April 15, 2018, 12:37 pmMarcus SmartPG/SG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (thumb) said that he could potentially return if there was to be a Game 7 as his ligament is fixed.
This has got to be great news for the Celtics as they have one of the tougher first round matchups vs. a young, hungry Bucks team. Smart would provide the Celtics with a much needed defensive presence and he's shown he has a knack for making it hard on the opposing team's best player. The Celtics don't have any answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo, just like every other team in the league, but having Smart back could only help them.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
December 10, 2019, 12:54 amDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green was solid again on Monday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with three rebounds, five assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer.
Green got his numbers across the board and the main talking point should be the fact that he played. As long as he can stay on the floor he should give late-mid round value, but there's so much risk involved with him being shut down with load management days that it's best to sell-high when given the chance. Whenever Green misses time we can expect Eric Paschall (five points, two rebounds and one block) to see an uptick in usage.
December 10, 2019, 12:53 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant returned to action on Monday from back spasms and led the Grizzlies in scoring with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Morant was on a hot streak before suffering from back spasms and it's good to see him pick back up where he left off. The minutes limit is only temporary and we're looking at an easily achievable top-50 floor with him.
December 10, 2019, 12:52 amDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on Monday against the Warriors.
Brooks has been providing steady value for owners in need of triples and points. Grayson Allen (15 points, two rebounds, one block and three triples) had a solid game, but can be left on the wire as Brooks is the better of the two to own in Memphis.
December 10, 2019, 12:52 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled on Monday with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists and two triples.
Valanciunas was absolutely killing it heading into this game and it's a great sign that tonight can be considered a weak game by his standards.
December 10, 2019, 12:51 amJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. filled up the stat sheet on Monday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding three boards, two dimes, one steal, three blocks and two triples.
JJJ had a solid night scoring the ball and the defensive numbers came in as well. The Warriors aren't stiff competition, but JJJ just needs to stay out of foul trouble to produce top-40 numbers.
December 10, 2019, 12:08 amDaniel GaffordPF, Chicago Bulls
Daniel Gafford hit 7-of-9 field goal attempts in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday on his way to 14 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.
Outside of steaming for field goal percentage and blocks, Gafford is currently off the standard league radar. If the Bulls were to lose Wendell Carter Jr. or Lauri Markkanen for any length of time, though, Gafford could be a Jarrett Allen-type as a fill-in.
December 10, 2019, 12:02 amDenzel ValentineSF, Chicago Bulls
Denzel Valentine played 23 minutes off the bench and had 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and three triples on Monday in a loss to the Raptors.
Valentine has been a part of the rotation once again for a few weeks. It seems like he's played himself back into shape after missing all of last season. However, the Bulls will be getting Otto Porter and Chandler Hutchison back before too long. So, this deep-league value that Valentine is providing will likely be short-lived. Meanwhile, Coby White went 0-for-7 from the field (0-for-5 from deep) with eight rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes for a strange stat line.
December 9, 2019, 11:53 pmTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky had a double-double on Monday night in a close loss to the Raptors as he put up 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, three rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
That's a great game from Satoransky, who has been trending up lately. He's a very safe, late-round point guard with good assists, steals and free throw percentage. He also has a history of strong field goal percentage for a guard, so there's hope for improvement there, too.
December 9, 2019, 11:52 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio double-doubled with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting with four rebounds, 14 dimes and two 3s in Monday's 125-109 win over the Wolves.
Rubio is on a bit of a heater with tonight's performance being his third straight double-double. As long as he's healthy the Spaniard should continue to be a strong source of assists, with and reliable peripherals moving forward.
December 9, 2019, 11:49 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine started hot on Monday, scoring 20 first-half points but couldn't add to the total in the second half while Bulls lost 92-93 to the Raptors.
LaVine ended up shooting just 6-for-18 (5-for-7 FTs), but he added 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers. LaVine is now very close to where he was ranked last season (40s/60s in 8-cat/9-cat) with the only differences being more threes in exchange for worse efficiency.