April 12, 2016, 11:35 pm
We have made it to the final day of the regular season! It has been a crazy year with all of the record-chasing and extreme stat lines around the NBA. Only two NBA playoff matchups have been confirmed at this point, leaving the final night headed for some fireworks. The No. 1 seeded Cavs will take on the No. 8 Pistons and the No. 2 Raptors will face the No. 7 Pacers in the East. That’s all we know coming in to a fantastic regular season finale of hoops. All eyes will be on Kobe Bryant‘s final game and the Warriors’ chase for 73.
Tuesday was the calm before the storm. The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder pulled the curtains on their regular seasons. Several players played in their season finales tonight with tons of shutdowns in the pipeline tomorrow (more on that later). We’ll take a look at some of their ADPs in comparison to their final ranks. Only 10 teams took to the court on Tuesday night. Let’s check their progress (or regress) on Wednesday’s edition of Daily Dish:
PACERS 102, KNICKS 90
The Pacers got a key win over the Knicks on Tuesday night to lock themselves as the No. 7 seed and avoid the dangerous Cavs in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers are now guaranteed to take on the No. 2 Raptors in the first round. Expect them to rest everyone that matters tonight against the Bucks in a meaningless game.
While it was a big win, it wasn’t a great night from a fantasy perspective for either team. George Hill led the way for the Pacers, shooting 8-for-12 from the field for 19 points with three treys, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Hill will finish with top-80 value on the season, which is about where he was drafted in standard leagues. Paul George played a modest 28 minutes, shooting 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line for 19 points with one three ball, four boards, six assists and two steals. PG-24 also finished very near his ADP with a top-15 season. They are who we thought they were.
Monta Ellis put up his second dud in a row in just 24 minutes of play. Ellis posted eight points with one three, three assists and three steals. Rodney Stuckey actually played more with 25 minutes, scoring 10 points with three boards, four assists and two steals. As Ellis is expected to sit against the Bucks, Stuckey can be a sneaky DFS play in the regular season finale. Ty Lawson could be of service too, especially if you are in need of cheap point guard play.
It is excellent to see that Ian Mahinmi will finish with top-100 value this season after being drafted in the late rounds of fantasy drafts, if at all. Mahinmi was his usual self on Tuesday, shooting 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points with eight rebounds. If Mahinmi is rested, expect Myles Turner to reap the rewards off the bench. Turner only saw 17 minutes on Tuesday but still put up 13 points, five boards and one block.
The Knicks wrapped up their 2015-16 season with a 32-50 record, good for seventh in the NBA Lottery next month. Carmelo Anthony (rest) and Kristaps Porzingis (strained right shoulder) sat out the season finale, leaving the young guns to fend for playing time. Jerian Grant took advantage, shooting 7-for-11 from the field for 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. His DFS owners certainly can’t complain. Derrick Williams also enjoyed the available usage rate, shooting 8-for-11 from the field for 21 points with four threes, one board, two assists and one steal.
Robin Lopez played 22 minutes, shooting 4-for-8 from the field for eight points, six boards, three assists and one block. It wasn’t the farewell DFS owners were hoping for, but Lopez has done plenty this season. His mid-round value was a joy for season-long owners who stuck with him through out the season. Farewell Knickerbockers.
HEAT 99, PISTONS 93
The Heat edged out an important win on the road to get within one win of the Southeast Division title and home-court advantage in the first round. With high stakes on the line in Boston, expect the Heat to emulate their lineup from tonight and do what they can to get a win. The Heat went primarily with a seven-man rotation, led by Joe Johnson, who was 10-for-15 from the field for 25 points with three treys, five assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Dwyane Wade didn’t score until there was 4:14 left in the first half, marking the first time since March 17, 2006 against Charlotte since it took him that long to get on the board. Wade finished with 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field with four rebounds and three assists. He’ll be just fine. Luol Deng played a team-high 41 minutes, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 17 points with 10 boards, three treys and two assists.
Unlike Wade, Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside were their usual selves on Tuesday. Dragic finished with 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five boards, four assists and one steal. Whiteside went for 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks. He will have one more chance to put a cap on his fantastic regular season for fantasy owners tomorrow night in Boston.
The Pistons were just as invested in this game, as they were looking to avoid being locked in to the 8th seed. They had no such luck in the loss, as they are now slated to play the Cavs no matter what happens on Wednesday. The Pistons were without the services of Reggie Jackson (abdominal strain) on Tuesday and with Wednesday’s game now rendered as meaningless, expect the Pistons to sit Jackson, as well as several others, for the regular season finale.
“We don’t think this is something that will be a problem for the playoffs,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said after the game, expecting Jackson to be back against the Cavs.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did his best to pick up the scoring slack for Jackson, scoring 17 points with two threes, three rebounds and three steals in the loss. KCP ascended to top-85 numbers this season after being drafted in later rounds. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris each added 16 points and are also likely in line for rest on Wednesday. Both players finished very close to their preseason ADPs.
One of the bigger disappointments on the season in fantasy hoops has been Andre Drummond. He put up a typical line on Tuesday with nine points (4-for-11 FGs, 1-for-4 FTs), 18 rebounds, two steals and one block. His third-round ADP spiraled off to finish with 11th round value. He had a very useful season for those specializing in big man stats, but he certainly didn’t provide the value owners signed up for.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
August 17, 2019, 8:24 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Denver Nuggets
Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.
Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 8:03 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.
Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 7:36 amDaulton HommesSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.
This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 9:31 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills scored 20 points along with three rebounds, four assists and four treys in 24 minutes in Australia's 70-90 loss to Canada in Friday's World Cup exhibition game.
Mills lead Australia in scoring in their first World Cup exhibition game. With Dejounte Murray returning this coming season from injury and Derrick White's rise, Mills is only a deep-league player at best in 2019-20. Fellow countryman Joe Ingles scored 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
August 16, 2019, 8:50 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Bucks are signing Jaylen Adams to compete in training camp.
Adams has his work cut out for him to make the roster as Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and Frank Mason are already securely ahead of him. He is likely to return to the G-League and is not a fantasy target this coming season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 8:34 pmJarell MartinPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarell Martin has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Cavs.
Martin only played 7.8 minutes per game with the Magic last season in 42 games. If he can manage to stick on the roster, he can stretch the floor, as he averaged 35.1 percent from three last season. Martin is only a streaming option at best if their frontcourt is decimated by injuries, especially if Kevin Love has another injury-plagued season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 8:08 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for Team USA's Wold Cup roster due to a minor left ankle issue.
Tucker has twisted his ankle twice in the last several days and he is taking a side of caution to let it completely heal before going into training camp with the Rockets next month. Tucker is one of the most durable players in the league as he has played at least 78 games in the past seven NBA seasons. You can expect more of the same from Tucker next season, as he averaged 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks last season.
August 16, 2019, 10:26 amGuerschon YabuselePF, International
Guerschon Yabusele has signed with Nanjing Tongxi of the CBA according to Ennio Terrasi Borghesan of Sportsnado.
Yabusele will return to China where he last played for the Shanghai Sharks. He failed to prove much during his short stint with the Celtics after being taken 16th overall in 2016. It will take a big season and leap in development for him to regain interest from NBA teams.