• Alan Williams (illness) expects to play Thursday vs. the Nets after surprisingly missing Tuesday’s loss to the Heat.

    Williams said he may have had food poisoning in Miami but is feeling better. Look for him to suit up Thursday if all is well and return to his role as the energy big off the bench. Knowing the Suns, we won’t know if Big Sauce will be active until mid-way through the 2nd quarter but he is worth the risk if you need big man stats. Williams has been averaging a double-double and a block in March so fire him up.

     

Fantasy News

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George admitted he had some concerns over his shoulders until a few weeks ago, but he will be entering the bubble in "the best form he can be".

    Shoulder issues have hampered George over the last couple of seasons. When at 100 percent, PG13 performs like an MVP candidate, but his scoring role can really diminish when these sorts of injuries drag him down. Even with just 29 mpg, George has been struggling through injuries this year. His averages remain early-round assets, but the Clippers are never going to push him to force the issue during the regular season, and he's unlikely to be taxing himself during the regular season matchups inside the bubble.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard's role greatly increased in year three with the Pistons, as he grew into a top-100/101 per-game player (8-cat/9-cat) on the back of 15.8 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 treys and .893 shooting from the line.

    The Pistons were ready to hand the reigns to Kennard, and he was able to deliver when healthy. However, he only appeared in 28 games, which is reflected in his 252/248 total value (8-cat/9-cat). Kennard should be fully healed form bilateral knee soreness when next season arrives, but even if one projects him taking on a larger offensive role for the Pistons, it's difficult to target him before the later rounds with so many injury questions surrounding him. Moreover, nonexistent steal (.4) and block (.2) averages limit the upside to be found in Kennard.

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose was a pleasant fantasy surprise this season, posting a career-high .490 field goal percentage, alongside .871 shooting from the line, 5.6 assists and 18.1 points per game.

    If Rose could ever find a way to do anything else besides scoring, assists and percentages he would be on his way to early-round value in fantasy, but he has settled into a nice role as the starting point guard for the Pistons. Still just 31 years old, Rose was a top-81/96 per game player (8-cat/9-cat), and was often selected at the end of 12-team drafts. Rose stayed relatively healthy this season, and as long as that's the case next year, he should be all set for a repeat performance. The Pistons will likely add a young guard with promise to the roster, but Rose should have a good chance to retain the starting job.

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    After being stashed in anticipation, Christian Wood lived up to expectations when given the opportunity, setting himself up as a popular target as he enters free agency.

    As a sub for 50 games, Wood averaged 10.9 pts, 5.5 rebs, .7 asts, .7 3-pointers, .9 blks and .5 stls. Those numbers leapt off the boxscore over a dozen games as a starter, 21.9 pts, 9.4 rebs, 2.3 asts, 1.7 3-pointers, .8 blks and .8 stls. The jump from 18 to 34 mpg naturally helped these advances, but Wood proved he is a worthy mid-round asset when given the chance. He could very well return to Detroit and do similar things as a starter next to Blake Griffin, just as Andre Drummond did for several seasons, but he is bound to have a number of suitors this offseason. Wood can do it all from a fantasy perspective, and a full season as a goto option with the Pistons could produce a top-40 campaign.

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown saw his workload jump to 28.2 mpg and the results largely followed, as Brown posted 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists over 58 games.

    Brown is capable of doing a little bit of everything and serves as a worthy fill-in whenever the usual stars are unavailable for the Pistons. Injuries hounded Blake Griffin and Luke Kennard, and the departure of Andre Drummond also opened up more chances for Brown to emerge. For a rebuilding franchise like the Pistons, Brown figures to be a regular piece of the rotation next season, and if he focuses on improving his shooting from deep (.344 on 1.7 3PTA) he could look like a 12-team asset if the Pistons fail to make offseason additions.

  • Langston Galloway
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Langston Galloway had a serviceable campaign as an off the bench scorer for the Pistons, finishing as a top-204/175 per-game player (8-cat/9-cat).

    Over 25.8 mpg, Galloway put together 10.3 points and two 3-pointers with little else for the offensively-inept Pistons. His 3-pointer sharpened to a career-best .399 percent on 5.0 attempts. He's not the most exciting fantasy option, but in deeper formats, Galloway is a reliable end of the roster guard. His role is likely to decrease as he enters free agency and could depart Detroit this offseason.

  • Svi Mykhailiuk
    SF, Detroit Pistons

    Svi Myhailiuk made solid progress during his sophomore campaign with the Pistons, registering as a top-230/234 per-game player (8/9-cat).

    After seeing 42 games during his initial season with the Pistons, Myhailiuk was a key piece of the rotation in year-two over 56 games, averaging 22.6 mpg and posting nine points and 2.1 3-pointers on .404 shooting from deep. His development as a long-range shooter, and from the free-throw line (.814) indicates a player that is going to make a living from deep as long as he is in the league. As a starter over 27 games, Mykhailiuk upped his production to 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.6 treys and one steal during 28 mpg. It's nothing flashy, but he was on the cusp of being a top-200 player (8/9-cat) for total season value.

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn did not attend the Heat's initial practice inside the Orlando bubble on Friday.

    Nunn's teammate, Goran Dragic, mentioned that he was absent during his media session today. Head coach Erik Spoelstra stated that every player who did not attend had a legitimate excuse for doing so, but he was not naming names. Nunn has been a key contributor during his rookie season for the Heat, largely as a sharpshooter from deep (2.1 3-pointers on 36.2 percent shooting).

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo was not present during the Heat's first practice inside the Orlando bubble on Friday.

    Two unidentified Heat players had tested positive for the coronavirus, and it is possible that Adebayo was one of them based on this news. Goran Dragic mentioned Adebayo was absent and that the team was expecting to be rejoined by his healthy teammate soon. The Heat organization is also optimistic that the roster will be fully healthy before the real games resume at the end of July.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Thon Maker
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Thon Maker's fourth season in the NBA went the same way as his prior campaigns, as his potential went untapped while averaging 12.9 mpg for the Pistons.

    Maker's raw production is promising for fantasy purposes, as he is a rare center that brings blocks, 3-pointers, and a respectable steal rate to the table. Nonetheless, he has never seen more than 17 mpg and saw his minutes decline for the third season in a row. If Christian Wood finds his way out of Detroit in the offseason it stands to reason that Maker could carve out a larger role for himself, especially if Blake Griffin were to succumb to injuries as he did for the majority of this season. Maker would still have to prove himself versus the likes of John Henson and Sekou Doumbuoya, but Maker would be a popular sleeper in standard leagues if he received a true workload. In his current role, Maker was just a top-335/336 per-game player (8/9-cat).