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  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Friday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play in Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Afflalo has been on the sidelines for a week and the Knicks are going to continue to bring him along slowly. Despite some reports that the starting shooting guard spot is wide open, we still expect Afflalo to open the season as the starter over players like Sasha Vujacic and Langston Galloway. For now, Afflalo is simply a late-round option. Today, 7:58 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty
    Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three charges on Friday.

    Advice: This is great news for Sefolosha and the Hawks in general, but it sounds like he will now open a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha is the favorite to start at small forward this season once he is healthy after recovering from right ankle surgery, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well and owners outside of deeper leagues can ignore him. Today, 7:21 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
  • Jared Cunningham impresses David Blatt
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was impressed by Jared Cunningham on Thursday.

    Advice: "I thought without question Jared sort of separated himself tonight,"Blatt said on Thursday. "He was exceptional. That's what the opportunities are for, you know. You get a chance, you grab it and he made good use of it." Cunningham went off against the 76ers with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, and it's possible that he could earn the final roster spot for the Cavaliers if he keeps it up. To be clear, Cunningham still isn't on the fantasy radar. Today, 6:33 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jared Cunningham goes off with 31 points
    Jared Cunningham exploded against the 76ers with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line.

    Advice: He attacked the basket and had a nice jam in traffic. Cunningham is going to have a tough time making the team, but maybe this game will get the attention of the 76ers if he's released. Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • James Anderson getting the start
    James Anderson will start on Thursday against the Spurs.

    Advice: He had a good run at Summer League and will likely has a good chance to make the team. With Marco Belinelli likely better in the second unit, Anderson could be more likely to start should Ben McLemore need to miss time. Yesterday, 5:48 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
  • 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
  • Jose Calderon plays 16 in preseason debut
    Jose Calderson (Achilles) said he felt good after the Knicks preseason debut against Bauru of Brazil.

    Advice: Calderon scored three points to go along with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one three-pointer in 16 minutes and said he was feeling good after the game. "For the first game since March, actually felt good moving out there. Happy to be healthy. #isgonnabegood Great team W!," Calderon tweeted after the game. Calderon is at risk of losing his starting job to Jerian Grant, but he's worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's starting for the Knicks. Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Jose Calderon to start for Knicks this season
    Jose Calderon will start at point guard for the Knicks this season according to head coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: Additionally, Robin Lopez and Carmelo Anthony are the only other confirmed starters as expected. Calderon is coming off an Achilles injury and was pretty awful last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't gamble on him until the later rounds. If Calderon struggles, rookie Jerian Grant could be a serious threat to his minutes. For what it's worth, Calderon averaged just 9.1 points and 4.7 assists last season. Wednesday, 12:48 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thabo Sefolosha's trial begins in Manhattan
    Thabo Sefolosha was at a Manhattan criminal court on Monday, where jury selection took place in his trial to contest charges of resisting arrest.

    Advice: Opening statements will follow on Tuesday and the result of the case could determine whether he'll face any punitive measures from the NBA. Sefolosha is still recovering from right ankle surgery, leaving him questionable for opening night, but once healthy he should start at SF ahead of Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. Monday, 2:12 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Calderon feels more comfortable w/ Knicks
    Jose Calderon admitted that he feels more comfortable with the Knicks this season.

    Advice: "I feel better," Calderon said. "The atmosphere, the environment, everything is different for whatever reason. I'm really comfortable, maybe knowing what the coaches want, what the system is, the people." Calderon clearly believes the Knicks have improved, and like his team, he'll be looking to put a forgettable season behind him as well. Monday, 8:05 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thabo Sefolosha experiences leg pain
    Thabo Sefolosha experienced some leg pain and dialed it back in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sefolosha said that the pain was part of his rehab and it doesn't sound like he is overly concerned. Sefolosha will be the favorite to start at small forward if he is good to go for the season opener, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. If his leg injury lingers, Kent Bazemore would be in line for more minutes. Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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