Player News - Pelicans

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Anthony Davis had 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in Team USA's 98-71 win against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Davis lead Team USA in scoring against the Kiwis and has looked like the best player on the team thus far at the World Cup of Basketball. He's reportedly put on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and has solidified himself as Top 5 fantasy pick with Top 3 upside entering fall drafts.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 1:35 PM

Omer Asik posted 16 points, 20 rebounds, and one block in Turkey's 64-58 loss to Ukraine on Tuesday.

While Asik only shot 4-for-11 from the floor, he surprisingly knocked down eight of 10 attempts from the free throw line. While the FIBA World Cup competition isn't quite the NBA, it's a good sign to see the 28-year-old post such gaudy numbers. He'll get an increased opportunity to produce alongside Anthony Davis in 2014-15 and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 11:11 AM

Anthony Davis had 17 points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's easy Team USA 114-55 win over Finland.

Davis was great, despite the yawner of a stat line, and he's been going at No. 2, over LeBron James, in many of the early drafts we've taken part in. Klay Thompson was great with 18 points and four 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring, while teammate Stephen Curry struggled, hitting just 1-of-6 shots, missing all five of his 3-pointers and scoring just four points in the blowout.
Aug 30 - 5:16 PM

Omer Asik played only 10 minutes in Turkey's win over New Zealand on Saturday, finishing with one point, zero rebounds and two blocks.

Asik picked up a few quick fouls but wasn't injured, and coach Ergin Ataman simply opted to go another direction with his rotation. The result was a three-point win vs. a New Zealand team which isn't exactly a powerhouse, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Asik's role grow as the tourney continues.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 30 - 2:30 PM

Anthony Davis said on Thursday that he loves playing for Team USA basketball.

"Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation." He has looked amazing in the exhibition games and is probably Team USA's most talented player. If you want him in your fantasy league, it'll cost you a top-three pick.
Source: USA Today
Aug 29 - 9:28 AM

Pelicans head coach and Team USA assistant coach Monty Williams spoke glowingly of Anthony Davis' play this summer.

While he'll get to see Davis up close and personal for the entire 2014-15 season, Williams has gotten a sneak peek at Davis' play this summer as an assistant coach for Team USA. "You seldom say there’s a better player on the floor," Williams said. "That’s got to help him from a confidence standpoint." Davis has solidified himself as a Top 5 fantasy pick heading into 2014-15 drafts and it's getting to the point where you can draft him No. 2 overall without being mocked by fellow owners.
Aug 28 - 1:56 PM

General manager Dell Demps said he's heard good things about Austin Rivers this summer.

Rivers posted a picture of himself on Instagram talking about a new chapter, but it seems everything has smoothed over. He'll likely compete with rookie Russ Smith for playing time in the second unit. Smith was terrific in summer league while Rivers hasn't quite come around in his career just yet.
Aug 27 - 8:29 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) said he is expecting to take contact in October.

He said he'll spend this offseason working on getting his neck and body stronger heading into training camp. Anderson has been taking part is drills and is able to work on his conditioning. He was lighting it up from 3-point range before his season-ending injury, so he should be a top-five guy from beyond the arc as long as he's healthy.
Aug 27 - 3:42 PM

Eric Gordon (knee surgery) said on Wednesday that he is 100 percent healthy and has been working out at the Pelicans practice facility.

He had arthroscopic knee surgery back in April and has taking part in basketball activities since June. Gordon hasn't been able to stay on the court for basically his whole career and his balky knees will cause him to slide in your fantasy draft. He may get moved to the bench and there's probably a better late-round target than EJ.
Aug 27 - 3:04 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) said it's been "smooth sailing" since he returned to the court in June.

Gordon had surgery in April but he described it as "a minor cleanup," and he's working to regain his former offensive dominance. "I’ve really been working on explosiveness to the rim, trying to beat people [off the dribble]," he said. "I don’t think I was very consistent [last season], because with all of the injuries, it would slow me down at times, because I would be so hesitant to make a move or even explode to the basket at times." It's nice to hear him healthy and excited about the upcoming season, but his lengthy injury history gives him a red flag in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 1:54 PM

Anthony Davis dominated during Team USA's win over Slovenia on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in under 20 minutes.

Davis has cemented himself as the cornerstone of Team USA's frontcourt, and his length gave the Slovenian team fits all game. The U.S. won by 30 points in their final exhibition before the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest -- they'll open the tournament with games vs. Finland on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.
Aug 26 - 4:11 PM

Ryan Anderson said in a recent interview that his "recovery's been really smooth," and he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of training camp.

"I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can’t play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball... I have a few more weeks, so training camp I’ll be ready to go all out." Before going down last season Anderson was providing solid value, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers a game. He will look to return to form this upcoming season, and will provide elite 3-point shooting to fantasy squads.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 25 - 5:18 PM

Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.

Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while.
Aug 23 - 2:39 AM

The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.

There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 6:54 PM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Anthony Davis will have more opportunities to score with Team USA.

With the team missing Paul George (leg) and Kevin Durant, Davis may be the team's best weapon, and may be the most important guy on the team with its lack of frontcourt depth. He's a stud already as he heads into his third season and you can make a case for him as the No. 2 player in dynasty fantasy formats.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 19 - 9:14 PM


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