March 29, 2017, 8:52 pm
Nerlens Noel played just 23 minutes on Wednesday, collecting four quick fouls against the Pelicans overwhelming front line.
Both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis were able to overpower or out position Noel early on in this one, resulting in the quick fouls and disappointing minutes total. It was quite the let down after his 15 point, four steal, two block explosion against the Thunder on Wednesday, but owners can forgive Noel for struggling against the most talented front court in the league. Even on an off night it was nice to see the Mavs’ starting center grab six boards and chip in defensively with one steal and one block. He’ll look to recapture his form on Friday against the Grizzlies.
July 9, 2020, 10:57 amDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith did a little bit of everything to get him into the top-170 in both 8/9-cat leagues.
Finney-Smith has the ability to fill a stat sheet on any given night and has proven he can consistently do so. He does not do any one thing extremely well but can put together a combination of points, rebounds, blocks and steals that can make him intriguing to owners in need. He finished the season averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on 47% shooting from the field, giving him 168/157 final rankings in 8/9-cat formats.
July 9, 2020, 10:49 amDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
A ruptured Achilles kept Dwight Powell from improving on his 2018-19 campaign.
After a rough start to the season Powell was beginning to have more of an impact in the few weeks leading up to his unfortunate Achilles injury. The forward finished the year averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on 64% shooting from the field. After finishing a promising 2018-19 season ranked in the top-125 both Dallas and fantasy owners were expecting growth from Powell in 2019-20. Hopefully he can make a full recovery but we should not expect to see him on the court until 2021 at the earliest.
July 9, 2020, 10:36 amSeth CurrySG, Dallas Mavericks
Seth Curry's shooting from deep landed him within the top-160 in both 8/9-cat formats.
Curry was second in the league shooting 45% from beyond the arc, making 2.3 of his attempts per game. He finished the season scoring 12.6 points a game, resulting in 156/139 8/9-cat rankings. He got hot towards the end of the season averaging 19.3 points on 59% shooting over his final eight games before missing the final week of the season with an ankle injury. With career averages of 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists he is only worth rostering as a points and threes threat.
July 9, 2020, 10:12 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber continues to improve in an increased role with Dallas, ranking 153/123 in 8/9-cat leagues.
Kleber was the beneficiary of a Dwight Powell Achillies injury and Kristaps Porzingis' inability to take part in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The available minutes allowed Kleber to stay around the top-150 and score 9.2 points per game with 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a night. The combination of blocks and the occasional three (1.6 per game) with decent percentages (46% FG, 86% FT) made him a viable bench option. His numbers have progressed each year of his career and next year he could end up being a late round draft pick.
July 9, 2020, 9:55 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein held a top-150 ranking in both 8/9-cat formats despite not playing substantial minutes in Dallas.
Willie Cauley-Stein was a decent back-end fantasy big man in his time with Golden State, averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds on 56% shooting. A mid-season trade to Dallas completely wiped away any value he may have had as he was unable to secure consistent minutes with the team. In 13 appearances with the Mavs he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. With a player option on his contract this off season it is unclear where WCS will end up but he will need to find a squad that will allow him to play consistent minutes if he is going to have any fantasy relevance.
Tim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Luka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Andre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael BeasleyPF, Free Agent
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