January 17, 2020, 11:29 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan kept his foot on the gas pedal in Friday's 120-121 loss to the Hawks, collecting 25 points (9-for-18 FG, 7-for-7 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists and two steals.
DeRozan has been in beast mode for the last month, returning first-round value in that time. The Spurs are battling for the last playoff spot in the West and will need DDR to deliver like this to make it happen, so unless they fade from the picture and fold up shop, there's nothing to keep him from posting another top-40 season. LaMarcus Aldridge is in that same boat and put up 30 points, five rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes tonight.
January 17, 2020, 11:26 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
Dejounte Murray double-doubled in Friday's home loss, picking up 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 33 minutes.
Murray took a back seat to Derrick White earlier in the week but took charge again tonight as the two continue to jockey for the lion's share in San Antonio's backcourt. Murray is the better play as a steady middle-round value, though the random disappearing acts when White is playing well are frustrating. White had eight points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes while Patty Mills harshed everyone's mellow by scoring 15 points in 24 minutes.
January 17, 2020, 11:23 pmJakob PoeltlC, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl came off the bench for four points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks in 20 minutes on Friday night.
Poeltl is on a nice block run of late, with 11 over his previous five games. He's swatting enough shots to be worth your time in 12-team leagues if you need a simple blocks specialist, though his overall output leaves him better suited for the 14-16-team range.
January 17, 2020, 11:22 pmTrey LylesPF, San Antonio Spurs
Trey Lyles went scoreless on Friday but managed to post 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 20 minutes.
That's not bad all things considered, though he didn't really do much to take advantage of Rudy Gay's absence opening up more minutes at power forward. He's getting 17.3 mpg on the season and is a rebounding specialist if you're scraping the bottom of the barrel in 20-teamers.
January 17, 2020, 1:45 pmRudy GaySF, San Antonio Spurs
Rudy Gay (assumed rest/illness) will not play on Friday night.
On the official injury report, the Spurs have simply listed Gay's illness/injury as a semi-colon, so we're going to take a stab at it and say he's either sick or getting the night off. Gay has been a late-round option this season and doesn't need to be rostered in 12-team leagues as the Spurs have dialed him back to just 22.5 mpg and his percentages have dipped.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 15, 2020, 10:08 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan was lights out on Wednesday night, dropping 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting to go with five rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
It's worth noting that the scoring damage was done without even attempting a shot from behind the arc. That being said, he is on a roll recently and sits in the top-45 despite his hesitation to pull the trigger from deep.
January 15, 2020, 10:03 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 12 points on Wednesday, while picking up five rebounds, an assist and two 3-pointers.
It was a pretty quiet night for Aldridge but is still a second-round guy on the season. Right now a lot of that value comes from his 1.8 blocks a game, so if that cools off, we'll see his value start to go with it.
January 15, 2020, 9:59 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills came off the bench on Wednesday and scored 21 points (8-of-15 FG, 5-of-12 from deep) in 23 minutes.
Mills proves yet again that he can provide that 3-point spark for your team. It's just way to inconsistent of a backfield to rely on him. Fellow backcourt-mate, Derrick White scored 11 points in 22 minutes. While Bryn Forbes, who started, scored 11 in 26 minutes. It's a rotating door and hard to trust any one of them in standard leagues.
January 15, 2020, 10:34 amLonnie Walker IVSG, San Antonio Spurs
Having finally secured a spot in coach Gregg Popovich’s rotation, Lonnie Walker IV also has been enjoying some good times on the court lately.
Walker helped the Spurs rally from an 18-point third quarter deficit to vanquish the Raptors on Sunday. Even though he played only 11 minutes, Pop called on him to play most of the drama-filled final 28 seconds. The explosive guard is still deep in the depth chart but he deserves to be stashed in dynasty leagues.
Source: San Antonio Express-News
January 12, 2020, 9:54 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan had a big game in his second return to Toronto on Sunday, leading the Spurs to a comeback win with 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
DeRozan scored 22 of his points in the second half, including a nasty jam on Chris Boucher that saw the big man get basically Rock Bottomed in mid-air. He went 7-of-11 from the field and 11-for-14 from the charity stripe as his excellent run continues, and DeRozan is now up to a sterling .534 from the field on over 16 shots per game.
January 12, 2020, 9:51 pmJakob PoeltlC, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl had a solid game off the bench on Sunday, tallying four points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes.
Poeltl continues to play behind Trey Lyles for reasons unknown but he's been able to crank out late-round value because of his steady contributions in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. Rudy Gay also had a nice game with 15 points and a pair of triples in 20 minutes, and both players likely top out as low-end options in 12-team leagues. Right now neither is worth your time outside of the 14-16-team area but Poeltl's probably easier to assess because he's closer to specialist appeal.
January 12, 2020, 9:44 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White took charge in the San Antonio backcourt on Sunday, chipping in 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 27 minutes.
Dejounte Murray (10 points, seven rebounds, four assists in 21 minutes) started off hot but White ended up doing the heavy lifting by the time the night was done. It's been a really frustrating year for the Spurs' promising young guards, and despite both Murray and White possessing middle-round upside, they're just not automatic starts given the night-to-night variability.
January 10, 2020, 10:37 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan dropped 36 points on 11-for-18 shooting in Friday's 121-134 loss to the Grizzlies, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one triple and a steal.
DeRozan can't stop getting buckets these days. While it is amazing to see, it's unlikely he continues scoring at such an efficient pace and you'd be prudent to see if anyone is willing to part with a top-50 player for the scorching DeRozan.
January 10, 2020, 10:35 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points (7-for-12 shooting), nine rebounds, five triples, three assists and a block in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies.
The five triples represent the fifth time Aldridge has hit three or more triples since 12/23. Before then he didn't hit three triples once so it seems there is a trend building toward more threes. Stay tuned to see if that's a blip on the radar or part of an adjustment the Spurs – who are 5-4 in that stretch – have consciously made.
January 10, 2020, 10:30 pmBryn ForbesSG, San Antonio Spurs
Bryn Forbes scored 21 points (7-for-12 shooting), four triples and two rbounds in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Forbes is a 3-point streamer that lived up to his reputation on Friday night, draining four of eight three-point shot attempts. As is typically the case with Forbes, the rest of his line left much to be desired. He's great when his shot is falling and pretty useless when it isn't.