February 16, 2018, 3:13 pm
A report from Chris Vivlamore with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Kent Bazemore underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure shortly after signing his deal with the Hawks last season.
Bazemore struggled in his first season after signing his contract with the Hawks and this knee issue is cited as the reason why. He still managed a top-150 season last year, but now feeling fully healthy, he’s improved that to top-100 on the season. Bazemore has been a well rounded fantasy contributor this season with only field goal percentage being his biggest blemish. Despite the Hawks actively tanking, he’s in no jeopardy of losing value and should remain a solid starter across all leagues.
July 11, 2020, 3:19 pmIsaiah HartensteinPF, Houston Rockets
Isaiah Hartenstein couldn't gain traction at the NBA level, delivering fantasy value just outside top-300 despite another big campaign in the G League.
Hartenstein averaged 24.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 threes while shooting .587 for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers but could only muster 11.6 mpg in 23 games with the Rockets. Even when Clint Capela went down with his heel injury Houston opted to run with no centers rather than elevate the young German. While Hartenstein was released in June, he shouldn't have a shortage of suitors. Deep dynasty GMs can keep tracking his progress, and a change of scenery might not be a bad thing for Hartenstein's prospects of playing time.
July 11, 2020, 3:15 pmThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Thabo Sefolosha closed the book on his 2019-20 season with top-375/355 value (8/9-cat).
Sefolosha will not be participating in the league's restart, so anyone playing fantasy games for the rest of this year can ignore him completely. The defensive stopper used to be a sneaky top-175 option because of his steals, blocks and rebounds, but Sefolosha is mostly emergency depth at this point in his career. He averaged 10.6 minutes in 41 games this season, though deep-league streamers may have found some utility in his 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks. Sefolosha isn't a fantasy option to pursue going forward.
July 11, 2020, 2:13 pmBruno CabocloSF, Houston Rockets
Despite a strong finish to his 2018-19 season, Bruno Caboclo was once again an afterthought in 2019-20.
Perhaps Caboclo's solid play in Memphis was a bit of a mirage, as it came for a shorthanded, rebuilding team. With the Grizzlies back at full strength this year Caboclo was not a regular, and he would go on to play just five games after being traded to Houston. The per-minute production — 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks in 8.1 mpg — remains intriguing but Caboclo just can't seem to break into a rotation full-time. The fact that he shot a horrid .143 from deep doesn't help matters going forward. Optimistic fantasy players can keep holding on in very deep dynasty leagues but it's hard to endorse Caboclo for more than that at this point. He closed the year as a top-375/355 (8/9-cat) per-game option.
July 11, 2020, 2:10 pmChris ClemonsPG, Houston Rockets
Chris Clemons was able to sneak inside the top-400 in the 2019-20 fantasy season.
Clemons had some nice moments when Russell Westbrook and James Harden (or both) were out of the lineup but ultimately he was Houston's third option at PG. He did knock down 1.1 triples in just 8.7 mpg, so he fits Houston's system, but he's not someone to keep track of outside of extremely deep leagues.
July 11, 2020, 1:58 pmDeMarre CarrollSF, Houston Rockets
DeMarre Carroll fell way off the map in 2019-20, seeing action in only 21 games between the Spurs and the Rockets.
Carroll got his act together in Brooklyn after a poor run following a big contract with the Raptors, so it's surprising to see how quickly he was out of an NBA rotation. After 140 games and 80 starts across two seasons with the Nets, Carroll signed with San Antonio after they were spurned by Marcus Morris. He was never a consistent member of the rotation and signed with Houston after being bought out. He has the 3-and-D profile that fits with the Rockets' style but is only an emergency depth piece. After a couple years of standard-league appeal, DC finished as a top-450 player. His next landing spot will determine his fantasy outlook but standard-league GMs don't need to be waiting eagerly for Carroll's next move.
July 11, 2020, 1:48 pmTyson ChandlerC, Houston Rockets
Tyson Chandler was a non-factor in 2019-20, setting career-lows with 26 games and just 8.4 minutes per contest.
Chandler's been in decline for a few years now and playing for a team that is all-in on center-less basketball was the death knell for his deep-league appeal. Chandler could be a decent source of rebounds on strong percentages from the field in even modest minutes but it looks like his days as a fantasy asset are over.
July 11, 2020, 1:34 pmMichael Frazier IISG, Houston Rockets
Michael Frazier logged eight games with the Rockets in 2019-20, finishing as a top-475 fantasy option.
It's hard to judge any player who gets so little run, but Frazier managed 0.3 steals and 0.3 triples in just 8.2 mpg. That may bode well for his long-term future as a potential fantasy option in deep leagues, but we can cross that bridge when he carves out a full rotation spot.
July 11, 2020, 1:30 pmWilliam HowardF, Houston Rockets
William Howard made just two appearances in his first NBA season, placing him outside fantasy's top-510.
There were only 514 players who showed up in the fantasy season, but Howard's lack of playing time is more to blame than anything. Howard previously played at the top level in France and made the Jazz roster as the 15th man to open the year. He was waived in October and signed to a two-way contract with the Rockets in late December. He has a solid track record of 3-point shooting but can't be considered a fantasy option next year.
July 11, 2020, 11:43 amRyan BroekhoffSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Ryan Broekhoff (personal) did not travel with the team to Disney and his status for the restart is uncertain.
Broekhoff was picked up by the Sixers a couple of weeks ago as emergency depth. He played 10.8 minutes per game for the Mavs this season prior to being cut in favor of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and sported per-36 numbers of 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 triples. Hopefully all is well with the second-year wing from Austrailia.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
July 11, 2020, 11:27 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker will have have restrictions during the seeding games but is expected to be a full-go for the playoffs according to head coach Brad Stevens.
Walker has missed consecutive games on three separate occasions and 13 games overall with the knee issue since January so the Celtics will try to be cautious with him. It's somewhat worrisome that his knee is not yet at full strength after the four month hiatus so hopefully there are no setbacks.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter