March 30, 2017, 7:01 pm
Ish Smith was the difference for the Pistons on Thursday night, nailing a key 3-pointer late in the game to cement a 90-89 victory over the Nets.
Smith scored 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with six rebounds, five assists, three triples and one block in 32 minutes of action. He didn’t turn the ball over in this one and will be counted on heavily over the final six games to help the Pistons try and sneak into the playoffs.
January 26, 2020, 10:19 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Facing the Grizzlies on Sunday, Devin Booker continued his scorching hot play in defeat, going for 36 points (11-of-24 FG, 9-of-10 FT), five 3-pointers, five assists and one block.
The broader line was a bit thin, but it is tough to complain about Booker's ability to wrack up infinite amounts of points on strong shooting. The sky is the limit assuming the Suns can hang around the playoff race, although it would be quite the feat to see Booker shoot over 50 percent from the field for an entire season. On the other hand, Ricky Rubio struggled in this game, with five points (1-of-10 FG), five rebounds, three assists and three steals. At least Rubio still delivered those steals and a 3-pointer to save this performance from being a total disaster.
January 26, 2020, 10:10 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton shot poorly while totaling 17 points (7-of-19 FG, 3-of-5 FT), but also produced 15 rebounds, three steals and two blocks against the Grizzlies on Sunday.
The shooting was underwhelming but Ayton received nearly 40 minutes on Sunday, and that kind of opportunity is bound to produce massive double-doubles. Ayton's block-rate has advanced well this season, averaging 1.4 per game, and if he maintains that rate he will have no problem delivering early-round value for the remainder of the season.
January 26, 2020, 10:04 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong across the board performance on Sunday against the Grizzlies, going for 27 points (9-of-10 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.
Oubre received 38 minutes in this matchup, and it looks like he is gradually rounding back into form after missing a couple games due to a concussion. The steals and blocks have not been rolling in since Oubre's return, but the points and rebounds have been there, and he should return to mid-round value in no time.
January 26, 2020, 9:58 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young dominated the Wizards on Sunday, going for 45 points (13-of-24 FG, 13-of-16 FT), 14 assists, six rebounds, six 3-pointers and one steal.
Trae Young can do this against any opponent, and it does not get much easier than facing the Wizards. He has top-15 potential and only seems to be getting better. Keep relying on Young for huge amounts of points, assists and 3-pointers.
January 26, 2020, 9:52 pmKevin HuerterSG, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter impressed on Sunday against the Wizards, doing a bit of everything, including 18 points (7-of-11 FG), six rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.
Huerter can be shaky offensively, but he is consistently nailing 3-pointers, grabs rebounds, and is able to mix in steals and blocks on a night-to-night basis. It all adds up to a standard league option that should be added in 12-team leagues where available. De'Andre Hunter had 25 points (8-of-11 FG, 7-of-8 FT) and two 3-pointers in this one. This was all done against the porous Wizards defense, and we will have to see Hunter do this a few more times before viewing him as anything more than a deep league play.
January 26, 2020, 9:42 pmJohn CollinsPF, Atlanta Hawks
John Collins fouled out in just 22 minutes on Sunday vs. the Wizards, during which he scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had one block.
This was a step back compared to what Collins has been doing of late, but we can't expect top-10 production every night from Collins. Set this line aside and assume he will keep posting early-round value. With Collins limited, that gave some increased opportunity to Bruno Fernando, who also benefited from Alex Lens (right hip flexor strain) absence. Fernando had to exit due to an apparent knee injury but still went for 14 points, 12 rebounds and one block.
January 26, 2020, 9:37 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal scored at will on Sunday against the Hawks, putting up 40 points (12-of-22 FG, 15-of-18 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Beal has been on a hot streak over the last three games, topping 35 points in each of them, while averaging over 22 shots a night. He is presumably feeling well-rested after missing several games to start the month. The only worry for Beal's owners is his long-term health at this point, he had been a warrior in prior seasons, and it would be great if he does not miss any games down the stretch. If you have any concerns now is a good time to sell.
January 26, 2020, 9:29 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans struggled from deep on Sunday against the Hawks, going 2-of-9 from 3-point range, but still put up 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.
Bertans cannot be stopped. His versatility to bring a handful of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks makes him an easy mid-round value. His role should be secure whether or not Thomas Bryant's minutes rise. Bryant still started ahead of Bertans, but he only received 18 minutes, during which he registered 11 points and five rebounds. The minutes should go up with time for Bryant, just hang in there.
January 26, 2020, 9:28 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant made 8-of-18 shots from the field an 7-of-11 from the line to end Sunday night's win over the Suns with 23 points, five rebounds, eight dimes and one steal.
Shooting inefficiency and 3.0 turnovers per game have kept the rookie Morant outside the top-230 in 9-cat over the last week. While that may not be pretty, he's still oozing with potential and is someone to watch down the stretch. Once the game begins to slow down for him more and more, Morant's lines should be far more fantasy-friendly than they are now.
January 26, 2020, 9:23 pmKyle AndersonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson drew the start for the Grizzlies on Sunday and brought his unique stat set to the table, recording 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and six points on 2-of-5 shooting in 29 minutes.
Anderson has not been right this season, mostly slowed by injuries. His 29 minutes tonight is a good indicator of improved health as well as his solid performance off the glass. Until he shows up more, Slow-Mo remains just an ultra-deep-league asset.