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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Rodney Hood's mysterious absence from Monday's game was due to a thigh contusion, Terry Stotts confirmed after the game.
We have no idea why the injury wasn't revealed sooner but it makes sense after Hood had started the previous two games for the Blazers. Gary Trent Jr. started in his place last night and scored 22 points, while Anfernee Simons had a big game off the bench. The Blazers have a bunch of guys (Hood, Trent Jr., Simons, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Jones Jr.) that can help fill the void left by C.J. McCollum's foot injury, and they're all likely to step on each other's toes going forward, at least in terms of fantasy. Consider Hood day-to-day for now.
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R. Rubio - PG
Ricky Rubio scored just six points vs the Warriors on Monday but dished out a season-high 11 assists with four rebounds and a steal in the loss.
Rubio was able to get everyone but himself involved in Monday's game vs the Dubs. He went 1-of-8 from the field and continues to shoot it terribly this season, connecting on just 37% of his shots and 21% of his threes. Unless you're in a deep league, there's no need to hang onto him other than when D'Angelo Russell is out of the lineup.
Added 1:42 am (EST)
J. McLaughlin - PG
Jordan McLaughlin played 22 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for a season-high 15 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in Monday's loss to the Warriors.
D'Angelo Russell is out with quad contusion and may or may not be ready for Wednesday and McLaughlin has been getting some nice run as a backup point guard to Ricky Rubio. He'll likely crawl back under a rock once DAR is back in action, but if he's out again on Wednesday, McLaughlin could be worth a DFS flier again on Wednesday.
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N. Reid - C
Naz Reid had a decent game on Monday, posting 11 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and two blocks in 24 minutes.
Reid couldn't find his shooting stroke vs the Warriors, missing 11 of his 16 field goal attempts and going 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also committed six fouls and two turnovers in what was his worst game in about a week. He'll look to bounce back on Wednesday when the Wolves play the Warriors once again. Just beware that he's likely to take a big hit once Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID) is back in action. We'd rather grab Jarred Vanderbilt off the wire for long-term help.
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M. Beasley - SG
Malik Beasley hit 10-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws for a season-high 30 points, seven rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes of Monday's 130-108 loss to the Warriors.
Beasley, who has a pending suspension still hanging over his head, has now scored at least 12 points in 13 straight games and has been hitting a ton of 3-pointers, grabbing some boards, racking up assists, and swiping some steals, as well. He was returning sixth-round fantasy value prior to tonight's explosion and has been a must-start fantasy player for the season. Just roll him out there and watch him go off until further notice, as we have no clue when his 'threat of violence' suspension may be happening.
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J. Vanderbilt - PF
Jarred Vanderbilt stuffed the stat sheet on Monday night, tallying 12 points, five boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 25 minutes.
JV had another productive night as a starter, shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and playing some impressive defense on the other end. He's notched at least 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in his last three games is making a legitimate case to be the starting power forward for the rest of the season. He looks like one of the better waiver-wire pickups in fantasy right now and is currently only rostered in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He suffered a nasty cut above his right eye tonight and missed some time because of it, but was able to finish the game.
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J. Wiseman - C
James Wiseman came off the bench on Monday and finished with 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes.
Wiseman was moved to the bench while veteran Kevon Looney got the start. After the game, Draymond Green said of Wiseman, "If he's coming off the bench or not, he's one of the most important players on this team." And Draymond's right, but for now, it appears the rookie will come off the bench as Steve Kerr looks to shake things up and so far, he's 1/1. We'll see how long this move lasts moving forward.
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Rodney Hood, who started the last two games for the Blazers and scored 21 points in one of them, got a DNP-CD on Monday when he never got off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Jones Jr. and Gary Trent Jr. all started on Monday while Anfernee Simons went off for his best game of the season off the bench. All four of these guys now appear to be ahead of Hood on the depth chart, so it's probably time to drop Hood if you recently picked him up thinking he was locked into a starting gig.
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