July 12, 2016, 5:39 am
The Lakers coaching staff has applauded Russell’s Summer League performance thus far, but they hope he can start passing a bit more.
Russell has been very fun to watch. The coaching staff acknowledged his play has been impressive but at the same time, scoring 22 points with only one assist and four turnovers just won’t cut it. Now that Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant are gone and never coming back, Russell should be unleashed this season. In Summer League, he’s looked much more comfortable in terms of scoring and getting inside the paint. This is still a great sign despite the low assist numbers, and he could perform even better than his post break numbers which were, 15 ppg, 2 3pm, and 39% from 3. If Russell can improve his efficiency and assist numbers this season, he could be a very solid late round selection int fantasy drafts.
January 23, 2020, 12:33 amShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier scored 16 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes on Wednesday.
Napier is locked in as the starting point guard with around 30 minutes a night now that Jeff Teague is in Atlanta. Napier may be traded, but he will be a standard-league player while he is in Minnesota.
January 23, 2020, 12:29 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had a strong outing in Wednesday's 121-117 loss to the Spurs, finishing with 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3PT), 12 assists and three steals.
Ball has been a top-55 player over the last two weeks, and games like this will boost his stock. With Zion Williamson as another option for the young point guard to find, we imagine to see more double-digit assist games.
January 23, 2020, 12:26 amJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler got to the line 18 times on Wednesday and hit 16 of those attempts on his way to scoring 24 points with 10 assists and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.
Butler did his damage at the line on Wednesday and provided a high-percentage, high-volume boost to free throw percentage for his fantasy owners. Butler has been on the fringe of first-round value all season and shouldn't fall outside the top-20 moving forward.
January 23, 2020, 12:24 amDerrick FavorsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Derrick Favors double-doubled on Wednesday night, ending with 11 points, 10 rebounds and a single steal.
Favors was able to make an impact in the game despite Zion Williamson entering the fray. The biggest loser here is Jaxson Hayes who saw 16 minutes and only put up nine points and three rebounds with a block.
January 23, 2020, 12:20 amGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic double-doubled on Wednesday with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 10 assists in 30 minutes.
Dragic has held late-round value throughout the season for his points, assists and threes off the bench. His value is at his ceiling though because of the depth in Miami.
January 23, 2020, 12:20 amBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram shot 6-of-22 from the field on Wednesday but still managed 22 points to go with his three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Ingram probably tanked your field goal percentage today and didn't add many popcorn stats to make up for it. In his first game with Zion Williamson, Ingram still had plenty of opportunities but just couldn't convert. His usage might take a slight hit as Zion's minutes tick upwards, but there's not need to worry at this point.
January 23, 2020, 12:16 amTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Tyler Herro caught fire from deep, shooting 7-of-9 from beyond the arc on his way to 25 points with three rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes on Wednesday.
It's certainly fun to own Herro on nights like this, but he is inconsistent because of the depth in Miami. Herro will have late-round value with little upside because of situation in Miami.
January 23, 2020, 12:14 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson put on a show in his NBA debut on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points (including 17 straight 4th quarter points), seven rebounds and three assists on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Williamson only played 18 minutes but had the stadium rocking in the 4th quarter when he scored 17 straight points, keeping the Pelicans competitive before ultimately returning to the bench to see them fall to the Spurs. As his minutes increase, it will be exciting to see the damage he's capable of causing in the league and the headache he gives opposing defenses. It's a promising start for this talented rookie's career and we can't wait to see where this trajectory takes him.
January 23, 2020, 12:10 amDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans scored 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting with four assists, one steal, one block and four triples in 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
The 32 minutes is the most Bertans has played since returning from his right quad strain two weeks ago. He is a must-own player in standard leagues for his 15.3 points and 3.7 threes per game.
January 23, 2020, 12:03 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 38 points (16-of-24 from the field), nine rebounds and five assists in a 134-129 overtime loss to the Heat on Wednesday.
Beal will post early-round value while he's on the court, but his public frustration with the Wizards adds uncertainty to his fantasy value late in the season. It is worth trying to sell-high on Beal to avoid dealing with this situation during the fantasy playoffs.