July 11, 2018, 10:53 pm
Throughout Summer League play, one aspect of the game has remained constant for the Wolves has been their defense. In four games, the team has held opponents to 73.8 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting. That aspect of the summer has to please Tom Thibodeau. Unfortunately for all the good performances on defense, the team has struggled on the offensive side of the ball.
Once again they just couldn’t muster up enough points to match their stellar defense, falling to the Pistons 64-59 in the first round of tournament play. The loss means the Wolves have just a single game remaining, which will come on Friday against the loser of the Raptors-Nuggets contest.
Luckily for these young Wolves, it’s their defensive effort and effectiveness that will earn them a role with the team come the fall. In that regard Josh Okogie, once again, dazzled. He tallied four blocks, two steals and five rebounds in the game and had a number of highlight reel plays. He scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, missing all of his four 3-point attempts, and failing to generate an assist.
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Here he gets beat off the dribble, but he’s so long and athletic that he’s able to recover and not only contest, but block the shot. Okogie has had multiple steals or blocks in each game thus far.
Keita Bates-Diop was the main source of offense with 16 points but on just 7-of-19 shooting (1-of-9 on 3-pointers). He also turned the ball over seven times compared to just one assist. Both draftees have, more-or-less, struggled with their jump shots, but KBD has found some success when attacking the rim.
Amile Jefferson once again dominated the glass with 15 rebounds, though few other stats. He added just six points and two assists to his line.
Charles Cooke had a quick burst in the first half scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting. He was also a factor on defense. He’s possibly played well enough to earn a look at training camp, and he has prior NBA experience.
Jonathan Stark came off the bench and scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. He’s been one of the more consistent bench options for the Wolves.
The final time to catch the young Wolves before training camp begins will be on Friday.
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