Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Julius Randle (leg) was doing some leg exercises at practice on Wednesday.

He is not going to play this season, but it's nice to see he's coming along. Randle might be able to return for Las Vegas Summer League in 2015.
Dec 17 - 3:44 PM

Jordan Hill (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

The Lakers are off until Friday, so Hill should be ready to go. He's been able to stay healthy this season despite the massive increase to 30.1 minutes per game. If for some reason he's not ready to play, the Lakers will have to come up with a patchwork group of Robert Sacre, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer to help out.
Dec 17 - 3:32 PM

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 8-for-26 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two three-pointers during Monday's loss to the Pacers.

Bryant also set the Lakers' franchise record for fouls during the game, but wasn't in any mood to celebrate the dubious distinction. "We couldn't throw the ball in the ocean sitting on a boat. Tonight was one of those nights," Kobe said. "Sometimes you've got to pat yourself on the back for such an atrocious job." We previously wrote that Kobe was returning top-40 value and his per-game numbers check in at top 50-90 in 8- and 9-cat leagues respectively. Our apologies for the error.
Dec 16 - 10:53 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis missed all five of his shots in Monday's blowout loss to the Pacers, finishing with zero points, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 23 minutes.

The defensive stats are nice but there has been some sort of problem with his production just about every night for a while now. Davis looked like a solid pickup at the beginning of the year but whatever the issue may be now, owners that were stashing in standard formats should move on.
Dec 16 - 12:59 AM

Nick Young hit 6-of-12 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Monday's blowout loss.

Young hit 4-of-4 free throws and logged 23 minutes. The defensive stats are a nice bonus and he is a nice top 80-120 value (9/8 cat) when on the floor this year.
Dec 16 - 12:56 AM

Jeremy Lin missed all six of his shots and finished with two points and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench in Monday's blowout loss.

Lin has been an inconsistent mess this season but the fact remains that he's still putting up late-round value in 12-team leagues and probably at the low-end of his productivity potential. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him, but with very little true point guard competition it wouldn't be surprising if he's back in fantasy lineups at some point.
Dec 16 - 12:54 AM

Nick Young was limited to seven points in 24 minutes off the bench in Sunday's road win, making 2-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer.

He added just one rebound with two steals and wouldn't be worth owning if he didn't score at a prodigious clip -- fortunately for his owners, he'd averaged 17.7 points over the Lakers' past nine games. Young's offensive firepower is essential for the Lakers as the season progresses, making him a worthwhile player to own in most formats.
Dec 14 - 10:08 PM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis' streak of quiet starts continued on Sunday with six points, four rebounds, three assists and one block in just 21 minutes of action vs. the Timberwolves.

It was a close game and Davis wasn't in any foul trouble, but coach Byron Scott opted to play him just 21 minutes for the second game in a row. Carlos Boozer notched 22 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and seems inspired to regain his starting job, but Davis has enough upside to take a wait-and-see approach in typical fantasy leagues.
Dec 14 - 10:05 PM

Jeremy Lin came off L.A.'s bench again on Sunday, finishing a 100-94 road win vs. the Timberwolves with eight points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

The low playing time is a serious concern, but Lin was coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in 30 minutes on Friday and he has enough upside to be worth holding a few more weeks. There are no guarantees that Ronnie Price (two points, two assists in 25 minutes) will keep the starting PG job, though immediate changes are unlikely with the Lakers riding a three-game win streak.
Dec 14 - 10:04 PM

Carlos Boozer piled up 22 points and 13 rebounds off the bench in Sunday's win vs. the Timberwolves, making 10-of-14 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs with two assists in just 27 minutes.

This makes three strong games for Boozer since being demoted to L.A.'s bench, and he's easily been more productive as a reserve than he was in 19 starts to begin the season. He's a recommendable fantasy option while picking up double-doubles off the bench, but his strong play doesn't mean that he'll regain his starting status any time soon, especially since the Lakers have won three straight games.
Dec 14 - 10:00 PM

Wesley Johnson had 12 points vs. the Wolves on Sunday, making two 3-pointers with two rebounds, six assists, three blocks, one steal and two turnovers.

The six dimes were a season high and fantasy owners can't rely on Johnson in that category, but he does enough everywhere else to justify owning him in all 10-team leagues. As we've mentioned before, he's uniquely capable of helping fantasy owners with 3-pointers (1.1 per game), steals (0.8) and blocks (0.8).
Dec 14 - 10:00 PM

Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Sunday, moving into third-place with 32,310 career points.

The Black Mamba's legacy is secured by five NBA championships, 16 All-Star appearances, a league MVP award and two Olympic gold medals, among other accolades. Overtaking MJ on the league's scoring list is a memorable achievement and the Wolves even paused the game in Minnesota to honor Kobe. His 25.4 points per game this season have been tainted for fantasy owners by lousy 38.7 percent shooting, an unfortunate reality which should improve as the season progresses.
Dec 14 - 9:59 PM

Lakers' head coach Byron Scott described coaching Nick Young as an "interesting" experience, but also "fun."

"He cares about winning," Scott said. "That’s the thing I love about him the most. He’s a player that likes to play around and have fun and practice and enjoys playing... But when we lose games, he takes it pretty hard. That’s very important." Swaggy P, or I.D.M. (I don't miss) has been a bright spot for LA this season, and is currently averaging 15.7 points and 2.5 three-pointers per game. He's worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 14 - 3:07 PM

Coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant will continue playing some point guard for the Lakers moving forward.

Coach Scott added that the only reason he took Bryant out against the Spurs was because he has winded. Owners shouldn't view this as a bad thing considering the Mamba has the ball in his hands most of the time anyways, but it does negatively impact the stock of Ronnie Price and Jeremy Lin. If anything, Kobe could see a bump in his assists with the added responsibility.
Dec 14 - 12:50 PM

Carlos Boozer went for 14 and 13 with two blocks in Friday's road win over the Spurs.

Boozer hit 7-of-12 shots in his 31 minutes and he's been good enough lately to be worth a look in fantasy leagues, but he doesn't have much margin for error and he's easily dispensable when he eventually cools off.
Dec 13 - 3:57 AM


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