With the Warriors looking for a spark in the second half, they have benched Harrison Barnes. Andre Iguodala started the second half for Golden State and he has played with more energy than Barnes. Over 22 minutes in Game 6, Iguodala has six points and five rebounds.
With the Raptors losing to LeBron and the Cavs for a trip to the finals, DeRozan can focus on his future. With 2015-'16 being his best as a pro, the 6th year swingman did everything he could to push for a max deal this offseason. 23.5 points per game was a career high, and put that alongside 4.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game, the Raptors will want to bring him back.The question remains, however, if they can do enough to their roster in the offseason to put pieces around Kyle Lowry, and DeRozan if he comes back, to make a title run. For fantasy purpose, DeRozan is trending upward, and look for him to go off the board in the early rounds on draft day.
This is no surprise as Phil Jackson is known to work his teams through the draft and trades. It is unclear who the Knicks view as expendable currently but expect them to work up to the draft to move into the first round.
This is a no-brainer for Biyombo after a successful postseason that likely put him on the radar for teams around the league. Biyombo will likely triple his yearly value by opting out and it will be interesting to see where he ends up. Despite being valued around the league, Biyombo is not much of a fantasy option as most of his production comes on the defensive end.
Lowry put together a phenomenal regular season but slowed a bit in the playoffs. This however will not take a big hit on his new contract as he will be a hot commodity on the market. Expect the Raptors to try and blow him away with an offer to try and hold him off from talking to other teams.
DeRozan dealt with a hand injury throughout most of the playoffs but he still finished the 2016 postseason averaging 20.9 points with 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. DeRozan's three-point shooting was a real let down in the postseason after he shot 34 percent from three during the regular season he shot just 15 percent from three during the playoffs.
Lowry finishes the 2016 postseason, averaging 19.1 points per game with 2.1 three-pointers, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Lowry did all he could to will the Raptors into a Game 7 as he lead all scorers with 35 points but Toronto just did not have the fire power to deal with the Cavs "Big Three".
Irving turned in another strong performance on Friday night and finishes the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 24.2 points with 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 three-pointers per game. The Cavs do not yet know who their opponent will be in the NBA Finals but with Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook the remaining two point guards in the West you can bet that Irving will have his hands full on the defensive end.
Love had an up and down series against the Raptors which saw him benched at times during key moments of the game but he finished out Game 6 with a strong 20/12 performance and his ability to stretch the floor should play well against either of the two remaining Western Conference teams. Through the playoffs thus far Love is averaging 17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 asists per game while shooting an impressive 45 percent from three-point range.