Player News - Lakers

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Kyle Kuzma finished Sunday's win vs. the Nuggets with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

Luke Walton reportedly "challenged Kuzma to focus on his all-around game" prior to this contest, and he yanked him early tonight after some ill-advised shots. The playing time was easily Kuzma's lowest in November, but nothing suggests this will become a trend. He'll clear 30 minutes vs. the Bulls on Tuesday and remains a solid option in almost every fantasy format, despite a lack of defensive stats.
Nov 20 - 12:54 AM

Lonzo Ball posted the second triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

The Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak tonight and Ball continues to be a fantasy dynamo, with the glaring exception of percentages (30.8% FGs and 46.2% FTs). In every other respect he's been awesome, averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 0.9 blocks. His fantasy value hinges on each league's scoring settings -- if you can ignore percentages, the 20-year-old is already a stud.
Nov 20 - 12:50 AM

Julius Randle lit up the Nuggets on Sunday for a season-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, hitting one 3-pointer with seven rebounds, five assists and two turnovers.

Randle played 32 minutes, after logging just 16 minutes vs. Phoenix on Friday, and after the game coach Luke Walton said, "When [Randle] plays like he did tonight, he's as good as anyone in this league]." Nikola Jokic (ejection) and Paul Millsap (wrist) were both out after halftime tonight, and Randle deserves credit for taking advantage of the situation, but we're skeptical since Kyle Kuzma is playing well at PF and Larry Nance (hand) is due back soon.
Nov 20 - 12:46 AM

The Lakers have recalled Ivica Zubac and Josh Hart from the G-League.

Both players deserve more run in Los Angeles, but that may not happen consistently until later in the season.
Nov 19 - 1:12 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he is not considering moving Lonzo Ball out of the starting lineup.

"He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 9:59 AM

Lonzo Ball scored just six points with six rebounds, six assists, a career-high five steals, one block and three turnovers vs. the Suns on Friday.

Ball's best game of the season came against the Suns when he had 29 points against them on Oct. 20, but it's pretty much been downhill since. He finished 3-of-7 from the field and missed both of his free throws, and it's a concern that he managed just six points against the tiny backcourt combo of Tyler Ulis and Mike James. On the bright side, at least he closed this game after getting benched in the fourth quarter of his previous two games.
Nov 18 - 1:50 AM

Brook Lopez scored 19 points with 10 boards, three assists, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

He was coming off an 8-point dud against Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Wednesday, but Phoenix has been a lot more friendly to centers this season than The Process has -- the Suns have given up more points than any other team. Things will be more complicated for Lopez once Larry Nance (hand) returns, so his owners should be prepared for some frustration in Los Angeles' crowded frontcourt.
Nov 18 - 1:43 AM

Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 30 points in Friday's 122-113 loss to Phoenix.

Wow. He started this game 0-of-6 at halftime, but finished 11-of-23 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with 10 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. This was his sixth game of the season with 20+ points which is more than any other rookie, and there's no way that coach Luke Walton can justify taking him out the starting lineup with Larry Nance (hand) nearing a return. He doesn't get many defensive stats, but he's still a must-start player in all formats.
Nov 18 - 1:35 AM

Larry Nance Jr. (hand) has been cleared to return to practice.

This is awesome news after his Nov. 2 fracture to his hand. Coach Luke Walton said he's surprised how far along Nance is, so there's a small chance he could slightly beat his 4-6 week timetable. Nance was taking shots on Wednesday with a small brace, so he is almost there. It'll be really interesting to see how Kyle Kuzma fits in here, and Nance has played some center in his time. Nance is a low-end stash for now and Kuzma owners shouldn't worry too much.
Nov 17 - 3:10 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns.
Nov 17 - 10:02 AM

Brandon Ingram posted career-highs with 26 points and 11 boards during a 115-109 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday, adding three assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

He scored just 14 points in his previous two games, making 4-of-19 from the field in those games. The key to Ingram's success tonight was getting to the rim, with nine of his 18 shots coming inside of three feet, and converting on his mid-range jumpers. Ingram has also improved his jumper to 35.1 percent this year, which tops his 31.6 as a rookie. Besides that aforementioned two-game hiccup, Ingram was starting to trend up for his fantasy owners.
Nov 16 - 1:59 AM

Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 24 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He's been on Kuz control since Larry Nance Jr. (hand) went down in the first game this month. In November, Kuzma has averaged 16.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys in 35.1 minutes per game. The Lakers starters actually haven't been bad this month, so Kuzma could still hold his starting job once Nance is back. Besides his lack of defensive stats, he should be owned in standard leagues.
Nov 16 - 1:52 AM

Julius Randle made 2-of-12 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three turnovers and six fouls in 30 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

The poor shooting line was not because he was missing with five blocks against tonight. He did not enjoy his time against Joel Embiid and was blocked by The Process three times tonight -- Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson also got him once each. Randle is still doing damage with his role as the backup center, so he's still a hold in standard leagues.
Nov 16 - 1:45 AM

Brook Lopez scored eight points with two rebounds, two assists and three fouls in 16 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He was actually building up some momentum, but Joel Embiid is just too good. Lopez gets a good matchup against the Suns on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have him ready to roll for that one.
Nov 16 - 1:35 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

The Lakers are getting all they can out of Caldwell-Pope on his one-year deal. KCP has played 36.0 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 5.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 treys on 37.5 percent from the field. If you're OK with subpar shooting, he should have some value in most situations.
Nov 16 - 1:33 AM


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