July 9, 2016, 6:42 pm
Brett Brown sat with ESPN during Saturday’s Summer League game and said that Joel Embiid (foot) won’t get back on the court and start participating in games or intense scrimmages “for a while.”
Brown added “he has been involved with what we call ‘a controlled scrimmage,’ and really the word ‘controlled’ means just ‘duration of time.’ He can’t go for two hours, he can’t go for 35-45 minutes. He’s been in that role with us for a while.” There is a long time between now and the regular season, but Embiid is definitely questionable to play on Opening Night.
January 29, 2020, 1:26 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton was incredible on Tuesday, scoring 31 points on an ultra-efficient 13-for-15 from the field and 5-for-5 from the stripe, while also adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 29 minutes as the Suns blew out the Mavs 133-104.
Ayton's sample size (17 games) is getting big enough to begin to trust for the season. He's now in the top-30/15 (8-cat/9-cat) with no reason to think he can't keep it up. It looks like we're not going to get any 3-point attempts added to Ayton's game this season, but it's certainly not unrealistic for future seasons.
January 29, 2020, 1:17 amDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker was great on Tuesday in a blowout win over the Mavs, putting up 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Booker continues to shoot the lights out and is a top-5 player for the past month. He's fantasy's best free throw shooter over that period after factoring in his 9.8 attempts per game. It'll be tough for him to keep up the efficiency, but Booker could easily bring back some more threes and/or finally increase his steals to stay in the top-20 even with a drop in percentages.
January 29, 2020, 1:07 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges was efficient after moving into the Suns starting lineup on Tuesday, going for 13 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes in a win over the Mavs.
Bridges is definitely worth an add in 9-cat leagues. He's excellent in steals and also had zero turnovers in this game, with that category also being one of his specialties. Bridges won't stand out, but he's in the top-75 in 9-cat leagues over the past month and stands to make gains with this new larger role.
January 29, 2020, 12:55 amDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson hit four more 3-pointers to go with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes in a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Robinson makes it seven games in a row with at least four 3-pointers. It shouldn't be surprising to see him doing this on a nightly basis, but it's hard to expect a player like this to keep up his pace. Robinson is 11th in 3-pointers per game for the season and 7th for the past month.
January 29, 2020, 12:49 amBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo double-doubled with 16 points (7-of-11 FGs), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 33 minutes in a 101-109 home loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Adebayo skimped on the assists this time, but it's tough to complain about another performance this well-rounded and efficient. He even hit both of his free throws tonight. By the way, if you're a free-throw punter, Bam is the 18th-most-valuable player to you in 9-cat leagues (compared to 41st overall).
January 29, 2020, 12:40 amGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic posted a team-high 23 points (6-of-14 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs) with two boards, four dimes, two swipes and a trey in 30 minutes in a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Dragic has been little more than a low-end assists and threes source this season. This still gives the 33-year-old value in standard leagues given the scarcity of assists. However, if you do rely on Dragic as one of your starters and you find yourself hurting in steals and rebounds, that may be part of the reason why.
January 29, 2020, 12:30 amDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis was productive once again on Tuesday, double-doubling with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Heat.
With the other Celtics' bigs struggling to stay healthy, Theis has surprisingly provided top-60 value in 9-cat leagues over the last month. He's a must-start player while Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) remains out, but he'll likely be back in the streamer class after that.
January 29, 2020, 12:22 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown had a strong performance on Tuesday with 25 points (10-of-16 FGs), three rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes in a 109-101 win over the Heat.
Brown hasn't been quite as valuable lately as he was earlier in the season, but it may not be tough to rectify. His shooting percentages have each fluctuated throughout his season (and his career) and one would expect them to settle at some point. Also, if he could ever get his block numbers up, which doesn't seem unrealistic, Brown could move into early-round territory.
January 29, 2020, 12:11 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward had an efficient night on Tuesday, shooting 10-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line on his way to a line of 29 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes vs. the Heat.
Hayward was great in this one. His drafters are getting a great return on their investment, seeing as Hayward sits just inside the top-50 for the season. Look for more of the same as the second half rolls on.
January 29, 2020, 12:03 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant was great again in a 104-96 home win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, going for 14 points (6-of-11 FGs), six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 30 minutes.
For as exciting as Morant and the Grizzlies have been of late, he may not be as great in fantasy as most would expect. Morant's assist numbers are excellent and his steals and field goal percentage are great, but that's really where the impressive stats end. He's fun to watch, but if you've got him, there's a great chance you can deal him for more than he's actually worth right now.