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  • C.J. McCollum gets a lot of run at PG
    C.J. McCollum made 7-of-13 from the field for 19 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during a 118-101 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Blazers really used him at point guard a lot tonight and even Damian Lillard was more of a shooting guard next to McCollum. The team also ran a lot of pick-and-roll with McCollum and they clearly have confidence in him growing into a go-to scorer and playmaker this year. He's a good bet to break out this year. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Allen Crabbe explodes for 25 points
    Allen Crabbe was hot on Thursday against the Warriors, scoring 25 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made his first five shots and finished making 9-of-12 from the field. Crabbe was outstanding at Summer League before suffering an ugly ankle injury and he has the inside track to make the team. He could get even more minutes if Gerald Henderson (hip) is not ready. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 30 points in 26 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points in just 26 minutes on Thursday, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers on 6-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He was 12-of-15 from the line to give him a usage rate of 36.1 usage rate. Obviously Curry is going to rack up the scoring numbers again this year and is the consensus No. 2 pick in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson starts at point guard
    Jordan Clarkson got the start at point guard on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The team gave D'Angelo Russell (glute) the night off to give Clarkson more minutes at the one. Even though he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he did after the break last year, he's still worth a flier in the later rounds of drafts. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Kawhi scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Kings on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great, especially in the isolation game on offense. Leonard figures to be highly involved in the offense even with their new additions. He's a strong target in the middle of the first round after he turned in No. 4 value after the break last year. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Reggie Jackson struggles in his start
    Reggie Jackson (Achilles) struggled in a start against the Nets on Thursday, making 3-of-10 from the field for seven points with three rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

    Advice: He had a sore Achilles and missed some practice this week. Jackson is going to run the offense this year and he should run a ton of pick-and-rolls as the floor general -- nobody ran more PNR than RJ after the break last year. He's someone to think about in drafts after the early-round PGs come off the board. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Paul George finally cools off
    Paul George cooled off on Thursday against the Magic with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 4-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He dropped 20 points in the first quarter on Tuesday and teams just weren't defending him in the early going. George did get a little more playing time at small forward tonight and will likely get close to an even split at both forward spots. He's a risky pick in the early rounds. Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Nick Young starting for Russell
    Nick Young will start for D'Angelo Russell (glute) on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said it doesn't mean much. In other words, the Lakers are just using different player combos tonight with their rookie point guard not playing. Young is still not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Vogel hopeful Chase Budinger can return soon
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said he is hopeful that Chase Budinger (hamstring) can return by Tuesday.

    Advice: Budinger will spend Thursday's preseason game on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, but given that Vogel is expecting him back on the court by Tuesday, it doesn't seem like the injury is very serious. We'll be tracking his progress closely, but as a reserve for the Pacers, Budinger can't be viewed as anything more than a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Tony Wroten (knee) at least a month away
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Tony Wroten (right knee) is "every bit of a month away, minimum" from making a return to the court.

    Advice: That timeline would guarantee that Wroten would miss at least the first few weeks of the regular-season, and there just haven't been many positive reports on Wroten who is returning from an ACL tear. Given that players tend to take at least a year to fully regain their form after suffering a major knee injury, we'd recommend steering clear of Wroten on draft day. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Harden worked on conditioning and preparation
    James Harden spent the offseason working on better conditioning and being better prepared.

    Advice: "It was so frustrating, because in that Game 5 I turned the ball over 12 times. I pride myself on creating opportunities to score for my team," Harden said. The only knock on The Beard's fantasy game is his inclination to turn the ball over—a result of his insanely high usage—and Harden will be looking to cut down on the career-high 4.0 he averaged last season. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • DeRozan spent offseason working on 3-pointers
    DeMar DeRozan spent the offseason working on his 3-point shot.

    Advice: DeRozan would be crazy not to opt out of the final year of his deal, worth $9.5 million, upon the conclusion of the campaign. However, with DeRozan just a career 27.0 percent shooter from distance, including 28.4 percent last season, we're going to need to see the improvement to believe it. He made just 25 3-pointers over 60 games last season. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 17 points w/ three 3PM
    Avery Bradley scored 17 points in just 21 minutes of action during Boston's win over Real Madrid on Thursday, adding three boards, two assists, three 3-pointers and two steals.

    Advice: Bradley is making good on his promise to avoid the long-twos, and he's connected on 6-of-7 shots from beyond the arc through his first two preseason games. He’ll make for a solid late-round target on draft day for owners looking to add some steals, points and 3-point shooting. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Evan Fournier will start at SF on Thursday
    Evan Fournier will start at small forward for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucavic will join Fournier in the starting unit for Thursday's game. Channing Frye started Orlando's first preseason game, but he'll be resting tonight as the Magic are on their second game of a back-to-back set, giving Fournier the opportunity to run with the starters. However, Frye is by no means a lock to open up the regular-season as the starter, so it'll be interesting to see what Fournier can do tonight given the opportunity. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • George Hill's sprained ankle not serious
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that if Thursday night's preseason game vs. the Magic were a regular-season contest, George Hill (sprained right ankle) would be playing.

    Advice: The injury was never believed to be serious, and Hill's participation in portions of Wednesday's practice partnered with Vogel's quote drive home that point. Hill will be the Pacers' starting point guard, although he may not be able to return to last year's averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 three-pointers per game with Monta Ellis and Paul George competing for touches on offense. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Monta Ellis will start at point guard vs. ORL
    With George Hill (sprained right ankle) sidelined, head coach Frank Vogel will start Monta Ellis at point guard for Thursday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Glenn Robinson III, C.J. Miles, Paul George, and Ian Mahinmi will join Ellis in the starting lineup for tonight's game, and we could get an extended look at Joseph Young, who has played phenomenally throughout the preseason thus far. The ball may not move as well with Ellis running the point, so it'll be interesting to see how long Vogel goes with this lineup. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Webster dealing with significant pain in hip
    Martell Webster is dealing with significant pain in his strained hip, and this is the type of injury that could linger into the regular-season.

    Advice: Not good. Webster really struggled to stay healthy last season, suiting up for just 32 games to go with averages of 3.3 points and not much else through 10.9 minutes of floor time. It will be tough for Webster to consistently get into the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's really no reason to draft him in any league. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Anderson (ankle) still not practicing w/ WAS
    Alan Anderson (left ankle) has yet to go through any practices with the Wizards.

    Advice: Anderson underwent surgery to remove some bone spurs in his left ankle this offseason, and the recovery period is taking a bit longer than expected. He'll be fighting for reserve minutes with Jared Dudley (back), Gary Neal and Kelly Oubre this season, so it's safe to avoid him in standard leagues on draft day. Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Dudley (back) participates in contact drills
    Jared Dudley (back) participated in some contact drills for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley has not had any setbacks in his recovery from offseason back surgery, and he's on track to be a full participant during next week's practices. He'll likely be ready when the regular-season tips, but playing in a reserve role in Washington will make him a non-option in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Jarrett Jack (rest) will not play on Thursday
    Jarrett Jack (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Joe Johnson (rest), Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Markel Brown (oblique), Sergey Karasev (knee), Willie Reed (quad) and Thomas Robinson (wrist) will join Jack on the sidelines for Thursday's meaningless game, so Lionel Hollins will get a good look at his reserve players in this one. Jack will likely be the starting point guard for the Nets this season, and is worth a late-round flier after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a starter last season. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Evan Turner (knee) will not play Thursday
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against Real Madrid.

    Advice: Turner had a nice run with the Celtics last season, averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 2.4 turnovers per game although his below-average shooting from the field (42.9 percent) and lack of a 3-point shot (0.4 three-pointers per game) really limited his upside. He'll have some increased competition for playing time this season with Jae Crowder eating into his minutes, so he's not a great guy to target in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Butler says he loves having Rose as teammate
    Jimmy Butler again shot down rumors of a rift between himself and Derrick Rose on Thursday.

    Advice: "I don’t understand why everybody wants to find a problem with me and Derrick. Let us be the fierce, (expletive) competitors we are," said Butler. "I love having Derrick as a teammate. Just let us play together. I think we can be one of the best, if not best, backcourts in NBA. I’ve said it multiple times: I don’t care whose team it is. My job is just to help win. When we win, everybody looks great." Butler added that his increased vocal leadership isn't slighting anybody, and it's simply something that both his teammates and the coaching staff asked of him. He'll make for a fine first-round selection on draft day. Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Arron Affalo doesn't practice on Thursday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Afflalo continues to take it slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, but doesn't look to be in danger of missing any regular season action. As long as he can stay healthy this season, Afflalo will be the Knicks' No. 2 option on offense and is worth a late-round flier despite his lack of defensive numbers. Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson will play Thursday night
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will play against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson's injury wasn't considered serious, but it's nice to see that news manifest itself with him being on the court Thursday. The Pistons starting point guard will likely have his minutes limited during the preseason, but his injury shouldn't linger into the regular season and he continues to be a mid-round target in standard league fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts says meditation helps
    Chris Douglas-Roberts said daily meditation helps him deal with the stress of playing in the NBA.

    Advice: While Douglas-Roberts isn't guaranteed to make the Pelicans final roster, the veteran swingman said meditation has helped him push any worries aside. ''I've seen everything you can see in this league,'' Douglas-Roberts said. ''I don't feel any NBA pressure like I used to feel. But I'm different now. I go back to the hotel meditate and read. You know Zen Master stuff." Even if CDR hooks on with the Pelicans, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a spot in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • HC says Kevin Martin off bench is best
    Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said having Kevin Martin come off the bench is best for the team.

    Advice: While Mitchell acknowledge Martin may not like it, he stressed that the veteran needs to accept his new sixth man role for the betterment of the team. "It’s not necessarily about earning, it’s about where you are as an organization and where you’re trying to go," Mitchell said. "I’m not saying Kevin has to accept it with a smile on his face, but it’s just where we are as an organization." Martin will still see enough minutes to provide value in standard fantasy leagues, so losing his starting job to Zach LaVine shouldn't knock him off draft boards. Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • James Harden OK after offseason ankle sprain
    James Harden sprained his ankle "pretty badly" this summer, according to Kevin McHale, but he's healthy and showed no signs of injury while scoring 19 points on Wednesday.

    Advice: Harden made 6-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in just 20 minutes, adding two 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in a thoroughly dominant performance vs. the Mavericks. His desire to find a rhythm after rehabbing his ankle this summer explains why he suited up for back-to-back exhibitions, and it's safe to say that the MVP candidate is in fine form. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores team-high 18 points
    Evan Fournier returned from a sprained ankle to finish Wednesday's exhibition victory with a team-high 18 points, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Fournier made 5-of-11 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs in only 24 minutes of action, and it's safe to conclude that his ankle wasn't bothering him. The bad news is that he's stuck behind Victor Oladipo on the depth chart, consigning him to the standard-league waiver wire as long as 'Dipo is healthy. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Thursday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle in Tuesday's preseason game, but he was able to participate in a portion of Wednesday's practice. However, don't be surprised if the Pacers proceed with caution during the preseason. If Hill sits out against the Magic, Monta Ellis, Joseph Young and Rodney Stuck could get some extra run. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
  • Chase Budinger (hamstring) out for Thursday
    Chase Budinger (hamstring) will not play vs. the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Budinger was also held out of Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans, but it's still not clear how serious the injury is. There was some talk that Budinger could challenge C.J. Miles for the starting small forward spot, but this injury really hurts his chances. For now, Budinger is only on the radar in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • Evan Turner (knee) probable for Thursday
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is listed as probable for Thursday's preseason game vs. Real Madrid.

    Advice: Turner had a solid 2014-15 season for the Celtics with averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 boards and 1.0 steal per game, but his role is set to decline due to the emergence of Jae Crowder. The Celtics are one of the deepest teams in the Eastern Conference and Turner's ceiling isn't great in standard leagues, so he is not a recommended fantasy target. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Webster (strained hip) misses practice
    Martell Webster (strained hip) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Webster also sat out of Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers. Webster is hoping to carve out a role in the rotation and there has been some talk that he could be used as a stretch four, but this injury won't help. Webster can be ignored in almost all leagues for now. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) continues to progress
    Jared Dudley (back) was able to do "a little" contact at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Dudley is recovering from offseason back surgery and is hoping to resume full contact practices on Oct. 13. It sounds like there is a legitimate chance that he will be ready for the start of the season, but he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as he will likely have a limited role off the bench. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (Achilles) practices Wednesday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) practiced on Wednesday, and he could play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Jackson's injury isn't considered serious, but expect the Pistons to move forward with caution during the preseason. As the unquestioned starter in Detroit, Jackson is poised for an excellent season and it will look to prove his worth after inking a five-year, $80 million contract this summer. If Jackson is unable to play on Thursday, expect Spencer Dinwiddie to get some additional minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) will play Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) will play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Miami, as expected.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said that he's excited to see how he can use Fournier in the rotation, so we'll let you know how he fares after Wednesday's game. It's possible he finds himself in a sixth man role with Orlando this season, and if he can see consistent playing time in the mid-20s, he could certainly emerge as an asset in deep leagues. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • George Hill (right ankle) says he'll be fine
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) said that he expects to be fine.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle during Tuesday's preseason game, but it doesn't sound like he's too concerned with the injury. While players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing injuries, Hill has plenty of time to get right for the regular-season. The Pacers next preseason game comes on Thursday vs. Orlando, so it'll be interesting to see if he plays in that one. Wednesday, 7:17 am
  • Nick Young plays 23 minutes in OT loss
    Nick Young played 23 minutes and hit 4-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Young still hasn't met a shot he doesn't love, although a couple ill-advised ones actually went down last night. Young is worth keeping an eye on and will be worth picking up if the Lakers deal with injury woes, but he's nearly undraftable unless you're in a very deep league. Wednesday, 12:49 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 12 for Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson started at shooting guard and hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss.

    Advice: Clarkson played pretty well tonight and should be a decent grab in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Lou Williams and Nick Young could cut into his run some this season, but Clarkson looks like the favorite to start this year for the Lakers. Wednesday, 12:40 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 in p/s win over MIL
    Jimmy Butler didn't get the memo that Tuesday's game was a preseason contest and went off for 23 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Butler looked dynamic and is primed for another big season, with or without Derrick Rose (orbital injury). Don't sleep on him. Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 10 in Pacers win
    Monta Ellis hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and one assist in 21 minutes in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: With George Hill exiting with a right ankle injury, we were expecting a little more from Ellis, but he's going to score a lot of points for the Pacers this season, regardless of who else is healthy in Indy. Rodney Stuckey was highly disappointing with one point in 17 minutes, but would stand to see a boost if Hill's ankle injury keeps him out of the preseason. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Paul George goes off in preseason win
    Paul George started at power forward and hit 10-of-17 shots and five 3-pointers for 32 points in Tuesday's preseason win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He also hit 7-of-8 free throws and looked great offensively, but added just two rebounds, zero assists and a steal on the night. George isn't thrilled about playing power forward, but he looked pretty great tonight, so the Pacers will likely keep running him out there at the four. The Rotoworld crew is not bullish on George, but if he keeps playing like this in the preseason, we could be swayed more in his favor. However, the lack of anything but offense tonight is a slight concern. George hit 7-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers to score 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter tonight. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Pacers' George Hill leaves w/ sprained ankle
    Pacers' point guard George Hill left Tuesday's preseason game with a sprained right ankle and is not expected to return.

    Advice: No word on the severity of the injury, but even if it's bad, he should have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the regular season. If he's going to miss time, Rodney Stuckey and Monta Ellis should benefit the most. Tuesday, 6:07 pm
  • Jackson, Jennings, other Pistons out Tuesday
    Reggie Jackson (achilles), Brandon Jennings (achilles), Adonis Thomas (achilles), Steve Blake (brain injury), Aron Baynes (ankle) and Danny Granger (very old) are all sitting for the Pistons in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: With Jackson, Jennings and Blake out, Spencer Dinwiddie is starting at point guard, while Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson will back him up. Yes, that Stanley Johnson is going to play some point guard tonight. Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play on Tues
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Anderson has yet to be cleared for basketball activities, and he'll be joined on the sidelines by Jared Dudley (back) and Ish Smith (ankle). None of these guys will have value in standard fantasy leagues while the Wizards are healthy. Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Martell Webster (strained hip) out Tuesday
    Martell Webster (strained hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but given that Webster doesn't have a history of dealing with hip injuries, we wouldn't read too much into his absence from a preseason game against the 76ers. Webster struggled to get into the rotation last year, but perhaps he's granted some additional playing time with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles. Still, he's not someone to target in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Kevin Martin to come off the bench in MIN
    Kevin Martin will come off the bench in Minnesota under interim head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Mitchell named Zach LaVine the team's starting two-guard on Tuesday, so the flip side of that is that Martin will transition to a sixth man role for the Wolves. Health has been a major issue for Martin throughout his career, so perhaps transitioning to a bench role (and thus seeing fewer minutes per game) will help him stay healthy. Despite a decrease in his workload, Martin should be able to see minutes to turn out standard league value, so he'll make for a decent late-round gamble on draft day for those willing to assume the risk. Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Knicks preseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks have made it very clear that they will bring along Afflalo very slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, and there's a good chance he misses more than a few preseason games. That being said, Afflalo should be fine for the regular-season, and he'll likely be New York's No. 2 option on offense. Afflalo's lack of contributions on the defensive end limit his upside, but he's worth a late-round gamble given the opportunity he'll see with the Knicks this season. Tuesday, 11:42 am
  • Arron Afflalo misses practice on Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out his fourth consecutive practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: While the Knicks are bringing Afflalo along slowly, his status for opening night doesn't seem to be in doubt at this point. The 29-year-old should see big minutes for the Knicks this season, but his fantasy upside is limited due to his lack of defensive stats. Tuesday, 10:47 am
  • Evan Fournier expected to play Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) is expected to play against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he expects to have Fournier available for Wednesday's preseason game, so it sounds like the 22-year-old is ready to put his ankle injury behind him. While Fournier is a solid target in deeper fantasy leagues, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a draft pick in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's coming off the bench. Tuesday, 9:14 am
  • Reggie Jackson receives clean MRI
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) received clean results on his MRI from Monday.

    Advice: While this is great news as Jackson isn't dealing with anything more serious, the Pistons are likely to play it safe with their $80 million man. We'll keep Jackson's status updated throughout the preseason, but he becomes a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts until we have more clarity on the exact nature of his injury. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still sidelined, Spencer Dindwiddie is in line to see big preseason minutes while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy gives Jackson a few days to rest. Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Allen Crabbe hoping to earn more minutes
    Allen Crabbe (ankle) said he's feeling better and is focused on earning more minutes in the Trail Blazers rotation.

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu out expecting the birth of his first child, Crabbe started at small forward for the Trail Blazers in the team's preseason opener. "It’s just about me being confident, being aggressive on the floor," said Crabbe. "If I’m just locked-in defensively and offensively, knocking down shots and doing what the team is asking me to do, I’m going to be fine." Crabbe is more of a fringe fantasy player at the moment, but he could be worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts if he's able to play his way into the Blazers rotation. Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • Evan Turner set to miss first preseason game
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is expected to miss Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Turner will be evaluated before the game, but it's likely the Celtics will play it safe with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Turner's injury "doesn't sound overly serious", but it's likely he'll miss at least one preseason game. Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will pick up some extra preseason minutes in Turner's place. Tuesday, 8:11 am
  • Steph Curry fouls out of preseason opener
    Stephen Curry fouled out of the Warriors' 95-87 preseason win against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Curry fouled out in 19 minutes of action and that was the only remotely interesting nugget from the Warriors' side of the box. Monday, 10:27 pm
  • McCollum hits just 2-of-11 shots on Monday
    C.J. McCollum pressed throughout Monday night's exhibition loss to the Kings, hitting just 2-of-11 shots for five points, zero rebounds, four assists, one steal and one trey in 25 minutes.

    Advice: McCollum played like a guy trying to prove he was worth all the hype, came up empty, and it wasn't hard to see something like this coming. He's going to get all sorts of usage and the question from there is how much he can cash in on it. Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) returns to scrimmages
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) scrimmaged without limitations on Monday.

    Advice: He practiced fully on Sunday and should be ready for Wednesday's exhibition. Orlando has too much depth to rely on Fournier in standard leagues, especially since he doesn't contribute many rebounds (2.6), assists (2.1) or steals (0.7) from the SG spot. Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) iffy for Wednesday
    The Knicks will bring back Arron Afflalo (hamstring) "very slowly," according to associate coach Kurt Rambis.

    Advice: "He’ll have to pass strength tests, agility tests before he gets to practice," Rambis said. Afflalo has missed three days of practice and he's questionable for Wednesday's exhibition, costing him precious time to learn the triangle offense. Afflalo's lack of defensive stats limits his upside as a late-round pick. Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) has MRI Monday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Although worrisome, the key word is 'precautionary'. Jackson was limited at practice and it sounds very unlikely that he'll play on Tuesday, no matter what the test reveals. With Brandon Jennings still rehabbing from Achilles surgery, the last thing Detroit can afford is for Jackson, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal this summer, to aggravate a minor injury. Check back later in the day for the MRI results. Monday, 12:38 pm
  • Paul George gets 'clarification' from Pacers
    Paul George met with Larry Bird and Frank Vogel for "clarification" on Monday.

    Advice: George said after Saturday's exhibition that he's "still not comfortable" playing power forward, so presumably that was the issue that led to the meeting. "It’s no complaint. I gave my opinion," George said. He emphasized that he's fully on board with the Pacers but this isn't the last we'll hear about George's expected shift to PF this season. Monday, 12:23 pm
  • Afflalo (hamstring) still out of practice
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) was still being held out of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Although the injury is not considered serious, Afflalo was tentatively expected to resume practicing on Monday. If it continues to linger throughout the week, then we'll begin to raise the level of concern. He's 50-50 to play in New York's preseason game on Wednesday. Monday, 9:43 am
  • DeRozan admits defensive struggles last year
    DeMar DeRozan admitted he struggled to defend bigger players last season.

    Advice: "I like to play against the twos. A lot of times the physicality of the threes, when I’m used to going against the twos, and some nights I might have Jeff Green, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, stuff like that. I couldn’t really be as physical as I would be any other night. It definitely takes its toll," DeRozan said. Now with DeMarre Carroll in the fold, DeRozan can go back to his proper area of focus. As an aside, DeRozan also said he's working on improving his leadership by being more vocal. Monday, 9:05 am
  • Reggie Jackson to do more work in the post?
    Reggie Jackson could wind up spending more time in the post this season.

    Advice: Working with assistant Tim Hardaway on post moves, Jackson wants to take advantage of his size. "You’ve got to find a way to get easy baskets," Jackson said. "I’ve been watching Andre Miller’s tapes. He might not be the fastest guy but he finds ways to maneuver and use his body." At 6'3" and 210 lbs, Jackson finding more creative ways to use his size is music to the ears of fantasy owners. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Report: Knicks starting SG spot wide open
    The Knicks starting shooting guard spot is "wide open," according to the New York Post.

    Advice: The Knicks signed Arron Afflalo in free agency, and it would be downright shocking to see him lose out to Langston Galloway or Sasha Vujacic. Despite the report, we fully expect Afflalo to be in New York's starting lineup when their season opens. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Evan Turner dealing with right knee strain
    Evan Turner (right knee strain is uncertain to play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Turner is expected to be reevaluated before the contest, and a decision about his availability will likely be made at that point. Considering where we are in the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out of the lineup. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could pick up a couple extra minutes in the Celtics' first preseason game if Turner sits out. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Nick Young (back) scores 10 points in 24 mins
    Nick Young (back) scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Jazz, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Young hurt his back during Friday's practice, but it didn't limit him at all on Sunday, so it doesn't look like this will be an issue moving forward. Young doesn't do a lot aside from score, and it could be tough for him to consistently do that this year, as he'll be fighting for touches with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams. Unless your league has a category for ridiculous quotes, we wouldn't advise targeting Swaggy P too aggressively on draft day. Sunday, 10:47 pm
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) is making progress
    Evan Fournier (ankle) is reportedly close to making a return.

    Advice: He was able to get in a full practice on Sunday according to head coach Scott Skiles, and Fournier is optimistic about playing in Wednesday's game because his ankle is responding well. Fournier will have to earn his minutes in a crowded wing rotation, so he is only on the radar in deeper formats. Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Paul George not comfortable at PF, high pace
    Paul George said he's "still not comfortable" playing power forward.

    Advice: "I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot," George said. "Defensively, it’s rough. It’s rough. It’s an adjustment because I’m not used to doing some of the things out there." He also said he's not the only one on the team not a fan of the pace, which was about 20 more possessions than a game from last year. We'll see how his coach handles this big issue. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Paul George scores 18 points, starts at PF
    Paul George made a start at power forward against the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He started out great in the first quarter and finished making 7-of-15 from the field. George did slow down a little bit in the second half because the non-starting Pelicans played tougher defense against him to make him force some shots. Plus, the Pacers really pushed it and George had a 113.8 pace to go with his 36.0 usage rate. His role gives him a massive upside, but there are a lot of negatives that come with taking him in your draft. Saturday, 7:09 pm
  • Evan Fournier out on Saturday
    Evan Fournier (ankle) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: The injury isn't serious and coach Scott Sklies said Fournier and Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) would play today in an important game. Fournier could see less minutes due to the team likely looking to improve on his 25th-ranked defensive efficiency. Saturday, 2:23 pm
  • Dallas making some tweaks?
    The Mavs are expected to make some changes in their style of offense this season.

    Advice: The first thing to jump out here is they're likely doing less pick-and-roll. Dallas was first on PNR possessions with the ball handler taking shots -- Monta Ellis is gone. That also could mean they have a faster pace. If Deron Williams gets hurt, their offense could be a complete mess. Saturday, 1:30 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice Sat
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day at Saturday's practice, but he is expected to resume practicing on Monday.

    Advice: Afflalo is simply dealing with some soreness, so the veteran should be fine with a little rest. Afflalo is nothing more than a late-round target after a disappointing 2014-15 season with the Nuggets and Blazers, but he should have a prominent role on the Knicks playing next to Carmelo Anthony. Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Chase Budinger (hamstring) out for Saturday
    Chase Budinger (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Budinger has looked "fantastic" this summer and it's possible that he could challenge C.J. Miles for the starting small forward spot, so it's a shame that he won't be able to play. For now, Budinger is on the radar in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting. We will update his status once we know more. Saturday, 8:25 am
  • Monta Ellis (back) questionable for Saturday
    Monta Ellis (back) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back, but it sounds like a minor issue. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the NBA and is as durable as they come, but don't be surprised if the Pacers err on the side of caution since it is just an exhibition. We will have an update later this evening. Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Reggie Jackson is scrimmaging on Saturday
    Reggie Jackson (thigh contusion) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson ran into the stanchion on Friday, but it's definitely a good sign that the Pistons are letting him play in a preseason scrimmage. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still on the shelf, the Pistons will rely on Jackson pretty heavily this season. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • Nick Young tweaks his back on Friday
    Nick Young twisted his back awkwardly on Friday, and he didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked how he was doing.

    Advice: "It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens," Young said. "I’ll go with the flow and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do." Young is hoping to carve out a consistent role in the rotation during the preseason, so this won't help his chances. There a ton of mouths to feed on the wings in Los Angeles next season, so it will be tough for Young to have fantasy value outside of deeper formats. We will update his status when we know more. Saturday, 7:23 am
  • Nick Young had a back spasm
    Nick Young had a back spasm on Friday.

    Advice: He is fine, according to coach Byron Scott. Young doesn't have a history of back spasms, so there's no reason to worry yet. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • C.J. McCollum is the clear favorite to start
    C.J. McCollum has emerged as "the clear favorite" to start at shooting guard this year, according to The Oregonian's Joe Freeman.

    Advice: This is because Gerald Henderson (hip) is not close to 100 percent. Most of the buzz was that McCollum was going to come off the bench to be the go-to guy in the second unit while still getting 23 minutes or so next to Damian Lillard. Whatever the case, you had better be prepared to ante up for C.J. in all leagues. He is one of our top breakout candidates. Friday, 3:12 pm
  • George to start at PF in preseason opener
    Paul George will start at power forward in Saturday's preseason opener against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This would mean that his first matchup would be against Anthony Davis, so this is going to be tons of fun. George hasn't completely embraced the idea of playing the four, but it would help the Pacers achieve a faster pace on offense. George is said to be 100 percent, but he will need to have a really strong showing during the preseason before prospective owners can feel comfortable about drafting him in the early rounds. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) plans to return Oct. 13
    Jared Dudley (back) said that he expects to return to contact practice on Oct. 13.

    Advice: Dudley sat out of practice on Friday, but it was a planned rest day. Dudley had back surgery in July, but he is still hoping to defy the odds and to be ready in time for the season opener. Still, Dudley's role will likely be limited and there is no reason to pay him any attention outside of deeper leagues. Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion
    Reggie Jackson suffered a thigh contusion on Friday after banging into the basketball stanchion.

    Advice: Leg injuries and basketball stanchion are scary, but it sounds like Jackson is going to be OK. He may need a few days off and this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy value more than a pick or two. If he needs an MRI or further evaluation, that would change things. Friday, 11:52 am
  • Alan Anderson to dial it back at practice
    Alan Anderson will dial back his individual workouts at practice to help his ankle heal faster.

    Advice: Anderson still hasn't been cleared for full basketball activities, but this should help speed up the process. The Wizards will be hoping that Anderson will be 100 percent to start the season since Jared Dudley is recovering from back surgery. Anderson isn't worth drafting in most leagues, but we will continue to track his progress. Friday, 10:59 am
  • Reggie Jackson misses Friday's practice
    Reggie Jackson sat out of Friday's practice because he is dealing with a "minor hobble."

    Advice: It's still not clear exactly what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with, but he reportedly suffered a bruise after running into the stanchion. Jackson has been working on his 3-point shot and should see all the minutes he can handle as the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) on the shelf, so he should be a solid pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 10:53 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice
    Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) were held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Afflalo's injury doesn't sound serious, and the Knicks have no reason to push the veteran in training camp at less than 100 percent. After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Afflalo will look to bounce back and could potentially be the second option on offense behind Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo is still only a late-round target, and we will let you know if the soreness in his hamstring lingers. Friday, 9:01 am
  • Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson
    Coach Byron Scott said Jordan Clarkson has a "big-time ceiling."

    Advice: He put it on display down the stretch last year and at Summer League. Clarkson played point guard almost exclusively, but now he'll have to play more shooting guard. He doesn't have a reliable 3-point shot yet, which will go a long way in his success. He's worth a pick in the early late rounds. Thursday, 5:31 pm
  • Anderson (ankle) hopes to be cleared soon
    Alan Anderson (ankle) went to see the doctor who performed his ankle surgery on Thursday, and he hopes to soon be fully cleared for basketball activities.

    Advice: Anderson has not yet been able to practice with the Wizards, but perhaps he gets some good news from the doctor today. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but given that Anderson is expected to come off the bench in Washington, he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 11:12 am
  • Monta Ellis leaves practice with stiff back
    Monta Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back.

    Advice: Ellis was seen leaving practice with a trainer and will undergo treatment on his back. While the injury doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep a close eye on Ellis as he'll have a big role with the Pacers this season and should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:26 am
  • Jordan Clarkson plays w/ Lakers' first unit
    Jordan Clarkson played with the Lakers' first unit on Wednesday, joining D'Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, Brandon Bass and Roy Hibbert.

    Advice: It's the second day of training camp and the starting lineup isn't decided, but Clarkson is an early favorite to start with Kobe earning most of his minutes at small forward. L.A. has substantial depth with Lou Williams and Nick Young also on the roster, but Clarkson is a nice late-round target who could be a steal if he averages 30 minutes per game. Wednesday, 4:50 pm
  • Steph Curry works to improve at the rim
    Stephen Curry worked to improve his explosiveness and strength this summer, with an emphasis on finishing around the rim.

    Advice: The reigning MVP shot 65.6 percent within five feet last season -- for perspective, Russell Westbrook shot 53.3 percent from that distance. Curry also wants to create more space with fewer dribbles and he'll once again be a nightmare for would-be defenders. To own him, you'll need pick No. 1 or 2 in your draft. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Paul George rests afternoon session
    Paul George sat out the final conditioning drill on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's fine. George is not hurt and coach Frank Vogel said there will not be restrictions on George once he's playing in games. While George absolutely broke out to start the 2013-14 season, a lot of people forget he was only a fourth-round value in his final 40 games in standard leagues that year. Draft with caution. Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Blazers exercise options on key young players
    The Blazers exercised their team options on C.J. McCollum, Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blazers lost four out of five starters this summer, and these players all figure to play a role in the upcoming season. McCollum is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets this season and should see plenty of minutes regardless of whether he starts or not. If you are in a competitive league, you will probably have to grab McCollum towards the end of the middle rounds. Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Harden eyeing catch-and-shoot opportunities
    The Rockets are hoping to get James Harden some more catch-and-shoot opportunities this season.

    Advice: Harden attempted just 22.1 percent of his shots without a dribble last season, but the addition of Ty Lawson should generate some easier looks for him. Harden said that he likes the idea and that it will take a lot of pressure off him to make every single play. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry about his fantasy value slipping too much with Lawson in town, as his efficiency should rise. He is an easy top-3 pick in most formats. Wednesday, 6:52 am
  • Allen Crabbe (ankle) cleared for contact
    Allen Crabbe (ankle) has been fully cleared for contact.

    Advice: Crabbe went down with an ankle injury during Summer League, but he's had more than enough time to recover, and will be 100 percent for the 2015-16 season. He did have a solid showing at Summer League, compiling averages of 15.5 points, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per game, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he can earn with the Trail Blazers this season. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) a couple weeks away
    Jared Dudley (back) went through some individual work during the Wizards' first practice on Tuesday, but he has still not been cleared for full contact.

    Advice: Dudley may be ready for the regular season after undergoing back surgery back in July, but as a reserve for the Wizards, he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) sits out practice
    Alan Anderson (ankle) did not participate in the Wizards' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson is still dealing with some soreness in his ankle after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in May, although he should be ready to go when the regular season begins. With regards to fantasy, Anderson isn't likely to earn enough minutes to be worth considering in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Hoiberg says Butler will be a playmaker
    Fred Hoiberg said that he'll put Jimmy Butler in a position to be a "playmaker" for the Bulls this upcoming season.

    Advice: Butler stated back in August that he sees himself as a point guard, and that he'll be looking to put up some triple-doubles this season, and Hoiberg seems to be putting him in a position to do just that. Hoiberg also said that Butler came into camp in phenomenal shape, and that it's apparent he's added some new elements to his game. After last year's breakout season, Butler will be worth a first-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:28 am
  • Evan Fournier open to extension with Magic
    Evan Fourner (ankle) said he would welcome an extension with the Orlando Magic.

    Advice: Fournier will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season if he and the Magic don't agree to an extension before the October 31 deadline, but the 22-year-old is hoping it doesn't come to that. "It would be awesome," Fournier said. "But, to be honest, I don't even think about it because that's not in my power. That's not in my hands." Fournier should be healthy to start the regular season despite his current ankle injury, but he won't see enough minutes to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:50 am
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