September 15, 2019, 2:45 pmJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp.
Barea has also been participating in 5-on-5 work. He'll be in the mix for reserve PG minutes, though he'll be competing with Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson for primary backup work behind Delon Wright.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 11:17 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young was up to his old tricks on Wednesday, finishing with 23 points (7-of-19 from the field, 8-of-10 from the line), nine assists, a steal, a block, a 3-pointer and no turnovers in 35 minutes of action.
Its worth noting that the Hawks want to get Young up to 35 minutes per game this season, making this line a very attainable benchmark for him to hit on a night-to-night basis. There likely won't be too many games where he has zero turnovers, but it's nice to see after his rough stretch holding onto the ball to start the preseason.
October 16, 2019, 11:13 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley played a team-high 31 minutes in Wednesday's 119-124 preseason loss to the Grizzlies, posting seven points, nine rebounds, six assists and a steal.
Bazley shot 2-of-8 but the playing time is worth noting considering the Thunder's depth, or lack thereof, on the wings. The rookie remains a bit of an enigma considering he opted to train privately and work at an internship with New Balance, but he certainly looks like a potential contributor. Deep-league managers should remember the name.
October 16, 2019, 11:10 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will not return to the Blazers' game against the Jazz.
The second injury of the night for Whiteside proved to be too much to play through, and he will likely be reevaluated in the next couple of days. There is mild cause for concern considering that he was already dealing with a sprain to this ankle. If he misses extended time, Zach Collins will soak up a ton of minutes in the middle while Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere could see extended run as well. Whiteside finished his night with 11 rebounds and five points in 16 minutes.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers PR
October 16, 2019, 11:09 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block in Wednesday's preseason loss to the Grizzlies.
Gilgeous-Alexander will share the backcourt with Chris Paul, at least at the start of the season, but figures to take on a larger role over the course of the year. He's gaining steam in fantasy leagues and as his ADP rises there's less room for profit, but we're down with SGA as a middle-round selection with upside.
October 16, 2019, 11:03 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook just couldn't get it going in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio, scoring 14 points (5-of-13 shooting from the field, 1-4 from the line) to go with four assists, four rebounds and eight turnovers.
Ouch. Westbrook's bad games look a lot worse when his volume scoring and playmaking is taken away, which is exactly what James Harden did tonight. He's a confounding player for fantasy managers to consider around the second round where he is being taken. No, he won't be this bad every night, but when he is, you will not have a good time.
October 16, 2019, 10:59 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala was cooking on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting in only 14 minutes of action.
Muscala knocked down 4-of-6 threes to do his damage. He remains a quality stretch big for fantasy purposes and should threaten top-200 numbers given the state of OKC's depth chart up front.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
With Chris Paul out on Wednesday, Dennis Schroder moved into the starting five but disappointed with eight points (3-of-9 shooting) and six assists.
Schroder added two threes and a steal so it wasn't a total waste but DFS players were hoping for much more. Though there are questions about his fit with CP3 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander around, Schroder still figures to play a ton as the team's sixth man and could be in for a big finish if Paul gets traded or shut down. He's a fine selection in the last few rounds of all drafts. Danilo Gallinari also had an off night, going 3-of-12 from the field en route to 16 points and 10 rebounds.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon moved to the bench in Houston's preseason loss to the Spurs, finishing with 14 points (5-of-11 shooting) and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
It seems that Gordon will go back to providing a scoring punch to the second unit as Houston continues to tinker their lineup in the wake of the Gerald Green (broken left foot) injury. He'll get you tons of 3-pointers not matter where he plays, but with a lack of supporting stats to go with it, you could do better towards the end of your draft.
October 16, 2019, 10:54 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams briefly left Wednesday's game with an elbow injury but returned to post 12 points, nine rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes.
A light night at the office for Steve-O, who missed both of his free throw attempts. He's locked and loaded as a safe top-90 guy that could threaten top-50 numbers if he ever worked out his kinks at the charity stripe. The big takeaway here is that he's healthy.
October 16, 2019, 10:52 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 30 points (10-for-17 shooting) on Wednesday night, adding five 3-pointers and a steal to round out his effort.
This is a huge performance from Brooks, and very well-timed considering the recent speculation that Grayson Allen will start at shooting guard. Though there's deep-league scoring pop, the fact that Brooks managed zero rebounds or assists in this one underscores just how hollow his stat set is. Even if he starts, we're looking at top-225 value at best.