• Once upon a time, there were really only three reasons why an NBA player would miss a regular season game.

    The first and most obvious one is injury. These are professional athletes we are talking about and when large men compete for money and championships, body parts tend to suffer from time to time. But, the injury risk writeups are elsewhere in this here Draft Guide so we’re just going to accept that poop happens and that’s a part of the game we play.

    The second is suspension or some other non-injury occurrence that would cause players to miss time. Short of getting popped for PEDs or other drugs, these can be rather unpredictable life events so it’s hard to factor in to evaluating players for fantasy purposes. If you know someone is going to be suspended, you will obviously adjust your rankings accordingly. If you know someone like Draymond Green is going to collect technical fouls from referees passing them out like Halloween candy, that’s also something you factor in to your rankings. But that risk is fairly minimal even if it may cost a player a game or two down the line.

    The third is what we have gathered at this end of the internet for, which is the risk of a shutdown. This concept has been around for some time. Lousy teams have nothing to play for other than increased odds of improved draft picks so they don’t want to risk creating or further exacerbating an injury their star players. We can generally spot the crappy teams and make some educated guesses as to who could take a seat when the fantasy playoffs come around. The problem with that is that it isn’t just the players on losing teams that we need to worry about anymore.

    Now the new hotness is the fourth and newly trendy reason why NBA players would miss regular season games. That is the now infamous concept of “load management.” So while losing teams do not want risk future long-term health issues, while winning teams now don’t want to risk short-term issues going into the postseason. So players will take “load management” or rest games, most commonly on back-to-backs but occasionally for games with at least 1 day off prior as well.

    I don’t need to remind you all of Kawhi Leonard now do I? Leonard played in only 60 games to have adequate rest periods before heading into the slog of the NBA Playoffs. And guess what, for all intents and purposes, it worked! So now the rest of the league gets to mimic the success of Leonard and the Toronto Raptors with the understanding that the regular season is long and monotonous and the goal is to get into the second season as close to unscathed as possible.

    You’ll also want to note that players returning from a serious injury are at a greater risk of getting nights off here and there. Anyone coming off surgery is immediately a candidate to miss back-to-backs, especially early in the year.

    So we’re going to use this space to try and figure out who is at risk of rest of any kind whether a result of either winning or losing. Since teams can really only do one of those two things when it comes to competitive basketball, we’ve now found ourselves in a potential minefield that we’ll help you navigate when it comes to considerations that you’ll need to prepare for come draft season. The most important thing to bear in mind is that just slightly over 10% of all NBA players who stepped onto the court played in 80 games or more last season. That means chances are you’re going to pick a player who is going to get rested one way or another just by sheer mathematics.

    Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks are another year closer to exiting rebuild mode and have a very promising young core to manage. Making sure their baby birds are kept nice and upright is going to be important so they can take flight in the East a few years from now, but for this season, the Hawks need to learn how to win ballgames together. Can’t do that from the bench. Still, if nagging injuries happen, which have slowed John Collins’ NBA growth a bit, Cam Reddish’s season at Duke and have been a huge part of Allen Crabbe and Jabari Parker’s careers, shutdown risk would be on the radar since the playoffs are unlikely for this team once again.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Allen Crabbe, Jabari Parker, John Collins, Trae Young, Alex Len, Cam Reddish
    Potential rest days: Allen Crabbe

    Boston Celtics

    The Celtics had themselves quite an offseason. At the end of almost an entire year of tumult in Beantown, the C’s lost a ton of talent in Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, Al Horford and Marcus Morris, but did bring in a new face of the franchise in Kemba Walker. Early projections are that the Celtics may not be the feared conference machine they once were, but they should easily be in the playoff picture. They’re also not typically associated with resting players and may not even have the luxury to do that when fighting for playoff position. At the same time, Kemba, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart were all on the USA World Cup team and there is the possibility that tired legs could catch up to them later in the season. On paper this is still a solid team in the East, but because their depth will be challenged and the playoff picture is likely to be muddled, the chances of not playing their stars late in the season feels rather low.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Gordon Hayward
    Potential rest days: Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Enes Kanter

    Brooklyn Nets

    Fresh off their first playoff appearance in years, the Nets decided to make their big moves by signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to mega deals. It wasn’t just those two stars either. This is a revamped Nets lineup with new veteran faces that have been added around a young core that’s developed together for the past couple of seasons. The Nets also tend to manage rest a little differently. They do have rest days, but not as frequently as the rest of the league. Rather they tend to cap minutes for their players so they’re not grinding them in the mid-to-high-30s range on a nightly basis. But given Kyrie’s history of knee issues, Caris LeVert’s near catastrophic ankle injury, and other veteran players getting up there in age, those rest days may increase a bit. Also, since Durant is going to miss a significant chunk if not all of the season, the Nets will still need their best players to play if they want to make additional strides up the conference.

    High risk: N/A — does Kevin Durant count?
    Moderate risk: DeAndre Jordan, Wilson Chandler, Caris LeVert
    Potential rest days: Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, DeAndre Jordan

    Charlotte Hornets

    Let’s just call the Hornets what they are, a terrible basketball team. They replaced the one player keeping them afloat in Kemba Walker with Terry Rozier, who is very much not Kemba Walker. They did little else to build a team that at best has been a fringe playoff contender in a lousy division and conference. The Hornets brass has come out and said the younger players are going to play a lot and shutdown will be a big risk for some of the older and more injury prone players like Nic Batum and Marvin Williams with additional consideration for Cody Zeller and MKG. Beyond that, this team is going lose a lot of games, but do it with their young guys and fringe players just what sticks when they fling poop against the wall 82 times from October to April.

    High risk: Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams
    Moderate risk: Cody Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    Potential rest days: N/A

    Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls could be a plucky underdog this season. After the start of last season was filled with drama and dysfunction, the Bulls started to gel a bit more and play harder under new no-nonsense head coach Jim Boylen. Because they could flirt with a playoff run, it wouldn’t surprise if rest days were at a minimum. At the same time, a number of their promising young players have dealt with various injuries and if things fall to hell again then we could see a number of Bulls not suit up. Beyond the massive risk in Kris Dunn, who seemingly wears out his welcome in Chicago annually, some of the Bulls’ more injury-prone core would be at shutdown risk if you’re pessimistic about their chances of being something other than a league punchline.

    High risk: Kris Dunn
    Moderate risk: Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr.
    Potential rest days: Wendell Carter Jr.

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    In year two of life after LeBron, the Cavs are going to spend their second consecutive season in basketball hell. Losing a lot of games will typically bring about shutdowns, but we don’t know what new coach John Beilein will allow for rest. Instead of rest days and traditional tanking shutdown, there is a little bit of different risk with this Cavs team if you dare to draft any of them. With a number of contracts set to expire including Tristan Thompson, Jordan Clarkson, John Henson, and Cedi Osman, there could be a ton of lost value with this team with trades both in and out of Cleveland. There isn’t a lot of fantasy relevance here to begin with, but you have even more to concern yourself with if you are still hoping for the Cedi breakout or for Jordan to do something other than “pulling a Clarkson.”

    High risk: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson
    Moderate risk: Cedi Osman, Jordan Clarkson, John Henson
    Potential rest days: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson

    Dallas Mavericks

    The post-Dirk Mavericks have sights on the playoffs despite the intense competition out West. Having a newfound core of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis would beget that kind of optimism. But if things don’t go the way they hope then Rick Carlisle would be justified in not grinding his young stars into the dirt, especially considering the Unicorn’s major knee injury that cost him all of last season. Everyone else on this team is fairly safe to drudge out the season, win or lose.

    High risk: Kristaps Porzingis
    Moderate risk: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr.
    Potential rest days: Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr.

    Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets are running back a fringe contender that faded toward the end of last season. To fix that, they bolstered their bench to the point where you could say their depth is the envy of the league. Save for some of their young players who may still not be 100%, there’s very little rest or shutdown risk. Their stars approach games with the mentality of needing to kidnap them for them not to play. But the added depth does bring about a smidge of possibility of rest days, even if it wasn’t part of their approach last season. And Mike Malone’s admission that a few core guys might get some nights off puts a damper on things, even if we’re not too worried about Denver.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Michael Porter Jr., Bol Bol
    Potential rest days: Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray

    Detroit Pistons

    A good, albeit flawed playoff team, the Pistons will bring back a majority of last year’s team with a couple new faces added to the mix. Since it’s tough to say based on their roster that there will be any significant changes in the standings either way, we would expect Dwane Casey to play his guys night in and night out as they fight for one the last couple playoff spots. If the Pistons’ engines sputter out before they expected them to, then the risk of shutdown could become reality for their stars and vets. The Pistons vets are likely to fight until the bitter end and even the slightest shutdown risk shouldn’t affect their fantasy values at all.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Markieff Morris, Derrick Rose
    Potential rest days: Blake Griffin

    Golden State Warriors

    Everyone wants to pen the tale of the Warriors’ demise, but I’m sure that Steph, Klay and Draymond will be more than happy to give them writer’s block. Rest days have typically been built in for the Warriors stars and we would expect this year to be no different. The biggest rest related question mark will be for Klay Thompson and how he looks and feels when he returns to the court after his knee surgery. Beyond Klay, depth will again be an issue for the Dubs which will mean that Steve Kerr can rest his guys, but not he won’t have the luxury of doing it that often — especially with the balance of power changing.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Klay Thompson
    Potential rest days: Steph Curry, Draymond Green, D’Angelo Russell, Klay Thompson

    Houston Rockets

    After two consecutive near-misses, the Rockets are pushing their chips in once again. There’s going to be no shutdowns here but a major question of rest. James Harden and Russell Westbrook have been two of the most durable and dependable stars of the last few seasons, but Rockets GM Daryl Morey has repeatedly said this offseason that the guarantee of those two suiting up for all 82 is all but gone. Even with some rest built in you’re not hesitating to take Harden outside of the top 2 or 3 and Russ and Capela outside of the early rounds. The only risk is if you think that Morey saw the Kawhi Leonard approach and became jealous he didn’t think of it.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: N/A
    Potential rest days: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, Tyson Chandler, Nene

    Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers could be a very sneaky contender depending on the health of Victor Oladipo. If he comes back and is his old self, then we could be looking at a deep team that can afford to provide a game off to some of their core players including Myles Turner, TJ Warren, and Malcolm Brogdon — especially with the way Warren and Brogdon dealt with not-insignificant injuries last year. None of those three have been NBA ironmen and the additional rest may help in the long run. Dipo is easily the biggest question mark and how healthy he looks and feels after an extended absence.

    High risk: Victor Oladipo
    Moderate risk: N/A
    Potential rest days: Victor Oladipo, Malcolm Brogdon, TJ Warren, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis

    LA Clippers

    The current and arguable favorites to win the Larry O’Brien are now the employers of the poster child of “load management.” Kawhi Leonard took rest days to an extreme and sat out a quarter of the regular season games available to him in order to be fully healthy for the playoffs and, as you know by now, the NBA Finals. Leonard’s siestas drove fantasy owners absolutely crazy when dealing with daily or even weekly lineups. Now that he finally decided to head back to his SoCal home and is two years removed from his quad injury that sent his Spurs relationship into a tailspin, will that mean he plays in more games, or was last season the blueprint for how The Klaw will approach regular seasons moving forward?

    With Paul George and other Clippers veterans likely to miss time to recover from injury and be healthy for a title run, there might not be a bigger question in the 2019-2020 fantasy season then how many games will Kawhi and PG-13 play this season? Rest is a certainty, but how much of it will determine if it’s worth a gamble to take either player toward the end of the 1st and early 2nd rounds.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Paul George
    Potential rest days: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Maurice Harkless

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Those other Staples Center tenants, you know — the ones who haven’t been to the playoffs or had a winning season since 2013, also went and made a big splash in the offseason. Anthony Davis now joins LeBron James on the Lakers and since James showed that his body isn’t made of titanium and Davis’s body looks like it could be made of kindling most seasons, you can bet that the Lakers will do everything possible to manage their reps so that they’re not found on a trainer’s table for prolonged periods of time. The King & The Brow are surrounded by veterans who have been nicked up over the course of their careers and a number of rest days will be coming for them as well.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Dwight Howard
    Potential rest days: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee

    Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies have signaled a rebuild by trading away their stalwarts from the Grit & Grind era, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Because of some of the talent surrounding their future stars, they could surprise despite intense competition out West. However, chances are they’ll be on the outside looking in come April and that will mean the Grizz will be cautious with their stars and building blocks. Jonas Valanciunas has long been a fantasy favorite, but on a team that will likely struggle, he could easily find himself shut down near the end to avoid significant injury. Jaren Jackson Jr. was shut down due to a nagging quad injury last year so you can also bet that they’ll do the same if he, Ja Morant, or Brandon Clarke show the slightest bit of wear and tear. The Grizzlies won’t risk their very promising future just to win an extra game or two of a sunken season.

    High risk: Jonas Valanciunas, Andre Iguodala
    Moderate risk: Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jae Crowder, Brandon Clarke
    Potential rest days: Jonas Valanciunas, Andre Iguodala

    Miami Heat

    Pat Riley doesn’t believe in rebuilding so he went and got himself Jimmy Butler to be the centerpiece of the post-Wade Miami Heat. In theory, we shouldn’t worry too much about Butler needing rest or being at risk of shutdown, but then again, it helps to remember that Butler has missed 15 games or more in five of his last six seasons. Butler is surrounded by a deep, but aging Heat team that has dealt with its fair share of injury issues. They’ll be on the playoff fringes of the East again, but if for some reason they’re not, these vets could sit and Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr. and Tyler Herro could get all the run they could handle in their place.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters
    Potential rest days: Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters

    Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks will likely enter the 2019-2020 season as the Eastern favorites and that may bring about some added caution during the regular season. With Kawhi Leonard now out West in LA, Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the conference’s apex predator, but even the best hunters need to have fully functional and healthy limbs to do their killing. Giannis had some lingering knee issues so a few rest days may come in to play for the Bucks’ franchise player. Veterans like the Lopez twins, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and Wes Matthews could all miss the occasional game to stay fresh throughout the regular and postseasons. Barring injury, none are likely to miss a significant chuck of time just for rest purposes that would affect their fantasy values.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: N/A
    Potential rest days: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, George Hill

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves aren’t likely to reach the postseason yet again, but they certainly will be playing hard under their new full-time head coach Ryan Saunders. Karl-Anthony Towns is going as high as #1 overall because of his pristine medical history and will play his heart out through good seasons and bad. Andrew Wiggins may never turn into the player everyone thought he could be, but you better believe that the Wolves will keep him on the court to get their money’s worth. Since Robert Covington and Jeff Teague carry the most injury risk on this team, it also means they carry the most risk for shutdown and rest as well.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Robert Covington, Jeff Teague
    Potential rest days: Robert Covington, Jeff Teague

    New Orleans Pelicans

    The range of possibilities for the Pelicans is all over the map. They could be a feel-good playoff story, or they could be doormat while they struggle to figure out how to maximize Zion Williamson’s sky-high potential. Any number of Pelicans players could be at risk of shutdown if things do sideways, especially their team’s salvation Zion. However, no one possesses more risk than Jrue Holiday. When the Anthony Davis fiasco went down, Holiday became the subject of trade rumors and you can bet the vultures will be circling if the Pels are a double-digit seed come February. Even if he isn’t moved, you can bet they will be ultra-cautious with him if he so much as catches a cold and the games don’t have any meaning for the team. Mix in the checkered injury histories of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and we could see a very different Pelicans team if they engage in silly season lineups.

    High risk: Jrue Holiday
    Moderate risk: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Derrick Favors
    Potential rest days: Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick, Derrick Favors

    New York Knicks

    The Knicks would love it if you stopped referring to them as a dumpster fire so the first step in doing that will be limiting the amount of rest they allow their players. Sure the Knicks went thrift shopping for some veterans, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be shut down when they inevitably become fixated with ping-pong balls. No, after missing out on the marquee names of free agency, the Knicks are now invested in the culture wars with the Nets, and that means trying to put out a competitive product night in and night out. The only guys that might find themselves shut down are their prize investments for the future or the true veteran presence types.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Taj Gibson, Wayne Ellington
    Potential rest days: N/A

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Russell Westbrook era officially ended in OKC and the Thunder are now in flux. By trading away both Russ and Paul George, the Thunder could compete for a playoff spot, while simultaneously planning for the future. The question fantasy owners need to think of is just how quickly that future will arrive this coming season. If the team struggles and can’t find a suitor for Chris Paul, then it feels like a near certainty he’ll get shut down. The same could be said for Danilo Gallinari should they decide to re-sign him or let him try for one more big pay day. There might not be a riskier group of veterans to invest in then the ones currently on the Thunder roster.

    High risk: Chris Paul, Andre Roberson
    Moderate risk: Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroeder
    Potential rest days: Chris Paul, Andre Roberson, Danilo Gallinari

    Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic brought back Nik Vucevic and added some more pieces to a team that was quietly one of the better ones in the league after the All-Star break. They are expected to compete again in the East and have some improved depth to afford to give Vuc and Aaron Gordon a rest here and there. The shutdown risk stems from Markelle Fultz and Mo Bamba. These are project players that could work out, but only if their health cooperates. If it doesn’t, the Magic wouldn’t need to panic, but they probably wouldn’t want to jeopardize their futures by forcing them to play through their injuries.

    High risk: Markelle Fultz
    Moderate risk: D.J. Augustin, Mo Bamba
    Potential rest days: Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon

    Philadelphia 76ers

    The Sixers went from spending weeks going “What If” after Kawhi’s shot fell, to “What the Hell” by securing Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, and Al Horford to major deals to give them a legitimate chance at a title from now until the 2022-2023 season. Last time we checked, title contenders don’t shut players down very often, but nowadays they do rest their stars plenty. Joel Embiid is the prime candidate to have a lot of rest built into his schedule and no one investing an early pick in him is expecting more than 65 games regardless. If you wanted to point to one flaw in the Sixers it’s that their bench is questionable at best and so the health of their starters and the need for their rest takes on added significance.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: N/A
    Potential rest days: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Al Horford, Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson

    Phoenix Suns

    The shutdown risk is always very real with the Suns. Some old veterans left and some new veterans came in and either way the team will still be fortunate to not be the worst team in the West. The Suns won’t mess around with the health of their two biggest financial investments in Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio as they stare down another lottery. Monty Williams gets a second chance to lead a team so rest days outside of Booker may seem unlikely as the Suns try to search for yet another new identity.

    High risk: Ricky Rubio
    Moderate risk: Devin Booker, Aron Baynes, Dario Saric, Tyler Johnson
    Potential rest days: Devin Booker

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Some teams are just easy to figure out. The Trail Blazers fight from start to finish and the team takes their cues from their indestructible leader Damian Lillard. Other than monitoring Jusuf Nurkic after his compound fracture, you can expect the Blazers to show up night in and night out so long as they are healthy enough to play.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Jusuf Nurkic
    Potential rest days: N/A

    Sacramento Kings

    The Kings made a bunch of strides in the De’Aaron Fox/Buddy Hield/Marvin Bagley Jr. era and felt that now was the time to pay up for a number of supporting cast veterans like Harrison Barnes, Trevor Ariza, and Dewayne Dedmon. It’s a fairly combustible mix and the additions provide no guarantee that the Kings will make it back to the postseason. Therefore, there needs to be a bit of caution that losing could result in vets and key youngsters sitting. The shutdown risk as a whole is probably low at the start of the season, but the Kings have a history of doing Kangz things which could lead to everyone folding until next season.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon
    Potential rest days: De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley Jr., Harry Giles III, Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza

    San Antonio Spurs

    Pop and rest days? Pshaw! The Spurs stay Spurs and try to maximize every win possible despite some of their stars getting up there in age. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan have been largely durable, but they may manage Rudy Gay a bit given the amount of missed time he’s accumulated due to injury. Otherwise, Dejounte Murray will be the one to monitor coming off a major knee injury. Given the Spurs’ depth with Derrick White and Patty Mills, it won’t make a lot of sense to force Murray to play if his knee isn’t 100% or if the Spurs (gasp) find themselves outside of the playoff picture.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Dejounte Murray
    Potential rest days: Dejounte Murray, Rudy Gay

    Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi may be gone, but the Raptors are still plenty good enough to make a playoff run and scare some of the East’s top teams without him. There’s a lot more competition in the East and less room for error between seeds so shutdown risk or too many rest days here would likely be low. Still Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka aren’t getting any younger so a game off here and there is pretty probable.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: N/A
    Potential rest days: Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka

    Utah Jazz

    The retooled Jazz are going for it. Not content with being in the middle of the pack out West, the Jazz added Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis to give them as much depth as they’ve had in quite some time. Knowing that they’re going to want to play deep into May and possibly June, there might be some rest days built in for some of their stars that they’d normally not take in the middle of a playoff race. It’s purely speculative and any rest here poses minimal fantasy risk, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Conley, Mitchell, and Gobert missed a game or two of back-to-backs.

    High risk: N/A
    Moderate risk: Dante Exum
    Potential rest days: Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell

    Washington Wizards

    The Wizards roster is the stuff of nightmares. Bradley Beal doesn’t want to rest, but given that he’s going to have to carry this team of misfits without John Wall, he’d be wise to change his mind. But given that’s unlikely to happen, and there’s only so much gold you can mine out of this turd, you can probably avoid worrying too much about whether or not there’s going to be shutdown risk. The Isaiah Thomas reclamation story is now in its, I don’t know, 5th chapter so if that goes like the 4th one did, then you can assume that he won’t be seeing meaningful minutes when the fantasy games really matter. The only other x-factor is Scott Brooks and whether or not he’s still running this team come New Year’s Eve.

    High risk: Isaiah Thomas, John Wall
    Moderate risk: CJ Miles
    Potential rest days: N/A

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