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Rudy Gobert made both of his field goal attempts vs. Egypt on Monday, scoring six points with six boards and one block in 18 minutes.

He didn't commit any fouls in this easy win, which was a problem in his first two, averaging 3.5 fouls per game in 15.5 minutes. Gobert now holds averages of 5.0 points, 4.7 boards and 1.0 blocks in 16 minutes per outing. He'll be in the rotation for the Jazz, but his woeful foul shooting knocks him out of standard-league consideration.
Sep 1 - 7:34 PM

Dario Saric played well in Monday's loss to Senegal with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover on 6-of-9 from the field.

The 76ers won't have him until at least 2015-16, but they have to be pleased with how he's looked in international play. Saric has scored 13.7 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting in three outings to help Croatia to a 2-1 record. He isn't worth stashing in most keeper formats yet.
Sep 1 - 7:25 PM

Ricky Rubio didn't make any of his three field goal attempts in Monday's win over Brazil, adding two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.

He's working with a shooting coach back in the states, but he's at 18.2 percent from the field on his 3.7 shots per game with Spain. Rubio will probably be asked to shoot the ball more with Kevin Love gone, which is actually a negative to his fantasy value. He's an early-middle round point guard in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 7:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points vs. Puerto Rico in Monday's win, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 23 minutes.

He continues to get to the line and made 5-of-7 from there today to go with 5-of-8 on two-pointers and missing all three from beyond the arc. As expected, Antetokounmpo has been up and down in the tournament, but we should get to see plenty more of him with the Greek's 3-0 record so far. He's a high-upside gamble late in fantasy drafts.
Sep 1 - 7:12 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there.
Sep 1 - 6:52 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there. High-risk, high-reward people.
Sep 1 - 6:43 PM

Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen hopes to make the jump to the NBA for the 2015-16 season.

"I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over." Dallas acquired Koponen's draft rights from Portland in a draft-night trade in 2011, but there's no guarantee he ever actually plays for an NBA team.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 6:24 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol put on a show during Spain's trouncing of Brazil, going for 26 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three 3-pointers, and two assists.

Pau was also remarkably efficient, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, as Spain manhandled Brazil leading to an 82-63 victory. Health will be a concern for Gasol, as he hasn't made it through 82 games since the 2010-11 season, but he's still a guy that merits an early middle round selection.
Sep 1 - 6:06 PM
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