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Nerlens Noel said he's working on his 15-foot jumper this preseason.

He probably wants to work on his set shot from 15 feet because he only made 52.9 percent at the line at Kentucky and was right around that mark at summer league. Noel scored the vast majority of his buckets around the rim, so there will be some growing pains with his offensive arsenal. He could be worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts, but his percentages will likely be sub-par.
Oct 1 - 12:22 AM

Chandler Parsons said he bulked up in an effort to play some power forward for the Mavs this season.

He played a lot of stretch four in Houston, so it's not a surprise. "I just think strength was the biggest [challenge] for me," Parsons said. "Offensively, it’s just as tough for them guarding me when I take it out, pick-and-pop and do stuff like that." He is likely going to be a big part of the offense, but the Houston system was almost tailor made for his style. Still, Parsons is worth a look in the early-middle rounds.
Oct 1 - 12:09 AM

Kendrick Perkins said on Monday that he "expects a lot more out of Serge [Ibaka]."

"With Serge, it’s not necessarily with his overall game," Perkins said. "I think it’s more mental. I just want to see if he’s grown and matured as far as what he’s thinking." Perkins should probably be more concerned with himself based on how he's consistently been one of the worst players in the NBA based on player efficiency rating. Ibaka has led the NBA in total blocks in each of the last four seasons and made an impressive 47.0 percent of his mid-range shots last year. He's a solid target at the end of the first round.
Sep 30 - 11:13 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said "no spots are guaranteed" on the Suns this season.

"If somebody came back from the summer and is a better player, they could take your spot," Hornacek said. Of course, this is coach-speak 101 and doesn't mean much. The Suns are likely going to start Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Miles Plumlee, but some guys could slide around. Isaiah Thomas is a starting-caliber point guard, T.J. Warren looked phenomenal at summer league while P.J. Tucker will be suspended for the first three games, and Miles Plumlee is not totally untouchable in the starting lineup ahead of Alex Len.
Sep 30 - 10:58 PM

Dion Waiters said that he and Kyrie Irving are the best backcourt in the NBA.

He responded to Bradley Beal saying the Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA and Waiters called Beal's claim "nonsense." While John Wall and Kyrie Irving is more of a wash, it's hard to argue that Waiters is better than Beal. Waiters didn't even start in 46 of his 70 games last year, so that's probably not going to help his case. If Waiters wants to adapt to the new Cavs team, it would behoove him to work on his shooting. He's only a late-round flier in fantasy leagues right now.
Sep 30 - 10:49 PM

While Taj Gibson isn't expected to start for the Bulls, he could still see solid minutes, especially in the fourth quarter of games.

"You can’t overlook Taj [Gibson]," Thibodeau said. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year. We’re going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys [Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Gibson] that I know we can finish with. I’m going to ask them all to sacrifice." Thibs also said he's not going to play all three bigs together much, if at all, but Gibson's value could see a spike if he's playing heavy fourth-quarter minutes. But unless there's an injury to Gasol or Noah, Gibson is going to be a tough player to use in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 30 - 10:16 PM

Roy Hibbert said he texted Tim Duncan to ask him how "they go about their business" in San Antonio.

Hibbert was hoping that Duncan would share some tips about how the Spurs move the ball, but we're guessing Timmy probably told him they don't make headlines for the wrong reasons, don't fight with each other, and do whatever Gregg Popovich tells them to do. If Duncan answered the text at all.
Sep 30 - 9:54 PM

Coach Brett Brown said he wants to try Alexey Shved at point guard.

Well, one season after turning in a 38 effective field goal percentage, a coach isn't going to be very confident at putting him in the shooting guard spot. Quite frankly, a coach probably shouldn't put him in any spot. Shved can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Sep 30 - 9:35 PM

Jimmer Fredette said he spent a lot of time "trying to get to know all the defensive schemes" with coach Monty Williams.

''That’s what we worked on this morning, trying to get into terminologies and also know just what coach wants," Fredette said. It's no secret that Fredette's biggest weakness is on defense and that will likely keep him from minutes. Russ Smith led Las Vegas Summer League in assists per game and probably has the inside track for the backup point guard minutes. Fredette can be ignored in most leagues even though Tyreke Evans (hamstring) is hurt.
Sep 30 - 9:32 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he doesn't like playing Taj Gibson next to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.

"The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don’t see that working in today’s NBA," Thibodeau said. Gibson is just going to be a backup and he's backing up a better player in Gasol than Carlos Boozer, so his outlook is a little more ominous this year despite his terrific performance in 2013-14. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues can probably shoot for higher upside unless they want to handcuff Gasol or Noah.
Sep 30 - 9:26 PM

Coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant plans on playing in all eight preseason games this month.

Kobe is looking to get the rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready for the regular season. There is some talk of his minutes coming down, but Bryant should still be around 32 per game. If he can stay healthy, he'll be well worth the third-round ADP. Of course, that's the risk you take.
Sep 30 - 9:18 PM

Carrrick Felix (left shoulder) is expected to miss the next month due to a Grade I sprain of his AC joint.

He can't catch a break after missing most of his rookie season due to a sports hernia. Felix thrives in transition and did look good in the 2013 summer league, but he's not going to be in the rotation.
Sep 30 - 9:13 PM

Derrick Rose is healthy and ready to get the preseason going as soon as possible, he said on Tuesday.

"When you miss two years you want games right away," Rose said. "I wish we had a game tomorrow, but we’ve got to wait a couple of more days." It will be interesting to see how many games Rose plays in this season, as well as if he gets the night off on back-to-backs, along with routine rest during practices. His shot was broken this summer in FIBA play and he hasn't really played in the NBA in two years. But if he has a good preseason and enters the year fully healthy, he could be a steal on draft night, as he's not going until Round 3, at the earliest, in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 9:06 PM

While you can't tell it by looking at him and despite not stepping on a scale in months, Jared Sullinger says he's in better shape this season, and that he doesn't get as tired.

"I think he’s in better shape than he was when he got here, certainly, at the start of last year, and really through most of the year," coach Brad Stevens said. "But it’s still about getting in better shape." In other words, while it's likely that Sullinger is indeed in better shape than he was at this time last year, it doesn't sound like he's quite in ideal condition. The Celtics have a lot of options at both PF and C, and it remains to be seen where Sullinger will end up in the rotation. We should have a better idea in a couple weeks, but he's someone fantasy owners will want to target in the later rounds after the big names are off the board.
Sep 30 - 8:56 PM

Blake Griffin (back) said he has been working on corner 3-pointers this summer.

Surprisingly, Blake was very good at corner treys last season, making 8-of-18 (44.4 percent). Griffin's offensive game really came on last season and he was still able to take 48 percent of his shots at the rim, which explains his 52.8 percent from the field. On top of that, he shot 74 percent from the line after the break. He is over his back injury and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Sep 30 - 8:55 PM

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