November 28, 2018, 6:27 pmNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (calf contusion) will be available to play on Wednesday night.
Noel will be part of the effort to slow Tristan Thompson on the glass but is unlikely to play a ton. His per-minute defensive production means you can make an excuse to play him on any given night but his value is limited more towards the 14-team range or hyper-competitive shallower leagues.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
July 12, 2020, 10:07 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis finished as the No. 1/2 player in 8/9-cat formats in per-game value and had a fairly healthy season as well.
Davis came through as the Lakers had hoped when they traded away all of their young core except for Kyle Kuzma to get him. However, nothing is complete until they bring home a championship. He did not see his role change much at all from his transition from the pelicans to the Lakers as his stats are nearly identical to his seasons with the Pelicans. Davis should be all the way at the top of everyone's draft boards heading into next season as the only thing that will ever stand in his way of being a top-3 value is his health.
July 12, 2020, 10:02 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma regressed significantly in the 2019-20 season as he played just 24.8 minutes per game and only started seven games.
Kuzma was seeing above 30 minutes per game and starting most games for his first two seasons, so this was a completely new role that he had in issue adjusting to. He saw a decrease in points, rebounds, assists, steals, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. Those decreases led to him finishing as a top-250/280 value in 8/9-cat formats. He could bounce back next season if the Lakers give him more minutes, but we could see the one-dimensionality of his game come back to bite him if he remains a role player.
July 12, 2020, 9:56 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard had a fantastic season as a reserve for the Lakers as he averaged 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game on 73.2-percent shooting.
Howard saw more minutes per game than the starter, JaVale McGee, but remained on the bench as he was thriving in that role. There were doubts about Howard embracing a bench role and taking it seriously prior to the Lakers signing him, but he came through big time and showed up when the Lakers needed it most. He hovered around top-220 value in 8/9-cat formats and was a solid late-round target for teams that were punting free-throw percentage. He could maintain similar value if the Lakers decide to re-sign him for next season.
July 12, 2020, 9:50 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee had a much better 2018-19 season than he did 2019-20 season due to the entrance of Dwight Howard, but he still maintained late-round value.
McGee's minutes per game decreased from 22.3 to 16.8, but he was still able to maintain his dominance in blocks and field goal percentage. He averaged 1.5 blocks per game and shot 64-percent from the field. McGee should be a late-round target in fantasy as long as he is seeing above 15 minutes per game with the Lakers.
July 12, 2020, 9:43 pmQuinn CookPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Quinn Cook began the season playing every game at about 15 minutes per game, but his role diminished as the season progressed with the Lakers.
Cook actually saw less minutes this season than he did with the Warriors over the past two seasons, which caused him to have the worst fantasy season of his career. He finished outside the top-400 in per-game value in 8/9-cat formats. Cook thrived as the starter in games that Stephen Curry missed during the 2018-19 season, so it was tough to see his role decrease significantly with the Lakers. He is signed with the Lakers for another season, so fantasy owners should stay away from Cook in next year's draft.
July 12, 2020, 9:36 pmNaz Mitrou-LongSG, Indiana Pacers
Naz Mitrou-Long was unable to make much of a splash in 2019-20, recording averages of 4.7 points, 0.7 threes, 2.3 assists and 0.3 steals in 14.2 minutes per game.
Mitrou-Long only took to the court in three games, limiting his per-game value to the top-350 and his value by totals in the top-450. He was not fantasy-viable asset and will not likely be an impact-player anytime soon.
July 12, 2020, 9:35 pmMarkieff MorrisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Markieff Morris did not play well in his eight-game stint with Lakers after being bought out by the Pistons.
Morris was a top-220/250 asset in 8/9-cat formats for the season overall. However, in his eight games with the Lakers he averaged 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game on 38.9-percent shooting. He was solid option in 18-plus team formats due to the volume he was getting with the Pistons, but that faded once his time with the Lakers began. His fantasy value will be largely dependent on the role he receives with whatever team signs him for next season. Regardless, it is unlikely that Morris will finish inside the top-150 with any team unless he is seeing solid minutes as a starter.
July 12, 2020, 9:28 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo had the worst fantasy season of his career as his role was changed from starting point guard to reserve guard heading into the 2019-20 season.
Rondo averaged the lowest minutes out of any season in his career with just 20.5 per game. The decrease in minutes caused a dip in his stats that led to him finishing outside the top-220 in per-game value in 8-cat and 9-cat formats. Typically, Rondo was a steals and assists specialist in all formats, but the steals were not there this year as he averaged just 0.8 per game. However, he maintained the assists specialist role and was useful in 18-plus team formats for strictly assists. Rondo’s days as a starter are likely over and we could see him maintain a deep-league assists specialist role going forward.
July 12, 2020, 9:20 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James has been healthy and motivated while averaging 34.9 mpg over 60 games as a top-8/11 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player this season, as he leads the Lakers in pursuit of the NBA title.
King James swiftly put any rumors of his demise to rest, and he has the Lakers well ahead of the field in the Western Conference. He was making an MVP push before the stoppage in play and has put up monstrous averages of 25.7 points, a league-leading 10.6 assists, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks on the strength of .498 shooting from the field. His performance from the line remains a blemish (.697 percent on 5.7 FTA), and the 4.0 turnovers don't help in 9-cat leagues, but LeBron has lived up to his first-round draft day value.
July 12, 2020, 9:16 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kostas Antetokounmpo appeared in just three games for the Lakers during the 2019-20 season as he was primarily in the G-League.
Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the last pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and has failed to secure a steady role with any team thus far. He averaged 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 62.3-percent shooting in 38 games for the South Bay Lakers. He was signed to a two-way contract with the Lakers, but due to their stacked roster he was unable to see much playing time.