January 30, 2019, 9:27 amBen SimmonsG/F, Philadelphia Sixers
Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, 2017-18 Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell and two-time reigning NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month Luka Doncic lead the list of 20 players selected by NBA assistant coaches to play in the 2019 Rising Stars game.
The 25th Rising Stars game will feature 10 first and second-year players from the United States against 10 first and second-year players from around the world in the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent. In addition to Mitchell, the U.S. Team will feature Nets center Jarrett Allen, Kings forward Marvin Bagley III and guard De’Aaron Fox, Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and forward Kyle Kuzma, Hawks forward/center John Collins and guard Trae Young, Grizzlies forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. Ben Simmons (Australia) and Luka Doncic (Slovenia) are joined on the World Team by Raptors forward OG Anunoby (United Kingdom), Suns center Deandre Ayton (Bahamas), Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia), Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada), Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (Latvia), Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Wolves guard Josh Okogie (Nigeria) and Cavs forward Cedi Osman (Turkey).
December 9, 2019, 12:23 amJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie played well against the Lakers on Sunday as he put up 18 points and four rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting.
Okogie knocked down three triples and made all seven of his attempts from the stripe. Jarrett Culver chipped in 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and Keita Bates-Diop scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two blocks. All three should not be on standard league radars, but Bates-Diop offers the highest upside.
December 9, 2019, 12:17 amShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier put up 13 points with six dimes in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday.
Napier shot 5-of-9 from the field and put up solid numbers in just 15 minutes of action. Jeff Teague contributed with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes. Teague is a late-round value, while Napier is a deep-league assists and steals specialist.
December 9, 2019, 12:12 amRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington put up 16 points with seven cash counters in a 142-125 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.
Covington hit three triples and added three steals and one block to the stat sheet. Covington is trotting along with his typical top-50 value and consistent defensive stats. He is one of the most consistent players in the league when it comes to fantasy.
December 9, 2019, 12:09 amAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso put up 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting in a win over the Wolves on Sunday.
Caruso added four rebounds, four assists and two steals to the stat sheet. He made two of his three attempts from beyond the arc. He was second on the team in minutes with 30 and he is worth a look in deep leagues.
December 9, 2019, 12:06 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James put up 32 points and 13 assists in a win over the Wolves on Sunday.
James shot 12-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Although Anthony Davis has asserted himself as the top option on the Lakers, James is still a top-10 fantasy asset and underdog MVP candidate.
December 9, 2019, 12:03 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis dropped 50 points on 20-of-29 shooting in a 142-125 victory over the Wolves on Sunday.
Davis added seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block to the stat sheet. AD took over this game and led the Lakers to the win.
December 8, 2019, 11:59 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 21 points with nine rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting in a win over the Blazers on Sunday.
Gilgeous-Alexander shot 5-of-14 from the field and 9-of-12 from the stripe. SGA is just outside top-100 value on the season and is looking like a late-round scoring specialist. Dennis Schroder chipped in 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting with three triples and two assists. Schroder provides solid scoring and passing value for standard leagues, but is outside top-150 on the season.
December 8, 2019, 11:54 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul put up 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting in a win over the Blazers on Sunday.
Paul made two of his six attempts from beyond the arc and added three steals to the box score. He is the best fantasy player on the Thunder this season and is a solid top-30 option.
December 8, 2019, 11:50 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel put up 13 points and 12 boards in a 108-96 win over the Blazers on Sunday.
Noel has outplayed Steven Adams this season and did so once again on Sunday night. Adams put up six points, nine rebounds and four assists on 2-of-6 shooting. Noel added one steal and two blocks to the box score as well. Both guys are worth owning in standard leagues and Adams has a huge buy-low window right now.
December 8, 2019, 11:41 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony had a horrible shooting night on Sunday against the Thunder as he put up nine points on 4-of-18 shooting.
Anthony added eight rebounds and three assists to the stat sheet. He has been a late-round value since his signing and top-70 value over the past two weeks. He is worth owning in all formats, especially now that Rodney Hood is out for the season.