March 20, 2017, 6:46 pm
Myles Turner shot 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 16 points with six boards, one assist and four blocks in 35 minutes on Monday against the Jazz.
Turner was impressive given that he was sized up against Gobert for much of the night. He was a force at both ends of the floor, which is a great bounce back from his dud on Sunday night. Turner has been a top-20 player all season, but his production tends to fluctuate greatly on any given night. You have no choice but to ride him during this four-game week and hope that he continues to play as he did tonight.
July 7, 2020, 11:57 amSpencer DinwiddiePG, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets’ team doctors have decided to have guard Spencer Dinwiddie sit the NBA restart out of an abundance of caution, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19 and has also experienced symptoms of the virus so the team is obviously treating his situation with extreme caution. The Nets have been decimated and they are expected to be in the bubble without Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Nic Claxton and of course Kevin Durant. We just really hope Dinwiddie is able to recover soon.
Source: Shams Charania of the Athletic
July 7, 2020, 11:50 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that Bradley Beal will not play in the restarted NBA season due to his shoulder injury.
Beal was reportedly torn about whether he would play but he is making the smart decision here in order to avoid the risk of further injury. The Wizards will now be without Beal and starting forward Davis Bertans when the season resumes at the end of the month, making their presence in Orlando even more meaningless.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 7, 2020, 11:07 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 2.4 triples to go with 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 53 games for the Celtics, good for 51/44 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Smart missed a few games throughout the year and also tested positive for COVID-19 but he was definitely one of the good stories of the season, surpassing his ADP. His percentages remained brutal but he took advantage of the extra playing time due to the injury Kemba Walker sustained and solidified his role as a dynamic guard who contributes on both ends of the floor. The steals have always given him late-round appeal but the rising 3-pointers and assists push him into the middle-round conversation with ease.
July 7, 2020, 10:24 amRomeo LangfordSG, Boston Celtics
First round pick Romeo Langford appeared in just 27 games in his rookie year in Boston, battling an assortment of injuries and showing only glimpses of his talent while generating 449/448 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Langford averaged just 11.0 minutes per game and while Brad Stevens was very encouraging of his young guard, he struggled to remain healthy and failed to gain any momentum during the season. The Celtics will absolutely be patient with their rookie and he is someone to buy-low in dynasty leagues after a disastrous first year.
July 7, 2020, 10:11 amJavonte GreenPF, Boston Celtics
Undrafted forward Javonte Green played in 44 games for the Celtics in his rookie year, showing flashes of his potential as a 3-and-D wing and averaging 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 9.4 minutes per game and returning just 400/387 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Green was able to impress the Celtics after an outstanding Las Vegas Summer League that helped him secure their final roster spot. He didn’t have much fantasy value this year and his salary is not guaranteed beyond this season so it remains to be seen whether he has a place in the NBA.
July 7, 2020, 9:58 amTremont WatersPG, Boston Celtics
Rookie Tremont Waters played in just 10 games with the Celtics failing to make much difference, but he was impressive in the G League where he was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
Waters averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 triples and 1.9 steals per game in 36 games with the Maine Red Claws. The Celtics had to sign him to a two-way contract due to roster limitations last year but the rookie has made his case for a more prominent role and he is a name to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
July 7, 2020, 9:50 amVincent PoirierC, Boston Celtics
Vincent Poirier appeared in just 20 games for the Celtics in his first year in the NBA, averaging only 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.7 minutes per game, good for 434/431 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
The French big missed six weeks due to a fractured right pinkie but even when he was healthy he couldn’t secure any playing time and remained buried on the depth chart behind Robert Williams and Grant Williams. The Celtics signed him as insurance last year and it’s obvious that they didn’t have high expectations for him in his first year playing away from home.
July 7, 2020, 9:37 amMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Talking to the Miami Herald, Meyers Leonard said that his ankle has healed correctly and he is ready to play in Orlando and make a case for his next contract in the NBA.
Leonard, who started the first 49 games of the season before the injury, averaged 6.1 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 42.9 from the 3-point line. He is an impending free agent, and even though he wants to remain in Miami, he is expected to have plenty of suitors after a productive year with the Heat.
Source: Miami Herald
July 7, 2020, 9:21 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
After two years in which he struggled to return to his old form, Gordon Hayward looked fresh and healthy averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 triples and 0. steals while shooting .502/.392/.847 splits and returning 51/44 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
The versatile forward had a tremendous start to the season before missing a few games with a left foot injury that is reportedly still bothering him. Regardless, he still managed to play 33.4 minutes in 45 games and he should continue to be the wild card for a Celtics team that is looking to make some noise in Orlando next month. Hayward can opt out of the max contract that he signed with the Celtics a few years ago and it will be interesting to see if he feels like testing the open market.
July 7, 2020, 9:04 amBrad WanamakerPG, Boston Celtics
Brad Wanamaker averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 triples, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 19.3 minutes off the bench, returning 241/245 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
With Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart missing time due to various injuries, the Celtics had to turn to Wanamaker for some much-needed help at the point guard position and the veteran delivered. Although his percentages were ugly and he doesn’t really have a diverse fantasy game, Wanamaker proved to be a nice option in deeper formats. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he should be able to generate some interest around the league as a scoring guard who can hit the triple.