Player News - Pelicans

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Ryan Anderson didn't make any 3-pointers in Monday's 88-84 win over the Wizards with 11 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

He saw a nice chunk of minutes at small forward tonight, which is a big positive for his value. Anderson's output in 3-pointers will certainly buoy his value, so he's a good quick fix in the middle rounds for owners neglecting that category in the early going.
Oct 20 - 10:33 PM

Eric Gordon returned from his back injury and struggled against the Wizards on Monday, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds in 20 minutes.

He didn't get to the line once and was a little bashful with the ball. Gordon had back spasms last week and returned to practice on Friday. There are just too many negatives to draft Gordon in most leagues.
Oct 20 - 10:26 PM

Tyreke Evans played 20 minutes in Monday's win over the Wizards, making 3-of-7 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three turnovers.

A preseason 5x4 is a good way to show a player is healthy. Evans did have 5.0 dimes per game last season, but Jrue Holiday being out with a leg injury had a lot to do with that. Fantasy owners should look to grab him in the early-late rounds and shouldn't expect him to be the stud he was after the break.
Oct 20 - 10:23 PM

Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness.
Oct 20 - 10:11 PM

Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned.
Oct 20 - 9:01 PM

Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds.
Source: NOLA
Oct 19 - 6:45 PM

Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day.
Oct 17 - 7:04 PM

Pelicans waive G Dionte Christmas.

He showed some promise in preseason action before, the Pelicans won't need him in their rotation. Christmas is unlikely to be on an NBA roster.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 17 - 1:02 PM

Russ Smith played just four minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

The imaginary "summer league matters" movement gets sad every once in a while and Smith is another reason. He led Las Vegas at summer league in assists per game, but apparently he's too small for significant run in the NBA.
Oct 17 - 9:34 AM

Jrue Holiday made 6-of-9 from the field against the Thunder on Thursday for 14 points with two rebounds, five assists, three steals and one turnover.

His leg injury from last season left a sour taste in fantasy owners' mouths, but Jrue is a highly capable point guard, especially in fantasy leagues. He's gone on stretches as a top-three fantasy point guard and certainly could be a No. 1 point guard this year. Although, the risk makes Holiday a nice target in the middle rounds.
Oct 17 - 9:31 AM

Austin Rivers played 27 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday and had 11 points, five boards, five assists, one steal and no turnovers.

He shot just 3-of-10 from the field and he's not likely to get his shooting issues turned around. Rivers is going to get the backup minutes behind Eric Gordon (back), so the Pelicans will use him here and there.
Oct 16 - 11:21 PM

Ryan Anderson made three 3-pointers on his way to 17 points in 17 minutes on Thursday, adding five rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

He's going to get his minutes in the mid 20s somehow and he'll have plenty of nights with three triples or more. Anderson is going to be worthy of mid-round value just because of all the triples, but he's not going to do much else.
Oct 16 - 10:58 PM

Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

He's good at basketball.
Oct 16 - 10:55 PM

Tyreke Evans made his preseason debut in the starting shooting guard spot on Thursday, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one block and two turnovers.

His hamstring strain kept him on the sidelines until now and he's dealt with a handful of hammy problems in his career. Evans is fully expected to start at small forward and won't be facilitating the offense as much as he did tonight.
Oct 16 - 10:52 PM

Tyreke Evans (hamstring) will start at shooting guard against the Thunder on Thursday.

Luke Babbitt will start at small forward tonight and the move is due to Eric Gordon (back spasms) sitting out. Evans is very unlikely to be as effective as he was down the stretch last season, so he's more of a late-round flier.
Oct 16 - 7:20 PM


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