• Blake Griffin
    F, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin hit clutch baskets down the stretch of the fourth quarter and overtime to finish with 28 points (two 3s), nine rebounds and four assists in Friday's 116-111 defeat of the visiting Rockets.

    Griffin has been a man possessed this season, especially on the glass as his 10.4 rebounds per game are the most he's averaged since his second year in the league. He's also one of the worst turnover offenders in the league which is why his top-20 8-cat value is so much higher than his top-35 9-cat value. Both are ahead of his ADP, and while he remains an injury risk, he's rolling when he's out there.

Fantasy News

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker, who both tested positive for COVID-19, have joined the Kings in Orlando and are beginning their quarantine process.

    Both players need to return two straight negative COVID tests before returning to practice. Sacramento has an outside shot at the playoffs and will need Hield to make it happen, even with the evident friction between him and new coach Luke Walton. Parker was not in the rotation when the season was postponed. Hopefully the Kings, and all teams, can enter the resumption schedule fully healthy.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    While Paul George missed the first 11 games of the season due to his shoulder injuries, he was able to rebound and post a top-30 fantasy season.

    That's not quite what we've come to expect from George, who was routinely taken in the top-15 before word of his shoulder troubles got out, but considering how badly the issue could've turned out, it's not a bad result at all. George's steals plummeted to 1.3 per game after two straight campaigns of at least two thefts per contest, but some of that can also be explained by a decline of nearly eight minutes per game. The other big issue was George's points falling to 21.0, down from 28.0 with OKC last year. That might not be a huge issue, however, as George was already an elite fantasy player and had never scored more than 23.7 points per game prior to that season. We've seen that George can co-exist with a high-usage superstar before and he should be able to return to more normal levels going forward as long as his health permits. A strong postseason would help PG's fantasy stock, but it's not like he was primed to be falling far in next year's drafts.

  • Montrezl Harrell
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell took a small step back in 2019-20, finishing with top-100 value while averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks while shooting a career-low 58.0% from the field in 27.8 mpg.

    The minutes, points and rebounds were all career-highs, but Harrell slipped about two rounds in the fantasy rankings because of declines in field goal percentage, steals and blocks. Those are really the building blocks of his fantasy appeal, and while he's still a big boost to FG% (and managed a career-best but still-bad .658 from the line), Trez needs those defensive numbers to tick back up in order to maximize his potential. This was the first time in Harrell's career where his per-minute blocks declined substantially, so hopefully it's just a blip and he can get back to top-75 output.

  • Lou Williams
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    After posting top-80/100 (8/9-cat) value in 2018-19, Lou Williams took a back seat to the Clippers' new star duo and finished the 2019-20 campaign with top-90/150 value.

    Williams has emerged as a solid source of points, threes and assists off the bench — three stats that require lots of usage. As predicted, his usage fell from 32.4 to 28.3. Lou Will may be the game's premier sixth man but he simply wasn't tasked with as much heavy lifting this year, even though he increased his minutes from last season and still managed a respectable 18.6 points. Williams' threes and assists actually rose in lockstep with his moderate increase in playing time, but his percentages dipped slightly and his turnovers bumped from 2.4 to 2.9 per contest. It was far from a disaster, but Williams let down 9-cat GMs. The fact that the rest of his numbers remained stable should provide hope for the future.

  • JaMychal Green
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    JaMychal Green delivered top-250/230 (8/9-cat) fantasy value in 55 games, averaging 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks and a personal-best 1.3 3-pointers per game while shooting .414 from the field.

    Green is the latest big man to try and evolve his game, as 3.7 of his 5.5 nightly shots were from beyond the arc. To his credit he's been above .333 in each of the five seasons where he's been shooting the triple with regularity, with this season's mark serving as his median. Unfortunately that's dragged down his field goal percentage overall, as his .414 conversion rate goes down as a career-low. After Green was a surprising borderline standard-league play last year, a massive swing in the percentages (.483 to .414 FG, .792 to .727 FT) caused his tumble down the rankings. He's a deep-league option going forward, but not one to get particularly excited about.

  • Reggie Jackson
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Reggie Jackson missed 42 games with back problems and then was waived by the Pistons before latching on with the Clippers in a dreadful 2019-20 season.

    Jackson's days as an NBA starter are likely finished, as the Pistons found a very cool trade market for their former PG of the future despite his expiring contract. He was okay for deep-league use in fantasy, returning top-180/205 value (8/9-cat) thanks to 4.4 dimes and 2.0 triples per game, but that's generally a stat set that needs minutes to shine. Jackson averaged just 19.4 mpg after inking with the Clippers and would need far more than that on his next team to be worth a late-round selection in 12-team formats.

  • Rodney McGruder
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Rodney McGruder was a top-400 value in the 2019-20 fantasy season.

    McGruder saw action in 50 games with the Clippers but is at the tail end of the rotation and doesn't do much to warrant attention in fantasy. He averaged 0.4 triples (on an ugly .278 mark from deep) as well as 2.6 rebounds and 0.5 steals, but there isn't much to mine out of this situation until you're looking for depth in 30-team formats. It's a long cry from McGruder's must-start run as a key member of Miami's rotation, though that only lasted for a handful of weeks anyway. Simpler times.

  • Johnathan Motley
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Johnathan Motley averaged a career-low 3.2 mpg in 2019-20, playing in just 13 games with the Clippers.

    Motley is on a two-way deal and was never expected to be an important part of the Clippers rotation, but this is the third straight season in which his playing time has decreased. To be fair, Motley's 16.0 mpg as a rookie was inflated by silly-season numbers in Dallas, including a season finale in which he played the entire game. Regardless, the big man was a top-450 fantasy play and isn't worth considering in next season's drafts.

  • Amir Coffey
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Amir Coffey didn't make many impressions in his rookie season, logging 7.5 mpg in 13 appearances.

    Coffey scratched together top-475 value in that time. He was able to set career-highs across the board in a garbage time bonanza against the Cavs in February but expectations were low for a rookie on a title contender. Coffey is unlikely to be a fantasy option next year.

  • Terance Mann
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Terance Mann had a promising season with the Clippers before it was cut short due to a right hand injury.

    Mann played 35 games with the Clippers this season and even started multiple games for them this season. He averaged just 1.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 7.7 minutes for the Clippers and will likely stay with their G-League affiliate through the offseason. Heading into next year's drafts he shouldn't be considered.

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