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Norris Cole | Guard

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
College: Cleveland State
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Norris Cole scored 16 points in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with one rebound and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field.
He was awesome before the break and scored 11 points in the second quarter. Jrue Holiday played 17 minutes and will likely have a minutes limit again on Saturday, but Cole is not usually this efficient. In other words, his playing time should be similar, but he'll likely score in single digits. Apr 24 - 1:05 AM

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Norris Cole scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 2 loss.

Cole made some key buckets but really his importance is on the defensive end, where he's the only guy that can stay in the same zip code as Stephen Curry. If the Pelicans are going to keep pushing the Warriors, they'll need to increase both Cole and Dante Cunningham's minutes (18) to match up with this Warriors squad.
Apr 21 - 1:19 AM

Norris Cole played 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, six assists, one block and no turnovers.

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he felt a little pop in his knee, so the Pelicans might have to roll with Cole a little more going forward. He had a few good games with the Heat in the postseason, but Cole hasn't exactly been reliable. The Pelicans will have an update on Evans on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 6:36 PM

Norris Cole came off the bench for 17 points, four assists and a 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting in 27 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Lakers.

The Lakers are notorious for giving up big games to opposing guards, and Cole shot it lights-out tonight. With Tyreke Evans healthy and handling the point guard duties for the Pelicans, it's hard to see Cole starting to do this on a consistent basis. Having said that, he's averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, meaning he might be worth a look if you're in a very deep league and need a healthy player.
Apr 2 - 2:27 AM

Norris Cole filled in at PG for Tyreke Evans (ankle) on Sunday, finishing a loss in L.A. with 12 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and four dimes.

It was a touch matchup vs. Chris Paul, which helps explain why he also had six turnovers before fouling out in just 26 minutes of action. Evans is day-to-day and could return as soon as Wednesday vs. the Rockets, so owners in weekly leagues may want to seek a more reliable option at PG.
Mar 22 - 6:27 PM

Norris Cole is expected to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with Tyreke Evans (ankle) sidelined.

Cole has played pretty well since coming over to New Orleans with averages of 10.4 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He'll have some increased opportunity today, so he should be able to score in the teens while offering some 3-point shooting and assists. Give him a look if you're looking to close the gap in those categories.
Mar 22 - 2:53 PM

Norris Cole got extra minutes with Tyreke Evans (calf) leaving Friday's game early, scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting with five rebound, four assists and two treys in 37 minutes.

Cole has held low-end value in 12-14 team leagues lately and any time off for Evans would obviously boost that. Consider him a speculative add but Evans is going to play through a lot of pain with the Pelicans hunting a playoff spot.
Mar 21 - 3:40 AM

Norris Cole played 25 minutes against the Suns during a 74-72 loss on Thursday with 12 points, four assists and two 3-pointers.

With the Pelicans missing several frontcourt guys, coach Monty Williams had to shift his wings more to their forward spots to open up some playing time at point guard for Cole. He's cooled off considerably since his honeymoon period and is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 20 - 12:36 AM

Norris Cole returned to the Pelicans' bench during Sunday's brutal loss to the visiting Nuggets, notching four points, three rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

He shot 2-of-8 from the field without any 3-pointers or defensive stats to his credit. Tyreke Evans' return is a direct blow to Cole's fantasy value and he's best suited to the waiver wire as long as Evans and Eric Gordon are both healthy.
Mar 15 - 9:32 PM

Norris Cole started in place of Tyreke Evans (ankle) on Tuesday and didn't disappoint, scoring 16 points with five boards, four assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Wow. Cole shot 6-of-11 from the field and turned the ball over just twice, and he looked like he was in total control as the Pelicans easily dispatched the Nets. The Pelicans are off until Sunday, but if Tyreke Evans (ankle) isn't ready to return then Cole would have another chance to draw the start. Cole is worth a flier in deeper leagues after this performance.
Mar 10 - 10:30 PM

Norris Cole will enter the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets with Tyreke Evans (ankle) unavailable.

While Cole will be the starter, Jimmer Fredette and Eric Gordon will also spend time manning the position. Cole will have a lot of opportunity tonight, but he's struggled with consistency for much of the year, so he remains a risky option in daily leagues. Gordon and Anthony Davis are going to be asked to do the heavy lifting on offense, and they figure to be the primary beneficiaries with Evans out.

Norris Cole scored 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench on Monday, but could see a lot more minutes and touches if Tyreke Evans (ankle) misses any time.

Cole hasn't been able to do anything in fantasy leagues all season, let alone during his time in New Orleans, but in the Big Easy a big problem is the lack of touches he gets playing next to Evans. We don't know what Evans' status is and injury reporting in New Orleans is light, but Cole has some speculative appeal and owners may want to evaluate him with late-round upside just to be safe.
Mar 10 - 12:23 AM

Norris Cole scored 12 points against the Grizzlies on Saturday on 5-of-13 from the field, adding two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He continues to get minutes with Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans handing the wings. Cole is also getting way more shots than he should despite not being a very efficient scorer, averaging 9.8 points, 1.0 boards, 3.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 treys in his last five. He is only an option in deep leagues.
Mar 7 - 9:31 PM

Norris Cole made 2-of-8 from the field against the Pistons on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, three assists and one block in 27 minutes.

The minutes were still a very encouraging sign. Cole did take more shots in his previous games without Anthony Davis, but he'll likely be more of a secondary option now that the Pelicans are getting some players back. He's only worth owning in deep leagues until Jrue Holiday (leg) can return, which might not happen.
Mar 5 - 2:13 AM

Norris Cole scored 19 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 8-of-12 shots (including two threes) with one rebound, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

Cole is getting some extra looks with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out, and also not working in his long-term favor is that his standard-league game is a mess. He doesn't do much besides score and hit a few threes with a few assists, but he might be worth a look in your deeper points league.
Mar 3 - 12:06 AM