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JaVale McGee is expected to start at center over Timofey Mozgov.

McGee came off the bench after being acquired from the Wizards last season, but after signing a four-year contract worth north of $40 million, it would be a major surprise if McGee was again part of the second unit. In 45 games as a starter last season, McGee averaged 11.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks on 53.2 percent shooting, although he shot just 49.6 percent from the free throw line in that role.
Source: NBA.com
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 09:23:00 AM

Carmelo Anthony told Chris Broussard of ESPN that he thinks he's the most underrated superstar in the NBA.

While Anthony may have a case, he doesn't sound too concerned with outside opinions. "I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there, but that doesn't matter to me," Anthony said. "These [analysts] are all people that maybe never accomplish anything. That just sit back and write articles all day long about what they see. They're kind of living through us out there on the basketball court." Regardless of how he is perceived, Anthony should thrive in the Knicks' new triangle offense and is still a lock for the first round of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN NY
Oct 2 - 10:27 AM

Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) will miss most or all of the Heat's preseason, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

McRoberts is still planning on being ready for opening, but it sounds like he won't get much of a chance to shake the rust off before the regular season starts. McBob's 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers with Charlotte last season don't scream fantasy value, but his ability to hit the three makes him worth a late selection in standard leagues.
Oct 2 - 10:19 AM

LeBron James' bad back didn't hinder him from looking good in Wednesday's scrimmage.

"I think overall he’s fine," coach David Blatt said after the scrimmage. "He’s got a little bit of back soreness and we’ll monitor that carefully and we won’t overlook it." LeBron's back problems are a minor concern entering fantasy drafts, while the Cavs terrible fantasy playoff schedule is also a concern. These are both factors in why LeBron is going No. 3 in most drafts we've been a part of early this season, behind Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
Oct 1 - 10:23 PM

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both started with the first unit in Wednesday's scrimmage, and looked great according to coach Byron Scott.

"I love what I saw with Kobe and Steve," said Scott after the practice. "Steve impressed me and Kobe impressed me." This is good news for both players, but we trust Kobe a lot more than Nash this season. Wes Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill filled out the first unit starters for the Lakers today.
Oct 1 - 10:14 PM

Cavs coach David Blatt said Wednesday night that he's not sure if Anderson Varejao or Tristan Thompson will start at center for the Cavs this season.

This appears to be shaping up as a true training camp battle, and bringing Varejao off the bench could help to keep him healthy this season. That's always a tough thing to accomplish, but keep an eye on this battle throughout training camp and the preseason. Obviously, if Thompson wins the starting center job, his value would see a spike, while Varejao's would take a hit.
Oct 1 - 10:06 PM

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill were scrimmaging together in the first unit at practice on Wednesday.

This has been the expected lineup for a few weeks and Johnson's ability on defense will likely help him get run. However, he's not going to get the ball much and will likely just be taking 3-pointers. He's not quite worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 1 - 4:34 PM

Ryan Kelly suffered a moderate left hamstring strain on Wednesday and is out indefinitely.

This is going to hurt his chances for playing time with coach Byron Scott. The Lakers drafted Julius Randle in the lottery and he'll likely soak up most of the bench minutes at power forward. Kelly will likely have an MRI and the Lakers should have a more precise prognosis soon.
Oct 1 - 4:31 PM

Alec Burks said on Wednesday that he likes coach Quin Snyder's new offense.

"I feel like Quin plays my style," Burks said. "He wants to play with pace, open space. I do that for a living. I love to do that." He still hasn't been named as the official starter at shooting guard, but just about all signs suggest he'll be in that slot. Based on how he posted a 51.2 effective field goal percentage and a 23.1 usage rate after the break last season, Burks could have a breakout season.
Oct 1 - 3:26 PM

C.J. Miles (strained calf) said that he's been playing alongside Rodney Stuckey in the Pacers' first unit during recent practices.

It's too early to declare Miles and Stuckey the team's starting swingmen, but the veterans appear to be the early favorites ahead of guys like Solomon Hill, C.J. Watson, Damjan Rudez and Chris Copeland. Hill has been filling in as a starter for portions of practice which Miles can't play in, due to his injury, and there's reason to believe this position battle is just getting started.
Oct 1 - 2:06 PM

The Grizzlies are encouraging Marc Gasol to look for his own shot more often this season.

Gasol is a phenomenal passer for a center, but Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger wants him to be much more aggressive. "He’s got to score the ball. That’s all there is to it," Joerger said. "It doesn’t make you a selfish player. It just means people can’t guard you." Gasol missed 23 games last year after spraining his MCL, but the injury is behind him and he's been very durable throughout his career. He has top-20 upside but his current ADP of 44.0 suggests he's reliably undervalued in fantasy drafts.
Oct 1 - 1:35 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown admitted that he's concerned about Nerlens Noel's ability to physically withstand the rigors of an 82-game season.

"We are all going to have to hold our breath a little bit as he starts to put on weight and starts to handle that side of the NBA physically," said Brown. "It is a worry for me because he plays so active in the air. But you turn him loose, and you wind him up. He is easy to motivate to play defense, and to see him interact with his teammates [during Tuesday's practice] was great." Noel's FT percentage will likely be a killer, but he should be a fun player to own as a starting big man on the up-tempo Sixers.
Source: CSN Philly
Oct 1 - 1:20 PM




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