Christian Villere looks at the good and the bad from the 6-game road trip
October 17, 2019, 11:38 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins delivered 13 points, 11 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Thursday but shot 5-of-12 from the field and committed six turnovers.
Collins was tasked with a heavy load tonight as most of Portland's regulars got either the full night off or very limited minutes, and it was a mixed bag of a performance. Although Collins is likely to start for the Blazers this season, we'd like to see more out of him as a shot-blocker and shooter before endorsing him as more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Skal Labissiere got some extra run with Hassan Whiteside absent tonight and produced 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block but he's only a handcuff in extremely deep formats.
October 16, 2019, 11:10 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will not return to the Blazers' game against the Jazz.
The second injury of the night for Whiteside proved to be too much to play through, and he will likely be reevaluated in the next couple of days. There is mild cause for concern considering that he was already dealing with a sprain to this ankle. If he misses extended time, Zach Collins will soak up a ton of minutes in the middle while Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere could see extended run as well. Whiteside finished his night with 11 rebounds and five points in 16 minutes.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers PR
October 9, 2019, 1:42 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins may have played a team-high 24 minutes on Tuesday in a 105-94 win over the Nuggets, but his production left a lot to be desired as he managed just 10 points, six rebounds and nothing else.
Collins has plenty of potential to be a blocks-and-threes stud, but so far he's had plenty of games like this where he just doesn't fill up the box score. The opportunity is there this season with quite a few frontcourt players having departed Portland. Collins is worth a late pick if his profile fits your needs. Hassan Whiteside played just 12 minutes, providing seven points and four rebounds, but the star big man tonight was Skal Labissiere with a 10-point, 12-board double-double in just 17 minutes. He's unlikely to repeat this feat even once this season.
July 3, 2019, 3:32 pmSkal LabissierePF, Portland Trail Blazers
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) said he's uncertain for Saturday's Summer League game.
Labissiere may have sustained the injury in a minicamp scrimmage but it's not expected to be a serious injury. The Blazers have lost a lot of power forward depth this summer, so Labissiere has an outside shot at a small role if he can impress this summer.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 1:06 amSkal LabissiereF, Portland Trail Blazers
Skal Labissiere was a part of the Blazers six-man rotation in the season finale win over the Kings on Wednesday and he put up 29 points and 15 rebounds in 41 minutes of action.
He shot 12-of-17 from the field and hit both of his attempts from deep. Like Gary Trent Jr. and Anfernee Simons, Labissiere does not hold any fantasy appeal in the near future. This performance was due to the Blazers resting all of their rotation players and giving their benchwarmers 40-plus minutes, so do not look too much into this outburst. He can be left on draft boards come next season's draft.
March 8, 2019, 1:37 amSkal LabissiereF, Portland Trail Blazers
After Jusuf Nurkic was ejected on Thursday night, the Thunder elected to have a cold Skal Labissiere come in and shoot two free throws.
Labissiere missed both, though the second one was an intentional miss and the Blazers did end up getting two points out of free throws following a loose-ball foul. It was a rough spot that ended up working out for the youngster. This was only Skal's third game of the season and he's not a fantasy option.
February 14, 2019, 1:49 amSkal LabissiereF, Portland Trail Blazers
Skal Labissiere made his Blazers debut on Wednesday with one rebound in one minute of action in a win over the Warriors.
He can be left on the wire.
February 7, 2019, 2:57 pmSkal LabissiereF, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have acquired Skal Labissiere from the Kings in exchange for Caleb Swanigan.
Labissiere struggled to ever find a rhythm in Sacramento and never really looked to fit into their long-term plans. A fresh start should do him some good though it's not an ideal landing spot considering Portland has Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard currently in place. Skal's a nice upside gamble for Portland given his versatile skillset but fantasy owners don't need to pay much attention to him this year.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 24, 2018, 12:34 amSkal LabissiereF, Sacramento Kings
Skal Labissiere played just five minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Nuggets.
Skal is not in the Kings plans right now and he's off the fantasy radar in most formats until he is.
October 1, 2018, 9:32 pmSkal LabissiereF/C, Sacramento Kings
The Kings will start De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein in Monday's game.
It's a surprise to see Labissiere earn the nod here as the Kings have Zach Randolph as their veteran with Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles as younger, more exciting alternatives. Skal has always had nice skills but could never earn the minutes needed to develop properly. We're not expecting him to start when the real games begin but he'd be an interesting flier if he did.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
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