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  • Raul Neto gets start vs. Suns
    Raul Neto started against the Suns in a 101-85 loss on Friday, scoring six points with two rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Trey Burke rested today to give Neto the start. He had some really nice passes and that part of his game is translating nicely so far. Of course, he is nowhere near where he should be as a scorer and teams will force him to beat with their defenders going under screens. He's only a late-round pick in deep leagues. 16 minutes ago
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 points
    Derrick Favors (groin) scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was outplayed at times by Markieff Morris, but at least he looked healthy in his 26 minutes. Favors had a nice flow on the offensive side and figures to have more success in his age-23 season. 20 minutes ago
  • Gordon Hayward looks awesome in loss
    Gordon Hayward had a big game in Phoenix on Friday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Jazz used a number of lineups, and Hayward found himself on the wing and getting a lot of open chances on the perimeter. He still has room to grow and is worth a pick in the early rounds. 22 minutes ago
  • Greg Smith fails physical, not joining NOP
    Greg Smith failed his physical and will not join the Pelicans.

    Advice: He's had a number of injuries, including a bad knee injury two seasons ago. Smith could wind up on other team after he gets healthy. Today, 7:32 pm
  • Edy Tavares gets 11 minutes
    Walter Tavares played 11 minutes on Friday against the Pelicans with eight points, six boards and one block.

    Advice: He probably won't be in the rotation to start the year, but one injury to the frontcourt could change that. Tavares' 7'9" wingspan and blocking potential already put him on the radar in keeper formats. Today, 7:00 pm
  • Shelvin Mack gets six minutes
    Shelvin Mack played six minutes against the Pelicans on Friday with two points and two rebounds.

    Advice: It's his second game back from his shoulder surgery. Mack figures to be in the rotation and will compete with Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Today, 6:57 pm
  • Kyle Korver up to 19 minutes
    Kyle Korver played 19 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played just 15 minutes in the opener and the Hawks are bringing him along slowly. Korver will likely be playing more minutes at the three this year and should have a chance to duplicate his numbers from last season. He's a sneaky mid-round pick in standard leagues. Today, 6:42 pm
  • Anthony Davis makes two treys, scores 20
    Anthony Davis made two 3-pointers against the Hawks on Friday, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: We've heard all summer long about the Brow becoming a 3-point shooter and he opened the scoring with one of those tonight. Davis made just one 3-pointer all of last season, so obviously he's not going to be adding much more than 0.5 treys per game. He's the top pick in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 6:40 pm
  • Derrick Favors will play on Friday
    Derrick Favors (groin) will play on Friday night against the Suns.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and will get to go up against Markieff Morris in what should be a faster paced game. Favors is a solid target in the middle rounds. Today, 5:40 pm
  • Aaron Gordon staying in shape
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) said he's in the best shape of his life despite not being cleared for contact.

    Advice: He is likely going to be cleared in the next week. The Magic were the worst team in the NBA at stopping small forwards, so Gordon figures to help out in that regard. After his awesome summer, he's worth a look in the later rounds of drafts. Today, 5:00 pm
  • Kyle Singler (knee) out Friday
    Kyle Singler (knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He banged knees in practice and the injury is not considered serious. Singler signed a five-year, $25 million deal this summer. Today, 3:56 pm
  • Brandon Bass gets more treatment
    Brandon Bass (knee) received treatment on Friday.

    Advice: He's likely going to miss several games due to his patella contusion. Bass is losing some ground to Julius Randle, especially with Rankle playing well right now. Bass isn't worth drafting in standard leagues. Today, 3:20 pm
  • DeJuan Blair has a sore knee
    DeJuan Blair (sore knee) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: Blair showed up in shape and the extent of his knee soreness isn't known. Regardless, he won't have much value while Marcin Gortat is healthy. Today, 2:41 pm
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He has a number of hamstring issues in his career and the team will hold him out. Temple has no fantasy value. Today, 2:39 pm
  • Derrick Favors goes through shootaround
    Derrick Favors (groin) went through shootaround on Friday and is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It's a good sign to see he's doing some on-court work from his sore right groin and he should be ready in the near future. Favors doesn't have a track record of groin injuries and there's no reason to think this will be a major lingering issue. Today, 1:27 pm
  • Dwight Howard (back) missed practice
    Dwight Howard (back) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: There's no word on the severity of his back injury, but it shouldn't keep him out for long. Howard will not play in the opener due to a suspension and the number of injuries last season make him even riskier to take in fantasy drafts. Today, 12:43 pm
  • Joe Ingles getting some rest on Friday
    Joe Ingles (rest) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Without Ingles, there should be more minutes to go to Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and Elijah Millsap. Ingles doesn't have fantasy value while Hood and Burks are healthy. Today, 12:33 pm
  • Raul Neto starting vs. Suns on Friday
    Raul Neto will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Trey Burke is not going to play tonight, so Neto should have plenty of minutes headed his way. He certainly could find himself in the starting lineup later in the season, but his shooting woes make him a tough fantasy target in most leagues. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Greg Smith headed to the Pelicans?
    Greg Smith agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Pelicans need a big man in the worst way. Omer Asik (calf) and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) could both miss the opener. Smith might have a tough time staying on the roster once the team gets healthy again. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice again on Friday.

    Advice: Bargnani is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and is expected to come off the bench in Brooklyn, so there is no reason to look his way in most fantasy formats. Bargnani has now been on the shelf for five straight days. Today, 11:11 am
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not participate in practice on Friday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Robinson took a hard fall in Monday's preseason game and hasn't played since. The injury is still said to be minor, but the Nets have every right to exercise caution during the preseason. With Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez set to soak up a ton of minutes in the frontcourt, Robinson isn't an option in standard leagues. Today, 11:10 am
  • Alonzo Gee (personal) to play Friday
    Alonzo Gee (personal) will play in Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gee's role off the bench is going to be very limited while the Pelicans are at full strength, so he isn't worth drafting in almost any league. Today, 10:11 am
  • Damian Lillard says his ankle issue is 'minor'
    Damian Lillard said that his left ankle sprain is "minor", but he admitted that he needs to do a better job of staying off the floor.

    Advice: "I wear a lot of padding now ... I got a vest under my jersey, arm pad, thigh, tail, knees ... everything has been padded up,'' Lillard said. "My rookie year I didn't wear any. But when I started hitting the ground, I thought it would be a good idea to protect myself. Each year, I fall less. The coaches talk about staying off the court, and I try to do a lot better with that." Lillard may sit out of a preseason game as a precaution, but it's clear that he will be fine moving forward. Even though he could struggle with efficiency this season, Lillard is a nice target at the turn of the first and second rounds. Today, 9:41 am
  • Jabari Parker (knee) is staying patient
    Jabari Parker, who is still recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, said he isn't going to rush the recovery process.

    Advice: "I'm feeling my legs getting underneath me," Parker said after Thursday's practice. "It's going to be a grind. I'm looking long-term. I really don't want to risk going back and lingering on if I'm not ready. I just want to be as productive as possible. There's no use in me playing if I know I can't contribute the way I want to." The Bucks haven't set a timetable for Parker's return to game action, but it's still possible that he could be ready for opening night. Parker is going to be a very risky pick this season, so prospective owners may want to wait until the later rounds. Today, 7:53 am
  • Kevin Martin will accept his role off bench
    Kevin Martin implied that he will accept his role off the bench behind Zach LaVine.

    Advice: "At the end of the day, I’m a low-maintenance kind of guy, so they know what they’re getting in me," Martin said. "I came off the bench for a 60-win team and I started 10 years in this league, so whatever it is they know they’re going to get a pretty damn good basketball player. That’s where it is right now." The Wolves are clearly prioritizing the development of their young studs, so it's not too surprising to see LaVine get the nod in the first unit. Martin should still have a solid role off the bench, but there is no reason to target him before the later rounds. Today, 6:58 am
  • Howard reveals he had torn meniscus and MCL
    In an interview on SportsRadio 610, Dwight Howard revealed that he played through a torn meniscus and MCL in his right knee against the Warriors in the playoffs last season.

    Advice: The Rockets called it a sprain at the time, but you have to give him credit for fighting through the injury considering it occurred in Game 1 of the series. Howard has had some durability concerns over the past few years, and it doesn't help that he will be turning 30 years old this season. Howard will kill your free throw percentage and it's never fun to draft a player with knee issues, so he will be a very risky pick in the middle rounds. The good news is that he has appeared to be 100 percent in training camp, and the injuries weren't serious enough for him to have surgery. Today, 6:48 am
  • Stauskas (tibia) could be out two more weeks
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) could be out for another two weeks.

    Advice: Stauskas was hoping to participate in a preseason game, but this report doesn't bode well for his chances. This timetable would mean that Stauskas could be ready in time for the season opener, but don't expect the 76ers to play him if he is less than 100 percent. This certainly hurts his momentum leading up to fantasy drafts, so he is basically just a late-round flier for now. Today, 6:26 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brandon Bass diagnosed with patella contusion
    An MRI/CT scan of Brandon Bass' left knee revealed a patella contusion, and he will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: It's basically a knee bruise, and the Lakers are currently listing him as day-to-day. He should be good to go for the regular season, but it's looking like he'll be coming off the bench behind Julius Randle this season. Bass averaged just 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game through 23.5 minutes per game with the Celtics last season, and those numbers could dip in Los Angeles. We'd recommend focusing your attention elsewhere on draft day. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Thursday vs. DET
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: The wrist injury is believed to be minor, so we wouldn't read too much into his absence from an early preseason game. That being said, Robinson will be coming off the bench this season behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a viable option in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Thursday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's hard to get excited about a guy that consistently misses major chunks of the regular-season. We wouldn't recommend drafting Bargnani in any league. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kyle Korver (ankle) starts vs. Cavs Wednesday
    Kyle Korver (right ankle surgery) started Wednesday's game and finished with two points, one assist and one block, while missing all three of his field goal attempts.

    Advice: Korver played only 15 minutes and didn't start the second half as a precaution. He had right elbow surgery this summer but we're not at all concerned by one rusty performance from the Hawks' sharp-shooter. Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Kyle Korver (ankle) will play on Wednesday
    Kyle Korver (ankle) will play on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Korver had right ankle surgery back on May 27 and also had right elbow surgery back in June, but he has been participating in training camp and it's great to see him out on the floor again. Korver is very efficient on offense and is still one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, so he will be a nice mid-round target in drafts this season. Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Howard, Lawson and Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard, Ty Lawson and Trevor Ariza are all healthy scratches for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Additonally, James Harden is still undecided if he will play. The Rockets just played a game on Tuesday, so it's not a surprise to see them hold out their key players in a back-to-back set. All signs point to Howard being 100 percent on opening night, but his durability concerns and terrible free throw shooting will make him a risky mid-round pick. Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Results on Brandon Bass' knee are inconclusive
    The results of Brandon Bass' x-rays on his left knee were inconclusive, and he will undergo further testing on Thursday.

    Advice: Bass will likely have an MRI or CT scan on Thursday, but there is no need to speculate on what is wrong until we get more information. Expect an update on Thursday afternoon. If Bass needs to miss time, Julius Randle would see more minutes and could solidify a starting role. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice Wed
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took a hard fall during Monday's preseason game, but he's not concerned about the injury, and he will travel with the team to Detroit for Thursday's preseason game. He's not a great target in standard leagues playing behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice on Wed
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed his second consecutive day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, this is just a reminder of how often Bargnani finds himself dealing with various ailments. We'd recommend letting another owner deal with the headache of owning Il Mago on draft day. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • Brandon Bass has knee scare in OT loss
    Brandon Bass played 16 minutes and made all four of his shots for 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Bass hurt his knee during the game, but was able to walk it off and return to the game. He should be fine, but he looks primed to play behind Julius Randle, who is a much better fantasy option at this point. Wednesday, 12:46 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
  • Gordon Hayward sits after first quarter
    Gordon Hayward played the first quarter and finished with four points, one rebound, two assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on 1-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Hayward sat after the first quarter, so there's not much to read into this one, although the steals were nice. Wednesday, 12:21 am
  • 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
  • Jabari Parker (knee) still a few weeks away
    Jabari Parker, who is recovering from knee surgery, may still be a couple weeks away from playing for the Bucks.

    Advice: "We are not going to put a timetable on it," Coach Jason Kidd said of his injury. "There's less than a year from the injury and he's doing a lot of good stuff. We want to make sure when it is time for him to come back, it's not where he's in and out, and that he's back for the long haul." Parker could still be ready for opening night and his absence on Tuesday will clear the way for rookie Rashad Vaughn to start. Tuesday, 4:40 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
  • Derrick Favors (sore groin) out Tuesday
    Derrick Favors (sore right groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: It is the norm for teams to be extremely cautious with their starters during preseason action, and given that Favors doesn't have a history of dealing with groin injuries, we wouldn't read much into his absence from Tuesday night's game. Favors benefited from playing next to Rudy Gobert last season, compiling averages of 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.7 blocks per game after the All-Star break, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 1:35 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses Tuesday practice
    Andrea Bargnani (right left hamstring) missed Nets practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bargnani's injury isn't thought to be serious, but it's never a good thing to see an injury-prone player dealing with injuries before the regular season even starts. While Bargnani should see decent minutes for the Nets, his risk outweighs his reward for owners in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Aaron Gordon could return in 7-10 days
    Aaron Gordon (fractured jaw) could return in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Gordon is reportedly in great shape and there is a possibility that the 20-year-old may return earlier than expected. While Gordon doesn't have much of a track record, he makes for an interesting late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he should see plenty of minutes on a young Magic squad. Tuesday, 9:07 am
  • Anthony Davis will play more center for now
    Anthony Davis will play more at center now that Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is set to miss at least four weeks.

    Advice: While Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will play more center with Ajinca sidelined, the 22-year-old isn't worried about where he plays. "That’s an Alvin Gentry question to me," Davis said. "It doesn’t matter what position I play. Played some center last year when me and Ryan [Anderson] was in the game. It doesn’t matter. I just go out there and play basketball." Regardless of where he plays on the floor, Davis should should have no trouble finishing the season as the best overall fantasy player as long as he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 7:27 am
  • Lillard tweaks left ankle in exhibition loss
    Damian Lillard tweaked his left ankle in Monday's exhibition loss to the Kings, but stayed in the game and finished with 17 points, three assists and three steals over 24 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard was a hobbled there for a little bit but eventually stopped limping while he was on the floor. We doubt there's anything to worry about and we're not putting him on the injury report unless we hear more to suggest there's a lingering issue. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Stauskas says he'll be ready for opener
    Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) said he'll be ready for the start of the regular season and "probably even the end of the preseason."

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that he loses a chance to get momentum before the games count and before fantasy drafts. With a fantasy stat set that's questionable, a lot of tape on the books from Sacramento that isn't great, and now this injury -- he's a flier pick in the late rounds at best. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Bargnani says hamstring injury not serious
    Andrea Bargnani said his left hamstring tightness is not serious and that he'll be back "very soon" on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani missed Monday's preseason opener and that sound you heard was the basketball world rolling its eyes. There isn't a scenario in which we'd remove the injury-risk tag from his profile. Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Robinson double-doubles with 12 and 16
    Thomas Robinson double-doubled in Monday's preseason opener, scoring 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 26 minutes.

    Advice: If Robinson can just focus on rebounding and energy numbers he could carve himself a low-to-mid level role in the Nets' rotation. But nobody should overreact to a game against international competition, and even if Robinson does turn his career around his fantasy stat set isn't that great. Just keep an eye on him from afar for now. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Thomas Robinson starts alongside Brook Lopez
    Thomas Robinson will start at PF for the Nets on Monday, as coach Lionel Hollins wants to see T-Rob play alongside Brook Lopez.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young is the undisputed starter and this is merely a preseason experiment with no long-term repercussions. T-Rob is still 24 years old and he's shown flashes of improved play in recent seasons, even averaging 8.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in only 18.5 minutes for Philadelphia last year. He's on the radar in deep leagues, but that's about it. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) won't play vs. Chicago
    Jabari Parker (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

    Advice: Parker went through a full practice on Monday and he's progressing well, but the Bucks are approaching his return from ACL surgery with the utmost caution. GM John Hammond already said the Bucks will limit Parker's playing time ("If we think he can play 30 minutes, we'll probably play him 15") and owners should view him as a risky pick toward the end of drafts. Monday, 11:46 am
  • 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
  • Stauskas diagnosed with tibia stress reaction
    Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, and he will miss at least two weeks.

    Advice: Sorry, 76ers fans. This is the same injury that has hampered both Bradley Beal and Jrue Holiday in the past, and those guys each dealt with its recurrence at least once in the recovery process. Coach Brett Brown said the Sixers will bring Stauskas along "slowly," meaning he'll almost certainly be limited to begin the year. Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant could see more time with Stauskas sidelined. Monday, 10:16 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) still sidelined on Monday
    Nik Stauskas (knee) was still absent from practice on Monday.

    Advice: Stauskas, who sat out Saturday's scrimmage after Brett Brown revealed he had a knee issue, is not on the court to begin the new week. So long as his knee injury doesn't become a lingering concern, Stauskas offers excellent value toward the end of your draft for the role he's poised to enjoy in Philadelphia. After the All-Star break last season, Stauskas shot 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Monday, 10:03 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Monday night
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins says he won't play until he's ready. Bargs' hamstring was so famous that it should have had its own name last season, but there is no indication this is anything more than precautionary. He's expected to play a sizable reserve role for the Nets, but Bargnani is not someone we're looking to draft in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:57 am
  • Kidd: Jabari Parker improving every day
    Coach Jason Kidd said Jabari Parker (knee) "is getting better each time he takes the floor."

    Advice: Parker scrimmaged on Saturday, and Parker had a game-high 15 points. The Bucks continue to say that they're going to bring him along slowly, and that really limits his season-long upside in fantasy leagues. Assuming good health, Parker could make for a nice buy low target at the appropriate time later this season. Monday, 6:50 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will play alongside Lopez?
    Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said that he'll be looking to give Andrea Bargnani minutes alongside Brook Lopez this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Offensively, those guys are very versatile and they give a lot of problems to the defense, because both can shoot, both can pass, and both can put the ball on the floor," Hollins said. "I like those guys playing together at times." Bargnani played next to Lopez for long stretches during Friday's scrimmage, so it looks like Hollins likes what he sees in a potential Bargnani/Lopez pairing, which is a very strange sentence to write. Sunday, 11:06 pm
  • Raul Neto hands out six assists in 20 minutes
    Raul Neto showed some flashes of potential during his first preseason game with the Jazz on Sunday, handing out six assists to go with four steals, two turnovers and a block through 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: While Neto shot just 0-of-3 from the field, he looked great setting up Utah's offense, and he was very pesky on defense. Rumors out of Utah indicate that Neto is currently the favorite to win the starting point guard position, and tonight was certainly a step in the right direction as he really outplayed Trey Burke. We'll be watching this position battle closely leading up to the regular-season, but Neto has put himself on the radar as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Sunday, 10:19 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 16 pts w/ nine boards
    Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 10:05 pm
  • 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
  • Dwight Howard OK with preseason back-to-back
    Dwight Howard wouldn't mind playing in back-to-back preseason games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Advice: "Why wouldn’t I?," Howard said. "I’m healthy so I want to play. It’s a long season. We got to get our bodies back into condition of playing basketball." Kevin McHale said that he'll rest some players on Wednesday and it wouldn't be surprising if Dwight is among the DNP-CDs, but all signs point to him being 100 percent on opening night. Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • Brow goes POW, scores 18 in first half
    Anthony Davis put all that summer buzz to good use in the first half against the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, one assist and one turnover in just 16 minutes.

    Advice: He had a usage rate over 40 and all that talk of Davis being an even bigger presence look for real. He didn't take any 3-pointers, but those should be coming in short order based on his comments. Saturday, 5:51 pm
  • No Aaron Gordon for the opener
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a broken jaw this summer and is getting close to a return. Gordon tore it up in Summer League and perhaps the most important part is that he looked good as a small forward, too. He's a very interesting pick in the late rounds. Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • Alonzo Gee (personal) out for Saturday
    Alonzo Gee (personal) and Quincy Pondexter (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Gee isn't going to have more than a limited role off the bench this season, so his absence won't be a big deal. Ignore him in fantasy leagues. Pondexter isn't expected to return until November. Saturday, 11:01 am
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) probable for Saturday
    Anthony Davis (ankle) is probable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pelicans wouldn't play him if the injury was serious, so there is no reason to be concerned here. If Davis is able to go he will be matched up with Paul George, so that will be very entertaining to watch. Davis has spent a lot of time working on his 3-point shot, so hopefully we will get a taste of that tonight. Saturday, 10:47 am
  • Brown: Nik Stauskas has a minor knee issue
    Nik Stauskas didn't scrimmage on Saturday due to a minor knee issue.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown said that there is nothing to worry about, so he is probably just dealing with some soreness. Stauskas has an excellent chance to succeed as the starting shooting guard in Philly, and he should fly under the radar because of his forgetful 2014-15 rookie season in Sacramento. We will post an update on his knee once we know more. Saturday, 9:10 am
  • Jabari Parker (knee) to scrimmage on Saturday
    Jabari Parker (knee) will scrimmage on Saturday.

    Advice: Parker was a full participant during Thursday's practice, so it's a good sign that his knee has held up well so far. The Bucks have made it clear that they will limit Parker's minutes as a precaution, so he is shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Friday, 1:37 pm
  • 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
  • Evans impressed with Davis' 3-point shooting
    Tyreke Evans said that Anthony Davis has been knocking down 3-pointers during the Pelicans' practices.

    Advice: "He knocked down some threes, besides the corner [three]," Evans said. "[His shooting stroke] definitely looked good. He worked on it all summer; I was around him in the summer in New Orleans. He was shooting a lot of threes. If he gets that down, the sky is the limit for him." Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Raul Neto impressing Hayward at practice
    Gordon Hayward said that Raul Neto did a great job "running the show" during Utah's practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Neto is currently fighting for the starting point guard position in Utah with the likes of Trey Burke and Bryce Cotton, although reports up to this point have Neto the favorite to come out on top. It only helps that one of Utah's franchise players is praising his play, and it'll be interesting to watch coach Quin Snyder's rotations develop over the course of the preseason. Neto doesn't really have a jump shot, so he could struggle with efficiency, but he's certainly on the radar in deep leagues as a guy that could buoy the assist category. Thursday, 3:24 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
  • Jabari Parker goes through full practice
    Jabari Parker was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Head coach Jason Kidd said that Parker wanted to go through the Bucks' second practice on Wednesday, but he decided to hold him out as a precautionary reason. He will again hold Jabari out of Thursday's second practice, and the Bucks will continue to be extremely cautious with Parker as he recovers from the torn ACL. He's not someone that you should aggressively target on draft day. Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Dwight Howard says he has 10 years left
    Dwight Howard said he thinks he has at least 10 years left in the NBA.

    Advice: While Howard is able to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, he isn't entertaining talk that the contract might be his last. "Y'all acting like I'm about to retire," Howard said. "I mean, I feel good. I'm 29 years old regardless of me being in the league for 12 years, I'm fairly young. I got about a good 10 years left in me. I'm going to give everything I got for these 10, 11 years I got left." Though he's suspended for the opener, Howard looks healthy to start the season and is a solid mid-round pick for fantasy owners willing to assume his injury risk and horrible free throw percentages. Thursday, 6:17 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
  • Jabari Parker getting some scheduled rest
    Jabari Parker (rest) will not practice in Wednesday's afternoon session.

    Advice: It's just scheduled rest for last year's No. 2 pick. Parker looked fantastic in the NBATV broadcast of training camp. He was getting to the basket and didn't look to be limited in any way. The Bucks do have some depth at the forward spots with John Henson and maybe using Giannis Antetokounmpo at the four, so expect Parker to be brought along slowly. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting him. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • DeJuan Blair hoping for a chance
    DeJuan Blair feels that he has a big opportunity to impress the Wizards this summer.

    Advice: "I have a bigger opportunity to get on the court and show what I can do," Blair said. "I think I can help this team out a lot. It’s a pretty big year for me, where I am in my career, myself, for my dignity, for everything. So I won’t go crazy." Blair lost 30 pounds this summer and is hoping to get in the rotation with Kevin Seraphin no longer around. For now, Blair still isn't worth a look in almost any league. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Gordon close to full recovery, big season
    Aaron Gordon says he's "95-100 percent" recovered from jaw surgery.

    Advice: Gordon was a beast in Summer League and is one of our favorite breakout candidates. He should be primed for a great year. Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) not limited at practice
    Jabari Parker (knee) went through a full practice with the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: "The big thing is he made it through the whole practice today and we'll see how he feels tomorrow," said head coach Jason Kidd. Parker is coming off a major knee injury and will likely have his minutes limited during the early portion of the 2014-15 season. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Bucks offense with Kris Middleton, Greg Monroe and Giannis Antetokounmpo all vying for touches, so Parker isn't worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
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