June 25, 2018, 7:04 pmJamel ArtisG, Orlando Magic
The Magic will not give a qualifying offer to Jamel Artis so he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Artis wasn't a pivotal part of the Magic rotation last season and it's hard to consider him a very attractive free agent target. If he does get a job, it could be in the G-League or on the end of a bench.
Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter
February 21, 2020, 10:12 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina started and led the Knicks in minutes with 32 on Friday, adding 14 points (5-for-11 shooting), two triples, two rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Knicks fell 98-106 to the Pacers.
Ntilikina saw extra time with Elfrid Payton out and put up a serviceable line. Look at him as a streaming source of steals and assists with some scoring while Payton is out.
February 21, 2020, 10:11 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) returned to action and started for the Cavs on Friday and quietly put up nine points (3-of-8 shooting), one rebound, two 3s and one assist in 23 minutes.
With the season already a lost cause for the Cavs, there really isn't a lot of incentive for the team to give Love a lot of run as it winds down. Despite his arrow pointing down, Love should do enough to land closer to top-75 value after the season's dust settles. That is, of course, if he manages to stay healthy.
February 21, 2020, 10:10 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
RJ Barrett scored 17 points (8-for-19 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in Friday's 98-106 loss to the pacers.
Barrett missed all five of his three-point attempts and two of his three free-throw attempts but still did enough damage inside the arc to lead the Knicks in scoring. There really is nothing to see here as Barrett will struggle to put up relevant production even with a ton of minutes.
February 21, 2020, 10:03 pmBobby PortisPF, New York Knicks
Bobby Portis notched 19 points (6-for-11 shooting), six rebounds, three triples, one assist and a block across 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.
Portis was by far the leading scorer off the bench for the Knicks. Portis shouldn't factor into leagues outside of deep leagues. The next best bench player was Mitchell Robinson who had 8 points (4-for-5 shooting), eight rebounds and four blocks.
February 21, 2020, 10:01 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal had a rough outing in Friday's loss to the Cavs, finishing the night with 26 points on 9-of-28 shooting, adding three rebounds, one assist, one trey and three steals with six turnovers.
The Cavs clamped down on Beal and he struggled to carry the Wizards to victory. Not for a lack of trying though, going 1-for-10 from downtown. Beal will need more impact from his supporting cast if the Wizards are going to sneak into the playoffs. Until they're mathematically out of the running, expect Beal to play hard and bring early-round value more often than not.
February 21, 2020, 9:56 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith shot poorly in Friday's loss to the Cavs, going 2-for-12 from the field to finish with five points, five rebounds, six assists, one trey and two steals in 30 minutes.
The minutes are still there for Smith, which is a good thing. Shabazz Napier played just 18 minutes and posted eight points (3-of-8 shooting), two 3s, one rebound, four assists and one steal. Smith, despite his struggles, remains the PG to own out of Washington with top-115 value over the last month.
February 21, 2020, 9:53 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic had it going again on Friday night with 33 points (10-for-21 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists, four triples, one steal and one block across 34 minutes as the Mavs beat the Magic 122-106.
This Doncic performance was especially sweet because Kristaps Porzingis also dominated. The pair seems to be mastering their chemistry and learning how to make each other better. Buckle up for a fun second half in Dallas.
February 21, 2020, 9:49 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis posted a monster line on Friday night, finishing with 24 points (8-for-16 shooting), 10 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and four triples as the Mavs topped the Magic.
It's starting to look like a trend that both Porzingis and Luka Doncic can be productive at the same time in Dallas, which is a scary thought for the rest of the NBA. Nine combined threes and blocks is definitely on the higher end of outcomes for Porzingis, but is exactly the type of skillset that had him as a top-25 player prior to his injury.
February 21, 2020, 9:47 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura was a solid performer for the Wizards on Friday, chipping in 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, plus seven rebounds, one triple, three dimes and two steals.
Hachimura has been playing well as of late and figures to have a strong finish this season as the team's second scoring option behind Bradley Beal. We like the trey, boards and steals tonight and as long as he keeps those peripherals going a top-120 finish in 2019-20 might be a realistic expectation
February 21, 2020, 9:45 pmTim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 16 points (5-for-9 shooting), six rebounds and three triples across 33 minutes on Friday.
At full strength, Hardaway's upside is somewhat limited but still provides consistent value as a three-point streamer. He may not be for everyone, but certainly has a role on three-point needy squads.