have assigned F Charlie Brown to the teams G League affiliate.
Brown will head back to the G League where he will get more time to hone his craft. He is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Hawks PR on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 12:07 pmTerance MannPG, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have assigned Terance Mann and Mfioudu Kabengele to the team's G League affiliate.
Mann and Kabengele were rumored to be in a proposed deal for Marcus Morris but were ultimately left out of the accepted trade. Both players will get more run in the G League and can be ignored in fantasy circles.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 11:21 amDzanan MusaSG, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have assigned Dzanan Musa to their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
The second-year guard failed to gain much playing time while Caris Levert was sidelined due to thumb surgery. As a result, he has also fallen behind Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in the depth chart and he is only a hold in dynasty leagues.
Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 10:39 amJeremy PargoPG, Golden State Warriors
Though Jeremy Pargo probably doesn’t figure into Golden State’s long-term plans, he is proving that he belongs at the NBA level and he is likely to finish the season with the Warriors.
Pargo, whose 11-year professional career has spanned four NBA teams and eight overseas clubs, offered the Warriors a savvy point guard to help bring along rookies Ky Bowman and Jordan Poole. He is a deep-league option at this point and it’s up in the air whether he holds any value as we reach the end of the fantasy season.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
February 18, 2020, 8:28 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
While a report about the Knicks being interested in Jay Wright has surfaced in the last few days, the Villanova coach is reportedly not enamored with the idea of leaving the collegiate level.
The Knicks are rumored to be hiring Leon Rose to run their front office and he will be in charge of choosing New York’s next coach. A lot of names will likely show up in the next few months while interim coach Mike Miller is expected to move on at the end of the season. It’s tough to gauge the fantasy value of the players in New York right now, both short and long term, so plan accordingly.
Source: NBC Sports