Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Josh McRoberts (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Atlanta.

It wouldn't truly be the start of the NBA season without McRoberts spending the first game of the year on the sidelines. He's perpetually injured and has no hope of churning out fantasy value this season.
Oct 18 - 10:00 AM

Josh McRoberts (knee, rest) is currently listed as out in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup vs. the Hawks.

McRoberts has been dealing with knee issues dating back to last season and has not been fully healthy at any point in training camp. It's only a game notes designation, so we'll have to wait for confirmation from coach Rick Carlisle. Still, even when/if McRoberts is active, he won't play much and should be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 17 - 10:51 AM

Gian Glavell has agreed to a two-way contract with the Mavericks.

Glavell will spend most of the year in the G-League, so there's no reason to pay him any attention in fantasy hoops.
Oct 16 - 3:44 PM

Seth Curry (left tibia stress reaction) will be re-evaluated next Sunday, according to coach Rick Carlisle, who referred to it as a "week-to-week" situation.

This means at least three DNPs for Curry to begin the season, as the Mavs start off with games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. He will soon resume light activity and is "making progress," however, so there's a chance he'll be ready to face the Warriors on Monday, Oct. 23. Dallas will play it safe to avoid the injury becoming a stress fracture, and until he's ready to go it will be J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Wes Matthews and Devin Harris picking up the slack.

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 10 points with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

There is absolutely no more need to worry about his ankle injury from Thursday. Smith Jr. also had some interesting comments about not wanting to miss this game and said he wants to play in every game this year. "Being a gamer, one of my goals is just to not miss any games after my ACL injury. I missed a whole year with that," Smith Jr. said. His upside is the highest of any rookie this year and he'll cost you close to an early round pick. There's a good chance he'll be worth it.
Oct 13 - 8:30 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

You don't see many two-block, two-steal games from Dirk, and he only had three of those in the last two regular seasons combined. Nowitzki is all set as the starting center, and perhaps he'll get easier shots with a faster pace and an aggressive point guard in Dennis Smith Jr. Nowitzki will undoubtedly slide in just about any draft, but he's a really fine pick at 100 or so.
Oct 13 - 8:25 PM

J.J. Barea scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

Coach Rick Carlisle has trusted Barea with some key minutes last year, and now Barea should have a solidified role with Seth Curry (leg) out indefinitely. Barea has some injury concerns of his own, so he's really just a 20-team flier at best.
Oct 13 - 8:19 PM

Salah Mejri scored two points with two rebounds in four minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

Now that Nerlens Noel and Dirk Nowitzki are healthy, Mejri is very unlikely to get minutes early in the season.
Oct 13 - 8:17 PM

Harrison Barnes scored 24 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

Harry B made 8-of-9 from the line, but he didn't attempt any treys after attempting two in each of his last three games. The Mavs are expected to increase their pace, but it'll be tough for Barnes to alter his offensive approach with isolation and mid-range. Still, he was very consistent for most of last year from the field and from the line, so he's a solid mid-round pick.
Oct 13 - 8:13 PM

Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki will start against the Hornets on Friday.

The guys are back after they rested on Thursday. Barnes should get some decent run after getting a night off, so maybe he's a DFS option.
Oct 13 - 5:56 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) said he will play against the Hornets on Friday.

He is near his hometown and said he needed 21 tickets to the game tonight. The Mavs were not expected to play DSJ in the second half on Thursday before he tweaked his ankle, so maybe they only get him out there for a half tonight. Whatever the case, fire up those aggressive Smith Jr. targets in all drafts.
Oct 13 - 5:09 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said "things look hopeful" Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) can play Friday against the Hornets.

Great news here. The Mavs never really worried too much after his ankle rolled over on Thursday, but this confirms it's a very minor issue for DSJ. He was really starting to get hot on Thursday just before his injury, so maybe he just feasts in the first half before the Mavs sit him in the second half.
Oct 13 - 4:42 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Friday.

He also said he's good and will update his status on Friday. Coach Rick Carlisle said the ankle sprain isn't believed to be serious and not being ruled out before a preseason game is a great sign, so it looks like DSJ dodged a bullet here. His ankle roll on Thursday was more of a slip than a sprain and he limped to the locker room under his own power. For now, we wouldn't downgrade DSJ on draft day and we'd view him as an early-mid round target.
Oct 12 - 10:13 PM

Yogi Ferrell scored 11 points with five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

He continues to share the ball-handling duties with Dennis Smith Jr. in the backcourt, but it's possible Ferrell could get another boost if DSJ's ankle injury cost him time. Unlike Seth Curry's leg injury, Smith Jr. didn't look to be hurt too badly and hopefully he's just day-to-day. Ferrell is expected to start regardless and is worth a look as a last-round flier until we get good news on DSJ.
Oct 12 - 9:47 PM

Dwight Powell scored 11 points with four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

This is his third preseason game with at least five attempts from deep, so that looks to be a focus after he made just 28.4 percent from deep last year. Powell should be in the rotation, but he'll be hard to use unless the Mavs are missing bigs on a given night.
Oct 12 - 9:46 PM


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