Player News - Lakers

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Jordan Clarkson made 10-of-18 shots with three 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing a loss to the Pelicans with 24 points, five assists and two turnovers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returned from his suspension tonight, but Clarkson's 26 minutes were the most he's logged in three games. He scored 11 points during a 29-5 run that erased a daunting deficit in the second half, and is a decent situational DFS play. In most category leagues, though, the lack of supporting stats really caps his value.
Oct 23 - 12:57 AM

Ivica Zubac was a DNP-CD on Sunday.

The Lakers traded for Brook Lopez and signed Andrew Bogut in free agency this offseason, so it's no surprise to see Zubac nailed to the bench. He wasn't even on the active roster in L.A.'s first two games.
Oct 23 - 12:55 AM

Corey Brewer headed back to the Lakers' bench on Sunday, where he finished with two points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

Brewer was a placeholder for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who returned from a suspension tonight. The 10-year veteran doesn't have any fantasy appeal.
Oct 23 - 12:54 AM

Larry Nance started Sunday's game but he played only 15 minutes, scoring six points with three rebounds and one steal.

Nance began the season with a convincing double-double, but his minutes have trended down in the two games since then. Julius Randle is an ever-present threat to his starting job, and rookie Kyle Kuzma continues to impress. Most season-long owners should view Nance as a temporary luxury.
Oct 23 - 12:48 AM

Lonzo Ball dished a game-high 13 assists on Sunday, adding eight rebounds and one steal while scoring eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.

On the downside, Ball went 0-of-5 from downtown with five turnovers, and L.A. erased a big deficit with a 29-5 run while he was on the bench. New Orleans came in with a plan to be physical with L.A.'s prized rookie, and that will likely be a theme from opponents this season.
Oct 23 - 12:42 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looked good in his Lakers debut on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

KCP sat out the first two games due to a suspension, but he didn't miss a beat tonight. He should have a career-high usage rate as the starting SG on a fast-paced Lakers team this season, but don't get used to tonight's efficiency -- he's a career 40.5 percent shooter (33.4 percent from deep). In four seasons with Detroit he never averaged more than 3.7 boards, 2.5 assists or 0.2 blocks, so it'll be interesting to see if he can expand his game.
Oct 23 - 12:40 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start vs. the Pelicans on Sunday, as expected.

Corey Brewer will head back to fantasy obscurity off L.A.'s bench, and owners in season-long leagues can safely plug KCP into active lineups.
Oct 22 - 7:52 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start in his regular-season debut on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

KCP has served his two-game suspension, so he should be starting the rest of the way, which will result in Corey Brewer heading back to the bench. There also might not be quite as many minutes available for Jordan Clarkson, and Lonzo Ball could see a minor dip in usage. Feel free to get Caldwell-Pope active.

Lonzo Ball turned it around against the Suns during a 132-130 win on Friday, making 12-of-27 from the field for 29 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

He just missed becoming the youngest player ever to have a triple-double. The Suns kept going underneath screens and Lonzo made them pay with what could be one of his highest scoring games of the year. He's been known as a pass-first guy since he showed up, but at times coach Luke Walton has said Ball needs to look for his shot and Brandon Ingram said Ball being aggressive makes the team better. He's had a bad debut in summer league, preseason and in the regular season, so maybe he'll keep it going now. He won't play the Suns every night, though.
Oct 21 - 3:24 AM

Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 25 points against the Suns on Friday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was against what looks like the worst defense in the league, but this is still great news after a rough month overall for the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft. We saw the Lakers give Ingram big minutes last year despite a disappointing season, so he could be among the league leaders for playing time. He'll be a roller coaster this year, but the upside is there.
Oct 21 - 3:12 AM

Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

While he does have some defensive issues, his offense tonight looked a lot like summer league and his NBA-high preseason for scoring. Kuzma did get most of the clutch minutes and he could even push Julius Randle down even further than he is. We'd like to see more than just scoring, but Kuzma is still a hold in most leagues.
Oct 21 - 3:08 AM

Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

He's played somewhat well in his first two games, but it would appear coach Luke Walton may not trust him on the defensive end. Corey Brewer closed this one out and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be back, so Clarkson's fantasy owners may want to start thinking about adding someone else despite his 17.5 points per game.
Oct 21 - 3:02 AM

Julius Randle scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers in 13 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

Something is up with Randle. It could be an injury or could be how coach Luke Walton said Randle is "a little frustrated" about not starting. He somehow had three fouls in an 11-second span, so he really needs a good game to get the sour taste out of his mouth. Even with Kyle Kuzma surging and Larry Nance Jr. seemingly locked in as the starter, most fantasy owners should still hold Randle.
Oct 21 - 2:59 AM

Larry Nance scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

Nance seems to have a firm grip on the starting job, and he had a game-saving block on Marquese Chriss on the last play of the contest. He's very comfortable as a rim-running guy and does get a chance at some open jumpers, so there's a chance he can keep scoring in the teens. Plus, he has a knack for defensive stats, so he should be owned in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 2:53 AM

Corey Brewer moved into the starting lineup against the Suns on Friday, finishing with five points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 33 minutes.

His energy is his calling card and he brought it on the defensive end tonight. However, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returning from his suspension, Brewer is only going to get a handful of minutes going forward.
Oct 21 - 2:44 AM


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