April 25, 2018, 12:54 pmAndrew BogutC, Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Bogut signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL and announced he is retiring from the NBA.
Bogut was tired of being a fringe roster player, living out of a suitcase after being traded around and bought out. "I saw how hard it was, essentially living out of a suitcase the last year or two, with Dallas and going to Cleveland. I don’t think it’s fair to my son. Kids take a while to adjust." he said. The big man finished with a fine NBA career becoming the first Australian to be drafted with the No. 1 pick, winning an NBA title with the Warriors and playing for 73-win team. The 33-year-old did have a fair share of injuries throughout his career, including a devastating one most NBA fans wish they could forget in 2010 when he lost balance on a dunk and fell on his arm. We wish the Aussie luck in the NBL.
Source: Fox Sports
December 6, 2019, 12:14 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday had a strong game in Thursday's 139-132 overtime loss to the Suns, scoring 23 points, accompanied by seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and a blocked shot.
Holiday is locked in as one of the elite fantasy point guards. That will continue to be the case with his diverse skillset. The return of Zion Williamson in the near future could mute some numbers slightly, but the efficiency would theoretically improve in concert with that.
December 6, 2019, 12:10 amJaxson HayesPF-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes scored 17 points and blocked five shots in 33 minutes of action on Thursday night.
The five blocks were huge for this line from Hayes, who is flashing his potential in the absence of Derrick Favors. We'll see how long Favors is away from the team.
December 6, 2019, 12:03 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball notched a double-double with 20 points, 11 assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers on Thursday night.
If we turn a blind eye to the seven turnovers, this was a baller line from Ball. It was a great bounceback after some struggles with illness and injury. He even hit all four of his free throws! Ball's upside is immense. If he could just figure out these horrendous percentages, he'll be a lock for top-100 value.
December 5, 2019, 11:56 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick hit five 3-pointers in Thursday's loss to the Suns, scoring 26 points.
Redick has gunned his way back to the top=100 conversation with a hot shooting and general improvement after a slow start. Redick has value as a 3-point specialist at worst and generally maintains good percentages to maintain standard-league value.
December 5, 2019, 11:52 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram didn't let a right eye laceration that required stitches stop him from scoring 21 points to go with six rebounds and four assists on Thursday.
Ingram's 20-point game streak was at risk when he left with the injury, but he persevered to finish with an acceptable line. The six turnovers hurt compounded with no defensive stats. Still, Ingram has scored at least 20 points in every game this season (bar one in which he left early after only 13 minutes). He probably won't be a first-round value all year but he's clearly experiencing a true breakout.
December 5, 2019, 11:46 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker scored 44 points in a near triple-double effort on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, nine assists and five 3-pointers.
Booker bounced back from a slow Wednesday with a herculean popcorn stat outing. The scoring efficiency continues to be a primary contributor to a top-40 output thus far. It seems like the bottom just has to fall out on this career-best 50-40-90 season.
December 5, 2019, 11:40 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio dished out a season-high 15 points against the Pelicans on Thursday, capping off a nice night that also included 14 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Rubio is one of the premier passers in this league and it seems like the community as a whole has underrated the impact that will continue to have in bumping up his value. He's one of the safest sources of assists even if the shot isn't falling.
December 5, 2019, 11:35 pmFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky followed his season-high 23 points with a 20-point, six rebound performance on Thursday night.
Kaminsky took advantage of the absence of Aron Baynes yet again. This should continue to be the case for him with Baynes absent. Unfortunately, Cheick Diallo only played 11 minutes to accrue his eight points and four rebounds despite the overtime, so it doesn't look like Diallo will have a bankable role.
December 5, 2019, 11:31 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre struggled with his shot but wreaked havoc defensively in Thursday's win over the Pelicans, playing a game-high 47 minutes and scoring 14 points (6-of-21 shooting) to go with 15 rebounds, three steals and four blocks.
Oubre more than made up for the poor shooting with the seven defensive counters. Oubre's chance to be a top-50 player is alive and well. Start with confidence.
December 5, 2019, 11:24 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cam Johnson hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points in 31 minutes off the bench in a wild overtime win over the Pelicans on Thursday night.
Johnson matched a career-high with 18 on the night. The upside isn't that enticing for Johnson because of his shooting-focused stat set and the presence of another highly-touted young player in Mikal Bridges (11 points in 22 minutes) competing for similar minutes, but Johnson should still be considered a 3-point specialist option.