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Lance Stephenson put on a show for a career-high 28 points during Thursday's 117-89 victory over the Knicks, adding four boards, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He probably gained a lot of fans tonight with a big game in style on the national stage. Big games are nothing new out of Stephenson and he's been one of the most fun players to watch all season. He leads all guards in rebounds per game and tops Eastern Conference shooting guards in assists per game. Stephenson looks to be way out in front for the race for Most Improved Player.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 09:44:00 PM

Lonzo Ball made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes during a 108-92 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

He got a heavy dose of Patrick Beverley and it did not go well. Per ESPN's stats, Ball went 0-of-2 from the field on the 29 plays that Beverley guarded him, and he had three assist opportunities. Even in a blowout, it's also somewhat interesting that Ball sat out the whole fourth quarter. Perhaps this had to do with his ankle injury, but there's been no talk of that after the game. After getting a tough matchup tonight, he gets an easy matchup against the Suns on Friday. We'll see how he does there.
Oct 20 - 1:50 AM

Larry Nance Jr. scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and one block in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

Brook Lopez has said he meshes well with Nance and coach Luke Walton said he wants a power forward that can play well with Lonzo Ball, so it's looking good for Nance to keep his starting job. Nance had all seven of his makes come from within three feet with five dunks, so he should do very well on efficiency. Nance should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 1:44 AM

Brook Lopez scored 20 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

He is arguably the best player on the Lakers and he's basically in the same role as he was in Brooklyn with five attempts from deep tonight. Lopez should play minutes around 30 most nights and he should be able to flirt with early-round value as long as he's on the court.
Oct 20 - 1:40 AM

Russell Westbrook triple-doubled on Thursday during a 105-84 win over the Knicks on Thursday, making 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, one block and seven turnovers in 33 minutes.

He had some help and his NBA all-time record 40.8 usage rate from 2016-17 plummeted to 27.8 today. Although, his efficiency was outstanding and the OKC offense was flying at a 107.5 pace. Also unlike last year, he had help almost the entire time with either Carmelo Anthony or Paul George next to him for 32 of his 33 minutes, and was with both for 19. Westbrook won't be blowing us away in the scoring department like late last year, but he's still going to post some big lines for his fantasy owners.
Oct 20 - 12:57 AM

Paul George scored 28 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and six 3-pointersin 39 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

As expected, he fired away from deep with 13 attempts from beyond the arc and he even had a 27.6 usage rate in this game -- 29.0 last year. If you're wondering how the staggering worked, PG played 28 minutes with Carmelo Anthony, 30 with Russell Westbrook, 19 with both, and didn't log any time without either of them. George could be a darkhorse to be a top-five player in 3-pointers and should may only take a small hit in fantasy compared to last year.
Oct 20 - 12:50 AM

Carmelo Anthony made 8-of-20 from the field for 22 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

While the efficiency wasn't there, Melo was still able to get to a 30.4 usage rate in this game. He actually wasn't staggered too much with 28 total minutes next to Paul George, 22 total minutes next to Russell Westbrook, and just 2.8 minutes with neither of them. It's going to be awfully tough to flirt with a 30 usage rate and maybe going against the Knicks helped, but for now Melo's fantasy owners should be satisfied.
Oct 20 - 12:43 AM

Steven Adams filled up the stat sheet against the Knicks on Thursday, making 5-of-5 from the field for 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and five steals in 30 minutes.

All five of his shots were within eight feet with two alley-oops and two dunks, so expect the Thunder to give him easy shots on offense. Overall, Adams finds himself in a better position this year with Enes Kanter gone, and the team probably can't get away with using Patrick Patterson at center for more than 15 minutes or so. That means Adams has a chance to increase his 29.9 minutes per game from last year. He has some fantasy value for field goal percentage, boards and defensive stats.
Oct 20 - 12:36 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points during a 105-84 loss to the Thunder on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

He'll probably have to get used to these bad losses and he was busy with his 11-of-25 shooting line. Porzingis said his goals this year are to make the playoffs, win Defensive Player of the Year, win Most Improved Player and make the All-Star team. He probably has no shot at one of those and it'll be really tough for him to get to three of those goals because the Knicks defense is going to be a mess, but KP could have strong enough numbers to be a monster Unicorn this year.
Oct 20 - 12:12 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




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