NBA DFS Podcast - December 9
Jon Impemba previews Monday's NBA DFS main slate
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J. Collins - PF
John Collins made 100 consecutive free throws at the end of Sunday's practice.
Collins' free-throw percentage has improved each year in the NBA. He hit 71.5% as a rookie, 76.3% in his second season, and 80.0% in 2019-20. He's already exceptional from a FG% perspective, and ramped up his contributing stats last year with 1.4 triples (on 40.1% from deep), 1.6 blocks and 0.8 steals. He's a fantasy star in the making.
Added Yesterday 10:50 pm (EST)
B. Adebayo - PF
Bam Adebayo was exceptional during Miami's series-clinching win on Sunday, scoring a game-high 32 points on 11-of-15 FGs and 10-of-11 FTs.
Miami is headed to the NBA Finals after dispatching the Pacers, Bucks and Celtics. Adebayo also grabbed 14 rebounds with five assists, one steal and just two turnovers in 39 minutes of action. He's an incredible player whose versatility gives the Heat a variety of ways to play small-ball -- it helps him for fantasy purposes, but really hurts other bigs on the roster like Kelly Olynyk (DNP-CD) and Meyers Leonard (DNP-CD).
Added Yesterday 10:37 pm (EST)
T. Herro - SG
Tyler Herro posted 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes off Miami's bench on Sunday.
Herro shot 8-of-13 from the floor and he simply doesn't look like a rookie. The lack of crowd animosity in the Orlando bubble might help, but any 20-year-old guard who can drop 19/7/5 in a closeout game, off the bench, has nerves of steel. He wasn't a terrific fantasy option this year but should push into the middle rounds of drafts based on his playoff performance.
Added Yesterday 10:35 pm (EST)
A. Iguodala - SG
Andre Iguodala shot 5-of-5 from the field in Sunday's series-clinching win, hitting four 3-pointers to score a season-high 15 points with three rebounds, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers in 28 minutes.
The Celtics dared Iguodala to shoot and he made them pay for their disrespect. He hadn't scored double-digit points since August 8, so fantasy managers could be forgiven for not anticipating this outbreak. It's a good reminder that the versatile 36-year-old can still light it up in the right situation. Expect him to play a key role in the Finals.
Added Yesterday 10:34 pm (EST)
M. Smart - SG
Marcus Smart scored 20 points during the Celtics' 125-113 Game 6 defeat on Sunday.
Smart opened the game 4-of-5 from deep, then went ice cold with zero makes on his final eight attempts from deep. His defensive impact is unimpeachable, but he'll need to be a more consistent scoring threat to push Boston to the next level in 2020-21. He hit 2.3 triples this year, so there's hope, but he also shot 38.0% from the field overall.
Added Yesterday 10:30 pm (EST)
J. Brown - SG
Jaylen Brown tweaked his left ankle on Sunday, but kept playing to finish with a team-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
Brown was undercut by Jimmy Butler on a layup attempt. No foul was called, but it was an obvious violation -- the good news is that Brown looked OK despite the collision. He's an emerging star who will cost fantasy managers a pick in the 30-40 range next season. Given that the Celtics are off until the start of 2020-21, there's no need to put Brown on the injury report.
Added Yesterday 10:29 pm (EST)
J. Tatum - PF
Jayson Tatum struggled in 44 minutes during the Celtics' season-ending loss on Sunday, scoring 24 points on 9-of-26 shooting with 11 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.
The dimes were a career high for Tatum, so it's not as though he face-planted in this loss. His shots just weren't falling against an excellent defense. He's proven himself as an emerging superstar all season, and at 22 years of age he's only trending up. Fantasy managers are unlikely to get him after the first round.
Added Yesterday 7:20 pm (EST)
M. Beasley - SG
Updating an earlier post, Malik Beasley has been released from jail and no official charges have been filed at this time according to The Athletic.
Sunday morning it was reported by The Athletic that Beasley was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and receiving and concealing stolen property (weapons), and he was being held in Hennepin County Jail without bail. Since then the Timberwolves guard has been released from jail, and no official charges have been filed at this time. "At the time of the incident, multiple individuals were present at the residence," Steven Haney, Beasley's attorney, told The Athletic in a statement. "The allegations against Malik will be defended vigorously."
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Added Yesterday 1:56 pm (EST)