Dan Besbris goes mega-rant on the wild Friday night NBA flurry, even hitting on fantasy impact between the screams of both love and disgust.
October 15, 2019, 1:04 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard double-doubled with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with six assists, four steals and a block in Monday's 104-98 win over the Warriors.
He went 2-for-4 from the field and a solid 8-for-10 at the line. Howard outplayed JaVale McGee (11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist and three blocks) tonight and with DeMarcus Cousins (ACL) out for the season, we expect a timeshare at the center position. McGee is the more attractive option due to his high block rate, but Howard makes for a good rebounding specialist for fantasy owners.
October 10, 2019, 12:35 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard got the starting nod in Thursday's preseason game and produced five points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 18 minutes.
Howard did pick up five fouls in his time on the floor but given how long it's been since he's played we'll give him a pass. More notable is that he only took two shots, as he's going to have to settle for a limited offensive role on a good Lakers team. JaVale McGee came off the bench for six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and five blocks in 19 minutes. McGee remains the vastly superior fantasy option.
October 5, 2019, 10:47 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee started at center for the Lakers in Saturday's preseason tilt vs. the Warriors and was able to muster 10 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field, as well as 13 rebounds and one assist.
McGee did his damage in 17 minutes on the floor. Dwight Howard played 18 minutes off the bench and chipped in nine points and nine boards while failing to record a block or a steal. This positional battle between McGee and Howard is something worth watching in the preseason. For now, we're sticking with the recommendation that McGee is the better big man to own in fantasy.
October 1, 2019, 10:39 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
Frank Vogel said "Our centers have really impressed me" on Tuesday, referring to Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee.
The Lakers' championship odds took a hit when DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn ACL over the summer, but there's a chance that McGee and Howard can mostly fill that void next to Anthony Davis. Vogel mention that "JaVale's performing at a really high level" and that "Dwight Howard has been all business since he came in this time around." If either or both players can get over twenty minutes per game this season, they could be well-worth a late-round pick. McGee was near the top-50 last season in 22.3 mpg, and Howard had hovered around No. 100 (and much higher for punt free throw teams) for a few seasons prior to his stint with he Wizards.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
August 27, 2019, 2:19 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard is expected to "compete" with JaVale McGee for the Lakers' starting C job this season.
Fresh off signing with the Lakers after the unfortunate injury to DeMarcus Cousins, Howard impressed in his workout and will now get the chance to start for a team that has championship aspirations. This is quite the turnaround from where Howard was just two short weeks ago. There may be some real fantasy value left in the veteran big man after all.
July 6, 2019, 9:44 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee has officially been re-signed by the Lakers on a two-year deal.
McGee, who was one of the sweeter fantasy surprises last season, but will have trouble replicating his stellar run with the Lakers in 2019-20. This time around, he'll be sharing the frontcourt with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 3:22 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee will agree to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Lakers including a player option according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
McGee heads back to the Lakers to provide backup center minutes to support Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. He might have some late-round value if he can get 18-20 mpg but we'll have to see how he aged and how much the Lakers want to play McGee next to Davis.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 10:44 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee will meet with the Pistons on Monday, per Yahoo's Chris Haynes.
McGee was set to meet with the Rockets on Sunday, but the fact that Jimmy Butler ended up in Miami likely means that Clint Capela is staying put. Detroit would be an odd fit for McGee, as he'd be playing behind an expensive, big-minute player in Andre Drummond. There's a glut of centers available on the open market but McGee should be able to find somewhere with an easier path to playing time after he put a nice year together with the Lakers.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 12:45 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee will meet with the Rockets on Sunday, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
McGee hasn't appeared in the rumor mill much yet, but he should get some offers once the league's premier centers get their business settled. He proved last season that he could provide quality play as long as you didn't ask him to do much more than run to the rim and protect the paint. Houston has had issues with their depth centers in recent seasons, and McGee's profile is a particularly interesting fit given the trade rumors surrounding Clint Capela.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 3:13 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and one block over 19 minutes before fouling out in Tuesday's season finale against the Blazers.
McGee started off the season at a torrid top-20 pace and had some speed bumps in the middle of the year, but he backed it up with a top-20 run when it counted in the fantasy playoffs. It all added up to a top-50 campaign for a guy that rose up draft boards late but was still drafted as a late-round pick.
April 6, 2019, 1:15 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee had himself a sweet Friday night as he punished the Clippers' frontcourt with 18 points (8-of-18 shooting), 10 rebounds and three blocks.
McGee probably would have had an even bigger night had he not been slowed down by some foul trouble early. That said, this is his second straight game where he's blocked three shots. He's been solid with top-90 value over the last week. Mo Wagner was a flop tonight with just five points and a steal to his name in 12 minutes of action.
April 5, 2019, 12:44 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee scored eight points on 4-of-8 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, an assist and three blocks on Thursday.
McGee logged 21 minutes and the starters were blown out of the water which meant Moritz Wagner only logged 24 minutes and scored 13 points with six rebounds and two assists. Johnathan Williams came off the bench and scored 17 points with 13 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 25 minutes of action and tonight's lines can be treated as blowout specials.
Kawhi Leonard joined Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Lakers responded by signing three point guards, two shooting guards and two centers. All of this took 18 hours.
Just another uneventful year in Los Angeles...