• Anthony Davis
    F/C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Alvin Gentry expects Anthony Davis to play on Monday night.

    With both Davis and his coach expecting AD to return from a right hip strain, at this point it'd take a setback in warmups to keep him out of action tonight. Owners can feel pretty comfortable about slotting Davis into lineups tonight but we'll update you with final confirmation one way or another.

    Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter

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  • Brook Lopez
    C, Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez scored 11.0 points while adding 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 triples, 0.7 steals and a career-high 2.4 blocks in 61 games and 26.6 minutes per contest, good for 75/61 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    His percentages from the field (.427) and behind the arc (.296) were both career-lows but BroLo continued to be a strong inside presence for the Bucks, forcing his opponents to avoid driving to the basket. His 1.4 triples were down compared to last year’s 2.3 per game, as defenses paid more attention to him, but he showed no hesitation launching from deep. Lopez is a very important piece for the Bucks and his fantasy value continues to be close to the top-50 range.

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his first full season with the Bucks, George Hill looked great once again, scoring 9.6 points to go with 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 triples and 0.8 assists, returning 163/145 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Hill was the primary backup for both guard positions shooting .530 present from the field and .480 percent from behind the 3-point line. Coach Budenholzer felt very comfortable with him in the lineup, even opting to finish games with him running the point instead of Eric Bledsoe. Hill was a nice bounce-back fantasy option and even though his starting days are over he is still able to help managers due to his contribution in multiple stat categories.

  • Ersan Ilyasova
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In 56 contests and 16.0 minutes per game for the Bucks, Ersan Ilyasova averaged 6.8 points to go with 4.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 triples, good for 266/247 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    The Turkish forward tied his career-high from the field, shooting an impressive .472 present, while hitting an equally remarkable .371 percent from behind the arc. He made eight starts and provided extra length and shooting when the team chose to go small against opponents. Ilyasova has found his Ithaca in Milwaukee and he is one of the key veteran presences around Giannis as the team is trying to compete for a championship.

  • Pat Connaughton
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Pat Connaughton played in 61 games for the Bucks this year, averaging 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 triples, 1.6 assists and 0.5 blocks, returning 285/276 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Connaughton was a pleasant surprise and one of the many veterans the Bucks relied upon throughout the season. With Donte DiVincenzo sidelined for most of the year, he filled the need for perimeter shooting and tough defense, establishing himself as a primary option off the bench. He is only a fantasy option in deeper leagues but his stat set is very appealing and he deserves consideration every time he gets the minutes.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Once thought to be out for the season because of a serious knee injury, Jonathan Isaac said it feels surreal to be competing again and given something of a chance at returning because of the four-month layoff in the NBA season.

    Isaac, whom the Magic consider to be one of their cornerstone pieces for the future, continues to make progress toward a potential return for the NBA’s restarted season. He is one of just two players in the NBA to be in the league’s top-15 in both blocked shots (2.44) and steals (1.56), but the Magic will proceed cautiously with a talent such as him and they will only allow him to return if he is fully cleared by the team’s medical staff. His body has responded well to the process of trying to return fully, but like any sort of rehabilitation process, Isaac said he’s had his good days and bad days. Regardless, he is pleased with where he stands now some 17 days prior to the NBA season restarting, while a possible return could do wonders for a Magic squad hoping to pass the injury-and-illness-ravaged Brooklyn Nets in the standings for the No. 7 seed.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Sterling Brown
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Sterling Brown had a down year averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 triples and 0.5 steals in 45 games, good for 333/337 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Brown was part of a deep backcourt but he made the most out of his playing time while taking advantage of the minutes created due to multiple injuries. His percentages were down but the Bucks trust him as a defensive wing, a much-needed commodity in today’s NBA. Brown is only a deep league option and he will continue to compete primarily with Donte DiVincenzo for more minutes next to Giannis and Kris Middleton.

  • D.J. Wilson
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his third season with the Bucks, D.J. Wilson averaged just 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.5 triples in 31 games and 9.0 minutes per game, returning 431/437 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Wilson was bothered by a left hamstring injury but more importantly he failed to earn coach Bud’s trust and remained out of the rotation for the most part of the year. He is a versatile forward who can even play some minutes as a center and it remains to be seen how long will the Bucks continue to develop him. Keep him on your radar only in dynasty formats.

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his return to the NBA with the Bucks, Thanasis Antetokounmpo averaged 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 18 contests and 5.2 minutes per game, good for 454/464 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Thanasis was brought in by Milwaukee as a simple courtesy to his brother Giannis and he can’t be trusted in any fantasy formats. He did start a couple games where his numbers were interesting but he is buried deep in the Bucks rotation and he is not expected to have a more prominent role going forward.

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler averaged 20.2 points, 0.5 3s, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocks on .454 shooting in 54 games for 24/13 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Butler had some owners scared as he missed the beginning of the season due to the birth of his child, but it wouldn't mean much in the long run. He's a proven early-round asset and the 13th value was around where we had him. The 3-pointers went away, but he made up for it in defense and efficiency.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo averaged 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks on .567 shooting in 65 games for 31/40 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Adebayo blossomed into the All-Star we pegged him as here at Hoop Ball.. The double-double machine was efficient from all areas of the floor and ran point for the Heat the majority of the time, especially on his own defensive rebounds as shown by his 5.1 dimes per-game. Adebayo's only 22 years old and posted top-40 value during his first year as a starter. The ceiling is the heavens.

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