• Markieff Morris
    F, Washington Wizards

    Markieff Morris was moved to the bench and produced in Tuesday's comeback win over the Clippers, scoring 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Things are going to be turbulent and Morris hasn't been worth the trouble in 12-team leagues this season, but he has shown top-100 upside in the past and even beyond that when things are good. He's probably available on a few wires and profiles as well for late-round value as many guys you'll see there.

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  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Once thought to be out for the season because of a serious knee injury, Jonathan Isaac said it feels surreal to be competing again and given something of a chance at returning because of the four-month layoff in the NBA season.

    Isaac, whom the Magic consider to be one of their cornerstone pieces for the future, continues to make progress toward a potential return for the NBA’s restarted season. He is one of just two players in the NBA to be in the league’s top-15 in both blocked shots (2.44) and steals (1.56), but the Magic will proceed cautiously with a talent such as him and they will only allow him to return if he is fully cleared by the team’s medical staff. His body has responded well to the process of trying to return fully, but like any sort of rehabilitation process, Isaac said he’s had his good days and bad days. Regardless, he is pleased with where he stands now some 17 days prior to the NBA season restarting, while a possible return could do wonders for a Magic squad hoping to pass the injury-and-illness-ravaged Brooklyn Nets in the standings for the No. 7 seed.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Sterling Brown
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Sterling Brown had a down year averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 triples and 0.5 steals in 45 games, good for 333/337 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Brown was part of a deep backcourt but he made the most out of his playing time while taking advantage of the minutes created due to multiple injuries. His percentages were down but the Bucks trust him as a defensive wing, a much-needed commodity in today’s NBA. Brown is only a deep league option and he will continue to compete primarily with Donte DiVincenzo for more minutes next to Giannis and Kris Middleton.

  • D.J. Wilson
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his third season with the Bucks, D.J. Wilson averaged just 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.5 triples in 31 games and 9.0 minutes per game, returning 431/437 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Wilson was bothered by a left hamstring injury but more importantly he failed to earn coach Bud’s trust and remained out of the rotation for the most part of the year. He is a versatile forward who can even play some minutes as a center and it remains to be seen how long will the Bucks continue to develop him. Keep him on your radar only in dynasty formats.

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his return to the NBA with the Bucks, Thanasis Antetokounmpo averaged 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 18 contests and 5.2 minutes per game, good for 454/464 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Thanasis was brought in by Milwaukee as a simple courtesy to his brother Giannis and he can’t be trusted in any fantasy formats. He did start a couple games where his numbers were interesting but he is buried deep in the Bucks rotation and he is not expected to have a more prominent role going forward.

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler averaged 20.2 points, 0.5 3s, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocks on .454 shooting in 54 games for 24/13 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Butler had some owners scared as he missed the beginning of the season due to the birth of his child, but it wouldn't mean much in the long run. He's a proven early-round asset and the 13th value was around where we had him. The 3-pointers went away, but he made up for it in defense and efficiency.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo averaged 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks on .567 shooting in 65 games for 31/40 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Adebayo blossomed into the All-Star we pegged him as here at Hoop Ball.. The double-double machine was efficient from all areas of the floor and ran point for the Heat the majority of the time, especially on his own defensive rebounds as shown by his 5.1 dimes per-game. Adebayo's only 22 years old and posted top-40 value during his first year as a starter. The ceiling is the heavens.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones averaged 8.9 points, 0.7 3s, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks on .514 shooting in 51 games for 155/114 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Jones' amazing leaping ability was what made him a household name as he was always astounding in the dunk contests, but he was able to translate the athleticism into some juicy fantasy value this year. He wasn't able to consistently provide value, which is something many Heat forwards struggle to do, but the defensive numbers gave him some nice upside as a flier/waiver wire pick.

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn averaged 29.8 minutes, 15.6 points, 2.1 3s, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks on .448 shooting in 62 games for 127/132 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Nunn came out of no where this year and took over the reins as the Heat's primary scorer when Jimmy Butler missed the first few games due to the birth of his child. There wasn't any draft hype around Nunn in 2018 due to him pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery while in college, but the Heat signed him a year later to give him a shot. It would pay off on the basketball court as he was able to make a name for himself. Everything broke right for Nunn this season for him to crack top-130 value so it's hard to love the idea of him repeating his 2019-2020 breakout season.

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk averaged 7.7 points, 1.4 3s, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks on .476 shooting for 192/188 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Olynyk was stuck in another up-and-down season with the carousel of forwards the Heat were playing. There was fatigue at the beginning of the year due to playing in the FIBA World Cup and he was slow to recover from the tiredness and some injuries. He also had to compete with even more bodies this season and the emergence of Bam Adebayo meant even less minutes for Olynyk. His stat set and skills are there, but the opportunity wasn't,

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala averaged 4.4 points, 0.6 3s, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks on .490 shooting in 14 games for 237/257 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Iguodala's holdout on the Grizzlies caused some controversy, but it worked out for him in the end as Pat Riley saved his season by trading for him and getting him on a contending team. His fantasy value was fringe on the Warriors so it was unlikely he would hold any on the Heat, but his real life impact was the big headline on the day he was traded. Expect to see Iggy play some real playoff minutes guarding the opposing team's best scorers as he can still defend with the best of them.

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