2016 NBA Draft Results & Analysis

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ROUND 1

1. Ben Simmons
76ers, PF, Louisiana State
The workouts are similar to what Simmons was able to do prior to the 76ers ruling him out for the season a little less than two weeks ago after he required surgery to insert bone marrow into his fractured right foot. He'll presumably be limited in workouts for the remainder of the season, but the 76ers are hopeful that the No. 1 overall pick will be able to see some action in summer league and receive full clearance for training camp in the fall. The 76ers are grooming Simmons as their long-term solution at point guard, but that won't necessarily preclude them from using their first-round pick on another ball handler in June.
2. Brandon Ingram
Lakers, SF, Duke
Ingram was removed from Friday's game agains the Timberwolves with tendinitis in his right knee, so the Lakers will wait until shootaround Sunday to update his status. At this point in the season, the Lakers have set their sights on the lottery, so Ingram is unlikely to be cleared unless he's 100 percent healthy.
3. Jaylen Brown
Celtics, SF, California
Brown's production has taken a downturn of late, so Bradley's absence and his subsequent promotion to the starting lineup could be what the rookie needs to get back on track. In 11 outings as a starting guard this season, Brown is averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.
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
With the starting backcourt of Ricky Rubio and Brandon Rush going a combined 3-of-12 from the field Tuesday, coach Tom Thibodeau leaned more heavily on his top backup guards, Dunn and Tyus Jones. Despite seeing his most playing time since Jan. 28, Dunn was still unable to hit double-digit points, contributing just as many fouls. The Timberwolves still seem to view the rookie as a key part of their long-term core, but he's unlikely to emerge as a fantasy asset outside of deeper formats until at least next season.
6. Buddy Hield
Kings, SG, Oklahoma
It was a career night for the red-hot Hield, who established new career highs in scoring, rebounds and assists in the loss. While the Kings have no visions of remaining competitive over the final couple weeks of the season, Hield, the team's top long-term asset, is one of the few players on the roster who will see his role increase down the stretch. The 23-year-old rookie is averaging 14.7 points (on 50% shooting from the field), 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals in 27.9 minutes per game since the All-Star break.
7. Jamal Murray
Nuggets, SG, Kentucky
Murray continues to serve as a dependable source of scoring off the bench, with Saturday's effort marking his sixth straight double-digit scoring tally. The rookie has kept his streak going despite shooting just 28.6 and 30.8 percent, respectively, over the last two games. With a secure and sizable role in the Nuggets backcourt rotation, Murray remains an appealing option in all formats for his ability to contribute across the stat sheet.
8. Marquese Chriss
Suns, PF, Washington
Chriss earned his second career double-double Thursday, and it also marked the first time he achieved consecutive 20-point games. Chriss has scored in double-digits for five straight games, and is averaging 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.8 threes, and 1.4 steals during that stretch. Granted, this is only a limited stretch of games, but only two players in NBA history have averaged at least 1.4 threes, steals, and blocks in a single season.
9. Jakob Poeltl
Raptors, C, Utah
With the Raptors winning handily, coach Dwane Casey was able to get Poeltl some extra run, and the 7-1 rookie responded by dropping a career-high 12 points. Despite the Raptors taking him ninth overall in last year's draft, Poeltl has only appearanced in 41 games for the team this season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds across 10.5 minutes per game. Considering he's slotted behind almost everyone else in the Raptors' big man rotation, Poeltl likely won't be fantasy relevant for the remainder of the season.
10. Thon Maker
Bucks, C,
Maker only made one bucket in an uneventful start at center on Monday, as he quickly gave way to John Henson and Greg Monroe as the game progressed. This has been a familiar tune of musical chairs since the team lost Jabari Parker (knee) to injury, and it seems that despite playing solely from the bench, Monroe has been the primary beneficiary. At this point, Monroe is the only player in this rotation that garners serious attention as he has logged an average of 26.7 minutes per game since Parker's injury, while Maker has seen an average of only 12.4 minutes per game in that time span. Henson has even done better than Maker with 17.4 minutes per game, and he has only seen the floor in 7 of the 15 games the Bucks have played without Parker. It's hard to find a reason to consider Maker in this crowded group.
11. Domantas Sabonis
Thunder, NA, Gonzaga
Thursday marked the first time all season that Sabonis has come off the bench, and he had a fairly typical game, hovering around his season averages of 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks across 21.0 minutes per game. Though coach Billy Donovan is experimenting with his rotations since acquiring new pieces at the trade deadline, it may be the case that Sabonis' fantasy production doesn't fluctuate much from here on out. The situation is worth monitoring, though the 6-10 rookie out of Gonzaga is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
12. Taurean Prince
Hawks, SF, Baylor
The 6-8 rookie -- who dropped a career-high 17 points Saturday against the Grizzlies -- seemingly has the Grizzlies' number, dropping 16 points on them Thursday. He also recorded a career-high four blocks, demonstrating his potential on both sides of the rock. In addition, Prince has been scorching hot since the All-Star break, knocking down 53.8 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. While he's probably not worth a pickup in almost any fantasy format at this point, he's shown he's capable of playing at the NBA level when given the opportunity.
13. Georgios Papagiannis
Kings, C,
The 7-2 big out of Greece demonstrated his ability to clean the glass Sunday, ripping down an impressive four offensive rebounds on his way to 10 total rebounds on the game in just 24 minutes of action. He also flashed his defensive potential, recording both a steal and a block. That being said, he committed five fouls, but that's nothing unusual for a 19-year old rookie finding his way around an NBA court. He's seen an increased role within the Kings' rotation over the past four games, averaging 15.7 minutes per game in the three games prior to Sunday's 24 minute showing. While it's possible he scrapes the surface of his fantasy potential at the end of this season, he likely won't be worth a look on the waiver wire in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
14. Denzel Valentine
Bulls, SF, Michigan State
Valentine secured his first career double-double as he tallied an impressive all-around line. The 12 rebounds easily eclipsed his previous season high of seven boards. Valentine has scored in double figures in five straight games, and has posted decent all-around numbers in that stretch, with averages of 11.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.8 three-pointers made per game. Owners in need of low-end all-around support could benefit by adding Valentine to finish the season.
15. Juan Hernangomez
Nuggets, SF,
Hernangomez has started the last three games with Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) sitting out with their respective injuries. However, Chandler has been cleared to return to the court and is a better matchup against LeBron James at small forward, so the Nuggets will insert him into the top unit right away, while sending Hernangomez to the bench. Chandler's presence likely means a decent drop in minutes for Hernangomez moving forward.
16. Guerschon Yabusele
Celtics, PF,
Yabusele was selected by the Celtics with the 16th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, but was a stash candidate for them, as he instead went to China to play with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He ended up playing in 43 games for the Sharks, posting averages of 20.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks across 30.3 minutes. He'll now come to the United States and play for the Red Claws of the D-League, although his debut remains to be seen for Maine, as he's dealing with an ankle injury and also has to work through some visa issues. Yabusele isn't expected to join the Celtics this season, but could debut with the team at some point during the 2017-18 campaign.
17. Wade Baldwin
Grizzlies, SG, Vanderbilt
Baldwin has taken part in 24 games for the Grizzlies this season, but has seen the floor just once over the team's last 21 contests. That prompted the Grizzlies to send him to the D-League yet again, giving him the opportunity to see extended minutes. Once recalled, Baldwin will slot back in as depth in the backcourt, but is no higher than the team's fourth option at point guard with the likes of Mike Conley, Toney Douglas and Andrew Harrison in the fold.
18. Henry Ellenson
Pistons, PF, Marquette
Ellenson will practice with the Drive on Tuesday before playing in their game Wednesday against Raptors 905, followed by a weekend back-to-back set against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The rookie first-round pick has made just 14 appearances with the Pistons this season, with none coming since Jan. 18.
19. Malik Beasley
Nuggets, NA, Florida State
Beasley has seen a total of three minutes with the Nuggets in March, so another stint with the Skyforce allows him the opportunity to see extended playing time. He could be recalled in time for Friday's matchup with the Pacers, but an injury would likely have to occur higher up on the depth chart before Beasley sees regular minutes in the rotation.
20. Caris LeVert
Nets, SG, Michigan
After three consecutive games of scoring in double figures, LeVert cooled off against the Celtics. LeVert's average of six field goal attempts per game in the last five makes him hard to own, because there is not much of an opportunity for him to produce offensively. In what has been an inconsistent rookie campaign, owners should also expect an inconsistent finish to the season.
21. DeAndre Bembry
Hawks, SF, Saint Joseph's
With Kent Bazemore (knee) likely sidelined until around March 26, the Hawks have decided to call up the 6-6 Bembry, who is capable of playing both small forward and shooting guard. He's averaged 2.8 points across 9.6 minutes per game in 30 appearances with the Hawks this season.
22. Malachi Richardson
Kings, SG, Syracuse
Richardson has not played since Feb. 15, the last game before the All Star break, as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury. The Kings have not offered a time table on his recovery, rendering him day-to-day going forward. His next opportunity to return will be Sunday against the Clippers.
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,
Despite Gerald Henderson and Robert Covington's recent returns from injury, Luwawu-Cabarrot is continuing to see time at both shooting guard and the 3, and drew a start at shooting guard on Sunday. It appears evident that the Sixers like what they see in the rookie, and they are going to give him every opportunity to show what he's got as their disappointing season winds down. The trio of Henderson, Covington and Luwawu-Cabarrot will be a quandary to navigate moving forward as they will most likely poach minutes from each other and render all of them less relevant from a fantasy perspective, but it's likely that you'll see enough of Luwawu-Cabarrot and Covington on the floor to warrant some consideration.
25. Brice Johnson
Clippers, NA, North Carolina
The rookie out of North Carolina has appeared in only one game for the Clippers after dealing with a herniated disc in his back, and he's highly unlikely to be an impact player at the NBA level over the final month of the regular season. In three games for the Salt Lake City Stars, Johnson posted averages of 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes.
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
Siakam essentially fell out of the rotation as soon as the Raptors added Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, and he's since spent a few stints in the D-League. The New Mexico State product will return to the Raptors in advance of Thursday's game against Miami, a game which he may end up starting if Serge Ibaka is suspended, as expected, following Tuesday night's melee involving Robin Lopez. Siakam has played only 20 total minutes since Feb. 8.
28. Skal Labissiere
Kings, PF, Kentucky
Though he was dropped to the second unit with Kosta Koufos returning to the starting five following a one-game rest, Labissiere still benefited from a healthy workload and came dangerously close to recording a triple-double. The scoring and rebound production was unsurprising given what Labissiere has been able to do since the All-Star break, but the eight assists should be viewed as a major outlier. Labissiere had failed to drop more than two dimes in any of his previous 22 appearances prior to Friday.
29. Dejounte Murray
Spurs, PG, Washington
While the Spurs would certainly like Murray to be available, he's currently third in their point guard hierarchy, so his absence shouldn't be detrimental to the team's success. He's played in 37 games this season, averaging 3.5 points across 8.5 minutes per game. In his absence, starter Tony Parker and reserve Patty Mills will likely continue to split minutes at the point guard slot. A two-week return date would put his first opportunity to return at April 2 against the Jazz
30. Damian Jones
Warriors, C, Vanderbilt
Jones saw significant action Saturday against the Spurs with coach Steve Kerr resting four of the Warriors' top players, but the rookie center will now head back to the D-League with the team back to full strength. He isn't remotely worth consideration in season-long or DFS formats.

ROUND 2

31. Deyonta Davis
Grizzlies, PF, Michigan State
Despite being called up and made active for Saturday, Davis likely won't be a part of the Grizzlies' rotation, as he's made only 22 appearances with the team this season. In those appearances, he's averaged 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds across 6.6 minutes per game.
32. Ivica Zubac
Lakers, C,
Despite not running into any foul trouble, Zubac saw a modest amount of minutes but put them to good use. The seven-footer managed his second straight double-digit scoring effort and fifth in the last six games overall, with the only exception during that stretch coming in an 11-minute stint against the Rockets last Wednesday when Zubac racked up five fouls. The 20-year-old will remain the starter for the balance of the campaign as per coach Luke Walton, although his playing time could occasionally fluctuate.
33. Cheick Diallo
Pelicans, NA, Kansas
Diallo has only appeared in 11 games for the Pelicans on the season, with the team opting to use the D-League as a developmental platform for the rookie out of Kansas. A second-round pick, Diallo has appeared in 23 D-League contests, putting up 14.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
34. Tyler Ulis
Suns, PG, Kentucky
With Ronnie Price (leg) out for Thursday's tilt, along with Eric Bledsoe (knee) and Brandon Knight (back) being shut down for the season, Price has remained the lone player on the Suns roster capable of playing point guard over the past three games other than veteran Leandro Barbosa. Over the past three contests, Ulis has averaged 12.0 points, 9.7 assists, 2.0 steals, and 3.7 rebounds across an astounding 43.3 minutes per game. That being said, he's shooting an atrocious 29.6 percent from the field, as he's been asked to carry a scoring load that he's seemingly not ready to handle. Regardless, fantasy owners who can stomach his bad shooting percentage will find plenty of value in Ulis from not only his minutes played, but his ability to rack up assists and steals.
35. Rade Zagorac
Celtics, SF,
36. Malcolm Brogdon
Bucks, SG, Virginia
The rookie saw more run than any other teammate and produced a team-high scoring total with the extended opportunity. Brogdon has been one of this season's more surprising rookies, particularly considering his second-round status. He's now posted double-digit scoring in three of his last four and continues to be a valuable asset in any fantasy format due to his ability to check off virtually every box on the stat sheet with regularity.
37. Chinanu Onuaku
Rockets, PF, Louisville
Onuaku and Kyle Wiltjer were both recalled from the D-League prior to the Rockets' final game before the All-Star break Feb. 15 against the Heat, but neither player saw the floor in the contest. The duo will now head back to Rio Grande Valley in search of more regular run. Onuaku ranks fifth in the D-League in rebounds per game (10.5) and second in field-goal percentage (65.8%) on the season.
38. Patrick McCaw
Warriors, SG, UNLV
The rookie matched the league low this season for shot attempts without a basket in what was easily the most frustrating night of his young career. McCaw has been receiving starts at the three in place of Kevin Durant (knee) and has been adequate in a reduced role thus far, contributing as a definitive fourth option behind Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. While Saturday's outcome is certainly an outlier of significant proportions, veteran Matt Barnes' solid night may be enough to vault him into the starting five and slide McCaw down to the second unit, where he may have an opportunity to regain some confidence while often facing a slightly lower quality of competition.
39. David Michineau
Pelicans, PG,
40. Diamond Stone
Clippers, C, Maryland
Stone has been sidelined for two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, and it's unclear when the rookie will be healthy enough to play again. In any event, his ongoing absence won't have an impact on coach Doc Rivers' rotation plans.
41. Stephen Zimmerman
Magic, C, UNLV
It was thought that Zimmerman might pick up some expanded run while Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) has missed the last two contests, but after playing only five minutes Sunday against the Wizards, the rookie dropped out of the rotation entirely for the second half of the back-to-back set. Zimmerman can be ignored in most deeper formats until he starts seeing meaningful playing time.
42. Isaiah Whitehead
Nets, PG, Seton Hall
Whitehead is averaging 12.0 points per game over his six outings in the month of March, well above his season average (7.4 PPG). Still, he doesn't do much more than score the basketball and is only worth adding in the deepest of fantasy formats at this juncture.
43. Zhou Qi
Rockets, C,
44. Isaia Cordinier
Hawks, SG,
45. Demetrius Jackson
Celtics, PG, Notre Dame
The rookie out of Notre Dame has appeared in only five games for Boston this season, as the team simply has too many backcourt options to find him consistent minutes. In 27 games for the Maine Red Claws, Jackson is averaging 15.4 points, 5.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
46. A.J. Hammons
Mavericks, C, Purdue
Hammons just joined the Legends for a one-game stint in Saturday's 121-110 win over the Long Island Nets, during which he provided six points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block. Though he's now back with the Mavericks, Hammons is expected to serve as one of the team's two inactive players in Sunday's game against the Thunder.
47. Jake Layman
Trail Blazers, SF, Maryland
It's been all downhill for Layman since his 17-point outburst in garbage time against the Warriors in his NBA debut back on Nov. 1. He's failed to score in double figures in any of his subsequent 24 appearances on the season, and simply seeing the floor is becoming harder to come by as the campaign marches on. He's played in just two of the Trail Blazers' games since Jan. 20 and could be sent to the D-League in the near future to see more opportunity for playing time.
48. Paul Zipser
Bulls, SF,
After earning a season-high 41 minutes Tuesday night, Zipser continued his strong play into the second game of the back-to-back Wednesday night as he scored a season-high 15 points. With Dwayne Wade out for the year, Zipser has a chance to carve out more of a role on the Bulls and the team is obliging as he's played an average of 35 minutes over the past two games. He's not a prolific scorer, but he does just enough of everything that he warrants fantasy consideration if he continues to see extended playing time.
49. Michael Gbinije
Pistons, SF, Syracuse
Gbinije hasn't been a regular member of the team's rotation all season, so his likely absence won't have much of an impact in the fantasy realm.
50. Georges Niang
Pacers, PF, Iowa State
Niang has made just two appearances with the Pacers since the beginning of February, so it wouldn't be surprising if he was dispatched to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the near future in order to pick up playing time.
51. Ben Bentil
Mavericks, PF, Providence
A big-time scorer at the college level, Bentil was the 51st overall pick by Boston in the 2016 draft, but the Celtics opted to part ways with the Providence product prior to the start of the season. Since then, he'd split time between a Chinese league team and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League, compiling averages of 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13 contests for Fort Wayne. Bentil appeared sparingly in three games for the Mavericks, failing to record a point on 0-of-3 shooting in 10 total minutes of action.
52. Joel Bolomboy
Jazz, PF, Weber State
The rookie out of Weber State spent the weekend with the Salt Lake City Stars, but he'll return to the Jazz in advance of Monday's matchup with the Pelicans. Bolomboy has appeared in only nine games for Utah this season in what's been primarily a developmental year for the 23-year-old.
53. Petr Cornelie
Nuggets, PF,
54. Kay Felder
Cavaliers, PG, Oakland
The point guard essentially fell out of the rotation prior to the trade deadline, and the team's addition of Deron Williams all but sealed his fate as a deep reserve for the rest of the season. However, the rookie has shined in the D-League, averaging 29.9 points, 6.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 11 games.
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
Nader, the 58th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft, opted not to sign with the team over the summer, as the team's crowded forward ranks made it highly unlikely that he'd win a 15-man roster spot. Though it was initially expected that he'd head overseas to begin his professional career, Nader's impressive showing in summer league and training camp prompted the Celtics to keep close tabs of the second-round selection, who decided to report to the team's D-League affiliate to continue his development under their watchful eye. The 6-foot-8 forward quickly asserted himself as one of the top players on the circuit, earning a D-League All-Star nod and perhaps, a more realistic chance of making the Celtics' 15-man roster in 2017-18. With a strong finish to the D-League season and another impressive showing in the summer league, Nader figures to sign with the Celtics and have an inside track to a roster berth heading into training camp in the fall.
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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James (eye) scored 24 points (10-21 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, eight assists and a block in 41 minutes during Saturday's 127-115 loss to the Wizards.

He began the game wearing goggles to protect his eye after suffering a scratched cornea Friday, but after taking a couple of shots he ditched them and proceeded to have a very LeBron-like night. James has gotten a couple games off to rest this month, so expect the 32-year-old to be in the lineup and producing at his usual elite level for the rest of the regular season as the Cavs try to keep hold of the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving scored 23 points (8-23 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-7 FT) while adding four assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's 127-115 loss to the Wizards.

The point guard has now scored at least 20 points in 22 straight starts, dating back to Feb. 6. After getting a couple days off this month to rest, expect Irving to be pedal to the metal for the rest of the regular season as the Cavs try to maintain their spot atop the Eastern Conference.
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Bradley Beal Headshot

Beal scored 27 points (9-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT) while adding six assists and four rebounds in 43 minutes during Saturday's 127-115 win over the Cavaliers.

He hasn't scored fewer than 18 points in a game since Feb. 4, a stretch of 23 straight contests. Beal continues to enjoy a career year alongside John Wall in the Wizards' backcourt, and the duo have now led the team to within 2.5 games of Cleveland atop the Eastern Conference standings.
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John Wall Headshot

Wall scored 37 points (14-21 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding 11 assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 127-115 win over the Cavaliers.

In a potential Eastern Conference Final preview against the Cavs, Wall was in top form, recording his ninth double-double in March and 48th of the season. The 26-year-old remains on pace for career highs in points, assists and steals per game, as well as made and attempted free throws.
2:17 am (EST)
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan collected 18 points (8-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block across 37 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 victory over the Mavericks.

After erupting for back-to-back 40-point outings, DeRozan finished with a modest 18 points, though contributed six assists, surpassing his season average of 3.8 dimes per game. The 27-year-old swingman's game is largely reliant on getting to the charity stripe, and part of his subpar scoring performance is likely a result of shooting just two free throws. Serge Ibaka's return from a one game suspension also probably took some pressure off DeRozan to be the Raptors' clear main source of offense. Overall, his numbers in Kyle Lowry's (wrist) absence have been nearly identical to those before his injury, likely surprising most fantasy owners who expected a significant jump in production.
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Derrick Rose Headshot

Rose (foot) returned to the floor and posted 24 points (10-22 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and five assists across 36 minutes during a 106-98 loss to the Spurs on Saturday.

Rose looked pretty good in his return from a one-game absence, as he exceeded the 20-point mark for the fourth time so far this month. The 22 field goal attempts marked his highest total since Jan. 21 as he benefited from Carmelo Anthony's (knee) absence. Barring injuries, Rose is a good addition for owners seeking a combination of points, rebounds and assists to close out the season.
12:44 am (EST)
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Kuzminskas totaled 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two assists and one rebound across 36 minutes during a 106-98 loss to the Spurs on Saturday.

Kuzminskas drew another start with Carmelo Anthony (knee) sidelined and took advantage by matching his season high with 19 points. The Knicks have no reason to rush Anthony back, so Kuzminskas could be a decent source of points and three-pointers if Anthony is held out longer.
12:44 am (EST)
Willy Hernangomez Headshot

Hernangomez totaled 24 points (11-16 FG, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 36 minutes during a 106-98 loss to the Spurs on Saturday.

Hernangomez' 24 points were a season high and he added 13 boards in the process to mark his best outing of the season. The 16 field goal attempts were a season high and the 36 minutes matched a season high as he benefited from Carmelo Anthony's (knee) absence. Hernangomez is a good source of points and rebounds to close out the season.
12:43 am (EST)
Pau Gasol Headshot

Gasol produced 19 points (8-15 FG, 3-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 26 minutes during a 106-98 win over the Knicks on Saturday.

Gasol picked up his second double-double so far this month in an excellent all-around performance. It was a nice bounce back game for him after the nine-point outing Thursday. Gasol isn't receiving an abundance of minutes right now as he's coming off the bench, but he was still able to get off 15 field goal attempts, which marked his highest total since Dec. 2.
12:43 am (EST)
Cory Joseph Headshot

Joseph finished with eight points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven rebounds and five assists across 36 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 victory over the Mavericks.

Joseph got back on track setting up his teammates Saturday by dishing five dimes, as he had only totaled three assists over the past two outings. Over the past seven games, the 25-year-old out of Texas is averaging 10.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting, 4.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds across 31.0 minutes per game. While he's maybe not performed as well as fantasy owners had hoped since filling in for Kyle Lowry (wrist), Joseph still provides a solid option on the waiver wire as a point guard with a consistent 30-minute workload on a team competing for playoff seeding.
12:38 am (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell contributed 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 18 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 loss to the Raptors.

Ferrell made the most out of his reduced role Saturday, performing well from beyond the arc and setting up his teammates to score. His role has been reduced over the past two outings with Seth Curry drawing the start at point guard and J.J. Barea performing well off the bench. With that in mind, even though Ferrell demonstrated his ability to be effective in limited action, dropping him in favor of someone getting a more consistent workload is worth consideration.
12:26 am (EST)
Nerlens Noel Headshot

Noel notched three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and one block across 25 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 loss to the Raptors.

Despite drawing the start, Noel only just 25 minutes of action, and wasn't a focus on the offensive end. That being said, he controlled the boards in his limited minutes, ripping down an impressive five offensive rebounds. With the Mavericks all but out of the playoff picture, Rick Carlisle has been experimenting with his rotations, likely trying to find something that can stick for next season. As a result, Noel's minutes may be inconsistent from here on out, and could make for a risky DFS play even when he does start.
12:18 am (EST)
P.J. Tucker Headshot

Tucker started at small forward and tallied nine points (3-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, four steals and three assists across 34 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 victory over the Mavericks.

With DeMarre Carroll (back) out Saturday, Tucker drew the start at small forward. Though he couldn't buy a bucket from outside the arc, Tucker made up for it by leading his team in rebounding and picking four pockets. While he doesn't put up flashy numbers, Tucker has shown ability to rebound and play defense at a statistically high level when given the minutes. In the four contests leading up to Saturday's performance, Tucker averaged 8.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 steals across 29.8 minutes per game while knocking down 50.0 percent of his three-point looks. He's especially valuable in fantasy formats where he's three-position eligible.
12:10 am (EST)
Wesley Matthews Headshot

Matthews managed four points (2-12 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks across 34 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 loss to the Raptors.

Matthews continues to struggle from the field while recovering from hip and calf injuries, though has totaled a solid 18 rebounds, 18 assists, six steals and three blocks over his past four contests. Fantasy owners in year-long formats will have to decide whether or not his total statistical production is worth his massive dip in scoring, while DFS players are faced with the decision on whether or not to roster him while his price declines, hoping for a bounce back game.
12:00 am (EST)
Harrison Barnes Headshot

Barnes accumulated 23 points (8-17 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven rebounds, three steals and two assists across 37 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 loss to the Raptors.

Barnes has been feeling it over the past two contests, combining for 44 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two assists. Part of his recent success could be attributed to coach Rick Carlisle sliding him down in the starting five to the small forward slot, inserting Nerlens Noel at center, and bumping Yogi Ferrell to the bench. While the sample size is small, it could be worth watching how Barnes' production is affected when Noel starts at center compared to when he doesn't, especially for DFS.
Yesterday 11:46 pm (EST)
Serge Ibaka Headshot

Ibaka collected 18 points (8-16 FG, 2-2 3Pt), eight rebounds and one assist across 32 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 victory over the Mavericks.

Ibaka's solid stretch of games now extends to four, as the big man was averaging 16.3 points (52.6 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three) and 6.7 rebounds across just 28.0 minutes per game in his three appearances prior to Saturday. Ibaka is the Raptors' second leading scorer with Kyle Lowry (wrist) out, and should continue to be a focal point of the offense even when Lowry returns.
Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Patrick Patterson Headshot

Patterson provided 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 24 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 victory over the Mavericks.

With DeMarre Carroll (back) out, Patterson filled in well, showing out for his best scoring outburst since he collected 15 points Dec. 26 the Trail Blazers. Despite playing 20.8 minutes per game March, Patterson doesn't provide much fantasy value across the board, averaging just 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while knocking down 38.6 percent of his looks over the past 12 outings.
Yesterday 11:29 pm (EST)
DeMarcus Cousins Headshot

Cousins is questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Nuggets with a right ankle sprain.

It's unclear when Cousins suffered the injury, but it's apparently serious enough to put his status for Sunday's matchup into question. The Pelicans will likely update Cousins' status after Sunday morning's shootaround, giving us a better idea of whether or not he will be good to go. If he happens to miss Sunday's tilt, any number of the Pelicans available forwards and centers could see additional workload.
Yesterday 9:50 pm (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol is questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors with a left foot strain.

It's unclear when exactly Gasol suffered the injury, but his status for Sunday's matchup against the Warriors is in jeopardy. The Grizzlies will likely provide additional updates as the team progresses through shootaround Sunday. If he's unable to give it a go, Brandan Wright would likely pick up additional workload.
Yesterday 9:17 pm (EST)
Jonathon Simmons Headshot

Simmons will draw the start at shooting guard Saturday against the Knicks, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Earlier Saturday, it was reported that Kyle Anderson would be drawing the start for the sidelined Danny Green (rest), but coach Gregg Popovich made a late lineup switch just prior to tipoff. In three games as a starter this season, Simmons has averaged 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 26.3 minutes per game.
Yesterday 8:48 pm (EST)
Kyle Anderson Headshot

Contrary to previous reports which indicated that Anderson would be starting in place of Danny Green (rest) Saturday against the Knicks, Anderson will continue to come off the bench while Jonathon Simmons draws the start at shooting guard, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Coach Gregg Popovich has been known to switch around his starting five just prior to tipoff without explanation, and that seems to be the case for Saturday. Though Anderson will come off the bench, it's possible he still sees 20 to 30 minutes of run.
Yesterday 8:45 pm (EST)
Serge Ibaka Headshot

Ibaka rejoin the starting five for Saturday's matchup against the Mavericks after serving his one game suspension.

As expected, Ibaka will slide right back into the power forward slot following his one game suspension, which he served Thursday against the Heat. In the month of March, Ibaka is averaging 13.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks across 30.5 minutes per contest.
Yesterday 8:31 pm (EST)
Ron Baker Headshot

Baker will return to his usual role off the bench for Saturday's matchup against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.

With Derrick Rose (foot) returning to the starting five, Baker will head back to the bench. On the season, he's averaging 3.5 points across 13.3 minutes per game, and should see around 10 to 20 minutes of action Saturday.
Yesterday 8:28 pm (EST)
DeMarre Carroll Headshot

Carroll will be sidelined for Saturday's tilt against the Mavericks with a sore lower back.

This is the first news of Carroll nursing a sore back, but it's apparently nagging him enough to cause him to miss Saturday's action. Norman Powell and P.J. Tucker will likely be the main beneficiaries of Carroll's absence, with one of the two probably drawing the start at small forward.
Yesterday 8:04 pm (EST)
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