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Ricky Rubio hit just 3-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers, but drained 12-of-13 free throws for 18 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and a block in Wednesday's loss.

He's back! Rubio is on fire right now, averaging 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last five, but is shooting just 38 percent over that stretch. His shooting will always be a problem, but he's doing enough across the board to make him a must-start player now that his knee injury appears to finally be behind him.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 12:48:00 AM

Zach LaVine (left knee) will not be ready for opening night, according to VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson.

The Bulls have not committed to an official timetable for LaVine's return, but considering that they're currently going through a rebuild, Chicago management will be in no rush to bring LaVine back to the court. LaVine maintains that he's "very far along" in his recovery from the ACL tear and that he'd like to get back to the court "as soon as possible," but Bulls' reporter Sean HIghkin has speculated that LaVine might not take the court until December or January. With so much uncertainty here, it's tough to justify taking LaVine prior to the later rounds, despite his upside.
Sep 25 - 4:32 PM

Harrison Barnes said he prepared his body to play more minutes at power forward with the expectation that he will be the starting four-man in Dallas this season.

Rick Carlisle wants the Mavs to turn up the tempo and it sounds like he'll open the year with Barnes as the Mavs starting power forward, shifting Dirk Nowitzki over to center. Barnes added that operating as Dallas' No. 1 option last year was a great experience and that he wants to become better at getting to the line in his second year with the Mavericks. Barnes doesn't do much in the way of steals or assists, but he scores efficiently and will be worthy of a mid-round pick on draft day.
Sep 25 - 3:37 PM

Rick Carlisle said he's not sure if Seth Curry will be a starter for the Mavs this season.

Carlisle has essentially confirmed that Dennis Smith Jr. will start at the point with Harrison Barnes at the four-spot and Dirk Nowitzki at center, but who starts at the two and three will be worked out over the course of training camp. Curry will likely be competing with Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews for the starting two-spot, and while he should be a fixture in the rotation, he might not see the rock come his way quite as often with the Dennis Smith Jr. era underway.
Sep 25 - 3:21 PM

Robert Covington (right knee surgery) said he was medically cleared to play back in July and that he's been playing 5-on-5 for the past month.

Covington underwent a procedure to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee back in April, but it sounds like he'll be 100 percent entering training camp. He'll likely start at small forward for the 76ers this season, and while he might not receive quite as many touches in the offense with the improved talent around him, he may be able to improve his field goal percentage. He should also continue to be an elite source of steals and will be well worth a mid-round pick on draft day.
Sep 25 - 3:07 PM

Russell Westbrook said that his left knee is "fine."

Westbrook received a PRP injection in his left on September 22, and he will be sidelined for the first few days of camp, but both Westbrook and Thunder GM Sam Presti have played this down as a non-issue. It sounds like Westbrook should be fine by the time preseason rolls around, and it's worth noting that while he's had some issues with his right knee in the past, he doesn't have any history with the left knee being an issue.
Sep 25 - 2:51 PM

Rick Carlisle said that Dallas fans "should be excited" to see new addition Dennis Smith Jr. in action and that he intends to start the rookie this season.

Carlisle also said that he wants the Mavs to play at a faster pace this season, which is always a good thing in fantasy hoops and shouldn't be too tough to accomplish considering the Mavs were second to last in pace last season. Additionally, Carlisle said that he thinks Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell can play alongside each other, so it doesn't sound like Ferrell's playing time will negatively affect DFS's minutes. Smith Jr. is in a great spot for fantasy value and is worth gambling on towards the middle rounds on draft day.
Sep 25 - 2:31 PM

Rick Carlisle said that "there's a good chance" Nerlens Noel will begin the season coming off the bench.

Carlisle added that he's already had this conversation with Noel and that Noel is willing to accept the bench role. Carlisle believes that the Mavs best chance of having a winning season would be to start Dirk Nowitzki at the five with Noel acting as his primary backup, which isn't the best news for Noel's fantasy outlook. However, if the Mavs aren't able to cobble together a winning season, it would make sense for them to bring Noel into the starting five to accelerate his development.
Sep 25 - 2:18 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Tyler Ulis (ankle) is "completely healthy."

He had minor ankle surgery back in May, but he's been playing full-contact 5-on-5 for the past few weeks. The Suns weren't able to find a new home for Eric Bledsoe this summer, so Ulis will open the season as the backup PG which limits his upside. He should get more opportunities as the season progresses and there's still a good chance that Bledsoe is moved before the deadline.
Sep 25 - 1:58 PM

Omer Asik (illness) still has no timetable for a return.

He's been battling a gastrointestinal infection since February and won't be with the Pelicans during training camp. With Cheick Diallo impressing during the offseason, he's likely earned some backup minutes behind DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. As for Asik, he couldn't be any further off the fantasy radar.
Sep 25 - 1:46 PM

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the point guard position is the only one up for grabs entering training camp.

"We're gonna let our point guards earn that job," Malone said. The coach also added that he's planning to use a nine-man rotation, so that likely means only two PGs will be in the rotation. Jamal Murray should be the favorite to start after his strong finish to the 2016-17 season and Jameer Nelson likely has the edge over Emmanuel Mudiay for the backup role for now. We'll be watching this position battle closely in camp this week.
Sep 25 - 1:35 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Alan Williams (knee) could miss "half the season or more."

He's undergoing surgery on his torn meniscus on Monday morning, so we should have a better idea of his timetable in a few days. The Suns re-signed Alex Len this week, so he will open the season as Tyson Chandler's backup. In addition to Len getting a bump with this report, McDonough said Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender could be in the mix for some center minutes as well.
Sep 25 - 1:12 PM




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