• 2017-18 averages: 71 G | 13 GS | 19.6 MP | 6.7 PTS | 6.6 REB | 1.2 AST | 0.7 STL | 0.5 BLK | 0.7 TOV | 57.1 FG% | 0 3P% | 44.6 FT% |

    With changes becoming a regularity at all levels of the Kings organization over the last three seasons, finding a consistent presence in any role can be a struggle. Despite the turnover and directional changes, Kosta Koufos has managed to maintain his status as a consistent and reliable player for Sacramento. Even during a 2017-18 season that featured an organization-wide shift towards youth and development, Koufos filled a similar role to the ones he had in previous years with the team.

    A quick look at his production shows an actually remarkable level of consistency in some cases. Koufos has averaged between 19 and 20 minutes per game in all three seasons with the team while taking between 5.5 and 5.7 shots per game. Despite some game-to-game fluctuations, Koufos has been essentially the exact same player every season since joining the Kings.

    Offensively, Koufos was right around his career averages but there were some notable changes to his role. 2017-18 was the first season in his career that saw him average more than an assist per game, and that can be primarily attributed to his increased use from the high post. According NBA stats, Koufos had 330 elbow touches last season, registering 20 total assists in those situations. Koufos had just 220 touches at the elbow in the season prior despite playing more minutes, and registered just six assists in those situations.

    Dave Joerger’s teams have a reputation for running plays through the high post, and without a clear go-to scoring option on the roster the Kings leaned on this more heavily than they did in Joerger’s first year. Koufos wasn’t particularly good as a playmaker, but he did a good job taking care of the ball and made the right pass more often than not.

    Defensively, Koufos was a bit of a mixed bag. Koufos had the highest steal percentage of his career (1.7 percent), but his block percentage (2.2 percent) was his lowest since his second season in the NBA when he played just 172 total minutes. Generally speaking, Koufos’ block totals have declined since his arrival in Sacramento, but last season was easily the biggest dropoff of the three.

    As a backup center, Koufos’ primary value comes on the defensive end of the floor. Koufos was still a positive presence for the Kings on defense, but without his usual ability to protect the rim, it becomes more difficult to project him as a difference maker for another team. Sacramento needed a player with his rebounding ability and general experience defensively, but those skills are much less valuable to teams with more experience.

    Usually Koufos’ value to other teams wouldn’t be an important point to focus on, but with a player option on the table for next season, Koufos will need to decide if he’s better off staying with the Kings for just over $8 million or opting out to try and get a long-term deal.

    While he was well worth his contract last season for the reasons mentioned above, the Kings may be better off with him opting out given that they could really use the additional cap space and extra roster spot. Sacramento will be trying to incorporate Harry Giles into the rotation next season and may also add additional players to an already-crowded frontcourt through the draft and free agency.

    With the rest of the NBA rapidly looking to add more talented players at the expense of size, Koufos may not be able to find a deal more valuable than what he would get by opting in. Koufos’ consistency is incredibly rare and makes him one of the more valuable backup centers in the NBA, but that may not be worth a long-term deal in the modern NBA.

Fantasy News

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida after living in California since the NBA season was suspended.

    Iguodala returning to the market where his team is could mean that he believes team workouts will begin soon. However, there is no official timetable on when team workouts will begin and Jimmy Butler has yet to return to Miami.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls were cleared by the Governor of Illinois and are in talks with city officials to open practice facilities on Friday for voluntary workouts that would follow the NBA guidelines.

    The NBA's guidelines currently state that a maximum of four players are allowed in the facility at any given time and there can only be one player per hoop. The Bulls are currently eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls may not play again this season given how far behind they are in the standings and the recent reports of proposals to not continue the regular season.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the Mavs plan to open their practice facility on Thursday.

    This news would make the Mavs the 23rd team to have their facilities open for "voluntary and socially distanced player workouts". Continue to monitor the wire as we should learn more about the potential of the league resuming in early June.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    On Tuesday afternoon, AmicoHoops reported (via Twitter) that an unidentified NBA GM told them the league has seriously discussed resuming the current NBA season on Wednesday, July 22.

    Nothing has been officially announced, by any means, and this is the first we've heard of specific target date(s) from anyone. It's looking like the continuation of the season will occur in Orlando at Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which has accommodations for at least some of what the NBA has planned for a resuming activity. As we have relayed numerous times recently, the next week or two seem to be a likely window for some decisions from Adam Silver and Co. at the NBA league office to start to come down. Stay tuned, hoops fans.

    Source: AmicoHoops on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard announced on Tuesday evening that, in the event of a continuation of the NBA season, he would not be participating if the Blazers are scheduled to play 'meaningless games' with no shot at making the playoffs.

    "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning. It's hard to blame him, as it is quite easy to see the potential situation from his point of view. There have been countless scenarios tossed around by the league office during the pandemic period, but nothing is set in stone so far. Lillard, for his part, is only interested in returning to action if there exists a legitimate shot for his Blazers to reach the NBA Finals. Fair enough.

    Source: Yahoo! Sports

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers, who have their practice facility located in nearby Camden, NJ, will allow voluntary player workouts at the facility beginning on Wednesday, raising the number of NBA teams who have been able to do so to 22.

    The Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are the final teams remaining who are unable to return to their practice facilities. The NBA seems to be inching ever so close to, at the very least, announcing a plan for a continuation of the current season. This next week or two should be very eventful on that front.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks GM Travis Schlenk indicated on Tuesday that Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) could very well play in the event of an NBA restart.

    "Clint [Capela] says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said in a phone interview with ESPN. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela has yet to see the floor for the Hawks since he was acquired at the deadline from the Rockets, and one would have to surmise that he would be under a heavy minutes restriction if the league resumes and if the Hawks deem him healthy enough to give it a go. Still two big "ifs," but this is obviously positive news for the Hawks and potentially for fantasy owners who have managed to stash Capela in an injury slot this long.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.

    With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets

  • Jon Leuer
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.

    Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.

    Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram