6. Derrick Rose nabbed his first steal of the season but still isn’t right
Although Rose was never a huge steals guy (averaging just one per game for his career), the fact that one of the quickest guards in the league hadn’t register one through four games was alarming. Finally, on Friday night Rose got on the stat sheet as Chicago blasted the Jazz. Despite the blowout, Rose played 27 minutes and scored 12 points while shooting 3-8 from the field. He added five assists and four turnovers, marking the first time this season that he’s had more dimes than giveaways. Five games is a small sample size but averaging 14 points and five turnovers is not getting the job done for owners who likely spent a top 12 pick on the Chicago native. It’s still early and Rose is still a huge name so if you’re a frustrated owner and want to float out some offers, it’s not the worst thing to try and switch things up. Just know that he will have a breakout game and when it happens, Rise could be off to the races.
7. Could Steve Adams be the Thunder’s secret weapon?
Move over Sean Marks, there’s a fresh face on the NBA scene hailing from New Zealand and his name is Steve Adams. The 2013 first round pick busted out on Friday night, playing 30 minutes while posting a sick line of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. There was a precursor to this breakout on Wednesday when he scored six points to go along with nine rebounds, two steals and block in 20 minutes against the Mavericks, but Friday night’s outing was shockingly good. Adams shot 7-10 from the field and isn’t afraid to battle down low. Kendrick Perkins only played 16 minutes last night and although the Thunder relied heavily on its bench, Adams is legit and could eventually steal the starting job from Perkins. The big man is certainly worth a speculative add and could pay major dividends as the season rolls along.
8. Ankle injuries are in right now
While suffering an ankle injury is common in a sport where agility and footwork are keys to success, there are already a rash of ankle issues plaguing the fantasy world. The biggest name is Stephen Curry, who bruised his left ankle on Wednesday and missed Friday’s game against the Spurs. Curry was warming up but didn’t play; however, the Warriors are on a back-to-back set so Golden State is likely playing it safe. If Curry doesn’t play on Saturday night against Memphis, then owners can start to worry.
In other ankle news, both Goran Dragic and Al Jefferson remain out for their respective teams with ankle sprains. Dragic nearly played on Friday night but couldn’t get final clearance from the medical staff. The point guard has now missed three straight games but is a good bet to play on Sunday against New Orleans. In Charlotte, Jefferson hasn’t played since the opener and has now missed five straight. He was dealing with the same ankle issue during the preseason but gutted out the opener for the Bobcats. Jefferson could return on Monday against Atlanta and the buy low window is nearly shut.
9. Anthony Bennett’s season actually got worse
After starting the season 0-15, Bennett finally hit his first shot as a pro on Wednesday against the Bucks. Unfortunately, he’s still 1-20 on the year and on Friday night things went from really bad to worse as the number one overall pick suffered a right shoulder sprain against Philadelphia. The severity of the injury in unknown at this time but for those owners who have stuck with the NBA’s top pick, it’s officially time to cut bait.
10. What back spasms?
John Wall shrugged off his back issues on Friday night and delivered a massive line of 17 points and 14 assists as Washington defeated Brooklyn in overtime. The tenacious point guard played 42 minutes and added four steals for good measure. Wall is lighting up the fantasy world with his top 20 ranking and his 9.8 assists per game are second behind only Chris Paul. Chipping in over two steals and nearly two three-pointers per contest doesn’t hurt either, proving that Wall can certainly be an anchor on any fantasy team. Hopefully, LeBron James has the same luck on Saturday with his back issues.