Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.
It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now.
Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player.
Stephen Curry scored 35 points in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.
Yeah, we get it. The Warriors are just too good. Curry's preseason scoring rate wasn't hurt too much this preseason, averaging 19.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.4 treys in just 24.2 minutes. He's still a decent bet to be fantasy's top player.
Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere.
Meyers Leonard scored 12 points in 16 minutes on Friday, adding one rebound and two 3-pointers.
He played most of his minutes at center and came off the bench behind Noah Vonleh. Leonard's fantasy outlook doesn't bring much excitement right now.
Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.
Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts.
D'Angelo Russell made 5-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.
This is the kind of game to show the type of upside Russell has. Even when he doesn't shoot the ball well, he adds output in several other categories. He'll be running the offense for basically his entire time on the court and offers added upside with steals, treys, dimes and more. There will be some bumps in the road, but Russell is in the mix as an early-round pick.
Ivica Zubac started on Friday with four points, two rebounds and one steal in 10 minutes.
No Zublocks? Weak. The Croatian big man is going to take some time to develop, but he should get run later in the season as the Lakers tank to protect a potential top-three pick. Just throw Zubac on your watch list for deep leagues.