• Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks want Frank Ntilikina to spend his offseason focusing on getting stronger.

    Coach Hornacek added, “He’s 19. He’s never been in a weight program…┬áThe more strength you have, the more conditioning you actually do and you don’t get tired. This is just the tip for him.” It’s a common thing for rookies, and despite Ntilikina’s strong defensive abilities he’s limited on the offensive end by larger, more physical opponents. He intends to go home to France over the offseason to work on his game and the Knicks expect him to participate in Summer League. Unfortunately, even with the Knicks in tank mode they still won’t start their first round pick and supposed point guard of the future. Ntilikina probably won’t be worth your time in fantasy leagues until next season, and we’ll see then just how much his offseason work paid off.

    Source: NY Daily News

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  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Ben McLemore surprised in 2019-20, posting top-220/200 (8/9-cat) fantasy value and becoming a solid member of the Rockets' rotation.

    McLemore looked to be on his way out of the league but took full advantage of his opportunity in Houston. He stepped up when the Rockets were missing players and managed 9.8 points, 0.6 steals and 2.4 triples in 22.8 mpg, shooting a respectable .445 from the field. His value going forward will hinge on that percentage, as McLemore had never shot better than .430 in a season until this year. McLemore should always have juice as a 3-point streamer in Houston but in terms of full-season appeal he's still only a deep-league option going forward.

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    While Kelly Oubre (torn right meniscus) has been doing "a little" of the on-court work in Orlando, most of his efforts have been on rehab efforts.

    Oubre was initially reported as out for the Orlando restart, though in the last few weeks the Suns have refused to close the door on him playing. The team has poor playoff odds but may see some benefits in getting their full roster some additional reps in, as well as a return simply acting as a reward for Oubre diligently completing a long rehab stint. Fantasy players might not want to make KO a priority in resumption drafts but it's hard to write him off completely until we know his official status. For what it's worth, Monty Williams says that Oubre has his bounce and looks great.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers delivered top-285/270 (8/9-cat) fantasy value in 2019-20, operating as one of the eight consistent members of Houston's rotation.

    Rivers bounced back as a deep threat, hitting 35.8% of his long bombs this year after shooting 31.8% in 2018-19, but differences in volume meant his overall output stayed put at 1.4 triples per contest. While Rivers did manage a big season in his last with the Clippers, that was mostly a factor of the team's huge injury list. Two years removed from those favorable circumstances and it's clear that Rivers shouldn't be viewed as much more than a streaming option when Houston's big dogs aren't playing.

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Jeff Green turned his season around after signing with the Rockets and ended up delivering top-275 fantasy value.

    Green signed with the Jazz in the offseason but struggled mightily, shooting a ghastly .385 from the field and eventually falling out of the rotation. He saw a quick renaissance in Houston, hitting an absurd 62.1% of his shots across 10 games, also chipping in 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 triples in 20.1 mpg. That's certainly more than should be expected moving forward but Green fits the Rockets as a capable defensive power forward who can shift down to center in their uber-small lineups. Green's season was a tale of two halves, certainly, but there shouldn't be much excitement about his fantasy potential in the coming years. When the percentages return to normal he'll struggle to keep afloat in 20-team formats.

  • David Nwaba
    SF, Houston Rockets

    David Nwaba was a helpful member of the Nets' rotation before tearing his right Achilles in December.

    Nwaba brings the sort of hard-nosed play that Kenny Atkinson liked to see, so it was no surprise that he earned regular playing time. Though he hasn't been much of a shooter throughout his career, Nwaba did knock down 0.6 triples per contest on .429 from deep, offering some promise going forward. Most of his fantasy value, top-310/290 (8/9-cat), was brought about by a .521 mark from the field plus 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks in 13.4 mpg. Nwaba signed with the Rockets and should help lengthen their bench next season as a versatile defender. If he can get minutes in the teens, he'll be on the deep-league radar as a defensive specialist.

  • Isaiah Hartenstein
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Isaiah Hartenstein couldn't gain traction at the NBA level, delivering fantasy value just outside top-300 despite another big campaign in the G League.

    Hartenstein averaged 24.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 threes while shooting .587 for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers but could only muster 11.6 mpg in 23 games with the Rockets. Even when Clint Capela went down with his heel injury Houston opted to run with no centers rather than elevate the young German. While Hartenstein was released in June, he shouldn't have a shortage of suitors. Deep dynasty GMs can keep tracking his progress, and a change of scenery might not be a bad thing for Hartenstein's prospects of playing time.

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Thabo Sefolosha closed the book on his 2019-20 season with top-375/355 value (8/9-cat).

    Sefolosha will not be participating in the league's restart, so anyone playing fantasy games for the rest of this year can ignore him completely. The defensive stopper used to be a sneaky top-175 option because of his steals, blocks and rebounds, but Sefolosha is mostly emergency depth at this point in his career. He averaged 10.6 minutes in 41 games this season, though deep-league streamers may have found some utility in his 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks. Sefolosha isn't a fantasy option to pursue going forward.

  • Bruno Caboclo
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Despite a strong finish to his 2018-19 season, Bruno Caboclo was once again an afterthought in 2019-20.

    Perhaps Caboclo's solid play in Memphis was a bit of a mirage, as it came for a shorthanded, rebuilding team. With the Grizzlies back at full strength this year Caboclo was not a regular, and he would go on to play just five games after being traded to Houston. The per-minute production — 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks in 8.1 mpg — remains intriguing but Caboclo just can't seem to break into a rotation full-time. The fact that he shot a horrid .143 from deep doesn't help matters going forward. Optimistic fantasy players can keep holding on in very deep dynasty leagues but it's hard to endorse Caboclo for more than that at this point. He closed the year as a top-375/355 (8/9-cat) per-game option.

  • Chris Clemons
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Chris Clemons was able to sneak inside the top-400 in the 2019-20 fantasy season.

    Clemons had some nice moments when Russell Westbrook and James Harden (or both) were out of the lineup but ultimately he was Houston's third option at PG. He did knock down 1.1 triples in just 8.7 mpg, so he fits Houston's system, but he's not someone to keep track of outside of extremely deep leagues.

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, Houston Rockets

    DeMarre Carroll fell way off the map in 2019-20, seeing action in only 21 games between the Spurs and the Rockets.

    Carroll got his act together in Brooklyn after a poor run following a big contract with the Raptors, so it's surprising to see how quickly he was out of an NBA rotation. After 140 games and 80 starts across two seasons with the Nets, Carroll signed with San Antonio after they were spurned by Marcus Morris. He was never a consistent member of the rotation and signed with Houston after being bought out. He has the 3-and-D profile that fits with the Rockets' style but is only an emergency depth piece. After a couple years of standard-league appeal, DC finished as a top-450 player. His next landing spot will determine his fantasy outlook but standard-league GMs don't need to be waiting eagerly for Carroll's next move.

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