• Meyers Leonard scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes off the bench in Friday’s win over the Pelicans.

    Bruski had Legend ranked very highly in last year’s B150 and it busted out after injuries and lack of confidence torpedoed the big man.  In particular, the lack of a contract extension seemed to get underneath his skin.  This was the stat set that Bru envisioned when making the rank, though, with solid efficiency and rebounding to go with the threes. 

    The big difference in his game this year is that he’s playing borderline dirty, with solid toughness and better presence when on the floor.  The key here is the rebounding.  We know he can shoot and if he can both keep it up and get the minutes, especially at center, then he’s on to something.  We’re not busting out the alert just yet, but we’ve put ourselves on alert that this could be a thing this year.  And wouldn’t that be funny. 

Fantasy News

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams will miss Sunday's game against the Celtics with right lower back soreness.

    Williams has been injured more often than not over the course of the past month. He's off the fantasy radar, but even more so now that Zion Williamson is back in the fold.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday (left knee soreness) is being listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Holiday looks like he'll be good to go tonight, but keep in mind that he missed a few games with this issue back in October. He's dealt with a few minor injuries this season and, given where he was being taken in drafts, it's hard to argue against Jrue as one of this year's biggest fantasy busts. He still has a chance to correct course and top-40 numbers from your 2nd round pick is not a death knell, but the return on investment simply hasn't been there this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (right middle finger dislocation) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Knicks.

    His teammate Nicolas Claxton has already been made available, so perhaps the Nets choose to rest Jordan one more game. His return won't matter much in fantasy, except that it would depress Jarrett Allen's fantasy value.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kobe Bryant
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning, along with four other people who were on board.

    TMZ broke the report, which has since been independently confirmed by other media outlets. Bryant's helicopter suffered mechanical failure leading to a fire and a crash in the Calabasas hillside. There are no survivors. We at Hoop-Ball, as well as the entire basketball community, send our deepest sympathies to the Bryant family during this trying time.

    Source: NY Post

  • Gabe Vincent
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have recalled two-way guard Gabe Vincent from the G-League on Sunday.

    This comes as we await updates on Jimmy Butler (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (Achillies). We won't speculate too much into how this relates to those two, but this does mark Vincent's first time with the big club since signing his contract. He'd see some minutes if neither suit up, but probably not enough to get onto the fantasy radar.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    J.R Smith is rumored to have a workout scheduled with the Lakers this week according to a report from Heavy.com.

    The free agent guard has been off the radar for a while, and should he actually get this work out it would seem like a case of former teammate LeBron James doing him a solid more than anything. It feels unlikely that he'd make the team, and even less likely that he'd have any fantasy relevance if he did.

    Source: Heavy.com

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) will not play Sunday, and still has no timetable to return.

    This will be Murray's sixth straight missed game, and follows comments from head coach Michael Malone earlier this week that he's still "a ways off" from returning. Monte Morris returned to the bench after four relatively unsuccessful stints in the starting lineup. The Nuggets appear to be looking towards larger lineups that include Malik Beasley and Michael Porter Jr. in favor of traditional ones with Morris as the lead guard.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (left knee contusion) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Rockets.

    Little surprise here, as Millsap continues to progress through this injury with no timetable to return. Jerami Grant will continue to be the main benefactor in his absence, and Michael Porter Jr. will also continue to see extra minutes.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans' front office and coaching staff have liked what they've seen from Zion Williamson when he plays at center, and have indicated that they will continue to experiment with him there.

    Head Coach Alvin Gentry in particular has shown an early willingness to test Zion out at the five. “We’re going to have to take a look at it" Gentry said "Sometimes we like matchups at the five, with guys having to guard him, and we feel like he can guard them. It gives us a quicker, more (ball movement)-oriented team.” Williamson saw nearly half of his playing time at center in both of his first two games, and the early returns appear to show that it can work well for the Pelicans. Should he see a lot of time there once he's fully ramped up to speed that will obviously take a toll on Derrick Favors' and Jaxson Hayes' playing time.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

    LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.