July 2, 2020, 2:57 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In a conference call with Portland media, Terry Stotts revealed that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are likely to return to their starting jobs and won't be under minutes restrictions when the NBA resumes.
It should be a huge defensive lift for a Blazers squad that gave up points like crazy, though this will throw a wrench into plans for DFS players. Stotts mentioned that he's considered starting Nurkic next to current starter Hassan Whiteside, though that fit would likely only be tenable in certain matchups. This, plus news of Trevor Ariza's absence during the restart, also has big effects on the wing rotation, where it sounds like Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. are competing to start with Nassir Little and Mario Hezonja also in the mix off the bench. This is a big blow to Hassan Whiteside's fantasy appeal — a top-15 player in 31.3 mpg this year– as his minutes should sink into the mid twenties. Anyone participating in a short league that covers the restart may want to view Whiteside as more of a middle-round, blocks specialist type, though this all obviously hinges on how Nurkic and Collins look when games begin.
Source: The Athletic
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 1:11 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmel Anthony enjoyed a favorable matchup against the Suns on Tuesday, recording 21 points (9-of-16 shooting), three rebounds, five assists, two threes, two steals and two blocks.
The Blazers as a whole were on the mark, with four of their five starters chipping in 20-plus points in the win. This is a high-end line from Melo, so don't hold your breath for a repeat performance anytime soon.
March 5, 2020, 12:39 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony led the Blazers in scoring on Wednesday night, ending the game with 25 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3PT), and chipping in five rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Anthony had a solid all-around night contributing in both points, rebounds and steals. He's been a nice end of bench option and should hover around top-150 value through the end of the season. Trevor Ariza was just a notch below him when it came to tonight's performance, ending with 15 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
February 27, 2020, 11:00 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony had a quiet 12 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes on Thursday night.
Anthony didn't do a ton offensively in this contest but was at least efficient in what he did do. He made five of his eight shots and only turned it over twice. Anthony and Trevor Ariza have both settled in as top-140 values this season and that should continue. Ariza had an off night, scoring eight points and hitting two triples in 37 minutes.
February 23, 2020, 11:27 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony put up a season-high 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 107-104 win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Anthony brought his efficiency back up after his recent struggles from the field, which helped the Blazers pull out a close victory. Trevor Ariza, who had been trending up as of late, put up just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 36 minutes. Ariza should bring top-100 value, while Anthony remains a late-round option for standard leagues.
February 22, 2020, 1:29 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points (6-for-17 shooting) in Friday's loss to the Pelicans, adding five rebounds, two triples, one assist, one steal and one block.
Anthony was once again inefficient from the field and looked pretty slow against the athletic Pelicans lineup. Trevor Ariza started alongside Melo and chipped in 13 points (5-for-7 shooting), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one triple and a block. Each could see a bit more usage while Damian Lillard is out.
February 13, 2020, 12:25 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony struggled offensively on Wednesday, shooting 1-of-15 from the field on his way to scoring five points with 15 rebounds and one block in 36 minutes.
It was one of the worst shooting performances of the season for Anthony, who isn't known for his efficiency (.414 from the field this season). Anthony is hovering around the top-150 on the season and can be used for points, rebounds and threes in standard leagues if you don't care about field goal percentage.
February 11, 2020, 10:44 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony had 18 points on 8-of-16 from the field on Tuesday, but he only added one rebound, one assist and one steal to his stat line over 26 minutes.
It's been quite a drop in production for Melo over the last month or so. As hard as it might be to do, it's time to think of him purely as a rebounds and free throw percentage streamer that can get hot and score some points here and there.
February 7, 2020, 12:16 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with eight rebounds, four assists and four treys on Thursday.
Anthony was big for the Blazers in this one, nailing clutch mid-range jumpers late in the fourth like it was the early 2000s. He hit four triples tonight as well as a bonus.
February 4, 2020, 11:56 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony was held to just two points on 0-of-5 shooting (2-of-2 FTs), adding just two rebounds in 26 minutes in a blowout loss to the Nuggets.
Melo is sinking quickly. He's now shooting just 29.7 percent over his last five games, and that's help to put him well outside the top-200 for that stretch. The 10.6 points in those games shows that he can't even be counted on for his points right now.
February 1, 2020, 9:12 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony (personal) is available to play vs. Jazz on Saturday.
Melo should be back in the starting lineup and ready to chip in with his usual complement of scoring and rebounding at the four spot.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
January 30, 2020, 9:00 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony (personal) will be out for Friday's game against the Lakers.
Anthony will sit this game against the Lakers out, which should give Trevor Ariza a good shot at being a daily fantasy play.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 30, 2020, 7:01 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony (personal) did not travel with the team to Los Angeles but his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers is still unclear.
Anthony has had a solid season since joining the Blazers and can help rosters with his rebounding and scoring ability but hasn't scored on good efficiency. Trevor Ariza and Nassir Little will have additional opportunity with Ariza having the better fantasy value if Anthony sits out.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 12:56 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony double-doubled on Thursday with 16 points and 11 boardsto go with five dimes, one steal, one block and two triples on Thursday.
Anthony recorded his first double-double since his game against Houston on January 15th and added his usual inefficient scoring to his line. He had a couple extra dimes thanks to closing out the game in garbage time minutes so don't expect those to come too often.