November 19, 2018, 9:55 pmJimmy ButlerG/F, Philadelphia Sixers
Jimmy Butler scored 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, an assist and two steals against the Suns on Monday.
Butler had another passive night and his value has definitely taken a hit since arriving to Philadelphia. There'll be nights like this and there will be nights where he pops off, but overall he's still an early-round play. The Sixers have a lot of time to integrate him into their system.
July 9, 2020, 12:56 pmDylan WindlerSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dylan Windler was unable to play at all in his first NBA season because of a left tibia stress reaction that eventually required surgery.
Winlder was one of Cleveland's top performers in Summer League but came down with the injury in late September and never recovered. He was able to get back to practice in early December but suffered a setback and went under the knife in January. It's unfortunate that Windler was unable to take advantage of a year that was prime for development, but we'd expect to see him as a regular member of the rotation next season.
July 9, 2020, 12:52 pmDean WadePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dean Wade finished outside the top-400 as a rookie, averaging 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.2 triples in 6.0 mpg.
Wade only played in 12 contests but the Cavs believe in him, inking the forward to a standard contract during the NBA hiatus. Cleveland has a stocked frontcourt, however, so he's only a consideration in deep dynasty leagues barring some roster changes.
July 9, 2020, 12:50 pmMatt MooneyPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Matt Mooney logged four games in 2019-20, finishing as a top-425 value.
Mooney averaged 4.7 minutes but did average 0.5 steals per game, which isn't nothing. He's in tough to find a rotation spot in Cleveland and is well off the fantasy radar.
July 9, 2020, 11:12 amJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid raises\d concerns on the safety of the NBA bubble.
While on a video call Tuesday, Embiid mentioned he “hated the idea” of traveling to Orlando and does not believe the bubble “is going to be safe enough”. Although worried, Embiid still plans on joining his team when they travel to Orlando this afternoon and plans to play the remainder of the season. Embiid has been a top-16 fantasy player this season and will be leading Philadelphia when they return to action on August 1 against Indiana.
July 9, 2020, 10:57 amDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith did a little bit of everything to get him into the top-170 in both 8/9-cat leagues.
Finney-Smith has the ability to fill a stat sheet on any given night and has proven he can consistently do so. He does not do any one thing extremely well but can put together a combination of points, rebounds, blocks and steals that can make him intriguing to owners in need. He finished the season averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on 47% shooting from the field, including 1.5 3s. Finney-Smith was also active on the defensive end and contributed 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks a night, giving him 168/157 final rankings in 8/9-cat formats.
July 9, 2020, 10:49 amDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
A ruptured Achilles kept Dwight Powell from improving on his 2018-19 campaign.
After a rough start to the season Powell was beginning to have more of an impact in the few weeks leading up to his unfortunate Achilles injury. The forward finished the year averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on 64% shooting from the field while adding 0.9 steals a night. After finishing a promising 2018-19 season ranked in the top-125 both Dallas and fantasy owners were expecting growth from Powell in 2019-20. Hopefully he can make a full recovery but we should not expect to see him on the court until 2021 at the earliest.
July 9, 2020, 10:36 amSeth CurrySG, Dallas Mavericks
Seth Curry’s shooting from deep landed him within the top-160 in both 8/9-cat formats.
Curry was second in the league shooting 45% from beyond the arc, making 2.3 of his attempts per game. He finished the season scoring 12.6 points a game, resulting in 156/139 8/9-cat rankings. He got hot towards the end of the year, averaging 19.3 points on 59% shooting over his final eight games before missing the final week of the season with an ankle injury. With career averages of 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists, he is only worth rostering as a points and threes threat.
July 9, 2020, 10:12 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber continued to improve in an increased role with Dallas, ranking 153/123 in 8/9-cat leagues.
Kleber was the beneficiary of a Dwight Powell Achillies injury and Kristaps Porzingis’ inability to take part in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The available minutes allowed Kleber to stay around the top-150 and score 9.2 points per game with 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a night. The combination of blocks and the occasional three (1.6 per game) with decent percentages (46% FG, 86% FT) made him a viable bench option. His numbers have progressed each year of his career and next year he could end up being a late round draft pick.
July 9, 2020, 9:55 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein held a top-150 ranking in both 8/9-cat formats despite not playing substantial minutes in Dallas.
Cauley-Stein was a decent back-end fantasy big man in his time with Golden State, averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds on 56% shooting, while contributing 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game on the defensive end. A mid-season trade to Dallas completely wiped away any value he may have had as he was unable to secure consistent minutes with the team. In 13 appearances with the Mavs he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. With a player option on his contract this offseason it is unclear where WCS will end up but he will need to find a squad that will allow him to play consistent minutes if he is going to have any fantasy relevance.
July 9, 2020, 8:46 amTim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. posted career-best shooting numbers on his way to top-150 value in both 8/9-cat formats.
It has been a roller coaster career so far for THJ but he seems to have found his niche in Dallas as a secondary play maker and 3-point specialist. Playing alongside ball-dominant offensive talents such as Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, Hardaway is not expected to be the focal point of the offense and had his lowest minutes and FGA numbers since 2016-17. The lower volume of shots clearly helped his efficiency as he shot a career-best 40% from deep on 7.2 attempts per game. He does not do much of anything else as far as fantasy value, with 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists a night, but is a consistent scoring threat and always has the ability to help a roster in need of 3s and points. Finishing the season ranked 146/127 in 8/9-cat formats is on par with what most owners expected out of him with an ADP of 140 and we do not expect much different heading forward.