Player News - Warriors

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Harrison Barnes had another efficient preseason outing on Sunday against the Rockets, making 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points with two boards and one turnover.

He's shot at least 57 percent from the field in four of his last five games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 triples in that span. It is preseason, so it's tough to get overly excited about Barnes' chances of breaking out. Fantasy owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
Oct 20 - 9:31 AM

Brandon Rush sat out the second half of Sunday's game due to spasms in his lower back.

Rush tweaked his back on Friday and may need a few more days to recover, but at least the injury doesn't sound serious. Reconstructive knee surgery has derailed his career but he's looking to make a comeback with Golden State this season, and the injury risk combined with a bench role is enough reason to avoid him in fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 1:39 AM

Nemanja Nedovic made the most of a start at PG on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with one rebound, five assists and two turnovers on the road vs. the Rockets.

Nedovic's offseason toe injury hasn't bothered him this preseason but his fantasy value is nil considering the Warriors' backcourt depth. He's likely to spend the 2014-15 season flitting between the Warriors' bench and the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors.
Oct 19 - 10:59 PM

Marreese Speights returned from a family funeral in time to play on Sunday, notching four points, five rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the Warriors' bench.

The Warriors are relying on two injury-prone centers in Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, so Speights' presence on the bench could prove critical as the season progresses. For now, however, he's not an option in standard fantasy drafts.
Oct 19 - 10:59 PM

David Lee posted two points, four rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, while Andrew Bogut chipped in two points and two boards in nine minutes.

Lee, Bogut and Andre Iguodala all sat out the second half of Sunday's game as a precaution, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the night off entirely. Head coach Steve Kerr rested his veterans and delved deeper into his roster, so there's no need to adjust any fantasy expectations after tonight's fluky boxscore.
Oct 19 - 10:58 PM

Andre Iguodala finished with two points and two assists in 23 minutes on Sunday, without any rebounds, steals or blocks.

Even if Iguodala begins the season as a reserve, joining Leandro Barbosa in the second-unit backcourt, he could replace Harrison Barnes at SF the moment play-maker Shaun Livingston (toe) returns. Given Iguodala's uncertain role and his increasingly limited upside, fantasy owners should avoid him until the later rounds.
Oct 19 - 10:57 PM

Marreese Speights returned to the Warriors after attending his grandfather's funeral.

It is good to see Marreese back and we wish him all the best during this tough time. He could see some quality minutes this season with Jermaine O'Neal considering retirement and Festus Ezeli (shin) still out. Considering how fragile the Warrior's frontcourt is, Speights may carve out a nice role as the season progresses.
Oct 19 - 3:26 PM

Klay Thompson (rest) will not play in Sunday's exhibition game vs. Houston.

Klay has been lights out this preseason, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, and a ridiculous 58.6 percent from 3-point range through five preseason games. He's a primary piece of Golden State's offense, and they weren't willing to include him in any deal, even if it would have netted them Kevin Love. Thompson is set to have another great year, and could see his assist total rise a bit in the Warriors new ball-movement oriented offense. Target him in the early rounds and don't look back.
Oct 19 - 1:46 PM

Stephen Curry (rest) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. Houston.

This is a prescribed rest day, and there's nothing to see here. Curry is an obvious top-5 selection in all formats.
Oct 19 - 1:41 PM

Brandon Rush said on Saturday that he's fine after his back injury on Friday.

He said he originally hurt it while doing some weight lifting and he's questionable for Sunday. Rush has no fantasy value.
Oct 19 - 12:09 AM

Klay Thompson scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting (including four threes) with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in Friday's preseason loss to the Heat.

Thompson is going to hang a bunch of these on the opposition this year. David Lee added 24 points with six rebounds and Stephen Curry had a slow night with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting and an otherwise full stat line.
Oct 18 - 2:02 AM

Andre Iguodala started instead of Harrison Barnes on Friday, logging 12 minutes with five points, two steals, one three and one assist.

It was erroneously reported that Barnes would be starting and a number of quotes from Steve Kerr got jumbled up, but the takeaway is still that Kerr might decide to use Iguodala off the bench at least until Shaun Livingston returns. It's not really going to matter for either player and neither player profiles as a guy to target on draft day.
Oct 18 - 1:57 AM

Brandon Rush exited Friday's preseason game against the Heat before the second half due to back spasms and did not return.

Rush is on the long road back from a serious knee injury and as a result tightness due to game action isn't too surprising. His services are particularly valuable to the Warriors while Shaun Livingston gets back on track from a toe injury.
Oct 17 - 10:46 PM

Andre Iguodala wants to help Draymond Green get paid by making an effort to give him some extra looks while they're on the floor together.

"Draymond Green’s in a contract year," said Iguodala. "So I’m going to be looking to give him a couple extra [passes]. He’s going to fill up the basket a little bit more with me on the court with him as well." Draymond's ability to contribute to every category on the stat sheet is fantasy gold, and he was fantastic during the playoffs last year, averaging 11.9 points, 1.1 three-pointers, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. Green offers a lot of upside as a late-round selection.
Oct 17 - 5:20 PM

Klay Thompson continued his magnificent preseason on Thursday with 18 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

He's ridiculous right now. Thompson is 13-of-20 from beyond the arc and has an unbelievably efficient 69.8 effective field goal percentage on the preseason. He's looking to cash in during his contract season and will have no problem putting up top-50 value this season. It's just a bonus that he hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career.
Oct 17 - 12:27 AM

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