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  • Serge Ibaka scores 14 pts w/ two 3-pointers
    Serge Ibaka shot just 6-of-17 from the field in his Magic debut on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Ibaka looked great in the preseason, averaging 19.3 points and 1.3 triples in his past four games, but he couldn't quite find the range tonight. The biggest takeaway for his owners is the increased usage -- Ibaka attempted 17 shots in just one game last season. 38 minutes ago
  • Nikola Vucevic shines with 17 & 14 in opener
    Nikola Vucevic finished Wednesday's 108-96 defeat with 17 points on 7-of-14 FGs, 14 boards, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It's worth remembering that Bismack Biyombo was suspended for this game, which may have shifted more playing time to Vuc tonight. Head coach Frank Vogel did play the two together for stretches this preseason, though, and either way it's safe to pencil in Vuc as a top-50 guy in 9-cat leagues. 39 minutes ago
  • Believe The Hype: Myles Turner drops 30-16-4
    Myles Turner lived up to the hype on Wednesday against the Mavericks, scoring 30 points with 16 boards, one assist, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kaboom. Turner had a career high in boards and put up the second 30-point game of his career. After the game, Turner said Paul George believes in him and said the team will put Turner in the spots to succeed. With Turner anchoring the defense with plenty shot-blocking chances to go with the up-tempo offense, the sky is the limit. It's going to be a fun ride owning him all season to see how high this Pacer can fly. 40 minutes ago
  • Hassan Whiteside has 18 & 14 w/ four blocks
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's road win vs. the Magic with 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 14 rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one turnover in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The big man was a popular pick at the turn of the first and second rounds this season, as his elite boards and blocks are likely to be paired with a more robust offensive game sans D-Wade and Bosh. He even showed improvement from the FT line this preseason, but reverted to form with a 5-of-10 mark on Friday -- he went 0-of-4 at the stripe tonight, so we're not getting our hopes too high in that department. 42 minutes ago
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) sits out season opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) did not play in Miami's season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran was listed as questionable and he was reportedly in good spirits after pre-game warmups, but the Heat opted to hold him out again. When he does return, he'll be in the middle of a crowded rotation that includes Luke Babbitt, James Johnson, Derrick Williams and Willie Reed. 43 minutes ago
  • Kosta Koufos confirmed as starter
    Kosta Koufos will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was fully expected to see the start next to DeMarcus Cousins with over half of his minutes next to him in the preseason. Koufos is still only a deep-league option. Today, 6:51 pm
  • Luis Scola starts 3Q for Brook Lopez
    Luis Scola started the second half for Brook Lopez on Wednesday.

    Advice: And it took less than one game for Lopez's fantasy owners to be mad at coach Kenny Atkinson. It does not sound like an injury, which is a good indication of how tough it will be to predict this rotation. Today, 6:06 pm
  • Omer Asik will start for Pelicans in opener
    Omer Asik will start for the Pelicans in the season opener.

    Advice: Asik played well in the preseason for the Pelicans, averaging a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. Alexis Ajinca will backup Asik and the two may end up splitting minutes fairly evenly. Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis will round out the New Orleans starting five. Today, 4:34 pm
  • Cody Zeller has a minutes limit
    Cody Zeller (knee) will play with a minutes limit on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford said Zeller didn't get enough practice time. Clifford cooled off on the idea Zeller as a power forward, but he might need him with Frank Kaminsky (foot) out. Zeller isn't worth owning in most leagues. Today, 3:36 pm
  • Miles Plumlee starting on Wednesday
    Miles Plumlee is starting on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks used John Henson as a backup power forward at times, so the flexibility there makes Plulmee the starting option. Henson has better fantasy value for his blocks, though. Greg Monroe will still get big minutes off the bench and isn't affected too much with this move. Today, 3:26 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) still 2 weeks away
    Coach Brad Stevens said Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is still a couple weeks away from game action.

    Advice: He will not participate in every 5-on-5 portion of practice and the team will continue to ramp him up. Olynyk had a doctor's appointment this week and has said he's targeting mid-November. While he's out, we'll see more Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko and more Jae Crowder at the four. Today, 2:50 pm
  • IT4, Bradley, Jae, Al & Amir starting vs. BK
    Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson will start against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Celtics starters smashed on their opponents during the preseason, especially with Al Horford out there. Obviously Horford is locked in for his minutes, but we all know coach Brad Stevens will mix it up with his other bigs. Although, Johnson should have a good role tonight with Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) out. We should see a ton of Terry Rozier with Marcus Smart (ankle) out, too. Today, 2:41 pm
  • Tiago Splitter confirmed out
    Tiago Splitter (hamstring) will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: He was ruled out for four weeks back on Oct. 11, so this isn't surprising. The Hawks are likely going to use Kris Humphries more at the five and may not get Edy Tavares out there just yet. Today, 2:01 pm
  • Kosta Koufos listed as starter
    Kosta Koufos is listed as a projected starter with Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not surprising with Cauley-Stein only playing 38 of his 124 preseason minutes next to DeMarcus Cousins. Koufos has slimmed down this summer and has shown a better ability to close out on jumpers against him. He likely won't be too involved in the offense, so there isn't much fantasy upside. Today, 1:06 pm
  • Rockets exercise fourth-year option on Capela
    The Rockets have exercised their fourth-year team option on Clint Capela.

    Advice: Houston management is high on Capela, so he could be in for a solid season as Mike D'Antoni's starting center. Just know that he's a career 35.9 percent shooter from the stripe. Today, 10:57 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will be on 12-minute limit Weds
    Jahlil Okafor (knee rehab) will be on a 12-minute limit for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Joel Embiid's minutes will be capped at 20, so it's possible we see Brett Brown roll out some small ball lineups with Dario Saric at the five-spot and Jerami Grant spending time at the four. Richaun Holmes could also be in the rotation tonight, but Saric is the guy you want to target in fantasy hoops. Until the minutes limit is lifted, Okafor won't really be worth deploying in standard leagues. Today, 10:41 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee) won't play Wednesday vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Arthur is still recovering from knee surgery, and he recently experienced some swelling after going through a full practice on Monday, so he could miss a few more games. Once cleared, he'll likely be brought along slowly, so there's no reason to own him anywhere. Today, 9:46 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) available to play vs. MIL
    Cody Zeller (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Zeller will more than likely be brought off the bench behind Roy Hibbert in an effort to limit his minutes. He's not a fantasy option anywhere. Today, 9:15 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) ruled out for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot) will not suit up for Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play, so there won't be much of a fantasy impact sans Kaminsky. Look for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to log some extra minutes at the four-spot. Today, 9:11 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic ready to be a leader for Denver
    Jusuf Nurkic is ready to step into a leadership role with the Nuggets this season.

    Advice: "That’s my position. Whoever takes it, I get it back," Nurkic said of earning his job back as Denver's starting center. "I’m happy to be here. I’m here for a reason. I will show, like I showed in the preseason. I will do whatever I need to be a leader on this team and to help this team win." Nurkic looked great during the preseason with averages of 12.6 points, 10.7 boards, 1.0 steal and 0.7 swats per contest in just 23.4 minutes of action, so if he can just stay healthy, he could have a very nice season. Today, 8:33 am
  • Noel (knee) could exceed 3-5 week timetable?
    Nerlens Noel could exceed his initial 3-5 week timetable depending on if or how often he experiences swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.

    Advice: Noel's surgery was successful, and he'll now begin his rehab in Alabama, but the 76ers are going to bring him along with extreme caution. It's unclear what Noel's role will be once he's fully up to speed, but the logjam in Philly's frontcourt will make it tough for Noel to reach his full fantasy potential this season. Today, 7:25 am
  • Embiid excited to make regular-season debut
    Joel Embiid is excited to make his regular-season debut, Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "Yeah, it's special," said Embiid of playing in his first regular-season game. "I have been waiting for a long time and I haven't played in two years, and I was a high pick and [Sixers fans] have been waiting for a long time. So it's going to be special for the city, for myself, for the coaches, my teammates, and my family." Embiid will be on a strict 20-minute limit on Wednesday, so there should be better options out there to throw in your lineups on a busy 10-game night. Today, 7:14 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) questionable for opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: McRoberts has been cleared for contact, so there's a chance he could get on the floor for limited minutes Wednesday night. He's not a fantasy option anywhere, though. Today, 7:04 am
  • Bismack Biyombo (suspension) out Wednesday
    Bismack Biyombo (suspension) will be unavailable for the first game of the season.

    Advice: This is just a reminder to get Biyombo out of your lineups. Orlando is expected to roll out a starting five of Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic for the season opener, and Vucevic should see plenty of minutes with Biyombo unavailable. Today, 7:02 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says playoffs are the goal
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his only goal this season is to get the Kings into the playoffs.

    Advice: "I have one goal, that’s playoffs," Cousins told media members on Tuesday before the team boarded a plane for Phoenix. "That’s success for me right now." Through six years of NBA experience, DMC has yet to sniff the playoffs, and it would be surprising to see this Kings team break that trend. Cousins is sure to have another stat stuffing season, but cutting down on the turnovers will be key to improving his value in 9-cat leagues. Today, 6:35 am
  • Pau Gasol plays just 18 minutes vs. GSW
    Pau Gasol played just 18 minutes and finished with two points, four rebounds and one assist on 1-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's easy win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors didn't really use center Zaza Pachulia much and the Spurs were quite dominant without Gasol on the floor. He'll be better than this on most nights, so don't do anything crazy with Pau. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Aldridge drops 26 & 14 in easy win over GSW
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 10-of-20 shots for 26 points and 14 rebounds, and added a 3-pointer and a steal in Tuesday's surprisingly easy 129-100 win at Oracle Arena.

    Advice: Aldridge had his way with the Warriors tonight and looked spry. He's primed for a big season, especially given that Tim Duncan is retired. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Boris Diaw held to two points in loss to POR
    Boris Diaw disappointed in a start at power forward vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: Not many forwards can play 32 minutes and finish with just three rebounds, but it was that kind of night for Diaw. He looked a step too slow and also missed all three of his triples. It sounds like Derrick Favors (knee) is progressing, but no one knows for sure. Even with the uncertainty, it's better to leave Diaw on the wire. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Noel undergoes successful left knee surgery
    Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports suggest that Noel is looking at a 3-5 week absence, but knowing the 76ers, his absence could certainly extend past that timeline. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be picking up the slack in Noel's absence, and we could also see Brett Brown go with some small-ball lineups using Dario Saric at the five-spot with Jerami Grant earning some extended minutes at the four. Expect Noel to be handled with kid gloves once he is finally cleared to return to the court. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) is questionable to play in Denver's regular-season opener against New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still hasn't gone through a full practice, so chances are he'll spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines. Arthur is a non-factor in all leagues while the Nuggets are healthy. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Miles Plumlee likely to start opening night
    Miles Plumlee has been practicing with the starting unit, so it looks like he'll be Milwaukee's starting center for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: Through 14 games as a starter last season, Plumlee only managed to contribute averages of 6.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 block, so he's a good example of how starting doesn't necessarily lead to fantasy value. Greg Monroe will come off the bench. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.
    Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.

    Advice: Diaw will start in place of the injured Derrick Favors (knee). Even though he is starting it would be surprising if Diaw played more than 25 minutes on opening night. He will likely split time with Trey Lyles. Despite coming off the bench, Lyles is the more appealing Daily Fantasy play. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Joel Embiid on 20-minute restriction
    Joel Embiid (foot) will on a 20-minute restriction on opening night.

    Advice: Embiid had been playing between 18 and 20 minutes a night in the preseason and showed no ill effects. The Sixers plan on playing Embiid for five 4-minute increments each game early on this season. Embiid in incredibly skilled and would post terrific numbers if he stays healthy enough to play 30-plus minutes. Embiid is one of the most intriguing players in the entire league this season. The downside is obvious, but the potential reward is also great. Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • Frank Kaminsky unlikely to play in opener
    Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is unlikely to play in Wednesday night's season-opener.

    Advice: Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer states that it "doesn't sound like" Kaminsky will play in the season-opener. Kaminsky has been making progress, as yesterday he shed the protective walking boot he had been wearing over the weekend, but it appears as if he won't make his season debut to later this week. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to be available
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) will be available for the season opener, barring a setback.

    Advice: It sounds like Zeller is making progress and appears to be on track to play; however, it is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Frank Kaminsky is ‘making lots of progress'
    Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is "making lots of progress" and is "questionable" for the season-opener.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who suffered a right foot strain in Friday’s exhibition game, was well enough Monday to be walking in sneakers, rather than the protective boot he wore over the weekend. "He said he felt a lot better," coach Steve Clifford said of Kaminsky. "He did a ton [of rehabilitation] Sunday and then he was back in here this morning. I guess you’d call him questionable [for the season-opener], but he’s making lots of progress." Monday, 3:23 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) feeling better every day
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) said that his knee has been feeling better every day.

    Advice: Okafor is on track to suit up for Philly's regular-season opener against OKC on Wednesday, but he'll be coming off the bench behind Joel Embiid, and will more than likely be brought along slowly with a strict minutes limit. He's not all that attractive of a standard league target, although his value is a bit better in points settings. Monday, 11:35 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) cleared for contact
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) has been cleared for contact, and hopes to make it back to the court "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: Additionally, McRoberts said he's spent most his time at the five-spot during Heat practices, so it sounds like Erik Spoelstra envisions McBob operating as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup. It's unlikely that McRoberts will be able to see much more than 20 minutes a night in a reserve role, and he's still without an official timetable to return, so there's no reason to draft him anywhere. Monday, 10:11 am
  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. Monday, 6:42 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) questionable for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot sprain) is questionable to play Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play on opening night, so Kaminsky's status is more or less meaningless. If Kaminsky is out on Wednesday, it'll be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earning some extended minutes at the four-spot, with Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes splitting the center minutes. Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Sunday, 11:36 am
  • Jahlil Okafor limited in practice Sunday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) was limited at Sunday's practice, but he's optimistic about playing Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he looked "OK" and gave him a B-minus. He only played eight total minutes in the preseason and it sounds like his role will be very limited right out of the gate -- Okafor expects to see more than eight minutes, but not too much more. With Nerlens Noel (knee) on the shelf, this means that Richaun Holmes could be in the rotation on opening night. Joel Embiid is the center you want to own in Philly. Sunday, 10:22 am
  • Kelly Olynyk eyeing mid-November return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) hinted that he's targeting a mid-November return.

    Advice: "So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he's thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start," Olynyk said. "It's feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It's just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk." He was cleared for contact this week and was able to play some 5-on-5, so he's moving in the right direction. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes a game last season, so he's someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues. Sunday, 6:44 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) takes limited contact
    Updating a previous item, Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) took part in limited contact practice for the first time since May on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was limited," Brad Stevens said. "But he did some five-on-five, he did some contact, he did some one-on-one contact, so he did a lot more than he's done [throughout the preseason]." Despite Saturday's return, Olynyk is not putting any timetable on his return because he doesn't want to rush it. By the time he's ready to roll, Olynyk may not even have a spot in a crowded frontcourt rotation. Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Report: Noel (knee surgery) to miss 3-5 weeks
    Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) is expected to be out for the next three-to-five weeks, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Advice: Noel's procedure is scheduled to take place on Monday, and we now have a better idea of just how long we can expect to see him sitting on the sidelines. This means Noel will be targeting a return in late November, and it's unclear what role he may come back to given Joel Embiid has played well and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) will be his backup to begin the year. Sooner or later, the Sixers will need to stop this charade and move one of these guys, but they're not going to get equal value for any of them at the current moment in time. It's a bad situation that's only getting more complicated in both fantasy and reality. Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg contusion) DNP on Saturday
    Boris Diaw (right leg contusion) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Olynyk cleared for contact, has no timetable
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for contact, but he still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: While there's no specific timetable, a return in mid-November is a possibility. The Celtics are in no rush here and they will likely utilize a lot of small-ball lineups until they are back at full strength. Olynyk is only worth stashing in very deep leagues. Saturday, 10:28 am
  • Joel Embiid scores 18 points in 18 minutes
    Joel Embiid scored 18 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: It was a busy process for him this month. Embiid finished his first NBA preseason with a 37.8 usage rate -- DeMarcus Cousins led the NBA last year at 35.2. On the regular stats, he averaged 11.4 points, 6.0 boards, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 turnovers in just 14.7 minutes per game. There's a ton of risk here and you know the 76ers will be careful because of all their bad luck lately, but feel free to pull the trigger on Embiid in the later rounds to see what happens. Friday, 8:53 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside scores 15; USG% going up?
    Hassan Whiteside scored 15 pints with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 23 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The talk of him being a bigger factor on offense isn't just talk. Whiteside upped his usage rate to 25.3 in the preseason, which is up from just 20.5 last year. He's also expected to play more and could actually average 0.5 assists per game. On the downside, Whiteside did make just 54.8 percent from the line in the preseason. As long as you're OK with him possibly being a bottom-five guy for free throw percentage, go ahead and take Whiteside after the truly elite guys come off the board. Friday, 8:33 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets eight minutes, scores four
    Jahlil Okafor scored four points in his preseason debut on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist, one turnover and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: He had a nice face-up spin move for his field goal make and looked fine in his two mini stints. With Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) set to miss time, Okafor should be able to get minutes around 24 once he's 100 percent. It's still unclear how long Noel will be out, so it's probably best to avoid both Okafor and Noel. Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky suffers right foot sprain
    Frank Kaminsky suffered a right foot sprain on Friday.

    Advice: That's not good and it was more than just the originally reported soreness. Kaminsky will likely be getting further evaluation this weekend to determine his prognosis and treatment. For now, we will consider him between doubtful and questionable for the opener. If he and Marvin Williams (finger) can't go, the Hornets will have to play multiple players out of position. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Nurk Work: Jusuf Nurkic wins starting job
    The starting Nuggets front court for opening night will be Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic.

    Advice: Nobody gets more credit for earning a starting job than Nurkic. He lost around 40 pounds this offseason and quickly shed a minutes cap. He's playing with a chip on his shoulder and is running the floor better than he ever has. His awesome summer moves him into the late-middle rounds of standard drafts. Friday, 6:21 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (right foot) to locker room
    Frank Kaminsky has gone to the locker room to be evaluated for a sore right foot.

    Advice: It didn't look bad and hopefully it's just soreness. Kaminsky was absolutely dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns and the Hornets have no incentive to put him back out there. With Marvin Williams (finger) questionable for the season opener, the Hornets may need Frank the Tank. Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) to have minor procedure
    Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) has elected to address his injury via a minor surgical procedure "in the coming days," according to the 76ers.

    Advice: That rules him out for the start of the season, and this is different from his groin injury. According to the team, "Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica." There is no timetable and the 76ers will undoubtedly take their time with him. At this point, Noel is only a borderline draft pick in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes and Joel Embiid benefit while Jahlil Okafor (knee) is still on a minutes cap. Friday, 3:45 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out again on Friday
    Josh McRoberts (foot) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are in no rush to bring him back. McRoberts has no timetable to return. Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) to see 6-8 minutes Fri
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 6-8 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That likely means he's only getting one stint tonight. Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes will take on most of the center minutes tonight. Okafor's health concerns and unclear role make him a fairly undesirable fantasy target. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) will not play on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: There was some hope that Arthur could go after he took some contact in Thursday's practice, but the Nuggets aren't going to take any chances. The Nuggets going with a big lineup of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic hurts Arthur's outlook, especially since he's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart. Arthur can be considered questionable for the opener. Friday, 10:06 am
  • Clint Capela resting on Friday
    Clint Capela is resting on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: After a sluggish start to the preseason, Capela had his best game on Wednesday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks late, but his brutal free throw shooting will keep his value in check. Nene and Chinanu Onuaku will fill the void Friday. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will play 8-10 minutes Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 8-10 minutes on Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, so this is a nice surprise. Okafor made it through the morning shootaround and this confirms that he should also be ready for opening night. He's coming off knee surgery and had a minor setback during training camp, so expectations should be tempered in the early going. With the emergence of Joel Embiid in the preseason, Okafor will come off the bench this season and is just a late-round pick. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Bismack Biyombo scores eight off bench
    Bismack Biyombo scored eight points in 26 minutes on Thursday, adding eight rebounds and one block.

    Advice: The Magic are playing Biyombo next to both Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic, so it looks like he's going to be able to get minutes in the 20s as a backup. If you need blocks and boards late, give The Biz a look. Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Ibaka plays 44 minutes in preseason game
    Serge Ibaka played 44 minutes in a preseason game on Thursday, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The preseason matters, apparently. In his five preseason games, Ibaka averaged 14.8 points, 9.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.0 treys. Ibaka seems to have his wish with more usage on offense and he should see a scoring bump into the teens. On the other hand, the dip in his block rate is still a bit unsettling with his blocks per game dropping in his last four seasons. There's still enough upside to pounce on Serge in the first 40 picks of standard drafts. Thursday, 7:35 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful Friday vs. MIA
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat.

    Advice: Okafor will be traveling with the team to Miami, and said that he's expecting to be available for opening night, but it sounds like he'll again be on the sidelines for Friday's meaningless game. Okafor isn't in a great situation coming off knee surgery and fighting for minutes in Philly's frontcourt, so he's not a great target in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) took some contact during Thursday's practice, and there's a chance he can suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Friday will mark Day-10 of Arthur's initial 10-14 day timetable, so if he wakes up feeling fine after going through Thursday's practice, he could certainly be on the floor Friday night. That being said, he's not going to have any value in fantasy hoops this season while the team is healthy. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Kaminsky, Hibbert start
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Advice: Marvin Williams is dealing with a broken finger, and Cody Zeller (knee) still isn't 100 percent, so Kaminsky will have the opportunity to run with the starters tonight. Steve Clifford hasn't officially ruled Williams' out for opening night, but if he's not able to give it a go, it'll likely be Kaminsky opening the year as Charlotte's starting four-man. That being said, Kaminsky's value will tank once Williams' gets back on the court, so he's only worth a look as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Thursday, 3:32 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for opener?
    Jahlil Okafor said that "everything's looking good" with his surgically repaired right knee, and he expects to be ready for the 76ers' regular-season opener against the Thunder.

    Advice: He's doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat, and while he's expecting to play on opening night, we wouldn't be so sure as players are often overly optimistic when projecting their return from an injury. Okafor also said that he's "fine" coming off the bench this season, which is a good indication that his minutes will be limited to begin the year as he fights for playing time in Philly's overcrowded frontcourt. He's more of a late-round pick in deep leagues at the moment. Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • Olynyk (shoulder) targeting mid-November
    Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are hopeful that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) will be able to return to the court by mid-November.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown and Jonas Jerebko will likely pick up most of Olynyk's minutes, with Jae Crowder earning some extended run at the four-spot. Olynyk is not worth drafting anywhere. Thursday, 1:40 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge says he's happy in SA
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he's happy in San Antonio and he's not buying into the rumors that the Spurs are open to trading him.

    Advice: "For sure, I am," Aldridge said when asked if he's been pleased with the way things have gone in San Antonio. "We made history last year (winning a franchise-record 67 games). They incorporated me into the family and tried to make me one of the big pieces. I’m from Texas. I see my family. I’m winning. Of course, I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me." The original report didn't come from the most reliable source, so we wouldn't read too much into the rumors. Thursday, 1:24 pm
  • Pacers exercise team option on Myles Turner
    The Pacers have exercised their team option on Myles Turner for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This decision couldn't have been easier for Indiana, as Turner will now be on a modest salary of $2.4 million for the 2017-18 season. Turner has a ton of upside as a guy that can hit his free throws, drain triples, gobble up the boards and swat away shots at an elite level, but he'll likely cost you an early-round pick if you want him. He's worth it. Thursday, 12:10 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still not close to a return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is still not close to a return, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: Ainge said Olynyk's upcoming evaluation with his doctor isn't urgent as Celtics trainer Eddie Lacerte doesn't think the big man is ready to return. We'll continue to monitor Olynyk's progress, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues to start the season. Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Jahlil Okafor doubtful for Friday vs Miami
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful for Friday's game against Miami.

    Advice: Okafor still thinks he'll be able to play when the regular season begins, but Okafor continues to be listed as doubtful for Friday's preseason game agains the Heat. Okafor is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and is likely to see his minutes restricted to start the season, so he is only worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:47 am
  • Joel Embiid targeting 18-20 minutes on Friday
    Joel Embiid will play 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid did individual work at practice on Friday and will again target 20 minutes on Friday. Embiid will have his minutes restricted to open the season, but he's worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his upside. Thursday, 9:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside to return to lineup Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (personal) will play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside had been away from the team due to the death of his great grandmother, but will return for Thursday's preseason game against Charlotte. After averaging 14.2 points with 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks on 60.6 percent shooting from the field last season, Whiteside comes into 2016-17 as a sure-thing first-round fantasy selection. Thursday, 9:21 am
  • Josh McRoberts out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: McRoberts has no set timetable for his return and has no fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Clint Capela bounces back on Wednesday
    Clint Capela got the start on Wednesday against the Mavs, finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: With Nene resting, Capela needed to impress coach Mike D'Antoni. Luckily, he arguably had his best game of the month and did a fine job on the defensive end. His starting job isn't 100 percent locked up, so his awful foul shooting makes it tough to draft him unless you're punting free throw percentage. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 16-9 line in 26 minutes
    Myles Turner was fantastic yet again on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't turn the ball over and continues to get plenty of shots with his 22.0 usage rate this preseason. Turner is destroying opponents at the rim, making 80 percent within three feet and only having one of his 43 FGAs blocked. The second-year breakout pick should be blocking plenty of shots for the Pacers and deserves every bit of his steadily rising ADP. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Miles Plumlee scores 10 pts w/ eight boards
    Miles Plumlee chipped in 10 points and eight boards in 19 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

    Advice: The points and rebounds were both preseason highs for Plumlee, which says plenty about his fantasy outlook. Even as the Bucks' presumptive starting center, he's only worth a glance in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Amir Johnson scoreless, plays nine minutes
    Amir Johnson failed to score in nine minutes of action vs. the Knicks, contributing five boards and three assists in a lopsided defeat.

    Advice: Brad Stevens said before the game that Johnson "has to get used to playing a little bit with [Jonas] Jerebko," which suggests we'll see that pairing more than we did last season (at least until Kelly Olynyk returns). Johnson's durability and efficiency make him a consistent, low-end fantasy big man who can be had with a flier pick in nearly all drafts. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) iffy for season opener
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford conceded that Cody Zeller (bruised knee) might not be able to play much early in the regular season.

    Advice: "Bottom line is he’s not going to be ready. He hasn’t done enough," Clifford said. "You couldn’t, with any realistic expectation, think that he could possibly play much, if at all. He’s had no preseason, so there’s no way he could be ready to play." Zeller's lingering bone bruise leaves Roy Hibbert as the opening night starter, with Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky as backups. Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller (right knee) ruled out Thursday
    Cody Zeller (right knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Zeller recently returned to practice without any setbacks, but the team is wisely being cautious with an injury that has lingered throughout the offseason. Considering Zeller's lack of on-court time this preseason, Roy Hibbert is poised to open the season as Charlotte's starting center. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is a small positive that the 76ers didn't rule him out. Okafor's right knee figures to keep his minutes down in the beginning of the season and Joel "The Process" Embiid figures to start. On top of that, it doesn't look like Brett Brown wants to go big-big at power forward and center. Okafor is only a late-round pick in most leagues. Wednesday, 2:01 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 23 points Tuesday
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic calms down Tuesday
    Jusuf Nurkic hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, 13 rebounds and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been playing very well this preseason but never got it going tonight. It looks like he's going to start at center for the Nuggets, with Nikola Jokic sliding over to power forward. His stock has been rising and he's become a very popular center pick in the early-middle rounds of drafts. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic quiet in return to action
    Nikola Vucevic returned to action from a rest on Tuesday and had eight points, three rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The fact that Bismack Biyombo was taking the night off makes Vuc's disappointing line a bit disturbing, but the center job is still his to lose. Vucevic is no longer a top center prospect in fantasy with the arrival of Biyombo, but he's still capable of putting up big numbers if he can avoid a full-blown timeshare. Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Payton, Fournier, Green, Ibaka, Vuc starting
    Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Vucevic was rested during Orlando's last game, but it'll be Bismack Biyombo (rest) taking the night off tonight with Vucevic returning to the starting five. Green will be subbing in for Aaron Gordon, who is dealing with sore ankles, but that's not something that will continue into the regular season. Tuesday, 3:50 pm
  • Report: SA open to trading LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs are reportedly open to trading away LaMarcus Aldridge should the right deal arrive.

    Advice: Those close to the situation suggest that Aldridge may not be happy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio, and Jackie MacMullan of ESPN has hinted that Aldridge could be sent packing prior to the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Aldridge does have a player option for the 2018-19 season, so the Spurs may want to ship him out now while he still has a couple years left on his deal if things start heading south. Phoenix and Boston could emerge as potential suitors for Aldridge should anything go down, but to be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo (rest) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Bismack Biyombo (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Nikola Vucevic will likely be picking up most of Biyombo's minutes tonight, with Jeff Green also getting some extended minutes. Biyombo is capable of racking up the boards and blocks in bunches, but his value will be limited as long as he's forced to split minutes with Serge Ibaka and Vucevic. Tuesday, 11:34 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (personal) out Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (personal) will miss Tuesday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: Whiteside is away from the team due to the death of his great grandmother, but he's expected to re-join the club in Charlotte for Thursday's exhibition game against the Hornets. Our thoughts go out to Whiteside and his family. Tuesday, 11:27 am
  • Joel Embiid feels 200 percent healthy
    Joel Embiid said he feels 200 percent healthy, but it still getting into game shape.

    Advice: Embiid's highly-anticipated NBA debut is now in sight and his health finally won't prevent that from happening. "Health-wise, I'm 200 percent," Embiid said. "Game shape-wise, I'm not 100 percent." The 22-year-old will have his minutes limited to begin the season, but he's still worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy drafts due to his upside. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Nerlens Noel, 76ers not talking extension yet
    Nerlens Noel (groin) and the 76ers haven't talked about an extension yet.

    Advice: The two sides have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep Noel from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, but the two sides have yet to talk. "It's not really something that we've discussed, given some of the concerns that I think Nerlens has had, right now," said the team's president of basketball operations, Brian Colangelo. "There's been very little if any discussion with his agents about any extension scenarios." While the two sides will talk before the deadline, Noel isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to the 76ers crowded frontcourt. Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) shoots 4-of-14 vs. CHI
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) finished Monday's OT win vs. Chicago with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The foot injury came out of nowhere and the fact that he played big minutes in a meaningless preseason game is proof that he's fine. Kaminsky's fantasy outlook is bleak, though he's worth watching in deep leagues with Cody Zeller (knee) and Marvin Williams (finger) both ailing. Oct 17, 8:08 pm
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Oct 17, 5:15 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) out Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) will not play vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured forward has no set timetable for a return and has no fantasy value. Oct 17, 3:14 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) probable for Monday
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: This is the first we are hearing of a foot injury, but it's a good sign that he was listed as probable. If he is ultimately held out on Monday, the team is just being cautious. Kaminsky had 17 points, four treys and two blocks in his last outing. Oct 17, 6:18 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for contact last week and returned to practice on Thursday, but the Hornets aren't ready to throw him out there yet. Zeller is likely looking at a timeshare with Roy Hibbert, so we're not excited about his outlook. Oct 17, 6:12 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic goes for 13 & 9 in 22 minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic started Sunday's game and posted 13 points and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes of action, making 2-of-6 field goals and 9-of-12 free throws.

    Advice: Nurkic shot 43.5 percent from the field and 62.8 percent from the line in limited action during his first two NBA seasons. He's been tremendous this preseason, however, and coach Mike Malone sounds ready to give Nurkic significant minutes: "We think that [Nurkic and Nikola Jokic] can play well together because they are so skilled," Malone said. He's worth a long look in the late-middle rounds of standard drafts. Oct 16, 8:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (knee) scores game-high 25 points
    Serge Ibaka (knee) led all scorers with 25 points on Sunday, making 9-of-15 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ibaka added six boards, two blocks, one assist and one 3-pointer, and it's safe to say that his knee feels fine. He's been terrific in the past two preseason games and appears to have Frank Vogel's blessing to shooting from the perimeter, which is a nice wrinkle for fantasy owners. He has early-round potential but can often be had in the 40-50 range on draft day. Oct 16, 5:51 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo grabs 19 boards w/ five swats
    Bismack Biyombo racked up seven points, 19 rebounds and five blocks as a starter on Sunday, adding two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Nikola Vucevic was resting tonight so fantasy owners shouldn't read too much into Biyombo's starting gig. It's worth noting that Frank Vogel has played Biyombo and Vuc together at times this preseason, which would be a boon for Biyombo's potential value. He shot just 3-of-10 at the line tonight, worse than usual for the career 55.9 percent shooter, but he's worth a look if you need boards and blocks in the final rounds. Oct 16, 5:50 pm
  • Vucevic, Green, Watson out Sunday vs. Atlanta
    Nikola Vucevic, Jeff Green and C.J. Watson will all be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Hawks.

    Advice: It's just a rest day for the older guys, but they should be back in action when the Magic take on the Heat in Tuesday's exhibition game. Vucevic could struggle to eclipse the 35-minute mark most nights this season with the improved depth behind him, but he's still a worthwhile early-round target. Oct 16, 1:29 pm
  • Payton, Fournier, AA, Ibaka, Biyombo starting
    Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Nikola Vucevic (rest) is getting the night off, so not too much should be read into Biyombo starting over Vuc, although it'll be interesting to see how he can work with the starters. Biyombo's value will be limited to start out the year, but if Vucevic is ever traded, he could easily be a double-double guy as Orlando's starting center. For now, he's only worth a late-round flier for those seeking some help in boards and blocks. Oct 16, 1:28 pm
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