• With the NBA playoffs, summer league and now Olympics games all in our rearview mirror, the quiet days of NBA news are upon us. Please, try and contain your excitement. Not to fret though as now is the perfect time to grab yourself  a copy of the hoop-ball.com draft guide. Like Bachman Turner Overdrive, the staff here at hoop-ball have been working overtime to ensure that our guide is the best in the business. With that in mind, here’s Tuesday’s daily dish.

    Monday Whispers

    The biggest news from a quiet Monday in the association came from the city of angels where August 24th will be now proclaimed as Kobe Bryant Day. Yes that’s right, the City of Los Angeles has decided to honour one of its legends with his own day. Congrats Kobe, wonder what Shaq will have to say about this?

    Sticking with the Lakers, rookie Brandon Ingram will officially sign his rookie contract on Tuesday. There was never an inch of doubt that this would come to fruition and with negotiations behind him, Ingram can now concentrate on the upcoming season. All signs point to Ingram backing up Luol Deng when the season starts. His fantasy outlook will be limited during his first season as most rookies encounter growing pains as they try to adapt to the NBA game.

    The Milwaukee Bucks officially signed the JET on Monday afternoon. Jason Terry will bring some much-needed veteran leadership to the Bucks’ bench. He’s definitely not a lock to make the rotation, but with his knack for hitting the three he could play very limited minutes off the bench.

    Lastly, blast from the past first round flop Kwame Brown has apparently signed with a new agency with the hopes of playing again in the NBA. File this under irrelevant as Brown has not played in the league since the 2013 season. He would be extremely fortunate to land a training camp invite.

    I’m @radiomunoz and that does it for another tasty dish.  Keep it locked on hoop-ball.com and follow @hoopballtweets for the best in NBA coverage. The hoop-ball draft guide is now available to help you with your off-season player rankings. Having the Bruski 150 will give you an advantage over your competitors. Don’t believe us? Just ask Kevin Durant what he thinks.

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - PF - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetkounmpo has won the 2018-2019 MVP award.

    It was only a matter of time until Antetokounmpo would start to wreak havoc upon the league and that day came sooner rather than later. There are still obvious flaws to his game, but it is a regular season award and the Greek Freak had a historic regular season. He led the team to the best record in the league and the Bucks team and staff brought home a lot of well-deserved hardware tonight.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Jon Horst - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Horst has been awarded the Executive of the Year award.

    Horst added Coach Budenholzer and retooled the roster to perfectly fit Giannis Antetokoumpo and his style of play. This led to the best record in the NBA and to a team that many believed to be the favorites to come out of the east. Obviously this was a regular season award, because Masai Ujiri came in fourth place and if voting were done today it would look a lot different.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert has won the 2018-2018 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Gobert helped anchor one of the best defenses in the league and this makes it the second consecutive year he's taken home the award. The Jazz are always steady due to his efforts on that end of the floor and the team's identity starts with him.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Mike Budenholzer - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer has been named the Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.

    In his first season as the Bucks’ coach, Budenholzer helped propel the team to an NBA-best 60 wins. The Bucks revamped their offense and did their best to play through Giannis Antetokounmpo’s strengths and the drastic shift in performance compared to years past makes this a well deserved award.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Lou Williams - SG - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.

    Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career-highs.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies

    Mike Conley won two awards Monday night that were voted on by the players, the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award and the Sportsmanship Award.

    It's nice to see Conley getting some attention this summer. This is his third Sportsmanship Award, and he'll be taking that and his Teammate of the Year Award to probably the best team he's ever been a part of in Utah. Now let's see if he can get his first All Star nod, too.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Pascal Siakam - PF - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam took home the Kia Most Improved Player Award, beating De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell.

    This award was seemingly wrapped up back in November. Siakam exploded this season, improving significantly is every fantasy category (excluding turnovers). He finished the regular season with per-game averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on 54.9 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. His three-point percentage has increased from 14.3 to 22.0 to 36.9 as well. Whether or not Kawhi Leonard returns, Siakam should easily make his way into the top-40 ranks next season.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic - PG - Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic won the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, beating finalists Trae Young and Deandre Ayton.

    Ayton had the best fantasy season and Young had an amazing second half. However, Luka was a team leader, primary ball-handler and clutch shot-maker all season. His per-game averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 threes exceed most expectations. If he can bump up his percentages, he could be an early-round fantasy star for over a decade.

    Source: NBA on TNT

  • Patrick Beverley - PG - Los Angeles Clippers

    According to Brad Townsend, Patrick Beverley plans to meet with the Mavs, though a meeting has not been scheduled.

    He's also planning to meet with other teams, as we've heard before. Beverley appears to be in-demand this summer and he should produce similar stats to what he's put up over the last few seasons regardless of his landing spot. Whether he's with a bad team like the Bulls, a middling team like the Mavs or a potential contender like the Lakers, one would think he'll be signing in a spot where he'll be starting.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz - PG - Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will not play at Summer League, according to GM John Hammond.

    Fultz has reportedly been making good progress and the Magic are excited about what he's been able to do since coming over at the trade deadline, but this is not great news. Hopefully Fultz will be ready to contribute in the preseason so we can get a look at how he'll fit in Orlando. The upside is immense but it would take a strong showing to confidently draft Fultz in redraft formats as his shoulder issues have completely derailed the first few years of his career.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter