December 19, 2018, 11:22 pmD'Angelo RussellG, Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell cooled off in Wednesday night's 96-93 win over the Bulls, tallying just 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.
Russell had been cooking lately, scoring 22 and 32 points in his last two games, so a bit of regression was due at some point. And here it is. Even with his volatility being a bit frustrating for owners, Russell has managed to up his stock from last season, shining a glimmer of hope that he can be the player so many people have hoped he'd grow into some day.
July 10, 2020, 12:51 pmDonta HallPF, Brooklyn Nets
Donta Hall, recently signed by the Nets, made four appearances in the 2019-20 fantasy season and finished outside the top-425 in value.
Hall only averaged 12 minutes in those games despite the state of Detroit's roster. He put up 3.8 rebounds, 0.3 steals and 0.5 blocks in that time and is a name to file away given the potential for him to crack Brooklyn's depleted rotation. Beyond this strange set of circumstances, Hall is unlikely to hold fantasy value in the next regular season.
July 10, 2020, 12:48 pmPau GasolC, Free Agent
Refuting earlier reports, Barcelona manager Joan Bladé says that the team will not be signing Pau Gasol.
It was reported that Gasol was set to sign a one-year deal but the 40-year-old is still on the open market. We may have seen the last of the big man at the NBA level but he's preparing to play in the Olympics, so expect to see his name pop up in the rumor mill as he looks for his next club team.
Source: Catradio Sports on Twitter
July 10, 2020, 12:45 pmRodions KurucsPF, Brooklyn Nets
Rodions Kurucs was the starting power forward in Friday's practice session, per Brian Lewis.
The Nets have lost basically their entire power forward rotation with Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler out for the Orlando restart. Kurucs should be able to soak up plenty of minutes and we'd expect him to keep the lion's share of work even when Michael Beasley is ready to go. The entire Brooklyn lineup looks pretty fluid given the sheer volume of their absences, but Kurucs could be one of the big beneficiaries. He had a successful rookie season, averaging 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.9 threes in 20.5 mpg while making 46 starts, but fell out of the rotation this year, averaging just 12.8 minutes per contest in 39 games. Anyone playing fantasy games should probably value Kurucs closer to his rookie campaign given the work available to him.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
July 10, 2020, 12:11 pmDewan HernandezPF, Toronto Raptors
Dewan Hernandez, who suffered a severe right ankle sprain in December, says he expects to play in the Orlando restart.
Hernandez missed the final 37 games of the season and was often seen in a walking boot on the bench. The rookie wasn't really in the rotation to begin with so the fantasy impact is minimal, but it's good to know that he's healthy.
Source: Austin Kent on Twitter
July 9, 2020, 10:05 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic posted his fourth straight elite fantasy season and his best season to date, finishing as the 9th best option in 9-category formats.
Jokic is as reliable as they come with another season of huge popcorn numbers. He scored 20.2 points (a career-high) to go with 10.2 boards and 6.9 assists on a strong 52.8% shooting from the floor and 81.3% from the line. The cash counter output also maintained from past seasons, with 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.1 triples. At this point, Jokic's best asset is his consistency. This is what we've grown to expect from him as someone who always shows up to work. He played every game for the Nuggets this season and has missed just 20 games total in his five-year career. As long as he is healthy, he's money in the bank.
July 9, 2020, 9:57 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray took a nice step forward in his fourth NBA campaign and approached top-50 value in 9-category leagues due to a large increase in shooting efficiency.
Murray was limited to 55 games due to a sprained left ankle but performed well when he was on the court. The popcorn numbers were similar to his 2018-19 season, with 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in 32.8 minutes. The 25 spot jump to the 52nd player in 9-category format was directly tied to a 1.8% improvement to 45.5% from the floor and a 4.5% improvement to 89.3% from the charity stripe. If he can continue to improve his passing and game management, he can hop into the top-50 with ease going forward.
July 9, 2020, 9:46 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap maintained his typical per-minute production, finishing as the 97th player in 9-category formats in just 24.4 minutes per game.
Millsap's minute decline over the past three seasons in Denver have muted the upside he enjoyed during his heyday in Atlanta. In 44 games and a few nagging injuries including a left knee contusion and a sprained right ankle, he put up 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks on good percentages (48.6 from the floor and a career-high 83.3% from the free throw line). Millsap should continue to be a good per-minute producer even if he moves on to a new destination for 2021, but expect the minutes to be the real sticking point as he enters his age 35 season.
July 9, 2020, 9:38 pmMason PlumleeC, Denver Nuggets
Mason Plumlee slogged his way to an unimpressive 2019-20 season, finishing well outside the top-250 in 9-category formats and averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds without much else worth noting.
On top of unexciting popcorn numbers, Plumlee shot an abysmal 53.6% from the charity stripe. He was a volume play only who didn't really provide anything exciting in limited minutes. Playing behind Nikola Jokic was always going to limit Plumlee's production and keep him even out of streaming range.
July 9, 2020, 9:20 pmMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris compiled top-150 value in 9-category formats as the primary backup option to Jamal Murray during the 2019-20 season.
Morris had a strong season splitting time between backup point guard and fill-in starter when Jamal Murray went down with a sprained ankle. Morris enjoyed top-100 value during Murray's absence and put together a solid line of 8.4 points, 3.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 21.4 minutes. It was a solid campaign on compiled volume, but it was a step back from a top-100 season in 2018-19 where he got three more minutes per contest and made good for two more points with heightened efficiency. Going forward, Morris should be a solid deep-league point guard who can provide assists cheaply without any major weaknesses.
July 9, 2020, 9:10 pmTorrey CraigSG, Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig played serviceable streamer minutes when called upon for the Nuggets and was an underappreciated starter at various points for a good Nuggets team.
Craig is an unheralded player who is one of the prime examples of the "better in real life" syndrome. He won't wow anyone on the stat sheet and therefore he's hard to love in fantasy basketball. His 5.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples on decent shooting from the floor was good for just 297th in 9-category formats. He did have good stretches and was an acceptable daily play on the right night, but getting into an everyday streamer role is tough in a crowded wing situation in Denver.