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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
  • Julius Randle scores 17 points
    Julius Randle scored 17 points against the Raptors during a 105-97 loss on Thursday, adding five rebounds and three assists on 7-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: That's two great games in a row coming off his 16-point effort on Sunday. Randle is getting more involved in the offense and has created some space from the other Lakers bigs on offense. On the downside, he's not much of a shot blocker and will likely be sub-par from an efficiency standpoint compared to other starting power forwards, which makes him only worth a late round pick. Yesterday, 10:06 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
  • Larry Nance makes preseason debut
    Larry Nance played 11 minutes on Thursday with three points, five boards and one assist.

    Advice: It was his second game after dealing with back spasms earlier in training camp. Nance actually didn't even take a shot in that first game and he's clearly not part of the rotation to start this year. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Kyle Lowry returns, looks great in win
    Kyle Lowry returned from a one-game absence on Thursday, scoring 25 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a sore groin on Monday after his wonderful debut on Sunday with 26 points. The weight loss seems to be helping Lowry quite a bit, but we can't totally overreact to the preseason numbers. He's still worth a look near the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Cauley-Stein gets 23 minutes in start
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 23 minutes in another start on Thursday, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Kosta Koufos came off the bench, playing 24 minutes for four points, five boards and one block. The Kings are mixing it up with their rotation in the preseason to figure out which player fits better with Demarcus Cousins, who scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and four steals. Cauley-Stein still isn't quite worth drafting in standard leagues yet. Yesterday, 9:54 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
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has eight points in debut
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored eight points in 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't take any 3-pointers and only four of his 10 shots were from the mid-range. Aldridge should see more minutes at center and will be more involved in the offense more most nights. Still, he's not quite as attractive as some of the other power forwards going in the second round of drafts. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Mudiay has a bad shooting game
    Emmanuel Mudiay made just 2-of-11 from the field for six points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: The good news on this line is the low turnovers, which was a problem during his first two games thanks to 7.5 per game. Mudiay is going to have to improve his shot selection or else he'll have more inefficient lines like this one, too. He's an OK target in the later rounds as long as you're not reaching for him too much. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Lauvergne has another great game
    Joffrey Lauvergne scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: He's absolutely rolling this month, scoring 15.0 points per game in his previous two preseason outings. Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played yet, which has opened some extra run for Lauvergne. He's not much of a shot blocker and did make just 40.4 percent from the field last year, so he's still not a strong target in drafts just yet. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic gets 15 shots, scores 18
    Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 18 points during a 112-94 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been heavily used in the offense during his two games, posting a usage rate of 30.6. The Bulls have also been running a lot with a pace of 104.6 during Mirotic's playing time, which is up from 95.1 last year. Mirotic is a popular target in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores 15 off bench
    Doug McDermott scored 15 points on Thursday with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He looked good out there and the Bulls gave him a lot of off-ball screens to get him open. Tony Snell didn't have a great game with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, so McBuckets could earn more playing time this month. He's not a target in standard leagues yet. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Jerami Grant drops 19 points vs. Cavs
    Jerami Grant got it going on Thursday against the Cavs with 19 points, three rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He's stressed that he's working on his range and it showed tonight. Grant will get minutes at both forward spots this year and should come off the bench. Considering how he made just 35.2 percent from the field and 59.1 percent from the line, he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Anderson Varejao drops 10 points in six mins.
    Anderson Varejao scored 10 points with three rebounds and one assist in just six minutes on Thursday against the 76ers.

    Advice: The team rested him for the second half of the game as scheduled rest. Varejao had a ton of energy off the bench and looked great on offense, especially on the glass while he even scored on a face-up play. He is still going to be limited to start the year and is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Derrick Rose still has swelling around eye
    Derrick Rose (face) still had swelling around his eye on Thursday.

    Advice: That likely means he won't be back in two weeks like the Bulls originally scheduled. Rose is still expected to be ready for the opener and should have a mask. Still, the risk is outweighing the reward in fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 5:17 pm
  • Moe Harkless (concussion) out Thursday
    Moe Harkless (concussion) will not suit up for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This is the first we’re hearing of a concussion for Harkless, but none-the-less, he will need to go through the league mandated concussion-protocol testing before he can return to the court. Harkless completely fell out of the rotation in Orlando, but perhaps a change of scenery and limited competition for playing time in Portland can help him get his career back on track. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Smith, James, Mozgov will not play Thursday
    J.R. Smith (rest), LeBron James (rest) and Timofey Mozgov (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Early preseason games + a matchup with the 76ers = rest days for starters. Move along, nothing to see here. Yesterday, 2:47 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
  • Kobe Bryant praises Julius Randle's play
    Kobe Bryant said that Julius Randle is "Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body" during a recent interview.

    Advice: "It’s not normal to see a guy that size move his feet so well and have such quick hands," Bryant said. "With him being able to push the ball on the floor and finish, it’s pretty phenomenal." Bryant doesn't just openly hand out compliments, so it does say something to see him gushing like this about Randle. Julius had a solid outing during Tuesday's preseason loss, racking up 16 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and a block, and he'll have nothing but opportunity as one of the future faces of the Lakers' franchise. He's worth a late-round selection on draft day. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Wittman won't commit to Humphries as starter
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has not yet committed to using Kris Humphries as the team's full-time starting power forward.

    Advice: Wittman added that he could use multiple starting lineups, so it sounds like there's a possibility that Humphries and Nene fluctuate in-and-out of the starting lineup depending on the matchup. This situation has timeshare written all over it, meaning that neither player will make for a strong late-round selection in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Erik Green (rest), Wilson Chandler (rest) and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will join Arthur on the sidelines for Thursday's exhibition. The earlier the preseason, the more likely we are to see guys on the sidelines resting, so we wouldn't read much into any of this. Arthur and Green aren't worth drafting in almost any league, while Chandler and Nurkic make for nice late-round targets. Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Doug McDermott will come off the bench Thurs
    Fred Hoiberg said he likes Doug McDermott coming off the bench, but acknowledged that at some point, he'll throw McDermott into the starting lineup.

    Advice: "We want to see him build off that first game," Hoiberg said. "I loved the fact he kept shooting after going 0-for-5 in that first half [Tuesday night]. Having a 23-point half should be really good for his confidence." McDermott drained five 3-pointers during Tuesday's exhibition, and he will again come off the bench behind Tony Snell for Thursday's preseason game against Denver. With Mike Dunleavy set to miss at least the first month of the regular-season, the opportunities will be plentiful for McBuckets, and he's certainly someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Ed Davis committed to NBA grind
    Ed Davis said his work ethic has helped him deal with the grind of the NBA.

    Advice: Though Davis has played with three teams in five seasons, he says his mental toughness has helped him deal with the grind of the NBA. "I remember growing up, my dad used to text me all the time ‘You’ll never get better laying in bed.’" Davis said. "’You don’t want to get up today? Well, somebody else is getting better.’ That always stuck with me. So every day I got up and made sure to grind." Davis is set to come off the bench for the Trail Blazers, so he's nothing more than a deep-league flier in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:53 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
  • Darrell Arthur unlikely to play Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nuggets head coach said the team is being cautious with Arthur in order to make sure he'll be ready for the regular season, so it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. While Arthur will be part of the Nuggets rotation, he only averaged 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds last season and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Willie Cauley-Stein starts w/ Koufos resting
    Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein started Wednesday's exhibition with Kosta Koufos resting, and he finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed solid defensive awareness and his length created problems for the Suns tonight, underscoring the reasons he could earn substantial minutes as a rookie. Kosta Koufos is the current favorite to start alongside DeMarcus Cousins, which makes Cauley-Stein an intriguing but risky late-round pick. Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels stuffs stat sheet vs Mavericks
    K.J. McDaniels accumulated 13 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes off Houston's bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: It must be noted that McDaniels also committed five fouls, and he did his damage vs. a Dallas second unit that featured Brandon Ashley, Jarrid Famous, Maurice Ndour and Jamil Wilson. He never played more than nine minutes in a game for Houston last year (in their season finale) and won't have fantasy value while Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are healthy. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • J.R. Smith lights up Hawks in starting role
    J.R. Smith cruised to 15 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists in only 22 minutes as a starter for the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith also had one steal and two blocks with one turnover in a would-be fantasy gem. Iman Shumpert (right wrist surgery) is expected to miss at least three months, leaving Smith with a huge opportunity to begin the season. He fit perfectly into the Cavs' rotation last season and shouldn't miss a beat in 2015-16, making him an under-appreciated source of points, 3-pointers and steals, with a handful of assists. Wednesday, 6:44 pm
  • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) solid in return
    Anderson Varejao was sharp in his long-awaited return, finishing with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, two boards, two assists and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Varejao hadn't played since tearing his Achilles last December, but he's had ample time to recover and should earn solid minutes backing up Timofey Mozgov at center. He's never provided many defensive stats and the reserve role guarantees that he'll be on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith dealing with pain in hamstring
    J.R. Smith is dealing with some pain in his left hamstring, but he is expected to play in Wednesday's preseason game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Smith suffered the injury a few days ago, and is reportedly walking with a slight limp. However, if he plays in Wednesday's meaningless game, it'll be a pretty clear indication that there's nothing to worry about. He was a third-round guy after the break last season, but has been sliding in drafts, so he could make for a late-round steal on draft day. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels (elbow) returns to action
    K.J. McDaniels scored eight points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: McDaneils was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his right elbow this offseason, but he looked like he was 100 percent on Tuesday. The Rockets inked him to a three-year, $10 million deal, but he is still a project on offense and likely won't be in the rotation this season. Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Ed Davis thinks Blazers' depth is a strength
    Ed Davis believes the Blazers' frontcourt depth will make them "deadlier" this season.

    Advice: "Every guy brings something different," Davis said. "Coach is going to have a lot of different lineups out there and we're going to benefit from each other. It's definitely a strength for us. And it's just going to make us that much more deadlier." The Oregonian is projecting Davis to come off the bench behind Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee, so he is more of a late-round flier for any owner in need of blocks. That being said, Davis will absolutely kill your free throw percentage after shooting 48.7 percent last season. Wednesday, 2:06 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
  • Aldridge (thigh) traveling with Spurs
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh) is traveling with the Spurs for Thursday's preseason opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw are all going to be rested, but head coach Gregg Popovich might want his star acquisition to get his feet wet with his new teammates. Aldridge did miss practice on Tuesday because of pain in his thigh bone, but the injury isn't considered serious at all. Aldridge will likely see fewer touches in San Antonio this season, but he is still an excellent early-round target. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Julius Randle drops 16 points on Jazz
    Julius Randle played 26 minutes and hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Randle looked good, just as we suspected he would. He's going to start at power forward and if he can stay healthy, should be a nice, late sleeper pick for fantasy owners. The tools are all there. Wednesday, 12:36 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 17 w/ 7 TOs
    Emmanuel Mudiay started at point guard for Denver on Tuesday and had 17 points, five assists, a steal and seven turnovers in 31 minutes of a win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: He hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer, but the turnovers are going to be a concern. If your league doesn't count them, Mudiay should see plenty of minutes and be an exciting rookie to own this season. But in two preseason games, he's averaging 7.5 TOs per game. Yikes. Tuesday, 9:41 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubles in win
    Joffrey Lauvergne stayed hot in Tuesday's preseason win, racking up 14 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-8 shooting in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had 16 points and 11 boards on 7-of-10 shooting in Friday's preseason game, and looks like a very interesting sleeper center pick in fantasy. Keep a close eye on him in the preseason, as his stock could continue to rise with a couple more nice performances under new coach Michael Malone. Jusuf Nurkic was out again with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. However, with Lauvergne's solid play, he could challenge Nurkic for the starting gig in Denver. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Doug McDermott overcomes slow start for Bulls
    Doug McDermott got off to a slow start in Tuesday's preseason win, but turned it on in the third quarter, finishing with 23 points, five rebounds, two steals and five 3-pointers on 8-of-19 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five fouls, but with Mike Dunleavy out indefinitely, McDermott could be thrown into the fire early and often for the Bulls, along with Nikola Mirotic. Both players are worth mid-round fliers in fantasy this season, although Mirotic should come off the board a round or two before McDermott, at least. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 with 8 boards
    Nikola Mirotic started at power forward and had 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes in a preseason win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Mirotic looked good and gave us a taste of what he can offer, but he could be slated for a bench role with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah locked into the big-man spots for the Bulls. Gasol was out tonight and Taj Gibson is injured, but it's also possible the Bulls could use Mirotic at small forward if Doug McDermott struggles to fill in for Mike Dunleavy. But McDermott looked good tonight, so we'll have to see what Mirotic's role will be once the Bulls are healthy. He's worth drafting in all leagues, regardless of whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Tuesday, 9:03 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
  • Kris Humphries will start at PF on Tuesday
    Kris Humphries will start at power forward, ahead of Nene, for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Nene is healthy, and head coach Randy Wittman said not to make much of the Wizards' rotations during the early goings of preseason, so we won't. That being said, neither Humphries nor Nene make for very appealing plays in standard leagues. Tuesday, 3:45 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
  • LaMarcus Aldridge misses practice on Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh) missed practice with an IT band injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aldridge's IT band injury is described as pain in his thigh bone, but it's worth noting that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked Aldridge into sitting so the injury isn't anything serious. While Aldridge is bound to see his usage rate decrease this season, he's still a solid early-round target in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Coach says Derrick Rose's eye still swollen
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) is still dealing with swelling around his eye.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that he and Rose reviewed film and that Rose is in good spirits despite his injury. While the 27-year-old is expected to be ready for opening night, fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else take the risk on Rose as the injuries just keep piling up. Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Moe Harkless impresses in preseasonopener
    Moe Harkless impressed Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts in the team's preseason opener on Monday.

    Advice: Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals as the Blazers lost to the Kings on Monday. "I thought [Harkless] shot the ball with confidence," Stotts said. "He ran the court. He defended well. I was glad to get him on the block a couple times offensively." Harkless is more of a deep league fantasy target at the moment, but he could play his way into becoming a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to earn more minutes. Tuesday, 8:37 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
  • 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
  • Harkless plays 24 minutes off the bench
    Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 2-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Harkless' name has been brought up enough by the folks in Portland, whether that's media or the team itself, that we'll be watching him no matter how disappointing he's been in the past. He'll need about 30 mpg to move into standard league discussion so right now he's firmly in deep league territory only. Monday, 10:05 pm
  • WCS plays well despite conditioning issues
    Willie Cauley-Stein flashed his potential in Monday's exhibition win over the Blazers, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed off his physical tools and despite his solid play, he was definitely winded toward the ends of his shifts. Our guess is that he got the message regarding coming into camp at peak condition and that storyline will die down by the time the season starts. If he can stay on the floor for George Karl, he'll have a chance to put up hustle numbers as a last round flier-type. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) to join team
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) will join the Bulls to watch practices when the team returns from their two-game road trip.

    Advice: Rose has been ordered to stay indoors until Wednesday and to avoid physical activity for two weeks, so the Bulls have been delivering film to his home since the injury. His timetable suggests that he'll be ready for opening night, but his exhausting injury history is a great reason to avoid him in standard drafts. Monday, 1:16 pm
  • Cauley-Stein admits training-camp faux pas
    Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that he wasn't in great shape at the beginning of training camp, but said he's now "back to normal."

    Advice: "Two weeks from now it’s going to be fun," he said. "I’m going to be hydroplaning up and down the court. I’m not going to feel winded at all." He vowed to never report to camp with poor conditioning again, and his frank acknowledgement of the issue is encouragingly mature for a 22-year-old rookie. The Kings' frontcourt depth is a big hurdle to WCS's fantasy value this season, so owners shouldn't reach for him on draft day. Monday, 1:11 pm
  • Julius Randle feeling more comfortable now
    Julius Randle said he's feeling more comfortable now than he did in summer league.

    Advice: "I felt a lot more comfortable than I did in Summer League," Randle said. "It felt good because I didn’t feel like I had to force things. All the looks that I got that I missed, they felt good. I felt comfortable being out there. I didn’t feel like I forced anything. The shots just didn’t fall." Randle is a solid late-round flier for those in leagues that reward the double-double, but he'll struggle with efficiency and is unlikely to contribute in a meaningful way on the defensive end. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook
    Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook this offseason.

    Advice: Although the news is somewhat dated, it's certainly interesting to note. Currently recovering from the left orbital fracture he sustained last week, Rose is expected to be ready to play before opening night rolls around so long as his current timetable holds. Monday, 8:27 am
  • Report: Willie Cauley-Stein not in shape
    CSN Insider James Ham told the Koz and Bru Show that Willie Cauley-Stein struggled to run up and down the court during training camp.

    Advice: WCS has had some positive moments during camp but being out of condition is a small red flag. We'll want to see him move past this before getting too optimistic about his upside, as George Karl has a plethora of options to choose from in his frontcourt and won't cut the rookie any slack. Monday, 1:16 am
  • Julius Randle shoots 2-of-10 in start for LAL
    Julius Randle started for the Lakers during LA's first preseason game and finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting to go with seven boards, one steal, one block and one turnover through 21 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting was ugly, but the takeaway here is that Randle started over Brandon Bass. While the official starters in Los Angeles have yet to be named, it appears that Randle has the edge over Bass, and given the direction the Lakers are headed as an organization it would make more sense for them to develop Randle rather than give significant minutes to a 30-year-old. That being said, Randle will likely struggle with efficiency, and he isn't a shot blocker, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day even if he wins the starting job. Sunday, 8:50 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (sore groin) will not play Monday
    Kyle Lowry (sore groin) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Head coach Dwane Casey maintained that the injury was nothing serious, and he's just looking to get some of his young guys involved during Toronto's second preseason game. We'll continue to monitor Lowry, but given that he hasn't had any groin issues since 2012, we're not going to overreact. He was fantastic in his first preseason game, and at 29 years old, he should have no problem returning to last season's averages of 17.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.7 boards, 1.6 steals, 1.9 three-pointers and 2.5 turnovers per game. Sunday, 7:44 pm
  • Kyle Lowry explodes for 26 points in 22 mins
    Kyle Lowry looked fantastic during Sunday's preseason win over the Clippers, scoring 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting (11-of-12 from the stripe) to go with two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in just 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: Head coach Dwane Casey said that Lowry has been dealing with a sore groin, although the fact that he was deployed in a meaningless preseason game would indicate that this is nothing to worry about. Lowry looks noticeably slimmer, and hopefully the weight that he lost this offseason will help him put together a healthy 2015-16 campaign. While he is a bit of an injury risk, Lowry's ability to light up the stat sheet on any given night makes him well worth an early-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 6:52 pm
  • Larry Nance has back spasms
    Larry Nance has back spasms and missed Saturday's practice.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he should be ready for the preseason. Nance won't be in the rotation and should spend time in the D-League. Saturday, 4:15 pm
  • Derrick Rose to stay indoors until Wednesday
    Doctors advised Derrick Rose (face) to stay indoors until Wednesday.

    Advice: This is to allow his sight to heal from the surgery. It was expected to be sooner than Wednesday, but the team is being careful. Rose's two-week timetable still stands, so the Bulls are hoping he'll be ready to start the season. He's a risky target in fantasy leagues and much better in points formats. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Mudiay shows his tools in preseason opener
    Emmanuel Mudiay got baptized by Chris Paul and the Clippers in Friday's preseason opener, hitting just 5-of-18 shots (including three treys) for 14 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and a whopping eight turnovers.

    Advice: Mudiay made a really bad game look about as good as one can, because the talent and potential was clearly evident. He's going to be one of the hardest players in the NBA to project, and tonight was clearly all about getting him much-needed experience. Usage won't be an issue for the rookie this season, but how he converts on all of those touches is very much up for debate. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Lauvergne double-doubles off the bench
    Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubled off the bench in Friday's preseason opener, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Lauvergne didn't have a steal or block but in general we're not trying to read too much into tonight's action. The French big man does a little bit of everything and we'll be keeping an eye on him, but a crowded frontcourt presents challenges from a fantasy point of view. Friday, 10:13 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
  • Anderson Varejao says he feels good
    Anderson Varejao said that his Achilles is feeling good.

    Advice: "I'm feeling pretty good," Varejao said. "I'm just going to have to take baby steps, little by little, to get back into the game, my rhythm and everything. I don't know if I'm doing it as fast as I used to, but I'm basically doing everything right now." Varejao will come off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov this season and the Cavs will limit his minutes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so he is not a recommended target in standard leagues. Friday, 6:41 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
  • Doug McDermott says he'd like to start at SF
    Doug McDermott acknowledged that he'd like to start at small forward for the Bulls on opening night.

    Advice: "That's obviously the goal," McDermott said when asked if he'd like to be a starter. "I'll do whatever the team wants." With Mike Dunleavy expected to miss the significant time to start the season, McDermott will have every opportunity to land in the starting unit. He'll have some competition from Tony Snell, and there's also the possibility that Jimmy Butler slides over to the three-spot with Kirk Hinrich starting at shooting guard, but if McBuckets does find himself in the starting unit he could at the very least emerge as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Thursday, 2:39 pm
  • Varejao no longer thinking about his Achilles
    Anderson Varejao said that he's no longer thinking about his Achilles when running.

    Advice: Varejao said he got some good advice from Chauncey Billups and Jonas Jerebko on what goes into the recovery process when returning from an Achilles injury, and he's on track to be ready for when the regular-season kicks off. However, the Cavs will more than likely try and keep Varejao's minutes down this season so he's healthy for a deep playoff run, meaning it'll be tough for him to attain any value in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Derrick Rose out at least two weeks
    Derrick Rose (eye) has been advised to have no physical activity for two weeks.

    Advice: Rose is sensitive to light following his left orbital bone surgery, but the Bulls are hopeful he'll be back in game shape quickly and will be ready for the start of the regular season. While Rose has as much upside as anyone in the NBA, it would be an extreme understatement to say he's a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else roll the dice on the 26-year-old. Thursday, 9:57 am
  • J.R. Smith happy to be back in Cleveland
    J.R. Smith said he's happy to be back in Cleveland playing for head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: While saying he'd run through a brick wall for Blatt, Smith expounded on his strong feelings for his head coach. "First things first, before we get into basketball, Coach really cares about me as a person," Smith said. "That's one of the first coaches I've had that actually cared about me off the court more than on the court, so it was that much easier for me to play for him and give my all because I know he cares about me as a person. Smith excelled in a bench role for the Cavs last season and is worth late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues for his ability to drain threes. Thursday, 7:24 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
  • Derrick Rose estimated to miss two weeks
    Derrick Rose had surgery on his left orbital bone and he expected to be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

    Advice: This is an encouraging timetable for Rose and it's unknown if he'll need to wear a mask upon his return. Rose just can't stay healthy and his press conference on Monday was one of the strangest in recent memory. He focused on his 2017 free agency quite a bit and there's a chance he may not want to play at less than 100 percent. He's a very, very risky target in fantasy drafts. Wednesday, 1:53 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
  • Derrick Rose undergoes successful surgery
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) had successful surgery on Wednesday morning.

    Advice: The Bulls haven't released an official timetable for his return. Head coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful that Rose will be ready for opening night and refused to rule him out, but there is no need to speculate until we get a firm update. The good news is that Rose suffered no structural damage, so he will be good to go once the bone is healed and won't have any limitations. Jimmy Butler will be a monster if Rose has to miss any time, while Aaron Brooks figures to take on a larger role as well. We could hear something on Wednesday afternoon, so we will post an update as soon as we know more. Wednesday, 9:46 am
  • Rose's focus was on free agency before injury
    A day before Derrick Rose suffered his unfortunate eye injury that will require surgery on Tuesday, he made comments suggesting his mind was on his future free agency - which doesn't even happen until after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "This whole summer I had tunnel vision," he said. "Making sure my family is financially stable, as far as seeing all the money that they’re passing out in this league. Just telling the truth. Just knowing that my day will be coming up soon, and it’s not for me. It’s for (son) P.J. and his future, so that’s what I’m thinking about now.’’ Rose acknowledged he was speaking about his impending free agency that's nearly two years out, so that was a pretty strange way to kick off the start of training camp with reporters. And teammate Jimmy Butler's reaction was perfect. "He can talk about unicorns and rainbows for all I care," he said. "Just help us win some basketball games.’’ The good news out of this mess is that Rose is expected to be ready for the start of the season, as of now. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Kings don't know who's starting with Cousins
    The Kings aren't sure who will start up front next to big man DeMarcus Cousins this season.

    Advice: Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos are all possibilities for George Karl, while we currently have Koufos penciled in to start at center. And obviously, if Gay plays power forward, Cousins would be at center in that scenario. Either way, Cousins looks like a Top 6 pick this season, while Cauley-Stein is one of the more intriguing big rookies that will be available later in fantasy drafts. "We have different looks, we have different types of big men," Cousins said. "Willie’s a young athletic big man. We’ve go Kosta who’s a banger and I’m my specific kind of big man. I think we have different looks. I think it’s going to be good in the end." Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Derrick Rose suffers left orbital fracture
    Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during the Bulls first practice on Tuesday, and he will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: A timetable for Rose's return has not yet been set, but this isn't a great way to start off the year for Rose who is also dealing with some legal troubles as well. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but given Rose's extensive injury history and the fact that through 51 games last season he failed to crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, we wouldn't recommend targeting Rose on draft day. For what it's worth, Mike Conley and Russell Westbrook returned very quickly from facial fractures last season, but everyone is different, so we'll be waiting for an official timeline out of Chicago. Jimmy Butler would be a monster if Rose is forced to miss some regular-season action, while Aaron Brooks would step into a starting role. Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • 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
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