Nerlens Noel said he's working on his 15-foot jumper this preseason.
He probably wants to work on his set shot from 15 feet because he only made 52.9 percent at the line at Kentucky and was right around that mark at summer league. Noel scored the vast majority of his buckets around the rim, so there will be some growing pains with his offensive arsenal. He could be worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts, but his percentages will likely be sub-par.
Chandler Parsons said he bulked up in an effort to play some power forward for the Mavs this season.
He played a lot of stretch four in Houston, so it's not a surprise. "I just think strength was the biggest [challenge] for me," Parsons said. "Offensively, it’s just as tough for them guarding me when I take it out, pick-and-pop and do stuff like that." He is likely going to be a big part of the offense, but the Houston system was almost tailor made for his style. Still, Parsons is worth a look in the early-middle rounds.
Kendrick Perkins said on Monday that he "expects a lot more out of Serge [Ibaka]."
"With Serge, it’s not necessarily with his overall game," Perkins said. "I think it’s more mental. I just want to see if he’s grown and matured as far as what he’s thinking." Perkins should probably be more concerned with himself based on how he's consistently been one of the worst players in the NBA based on player efficiency rating. Ibaka has led the NBA in total blocks in each of the last four seasons and made an impressive 47.0 percent of his mid-range shots last year. He's a solid target at the end of the first round.
Coach Jeff Hornacek said "no spots are guaranteed" on the Suns this season.
"If somebody came back from the summer and is a better player, they could take your spot," Hornacek said. Of course, this is coach-speak 101 and doesn't mean much. The Suns are likely going to start Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Miles Plumlee, but some guys could slide around. Isaiah Thomas is a starting-caliber point guard, T.J. Warren looked phenomenal at summer league while P.J. Tucker will be suspended for the first three games, and Miles Plumlee is not totally untouchable in the starting lineup ahead of Alex Len.
Dion Waiters said that he and Kyrie Irving are the best backcourt in the NBA.
He responded to Bradley Beal saying the Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA and Waiters called Beal's claim "nonsense." While John Wall and Kyrie Irving is more of a wash, it's hard to argue that Waiters is better than Beal. Waiters didn't even start in 46 of his 70 games last year, so that's probably not going to help his case. If Waiters wants to adapt to the new Cavs team, it would behoove him to work on his shooting. He's only a late-round flier in fantasy leagues right now.
While Taj Gibson isn't expected to start for the Bulls, he could still see solid minutes, especially in the fourth quarter of games.
"You can’t overlook Taj [Gibson]," Thibodeau said. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year. We’re going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys [Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Gibson] that I know we can finish with. I’m going to ask them all to sacrifice." Thibs also said he's not going to play all three bigs together much, if at all, but Gibson's value could see a spike if he's playing heavy fourth-quarter minutes. But unless there's an injury to Gasol or Noah, Gibson is going to be a tough player to use in most fantasy leagues.
Roy Hibbert said he texted Tim Duncan to ask him how "they go about their business" in San Antonio.
Hibbert was hoping that Duncan would share some tips about how the Spurs move the ball, but we're guessing Timmy probably told him they don't make headlines for the wrong reasons, don't fight with each other, and do whatever Gregg Popovich tells them to do. If Duncan answered the text at all.
Coach Brett Brown said he wants to try Alexey Shved at point guard.
Well, one season after turning in a 38 effective field goal percentage, a coach isn't going to be very confident at putting him in the shooting guard spot. Quite frankly, a coach probably shouldn't put him in any spot. Shved can be ignored in almost all leagues.