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Coach Steve Clifford wants to play as much one-in, four-out lineups as possible.

In other words, he wants one big man and shooters on the outside. Reading between the lines here, that sounds really good for Marvin Williams, who just cashed in on a four-year, $54.5 million deal. Last year, Williams was one of the biggest surprises of the NBA, turning in a career-high 58.5 true shooting percentage over 81 games. Fantasy owners seem to perpetually doubt him after disappointing for so long, so he's a really nice value pick in the late rounds.
Sep 24 - 10:53 PM

Coach Steve Clifford considers Roy Hibbert's offense underrated.

Maybe it is underrated, but it's still rated very, very low. Hibbert's 12.9 usage rate last season shattered his previous career low (19.4) and he's still only managed a 51.1 true shooting percentage in his career. On top of that, the seven-footer ranked just 20th percentile in post-up plays among all players (per Synergy). All that said, if Hibbert can protect the rim like he did in his Indiana days, he'll get playing time. Fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Sep 24 - 10:46 PM

Andre Drummond said he's going to win the rebounding crown again this season.

Drummond also said he's "shed about 20 pounds" this summer. He's easily the favorite to finish first in boards again with his league-leading 14.8 boards per game last year. What's more, he led the NBA in boards per game in all but one month last year -- DeAndre Jordan was first in January. Nobody will question Drummond on the glass, but the 23-year-old big man really needs to improve on his shooting.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 10:36 PM

Ben McLemore said his confidence is "off the charts" and is higher than it's ever been since he's been in the NBA.

"Last year was pretty tough, but being the guy I am, humble, being a pro and just going out there and working my butt off, that’s what kept me focused on what I had to do," McLemore said. The Kings continue to draft wings, including Malachi Richardson at No. 22 this June. On top of that, Arron Afflalo is fully expected to start at shooting guard. Clearly, this is a make-or-break season for B-Mac.
Sep 24 - 10:16 PM

Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Julius Randle has been working "a lot on movement and hip mobility" this summer.

"His hips are strong but sometimes tight, so that was a focus," DiFrancesco said. The strength coach added that Randle has been a gym rat this summer with plenty of focus on quickness. Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Randle will play the vast majority of his minutes at power forward under coach Luke Walton. He's only a late-round flier for now.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 10:04 PM

Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Ivica Zubac has "already added some muscle fairly quickly."

Rookie Muscle Watch is on. DiFrancesco added plenty of positives on the Croatian big man, saying he's a fast learner and has very good movement for a guy his size. Zubac showed some impressive shot blocking at Summer League to go with some offensive skills. It's not too crazy to think the second-round pick gets minutes this season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 9:56 PM

Goran Dragic believes he is "ready" to play a leading role for the Heat.

Ready or not, it's coming his way with Chris Bosh (blood clots) out indefinitely and Dwayne Wade now wearing a Bulls uniform. "I already felt great last year in the middle of the season, and even this year I’m in way better than shape than I was last year," Dragic said. "I was playing all summer. I’m ready. I need to take care of a couple things — try to be more aggressive, try to score and try to get everybody else involved. I already started or felt like that last season in the playoffs. For me, nothing is going to change, basically. I need to be myself and play my game." After being somewhat of a fantasy letdown last year, Dragic is shaping up to be a draft day bargain and serious bounce-back candidate this time around.
Sep 24 - 6:24 PM

Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

"The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 5:45 PM

Tyler Zeller called his 2015-16 "frustrating" due to inconsistent playing time.

If that's the case, we're not sure why he re-signed with Boston. Despite paying him $8M for the 2016-17 campaign, Zeller isn't guaranteed anything with Al Horford now entrenched in the starting lineup and the Celtics having a multitude of options on the roster.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 24 - 5:41 PM

Danny Ainge said "it would be nice to add a rim protector that didn't hurt our offense" and a "shooter that didn't hurt our defense."

We think it would be nice to win the lottery, but we're operating within our tangible reality. All jokes aside, Boston's roster is already full and we don't anticipate Ainge attempting to fulfill those desires immediately.
Sep 24 - 5:39 PM

Danny Ainge implied that he needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk this season than he has shown in the past.

Olynyk connected on a surprising 40.5 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but his game-to-game performance too often fluctuated and it resulted in making KO an unreliable part of Boston's rotation. Now that Al Horford is a Celtic, it's hard to see how Olynyk—who is still fighting to recover from shoulder surgery—makes a meaningful impact in standard fantasy formats.
Sep 24 - 5:36 PM

Danny Ainge wants to see Isaiah Thomas improve his efficiency this season.

Thomas shot 42.8 percent from the field while attempting a whopping 16.9 shots per game, and now that he's got a more talented roster around him, Ainge wants to see his point guard pick better spots rather than force it on the offensive end. The arrival of Al Horford should take some pressure off of Thomas and potentially open up a few things for him on the floor, but he'll be a high usage player regardless. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 24 - 5:32 PM

Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart is a player who needs to "take steps forward" this season.

Smart is a career 35.7 percent shooter with a career average of 3.1 assists per game, and it seems that Ainge is specifically hinting at Smart improving his efficiency now that he's entering his third professional season. The former sixth overall pick is expected to have a bigger role without Evan Turner in the fold, but Brad Stevens has other options in guys like Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and rookie Jaylen Brown. Despite the ability to be an elite on-ball defender, the bottom line is this: Smart needs to perform better on the offensive end to justify his presence on the court.
Sep 24 - 5:29 PM

Danny Ainge heaped praise on Avery Bradley for his performance during the 2015-16 season.

"Avery had a really good, efficient year last year," Ainge said.." He’s improved every year on his offensive efficiency. It’s not just about making 3’s or any one thing specifically, it’s about becoming an efficient scorer." Bradley averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game last season (including 1.9 3PM nightly), but it's hard to see that scoring number moving up with Al Horford now in town.
Sep 24 - 5:23 PM

Jordan Adams "isn't expected to play for the Griz for a second straight season," according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal.

Adams underwent a lateral meniscectomy on his right knee in August of 2015, and he's been battling with nothing but complications since. He's not expected to be able to participate in training camp and both the player and the team remain in an uncertain waiting game. Obviously, he's not on any fantasy radar.
Sep 24 - 5:14 PM



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