2017 NBA Draft




This is exactly who the Sixers traded for and for good reason. The Celtics had a ton of guards and the Sixers needed an NBA-ready talent and Fultz will provide all-around help with scoring, spacing, leading with the ball and it will take pressure off of Joel Embiid to do all of the dirty work. Their scoring will be more balanced and Fultz will get plenty of assists passing off to open wing players.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:42 PM
Lakers, PG, UCLA

The prophecy is completed and Ball stays in Cali. Even though he’s not great off the pick and roll, Ball is an excellent passer and the Lakers were convinced that it was Ball that will lead them up the standings over the next few years. Ball is not only a good passer, but an excellent attacker from all angles. The Lakers traded away D’Angelo Russell for this guy, and are obviously oozing with confidence that Ball will help some of the younger Lakers find consistency in spots on the floor on offense that will be easier for them to create. Lakers will be a lot quicker next season.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:46 PM
3. Jayston Tatum
Celtics, SF, Duke

It took a lot of guts for the Celtics to essentially pass on Fultz, but as always Danny Ainge is addressing team needs over overall skill and Tatum will help shutdown the lanes on defense as he has great reach and he will be effective from the elbow on offense. He will be a good compliment to Jaylen Brown as 2nd units will experience two completely different players on the wing. Expect Tatum to take a ton of mid-range jumpers.

Updated at: Mon July 3rd 9:21 AM
4. Josh Jackson
Suns, SF, Kansas

The Suns are another team with a ton of guards and even though De’Aaron Fox was on the board, the Suns are addressing a huge need at Forward and Jackson gives them size, tenacity on defense and even though he need to put on a bit of muscle, Jackson is a hustler on both sides of the court and the Suns need to start playing better defense in the post and Jackson should see a ton of minutes early.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:49 PM
5. De'Aaron Fox
Kings, PG, Kentucky

The Kings have not found the right fit at guard and the swift and aggressive Fox will provide impact on offense immediately, but it may not come in the form of points. Fox will show his intangible skills early. He is very consistent at pushing the ball and has good control of the tempo when he has possession of the rock, but the reputation is that he struggles shooting. Luckily for Fox, he not only has Buddy Hield, who will have no problem taking a bunch of jumpers, but the Kings have no identity and they can work together to re-create the Kings offensive attack. Fox can ease into shooting, so he can learn what exactly is a high-percentage shot.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:16 PM
6. Jonathan Isaac
Magic, PF, Florida State

 A bit surprised by this pick because the Magic are really pushing Aaron Gordon to be “The Guy” in Orlando. Isaac MUST put on muscle to match his size, but he will be able to run the floor effectively. He will be best used, at least at the start, by coming in late in quarters in the first half to take advantage of the fatigue factor of the opposition. He will bang in the lane and the Magic will get more help up front.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:17 PM
7. Lauri Markkanen
Bulls, PF, Arizona

The Bulls centerpiece in the Jimmy Butler trade and they must think what others think; He has the potential to become the next Dirk Nowitzki….Slow down! While Markkanen does have long-range shooting ability and can drive, he’s no pioneer. There are plenty of big forwards who will cause trouble for him on the outside. A lot will be asked of him early as the Bulls are in re-build mode. Expect him to get a lot of shots early. I’m a bit worried how he will defend the paint, but the position is open and he will get a long leash to learn. 

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:18 PM
8. Frank Ntilikina
Knicks, PG, France

This pick made more sense before Phil Jackson was fired. While the Knicks will look to find a guard in free agency, Ntilikina could provide immediate impact being the first guard off the bench and he defends well and is a solid ball-handler. Now that the Knicks will abandon the triangle offense, a lot should not be asked of Ntilikina early. He’s a good passer and defender, but not as much of a scorer.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:19 PM
9. Dennis Smith Jr.
Mavericks, PG, North Carolina State

The Mavs have guards and they must have been blown away with what they saw in Smith. Smith is a quick driver and has quick moves to the basket. While is leadership ability is questionable, Mark Cuban has said that the Smith Era has begun. What an endorsement! Luckily for Smith, the Mavs guards can play both guard spots and Smith could actually end up starting from the get-go. The Mavs have a ton of scorers and they just need someone to organize and attack open lanes.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:20 PM
10. Zach Collins
Trail Blazers, C, Gonzaga

Jusuf Nurkic gets some help in the post as the Blazers trade to get an offensively skilled Collins. While Nurkic creates from the post, Collins will be able to create from further out and it will force bigger defenders outside to open up the paint. Collins should not have too much competition at the position.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:25 PM
11. Malik Monk
Hornets, SG, Kentucky

A lot of analysts think Monk is the steal of the draft because of how effective of a scorer he is. The Hornets have a very effective back court in Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum and that is where most of their offense comes from. Monk will take advantage of the 2nd unit and can rotate to both guard spots giving one of the starters a break. When the Hornets need more offense, Batum will shift to SF with Monk playing in the SG spot.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:26 PM
12. Luke Kennard
Pistons, SG, Duke

The Pistons struggled with guard consistency and health last season and because Andre Drummond is so limited offensively, the Pistons needed to balance out their offense. Kennard is an excellent fit and will serve as a knock-down shooter from long and mid-range. Kennard is also an effective free-throw shooters and he will take advantage if he learns how to attack the rim. Expect mainly Kyle Korver-like scoring to start.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:52 PM
13. Donovan Mitchell
Jazz, SG, Louisville

The common word I’ve been seeing when different Scouts and Analyst describe Mitchell is “athletic”. With Gordon Hayward likely gone, the Jazz will have to fill the hole and health has not been on their side over the last couple of seasons. The Jazz need someone to just run the floor efficiently and even though Mitchell is a bit of a smaller SG, if he can stay healthy, he will play a lot of minutes early.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:52 PM
14. Bam Adebayo
Heat, PF, Kentucky

The Heat just got even tougher inside on defense as teams will find it hard to push their way in the paint between Hassan Whiteside and Adebayo. Both will be sending back a lot of shots and Adebayo could pick up a ton of playing time early as the Heat are a bit light at PF. Expect a ton of rebounds and inside scoring. He reminds me of Gorgui Dieng with the way he’s built and the way he plays.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:54 PM
15. Justin Jackson
Trail Blazers, SF, North Carolina

With the status of Rudy Gay up in the air, the Kings are completely rebuilding and Fox and Hield will re-develop the Kings offense with another scorer in Jackson. Expect Jackson to be a bailout option early in the season as he will get the chance to hit knockdown jumpers. He will likely be open when teams try to double in the lane.With the status of Rudy Gay up in the air, the Kings are completely rebuilding and Fox and Hield will re-develop the Kings offense with another scorer in Jackson. Expect Jackson to be a bailout option early in the season as he will get the chance to hit knockdown jumpers. He will likely be open when teams try to double in the lane.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 1:54 PM
16. Justin Patton
Timberwolves, C, Creighton

The ‘Wolves need more help up front and Patton will help defend against the 2nd units early and he will be able to use his size to muscle his way inside. Don’t expect too much from the offensive side early, but he will earn his minutes via defense.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:09 PM
17. D.J. Wilson
Bucks, PF, Michigan

Wilson was brought on to give the Bucks more scoring from the outside. It’s also become hard to rely on Jabari Parker’s health and Wilson gives the Bucks more size, scoring, defense and he will draw bigger defenders outside of the paint.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:10 PM
18. T.J. Leaf
Pacers, PF, UCLA

The Pacers had a big problem finding consistency in scoring, especially from their Forward spots. Leaf will provide scoring relief (with or without Paul George on the team) and he should be one of the first players who subs in off the bench to score against 2nd units. He can score from both inside and outside and that versatility will add another dimension to the Pacers offensive scheme.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:10 PM
19. John Collins
Hawks, PF, Wake Forest

Collins is another big man with a solid offensive game, but the Hawks need defensive help up front and with Dwight Howard gone and Paul Millsap likely gone, Collins could start, make an immediate impact on offense, and if he can be as aggressive under the basket on defense as much as he was in college, the Hawks will finally be able to defend inside.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:12 PM
20. Harry Giles
Kings, C, Duke

 I understand the risk because the Kings have had a lot of action in this draft and they already drafted a Center. Giles has had major Knee injury issues and that is the biggest warning sign of permanent damage for a big man. Giles has a ton of offensive ability, but if he’s unable to stay on the court, that’s not ideal. Expect Giles to get a limited amount of minutes early on as he will be eased into the league slowly. Conserving his minutes until he’s proven durable is key.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:13 PM
21. Terrance Ferguson
Thunder, SG/SF, Australia

This pick fits well for what the Thunder need as Ferguson will be able to be a bailout option for Westbrook and could pick up more shots early because of how inconsistent Victor Oladipo is on offense. Ferguson is also a good defender on the perimeter and could pick up more playing time early because of it.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:55 PM
22. Jarrett Allen
Nets, C, Texas

If Allen does not start for this team, he will come off the bench a few minutes into the game because Timofey Mozgov is still very raw and is more effective when he plays less minutes. Mozgov’s inability to play 20 effective minutes consistently will benefit Allen. Allen will be a good two-way player and should play over 20 minutes per game easily, unless the Nets sign a more polished Center.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:57 PM
23. OG Anunoby
Raptors, SF, Indiana

The Raptors certainly have a ton of athletic types, but with Serge Ibaka’s status unknown heading into free agency, the Raptors want to continue adding aleticism and Anunoby will run the floor very well. The Raptors have had issues finding that consistent two-way piece (outside of DeMar DeRozan) and Anunoby will likely play a lot with the Raptors 2nd unit to start as they need more help stopping lane drivers.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:58 PM
24. Tyler Lydon
Nuggets, PF, Syracuse

The Nuggets had a lot of shooters who came through at different times last season and Lydon is one of those guys. The Nuggets are dealing with the possibility of losing at least Danilo Galinari and Lydon should be able to pick up shots off the bench, but unless there is a big overhaul (like the Rockets trade) Lydon will not be playing a ton at least for the first third of the season. The Nuggets have had their fair share of injuries and that could help Lydon’s cause.        

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:58 PM
25. Andzejs Pasecniks
76ers, C, Latvia

TRUST THE PROCESS! This guy is HUGE and athletic. He moves nicely, but is most likely a long-term project for the Sixers. When you watch him, he does have agility and moves quicker than your average big-man and could be a good compliment to Embiid and what comes with his game.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:00 PM
26. Caleb Swanigan
Trail Blazers, PF, Purdue

The Blazers back up SG/SF options were very inconsistent. At times, they looked like they punted at Small Forward (no offense Mo Harkless). Swanigan is listed as a Power Forward, but he’s 6’5”; doesn’t make sense and he will likely be a SG/SF in the NBA. Swanigan can shoot from the outside and will be an off the bench scoring option.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:01 PM
27. Kyle Kuzma
Lakers, PF, Utah

The Lakers need more depth and while Larry Nance Jr, will be a major help defensively next season, Kuzma can be the Forward off the bench that provides a bit of offensive relief. The Lakers need all of the help they can get scoring from mid-range. It’s an uphill battle early on for minutes for Kuzma, but the Lakers have a ton of new pieces, and just like he impressed in the Combine, he can turn heads and steal more minutes in training camp.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:04 PM
28. Tony Bradley
Jazz, C, North Carolina

Derrick Favors health cannot be relied on and Rudy Gobert needs help and just like he’s a force inside, Bradley will be a rebounding specialist as that is his major strength. The Jazz will be going through changes and if Bradley can show that he can play effectively at Power Forward, he could start alongside Gobert. He has a big ceiling for playing time with the Jazz in rebuilding mode.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:06 PM
29. Derrick White
Spurs, PG, Colorado

It’s hard to get a read on the Tony Parker situation, and the Spurs are looking for a successor and White not only plays both positions effectively, but a lot of the Spurs players (while on the team) develop as nice complimentary pieces to start and he can come off the bench along with Patty Mills to bolster the Spurs offense against opposing 2nd units.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:06 PM
30. Josh Hart
Lakers, SG, Villanova

It will be hard for Hart to get playing time and shots early, but he could settle in the roll of being the first SG off the bench and he has a good two-pronged attack of stopping and popping for jumpers and attacking the basket. I expect Hart to be a good change of pace option for the Lakers, but he will have competition for playing time early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:07 PM


31. Frank Jackson
Pelicans, PG, Duke

 Jackson gives the Pelicans what they need; strong attackers from the guard spot. The Pelicans have a very skilled frontcourt, but they need balance and if Jrue Holiday does not get re-signed the fierce lane attacker Jackson could start. The Pelicans just traded Tim Frazierand that should help Jackson secure more minutes early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:10 PM
32. Davon Reed
Suns, SG, Miami

Reed is known for his scoring ability, but he joins a Suns team that has a lot of shooters and he will likely get a limited amount of minutes because of the amount of depth they have. Reed could standout if he can play PG effectively as he has good ball-handling skills and could help push the Suns 2nd unit offensively playing on the ball.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:11 PM
33. Wesley Iwundu
Magic, SG/SF, Kansas State

Total defensive pick for the Magic. It will be hard for Iwundu to earn sufficient minutes early. Iwundu does not fit well with the current roster when it comes to growth potential because of how much Forward depth they have on the team. Iwundu is a listed SG and if he can provide shutdown perimeter defense from the SG spot, that’s his only chance to break through the rotation. He should be a solid wing defender in the league down the road.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:12 PM
34. Frank Mason III
Kings, PG, Kansas

The Kings have a lot of guards and it will be hard to for Mason to get playing time from an offensive standpoint, but just like with Iwundu, Mason is a solid defender and can earn playing time through defense. The Kings were embarrassing defensively and Mason can give them a boost on the perimeter. That’s his best bet.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:13 PM
35. Ivan Rabb
Grizzlies, PF, California

The Grizzlies need to start opening up the lane more and with Chandler Parsons health a constant issue, Rabb gives them size and outside scoring and could actually steal a few minutes if he is as consistent of a long-range shooter at the pro level as he grew to be in college. Rabb could eventually allow Marc Gasol to play more in the post than at the key.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:14 PM
36. Jonah Bolden
76ers, PF, Australia

The Sixers go to the land down under to pick up an enforcer who is a prominent defender and could get minutes off the bench to rough up teams 2nd unites. Bolden is a specialist and can even keep up with the guards on defense. He focuses on footwork when facing quick guards and shuts down their opportunity to get a step via momentum in the lane and keep them passing off and in check at the key.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:15 PM
37. Semi Ojeleye
Celtics, PF, SMU

The Celtics picked up more offense at the Forward spot in this draft, but will Ojeleye stay and grow with this team? The Celtics are rumored to be getting in the position to make a couple of blockbuster moves and Ojeleye could be an asset that is dealt. He can score from both inside and outside and defense will need to improve on the wing.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:16 PM
38. Jordan Bell
Warriors, F/C, Oregon

Warriors added a defensive piece to defend their title and they are very high on Bell’s defensive potential. While I don’t think he will start, he will be the first big man to come off the bench to bang around with Draymond Green in the post. The Warriors needed an enforcer-type to keep them balanced.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:17 PM
39. Jawun Evans
76ers, PG, Oklahoma State

Could Evans be Fultz back up? Evans has good ball handling skills and could be a good change of pace option for the Sixers off the bench. Evans will likely be the third guard behind both Fultz and T.J. McConnell, but if he can prove to be a better ball-handler and control the pace more consistently, he could move up the depth chart.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:18 PM
40. Dwayne Bacon
Hornets, SF, Florida State

He has some growing to do, but he hustles. It is very easy to tell by watching a player who gives up on plays and who doesn’t and Bacon will sacrifice his body in order to keep players from scoring and hustle is an intangible that earns players more playing time and the Hornets need more SF depth. Bacon should see limited minutes off the bench early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:18 PM
41. Tyler Dorsey
Hawks, SG, Oregon

Dorsey’s stood out in the NCAA Tournament, but that’s over and he can run the floor and hit the knockdown jumper, but he has a lot of growing to do and a hill of shooting depth to climb in Atlanta.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:19 PM
42. Thomas Bryant
Lakers, C, Indiana

Bryant is just another enforcer type who will be brought in exclusively in foul trouble situations and/or if the Lakers need to stop consistent inside scoring by fouling in the lane.  I’m not expecting Bryant to pick up consistent minutes this season unless he stands out in training camp. He is the third Center behind Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:19 PM
43. Isaiah Hartenstein
Rockets, C, Lithuania

The Rockets all-around defense SUCKS and with Clint Capela being more of an offensive force, the Rockets could bring Hartenstein in to bang as he loves playing in the paint. He doesn’t give up on rebounding and will always fight for loose balls. He’s very physical and uses his size to his advantage.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:26 PM
44. Damyean Dotson
Knicks, SG, Houston

Dotson will be an off the bench shooter for the Knicks, but the question still remains whether or not he can drive? Dotson could take the Justin Holiday role from last season of being a high-energy shooter from the wing. Dotson is more of an offensive player, but could earn more playing time on this mess of a Knicks team if he shows he can play good perimeter defense.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:28 PM
45. Dillon Brooks
Grizzlies, SF, Oregon

Brooks is another outside shooter the Grizzlies have incase Parsons can’t stay healthy. Brooks can pick up minutes early if Memphis keeps Parsons on a minutes limit. He produces primarily from the arc and could be a decent Mike Conley bailout option

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:29 PM
46. Sterling Brown
76ers, SG, SMU

The Sixers are still trying to figure out their SG depth, and if they lose out on signing an established veteran, Brown could be the first SG coming off the bench as he can both rebound and hit shots from the outside. His defense could earn him more minutes. It also depends where the Sixers play Ben Simmons.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:28 PM
47. Pacers
48. Bucks
49. Nuggets
50. 76ers
51. Nuggets
52. Pelicans
53. Celtics
54. Suns
55. Jazz
56. Celtics
57. Nets
58. Knicks
59. Spurs
60. Hawks
Aron Baynes Headshot

Baynes (illness) participated in the Celtics' morning shootaround but remains a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Magic.

Though Baynes' availability for the contest remains uncertain, the Celtics have already determined that the big man won't start for the first time in five games, as Marcus Morris joins the top unit, according to Jay King of MassLive.com. Baynes hadn't seen more than 20 minutes in any of his past three outings, so the move to the bench wouldn't have a dramatic impact on his outlook if he ends up gaining clearance to play Sunday.
11:44 am (EST)
Serge Ibaka Headshot

Ibaka managed 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one block across 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.

Ibaka played his customary complementary role on a night when the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 41 shot attempts and 60 points. The veteran big man was the only other double-digit scorer on the starting five for Toronto, and his performance was a welcome bounce-back from a pair of games in which he'd put up single-digit shot attempts and point totals. Ibaka continues to serve as a solid mid-tier option at forward across all formats due to his serviceable scoring, rebounding and block numbers, although his usage will take the occasional dip due to the sizable offensive role of his aforementioned teammates.
11:44 am (EST)
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan produced 20 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block across 34 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.

DeRozan ceded primary scoring responsibilities to backcourt mate and fellow superstar Kyle Lowry in the defeat, but he still managed to reach the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games, a stretch that includes a 42-point effort. The nine-year veteran has been consistently solid with his shot since late December, as he's shot no less than Saturday's 43.8 percent and as much as 58.6 percent 10 of the last 12 contests. He's considerably stepped up his role as a facilitator as well, considering he's now dished out between four and eight assists in 11 of those outings, leading to a career-high average of 5.0 in that category over his first 45 games.
11:39 am (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry posted 40 points (14-25 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds and five assists across 34 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.

The All-Star point guard's scoring haul was a season-best figure and was a byproduct of his fifth game with at least 50.0 percent shooting in eight January contests. The 12-year veteran also drained multiple threes for the third consecutive outing and is now sporting a stellar 44.6 percent success rate from behind the arc in the current month. The hot hand from the field has helped lead to Lowry's best month of the season yet, as he's now averaging 21.3 points (on 44.3 percent overall shooting), 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals since the calendar flipped to 2018.
11:30 am (EST)
Tyler Cavanaugh Headshot

Cavanaugh was recalled from the G-League on Sunday, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Cavanaugh has now seen action in three games with the Hawks' G-League affiliate, averaging 19.3 points and 12.7 rebounds across 35.9 minutes. Despite being recalled, however, Cavanaugh has been a DNP-CD in four of Atlanta's last five games, so it appears he's outside the regular rotation and shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
11:29 am (EST)
Marcus Morris Headshot

Morris will start at power forward for Sunday's matchup with the Magic, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

The Celtics are set to roll out their smaller lineup Sunday, as big man Aron Baynes is dealing with an illness and remains a game-time decision. That allows Morris to pick up the start, which should yield a few extra minutes for him. In 11 previous starts this season, Morris has averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 24.8 minutes.
11:23 am (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving (shoulder) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Magic, Celtics play-by-play announcer Sean Grande reports.

Irving was forced to sit out Thursday's game with a sore shoulder, but it clearly wasn't' anything serious considering he'll be back after just a one-game layoff. Look for Irving to take on his typical role as the Celtics' starting point guard and no restrictions have been reported, so it appears Irving should be on a full workload. With Irving back in the lineup, Marcus Smart will head to the bench, while guys like Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should see less minutes in the backcourt.
11:17 am (EST)
Josh Magette Headshot

The Hawks assigned Magette to the G League's Erie BayHawks on Sunday, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Hawks brought back point guard Isaiah Taylor, wing DeAndre' Bembry and forward Tyler Cavanaugh back from a weekend stint with the G League affiliate, so now it will be Magette's turn to head back to the minors. Magette made just his ninth appearance of the season with Atlanta in Saturday's 113-97 loss to Chicago, finishing with eight points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and one assist across five minutes.
11:13 am (EST)
DeAndre' Bembry Headshot

Bembry was recalled from the G-League on Sunday, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Bembry continues to work his way back from a groin injury, though it appears he could potentially be hitting the latter stages of his recovery considering this most recent rehab stint with the Hawks' G-League affiliate. There still doesn't seem to be a concrete timetable for a return and even when he's cleared to play, Bembry will merely add some depth on the wing.
11:11 am (EST)
Isaiah Taylor Headshot

The Hawks recalled Taylor from the G League's Erie BayHawks on Sunday, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Taylor played in both halves of the BayHawks' back-to-back set, saving him best effort for Saturday's 128-123 win over the Delaware 87ers, during which he poured in a team-high 29 points (11-22 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT) to go with 16 assists, two steals, one rebound and only four turnovers across 40 minutes. He'll be back with the Hawks ahead of Monday's game against the Jazz, but isn't expected to crack head coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation as the team's third point guard on the depth chart.
11:11 am (EST)
Dakari Johnson Headshot

Johnson was assigned to the G-League on Sunday, Brett Dawson of the Oklahoman reports.

Johnson continues to be on the outside of the Thunder's regular rotation, seeing single-digit minutes in every game he's played since mid-December. For that reason, he'll head to the G-League, where he should get the opportunity to see extended playing time and work on his overall development. Even when Johnson is recalled, he'll remain off the fantasy radar.
11:02 am (EST)
Guerschon Yabusele Headshot

Yabusele (illness) was recalled from the G League's Maine Red Claws on Sunday, but is listed as questionable for the Celtics' game at 1 p.m. EST against the Magic.

Yabusele fell ill earlier this week and missed the Celtics' loss Thursday against the 76ers, but he looked healthy while playing 31 minutes for the Red Claws on Saturday in their win over the Westchester Knicks. During that contest, Yabusele contributed a team-high 25 points (8-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist. Assuming he's not feeling too lethargic the day after the game, he should be available off the bench Sunday for the Celtics, though it's unlikely Yabusele will be included in head coach Brad Stevens' rotation.
10:06 am (EST)
Abdel Nader Headshot

The Celtics recalled Nader from the G League's Maine Red Claws on Sunday.

Nader played 43 minutes Saturday in the Red Claws' 97-92 win over the Westchester Knicks, registering 20 points (6-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. He'll rejoin the Celtics ahead of Sunday's game against the Magic, but isn't likely to see the court outside of a blowout.
10:02 am (EST)
Ben Simmons Headshot

Simmons scored 16 points (8-13 FG) while adding nine assists, eight rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 116-94 win over the Bucks.

The rookie seemed to hit a wall around Christmas -- he hasn't recorded even a double-double in his last 12 games, averaging 14.9 points, 5.5 assists, 5.4 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks over that stretch -- but Saturday's performance offers some hope that Simmons might be finding his early-season form again. The 21-year-old's floor remains very high due to his multi-category contributions, but it's his ceiling that makes him such a valuable fantasy asset even in re-draft formats.
2:54 am (EST)
Dwight Howard Headshot

Howard accounted for 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-5 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one steal across 35 minutes in Saturday's 106-105 loss to the Heat.

The veteran big man enjoyed another successful night down low, although he was whistled for what turned out to be a pivotal foul against Kelly Olynyk with less than a second remaining. The Heat forward subsequently managed to drain a go-ahead free throw that ultimately proved to be the game winner. Howard has now racked up seven consecutive double-doubles and has seven double-digit scoring efforts in eight January games overall. Consequently, he remains a top-15 center option across all formats, and continues to be one of the most pivotal pieces in the Hornets' attack.
2:49 am (EST)
Joel Embiid Headshot

Embiid scored 29 points (11-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding nine rebounds, two blocks, and assist and a steal in 32 minutes during Saturday's 116-94 win over the Bucks.

He's now scored at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games, averaging 24.9 points, 11.1 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.9 blocks over that stretch. With the Sixers climbing in the standings in the Eastern Conference and putting themselves in playoff contention, Embiid is less of a risk to sit or have his minutes restricted, and it's shown in his recent dominant production.
2:46 am (EST)
Kemba Walker Headshot

Walker mustered 22 points (10-25 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and three steals across 37 minutes in Saturday's 106-105 loss to the Heat.

Walker struggled some with his shot, especially from long distance. However, the 27-year-old guard continued attacking the basket, with his 25 shot attempts serving as his second most over the last 15 games. The All-Star has been particularly proficient as a facilitator of late as well, dishing out between six and 10 assists in six of eight January contests. Given his pivotal role in the Hornets' offense and ability to contribute across the stat sheet, he continues be an elite fantasy asset at his position.
2:43 am (EST)
Eric Bledsoe Headshot

Bledsoe scored 14 points (5-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT) while adding five steals, three assists and a block in 38 minutes during Saturday's 116-94 loss to the 76ers.

It's the fifth time in the last eight games Bledsoe has recorded at least three swipes, and he extended his streak of games with at least one steal to 14. His scoring has become inconsistent -- he's topped 20 points just three times in that eight-game stretch, averaging 15.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 boards, 3.0 steals and 1.4 three-pointers -- but his defensive contributions make him a must-start even in shallower roto formats.
2:41 am (EST)
Nicolas Batum Headshot

Batum registered 26 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-10 FT), six assists, three rebounds and three steals across 33 minutes in Saturday's 106-105 loss to the Heat.

The veteran two-guard's scoring total didn't only pace the Hornets on the night, but it also served as a season high. Batum has now shot 66.7 percent in two contests during January, eclipsing the 20-point mark in both. Batum typically takes a back seat on offense to backcourt mate Kemba Walker, but as he demonstrated Saturday, he can certainly light up the scoreboard when he gets the hot hand. Factoring in Saturday's line, Batum has now posted five straight double-digit scoring efforts while also dishing out at least five assists in three of those games.
2:36 am (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton scored a team-high 23 points (9-20 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 40 minutes during Saturday's 116-94 loss to the 76ers.

With Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) sidelined, Middleton stepped up with his best impression of the Greek Freak, but unfortunately he didn't get enough support from the rest of an undermanned Bucks roster to keep pace with the Sixers. Antetokounmpo is out again Monday against the Suns, so look for Middleton to put together another strong stat line.
2:35 am (EST)
DeMarcus Cousins Headshot

Cousins scored 24 points (7-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-12 FG) while adding 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes during Saturday's 111-104 win over the Grizzlies.

That's now five straight double-doubles and 35 on the season in 45 games for Cousins, putting him second in the league to Karl-Anthony Towns (39) in that category. The 27-year-old continues to thrive in the New Orleans frontcourt alongside Anthony Davis, and Cousins is currently on pace for career highs in rebounds, assists and three-pointers in addition to topping 25 points a game for the third straight season.
2:30 am (EST)
Kelly Olynyk Headshot

Olynyk tallied 16 points (6-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists across 24 minutes in Saturday's 106-105 win over the Hornets.

Olynyk capped off his third double-double of January by draining a clutch free throw with under a second remaining, sealing the win for the Heat. The fifth-year pro also put up a season-high number of shot attempts while posting his ninth double-digit scoring effort in the last 11 contests. Olynyk continues to come off the bench behind James Johnson, but the role is still typically affording him minutes in the mid-20s on most nights, keeping his fantasy stock solid across all formats.
2:29 am (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis scored 21 points (7-13 FG, 7-8 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Saturday's 111-104 win over the Grizzlies.

The Pelicans' formula worked to perfection in this one -- Davis and DeMarcus Cousins imposed their will early, and when the defense collapsed on them late, Jrue Holiday took advantage with a big fourth quarter. Davis now has 24 double-doubles in 39 games, and the only thing standing between him and a monster second half is his ability to avoid injury.
2:25 am (EST)
James Johnson Headshot

Johnson provided 22 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven assists and six rebounds across 29 minutes in Saturday's 106-105 win over the Hornets.

The veteran big man put up a season-high scoring total in what was only his fourth 20-point effort of the campaign. Johnson was productive in the rebound and assist categories as well, leading to one of the best all-around stat lines of his 38 games. Johnson's scoring has undeniably gone through some fluctuations, but his relatively consistent production elsewhere on the stat sheet continues to keep his fantasy value solid across all formats.
2:22 am (EST)
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