July 6, 2020, 7:40 pmDewayne DedmonC, Atlanta Hawks
While Dewayne Dedmon ended at top-240 value in 8-category leagues during 2019-20, he took a step forward after the Kings dealt him to the Hawks.
While injuries limited Dedmon to just 44 games, he provided 8.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.0 steals during 10 contests with the Hawks. He was used much more sparingly on the Kings. Holding top-260 value overall in 9-category formats doesn't overwhelm, but Dedmon made solid contributions defensively and on the glass down the stretch. With a career mark of 51.6 percent, he's likely to improve upon the 40.0 percent shooting from the field posted in 2019-20. However, Clint Capela's presence in the lineup could cut into his usage next season.
July 6, 2020, 6:14 pmDamian JonesC, Atlanta Hawks
Damian Jones was largely a blocks specialist in 2019-20, holding top-230 value in 9-category leagues while ranking only among the top 260 in 8-category.
Jones actually posted similar numbers to his final season of 2018-19 with the Warriors, albeit in a larger sample size of 55 contests. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 16.1 minutes per game. Jones saw an uptick in free-throw percentage during 2019-20, which rose to 73.8 percent from 64.9 percent the season prior. However, his assists average dropped from 1.2 while his blocks average fell from a 2018-19 average of 1.0. The Hawks deployed too many big men for reserves like Jones to be particularly valuable, and the acquisition of Clint Capela could further complicate the situation going forward.
July 6, 2020, 4:25 pmBruno FernandoPF, Atlanta Hawks
Bruno Fernando finished the 2019-20 season as a top-370/380 player (8/9 cat) while averaging 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.3 steals on 51.8 percent shooting from the field.
The rookie out of Maryland didn’t exactly finish strong, scoring just 1.6 points per game over five contests in March. The native of Angola found himself behind John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon on the frontcourt depth chart. The Hawks also added Clint Capela who is under contract for three more seasons. Fernando’s campaign did feature a few bright spots, especially when Dedmon missed time due to injury. However, Fernando would need a step up in playing time to become fantasy relevant in most leagues.
July 6, 2020, 10:41 amClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela kept top-40 value amidst injuries and a mid-season trade.
Although he is yet to make his debut for the Hawks, Capela posted 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game in 39 games with the Rockets. Foot injuries kept him out the final months of the season and left the door open for speculation on how he will fit in with his new club. Capela’s high block (1.8/game) and field goal percentage (63%) numbers make up for his lack of threes and brutal free-throw percentage (53%). In Houston, Capela was the only big on the floor for the majority of his minutes, but now slides in next to forward John Collins, one of the better big men in the league. It will be interesting to see how his lack of an outside game can mesh with this roster, but he has proven over the last few seasons that you can expect consistent double-double type numbers out of him, no matter what situation he is in.
June 12, 2020, 3:38 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela is feeling "way, way, way better" as he continues to rehab from his right heel injury and plantar fasciitis.
Capela feels that he could've taken the court in July if the Hawks had been invited to Orlando. While he has not been able to test it out in 5 vs. 5 activity and has not been able to push himself to 100 percent as a result, he is still feeling spry during his workouts. We should be hearing further progress as Capela increases his activity. Capela is done for the season either way, and it is a shame we will not get to see how nicely he meshes with John Collins and Trae Young until the 2020-21 season.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter
May 26, 2020, 8:26 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Hawks GM Travis Schlenk indicated on Tuesday that Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) could very well play in the event of an NBA restart.
"Clint [Capela] says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said in a phone interview with ESPN. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela has yet to see the floor for the Hawks since he was acquired at the deadline from the Rockets, and one would have to surmise that he would be under a heavy minutes restriction if the league resumes and if the Hawks deem him healthy enough to give it a go. Still two big "ifs," but this is obviously positive news for the Hawks and potentially for fantasy owners who have managed to stash Capela in an injury slot this long.
April 21, 2020, 1:53 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Although he has yet to be evaluated by the Hawks training staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis)said that he has continued to make progress in his rehab.
Capela admitted that he still isn't 100 percent healthy, but that that pain level has dropped to the 3-5 range. It seems unlikely that he is going to play again this season should the season resume, as he is still a little ways off. Capela will look to enter the 2020/21 season with a clean bill of health.
Source: The Athletic
March 31, 2020, 3:47 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
According to Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlantic Journal Constitution, Clint Capela had been progressing towards participating in half-court workouts prior to the season being suspended.
There was some uncertainty surrounding Capela's potential return this season, but now he will have a much better shot at getting a few games below his belt before the conclusion of the season. If Capela does indeed find himself on the court for a few games, we'd have to imagine that he will be on a strict minutes limit as Lloyd Pierce alluded to last month.
Source: Atlantic Journal Constitution
March 10, 2020, 8:58 amClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Lloyd Pierce recently gave his team his thoughts on next season, and he emphasized that they are a playoff team and that preparation for that has to start now.
The team meeting came on the heels of an odd sequence of events for the Hawks as they followed two of their best wins of the season with one of their worst losses, a listless 39-point blowout at home to the short-handed Grizzlies. The Hawks have yet to win three games in a row this season but Pierce believes in the Hawks’ young core that will be back next season. The addition of Clint Capela could only help and we will be waiting for the big man to make his debut before the end of the year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 5, 2020, 1:02 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Lloyd Pierce emphasized that if Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) returns this season, he'll be playing under a minutes restriction.
In other words, Capela won't be playing a typical workload until next season. With the Hawks announcing yesterday that the big man would miss another two weeks at minimum, it's probably time to make the tough call about dropping Capela if you're scrapping for a playoff spot or don't have an IR spot. The Hawks have no incentive to play Capela until he's fully healthy again, and his blocks and rebound numbers won't be close to their usual selves if he's limited upon returning. Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones will continue to split the center minutes for the foreseeable future, though Dewayne Dedmon is the only viable standard-league option here — he just needs to get healthy himself.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 1:52 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela (right heel contusion, plantar fasciitis) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Capela has been out since late January and Bruno Fernando has seen regular minutes. While Capela has been progressing, it's worth wondering how much of the regular season will be left if he is able to return. He averaged 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks before being traded away by the Rockets.
Source: Sarah Spencer on Twitter
March 2, 2020, 12:23 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela (right heel contusion, plantar fasciitis) was spotted doing some on-court work on Monday and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Capela has been out since early January and the Hawks don't have anything to play for, so they've taken it very easy on their new acquisition. Center is a major weak spot for Atlanta and they'd probably like to get some reps in with all of their core players together so we're going to avoid a full shutdown scenario here, but Capela does figure to be under some restrictions after he returns. Hopefully there's good news on Wednesday. Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones will hold down the fort in the interim.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter
February 27, 2020, 5:21 pmDamian JonesC, Atlanta Hawks
Damian Jones (flu-like symptoms) is questionable to play in Friday's game vs. the Nets.
There appears to be a sickness going around the Hawks locker room as Trae Young has also been sick recently. With Clint Capela (heel) and Dewayne Dedmon (elbow) both ruled out for a few games, Bruno Fernando is in line for a huge opportunity. Jones would see minutes off the bench if he was able to play but is well off the fantasy radar. Fernando should be added to watch-lists in standard leagues while he may have streaming appeal in 14-team leagues.
Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter
February 27, 2020, 8:14 amClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela (right heel) has progressed in his rehab but is still at least two weeks away from a return, according to Coach Lloyd Pierce.
Capela, who has missed the last 12 games, has begun running and movement drills in practice. Pierce stated Capela would most likely miss "15 (games) or less" coming out of the All-Star break. John Collins will continue to be the beneficiary of Capela's absence for at least another two weeks.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 20, 2020, 10:37 pmJohn CollinsPF, Atlanta Hawks
John Collins racked up two steals and three blocks to add a jolt to an otherwise quiet 12 points and seven rebounds on Thursday night.
Collins has been a huge asset on a per-game basis and as long as Clint Capela is out, he is going to be an elite option. Right now, Dewayne Dedmon is starting at center for the Hawks and isn't providing much, going scoreless with eight boards in 20 minutes. We'll see how the rotation shakes out when Capela is healthy, but it shouldn't affect Collins too much because of his ability to stretch the floor.