Fantasy News

  • Courtney Lee
    SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Courtney Lee logged a career-low 345 minutes across 24 contests, averaging 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 0.9 threes and 0.5 turnovers in 14.4 mpg with .448/.447/.857 splits.

    Lee finished the season with 307/288 per-game value as he operated primarily as a three-point specialist for the Mavs, taking over half of his shots from deep and knocking them down at an impressive .447 clip. After averaging over 20 mpg in each of his first 10 seasons, Lee has been relegated to a bench specialist role and will be unlikely to resurface in standard leagues going forward. He is an impending free agent and could sign for close to the veteran's minimum as a three-point specialist for a team in need.

  • Jalen Brunson
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Jalen Brunson logged 17.9 mpg across 57 games, including 16 starts, for the Mavs on his way to 279/289 per-game value before suffering a season ending shoulder injury that required surgery to repair his torn right labrum.

    Brunson saw his minutes decrease by almost four in his sophomore season with the Mavs as the team had their sights set on their first playoff appearance since 2015-16. Even though he saw fewer minutes, his stats remained consistent season over season: 8.2 points (-1.1), 2.4 rebounds (+0.1), 3.3 assists (+0.1), 0.4 steals (-0.1), 0.8 threes (-0.1) and 1.2 turnovers (+0.0) with .466/.358/.813 shooting splits. Brunson will likely continue to operate as the primary back-up point guard for the Mavs next season and his fantasy ceiling is likely around the top-225 in that role.

  • Michael Beasley
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have officially signed Michael Beasley as a Substitute Player for the NBA restart in Orlando.

    The Nets have lost more players than any other team that is heading to Orlando so it is very important for them to add depth ahead of July 30. Beasley will have to serve his five-game suspension he received in August of 2019 but could see some minutes in the the last few games with the hopes to join a team ahead of the 2020-21 season. He last played in the Chinese Basketball Association.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    In his 11th season with the Mavs and his 14th season overall, J.J. Barea finished outside the top-300 in per-game value in 8-cat leagues while his value fell by two rounds in 9-cat formats.

    Barea has made a home for himself in Dallas, but saw his role diminish this season as he logged just 15.0 mpg. He posted 7.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 threes and 1.3 turnovers while shooting .413 from the field, .382 from distance and a superb .944 from the charity stripe. At the age of 36, J.J. is in the twighlight of his career and will have trouble finishing higher than where he ended up this past season. He is an impending free agent after the resumption season and it is unclear if he and the Mavs want to run it back for one more year.

  • Trey Burke
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Trey Burke averaged the second fewest minutes of his career (13.2) for the Sixers across 25 games before being waived in early February and has since signed a contract with the Mavs for the NBA restart in Orlando.

    Burke averaged 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.6 threes and 0.5 turnovers with .465/.421/.722 splits. There wasn't much of a role for him in Philadelphia, especially after the emergence of Shake Milton in late January. Burke finds himself on the same Dallas team that he played for to end the 2018-19 campaign but is unlikely to play many minutes. He finished the season outside the top-350 in per-game value which is probably where he will find himself next season.

  • Delon Wright
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Delon Wright was one of fantasy's more disappointing players in 2019-20, finishing with top-170/150 value.

    Wright was a beast after being traded to the Grizzlies last season and hopes were high after the Mavs talked him up as a starter following an offseason trade. He always had the stat set to be a middle-round player and his Memphis numbers (12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 threes in 30.8 mpg) put his talent on full display, but Wright never really found his footing with the Mavs. Consistency was a major issue and he eventually fell out of the starting five, settling into 21.7 mpg overall. His 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game were serviceable, and Wright hit personal-bests with a .470 mark from the field and a .385 mark from deep, but ultimately the touches that made Wright so effective in Memphis were soaked up by Luka Doncic (among others) in Dallas. Wright has the looks of a late-round, specialist-adjace selection going forward.

  • Justin Jackson
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Justin Jackson closed the 2019-20 fantasy season as a top-385/360 player.

    Jackson saw all of his numbers trend down, and he played a career-low 16.0 mpg while shooting a career-worst .298 from deep. Already a low-usage option, a flaky 3-point shot is going to severely limit Jackson's chances of carving out a consistent role. No longer employed by the organization and front office that made him a first-round selection, Jackson is trending down and should not be a consideration in fantasy formats going forward.

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was a non-factor in the 2019-20 season, averaging career-lows across the board while falling out of the rotation in Dallas.

    Kidd-Gilchrist was let go by the Hornets as they prioritized their next wave of players, and he played in only nine games with the Mavs after signing with the team in February. He was a top-450 fantasy option and may no longer receive the sort of minutes that would make him a desperation option for rebounds and steals in deep leagues.

  • Antonius Cleveland
    SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Antonius Cleveland, one of the Mavs' two-way contract players, made six appearances in 2019-20.

    Cleveland finished with fantasy value outside the top-475. He's bounced around from the Hawks to the Bulls to the Mavs in his brief NBA career but has played at the top level in both of his seasons. Hopefully next year he can make a roster full-time, even if there are no fantasy implications.

  • Josh Reaves
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Josh Reaves appeared in two games as a rookie, falling outside the top-500 in fantasy rankings.

    No surprises as Reaves averaged less than a minute per game. At the G League level, Reaves averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.9 3-pointers per contest on shooting splits of .423/.698/.329.