• Zach LaVine scored 18 points in semi-relief of Ricky Rubio (ankle) on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-13 shots (including two treys) with five rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.

    LaVine is a hot mess and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.  Rubio’s ankle seems like it has a long-term component to it and at the same time we just don’t know when he’ll play his way out of the rotation due to poor decision-making.  We’d like to say that Sam Mitchell is committed to playing him and Sam has certainly shown that, but Sam has also shown the capacity to do some strange things in his career, including with this team.  LaVine, for his part, has been a top 100-120 value in 24.3 mpg this year but his percentages are much too high to keep up.  Consider him a mid-level stash for the chance Minnesota lets him loose and the sophomore responds.

Fantasy News

  • Bruno Caboclo
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Bruno Caboclo delivered 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Thunder.

    Caboclo is likely to feel the squeeze this year given the additions of Jae Crowder and Brandon Clarke, plus better health for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kyle Anderson, but he's making a case to carve out a consistent rotation role. He's a threat to pick up multiple cash counters in even 15 mpg and remains a viable flier in 16-team formats.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden put up a very James Harden line in Wednesday's preseason loss, scoring 40 points (13-of-27 shooting) to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Harden lead the charge for Houston while Russell Westbrook by contrast struggled to get things going (14 points on 3-of-13 shooting). The narrative for these two is how they will be able to mesh their gargantuan stat sets together. So far it's been a mix of one going off while the other struggles or even output from both that don't exacly mirror the hge numbers we're used to seeing out of them. They're both going to have relatively fine seasons, with Harden in particular still in contention to be the number one fantasy player again, but it's clear these two will experience growing pains as they continue to remember how to play with one another.

  • Grayson Allen
    SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grayson Allen started again on Wednesday night but came away with just six points and four assists on 1-of-5 shooting.

    There's been some momentum behind Allen starting on opening night but he was vastly outplayed by Dillon Brooks in this one, and Memphis was resting Ja Morant and Jae Crowder. Even if Allen earns a starting gig he's only a late-round option in deeper leagues, but he can definitely be added to all watch lists.

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Josh Jackson checked in for seven minutes of action in Wednesday's preseason game.

    This looks like Jackson's first action of the preseason, even though he was marked as away from the team on the injury report. He and the Grizzlies worked out an arrangement where Jackson would not attend training camp and start the year in the G-League so this doesn't change anything for fantasy players. Remember his name in deep leagues if he gets called up, though.

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson dropped 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, two blocks and two triples in Wednesday's preseason win over the Thunder.

    Jackson went 6-of-17 from the field and did manage to foul out in 25 minutes, but this is the sort of line that fantasy owners dream of when selecting him inside the top-50. The fouls are a bummer since that's the one thing that can really keep him off the court and outside the top-45, but we're going to bet on some improvement there even if we didn't see it tonight.

  • Lonnie Walker IV
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    Lonnie Walker IV started for DeMar DeRozan (rest) on Wednesday, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, four assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    The scoring isn't great but the other stats are actually pretty solid considering how long he was out there. Walker IV has the talent but is buried under a plethora of guards in San Antonio's rotation, making him no more than a speculation add in dynasty leagues.

  • Kyle Anderson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Kyle Anderson put up seven points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 22 minutes on Wednesday night.

    Anderson wasn't astounding but it's just good to see him back on the court and looking fairly healthy after shoulder problems derailed his first season in Memphis. Slo Mo will never please the points crowd but his solid blend of defensive numbers and strong efficiency put him on the map sometime around pick No. 100 in competitive drafts.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside left Wednesday's preseason game again, this time tweaking his left ankle.

    This is cause for much more concern than the finger jam from earlier, as he had been dealing with a sprain with this ankle since before the preseason started. Hopefully we'll learn more about the extent of the injury soon.

    Source: Dwight Jaynes on Twitter

  • Dejounte Murray
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Dejounte Murray had his best game of the preseason on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points (8-of-11 shooting), four assists, three rebounds, a steal, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Murray had yet to find his shot through the preseason thus far, but tonight's matchup against what was a lax Houston defense. Still, a night like this is exactly what he needs to regain some confidence after missing all of last year to injury. He's an interesting, albeit risky, choice in the later rounds of drafts.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge dominated the Rockets in the Spurs' 128-116 win on Wednesday, putting up 22 points (11-of-13 shooting), six rebounds, a steal and a block in just 22 minutes of action.

    Aldridge made it look easy in this one, and definitely looks ready to go for the regular season. The 13 year veteran head into his 14th season looking as sharp as he has in his last few, and holds a ton of value currently going in the 4th round of fantasy drafts.