March 17, 2016, 4:38 pm
Jimmy Butler (knee) and Derrick Rose (adductor) are both starting in Thursday’s game against the Nets, as expected.
Rose’s efficiency is usually a mess and Butler is a must-start player. Rose will be worth a hard look while his utilization is still sky high.
July 13, 2020, 2:24 pmAnthony TolliverPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Anthony Tolliver bounced around a bit in 2019-20, starting with the Blazers before being traded to the Kings and ultimately landing with the Grizzlies for a playoff run.
Tolliver's stretch-four profile should help Memphis in a depth capacity, though he is only connecting on 32.2% of his threes this season. As a top-385 fantasy option, the veteran shouldn't be of great concern going forward. His greatest impact may come in the locker room for a young Memphis squad.
July 13, 2020, 2:15 pmYuta WatanabePG, Memphis Grizzlies
Yuta Watanabe's minutes declined, but he showed some improvement in several key statistics in his second NBA season.
Watanabe averaged 11.6 mpg in 15 games for a shorthanded Grizzlies team down the stretch in 2018-19, but he slipped to 6.2 mpg in 16 games for a more competitive outfit this year. He did shoot .375 from deep, a vast improvement over last season's .125 mark, and his steals and blocks remained the same despite losing almost half of his playing time. Watanabe finished as a top-470 player in fantasy and there's no reason to track his game, despite the modest steps forward.
July 13, 2020, 2:12 pmJarrod UthoffSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jarrod Uthoff was a top-490 fantasy player in 2019-20, playing in only four contests.
Uthoff was on a 10-day deal with the Grizzlies so this isn't surprising. He's been around the NBA for a few years now but this was his first appearance at the top level since a 2017 stint with the Mavs. The fantasy appeal here is non-existent.
July 13, 2020, 2:10 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Chris Haynes is reporting that Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig did not travel to Disney World with the rest of the Nuggets.
A number of healthy players have chosen to head to Orlando on their own time rather than go with their teams' traveling parties, but any absences are sure to generate speculation. Hopefully this is a case of the former, as Harris and Craig are critical to Denver's perimeter defense, while Mike Malone was talking Porter up as a potential member of the playoff rotation thanks to his rebounding, offensive touch and energy. This trio of Nuggets will be subject to quarantine whenever they do arrive in Orlando, assuming they're all still planning on making the trip at some point.
July 13, 2020, 1:45 pmShake MiltonSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Shake Milton has been starting at point guard in the Sixers' Orlando practices, with Ben Simmons working as a power forward.
Simmons will still do a ton of playmaking, but the big news here is Milton's likely full-time promotion into the starting five. It shouldn't come as a surprise considering his outstanding play prior to the NBA shutdown. In 16 starts with the Sixers, Milton averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 3-pointers, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals and was rolling along as a surprising standard-league asset. Feel free to upgrade Milton in any short-season fantasy games, though be aware that much of Milton's output came when the Sixers were missing important players. Simmons, Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson were all dinged up when Shake really broke out.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 1:02 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined.
Westbrook had yet to join the Rockets in Orlando, though Mike D'Antoni has recently been optimistic that he can join the rest of the team shortly. Westbrook also said that he's feeling well, which is good news.
Source: Russell Westbrook on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 12:45 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (right wrist fracture) will be able to play in the Pelicans' Orlando games.
Whether or not he'll be in the rotation remains to be seen, but it's good to know that the rookie is healthy. Alexander-Walker generated plenty of hype with a strong Summer League but fell out of the rotation as the season progressed and ultimately ended up in the G League for a short stretch, which is where he suffered the injury. He might be a DFS target if the Pels rest a few regulars but we don't foresee him having a shot at serious fantasy value in the immediate future.
Source: Christian Clark on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 12:08 pmBruno CabocloSF, Houston Rockets
Bruno Caboclo inadvertently broke quarantine and must now quarantine for another eight days in his hotel room before returning to team activities, per a report from ESPN.
Caboclo is the first player who will have to undergo these steps — or at least the first that the public knows about. He's not a member of Houston's rotation, so this won't have a major effect on the basketball side of things, but it is a reminder of the protocols in place while the NBA tries to get going again. Hopefully it's enforced strictly.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 11:53 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
After spending most of the year in the G-League, Josh Jackson averaged 10.4 points per game in 18 appearances off the bench for Memphis.
Jackson's NBA struggles have been well documented and after two dismal seasons in Phoenix to start his career he landed with Memphis' G League affiliate to start the 2019-20 season. He made his debut for the big club in late January and appeared in the final 18 games of the season, averaging 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 19.8 minutes per game. It is worth mentioning that the majority of his production came in garbage time as he played over 20 minutes 11 times and only one of them came in a game that was decided by less than 10 points. Whether or not he can prove his worth as a former fourth overall pick remains to be seen but outside of deep-leagues he provides little-to-no fantasy value until further notice.
July 13, 2020, 11:32 amBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke finished his rookie year averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, landing him a 104/80 ranking in 8/9-cat leagues.
While Ja Morant stole most of the headlines in Memphis, Clarke may have been the most surprising rookie for the squad. After an ADP in the tenth round, Clarke outperformed those expectations and nearly cracked the top-100 in both 8/9-cat, finishing the season ranked 104/80. His value was carried by his consistency and FG%, where he finished top-five in the NBA at 62.3%, the highest mark for any rookie with at least 300 FGA, ever. Before missing the the final two weeks of the season with hip and quad injuries, Clarke finished the season on a high note, averaging 13.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals on 60% shooting over his final 10 full games. He should sneak into the top-100 of drafts next season.