June 22, 2018, 12:00 am
With the No. 48 overall pick the Wolves selected Keita Bates-Diop out of Ohio State.
The 6’8″ forward has an interesting array of tools and expects to provide a lot of versatility. He has good length with a 7’3″ wingspan and figures to guard threes and fours at the next level. He’s also a deep threat, hitting 36 percent of his 3-pointers in his senior season.
Bates-Diop was projected to go late in the first round, so getting him deep in the second feels like good value for Minnesota. We took a dive into his potential fit on the Wolves at No. 20 a few weeks ago.
With Nemanja Bjelica hitting restricted free agency and Taj Gibson in the final year of his contract, the Wolves don’t have a long-term answer at the power-forward. Bates-Diop represents somewhat of an insurance plan.
Between first rounder Josh Okogie and Bates-Diop, the Wolves added a ton of length and defensive toughness in the draft. The front office and fans should be feeling pretty good about their haul.
No. 48 Pick: Keita Bates-Diop, Minnesota Timberwolves
Scored 1.392 points per shot around the rim in the half court [92nd percentile]
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 22, 2018
February 21, 2020, 11:29 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis suffered a bruised right calf in the first half of Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies but has since checked back into the game.
He seemed OK when he returned, but the lanky center is frequently getting dinged up. Fantasy owners should stay tuned and look for an update on his calf after the Lakers' game against the Grizzles.
February 21, 2020, 11:27 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
Dejounte Murray posted a fantastic two-way performance in a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Friday, recording 23 points (10-of-16 shooting), seven rebounds, one trey, four assists and four steals in 33 minutes.
Murray has been playing great basketball lately and hopefully, he can keep it consistent for the fantasy stretch run. The Spurs have a great schedule ahead and he's going to be a potential swing-player for many fantasy teams if he keeps this up.
February 21, 2020, 11:18 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis had a huge game on Friday vs. the T-Wolves, playing 27 minutes and scoring 25 points with 16 rebounds, both of which are new career-highs.
There is. Theis is back and better than ever. Enes Kanter did not play tonight, so that certainly helped him, but keep Theis entrenched in your fantasy lineups. He looks fully healthy and took advantage on Friday.
February 21, 2020, 11:03 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul absolutely took control of the game in the fourth quarter en route to 29 points (11-for-17 shooting), four triples, four rebounds and two assists as the Thunder beat the Nuggets 113-101.
Paul continues to be dynamite in crunch time this season as he hit big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter to hold off any comeback attempts by Jokic and the Nuggets. CP3 has been healthy and productive all season, one of the best stories of fantasy hoops in 2020.
February 21, 2020, 11:01 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby started Friday's game vs. the Suns and scored 12 points, grabbed five rebound and blocked four shots in 38 minutes.
Anunoby led the Raptors in minutes on Friday and this was a good showing for the young forward out of Indiana. However, he has been far too inconsistent to trust in 12-team leagues this season. If he can block shots like he did on Friday his value could see a nice little boost.
February 21, 2020, 11:01 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams had a great game on Friday, with 19 points (7-for-14 shooting), 17 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists across 32 minutes.
Adams turned in some of his trademark rebounding in this one, while chipping in some defensive stats as well. Adams is starting to heat up a bit but doesn't have the highest ceiling and will typically hurt you in free throws as well, though he went 5-for-6 tonight.
February 21, 2020, 10:57 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notched 11 points (4-for-14 shooting), nine rebounds, nine assists and a block in Friday's win over the Nuggets.
SGA did some good things in this one despite struggling with his shot. He mostly fed off Chris Paul who dominated the end of the game for the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari finished with 15 points (4-for-14 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, two triples and one seal in 32 minutes.
February 21, 2020, 10:57 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry double-doubled on Friday vs. the Suns, putting up 13 points, 10 assists and adding five rebounds.
Lowry also had a team-high six turnovers and was not all that effective shooting the ball. This was not one of his better games, but Lowry has maintained his mid-round fantasy value all season. With the Raptors playing increasingly better as the season progresses and looking at a home series in the first round of the playoffs, Lowry should finish very strong, barring injury
February 21, 2020, 10:53 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic didn't miss much in Friday's 101-113 loss to the Thunder, finishing with 32 points (12-for-15 shooting), seven rebounds, five assists, one triple, one steal and one block.
The longer the season goes on the better Jokic tends to get and this season has been no different. The Serbian big man seems to be coming into his own as a scorer this season which will only improve his already stellar fantasy game.
February 21, 2020, 10:51 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray scored 21 points (8-for-16 shooting), six rebounds, four assists, one triple, one steal and one block on Friday.
Murray slipped and looked like he might have tweaked his groin at one point in this game but he finished with no apparent issues. Keep an eye on any news that may come out about this as time goes on, but he's been heating up lately and should remain a confident play down the stretch.