2016 NBA Draft Results & Analysis

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ROUND 1

1. Ben Simmons
76ers, PF, Louisiana State
The 76ers have been supremely cautious with Simmons since he fractured his right foot in late September, and while the No. 1 overall pick has since resumed running, jumping and cutting, he's yet to receive clearance for contact. Brown indicated that he doesn't expect Simmons to take part in any five-on-five work over the All-Star break, and with the coach previously indicating that the rookie would need to take part in five full-contact, full-court sessions before he'd have the chance to play in games, it appears safe to conclude that at the very least, Simmons is a few weeks away from playing. This report is nonetheless encouraging after recent news seemed to suggest that Simmons wouldn't make his debut in 2016-17, but with the season coming to a close in mid-April, it seems likely that he won't be able to play more than a handful of games in a best-case scenario.
2. Brandon Ingram
Lakers, SF, Duke
Ingram provided half of the team's made three-pointers in the loss as the other guards on the team could not find a way to connect from outside. After taking over the starting role Monday from Luol Deng, Ingram has back-to-back double-digit performances, which is definitely a step in the right direction for the rookie. Look for Ingram to try and get a firm grip on the starting position for years to come over the remainder of this season.
3. Jaylen Brown
Celtics, SF, California
The rookie sustained a strained right hip Saturday in Utah, limiting him to just 12 minutes of action while making another start at shooting guard. Boston has not released an official return timeline, but as of Monday morning the expectation is that Brown will sit out Monday (at Dallas). Wednesday (vs. Philadelphia) and Thursday (at Chicago) leading up to the All-Star break. The Celtics are then off until Feb. 24, when they return to action against the Raptors in Toronto.
4. Dragan Bender
Suns, PF,
This ends up being pretty good news for the rookie forward, as earlier reports feared that Bender missing the remainder of the season was a real possibility. The timetable given would mean that Bender would have a chance to return in early-to-mid March, but given the Suns' playoff hopes are a long shot, they likely won't be in any rush to bring their rookie back. Fellow rookie Marquese Chriss could potentially be pushed into even more minutes at the power forward position in Bender's absence, but the big the big man being out shouldn't have too drastic of an impact on the team's rotation.
5. Kris Dunn
Timberwolves, PG, Providence
Dunn hadn't played in any of the Timberwolves' previous four games while nursing a sore right hand, but he slotted back into his usual backup role behind starting point guard Ricky Rubio on Friday. With Rubio taking on a full workload, there was only sparse time left over for Dunn, but the rookie doesn't figure to see a substantial enough of a boost in playing time over the games to come to make much of a splash in season-long formats. Prior to missing time with the injury, Dunn had averaged 2.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game in his last five outings.
6. Buddy Hield
Pelicans, SG, Oklahoma
Hield looked great in this young player showcase, but he has looked overmatched at times during the regular season. He is averaging just 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in eight February games, making him worth using only in deeper redraft fantasy leagues. The rookie remains a must-have in long-term keeper formats, however.
7. Jamal Murray
Nuggets, SG, Kentucky
Murray secured MVP honors in the game, as his sensational February continues. He is averaging 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in nine games in February, taking advantage of the injury to Emmanuel Mudiay (back). When Mudiay is healthy then Murray is likely to see his minutes cut, and his fantasy appeal decrease.
8. Marquese Chriss
Suns, PF, Washington
Chriss impressively exploded for his season high in points in just 24 minutes of action. This marks two 20-point outings for the rookie in the last four games. But those games were sandwiched in between two games in which he went a combined 4-of-21 from the field, showing that consistency isn't quite there yet. Still, Chriss is trending upward and should continue to get better as the season goes along.
9. Jakob Poeltl
Raptors, C, Utah
Poeltl has started the last two games for the Raptors, but hasn't been very impressive, so coach Dwane Casey has opted to change the starting five. Instead of Poeltl, the Raptors will go small, with Norman Powell joining the top unit on the wing. Poeltl should see a decrease in minutes with the demotion and once newly acquired Serge Ibaka is available, Poeltl's role stands to take another hit, so his value should continue to decline following the All-Star break.
10. Thon Maker
Bucks, C,
With Jabari Parker (knee) out for the remainder of the year, the Bucks will been forced to make severe adjustments to their rotation. Coach Jason Kidd has decided to start Maker in Parker's first absence, adding a lengthy three-point threat to the Bucks starting five. Maker has shown ability to put up solid numbers when given rotational minutes, providing 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks, one steal, and one assist across 24 minutes Feb. 1 against the Jazz.
11. Domantas Sabonis
Thunder, NA, Gonzaga
Sabonis appeared to be taking a big step forward with a season-best three-game streak of 10 or more points, but he really stunk up the joint in Wednesday's loss. He remains useful only in deeper fantasy formats until he starts to show a little more consistency with his shot.
12. Taurean Prince
Hawks, SF, Baylor
Prince has earned exactly 25 minutes in consecutive contests, which is his career high. He has now played 20 minutes or more on four occasions this season, but Prince is unlikely to make much of an impact in fantasy unless the Hawks become sellers at the trade deadline and open up more regular playing time.
13. Georgios Papagiannis
Kings, C,
The 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft has not been a factor at the NBA level this season, appearing in just two games and logging nine total minutes.
14. Denzel Valentine
Bulls, F, Michigan State
Valentine had a successful, three-game stint with the Windy City Bulls during which he posted averages of 30.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. The rookie's next chance to play for Chicago will come Monday, though he hasn't appeared in an NBA game since Jan. 20.
15. Juan Hernangomez
Nuggets, SF,
To be sure, the Nuggets were ice-cold shooters in this game, but it appears Hernangomez will continue to be a mystery for players. Although his tantalizing 27-point showing on Monday against Golden State had us thinking he may have made a case for more time, Wednesday's game left Nuggets fans wondering when thy might see Kenneth Faried (ankle) or Danilo Gallinari (groin) back on the court. The All-Star break will provide a much-needed respite for the plethora of injured Nuggets, so for those who scrambled to the waiver wire to snag Hernangomez after his 3-point parade, you may have to wait a while for a similar performance.
16. Guerschon Yabusele
Celtics, PF,
Surprise of the draft. He played in France this season and appears to have very high potential. Nobody expected Yabusele to be selected this high but the draft rarely turns out to be nearly identical to mock drafts. This is the draft of high risk and high reward, this fits the profile. He shot 43% from downtown, which was an issue that needed to be addressed. He looks like a tank.
17. Wade Baldwin
Grizzlies, SG, Vanderbilt
The rookie out of Vanderbilt has split the season between the Grizzlies and the D-League and is averaging 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 21 contests for the Iowa Energy.
18. Henry Ellenson
Pistons, PF, Marquette
Ellenson was a first-round pick in 2016, but he's been unable to crack the Pistons' rotation, and the team appears content to treat 2016-17 as a developmental year for the Marquette product.
19. Malik Beasley
Nuggets, NA, Florida State
Beasley put up seven points in six minutes during garbage time of Wednesday's 20-point loss to the Grizzlies, but as expected, that performance didn't put him under consideration to enter the rotation in a competitive contest Friday. With the Nuggets at full health in the backcourt, Beasley could to the D-League if he fails to see the floor in any of the next several contests.
20. Caris LeVert
Nets, SG, Michigan
LeVert was held out of the Nets' last two games due to soreness in his left knee, but the team appears confident enough in his status to keep him off the injury report. He'll likely return to his role as a rotational player off the bench if he plays.
21. DeAndre Bembry
Hawks, SF, Saint Joseph's
Bembry matched his career high in assists despite playing single-digit minutes for the second straight game. Bembry was averaging 20.0 minutes per game over the first six games of February, but it appears that the rookie's role is not consistent enough to warrant attention in most fantasy formats.
22. Malachi Richardson
Kings, SG, Syracuse
Though the 20-year-old has only appeared in 22 games this season, averaging 9.0 minutes per contest, his presence has been increasingly needed as of late due to a myriad of injuries plaguing the Kings' roster. In his absence, Ben McLemore, Garrett Temple (hamstring) and Matt Barnes will likely take on extra minutes, but it's unclear at this time if one player will absorb most of the work or if it will be spread out among the remaining guys. The effect of Richardson's absence will also be lessened once Omri Casspi (foot) and Arron Afflalo (hamstring) return from their respective injuries.
23. Ante Zizic
Celtics, C,
Zizic fills the immediate need for the Celtics as they need a big center who has the ability to block shots and rebound. The Celtics fans were seen booing the draft pick, but they most likely know little about him. He's extremely tough, and has a very high motor, both very positive signs in a seven footer.
24. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
76ers, SG,
Luwawu-Cabarrot received his first-career start as Robert Covington (hand) was sidelined, but wasn't able to do a lot despite receiving 23 minutes, his second-highest total of the season. If Covington is unable to go Thursday against the Spurs, look for Luwawu-Cabarrot to receive more minutes than normal once again.
25. Brice Johnson
Clippers, NA, North Carolina
The team must want to get him back this season, and are going to take a less invasive approach to start. He was going to fight for minutes during his rookie season anyway, behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan frontcourt starters and veteran Marreese Speights as the primary option off the bench.
26. Furkan Korkmaz
76ers, SG,
Korkmaz was the first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers this year, and it was not clear when he would eventually join the NBA squad. He was previously with Anadolu Efes, the first pro team he played for.
27. Pascal Siakam
Raptors, SF, New Mexico State
With Patrick Patterson (knee) unavailable, Siakam filled in on the top unit, and while he didn't make much of an impact in the box score, he helped make the Raptors better when he was on the court. The rookie's plus-15 rating was tops among all players on the team, and the fact that the Raptors were able to come away with a victory might be enough to earn Siakam another start if Patrick remains out again Monday against the Clippers. Even if that's the case, Siakam's fantasy ceiling isn't much higher than what he provided Sunday, so he'll largely remain worth avoiding in mos season-long and DFS formats.
28. Skal Labissiere
Kings, PF, Kentucky
The Kings were down to only 10 available players Friday with four players sitting out with injuries and Georgios Papagiannis on a D-League assignment, but there still wasn't any room in the rotation for Labissiere. The rookie has only made six appearances on the season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per game.
29. Dejounte Murray
Spurs, PG, Washington
Both Murray and Bryn Forbes will return from the Austin Spurs in advance of Saturday's matchup with the Nuggets. Murray has shown flashes of his considerable potential when given opportunities at the NBA level this season, but the Spurs have been mostly content to allow the Washington product to use his rookie season as a developmental year. Over San Antonio's last four games, Murray has played a total of just eight minutes.
30. Damian Jones
Warriors, C, Vanderbilt
Jones was able to pick up some run in the fourth quarter with the Warriors on the wrong end of a blowout, but that's about the only occasions that coach Steve Kerr is willing to use him. The rookie has moved up to third on the depth chart at center with both Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) and David West (thumb) sidelined for the last several games, which means he'll be held out of the rotation more often than not.

ROUND 2

31. Deyonta Davis
Grizzlies, PF, Michigan State
Considered a project player at this point in his career, Davis is unlikely to make a major impact at the NBA level as a rookie. The Michigan State product is averaging 8.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game.
32. Ivica Zubac
Lakers, C,
The Lakers seem ready to turn it over to their youngsters at this point in the season, a decision signaled earlier in the week by the moves of Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to the bench in favor of Tarik Black and Brandon Ingram, respectively. Not only has Mozgov lost out on his starting role, but he's also fallen completely out of the rotation the last three games, paving the way for Zubac to serve as Black's primary backup. With averages of 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.0 assist in 20.0 minutes during those games, Zubac could warrant a look in deeper leagues, but he'll need to take on a larger portion of the timeshare with Black before creeping up on the fantasy radar in shallower formats.
33. Cheick Diallo
Pelicans, NA, Kansas
After a six-game stint with the Greensboro Storm, Diallo will return to the Pelicans in advance of Wednesday's game in Memphis. The big man is unlikely to make a significant impact, and the decision to recall him probably stems from his involvement with the events surrounding All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
34. Tyler Ulis
Suns, PG, Kentucky
Ulis' 13 points and 28 minutes were season highs, as he received some extended minutes in the blowout while the team lacked point guard depth with Eric Bledsoe (rest) sidelined. Ulis hadn't played more than three minutes in a game since Jan. 30 and had only scored in double figures on two previous occasions, so with Bledsoe likely to return in the next game, don't expect Ulis to follow up this effort with a similar one.
35. Rade Zagorac
Celtics, SF,
36. Malcolm Brogdon
Bucks, SG, Virginia
After arriving on the fantasy radar in last December upon joining the starting five in place of an injured Matthew Dellavedova, Brogdon since settled back to bench duties a little less than a month later, and has remained in that role for the last two games. However, he's still frequently seeing comparable playing time to starting wings Dellavedova and Tony Snell, and surpassed both players in minutes Friday after the Bucks fell behind by 21 points at halftime. Brogdon ended up earning his playing time by finishing as the Bucks' second-leading scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo (41 points), and it looks like he'll continue to see a sizable role in the second unit going forward. Khris Middleton, who has played the previous two games off the bench after being sidelined all season with a torn hamstring, should gradually settle back into a 30-plus-minute starting role on the wing on a regular basis, but his arrival seems likely to have more negative consequences for Dellavedova and Snell than Brogdon. The rookie is averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 0.8 three-pointers in 28.2 minutes per game through the first five contests of February.
37. Chinanu Onuaku
Rockets, PF, Louisville
Onuaku has appeared in 29 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season, posting averages of 13.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. The Louisville product is unlikely to make an impact at the NBA level in 2016-17, however.
38. Patrick McCaw
Warriors, SG, UNLV
The rookie started in place of Klay Thompson in Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets. He had his most productive game of his young career, posting 19 points (8-13 FG, 1-5 3pt, 2-2 FT), two assists and a rebound over 35 minutes. Thompson's return will result in McCaw going back to his usual role off the bench.
39. David Michineau
Pelicans, PG,
40. Diamond Stone
Clippers, C, Maryland
Stone had a strong showing with the Stars on Monday, posting 22 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a block over 20 minutes. However, he's seen action in just five games for the Clippers this season, so despite being recalled to the big club, Stone likely won't see the floor if the game remains competitive. Stone is a bit buried on the depth chart and probably needs a few injuries to occur higher up before he's given a chance to see a bigger role.
41. Stephen Zimmerman
Magic, C, UNLV
The UNLV product hasn't made an impact at the NBA level this season, but he's fared well in the D-League, posting averages of 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21 games.
42. Isaiah Whitehead
Nets, PG, Seton Hall
Following a three-game run as the starting point guard, Whitehead shifted back to the bench in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie, but ended up outpacing him in both playing time and production. With double-digit scoring efforts in four of his last seven games, Whitehead has flashed some potential lately, but he's shooting a woeful 34.5 percent from the field during that span and has battled turnover problems throughout his rookie campaign. While Tuesday's performance could earn Whitehead a spot back in the starting five, neither he nor Dinwiddie will have much security in that role until Jeremy Lin (hamstring) returns.
43. Zhou Qi
Rockets, C,
44. Isaia Cordinier
Hawks, SG,
45. Demetrius Jackson
Celtics, PG, Notre Dame
Jackson has trudged between the D-League and the NBA throughout the season, making only four appearances for the Celtics. Though Jackson will likely be active Thursday against the Bulls with Jaylen Brown (hip) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) out, he'll struggle to see the floor if the game is competitive.
46. A.J. Hammons
Mavericks, C, Purdue
Dallas has been struggling, and so has Hammons. He should be left on the waiver wire and is not worth rostering in any league.
47. Jake Layman
Trail Blazers, SF, Maryland
Layman has spent the last three weeks in the D-League, averaging 17.9 points (on 42.4% shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 33.3 minutes per contest over eight appearances. Now that he's back with the Trail Blazers, Layman is unlikely to see consistent minutes off the bench, as he hasn't been a mainstay in the rotation for an extended period of time this season.
48. Paul Zipser
Bulls, SF,
The Bulls announced earlier in the week that Zipser would be sidelined through the All-Star break with left ankle tendinitis, but the rookie ended up progressing quicker than anticipated and seemed to have a slight chance of suiting up Thursday before the team formally ruled him out. Though he'll sit out a fourth consecutive game, Zipser seems to be trending toward availability for the Bulls' following contest Feb. 24 against the Suns. Once healthy, Zipser should settle back into a 20-plus minute role off the bench behind starting wings Dwyane Wade (wrist, illness) and Jimmy Butler.
49. Michael Gbinije
Pistons, SF, Syracuse
The rookie out of Syracuse has not been a rotational player for the Pistons this season, and that's likely to continue after the All-Star break. Gbinije has appeared in only nine games, recording four total points, two assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes.
50. Georges Niang
Pacers, PF, Iowa State
Niang suited up for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Tuesday against the Raptors 905 and finished with 11 points and four rebounds. The rookie out of Iowa State is unlikely to make a tangible impact at the NBA level this season.
51. Ben Bentil
Pacers, PF, Providence
The Celtics selected Bentil out of Providence with their number 51 pick overall. He probably should have gone back to school for another year but coming off of a terrific sophomore campaign in which he averaged 21.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 32.9 percent from downtown, most thought he could have gone first round. He was released by the Celtics on October 21st and he'll likely end up on the Pacers D-League squad.
52. Joel Bolomboy
Jazz, PF, Weber State
With both the NBA and D-League heading into the All-Star break, Bolomboy is likely being assigned to log some extra practice time over the break. Bolomboy has seen action in just nine games for the Jazz, so they'll take advantage of any and all additional developmental opportunities as they can. He'll likely be recalled at some point following the break, but shouldn't see the floor in a competitive contest.
53. Petr Cornelie
Nuggets, PF,
54. Kay Felder
Cavaliers, PG, Oakland
Felder appeared to be settling into a regular rotation role for the Cavaliers toward the end of January, but his appears coach Tyronn Lue has since decided to scratch that plan. After seeing single-digit minutes in the previous four games, Felder dropped out of the rotation entirely Tuesday with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) returning to action. The Cavaliers are likely to address their lack of depth at point guard via trade or a free-agent signing in the coming week, which will only further hurt Felder's chances of seeing meaningful run off the bench.
55. Marcus Paige
Jazz, NA, North Carolina
Utah has a ton of depth at guard headed into the season, especially now that Dante Exum has returned and they acquired George Hill. Paige is already trending towards another college star that doesn't pan out in the NBA.
56. Daniel Hamilton
Nuggets, SG, UCONN
57. Wang Zhelin
Grizzlies, C,
58. Abdel Nader
Celtics, SF, Iowa State
59. Isaiah Cousins
Kings, SG, Oklahoma
The Kings couldn't handle having two Cousins on one team and they weren't planning on cutting DeMarcus any time soon. But in all seriousness we wish the rookie the best in his journey to the league. He'll probably sign on and play the 2016-'17 campaign in the D-League.
60. Tyrone Wallace
Jazz, SG, California
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Derrick Jones Headshot

Jones made the final round of Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, before falling to winner Glenn Robinson III.

The Suns rookie showed some impressive hops during the contest, including an opening-round dunk in which he soared over four people before putting home a one-handed slam. Jones has seen very little action for the Suns this season, not surprising for a skinny 20-year-old who only left UNLV early after he was deemed academically ineligible by the NCAA, but he has the length and athleticism to eventually develop into a useful player.
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Glenn Robinson Headshot

Robinson defeated Derrick Jones, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan in Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

With two-time defending champ Zach LaVine (knee) not participating, the field was wide open, and Robinson seized his opportunity with arguably the two most impressive dunks of the night, including a full two-handed pump reverse jam after leaping over three people to cap his final round victory over Jones. Robinson has been in and out of Indiana's starting lineup this season without much to show for it statistically, but Saturday's win could give him the confidence to lock down a starting role down the stretch.
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Kemba Walker Headshot

Walker made it to the final round of Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest, losing to eventual winner Eric Gordon.

He came up short, however, as his final-round 17 was topped by Gordon and Kyrie Irving's 20, before Gordon claimed the title in an overtime round. Walker's enjoying a career year for the Hornets, averaging 22.5 points and 2.7 three-pointers per game, but he'll need to get a little more help after the All-Star break from his teammates if Charlotte is going to pull themselves up into a playoff spot.
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Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving lost in the final round to Eric Gordon in Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest.

He went down swinging, forcing Gordon to an overtime round when they each scored 20 in the finals, but Irving's 18 in overtime proved to be not quite enough. The 24-year-old is on pace for a career year with the Eastern Conference-leading Cavs, averaging 24.4 points and 2.4 threes per game, and his usage could even increase after the All-Star break due to Kevin Love's knee injury.
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Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon won Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest, needing an overtime round to defeat Kyrie Irving.

He and Irving each scored 20 in the final round, topping Kemba Walker's 17, to force the extra set of shots. Gordon finished with a flurry, draining 11 of his final 12 three-pointers, to claim the title. The Rockets' sharpshooter, who's averaging a career-high 3.5 threes per game this season, follows in the footsteps of long range specialists such as Jason Kapono, Jeff Hornacek and Steve Kerr in winning his first Three-Point Contest.
8 hours ago
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward lost to Kristaps Porzingis in the final round of Saturday's Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

He took an impressive path to the finals, though, defeating John Wall and then Isaiah Thomas before falling to Porzingis. Hayward is having a career year for the Jazz, and is on pace to average more than 20 points a game for the first time while leading Utah to the top of the Northwest Division.
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Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis defeated Gordon Hayward in the finals of Saturday's Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

For the second straight year, a big man won the competition typically associated with slick guards, as Porzingis followed in the large footsteps of 2016 Skills Challenge winner Karl-Anthony Towns. It's been quite an All-Star Weekend for the 21-year-old Latvian forward, who also dropped a big double-double Friday during the Future Stars game. There's a lot of turmoil surrounding the Knicks these days, but Porzingis gives them a strong foundation for the future,
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Frank Kaminsky Headshot

Kaminsky had a team-high 33 points (12-16 FG, 9-13 3Pt) with three rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

The 7-footer from Wisconsin is starting to come into his own, and Friday's performance is a sampling of what he has been doing lately. Kaminsky is averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 3-pointers and 1.3 steals per game in seven February outings for his finest month as a pro. If he is available off the waiver wire now is the time to act.
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Karl-Anthony Towns Headshot

Towns connected for 24 points (11-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Towns was a men among boys, putting together a very efficient shooting performance from the field. He has posted 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in the first half, numbers worthy of a roster spot in the All-Star Game. He'll be there eventually, and he is likely to play in several before his career is finished.
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Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis finished with 24 points (11-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

The Latvian looked pretty good, as he has been under the weather lately. He hit the All-Star break averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game over his past five outings, nearly back to his season averages after tailing off a bit near the end of January.
1 day ago
Buddy Hield Headshot

Hield posted 28 points (11-22 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Hield looked great in this young player showcase, but he has looked overmatched at times during the regular season. He is averaging just 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in eight February games, making him worth using only in deeper redraft fantasy leagues. The rookie remains a must-have in long-term keeper formats, however.
1 day ago
Jamal Murray Headshot

Murray finished with 36 points (13-19 FG, 9-14 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while posting 11 assists, three rebounds and a steal in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge Game.

Murray secured MVP honors in the game, as his sensational February continues. He is averaging 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in nine games in February, taking advantage of the injury to Emmanuel Mudiay (back). When Mudiay is healthy then Murray is likely to see his minutes cut, and his fantasy appeal decrease.
1 day ago
Joel Embiid Headshot

Embiid (knee) said he hopes to return for the first game after the All-Star break, when the 76ers play host to the Wizards, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Process has missed the past 11 games, but sounded optimistic when talking about his progress during the Rising Stars Game as part of Friday's NBA All-Star festivities. Embiid said he'd "probably" return after the break, adding, "if the practices before that go well, and I don't get any knee swelling or soreness, definitely." The 22-year-old Center from Kansas is no stranger to adversity as he missed his first two seasons with foot ailments and also dealt with the death of his brother. However, he's averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while converting just over 78 percent of shots from the charity stripe this season. With the trade deadline approaching, Philadelphia has made no secret about its desire to shop a different center in Jahlil Okafor -- if that comes to fruition, it could potentially clear the logjam in the frontcourt, where Nerlens Noel is also in the picture.
1 day ago
Gerald Green Headshot

Green (heel) submitted six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and three rebounds across 12 minutes in a 104-103 loss to the Bulls on Thursday.

It wasn't certain the Celtics would make a hurting Green available Thursday with the All-Star break looming, but he ended up seeing a normal workload off the bench and seems to escaped the contest without any setbacks. Green has suited up in seven consecutive games, which included a three-game stretch of double-digit scoring, but he's at risk of falling out of the rotation after the break once both Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) return to action.
2 days ago
Briante Weber Headshot

Weber was assigned to the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday so that he can participate in the D-League All-Star Game on Saturday, Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Weber has spent the majority of this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he played well enough to be designated as a D-League All-Star, but he's currently on a second 10-day contract with Golden State. He'll likely be called back up following All-Star weekend and available for Thursday's game against the Clippers, although Weber is averaging just over eight minutes during his five games with Golden State to date.
2 days ago
Doug McDermott Headshot

McDermott contributed 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one steal over 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

While he wasn't at his most efficient from the floor, McDermott still posted his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, and seventh in the last nine games overall. The 25-year-old has upped his scoring averages in each month of the season thus far, and is now tallying 11.0 points across an average of 21.6 minutes in eight February games. With Dwyane Wade out of the lineup in four of the last five games, McDermott has upped his involvement as well, as he's sporting a solid 20.8 percent usage rate over that span while also taking double-digit shot attempts in three straight games.
2 days ago
Jerian Grant Headshot

Grant poured in 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added two rebounds and one assist over 28 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

Grant came alive in the second half to hit double digits in the scoring column for the fourth time in eight February contests. He was particularly aggressive from long range, with his seven three-point attempts representing a career high. The second-year pro has acquitted himself reasonably well while drawing starts at both small forward and guard in recent games in the wake of the respective absences of Jimmy Butler (heel) and Dwyane Wade (wrists/illness), but may be back on the second unit to open up the second half of the season.
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Taj Gibson Headshot

Gibson supplied 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and two assists over 28 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

The eight-year veteran was an ideal complementary presence to Jimmy Butler and Robin Lopez on the first unit, posting his sixth double-digit scoring effort in the last seven games. Gibson's offensive involvement has seen a slight downturn over the last three contests following a four-game streak of double-digit shot attempts, but he remains one of the more dependable frontcourt options in all fantasy formats. The former first-round pick heads into the All-Star break with solid averages of 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 27.3 minutes in 55 games.
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Robin Lopez Headshot

Lopez went for 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 27 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

Lopez was an impressive presence down low while drawing even with Bobby Portis for the second-most shot attempts on the Bulls. The veteran big man wraps up the first half of the season with double-digit scoring efforts in five of his last six games, and seven of his last nine overall. He's also stepped it up on the glass during February, with six or more rebounds in six of eight contests during the month. Lopez has picked up his offensive involvement in Dwyane Wade's recent four-game absence due to sore wrists and an illness, as the big man is sporting a 27.5 percent usage rate during that span and averaging a solid 12.5 points in February overall, with the latter figure his best monthly figure in that category to date this season.
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Bobby Portis Headshot

Portis posted 19 points (8-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and one block over 26 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

Portis' scoring total was his best on the season and led the Bulls' second unit, with the second-year big man putting up a season-high number of shot attempt in the process. Portis has actually taken double-digit shots in just two games overall this season, with both having come within the last three contests in stints of 31 and 26 minutes, respectively. His recent surge in opportunity has come while Nikola Mirotic has been sidelined with back spasms and due to a coach's decision, however, so it remains to be seen how much run Portis receives coming out of the All-Star break.
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Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler managed 29 points (9-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-9 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and one block over 40 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.

Butler's scoring total was a team high, but it was his final two points of the night that were the most crucial. The All-Star forward was fouled by Marcus Smart on his game-winning shot attempt and sank the subsequent pair of free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to give the Bulls the improbable victory. Butler bounced back nicely over the last two games after missing four contests earlier in February with a heel injury, following up Tuesday's 19-point, 12-assist double-double with what was his best scoring total since Jan. 25. He's worked in concert with key free-agent acquisition Dwyane Wade when the latter has been healthy, and heads into the All-Star break with career-best averages of 24.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists, along with a figure of 1.8 steals that serves as his second-best number in that category.
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Al Horford Headshot

Horford tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one block over 27 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Bulls.

Horford couldn't find his stride offensively, snapping a streak of nine consecutive double-digit efforts in the process. He also shot under 40.0 percent for the first time in six contests, leading to his lowest scoring total since Jan. 18. Despite the struggles Thursday, the veteran big man has been a solid frontcourt presence in his first season in a Celtics uniform, averaging 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 blocks across 32.9 minutes in 45 games.
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Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart totaled just five points (1-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal over 33 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Bulls.

Smart couldn't come close to replicating his stellar performance from a night earlier against the Sixers that included a whopping eight steals, and ended up committing a game-changing foul that directly led to the loss to boot. The third-year pro appeared to play superb defense against Jimmy Butler on the latter's desperation shot attempt at the buzzer until the he grazed his elbow as the ball was leaving his hand, prompting the referee's whistle. Butler drained the subsequent pair of free throws to effectively seal the win for the Bulls and cap off a generally forgettable night for Smart. The game marked the end of a six-game streak of double-digit scoring for the 22-year-old, as he took his lowest amount of shot attempts since Jan. 25. With both Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) possibly returning after the All-Star break, Smart may be heading back to the bench, although he'll still be expected to see at least 25 minutes per night in that scenario.
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Amir Johnson Headshot

Johnson generated 10 points (5-6 FG), two rebounds, two blocks and one steal over 17 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Bulls.

After essentially disappearing on the offensive end over the previous four games with a combined 19 points, Johnson bounced back with his third double-digit scoring effort of February on Thursday. However, he continues to be difficult to rely on from a scoring perspective overall, with his typically limited playing time also playing a pivotal part in capping his overall upside. He does offer some serviceable production on the glass, and has hauled in at least five rebounds in five of nine February outings.
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