July 13, 2018, 11:16 pm
Josh Okogie watched from the sidelines this time out, but the Wolves were able to pull out a victory anyway 83-71. With this win, Minnesota closes out their summer circuit with a 3-2 record.
By this time of the summer, a handful of the players end up sitting out. This was the team’s fifth game in eight nights and with nothing to play for, the Wolves opted to rest Okogie.
Keita Bates-Diop, like a few games before, took over the reigns in this one and led his team offensively. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block to his well-rounded line. This is the type of line we’ve come to expect from KBD. It will be tough for him to crack the rotation, but he certainly has some useful tools.
Amile Jefferson, who is leading the Summer League in rebounding at 13.5 per game, had a game that he’ll remember for a long time, although not because of the stats he put up. He scored five points and grabbed (just) nine rebounds, adding one assist, one steal and two blocks, but the most memorable aspect was he did this while losing one of his teeth mid-game.
In the third quarter Jefferson took a shot that jarred his tooth loose. He exited the game, but toughed it out and returned to the game. He easily could have thrown in the towel for the final 15 minutes of game left, but opted to keep on competing. That sort of mentality will endear himself to Thibodeau. He can always go to the dentist later.
Jared Terrell stepped up with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal. It hasn’t been the strongest summer for Terrell, who signed a two-way contract with the Wolves. He’ll hope to carry this performance into some good workouts this offseason and into training camp.
Isaiah Cousins had another strong game with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. His running mate Josh Gray scored 14 points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal. The two provided a major boost off the bench for the Wolves and allowed them to hold the lead at double-digits for the majority of the afternoon.
This game wraps up Summer League for the Wolves, but there is still plenty of basketball left on the tube. Overall it was a solid showing for the young Wolves. It’s much too early to make definitive conclusions, but it seems like the team did quite well in their draft.
October 19, 2019, 1:38 amGlenn Robinson IIISG, Golden State Warriors
Glenn Robinson scored 13 points (3-for-6 shooting), six rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals across 25 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Robinson will have a steady role as the starting small forward this season, but don't consider him more than anything as a weekly streamer for when the Warriors have a heavy week.
October 19, 2019, 1:33 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry continued his torrid pace in the preseason with 32 points (9-for-20 shooting), six 3-pointers, six assists, one rebound and one block in Friday's 124-103 win over the Lakers.
This preseason, Curry averaged more points than minutes played – a statistic that bodes quite well for those that took him in the top-5 of fantasy drafts. Curry is primed for more usage than he's had in years and as long as he's healthy, he can produce like the top overall fantasy player this season.
October 19, 2019, 1:28 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points (9-for-19 shooting) including six 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Russell let it fly on Friday and this is exactly the type of performance we hope to see regularly during the regular season. Contributing in points, assists, threes and free-throw percentage – consider Russell in the top-50 of fantasy drafts.
October 19, 2019, 1:21 amDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green logged 31 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers, adding nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and one three.
Green can always be counted on for solid production in rebounds, assists and defense. His ceiling is determined by his ability to score efficiently and with Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson injured, expect Green to get more opportunities than last season.
October 19, 2019, 1:18 amKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played 33 minutes in a starting role in Friday's 103-124 loss to the Warriors, accumulating 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting, five 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and a block.
Caldwell-Pope being featured so heavily on a night where the Lakers rested most of their regulars indicates he is not very high on the pecking order when it comes to the Lakers rotation. Consider him a threes and steals streamer on weeks where the Lakers have a heavy schedule.
October 19, 2019, 1:14 amZach NorvellPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Norvell came off the bench in Friday's loss to the Warriors and put up 29 points (8-for-17 shooting), five 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one block in a team-high 39 minutes.
It was another signature performance in the preseason for the undrafted rookie free agent. Norvell is proving himself worthy of keeping around for the Lakers, but don't expect him to factor into fantasy this season.
October 19, 2019, 1:11 amDevontae CacokPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Devonta Cacok notched a double-double in a losing effort against the Warriors on Friday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block.
Cacok got a rare start in this one along with Troy Daniels (five points, two rebounds, two steals and a three) and Jared Dudley (four points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one three). Don't expect any of these guys to have any value in standard leagues beyond the occasional stream.
October 19, 2019, 12:19 amChris SilvaC, Miami Heat
Ira Winderman reported on Twitter Friday night that Chris Silva will receive one of the two available two-way contract from the Heat.
An undrafted free agent and a former SEC co-defensive player of the year is off to a good start to his NBA career. With the Heat's track record of player development, keep him on your deep league watch lists.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 12:06 amDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson made his return to action on Friday from offseason shoulder surgery and logged 10 minutes, contributing three points, one assist, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Dotson has a lot more competition for minutes in 2019-20 compared to his bright performance as a pick-up streamer in 2018-19. He's also under the thumb of the evil coach David Fizdale roster-shuffling chaos machine. so it's best to leave him undrafted in most leagues, applying a wait-and-see approach for now.
October 19, 2019, 12:05 amAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Trudell reported on Twitter that Alex Caruso suffered a bone contusionon on his pelvis during Friday's game and will not return.
According to Trudell, the X-rays were negative but Caruso will undergo further testing when the team returns to Los Angeles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter