NBA Preseason Injury Updates
Justin Fensterman gives you the complete rundown of all the NBA injuries you need to know before heading into your fantasy basketball drafts.
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|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Russell Westbrook||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||Westbrook is practicing but is not cleared for full contact and there's a chance he will have to miss the start of the season. Dennis Schroder could be looking at heavy minutes early.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||No Timetable||Cousins is lightly practicing after having surgery on his Achilles. It has been said that he'll be out at least the first month of the season and won't be rushed. Jordan Bell should be the primary fill-in.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Knee||No Timetable||This is a tricky one because if the Knicks are competing by January-February, they will bring Porzingis back, but he could be held out for the entire season. Rookie Kevin Knox will fill-in along with Noah Vonleh .|
|Devin Booker||PHX||Hand||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Booker could be ready to go for the Suns opener next week. He's practicing and shooting which is a great sign. If he needs to miss a few games, Troy Daniels will fill in.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||All signs are pointing for him to be ready to go as he's just dealing with soreness in his Knee. Kevon Looney will see more minutes if Green can't go. The Coaches expect him to be ready.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Back||No Timetable||Howard has had a sore back all preseason and it's not a lock that he will start the season active. If the soreness doesn't go away Ian Mahinmi will likely start in his place.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Dragic is dealing with Knee issues, but it's looking like he should be ready to go for opening night. If he can't go, Tyler Johnson should see more minutes.|
|Harrison Barnes||DAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Barnes could miss the start of the season if he can't practice in full prior to the Mavs opener. Dwight Powell will fill in if Barnes can't go.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Elbow||4-6 Weeks||Markkanen will miss the first month of the season and while he is out Bobby Portis will be the primary fill-in option with Jabari Parker playing minutes at PF as well.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Ankle||No Timetable||Dedmon could miss the start of the season with an Ankle injury. Alex Len will Miles Plumlee will pick up minutes if he's out.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Crabbe's status to start the season active is very much in question as he's having trouble putting pressure on his Ankle. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris should see more minutes early.|
|James Johnson||MIA||Hernia||DAY TO DAY||There is doubt that Johnson starts the seaon on the active roster and that could mean more minutes and a few starts for Kelly Olynyk . Justise Winslow can also shift to PF.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray will miss the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills will see a ton of minutes starting in his place.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Knee||No Timetable||Bogdanovic could miss the first few weeks of the season as he's far from taking full contact. Yogi Ferrell should see more playing time and a possible start while he's out.|
|Rondae Hollis-Jefferson||BKN||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||RHJ is feeling better but he's not taking full contact yet and if he has to miss the start of the season, the Nets could insert Ed Davis , or shift DeMarre Carroll up and put Caris LeVert at SF.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||With Thomas likely to miss the start of the season, Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris could see some back up PG minutes.|
|Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||Ankle||No Timetable||Nowitzki could miss the first few weeks of the season and reports are indicating that he's not close to coming back. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber could see more minutes early.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Health has not been on Jackson's side for years and after hurting his Groin on Wednesday, the Pistons don't seem too concerned. If he isn't ready for opening night Ish Smith should get the start in his place.|
|Mohamed Bamba||ORL||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Bamba had an MRI on his Wrist and the Magic are not that concerned about his status for opening night but if he does miss time Timofey Mozgov could see minutes early. Yikes!|
|Delon Wright||TOR||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Wright hurt his Thigh on Wednesday and the Raptors think it's a minor injury. If he can't start the season active, Fred VanVleet will pick up playing time.|
|Courtney Lee||NY||Neck||No Timetable||At this point, it doesn't seem likely that Lee will be active on opening night. The Knicks will likely put Lance Thomas in the starting lineup in his place. Mario Hezonja will also see more minutes.|
|Maurice Harkless||POR||Knee/Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Harkless is sore in multiple areas and it's undetermined whether or not he will start the season active. Evan Turner (if healthy) could draw starts early. Gary Trent Jr. and Jake Layman could see more playing time.|
|Cedi Osman||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Osman is dealing with Ankle soreness and the Cavs aren't too worried about his status for opening night. Kyle Korver and and Larry Nance Jr. could see more playing time if he can't go.|
|Cory Joseph||IND||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Joseph's status for opening night is currently up in the air and Aaron Holiday and Tyreke Evans will play more minutes if he's not ready.|
|Rodney Hood||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||The Cavs aren't too worried about Hood's Ankle but health isn't exactly on his side. If he can’t start the season active, a combination of Jordan Clarkson , George Hill , Collin Sexton and Kyle Korver will pick up PT.|
|Wilson Chandler||PHI||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||It is unlikely that Chandler will be active to start the season. Furkan Korkmaz will likely pick up the bulk of the back up minutes and when the Sixers want to play w/ a bigger lineup, Mike Muscala will see more PT.|
|Evan Turner||POR||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||The Blazers don't seem too concerned, but if Turner has to miss the start of the season, Jake Layman and Gary Trent Jr. could see more minutes early.|
|Marquese Chriss||HOU||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Chriss could miss the start of the season and if he's out, P.J. Tucker, James Ennis III and Nene could see more playing time early with one of them likely to draw the start.|
|Dion Waiters||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Waiters is coming back from surgery and he'll likely have to start the season on the shelf and if he can't go, Wayne Ellington , Dwayne Wade and Rodney McGruder will see more minutes.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||2-3 Months||Roberson is not recovering and he will start the season inactive. This could mean more minutes for Dennis Schroder , Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson (if healthy).|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute||LAC||Calf||DAY TO DAY||He's had to miss a few preseason games but the Clippers aren't too concerned. If he can't start the season active, Montrezl Harrell , Mike Scott and Wesley Johnson can see more playing time.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||It's not looking good right now for Valentine when it comes to his status for opening night and if he can't go, Justin Holiday will see more back up minutes early.|
|Kosta Koufos||SAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Koufos could miss the start of the regular season and the Kings have a ton of big men. Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica will see more playing time if he can't go.|
|Shabazz Napier||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Napier could miss the start of the regular season and if he can't suit up, Spencer Dinwiddie will see even more playing time as the primary back up PG.|
|Terrence Ross||ORL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||There is a chance Ross could be held out to start the season and that could mean more minutes for Jonathon Simmons and Jerian Grant .|
|Michael Carter-Williams||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||If the swelling in his Knee doesn't go down and he has to start the season inactive, Eric Gordon will see more playing time.|
|Justin Anderson||ATL||Tibia||No Timetable||Anderson continues to deal with injuries dating back to last season and if he isn't ready for opening night, DeAndre Bembry could see more playing time.|
|Jerryd Bayless||PHI||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Bayless could be out for even longer and T.J. McConnell could pick up more minutes. Markelle Fultz will also pick up more playing time with Bayless out.|
|Terrance Ferguson||OKC||Concussion||No Timetable||Ferguson must be cleared from Concussion protocol before he see's the court. With Andre Roberson out, Alex Abrines could see more minutes early.|
|Jahlil Okafor||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Okafor is not only battling issues on the court, but off the court as well as he has been suffering from anxiety and depression. Alexis Ajinca will see more minutes if he's not ready to go.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Hamstring||2-3 Weeks||Neto will start the season on the shelf and this could lead to more playing time for Dante Exum and Alec Burks early on.|
|D.J. Wilson||MIL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||If Wilson can't start the season active, Ersan Ilyasova will pick up more playing time.|
|Zhou Qi||HOU||Knee||No Timetable||Qi was unable to put any pressure on his Knee when he got hurt Tuesday and had to be carted off the floor. Nene could be seeing heavy back up minutes early on.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||2-3 Months||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot and with him out for a couple of months, T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time.|
|Justin Patton||MIN||Foot||No Timetable||Patton had surgery on his foot and it is undetermined when he'll be back. Gorgui Dieng has less competition for playing time because Patton is out.|
|Omer Asik||CHI||Arthritis||No Timetable||With Asik out indefinitely, Cristiano Felicio should pick up back up minutes. Wendell Carter Jr. will see more playing time early.|
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D. Green - PF
Green turned in 10 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and five assists across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
With his quartet of prolific first-unit mates doing most of the heavy lifting on offense, Green turned in a prototypical solid complementary line. The veteran's most reliable contributions continue to come in non-scoring categories, although he's now managed a pair of 10-point tallies in the last three contests. However, as long as the rest of the starting five is healthy, Green's offensive involvement is is likely to be capped at single-digit shot attempts down the stretch.
Added 9:04 am (EST)
K. Thompson - SG
Thompson generated 18 points (7-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Thompson's night began rather abysmally, as he failed to find the net on his first seven attempts, five of them three-point tries. The veteran guard then found his stroke, going 7-for-11 the rest of the way. However, most of his success came from in front of the arc, as Thompson's success rate of 16.7 percent from distance was his worst since failing on all four shots from behind the arc versus the Clippers on Jan. 18. Despite the uneven night Thursday, Thompson remains heavily involved heading into the fantasy postseason, as he's taken no fewer than 18 attempts in any of the last 10 games.
Added 8:58 am (EST)
K. Durant - SF
Durant delivered 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 28 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Durant contributed an efficient, well-balanced line in the wake of the shooting death of a childhood friend earlier in the day. The veteran played particularly inspired on the defensive end, posting only his second multi-block game of March. The 30-year-old also continued his red-hot shooting streak, one that's seen him drain at least 50.0 percent of his shots in five straight contests, a sample that now includes two tallies of 66.7 percent shooting. Durant's shot attempts usually fall somewhere under 20 when all five members of the starting five are healthy, but that volume has still helped lead to four tallies of more than 20 points, including one over 30, thus far this month.
Added 8:52 am (EST)
S. Curry - PG
Curry furnished 15 points (5-15 FG, 5-12 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Curry's scoring contributions came exclusively from distance in what was a rather unusual statistical night for the sharpshooter. To begin with, all but three of Curry's points came in the third quarter. Additionally, the perennial All-Star failed to visit the free-throw line for the first time since a Jan. 28 contest against this same Pacers squad. Although he had a solid night from behind the arc, it was Curry's second sub-40-percent shooting night in the last three games, and his fourth of March overall. Even as he's occasionally scuffled, Curry is enjoying a productive month, eclipsing 20 points on six occasions, including a pair of tallies over 30.
Added 8:44 am (EST)
D. Cousins - C
Cousins (ankle) provided 19 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 26 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Cousins returned from a two-game absence in fine fashion, posting his first double-double of March in the process. The veteran big man also eclipsed the 60.0 percent mark from the field for the second time in three games by taking all but one of his attempts from higher-percentage areas of the floor. Cousins' minutes have exceeded the 30-mark only once across seven contests during the current month, but his typical allotment of minutes in the high 20s is usually enough for him to churn out a strong return across the stat sheet.
Added 8:38 am (EST)
S. Mejri - C
Mejri produced two points, three rebounds, and three blocks in nine minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to Sacramento.
Mejri had three blocks in nine minutes Thursday but added just two points and three rebounds. As long as both Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are healthy, Mejri is going to find it difficult to see enough playing time to have value, even in the deepest of leagues. If you are desperate for blocks, he could be worth taking a flier on but there are likely going to be more reliable options available.
Added 5:31 am (EST)
M. Kleber - PF
Kleber compiled five points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.
Kleber was back in the lineup after missing just one game with a wrist injury. He played 33 minutes and did not appear hampered by the injury. He ended with just five points but was able to contribute across the board, highlighting his ability to have value even without scoring. Kleber is going to play big minutes as long as he is healthy and should be considered for streaming purposes as opposed to a regular rotational spot.
Added 5:28 am (EST)
J. Jackson - SF
Jackson had 19 points (9-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 33 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to Sacramento.
Jackson led the Mavericks with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting, his second straight game with double-digit scoring. Tim Hardaway Jr (leg) is going to miss the rest of the season which could see Jackson remain in the starting lineup. Big nights such as this typically come on unsustainable shooting and he offers very little in the way of supporting numbers. He should be viewed as a points streamer only at this stage.
Added 5:25 am (EST)