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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.