NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Thomas Robinson
    C-F, Free Agent

    Thomas Robinson has reached an agreement with the Sichuan Blue Whales where he will replace Maciej Lampe, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

    Robinson played with the Spurs in the Summer League but he couldn’t materialize his performance into a training camp deal and he will head back overseas. The No. 5 overall pick by the Kings in the 2012 NBA draft, he averaged 21.9 points and 13.6 rebounds playing in China last year.

    Source: Sportando

  • Norense Odiase
    , Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have waived guard David Kramer, center Norense Odiase and forward Tariq Owens, the team announced in a news release on Tuesday.

    All three players were in training camp on Exhibit 10 deals, meaning they very well could be headed to the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League. The Suns’ roster now stands at 16 players, with at least one more move needed before the regular season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    In an interview with David Fizdale, the coach mentioned that he would sprinkle in some point guard time for RJ Barrett due to his comfort with the ball in his hands.

    Barrett handled the ball plenty at Duke and his 4.3 assists per game show he had some success (though his 3.2 turnovers show he has room for improvement). The Knicks have plenty of rotation players that will handle the ball in Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle, but this year should be all about developing their young players. Barrett should have nice assist numbers for a wing you can draft in the late rounds.

    Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott sank four treys on his way to 14 points (5-for-10 FGs) in a loss to the Wolves on Tuesday.

    McDermott is a 3-point streamer and not much else these days. He provides very little else, especially now that he's likely to get under 20 minutes per game for the second season.

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday (upper respiratory infection) returned to the court on Tuesday against the Wolves, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Fellow point guard T.J. McConnell (10 points and eight assists in 20 minutes tonight) has been soaking up enough of the point-guard minutes, that Holiday's role isn't simply the full-time backup point guard that many fantasy players hoped. Edmond Sumner (upper respiratory infection) also played after previously being listed as questionable. Sumner had 11 points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze (ankle) impressed in his Pacers debut on Tuesday as he went for 14 points (6-for-9 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    It was a nice way to begin his career in Indy. Bitadze won't likely play this many minutes on a regular basis, but he should get enough minutes to warrant rostering in deep leagues right away. He's in a situation similar to fellow rookie big man Brandon Clarke. Both are currently blocked but have big dynasty value.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Tuesday in a 119-111 loss to the Wolves, putting up 11 points (3-for-7 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes.

    Sabonis is in line for a slightly bigger role this season, but he's still likely to be a very Enes Kanter-like big man. That is, he'll do everything a traditional center does without the blocks but with good free throw shooting.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns dominated on Tuesday with 33 points (13-for-20 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four threes in a 119-111 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis.

    What, no steals? Kidding. This is about all you could ask for from a top-5 fantasy pick. Towns had all of his strengths on display in limited minutes tonight. He should certainly be in consideration for the first pick in drafts.

  • Jarrett Culver
    G-F, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jarrett Culver came off the bench and dropped 15 points (7-for-14 FGs, 1-for-2 FTs), four rebounds, three assists and one steal on the Pacers in 20 minutes in a win on Tuesday.

    Culver's lines are looking respectable already with minutes in the low 20s. The 20-year-old will likely have some growing pains, but he looks like an all-around player to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. Josh Okogie also played 20 minutes off the bench and put up five points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier dished out seven assists in addition to nine points (2-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, two steals and two triples in 19 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Napier could find himself in a good position should anything happen to Jeff Teague this season. Even as it stands now, there aren't many other trusted ball handlers on the Wolves. Those in deep leagues should make sure he's rostered as he's shown great production in the past.

  • Jordan Bell
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jordan Bell (left calf strain) got his first action of the preseason on Tuesday and had four points (2-of-4 from the field) and five rebounds in seven minutes.

    Bell has a new opportunity with the Wolves this season and he returned to his crazy per-minute stats tonight. He's a definite watch, as he could get backup minutes at both the four and five spots. Bell only needs about 20 minutes per game to be worth starting in deeper leagues. Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) was available but did not play in this one.

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague didn't shoot well but had a solid night on Tuesday, providing nine points (3-for-14 FGs, 2-for-3 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Teague isn't the solid bet to finish inside the top-50 that he used to be, but he's a great value around pick 90 where he's been going in drafts.

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. (hip) shot 3-for-9 from the field for eight points, three boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    KPJ has had an up-and-down preseason and offseason, but it was nice to see him back on the floor after his hip injury. His path to playing time is a bit crowded to start the season, but he could see more time later in the season once the Cavs begin their youth movement.

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Coming off of a 17-point performance off the bench, Jake Layman didn't do much with a starting opportunity on Tuesday as he put up 10 points (3-for-7 FGs, 2-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Layman is under consideration for the starting small forward position in Minnesota. He had some good stretches last season, but he'll need to show more consistency to be considered in standard leagues. If he wins the job, keep a close watch on him.

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Darius Garland (ankle) shot 6-for-13 from field and 5-for-6 from the line for 20 points with two boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Garland looked over his ankle injury and moved well in this one. Similar to Collin Sexton, Garland has been good for scoring but is having trouble filling up the rest of the stat sheet. On a thin Cavs team, Garland is a deep-flier but is better suited for points leagues.