March 26, 2016, 9:42 pm
Marvin Williams scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with eight rebounds and three blocks in Saturday’s blowout win over the Bucks.
For those watching film early in the year it was clear Williams was in some of the best shape we’ve ever seen him in. Box score watchers didn’t have so much luck hopping on the train, but early adopters can laugh all the way to the bank after a top 30-50 campaign. Nicolas Batum had a huge night with 25 points, seven boards, eight assists and five treys, and Courtney Lee scored 12 points with four rebounds, five assists and two threes. If you want to use Lee you’re probably looking at the week after next when the Hornets have four games.
July 14, 2020, 4:07 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo authored a low-key breakout season with averages of 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.3 3-pointers in 23.1 mpg.
DiVincenzo did that while hitting at a .462 clip from the floor, which was good for top-115/100 (8/9-cat) value. He never really got the props that he deserved from the fantasy community, but DiVincenzo became a valued member of the Milwaukee rotation and was able to provide some excellent ROI for any GMs that hopped on board the train early. This was a big step forward after injuries limited him to 27 games as a rookie, and it's entirely possible that DiVincenzo keeps a similar role going forward. Fantasy players just have to hope that the efficiency and steals stick, as those numbers weren't exactly expected given his track record.
July 14, 2020, 3:51 pmWesley MatthewsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Wesley Matthews was unable to make much of an impression in 2019-20, finishing as top-280 fantasy player.
Matthews' fantasy appeal was always built on his ability to hit threes and grab steals, but over recent seasons his wayward efficiency has rendered him a late-round play at best. This season the bottom dropped out, with Matthews sinking to just 1.6 threes and 0.6 steals per contest despite starting in each of his 62 games. His dwindling minutes are going to keep him from anything but deep-league value going forward.
July 14, 2020, 3:35 pmHarrison BarnesSF, Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Barnes is going through quarantine and hopes to join his teammates in Orlando soon. He adds that he's largely asymptomatic, which is good news. He's the fourth member of the Kings to test positive.
Source: Harrison Barnes on Twitter
July 14, 2020, 1:02 pmMarvin WilliamsPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Marvin Williams took a big step back in 2019-20, largely due to a big decline in playing time.
Williams finished the season averaging 19.4 mpg overall with minimal difference between his Hornets and Bucks figures (19.7 vs. 18.5). Charlotte was focused on developing its younger players, while there were no expectations that Williams would hold a big role after being bought out and signing with the league's best team. The veteran has always had a 9-cat game that ticks multiple boxes, and that was still present even if the volume wasn't: 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 threes per game. He was able to manage top-250/215 value (8/9-cat), but unfortunately it seems unlikely that he'll come back into big minutes going forward.
July 14, 2020, 12:55 pmKyle KorverSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver continued to age gracefully this season, knocking down 1.7 threes per game on a sterling .415 mark from deep.
Korver continues to make it work despite declining playing time, and this year's 16.7 mpg is the fewest he's received since his rookie season, while this also marks the sixth straight season in which his playing time has decreased. Korver was able to finish as a top-285 fantasy player but he's really only good for one category. With threes more abundant than ever in today's NBA, it makes Korver tough to endorse as an elite specialist until you get into the 16-20-team range.
July 14, 2020, 12:49 pmRobin LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Robin Lopez finished around fantasy's top-350 mark in 2019-20, settling into a clear backup role with the Bucks.
Lopez did appear in 60 games but saw just 14.4 minutes per contest, his lowest playing time since a 2012 campaign with the Suns. While RoLo got with Milwaukee's program and shot a career-high .366 from deep, he also shot a career-low .535 from the free throw line. His 0.7 blocks per game kept him on the radar as a desperation blocks specialist but it looks like it'll take a new team to reinvigorate Lopez as a potential late-round asset.
July 14, 2020, 12:46 pmFrank MasonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
Frank Mason made just six NBA appearances while on a two-way contract with the Bucks, posting top-460/490 (8/9-cat) value.
Mason has been trending down in general, playing in 52, 38 and now six games over his three-year career. He shouldn't be considered a fantasy option for next season.
July 14, 2020, 10:55 amKhris MiddletonSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton scored 21.1 points and added 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.4 triples and 0.9 steals in 52 starts for the Bucks, good for 32/22 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
The career year comes after Milwaukee signed him to a five-year, $177 million dollar contract last summer. Middleton solidified his status as the No. 2 scoring option next to Giannis while shooting career-highs from the field (.499) and the 3-point line (.418). Coach Bud of course did not hesitate to yank him in games where he looked indifferent on the other side of the ball but the truth of the matter is that his perimeter shooting is essential to the success of the Bucks. The charismatic scorer surpassed his ADP and was a pleasant surprise for anyone who invested a pick for him in the early rounds of the draft.
July 14, 2020, 10:25 amBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons said on Tuesday morning that his back feels really good and that he is as fast as he’s ever been on the floor.
It’s likely that no other player benefited more form the four-month hiatus other than Simmons. While he was expected to miss the playoffs he is now fully healed and ready to get back to the court, while fans really can’t wait to see him again in his new role as the starting power forward for the Sixers. His fantasy ceiling is still open and it’s very encouraging to see him sound rejuvenated.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
July 14, 2020, 10:17 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Bucks GM Jon Horst said that he can’t really worry about Giannis Antetokounmpo mingling, talking and hanging out with other players while in the bubble.
“We can only control what we can control”, said Horst. “At the end of the day, I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league’s relationship, our coach’s relationship, his teammate’s relationship with Giannis in what we’re doing and what we’re about.” Giannis is eligible for a supermax extension this summer, one the Bucks are going to offer him the minute they can, while most people around the league expect him to sign the deal. The Greek freak has been spending time with his brother Thanasis, who also plays for the Bucks, and Kostas, who is on the Lakers roster, while in Orlando, so Bucks fans really have no reason to worry at this point.