April 22, 2019, 11:23 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo went for a playoff career-high 41 (12-for-23 FGs, 15-for-20 FTs) points vs. the Pistons in Monday's 127-104 Game 4 victory.
Giannis was everywhere tonight as the Bucks completed the Round 1 sweep. He blocked four shots, had nine boards, dished out three assists, had a steal and hit two triples in his 32 minutes to go with the big scoring total. The Pistons had the lead for the majority of the game, but Antetokounmpo and company's superior talent, shooting and aggressiveness won out down the stretch.
October 16, 2019, 8:29 amNorense Odiase, Phoenix Suns
The Suns have waived guard David Kramer, center Norense Odiase and forward Tariq Owens, the team announced in a news release on Tuesday.
All three players were in training camp on Exhibit 10 deals, meaning they very well could be headed to the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League. The Suns’ roster now stands at 16 players, with at least one more move needed before the regular season.
October 15, 2019, 11:57 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
In an interview with David Fizdale, the coach mentioned that he would sprinkle in some point guard time for RJ Barrett due to his comfort with the ball in his hands.
Barrett handled the ball plenty at Duke and his 4.3 assists per game show he had some success (though his 3.2 turnovers show he has room for improvement). The Knicks have plenty of rotation players that will handle the ball in Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle, but this year should be all about developing their young players. Barrett should have nice assist numbers for a wing you can draft in the late rounds.
Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 11:44 pmDoug McDermottSF, Indiana Pacers
Doug McDermott sank four treys on his way to 14 points (5-for-10 FGs) in a loss to the Wolves on Tuesday.
McDermott is a 3-point streamer and not much else these days. He provides very little else, especially now that he's likely to get under 20 minutes per game for the second season.
October 15, 2019, 11:37 pmAaron HolidayPG, Indiana Pacers
Aaron Holiday (upper respiratory infection) returned to the court on Tuesday against the Wolves, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.
Fellow point guard T.J. McConnell (10 points and eight assists in 20 minutes tonight) has been soaking up enough of the point-guard minutes, that Holiday's role isn't simply the full-time backup point guard that many fantasy players hoped. Edmond Sumner (upper respiratory infection) also played after previously being listed as questionable. Sumner had 11 points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.
October 15, 2019, 11:29 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze (ankle) impressed in his Pacers debut on Tuesday as he went for 14 points (6-for-9 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
It was a nice way to begin his career in Indy. Bitadze won't likely play this many minutes on a regular basis, but he should get enough minutes to warrant rostering in deep leagues right away. He's in a situation similar to fellow rookie big man Brandon Clarke. Both are currently blocked but have big dynasty value.
October 15, 2019, 11:19 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Tuesday in a 119-111 loss to the Wolves, putting up 11 points (3-for-7 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes.
Sabonis is in line for a slightly bigger role this season, but he's still likely to be a very Enes Kanter-like big man. That is, he'll do everything a traditional center does without the blocks but with good free throw shooting.
October 15, 2019, 11:10 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns dominated on Tuesday with 33 points (13-for-20 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four threes in a 119-111 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis.
What, no steals? Kidding. This is about all you could ask for from a top-5 fantasy pick. Towns had all of his strengths on display in limited minutes tonight. He should certainly be in consideration for the first pick in drafts.
October 15, 2019, 11:03 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver came off the bench and dropped 15 points (7-for-14 FGs, 1-for-2 FTs), four rebounds, three assists and one steal on the Pacers in 20 minutes in a win on Tuesday.
Culver's lines are looking respectable already with minutes in the low 20s. The 20-year-old will likely have some growing pains, but he looks like an all-around player to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. Josh Okogie also played 20 minutes off the bench and put up five points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
October 15, 2019, 10:57 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier dished out seven assists in addition to nine points (2-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, two steals and two triples in 19 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.
Napier could find himself in a good position should anything happen to Jeff Teague this season. Even as it stands now, there aren't many other trusted ball handlers on the Wolves. Those in deep leagues should make sure he's rostered as he's shown great production in the past.
October 15, 2019, 10:50 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (left calf strain) got his first action of the preseason on Tuesday and had four points (2-of-4 from the field) and five rebounds in seven minutes.
Bell has a new opportunity with the Wolves this season and he returned to his crazy per-minute stats tonight. He's a definite watch, as he could get backup minutes at both the four and five spots. Bell only needs about 20 minutes per game to be worth starting in deeper leagues. Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) was available but did not play in this one.