October 21, 2019, 1:45 pmRondae Hollis-JeffersonSF, Toronto Raptors
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) and Patrick McCaw (knee) are listed out prior to Tuesday's regular-season opener vs. the Pelicans.
RHJ has been dealing with a sore left groin since last Friday. He wasn't able to make an impression on Raptors' head coach Nick Nurse in the preseason, who criticized him for 'not playing hard enough and not playing with the level of defense that is expected.' He can be left on the waiver wire in most league formats.
Source: NBA injury report
July 10, 2020, 3:36 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin was one of fantasy's worst values in 2019-20, finishing as a top-250/315 per-game player (8/9-cat) and bottoming out as a top-360/380 player in total value despite an ADP inside the top-45.
Griffin dealt with left knee problems on and off throughout the season and could only make 18 appearances. He was sapped of some athleticism and was limited even when he took the court, ending up with 28.5 mpg after topping 32.5 mpg in every other season of his career. Griffin also averaged a seven-year low with 13.9 shot attempts per night and shot an disastrous .352 from the field, including .243 from deep despite taking 6.2 triples a game. He's now the keystone player of a team that badly needs a rebuild, with a serious history of injuries to boot. Griffin can be a dynamic, top-50 player when he's on, but he'll be hard to trust over the course of a full season. Hopefully this extended layoff gives Griffin, who underwent left knee surgery in January, time to fully recover for next year.
July 10, 2020, 3:32 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya finished his first NBA season as a top-355/375 per-game player (8/9-cat).
Doumbouya was a hot pickup after a run of strong games in January but the growing pains were real. After a three-game stretch where he totaled 52 points from January 11-15, Doumbouya would only hit double digits one more time all season, even falling out of the rotation so he could catch a break and continue to adjust to the speed of the NBA. We can't be too hard on him since he was the youngest player in the league and surrounded by very limited talent, but Doumbouya couldn't get any momentum even when Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond were out of the picture. He should be a centerpiece for Detroit moving forward and will be a fun name to track during draft season.
July 10, 2020, 3:24 pmJordan McRaeSG, Detroit Pistons
Jordan McRae was putting together a solid season before a series of transactions took him out of rhythm.
McRae opened the year with the Wizards, where he managed 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 triples in 22.6 mpg over 29 contests. He then moved on to four uneventful games with the Nuggets and reestablished himself with the Pistons, averaging 11.8 points in 24.5 mpg in the last four games of his campaign. All told, McRae delivered top-230/240 value in 8/9-cat leagues and should have solidified his place in the NBA going forward. Deep-league GMs can consider McRae a solid scoring option for their benches if he lands in the right spot.
July 10, 2020, 3:20 pmTony SnellSG, Detroit Pistons
Tony Snell was hardly an exciting fantasy asset but managed to plod his way to top-225/200 (8/9-cat) value in 2019-20.
Snell averaged 8.0 points, 1.7 threes and 0.5 steals per game, soaking up 27.8 mpg and making 57 starts for a depleted Pistons team. While Snell won't be on anyone's draft lists next year, consider this a reminder that sometimes the best ability is availability, and that steady, boring contributors can help out in the long run.
July 10, 2020, 3:03 pmJohn HensonPF, Detroit Pistons
John Henson did his usual thing in 2019-20, swatting 1.1 shots per game and offering up deep-league specialist appeal.
Henson finished just inside the top-250 as a per-game player, and the blocks were helpful considering he only played 15.0 mpg across his 40 games. He actually averaged 17.1 minutes in 11 games with the Pistons but saw his blocks decline to 0.9 per contest, though more minutes is always better for someone of Henson's stat set. Deep-league GMs can consider him a cheap source of blocks going forward, and this was a nice bounce-back year after he was limited to 14 games in 2018-19.
July 10, 2020, 2:59 pmBrandon KnightPG, Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight battled a few injuries in 2019-20 and finished the campaign averaging 7.3 points and 1.8 triples in 18.5 mpg.
Knight also shot .353 from the field and an ugly (and out of character) .588 from the charity stripe, undoing what good he may have done for deep-league GMs. Knight hit the injury report with hamstring and ankle issues, but it was left knee soreness that kept him out for 13 games beginning in late January. If he can find an opportunity with large volume he may be a deep-league option for points and threes, but he shouldn't be on many draft lists next year after posting top-335/390 value this season.
July 10, 2020, 1:23 pmJordan BonePG, Detroit Pistons
Jordan Bone was a top-490 fantasy player as a rookie, making 10 appearances and averaging 5.3 mpg.
Bone was stuck behind a surprisingly deep guard rotation in Detroit, so he played sparingly even given the rotating injury woes of Reggie Jackson, Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown. Maybe next year affords him a great chance to earn a backup spot.
July 10, 2020, 1:18 pmKhyri ThomasSG, Detroit Pistons
Khyri Thomas was able to play in eight games for the Pistons after missing three months with right foot surgery.
Thomas went under the knife on November 13, 2019 and returned with a G League outing on February 22, 2020. He was able to crack the rotation right before the NBA stopped but only saw more than 10 minutes of run in three games. The former second-round selection should get a fair shake at earning a full-time spot next year given Detroit's impending rebuild.
July 10, 2020, 1:14 pmLouis KingPF, Detroit Pistons
Louis King wrapped up his rookie season with averages of 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.2 steals and 0.4 3-pointers in 6.2 mpg across 10 contests.
King was on a two-way deal with the Pistons and finished as a top-475 fantasy option. His .364 mark from deep is something to build on but fantasy GMs can keep track from afar.
July 10, 2020, 12:51 pmDonta HallPF, Brooklyn Nets
Donta Hall, recently signed by the Nets, made four appearances in the 2019-20 fantasy season and finished outside the top-425 in value.
Hall only averaged 12 minutes in those games despite the state of Detroit's roster. He put up 3.8 rebounds, 0.3 steals and 0.5 blocks in that time and is a name to file away given the potential for him to crack Brooklyn's depleted rotation. Beyond this strange set of circumstances, Hall is unlikely to hold fantasy value in the next regular season.