• Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and five assists on 4-of-11 shooting as the Blazers beat the Magic on Wednesday.

    He added one steal, one 3-pointer and shot 7-of-8 from the line as well. As expected, Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins took a hit with Nurkic returning as they combined for 11 points and nine rebounds. Nurkic should be able to hover around top-50 value on the season as long as he stays healthy.

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  • Danny Green
    SG, 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.

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, 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.

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, 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.

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, 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.

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, 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.

  • Jared Dudley
    SF, 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.

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, 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.

  • Talen Horton-Tucker
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Talen Horton-Tucker spent the vast majority of the season in the G League with the South Bay Lakers where he put together a solid rookie season after being drafted in the second round.

    Horton-Tucker appeared ever so briefly in two NBA games, but over 38 games in the G League he averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.4 steals. He'll need to polish his deep ball (.309 percent on 6.1 3PA) to be able to play on an offense driven by LeBron James, but Horton-Tucker should have a chance to enter more than two NBA games next year.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker, who both tested positive for COVID-19, have joined the Kings in Orlando and are beginning their quarantine process.

    Both players need to return two straight negative COVID tests before returning to practice. Sacramento has an outside shot at the playoffs and will need Hield to make it happen, even with the evident friction between him and new coach Luke Walton. Parker was not in the rotation when the season was postponed. Hopefully the Kings, and all teams, can enter the resumption schedule fully healthy.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    While Paul George missed the first 11 games of the season due to his shoulder injuries, he was able to rebound and post a top-30 fantasy season.

    That's not quite what we've come to expect from George, who was routinely taken in the top-15 before word of his shoulder troubles got out, but considering how badly the issue could've turned out, it's not a bad result at all. George's steals plummeted to 1.3 per game after two straight campaigns of at least two thefts per contest, but some of that can also be explained by a decline of nearly eight minutes per game. The other big issue was George's points falling to 21.0, down from 28.0 with OKC last year. That might not be a huge issue, however, as George was already an elite fantasy player and had never scored more than 23.7 points per game prior to that season. We've seen that George can co-exist with a high-usage superstar before and he should be able to return to more normal levels going forward as long as his health permits. A strong postseason would help PG's fantasy stock, but it's not like he was primed to be falling far in next year's drafts.