November 19, 2018, 10:55 pmJulius RandleF, New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle went off for a triple-double in Monday's 140-126 win over the Spurs, posting 21 points (9-of-13 from the field), 14 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in only 25 minutes of action.
Randle continues to cook in New Orleans, and now has three straight double-doubles with 19 points or more. Aside from a one-game blip on the radar where he picked up five fouls against the Wolves, Randle has double-doubled in five straight. He has only one single-digit scoring game all year and is currently averaging career-highs in shooting percentage (.564), steals (0.7), blocks (0.6) and 3-pointers (0.5). Congratulations if you were able to grab him in drafts.
July 12, 2020, 9:28 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo had the worst fantasy season of his career as his role was changed from starting point guard to reserve guard heading into the 2019-20 season.
Rondo averaged the lowest minutes out of any season in his career with just 20.5 per game. The decrease in minutes caused a dip in his stats that led to him finishing outside the top-220 in per-game value in 8-cat and 9-cat formats. Typically, Rondo was a steals and assists specialist in all formats, but the steals were not there this year as he averaged just 0.8 per game. However, he maintained the assists specialist role and was useful in 18-plus team formats for strictly assists. Rondo's days as a starter are likely over and we could see him maintain a deep-league assists specialist role going forward.
July 12, 2020, 9:20 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James has been healthy and motivated while averaging 34.9 mpg over 60 games as a top-8/11 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player this season, as he leads the Lakers in pursuit of the NBA title.
King James swiftly put any rumors of his demise to rest, and he has the Lakers well ahead of the field in the Western Conference. He was making an MVP push before the stoppage in play and has put up monstrous averages of 25.7 points, a league-leading 10.6 assists, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks on the strength of .498 shooting from the field. His performance from the line remains a blemish (.697 percent on 5.7 FTA), and the 4.0 turnovers don't help in 9-cat leagues, but LeBron has lived up to his first-round draft day value.
July 12, 2020, 9:16 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kostas Antetokounmpo appeared in just three games for the Lakers during the 2019-20 season as he was primarily in the G-League.
Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the last pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and has failed to secure a steady role with any team thus far. He averaged 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 62.3-percent shooting in 38 games for the South Bay Lakers. He was signed to a two-way contract with the Lakers, but due to their stacked roster he was unable to see much playing time.
July 12, 2020, 9:11 pmDanny GreenSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Danny Green took a step back in his first season with the Lakers, registering as a top-158/134 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player on the strength of averaging 1.9 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks.
Green is never going to light up the stat line as a scorer, but his field goal percentage dropped sharply compared to his career-high performance with the Raptors last year (.419 percent vs .465 percent), and his scoring also declined (8.2 PTS vs 10.3 PTS). Green remains a valuable part of the Lakers rotation, and he'll be called upon to guard lead ballhandlers even more with Avery Bradley opting out of action in the Orlando bubble. Green's shooting could easily improve next season, and owners have to stay patient if they want to ride him out in pursuit of the top-100 value he has produced in the past.
July 12, 2020, 8:55 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has adapted well as a 3-point marksman (.394 percent on 3.5 3PA) on the reloaded Lakers, but with just 25.5 mpg at his disposal, he has been reduced to a top-209/196 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player.
Caldwell-Pope received 33.2 minutes a contest in 2017-18 upon first joining the Lakers, leading to 13.4 ppg, but the burden is now distributed across a number of players after Anthony Davis and LeBron James get their fill. He will see an uptick with Avery Bradley opting out of the bubble, but he is still just a 3-point specialist with reliable percentages.
July 12, 2020, 8:45 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley was unable to make any fantasy noise as a top-244/233 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player before his decision to not join the Lakers in the Orlando bubble, as he posted 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.9 steals over 24 minutes per game.
Bradley was one of the more outspoken players when it came to his concern on overshadowing social justice issues by relaunching activities within the bubble. Ultimately he could not overcome the health risks to his family. The Lakers valued his defensive chops during the regular season, but with such a limited offensive role he was not able to impact the fantasy box score. Bradley has a player option next season and is likely to have a number of suitors seeking his defensive presence if he hunts for a long-term contract.
July 12, 2020, 8:33 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso saw his role reduced with the Lakers this season, as he was a top-264/255 per game player (8-cat/9-cat) while receiving 17.8 minutes a game.
Caruso was more of a 20-team option this season, and while the absence of Avery Bradley will increase his opportunity when play resumes in the bubble, he was a forgotten man during his third season in the NBA. With ball handlers like LeBron James and Rajon Rondo orchestrating the offense, and Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma looking to score the basketball, there just isn't enough opportunity for Caruso to continue his development. He'll look to prove his worth as a consistent rotation piece next season.
July 12, 2020, 8:23 pmDion WaitersSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Dion Waiters appeared in three games with the Heat during an acrimonious 2019-20 season and will now try to resurrect some value with the Lakers.
The Lakers added Waiters to the roster on March 5, but he did not have enough time to appear in a game before the league-wide lockdown. Waiters' career has been a bumpy one, and he was suspended on three occasions by the Heat this season alone. He will have his work cut out for him to earn a decent role on the Lakers when play resumes, but any opportunity would be welcomed after only appearing in three games with the Heat this season. He's never been more than scorer with poor percentages over the course of his career.
July 12, 2020, 8:08 pmJared DudleySF, Los Angeles Lakers
Jared Dudley averaged only 7.8 mpg as the Lakers had enough depth to limit his role to serving as a leader on the bench.
Dudley appeared in 40 games and is an afterthought for fantasy purposes. While his value to the team is higher than these raw numbers would suggest, he averaged a measly 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and .4 3-pointers this season. If the Lakers decide to add more depth to the bench it is possible another contender will look to scoop up Dudley's presence as a veteran leader for the 2020-21 season.
July 12, 2020, 8:05 pmEdmond SumnerPG, Indiana Pacers
Despite the injuries to Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner unable to play in more than 25 games for the Pacers.
The arrival of T.J. McConnell gave the Pacers the backup PG they wanted, pushing Sumner completely out of the rotation. In the games he did manage to get sent out onto the floor, Sumner averaged 13.8 minutes and averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals per game to finish barely inside the fantasy top-350.