• Justin Jackson
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Justin Jackson notched 18 points off the bench in Thursday's 102-87 win over the Clippers, adding six rebounds and three triples to round out his game.

    Jackson ends his preseason on a strong note and it looks like he'll hold a solid rotation role for Dallas, and may even start if the forward core suffers injuries. That said, he's always been a weak fantasy play and would need immense volume to change anyone's mind.

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  • Thon Maker
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Thon Maker's fourth season in the NBA went the same way as his prior campaigns, as his potential went untapped while averaging 12.9 mpg for the Pistons.

    Maker's raw production is promising for fantasy purposes, as he is a rare center that brings blocks, 3-pointers, and a respectable steal rate to the table. Nonetheless, he has never seen more than 17 mpg and saw his minutes decline for the third season in a row. If Christian Wood finds his way out of Detroit in the offseason it stands to reason that Maker could carve out a larger role for himself, especially if Blake Griffin were to succumb to injuries as he did for the majority of this season. Maker would still have to prove himself versus the likes of John Henson and Sekou Doumbuoya, but Maker would be a popular sleeper in standard leagues if he received a true workload. In his current role, Maker was just a top-335/336 per-game player (8/9-cat).

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin was one of fantasy's worst values in 2019-20, finishing as a top-250/315 per-game player (8/9-cat) and bottoming out as a top-360/380 player in total value despite an ADP inside the top-45.

    Griffin dealt with left knee problems on and off throughout the season and could only make 18 appearances. He was sapped of some athleticism and was limited even when he took the court, ending up with 28.5 mpg after topping 32.5 mpg in every other season of his career. Griffin also averaged a seven-year low with 13.9 shot attempts per night and shot an disastrous .352 from the field, including .243 from deep despite taking 6.2 triples a game. He's now the keystone player of a team that badly needs a rebuild, with a serious history of injuries to boot. Griffin can be a dynamic, top-50 player when he's on, but he'll be hard to trust over the course of a full season. Hopefully this extended layoff gives Griffin, who underwent left knee surgery in January, time to fully recover for next year.

  • Sekou Doumbouya
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Sekou Doumbouya finished his first NBA season as a top-355/375 per-game player (8/9-cat).

    Doumbouya was a hot pickup after a run of strong games in January but the growing pains were real. After a three-game stretch where he totaled 52 points from January 11-15, Doumbouya would only hit double digits one more time all season, even falling out of the rotation so he could catch a break and continue to adjust to the speed of the NBA. We can't be too hard on him since he was the youngest player in the league and surrounded by very limited talent, but Doumbouya couldn't get any momentum even when Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond were out of the picture. He should be a centerpiece for Detroit moving forward and will be a fun name to track during draft season.

  • Jordan McRae
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Jordan McRae was putting together a solid season before a series of transactions took him out of rhythm.

    McRae opened the year with the Wizards, where he managed 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 triples in 22.6 mpg over 29 contests. He then moved on to four uneventful games with the Nuggets and reestablished himself with the Pistons, averaging 11.8 points in 24.5 mpg in the last four games of his campaign. All told, McRae delivered top-230/240 value in 8/9-cat leagues and should have solidified his place in the NBA going forward. Deep-league GMs can consider McRae a solid scoring option for their benches if he lands in the right spot.

  • Tony Snell
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Tony Snell was hardly an exciting fantasy asset but managed to plod his way to top-225/200 (8/9-cat) value in 2019-20.

    Snell averaged 8.0 points, 1.7 threes and 0.5 steals per game, soaking up 27.8 mpg and making 57 starts for a depleted Pistons team. While Snell won't be on anyone's draft lists next year, consider this a reminder that sometimes the best ability is availability, and that steady, boring contributors can help out in the long run.

  • John Henson
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    John Henson did his usual thing in 2019-20, swatting 1.1 shots per game and offering up deep-league specialist appeal.

    Henson finished just inside the top-250 as a per-game player, and the blocks were helpful considering he only played 15.0 mpg across his 40 games. He actually averaged 17.1 minutes in 11 games with the Pistons but saw his blocks decline to 0.9 per contest, though more minutes is always better for someone of Henson's stat set. Deep-league GMs can consider him a cheap source of blocks going forward, and this was a nice bounce-back year after he was limited to 14 games in 2018-19.

  • Brandon Knight
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Brandon Knight battled a few injuries in 2019-20 and finished the campaign averaging 7.3 points and 1.8 triples in 18.5 mpg.

    Knight also shot .353 from the field and an ugly (and out of character) .588 from the charity stripe, undoing what good he may have done for deep-league GMs. Knight hit the injury report with hamstring and ankle issues, but it was left knee soreness that kept him out for 13 games beginning in late January. If he can find an opportunity with large volume he may be a deep-league option for points and threes, but he shouldn't be on many draft lists next year after posting top-335/390 value this season.

  • Jordan Bone
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Jordan Bone was a top-490 fantasy player as a rookie, making 10 appearances and averaging 5.3 mpg.

    Bone was stuck behind a surprisingly deep guard rotation in Detroit, so he played sparingly even given the rotating injury woes of Reggie Jackson, Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown. Maybe next year affords him a great chance to earn a backup spot.

  • Khyri Thomas
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Khyri Thomas was able to play in eight games for the Pistons after missing three months with right foot surgery.

    Thomas went under the knife on November 13, 2019 and returned with a G League outing on February 22, 2020. He was able to crack the rotation right before the NBA stopped but only saw more than 10 minutes of run in three games. The former second-round selection should get a fair shake at earning a full-time spot next year given Detroit's impending rebuild.

  • Louis King
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Louis King wrapped up his rookie season with averages of 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.2 steals and 0.4 3-pointers in 6.2 mpg across 10 contests.

    King was on a two-way deal with the Pistons and finished as a top-475 fantasy option. His .364 mark from deep is something to build on but fantasy GMs can keep track from afar.