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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. Yesterday, 10:08 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. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Tyreke Evans has a nice game vs. Hawks
    Tyreke Evans had no trouble getting to the rim against the Hawks on Friday, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Jrue Holiday still on a minutes restriction, there will be a lot of minutes and play-making chances for Evans. Coach Alvin Gentry said he wants Evans to move the ball if nothing is there, which has been a problem on occasion. He looks iike he's in for a big year under his new coach. Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe getting some rest on Friday
    Eric Bledsoe will rest on Friday night against the Jazz.

    Advice: He had a nice game on Wednesday against the Kings, scoring 13 points with four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in just 16 minutes. Bledsoe could take a big step forward in his age-25 season. Yesterday, 5:20 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. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Ish Smith is back for Friday
    Ish Smith (ankle) will play on Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: If he can make the team, Smith won't be in the rotation. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Trey Burke will get some rest on Friday
    Trey Burke (rest) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He's fine and he'll be ready to go on Monday against the Blazers. Burke had a nice showing on Wednesday with 15 points, five dimes and three 3-pointers in a win over the Lakers. He's still the heavy favorite to start and is on the radar in the last round or two. Yesterday, 12:30 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. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Andre Miller won't play Saturday
    Andre Miller had an excused absence from practice on Friday and will not play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: With Ricky Rubio (quad) also ruled out, rookie Tyus Jones should see all the minutes he can handle. Miller is strictly a backup point guard in Minnesota, and he isn't worth drafting in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Ricky Rubio (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The good news is that he is traveling with the team, so hopefully he will be able to return to action during the preseason. Rubio is already a shaky pick in the middle rounds because of his durability concerns and lack of a reliable jump shot, so he could fall in a lot of drafts. Expect to see a lot of Tyus Jones on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Deron Williams aggravates his other calf
    Deron Williams returned to practice on Friday after dealing with a calf issue last week, but he was forced to leave practice early after aggravating his other calf.

    Advice: Injuries have been a huge problem for Williams in recent years and he does have a history of calf issues, so it's a little concerning that he can't even make it through training camp unscathed. We will post an update on his status when we know more, but it doesn't sound too serious. It's probably best to wait until the later rounds before spending a pick on Williams. Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Friday
    Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) will play vs. the Hawks on Friday as expected.

    Advice: Evans returned to practice on Monday and is simply dealing with a bruise, so there is no reason to be concerned. Evans will run the point a ton in the Pelicans up-tempo offense since Jrue Holiday will be on a minutes limit, so he is poised for a big season. Yesterday, 10:07 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. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • C.J. McCollum will handle backup PG duties
    In addition to the minutes C.J. McCollum will receive at shooting guard, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he will run the point when Damian Lillard sits as well.

    Advice: We like this move a lot and it's clear that the Blazers have big plans for McCollum this season. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-7 on Thursday when McCollum was running the point, and he finished the game with 19 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. "It's a comfortable role for me, and one that I can thrive in, I just have to take some time to get more reps at it at the NBA level,'' McCollum said. He has the potential to be a stud this season, so don't hesitate to draft him. Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Skiles praises Victor Oladipo's defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Victor Oladipo "can be an All-Defensive Team-type player."

    Advice: "He's a good player," Skiles said. "He can be an All-Defensive Team-type player on that side of the ball. And I was going to say, 'If he wants to,' but I don't even need to finish the sentence about it. He's a very eager defender. He's a really good learner, and he's got a lot of enthusiasm for the game." Skiles emphasizes defense more than anything, so Oladipo will play a prominent role this season and is a solid option in the early rounds. Yesterday, 8:58 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. Yesterday, 6:33 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. Thursday, 10:15 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 9:58 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. Thursday, 9:43 pm
  • Reggie Jackson struggles in his start
    Reggie Jackson (Achilles) struggled in a start against the Nets on Thursday, making 3-of-10 from the field for seven points with three rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

    Advice: He had a sore Achilles and missed some practice this week. Jackson is going to run the offense this year and he should run a ton of pick-and-rolls as the floor general -- nobody ran more PNR than RJ after the break last year. He's someone to think about in drafts after the early-round PGs come off the board. Thursday, 7:27 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. Thursday, 7:04 pm
  • Victor Oladipo looks good again
    Victor Oladipo had another great game on Thursday during a 97-92 loss to the Pacers, scoring 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's still not getting minutes at point guard, but that's fine. Oladipo flourished after the break last season and he could have another leap forward in his third year. Fantasy owners will want to target him in the early rounds. Thursday, 6:49 pm
  • Brown says Marshall (knee) a month away
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Kendall Marshall (right knee) is at least a month away from getting back on the basketball court.

    Advice: With Marshall and Tony Wroten (knee) expected to begin the regular-season on the sidelines, Isaiah Canaan should have no problem securing the starting point guard position in Philly. However, once everyone is healthy, this situation could become a mess. Unless you're a fan of headaches, we'd recommend avoiding the point guard situation in Philadelphia. Thursday, 4:04 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas puts up 15 points in win
    Isaiah Thomas put up 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting (2-of-3 from the line) during Boston's preseason win over Real Madrid, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover over 25 minutes.

    Advice: Thomas came off the bench again, but today's stat line shows that he's more than capable of putting up quality stat lines despite limited minutes. He's a high-ceiling guy to take in the mid-rounds on draft day. Thursday, 3:45 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 17 points w/ three 3PM
    Avery Bradley scored 17 points in just 21 minutes of action during Boston's win over Real Madrid on Thursday, adding three boards, two assists, three 3-pointers and two steals.

    Advice: Bradley is making good on his promise to avoid the long-twos, and he's connected on 6-of-7 shots from beyond the arc through his first two preseason games. He’ll make for a solid late-round target on draft day for owners looking to add some steals, points and 3-point shooting. Thursday, 3:33 pm
  • Monta Ellis will start at point guard vs. ORL
    With George Hill (sprained right ankle) sidelined, head coach Frank Vogel will start Monta Ellis at point guard for Thursday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Glenn Robinson III, C.J. Miles, Paul George, and Ian Mahinmi will join Ellis in the starting lineup for tonight's game, and we could get an extended look at Joseph Young, who has played phenomenally throughout the preseason thus far. The ball may not move as well with Ellis running the point, so it'll be interesting to see how long Vogel goes with this lineup. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Report: Marshall (knee) could be back soon
    Kendall Marshall (right knee) could be back on the court towards the end of October, according to 76ers beat writer Tom Moore.

    Advice: Marshall will be joining a very crowded rotation in Philly featuring Tony Wroten (knee), Isaiah Canaan, and Pierre Jackson (groin), and it's anyone's guess right now who will wind up starting. Marshall had a nice season with the Lakers back in 2013, compiling averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game, however he needed 28.9 minutes per game to accumulate those statistics, which could be tough to come by with three other guys vying for minutes. He's also coming off an ACL tear, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues. Thursday, 12:09 pm
  • Reggie Jackson will play Thursday night
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will play against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson's injury wasn't considered serious, but it's nice to see that news manifest itself with him being on the court Thursday. The Pistons starting point guard will likely have his minutes limited during the preseason, but his injury shouldn't linger into the regular season and he continues to be a mid-round target in standard league fantasy drafts. Thursday, 9:49 am
  • Steve Blake hoping to practice on Friday
    Steve Blake (concussion) is hoping to return to practice on Friday.

    Advice: Blake won't play in the Pistons preseason game on Thursday, but he'll be present at the arena and will be examined by doctors. As long as everything goes as planned, he's hoping to return to practice on Friday. While it's nice to see Blake getting healthy, he won't have much fantasy value as a backup point guard this season. Thursday, 9:24 am
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  • Brandon Knight (ankle) hits four 3s in 24 min
    Brandon Knight (left ankle surgery) started Wednesday's exhibition and posted 16 points, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in only 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns expressed their confidence in Knight by signing him to a five-year, $70 million deal this summer, establishing a fearsome backcourt with Eric Bledsoe also locked up for five years. Knight was on pace for a terrific season in 2014-15 prior to his injury, averaging 17.0 points, 2.0 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (Achilles) practices Wednesday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) practiced on Wednesday, and he could play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Jackson's injury isn't considered serious, but expect the Pistons to move forward with caution during the preseason. As the unquestioned starter in Detroit, Jackson is poised for an excellent season and it will look to prove his worth after inking a five-year, $80 million contract this summer. If Jackson is unable to play on Thursday, expect Spencer Dinwiddie to get some additional minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Deron Williams (calf) will not play Wednesday
    Deron Williams (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Given that Williams has a history of dealing with calf injuries, the Mavs will not put him on the court until he's 100 percent healthy. For what it's worth, the injury isn't believed to be serious, and he remains someone worth considering towards the final few rounds on draft day. Wednesday, 8:17 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
  • Trey Burke scores 15 with 5 turnovers
    Trey Burke started at point guard and had 15 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal, three 3-pointers and five turnovers in 27 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Burke is primed for a big season with Dante Exum out for the year with a knee injury, and while he'll have his ups and downs, he should be a nice second- or third-point guard option in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 12:29 am
  • Deron Williams sits out preseason game
    Deron Williams sat out Tuesday's preseason game with a calf injury.

    Advice: The calf has been bothering him a bit lately, but it's not thought to be anything too serious. Monitor him, but expect him to play in an upcoming preseason game sooner than later. Tuesday, 10:37 pm
  • 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
  • Monta Ellis scores 10 in Pacers win
    Monta Ellis hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and one assist in 21 minutes in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: With George Hill exiting with a right ankle injury, we were expecting a little more from Ellis, but he's going to score a lot of points for the Pacers this season, regardless of who else is healthy in Indy. Rodney Stuckey was highly disappointing with one point in 17 minutes, but would stand to see a boost if Hill's ankle injury keeps him out of the preseason. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Jackson, Jennings, other Pistons out Tuesday
    Reggie Jackson (achilles), Brandon Jennings (achilles), Adonis Thomas (achilles), Steve Blake (brain injury), Aron Baynes (ankle) and Danny Granger (very old) are all sitting for the Pistons in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: With Jackson, Jennings and Blake out, Spencer Dinwiddie is starting at point guard, while Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson will back him up. Yes, that Stanley Johnson is going to play some point guard tonight. Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • Ish Smith (ankle) will not play on Tuesday
    Ish Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Smith isn't a lock to make the opening-night roster in Washington, and sitting out preseason games will only further hurt his chances. Even if he does make the squad, he'll remain a negligible option in all leagues while the Wizards are healthy. Tuesday, 2:48 pm
  • Kendall Marshall (knee) will not play Tuesday
    Kendall Marshall (right knee) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Marshall had reportedly been cleared to do "everything" on September 28, so it would seem his absence from tonight's game is more precautionary than anything. The 76ers tend to be extremely cautious in bringing guys back from injuries, and given that Marshall is recovering from a pretty severe ACL tear, he'll likely be eased back into things. That being said, he has a shot at starting for the 76ers with Tony Wroten also recovering from an ACL tear, so he's worth a late-round target in deep leagues. Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 18 points off the bench
    Isaiah Thomas came off the bench during Boston's preseason opener on Tuesday, tallying 18 points (5-of-10 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), four assists, three steals, two rebounds, one block, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in just 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thomas has the ability to fill up the stat sheet on any given night, and while his value would increase as a starter, he's still more than capable of mid-round value as a reserve. He'll be a key piece in Boston's rotation regardless of how he enters the game, and he'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 2:15 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (strained quad) out Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not play in Wednesday's preseason opener vs. OKC.

    Advice: Rubio did do some work during Tuesday's practice, but the Timberwolves will hold him out of Wednesday's game as a precautionary measure. He should be fine when the regular-season tips off, but with just one healthy season to his credit over his four-year career, he'll make for a risky selection on draft day. Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Wolves hold Ricky Rubio out of scrimmage
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) was held out of Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Wolves head coach Sam Mitchell said Rubio won't play in Wednesday's preseason action if he doesn't practice on Tuesday, but it doesn't sound like the injury is anything major. "It just doesn’t make sense this early in the preseason," Mitchell said. "Our goal is to start the season healthy. We’d at least like to start the season healthy. That was always my goal as a player. You want to start the season healthy. You don’t want to start that uphill climb hurting. It’s just too early to run him out there." It sounds like Rubio is going to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the 24-year-old is a risky mid-round pick after missing 60 games last season. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Reggie Jackson receives clean MRI
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) received clean results on his MRI from Monday.

    Advice: While this is great news as Jackson isn't dealing with anything more serious, the Pistons are likely to play it safe with their $80 million man. We'll keep Jackson's status updated throughout the preseason, but he becomes a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts until we have more clarity on the exact nature of his injury. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still sidelined, Spencer Dindwiddie is in line to see big preseason minutes while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy gives Jackson a few days to rest. Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Isaiah Thomas hasn't been told who will start
    Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart haven't been told who will start Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: While the starter of the preseason opener doesn't make a big difference in the overall picture, we'll be paying close attention to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' rotations during the preseason. While Thomas' fantasy value won't take a huge hit if he comes off the bench, Marcus Smart would see a nice value boost if he is able to win the Celtics starting point guard job. Tuesday, 8:19 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Report: Ricky Rubio's injuries are minor
    Ricky Rubio strained his quad on Saturday, but that injury and his ankle injury are minor according to Jon Krawczynski of the AP.

    Advice: Krawczynski added that his ankle is "feeling good" and that's the best report anybody could hope for at this time. We'll see how good he's feeling as we get closer to the regular season, but for now we're cautiously optimistic that he won't have any major issues to start the year. Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) held out as precaution
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) was held out of Monday's evening scrimmage as a precaution.

    Advice: Rubio didn't have any setbacks and this is par for the preseason course, as the Wolves are wisely taking it very slow with their prized PG. He said recently that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good," and the Wolves still expect him to be in the starting lineup on opening night. Monday, 4:01 pm
  • Ricky Rubio's ankle feels 'pretty good'
    Ricky Rubio said that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good" and that he's been cleared to play 5-on-5 for the past month.

    Advice: That said, Rubio has been limited during training camp and in late September he said he's "not ready" for the season just yet. We're considering him probable for opening night but owners could draft him with greater confidence if he logged substantial minutes in some of the Wolves' seven preseason games. Monday, 1:30 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) has MRI Monday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Although worrisome, the key word is 'precautionary'. Jackson was limited at practice and it sounds very unlikely that he'll play on Tuesday, no matter what the test reveals. With Brandon Jennings still rehabbing from Achilles surgery, the last thing Detroit can afford is for Jackson, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal this summer, to aggravate a minor injury. Check back later in the day for the MRI results. Monday, 12:38 pm
  • Ish Smith (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Ish Smith has been limited by an ankle injury at training camp.

    Advice: He is questionable to play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the 76ers. This sounds like a minor ailment and Smith hasn't had ankle problems since joining the NBA, but this narrows his already-thin odds of making the regular-season roster. Monday, 12:36 pm
  • D-Will cites injuries, coaches for BKN stint
    Deron Williams cited a lack in coaching continuity as well as injuries for his disappointing play with the Nets.

    Advice: "I was pretty much hurt the whole time," he said. "That had a big part of it. And having four coaches in 3 1/2 years made things tough. Made things tough for everybody." Still looking to blame contributing factors instead of putting it on himself, Williams needs to leave the past behind him if he's going to move forward with the Mavericks. Monday, 10:42 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) practicing on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) returned to practice on Monday and will scrimmage later in the evening.

    Advice: After sitting out on Sunday as a precaution, Evans was right back in the mix on Monday and is fully expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Hawks. Don't confuse preseason concerns with actual injuries. Despite the history of knee issues, Evans is fine and primed for a big season under Alvin Gentry. Monday, 9:40 am
  • Reggie Jackson to do more work in the post?
    Reggie Jackson could wind up spending more time in the post this season.

    Advice: Working with assistant Tim Hardaway on post moves, Jackson wants to take advantage of his size. "You’ve got to find a way to get easy baskets," Jackson said. "I’ve been watching Andre Miller’s tapes. He might not be the fastest guy but he finds ways to maneuver and use his body." At 6'3" and 210 lbs, Jackson finding more creative ways to use his size is music to the ears of fantasy owners. Monday, 9:03 am
  • 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
  • Trey Burke hits 3-of-9 shots in start
    Trey Burke started at point guard for the Jazz on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers through 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Burke got the start on Sunday, but Raul Neto largely outplayed him, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Quin Snyder makes any adjustments to his starting lineup for Wednesday's rematch with Los Angeles. Burke is a volume shooter, so it might make more sense to bring him off the bench and let Neto (a pass-first point guard) run with the first-unit. Burke doesn't do much on the defensive side of things, and he often struggles with efficiency, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Sunday, 9:57 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
  • Victor Oladipo gets hype train out of station
    Victor Oladipo was wonderful in his 2015 preseason debut against the Hornets, making 6-of-8 from the field and all three free throws for 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: What a start. He didn't turn the ball over and turned in a magnificent 85.8 true shooting percentage. If you want to nitpick, he didn't get any point-guard minutes tonight, but this was the first preseason game. He's worth reaching for in eight-cat leagues and owners in nine-cat can be aggressive, too. Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • Dallas making some tweaks?
    The Mavs are expected to make some changes in their style of offense this season.

    Advice: The first thing to jump out here is they're likely doing less pick-and-roll. Dallas was first on PNR possessions with the ball handler taking shots -- Monta Ellis is gone. That also could mean they have a faster pace. If Deron Williams gets hurt, their offense could be a complete mess. Saturday, 1:30 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) out on Saturday
    Tyreke Evans will not play vs. the Pacers on Saturday due to a knee contusion.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but the Pelicans aren't going to risk his health if he isn't 100 percent. Evans is expected to spend most of his time playing point guard this season because of Jrue Holiday's (leg) limitations, so he is poised for a solid season in the Pelicans' up-tempo offense. Saturday, 10:52 am
  • Monta Ellis (back) questionable for Saturday
    Monta Ellis (back) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

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

    Advice: Jackson ran into the stanchion on Friday, but it's definitely a good sign that the Pistons are letting him play in a preseason scrimmage. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still on the shelf, the Pistons will rely on Jackson pretty heavily this season. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • 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
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) still limited
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) was still limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: "I just want to be cautious, we've got a long season so there's no need to rush him," coach Sam Mitchell said. He still hasn't been deemed 100 percent and said earlier this week that he's not ready yet. Rubio is getting a lot closer and is fully expected to be ready for the opener. He'll be a risk-reward pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 5:31 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
  • Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion
    Reggie Jackson suffered a thigh contusion on Friday after banging into the basketball stanchion.

    Advice: Leg injuries and basketball stanchion are scary, but it sounds like Jackson is going to be OK. He may need a few days off and this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy value more than a pick or two. If he needs an MRI or further evaluation, that would change things. Friday, 11:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson misses Friday's practice
    Reggie Jackson sat out of Friday's practice because he is dealing with a "minor hobble."

    Advice: It's still not clear exactly what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with, but he reportedly suffered a bruise after running into the stanchion. Jackson has been working on his 3-point shot and should see all the minutes he can handle as the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) on the shelf, so he should be a solid pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 10:53 am
  • Steve Blake dealing with concussion symptoms
    Steve Blake is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

    Advice: The good news is that the season is still a few weeks away, and this means that younger guards such as Spencer Dinwiddie will get some extra reps at practice. At best, Blake will be a backup point guard this season and has very little fantasy value. Friday, 10:47 am
    Player Note
    Steve Blake Det - PG,SG
  • 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
  • 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
  • Monta Ellis leaves practice with stiff back
    Monta Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back.

    Advice: Ellis was seen leaving practice with a trainer and will undergo treatment on his back. While the injury doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep a close eye on Ellis as he'll have a big role with the Pacers this season and should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:26 am
  • Stevens says Thomas most effective on offense
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas is the team's most effective player on offense.

    Advice: Stevens added that Thomas has taken the least amount of shots, which says a lot about his effectiveness. Thomas is battling Marcus Smart for the Celtics starting point guard job, but he's going to be a productive fantasy player whether he wins the job or not. After averaging 19.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in 21 games with the Celtics last year, Thomas should be targeted as an mid round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:07 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
  • Steve Blake will embrace any role
    Steve Blake is willing to embrace any role with the Pistons.

    Advice: "My role will change a lot throughout the year," Blake said. "With Brandon [Jennings] being hurt, playing some backup point guard in the beginning. When he comes back, maybe not playing at all." Blake will have to compete for minutes with Spencer Dinwiddie in the early going, but he still won't have much fantasy appeal if he wins the backup PG job as long as Reggie Jackson is healthy. Wednesday, 10:57 am
    Player Note
    Steve Blake Det - PG,SG
  • 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
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