Summer League: Atlantic

Summer League: Atlantic
Mike Gallagher concludes his six-part series with the Atlantic Division. This division has some terrific prospects.
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Joakim Noah said that last season was "humbling" for him.

"Last year was very humbling," Noah said in regards to his health. "I feel hungrier than ever and ready to prove I can help this team win big." Noah appeared in 67 games last season and managed to stay active for the most part, but that's because the Bulls kept his minutes to around 30 per game. That trend could continue, and there has even been a report from Bulls writer Sam Smith that he could come off the bench next season. Noah's value would obviously take a hit with a move to the bench, but that is just speculation for now and head coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't indicated what his lineup or rotations will look like yet.
Aug 2 - 1:05 PM

Jordan McRae will be at training camp with the 76ers, but he doesn't have a deal with the club yet.

Mcrae's summer league was cut short due to a toe sprain, so he will face an uphill battle to make the regular season roster for the 76ers. He is not on the fantasy radar, but he is worth keeping an eye on during camp due to Philly's underwhelming backcourt..
Aug 2 - 11:53 AM

Danny Granger will likely be the first player to be released by the Pistons.

Stan Van Gundy has said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of Granger sticking around, but he admitted that he has "significant health problems." Granger is well past his prime and wouldn't have a role in Detroit anyways, so it would make a lot of sense for the Pistons to move on.
Aug 2 - 11:16 AM

Langston Galloway's current contract with the Knicks is only partially guaranteed, but he is expected to make the final roster.

Galloway saw a ton of action for the Knicks last season and posted averages of 11.8 points, 4.2 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 32.4 minutes per game, but his 2015-16 season outlook isn't encouraging. The Knicks added Jerian Grant and Arron Afflalo to the mix this summer, so it appears that Galloway's minutes will take a hit.
Source: ESPN
Aug 2 - 10:49 AM

Jahlil Okafor said that one of his goals is to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

Joel Embiid (foot) is set to miss another season, so Okafor should be considered one of the favorites for the award because he is expected to play major minutes right out of the gate. He will be an exciting fit next to Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt, but his poor free throw percentage could limit his upside in the early going.
Aug 2 - 10:41 AM

James Harden said that he wants to develop more offense off the ball now that Ty Lawson is in town.

Harden will be looking for a lot more catch-and-shoot opportunities, and that should be no problem when Lawson is running the offense. To be clear, Harden will still run the pick-and-roll a lot and will attack the rim at will, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Rockets staggered his minutes with Lawson so that they always have an elite floor general on the floor at all times.
Aug 2 - 10:27 AM

Sam Dekker will likely spend some time in the NBA D-League next season.

Dekker will be behind Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer in the rotation, so it makes sense to give him some experience in the D-League. It doesn't help Dekker's value knowing that the Rockets will be a legitimate contender in the West, so playing time could be hard to come by in Houston for the rookie. Dekker should not be targeted in standard leagues.
Aug 2 - 10:20 AM

According to the Houston Chronicle, Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Motiejunas stepped up in a big way for the Rockets last season when Terrence Jones went down, and they badly missed his ability to space the floor in the postseason. The Rockets must be confident in Jones and Motiejunas because they didn't feel the need to re-sign Josh Smith, so that is certainly a good sign for their roles moving forward. Jones has more upside and will likely start, so Motiejunas' value will be held in check while the Rockets are at full strength. Rookie Montrezl Harrell was solid during the summer league, so don't be surprised if he is in the mix for minutes as well.
Aug 2 - 10:15 AM
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