• Kemba Walker made 8-of-22 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the line for 30 points, six boards, five dimes, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers, but the Hornets still fell to the Heat 91-95 on Saturday.

    Walker did all he could to put the team on his back in this one, but they ultimately came up short because of a lack of a third punch on offense.  The high-volume, low-percentage from the floor wasn’t great, but the boost to the free throw percentage softened the blow some.  He has been a topic of trade rumors recently and owners will continue to watch and see what happens, but no matter where he goes he should continue to put up good fantasy numbers.

Fantasy News

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo had the worst fantasy season of his career as his role was changed from starting point guard to reserve guard heading into the 2019-20 season.

    Rondo averaged the lowest minutes out of any season in his career with just 20.5 per game. The decrease in minutes caused a dip in his stats that led to him finishing outside the top-220 in per-game value in 8-cat and 9-cat formats. Typically, Rondo was a steals and assists specialist in all formats, but the steals were not there this year as he averaged just 0.8 per game. However, he maintained the assists specialist role and was useful in 18-plus team formats for strictly assists. Rondo's days as a starter are likely over and we could see him maintain a deep-league assists specialist role going forward.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James has been healthy and motivated while averaging 34.9 mpg over 60 games as a top-8/11 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player this season, as he leads the Lakers in pursuit of the NBA title.

    King James swiftly put any rumors of his demise to rest, and he has the Lakers well ahead of the field in the Western Conference. He was making an MVP push before the stoppage in play and has put up monstrous averages of 25.7 points, a league-leading 10.6 assists, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks on the strength of .498 shooting from the field. His performance from the line remains a blemish (.697 percent on 5.7 FTA), and the 4.0 turnovers don't help in 9-cat leagues, but LeBron has lived up to his first-round draft day value.

  • Kostas Antetokounmpo
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kostas Antetokounmpo appeared in just three games for the Lakers during the 2019-20 season as he was primarily in the G-League.

    Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the last pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and has failed to secure a steady role with any team thus far. He averaged 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 62.3-percent shooting in 38 games for the South Bay Lakers. He was signed to a two-way contract with the Lakers, but due to their stacked roster he was unable to see much playing time.

  • Danny Green
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Danny Green took a step back in his first season with the Lakers, registering as a top-158/134 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player on the strength of averaging 1.9 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks.

    Green is never going to light up the stat line as a scorer, but his field goal percentage dropped sharply compared to his career-high performance with the Raptors last year (.419 percent vs .465 percent), and his scoring also declined (8.2 PTS vs 10.3 PTS). Green remains a valuable part of the Lakers rotation, and he'll be called upon to guard lead ballhandlers even more with Avery Bradley opting out of action in the Orlando bubble. Green's shooting could easily improve next season, and owners have to stay patient if they want to ride him out in pursuit of the top-100 value he has produced in the past.

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has adapted well as a 3-point marksman (.394 percent on 3.5 3PA) on the reloaded Lakers, but with just 25.5 mpg at his disposal, he has been reduced to a top-209/196 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player.

    Caldwell-Pope received 33.2 minutes a contest in 2017-18 upon first joining the Lakers, leading to 13.4 ppg, but the burden is now distributed across a number of players after Anthony Davis and LeBron James get their fill. He will see an uptick with Avery Bradley opting out of the bubble, but he is still just a 3-point specialist with reliable percentages.

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley was unable to make any fantasy noise as a top-244/233 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player before his decision to not join the Lakers in the Orlando bubble, as he posted 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.9 steals over 24 minutes per game.

    Bradley was one of the more outspoken players when it came to his concern on overshadowing social justice issues by relaunching activities within the bubble. Ultimately he could not overcome the health risks to his family. The Lakers valued his defensive chops during the regular season, but with such a limited offensive role he was not able to impact the fantasy box score. Bradley has a player option next season and is likely to have a number of suitors seeking his defensive presence if he hunts for a long-term contract.

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso saw his role reduced with the Lakers this season, as he was a top-264/255 per game player (8-cat/9-cat) while receiving 17.8 minutes a game.

    Caruso was more of a 20-team option this season, and while the absence of Avery Bradley will increase his opportunity when play resumes in the bubble, he was a forgotten man during his third season in the NBA. With ball handlers like LeBron James and Rajon Rondo orchestrating the offense, and Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma looking to score the basketball, there just isn't enough opportunity for Caruso to continue his development. He'll look to prove his worth as a consistent rotation piece next season.

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dion Waiters appeared in three games with the Heat during an acrimonious 2019-20 season and will now try to resurrect some value with the Lakers.

    The Lakers added Waiters to the roster on March 5, but he did not have enough time to appear in a game before the league-wide lockdown. Waiters' career has been a bumpy one, and he was suspended on three occasions by the Heat this season alone. He will have his work cut out for him to earn a decent role on the Lakers when play resumes, but any opportunity would be welcomed after only appearing in three games with the Heat this season. He's never been more than scorer with poor percentages over the course of his career.

  • Jared Dudley
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Jared Dudley averaged only 7.8 mpg as the Lakers had enough depth to limit his role to serving as a leader on the bench.

    Dudley appeared in 40 games and is an afterthought for fantasy purposes. While his value to the team is higher than these raw numbers would suggest, he averaged a measly 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and .4 3-pointers this season. If the Lakers decide to add more depth to the bench it is possible another contender will look to scoop up Dudley's presence as a veteran leader for the 2020-21 season.

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Despite the injuries to Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner unable to play in more than 25 games for the Pacers.

    The arrival of T.J. McConnell gave the Pacers the backup PG they wanted, pushing Sumner completely out of the rotation. In the games he did manage to get sent out onto the floor, Sumner averaged 13.8 minutes and averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals per game to finish barely inside the fantasy top-350.

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