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Jose Calderon (left hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's preseason opener against the Pelicans.

He hasn't put in much practice since sustaining a hamstring pull on Wednesday. Calderon's health has been one of his weaker points of his career, but he was second in assists-to-turnover ratio last season and will be a big part of Dallas' offense. The team will get an extended look at Monta Ellis and Gal Mekel tonight.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Frank Ntilikina failed to score in his NBA debut against the Thunder on Thursday, adding one assist, one turnover and two fouls in eight minutes.

He didn't check in until the second quarter and is behind Ramon Sessions and Ron Baker. Hey, there's a gigantic billboard near Madison Square Garden with Ntilikina on it, so why not put Sessions and Baker ahead of him on the depth chart? Kidding aside, his knee injury in the preseason has probably stagnated his growth, so it's only a matter of time before he gets double-digit minutes. It could take a long time and he's likely going to be extremely raw, so it's no lock he has fantasy value this season.
Oct 19 - 11:30 PM

Willy Hernangomez scored three points in four minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

Sadly, he didn't check in until garbage time. There was a good chance this was going to happen because coach Jeff Hornacek had Hernangomez as the third center in the dress rehearsal game during the preseason. After the game, the coach said Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn earned their minutes, but nothing is set in stone. In other words, Hernangomez may not play in the short term and is more of a stash in fantasy, but the Knicks not winning games should speed up the process to get him out there.
Oct 19 - 11:25 PM

Jonas Valanciunas busted out during a 117-100 win over the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 23 points with 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

Among centers, he was arguably the most pleasant surprise in the preseason, so he just kept the foot on the gas here. The Raptors have been hoping Valanciunas dominates inside for years, so maybe this is the year he finally gets the message. After he ended last season with a steep downward trend, apparently Newton's third law may apply here. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Keep him rolling.
Oct 19 - 11:20 PM

Norman Powell made the start against the Bulls on Thursday with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

He was on fire early with 10 points on 125.0 eFG% to kick it off, so this line could've been better -- C.J. Miles was hot, as well. Powell is always running out in transition and he did attempt six treys, so he definitely fits what the Raptors are trying to do. It would appear he has his starting job locked up and he should get minutes in the 25-29 range, so he should be owned in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 11:00 PM

C.J. Miles scored 22 points with five rebounds and six 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

"You had one job" isn't just an internet diss, it's also basically how you describe C.J. Miles. He'll be chucking for just about all of his minutes on the bench, especially with how the Raptors said they want to change their culture with more treys. His output in 3-pointers automatically puts him on the board in standard leagues, so give him a look if you have something to cut and he fits your team.
Oct 19 - 10:52 PM

Delon Wright scored 13 points with two rebounds, five assists and one steal against the Bulls on Thursday.

He actually checked in behind DeMar DeRozan in the first quarter, but he also picked up some point guard minutes, as well. This isn't out of the ordinary to see minutes at two spots and perhaps coach Dwane Casey's confidence in Wright is why the Raptors were OK with letting some of their guard depth go. We've seen him rack up defensive stats at times, so he's a player that should be on most watch lists or even added in deeper leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:44 PM

Lauri Markkanen made his NBA debut during a 117-100 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He wasn't supposed to be the starter this soon, but that's just the way it worked out for the Bulls. Markkanen ran the floor well and he attempted six shots from deep, so he'll keep getting minutes if he can do well in those aspects. Everything is setting up for the Bulls to put their lottery pick in the best position to thrive, so he should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:24 PM

Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez will start against the Clippers on Thursday.

As expected, the Lakers slide Ingram over to the two much like they did last year. This lineup isn't going to stick for long and it'll almost certainly change when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's two-game suspension is up. We'll see a lot of Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle in the second unit.
Oct 19 - 10:21 PM

Justin Holiday made 5-of-16 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He is the trigger man and attempted a whopping 12 treys in this game. Holiday is a career 34.2 percent shooter from deep, but he did light it up with the Bulls at 43.3 percent on 60 attempts two seasons ago. The minutes are clearly going to be there and the offense is suited for him, so Holiday should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:17 PM

Jerian Grant scored seven points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

It's pretty clear that coach Fred Hoiberg wants his point guards to get in the lane and find open shooters or cutters. Grant's usage rate and attempts from deep continue to drop with this game and the preseason, so he'll probably be closer to 10 points than 15 to go with dimes in the 6-8 range most nights. He did play somewhat well today and maybe he can keep Kris Dunn (finger) at bay, so he's an option for PG-needy owners.
Oct 19 - 10:16 PM

Robin Lopez scored 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

That's a lot of usage for RoLo. Only six games last year resulted in more than 15 attempts from the field -- he didn't go to the line more than two times in any of those, too. The Bulls are dying for offense, and all those 3-pointers from teammates could help him get more offensive boards -- four tonight. Lopez won't be a fantasy savior, but he could be a top 100-125 guy in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:04 PM




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