• Iman Shumpert
    G, Sacramento Kings

    Iman Shumpert (hip) was at Friday's shootaround and is trending towards being a game-time decision on Friday night.

    Shumpert has missed three straight games though he's lobbied to play already before being ruled out. We'd expect him to supplant Justin Jackson in the starting five whenever he's ready to return, but he only has fleeting standard-league relevance either way.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

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  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis took his game to another level in 2019-20, registering an across the board improvement, allowing him to emerge as the Pacers' best player in fantasy as a top-50 player in 8/9-cat per game value and a top-30 player in total value in both formats.

    Sabonis proved that his promising game was legit and took it up several notches. He was a double-double machine, recording averages of 18.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG and 5.0 APG on .541 shooting from the field. The second-year big man proved to be an amazing facilitator in the post with his five dimes per night. It is worth noting, however, that he made this jump while Victor Oladipo was injured for most of the season and Malcolm Brogdon dealt with a myriad of injuries.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner took a step backwards in the 2019-20 season fantasy-wise with top-70/60 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats.

    Although Turner missed about two weeks early in the season with an ankle injury, he remained relatively healthy after that. His fantasy production did not meet expectations a season after he put up top-30 value and led the league in shot-blocking. With several new scorers on the team and the emergence of Domantas Sabonis, Turner's usage went down and so did his stats across the board. The only improvement was making 1.4 triples per game compared to 1.0 the prior season but this caused his field goal percentage to dip from 48.7 percent to 45.1. The construct of the team should stay intact for next season so Turner may no longer be a viable third round option.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren emerged as the Pacers' leading scorer with 18.7 points per game in 2019-20 and his efficient shooting from the field and the line allowed him to finish in the top-75 in both 8 and 9-cat scoring formats.

    With Victor Oladipo off to a late and slow start to the season as he recovered from injury, Warren took the lead and along with Domantas Sabonis bore the brunt of the scoring load for the Pacers. Warren's 18.7 PPG came on .529 shooting from the field and .812 from the line. He also put up averages of 1.1 treys, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. Warren was also able to stay mostly healthy, allowing him to appear in 61 games.

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday was called on to step up when the Pacers dealt with injuries to Malcolm Brogdon, allowing him to deliver value ranked 207th in 8-cat and 210 in 9-cat per-game value.

    The second-year guard made some solid strides in 2019-20, even stepping up and into the Pacers' starting lineup. In January, Holiday showed promise as he went on a nine-game streak where he scored in double digits, including a 25-point career-high explosion against the Pelicans. In 23.6 minutes per game, Holiday averaged 9.4 points, 1.4 threes, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Pacers sharpshooter Doug McDermott shot his way to top-250 value in 9-cat in 2019-20, recording averages 10.4 points, 1.9 threes and 2.5 rebounds on .491 shooting from the field and .827 shooting from the line in 20 minutes per game through 62 games.

    McDermott, who has pretty much defined himself as a true one-trick pony across his four-year NBA career. Thanks to the solid play of Justin Holiday off the bench, McDermott was not able to produce a reliable splash, both in real-life and fantasy.

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers coach Terry Stotts described Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins "both looked like the way we remembered them," when talking about them practicing on Saturday.

    If both big men are indeed performing to their pre-injury par, then the Blazers are indeed going to be a team to watch once the season resumes. Nurkic should make for an interesting late-middle round prick for resumption leagues.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    20-year-old rookie Goga Bitadze logged 49 games for the Pacers in 2019-20 and showed why he's still considered a raw talent, ending the season at 403/399 in 8/9-cat per-game value.

    Bitadze was, for the most part, underwhelming. Aside from his 13-point career-high game vs. the Wizards, his season was mostly filled with non-notable appearances. At just 8.4 minutes per game, the still-work-in-progress big man posted averages of 3.1 points 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game on .473 shooting. He still has a promising future, especially if he can translate the 19.2 PPG, 13.2 RPG and 4.3 APG in his six G League games into the NBA.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard arrived at Orlando on Saturday and is going through quarantine protocol before joining the Clippers.

    Leonard was away from the team after getting permission to attend to a family matter and did not travel with them to Orlando. According to Doc Rivers, the Clippers are healthy and ready to go, so once Leonard clears his protocol, he should be able to get warmed up with the rest of the Clips squad.

    Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden finished the year as the No. 1/2 per-game player in 8/9-cat formats while taking home the crown in both settings on a total value basis.

    There's not much left to say about Harden, frankly. He's a machine and is one of the most unstoppable players in the entire NBA. Fantasy GMs love his consistency, and best of all was that the arrival of Russell Westbrook didn't affect The Beard's ability to rack up stats. His rebounds dipped from 6.6 to 6.4 and his assists fell from 7.5 to 7.4, but it was Westbrook whose volume stats took the heaviest hit. Harden, who has always been criticized for his defense, managed 1.7 steals and a career-high 0.9 blocks to boot. Add in league-high marks of 34.4 points and 4.4 3-pointers per game (both somehow decreases from last year), and it's clear that Harden will again be one of fantasy's true elite options moving forward.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook fixed up two major sore spots in his game as a member of the Rockets: his field goal and free throw percentages.

    The fit between Westbrook and James Harden dominated the offseason conversation for Houston, but the two eventually found their stride and complemented each other's game. While Harden's ball-dominance resulted in Westbrook posting depressed counting stats, not having to be "The Man" did enable Russ to hit a career-best .474 from the field, while also jumping back up to a respectable .777 from the free throw line. Westbrook ended the fantasy season as a top-15/40 player in 8/9-cat leagues, and didn't play in back-to-back games, but the efficiency may do more for his fantasy value than the triple-doubles and huge workloads ever could. Westbrook was north of 80% from the line in all but one of his first nine seasons before falling under 74% in the last two, including a horrid .656 showing in 2018-19, so this improved percentages are significant for a player who gets so many shots. Fantasy GMs may have been a bit disappointed by Westbrook averaging "just" 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists but the overall package was better than previous versions, if a little less exciting.

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