NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Alex Len goes for 23 & 13 in close loss to Spurs

    Alex Len scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Suns’ 118-111 loss to the Spurs on Sunday.

    Len did not have a steal or block but he did hit all five of his free throws.  Earl Watson told Len that he needed to shoot on sight and that he needed a big night for the Suns to win.  Len’s ankle issue is fading in the rear-view mirror, but his history of ankle injuries and injuries in general are not going away for a while. Still, this is the upside that had us calling him a must-own player and you need to stop what you’re doing and add him if he somehow went unowned.

  • Alex Len goes for 23 & 13 in close loss to Spurs

    Alex Len scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Suns’ 118-111 loss to the Spurs on Sunday.

    Len did not have a steal or block but he did hit all five of his free throws.  Earl Watson told Len that he needed to shoot on sight and that he needed a big night for the Suns to win.  Len’s ankle issue is fading in the rear-view mirror, but his history of ankle injuries and injuries in general are not going away for a while. Still, this is the upside that had us calling him a must-own player and you need to stop what you’re doing and add him if he somehow went unowned.

  • Kris Humphries mostly listless in 24 minutes of action

    Kris Humphries scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 uneventful minutes on Sunday against the Spurs.

    Stop trying to make Kris Humphries happen, Suns. This has clearly been a ‘look at what we got at the trade deadline’ play by management because on the floor Humphries gobbled up minutes while being outplayed by all the other big men.  His stat set isn’t good enough to survive low utilization, so luckily owners don’t have to mess around with him outside of 16-18 team leagues, but the Suns need to keep him in a backup or third string center role because the Humphries-Len or Humphries-Chandler combo is going to get relentlessly torched. 

  • Devin Booker gets less minutes than Phil Pressey

    Devin Booker, supposed the team’s top scorer according to Earl Watson, played less minutes than new pickup Phil Pressey.

    Booker scored 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes, while Phil Pressey scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks, four turnovers and five fouls in 28 minutes.  We were concerned about Booker’s value before Watson started looking like a very flaky coach, and we’d probably see this out a few more games but Booker’s owners should be on red alert.  Pressey is not a fantasy option unless it turns out that Watson sees himself in Pressey and can’t stop playing him, and we’ll cross that bridge at a later time.  Did we mention that Ronnie Price started at point guard and got 20 minutes tonight?

  • Mirza Teletovic scores 14 points, hits three triples

    Mirza Teletovic scored 14 points off the bench on Sunday against the Spurs, hitting 5-of-13 shots (including three treys) with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 foul-plagued minutes.

    Teletovic is an adventure defensively and he is a shoot-on-sight guy, and when you level all the peaks and valleys out if he were to somehow sustain a 29 mpg role it would be a late-round value.  If you want to sign up for that roller coaster and that ROI, give him a look.

  • Jon Leuer shines in just 18 minutes vs. Spurs

    Jon Leuer played just 18 minutes off the bench on Sunday but made play after play, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting (including a three), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    With the way Leuer was playing either Earl Watson predetermined his rotation before the game, had pressure from above to make the acquisition of Kris Humphries look good, or the coach with less than two years experience at any level is in way over his head.  We don’t say that lightly or because we rated Leuer highly, either. He was just that good and was part of the reason the Suns were in the game, leading the Suns with a +/- of +3 on the night.  Truth be told we’re a little freaked out that Watson is a tinkerer after seeing Devin Booker get 24 minutes, Ronnie Price get 20 minutes, and recently acquired Phil Pressey get 28 minutes despite not playing all that well.  So by the numbers and by the talent Leuer was a resounding success today and we’re still calling him a must-own player in 12-team leagues.  Owners should know, however, that this has train wreck written all over it. 

  • Archie Goodwin goes for 14 and seven in loss

    Archie Goodwin scored 14 points off the bench on Sunday, hitting 5-of-14 shots (including a three) with seven rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Goodwin did well to get what he got today but the writing is on the wall and now Earl Watson is looking like a tinkerer, too.  There are all sorts of land mines to his value right now and that’s before Brandon Knight gets back.  He’s a drop candidate in 14-team leagues and maybe even 16-teamers, too.

  • Tony Parker scores 22 points in win over Phoenix

    Tony Parker scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 5-of-8 FTs) with two rebounds and four assists in Sunday’s win over the Suns.

    Parker has been cruising around at a late-round level and with the Spurs very much wanting home court advantage where they can get it this season, we’re not banking on quite as many DNP-Pops.  LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 & 10 with a block and steal to give owners a nice little sell-high moment.

  • Danny Green posts five money counters, 11 points

    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks over 34 minutes on Sunday against the Suns.

    The Suns are reeling but who cares when you’re a Danny Green owner.  He has finally gotten to a good place for owners, returning top 55-80 value (9/8 cat) over the last month with 45 percent field goal shooting and 4.1 money counters per game in 28.4 mpg.  We stuck him at No. 68 in our rest-of-season 8-cat rankings because his regression potential was off the chart and no we don’t feel great about it. 

  • Patty Mills goes off for 21 points, six triples

    Patty Mills took advantage of the Suns on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including six threes) with three rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

    Mills has about a month of late-round value under his belt while he has been on a heater, hitting 47.8 percent of his shots over a 12 game span.  A two-month split is much more instructive of his true value, as he has returned top 160-190 value (9/8 cat) in 20 mpg with a 43.3 percent mark from the field and all of the typical statistics. It seems like an add now in 12-14 team formats would simply be chasing. Rasual Butler also got loose with 12 points, one trey, six boards, three steals and one block, which probably isn’t going to happen again this season.

  • David Lee to be signed by Mavs; John Jenkins to be released

    David Lee will be signed and John Jenkins will be released on Monday according to Rick Carlisle.

    Lee might have some nominal value in points leagues but in standard leagues he has a long ways to go before proving his worth.  16-team owners can feel free to consider a speculative add but that’s about it.

  • Report: Anderson Varejao reaches agreement with the Warriors

    Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Anderson Varejao has reached an agreement with the Warriors, and Marc Spears reported that Jason Thompson will be cut to make room.

    Varejao probably won’t be in the rotation and he’s basically girth insurance in case Andrew Bogut gets hurt and/or Festus Ezeli can’t get back on the floor. Thompson wasn’t a great fit in the Warriors’ passing scheme and defensively he’s not great in space, so it just never worked out.  He has a great shot of being picked up by another squad, however.

  • Nikola Jokic totally redeems himself in loss

    Nikola Jokic had his ninth double-double of the season in the Nuggets’ 121-101 home loss to the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including a three) with 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Jokic had four fouls and one really bad turnover in four minutes of action before Michael Malone had seen enough on Friday, and with the way Malone plays the hot hand there was some understandable concern that maybe Jokic had created a window of opportunity for Joffrey Lauvergne.  Nope. Lauvergne followed his massive Friday up with two minutes of playing time tonight, and Jusuf Nurkic (12 minutes, four points, one steal, one block) had his normal limited role. We had Jokic ranked No. 45 in our 8-cat rest-of-season Bruski 150 ranks and upside like this is why.

  • Emmanuel Mudiay tightens it up against Boston

    Emmanuel Mudiay hit 5-of-9 shots (2-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, three assists and two steals over 31 minutes on Sunday against the Celtics.

    One game isn’t going to take away all of his efficiency concerns but this is a good look for the rookie in fantasy leagues.  He had four turnovers and we’ve more or less positioned him as a must-own player in 8-cat leagues for his upside, and a gambler’s play in 9-cat leagues for the chance he can tighten it up.  We know the minutes and popcorn numbers will be there.

  • Kenneth Faried leaves Sunday’s game because of illness

    Kenneth Faried played just 13 minutes due to an illness on Sunday against the Celtics.

    Faried had one rebound and one assist and his top-110 value doesn’t lend itself to understanding over stuff like this, in particular when he’s not close to meeting his ADP.  He needs to get 27-31 minutes to truly make an impact in fantasy leagues and there are a lot of big men nipping at his heels in Denver.  Faried is a hold but he’ll need to turn it around relatively soon.