• Fred VanVleet
    G, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet scored a season-high 18 points on Saturday night, rounding out his line with four rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers while going 7-of-11 from the field.

    VanVleet had been scuffling lately but was excellent tonight in a start for the resting Kawhi Leonard. Delon Wright played 19 minutes off the bench and went for 7-4-4 with two steals, a three and a block. Both players are worth speculative adds in all competitive formats after Kyle Lowry tweaked his ankle tonight.

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  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dion Waiters appeared in three games with the Heat during an acrimonious 2019-20 season and will now try to resurrect some value with the Lakers.

    The Lakers added Waiters to the roster on March 5, but he did not have enough time to appear in a game before the league-wide lockdown. Waiters' career has been a bumpy one, and he was suspended on three occasions by the Heat this season alone. He will have his work cut out for him to earn a decent role on the Lakers when play resumes, but any opportunity would be welcomed after only appearing in three games with the Heat this season. He's never been more than scorer with poor percentages over the course of his career.

  • Jared Dudley
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Jared Dudley averaged only 7.8 mpg as the Lakers had enough depth to limit his role to serving as a leader on the bench.

    Dudley appeared in 40 games and is an afterthought for fantasy purposes. While his value to the team is higher than these raw numbers would suggest, he averaged a measly 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and .4 3-pointers this season. If the Lakers decide to add more depth to the bench it is possible another contender will look to scoop up Dudley's presence as a veteran leader for the 2020-21 season.

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Despite the injuries to Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner unable to play in more than 25 games for the Pacers.

    The arrival of T.J. McConnell gave the Pacers the backup PG they wanted, pushing Sumner completely out of the rotation. In the games he did manage to get sent out onto the floor, Sumner averaged 13.8 minutes and averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals per game to finish barely inside the fantasy top-350.

  • Talen Horton-Tucker
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Talen Horton-Tucker spent the vast majority of the season in the G League with the South Bay Lakers where he put together a solid rookie season after being drafted in the second round.

    Horton-Tucker appeared ever so briefly in two NBA games, but over 38 games in the G League he averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.4 steals. He'll need to polish his deep ball (.309 percent on 6.1 3PA) to be able to play on an offense driven by LeBron James, but Horton-Tucker should have a chance to enter more than two NBA games next year.

  • 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.

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