2017 NBA Draft




This is exactly who the Sixers traded for and for good reason. The Celtics had a ton of guards and the Sixers needed an NBA-ready talent and Fultz will provide all-around help with scoring, spacing, leading with the ball and it will take pressure off of Joel Embiid to do all of the dirty work. Their scoring will be more balanced and Fultz will get plenty of assists passing off to open wing players.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:42 PM
Lakers, PG, UCLA

The prophecy is completed and Ball stays in Cali. Even though he’s not great off the pick and roll, Ball is an excellent passer and the Lakers were convinced that it was Ball that will lead them up the standings over the next few years. Ball is not only a good passer, but an excellent attacker from all angles. The Lakers traded away D’Angelo Russell for this guy, and are obviously oozing with confidence that Ball will help some of the younger Lakers find consistency in spots on the floor on offense that will be easier for them to create. Lakers will be a lot quicker next season.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:46 PM
3. Jayston Tatum
Celtics, SF, Duke

It took a lot of guts for the Celtics to essentially pass on Fultz, but as always Danny Ainge is addressing team needs over overall skill and Tatum will help shutdown the lanes on defense as he has great reach and he will be effective from the elbow on offense. He will be a good compliment to Jaylen Brown as 2nd units will experience two completely different players on the wing. Expect Tatum to take a ton of mid-range jumpers.

Updated at: Mon July 3rd 9:21 AM
4. Josh Jackson
Suns, SF, Kansas

The Suns are another team with a ton of guards and even though De’Aaron Fox was on the board, the Suns are addressing a huge need at Forward and Jackson gives them size, tenacity on defense and even though he need to put on a bit of muscle, Jackson is a hustler on both sides of the court and the Suns need to start playing better defense in the post and Jackson should see a ton of minutes early.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:49 PM
5. De'Aaron Fox
Kings, PG, Kentucky

The Kings have not found the right fit at guard and the swift and aggressive Fox will provide impact on offense immediately, but it may not come in the form of points. Fox will show his intangible skills early. He is very consistent at pushing the ball and has good control of the tempo when he has possession of the rock, but the reputation is that he struggles shooting. Luckily for Fox, he not only has Buddy Hield, who will have no problem taking a bunch of jumpers, but the Kings have no identity and they can work together to re-create the Kings offensive attack. Fox can ease into shooting, so he can learn what exactly is a high-percentage shot.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:16 PM
6. Jonathan Isaac
Magic, PF, Florida State

 A bit surprised by this pick because the Magic are really pushing Aaron Gordon to be “The Guy” in Orlando. Isaac MUST put on muscle to match his size, but he will be able to run the floor effectively. He will be best used, at least at the start, by coming in late in quarters in the first half to take advantage of the fatigue factor of the opposition. He will bang in the lane and the Magic will get more help up front.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:17 PM
7. Lauri Markkanen
Bulls, PF, Arizona

The Bulls centerpiece in the Jimmy Butler trade and they must think what others think; He has the potential to become the next Dirk Nowitzki….Slow down! While Markkanen does have long-range shooting ability and can drive, he’s no pioneer. There are plenty of big forwards who will cause trouble for him on the outside. A lot will be asked of him early as the Bulls are in re-build mode. Expect him to get a lot of shots early. I’m a bit worried how he will defend the paint, but the position is open and he will get a long leash to learn. 

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:18 PM
8. Frank Ntilikina
Knicks, PG, France

This pick made more sense before Phil Jackson was fired. While the Knicks will look to find a guard in free agency, Ntilikina could provide immediate impact being the first guard off the bench and he defends well and is a solid ball-handler. Now that the Knicks will abandon the triangle offense, a lot should not be asked of Ntilikina early. He’s a good passer and defender, but not as much of a scorer.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:19 PM
9. Dennis Smith Jr.
Mavericks, PG, North Carolina State

The Mavs have guards and they must have been blown away with what they saw in Smith. Smith is a quick driver and has quick moves to the basket. While is leadership ability is questionable, Mark Cuban has said that the Smith Era has begun. What an endorsement! Luckily for Smith, the Mavs guards can play both guard spots and Smith could actually end up starting from the get-go. The Mavs have a ton of scorers and they just need someone to organize and attack open lanes.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:20 PM
10. Zach Collins
Trail Blazers, C, Gonzaga

Jusuf Nurkic gets some help in the post as the Blazers trade to get an offensively skilled Collins. While Nurkic creates from the post, Collins will be able to create from further out and it will force bigger defenders outside to open up the paint. Collins should not have too much competition at the position.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:25 PM
11. Malik Monk
Hornets, SG, Kentucky

A lot of analysts think Monk is the steal of the draft because of how effective of a scorer he is. The Hornets have a very effective back court in Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum and that is where most of their offense comes from. Monk will take advantage of the 2nd unit and can rotate to both guard spots giving one of the starters a break. When the Hornets need more offense, Batum will shift to SF with Monk playing in the SG spot.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:26 PM
12. Luke Kennard
Pistons, SG, Duke

The Pistons struggled with guard consistency and health last season and because Andre Drummond is so limited offensively, the Pistons needed to balance out their offense. Kennard is an excellent fit and will serve as a knock-down shooter from long and mid-range. Kennard is also an effective free-throw shooters and he will take advantage if he learns how to attack the rim. Expect mainly Kyle Korver-like scoring to start.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:52 PM
13. Donovan Mitchell
Jazz, SG, Louisville

The common word I’ve been seeing when different Scouts and Analyst describe Mitchell is “athletic”. With Gordon Hayward likely gone, the Jazz will have to fill the hole and health has not been on their side over the last couple of seasons. The Jazz need someone to just run the floor efficiently and even though Mitchell is a bit of a smaller SG, if he can stay healthy, he will play a lot of minutes early.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:52 PM
14. Bam Adebayo
Heat, PF, Kentucky

The Heat just got even tougher inside on defense as teams will find it hard to push their way in the paint between Hassan Whiteside and Adebayo. Both will be sending back a lot of shots and Adebayo could pick up a ton of playing time early as the Heat are a bit light at PF. Expect a ton of rebounds and inside scoring. He reminds me of Gorgui Dieng with the way he’s built and the way he plays.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:54 PM
15. Justin Jackson
Trail Blazers, SF, North Carolina

With the status of Rudy Gay up in the air, the Kings are completely rebuilding and Fox and Hield will re-develop the Kings offense with another scorer in Jackson. Expect Jackson to be a bailout option early in the season as he will get the chance to hit knockdown jumpers. He will likely be open when teams try to double in the lane.With the status of Rudy Gay up in the air, the Kings are completely rebuilding and Fox and Hield will re-develop the Kings offense with another scorer in Jackson. Expect Jackson to be a bailout option early in the season as he will get the chance to hit knockdown jumpers. He will likely be open when teams try to double in the lane.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 1:54 PM
16. Justin Patton
Timberwolves, C, Creighton

The ‘Wolves need more help up front and Patton will help defend against the 2nd units early and he will be able to use his size to muscle his way inside. Don’t expect too much from the offensive side early, but he will earn his minutes via defense.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:09 PM
17. D.J. Wilson
Bucks, PF, Michigan

Wilson was brought on to give the Bucks more scoring from the outside. It’s also become hard to rely on Jabari Parker’s health and Wilson gives the Bucks more size, scoring, defense and he will draw bigger defenders outside of the paint.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:10 PM
18. T.J. Leaf
Pacers, PF, UCLA

The Pacers had a big problem finding consistency in scoring, especially from their Forward spots. Leaf will provide scoring relief (with or without Paul George on the team) and he should be one of the first players who subs in off the bench to score against 2nd units. He can score from both inside and outside and that versatility will add another dimension to the Pacers offensive scheme.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:10 PM
19. John Collins
Hawks, PF, Wake Forest

Collins is another big man with a solid offensive game, but the Hawks need defensive help up front and with Dwight Howard gone and Paul Millsap likely gone, Collins could start, make an immediate impact on offense, and if he can be as aggressive under the basket on defense as much as he was in college, the Hawks will finally be able to defend inside.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:12 PM
20. Harry Giles
Kings, C, Duke

 I understand the risk because the Kings have had a lot of action in this draft and they already drafted a Center. Giles has had major Knee injury issues and that is the biggest warning sign of permanent damage for a big man. Giles has a ton of offensive ability, but if he’s unable to stay on the court, that’s not ideal. Expect Giles to get a limited amount of minutes early on as he will be eased into the league slowly. Conserving his minutes until he’s proven durable is key.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:13 PM
21. Terrance Ferguson
Thunder, SG/SF, Australia

This pick fits well for what the Thunder need as Ferguson will be able to be a bailout option for Westbrook and could pick up more shots early because of how inconsistent Victor Oladipo is on offense. Ferguson is also a good defender on the perimeter and could pick up more playing time early because of it.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:55 PM
22. Jarrett Allen
Nets, C, Texas

If Allen does not start for this team, he will come off the bench a few minutes into the game because Timofey Mozgov is still very raw and is more effective when he plays less minutes. Mozgov’s inability to play 20 effective minutes consistently will benefit Allen. Allen will be a good two-way player and should play over 20 minutes per game easily, unless the Nets sign a more polished Center.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:57 PM
23. OG Anunoby
Raptors, SF, Indiana

The Raptors certainly have a ton of athletic types, but with Serge Ibaka’s status unknown heading into free agency, the Raptors want to continue adding aleticism and Anunoby will run the floor very well. The Raptors have had issues finding that consistent two-way piece (outside of DeMar DeRozan) and Anunoby will likely play a lot with the Raptors 2nd unit to start as they need more help stopping lane drivers.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:58 PM
24. Tyler Lydon
Nuggets, PF, Syracuse

The Nuggets had a lot of shooters who came through at different times last season and Lydon is one of those guys. The Nuggets are dealing with the possibility of losing at least Danilo Galinari and Lydon should be able to pick up shots off the bench, but unless there is a big overhaul (like the Rockets trade) Lydon will not be playing a ton at least for the first third of the season. The Nuggets have had their fair share of injuries and that could help Lydon’s cause.        

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:58 PM
25. Andzejs Pasecniks
76ers, C, Latvia

TRUST THE PROCESS! This guy is HUGE and athletic. He moves nicely, but is most likely a long-term project for the Sixers. When you watch him, he does have agility and moves quicker than your average big-man and could be a good compliment to Embiid and what comes with his game.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:00 PM
26. Caleb Swanigan
Trail Blazers, PF, Purdue

The Blazers back up SG/SF options were very inconsistent. At times, they looked like they punted at Small Forward (no offense Mo Harkless). Swanigan is listed as a Power Forward, but he’s 6’5”; doesn’t make sense and he will likely be a SG/SF in the NBA. Swanigan can shoot from the outside and will be an off the bench scoring option.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:01 PM
27. Kyle Kuzma
Lakers, PF, Utah

The Lakers need more depth and while Larry Nance Jr, will be a major help defensively next season, Kuzma can be the Forward off the bench that provides a bit of offensive relief. The Lakers need all of the help they can get scoring from mid-range. It’s an uphill battle early on for minutes for Kuzma, but the Lakers have a ton of new pieces, and just like he impressed in the Combine, he can turn heads and steal more minutes in training camp.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:04 PM
28. Tony Bradley
Jazz, C, North Carolina

Derrick Favors health cannot be relied on and Rudy Gobert needs help and just like he’s a force inside, Bradley will be a rebounding specialist as that is his major strength. The Jazz will be going through changes and if Bradley can show that he can play effectively at Power Forward, he could start alongside Gobert. He has a big ceiling for playing time with the Jazz in rebuilding mode.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:06 PM
29. Derrick White
Spurs, PG, Colorado

It’s hard to get a read on the Tony Parker situation, and the Spurs are looking for a successor and White not only plays both positions effectively, but a lot of the Spurs players (while on the team) develop as nice complimentary pieces to start and he can come off the bench along with Patty Mills to bolster the Spurs offense against opposing 2nd units.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:06 PM
30. Josh Hart
Lakers, SG, Villanova

It will be hard for Hart to get playing time and shots early, but he could settle in the roll of being the first SG off the bench and he has a good two-pronged attack of stopping and popping for jumpers and attacking the basket. I expect Hart to be a good change of pace option for the Lakers, but he will have competition for playing time early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:07 PM


31. Frank Jackson
Pelicans, PG, Duke

 Jackson gives the Pelicans what they need; strong attackers from the guard spot. The Pelicans have a very skilled frontcourt, but they need balance and if Jrue Holiday does not get re-signed the fierce lane attacker Jackson could start. The Pelicans just traded Tim Frazierand that should help Jackson secure more minutes early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:10 PM
32. Davon Reed
Suns, SG, Miami

Reed is known for his scoring ability, but he joins a Suns team that has a lot of shooters and he will likely get a limited amount of minutes because of the amount of depth they have. Reed could standout if he can play PG effectively as he has good ball-handling skills and could help push the Suns 2nd unit offensively playing on the ball.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:11 PM
33. Wesley Iwundu
Magic, SG/SF, Kansas State

Total defensive pick for the Magic. It will be hard for Iwundu to earn sufficient minutes early. Iwundu does not fit well with the current roster when it comes to growth potential because of how much Forward depth they have on the team. Iwundu is a listed SG and if he can provide shutdown perimeter defense from the SG spot, that’s his only chance to break through the rotation. He should be a solid wing defender in the league down the road.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:12 PM
34. Frank Mason III
Kings, PG, Kansas

The Kings have a lot of guards and it will be hard to for Mason to get playing time from an offensive standpoint, but just like with Iwundu, Mason is a solid defender and can earn playing time through defense. The Kings were embarrassing defensively and Mason can give them a boost on the perimeter. That’s his best bet.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:13 PM
35. Ivan Rabb
Grizzlies, PF, California

The Grizzlies need to start opening up the lane more and with Chandler Parsons health a constant issue, Rabb gives them size and outside scoring and could actually steal a few minutes if he is as consistent of a long-range shooter at the pro level as he grew to be in college. Rabb could eventually allow Marc Gasol to play more in the post than at the key.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:14 PM
36. Jonah Bolden
76ers, PF, Australia

The Sixers go to the land down under to pick up an enforcer who is a prominent defender and could get minutes off the bench to rough up teams 2nd unites. Bolden is a specialist and can even keep up with the guards on defense. He focuses on footwork when facing quick guards and shuts down their opportunity to get a step via momentum in the lane and keep them passing off and in check at the key.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:15 PM
37. Semi Ojeleye
Celtics, PF, SMU

The Celtics picked up more offense at the Forward spot in this draft, but will Ojeleye stay and grow with this team? The Celtics are rumored to be getting in the position to make a couple of blockbuster moves and Ojeleye could be an asset that is dealt. He can score from both inside and outside and defense will need to improve on the wing.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:16 PM
38. Jordan Bell
Warriors, F/C, Oregon

Warriors added a defensive piece to defend their title and they are very high on Bell’s defensive potential. While I don’t think he will start, he will be the first big man to come off the bench to bang around with Draymond Green in the post. The Warriors needed an enforcer-type to keep them balanced.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:17 PM
39. Jawun Evans
76ers, PG, Oklahoma State

Could Evans be Fultz back up? Evans has good ball handling skills and could be a good change of pace option for the Sixers off the bench. Evans will likely be the third guard behind both Fultz and T.J. McConnell, but if he can prove to be a better ball-handler and control the pace more consistently, he could move up the depth chart.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:18 PM
40. Dwayne Bacon
Hornets, SF, Florida State

He has some growing to do, but he hustles. It is very easy to tell by watching a player who gives up on plays and who doesn’t and Bacon will sacrifice his body in order to keep players from scoring and hustle is an intangible that earns players more playing time and the Hornets need more SF depth. Bacon should see limited minutes off the bench early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:18 PM
41. Tyler Dorsey
Hawks, SG, Oregon

Dorsey’s stood out in the NCAA Tournament, but that’s over and he can run the floor and hit the knockdown jumper, but he has a lot of growing to do and a hill of shooting depth to climb in Atlanta.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:19 PM
42. Thomas Bryant
Lakers, C, Indiana

Bryant is just another enforcer type who will be brought in exclusively in foul trouble situations and/or if the Lakers need to stop consistent inside scoring by fouling in the lane.  I’m not expecting Bryant to pick up consistent minutes this season unless he stands out in training camp. He is the third Center behind Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:19 PM
43. Isaiah Hartenstein
Rockets, C, Lithuania

The Rockets all-around defense SUCKS and with Clint Capela being more of an offensive force, the Rockets could bring Hartenstein in to bang as he loves playing in the paint. He doesn’t give up on rebounding and will always fight for loose balls. He’s very physical and uses his size to his advantage.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:26 PM
44. Damyean Dotson
Knicks, SG, Houston

Dotson will be an off the bench shooter for the Knicks, but the question still remains whether or not he can drive? Dotson could take the Justin Holiday role from last season of being a high-energy shooter from the wing. Dotson is more of an offensive player, but could earn more playing time on this mess of a Knicks team if he shows he can play good perimeter defense.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:28 PM
45. Dillon Brooks
Grizzlies, SF, Oregon

Brooks is another outside shooter the Grizzlies have incase Parsons can’t stay healthy. Brooks can pick up minutes early if Memphis keeps Parsons on a minutes limit. He produces primarily from the arc and could be a decent Mike Conley bailout option

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:29 PM
46. Sterling Brown
76ers, SG, SMU

The Sixers are still trying to figure out their SG depth, and if they lose out on signing an established veteran, Brown could be the first SG coming off the bench as he can both rebound and hit shots from the outside. His defense could earn him more minutes. It also depends where the Sixers play Ben Simmons.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:28 PM
47. Pacers
48. Bucks
49. Nuggets
50. 76ers
51. Nuggets
52. Pelicans
53. Celtics
54. Suns
55. Jazz
56. Celtics
57. Nets
58. Knicks
59. Spurs
60. Hawks
Tyson Chandler Headshot

Chandler (neck) could miss the rest of the season with lingering pain in his neck and shoulders, Kellan Olson of 98.7 Arizona Sports reports.

The information comes courtesy of GM Ryan McDonough, who said on a radio interview Wednesday that "it probably is unlikely" that Chandler returns to action this season. While McDonough went on to note that he "never say(s) never," there's little reason at this point for the lottery-bound Suns to encourage the veteran to get back on the floor before the regular season ends in mid-April. Regardless, so long as Chandler remains out, the Suns will roll with Alex Len at center, with Dragan Bender and Alan Williams (knee) also working their way into the mix.
6:19 pm (EST)
Brook Lopez Headshot

Lopez (back) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

Lopez has been fighting through a back injury over the last week or so, but has played 33 or more minutes in three straight games, so it's clearly not an issue. Barring a surprise uptick in discomfort during Thursday's morning shootaround, look for Lopez to once again take on his usual starting center role against the Pelicans.
6:18 pm (EST)
Derrick Walton Jr. Headshot

Walton will be available for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Walton has bounced between the Heat and the G League for much of the year, but his action at the NBA level has been few and far between. The former Michigan standout hasn't appeared in an NBA game since January, but he'll be an emergency option off the bench Wednesday.
6:11 pm (EST)
Larry Nance Jr. Headshot

Nance (hamstring) will not play Wednesday, but the hope is that he'll be back on the court before the end of the week, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

The Cavs are content to handle Nance's status on a game-to-game basis, and interim coach Larry Drew hinted that the big man's absence isn't expected to continue for much longer. Following Wednesday's game against Toronto, the Cavs host the Suns on Friday before taking on the Nets in Brooklyn on Sunday. Nance hasn't yet been ruled out for Friday's contest, but Sunday's matinee seems like the more likely return date.
5:59 pm (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol (illness) will play during Wednesday's contest against the 76ers, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

Gasol was originally listed as probable for the contest, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he will see the court against Philly. The move will presumably kick Deyonta Davis back to the pine.
5:56 pm (EST)
Nicolas Batum Headshot

Batum (Achilles) will not play Wednesday against the Nets.

There was a sliver of hope that Batum would be able to return after missing Monday's game against the 76ers, but he'll ultimately miss a second straight game while nursing a sore left Achilles. Expect Jeremy Lamb to make another start in his place, while Batum should be considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with Memphis.
5:49 pm (EST)
Cody Zeller Headshot

Zeller (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

Zeller will be missing a sixth straight game and with the team heading into a back-to-back set, there's certainly a chance he pushes that streak to seven games with an absence on Thursday as well. That said, it will still be worth it to monitor his status ahead of Thursday's contest to make sure he's officially sitting out. With Zeller sidelined again, Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky should see added minutes off the bench in the frontcourt.
5:49 pm (EST)
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan (thigh) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

DeRozan sat out Tuesday's game with a thigh injury, though it was apparently just precautionary and he'll rejoin the lineup Wednesday. Look for him to reclaim his spot in the starting five, which should send Malcolm Miller back to a bench role. Barring any in-game setbacks, DeRozan should take on a full workload and will be one of the primary options offensively in what will be a matchup between two of the East's elite teams.
5:45 pm (EST)
Dante Cunningham Headshot

Cunningham (concussion) is active and available to play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Nets digital content writer Alex Labidou reports.

Cunningham missed the last two games with a concussion, but appears to have passed through the NBA's protocol and will now be available off the bench. He could push for minutes in the low 20s if on a full workload, though he's still not someone to rely on for fantasy purposes. Over the last five games he's played at full strength, Cunningham has averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds across 22.4 minutes.
5:40 pm (EST)
Kevin Love Headshot

Love will start at center for Wednesday's tilt against the Raptors, Fred McLeod of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Love returned to action Monday after a 20-game absence due to a broken hand, providing 18 points, seven boards, four dimes and two blocks in just 25 minutes of action during the 124-117 win over Milwaukee. With the team short-handed Wednesday due to the absences of Tristan Thompson (ankle) and Larry Nance (hamstring), Love could end up seeing a more normal 30-plus minutes.
5:37 pm (EST)
Jose Calderon Headshot

Calderon will start at point guard for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

The Cavaliers are set to be without Rodney Hood (back) and Kyle Korver (personal) on Wednesday, so they'll shift Calderon in to the starting lineup alongside George Hill in the backcourt. In Calderon's last spot start Saturday against the Bulls, he posted a very impressive all-around line of nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and a block across 36 minutes. That said, he'll have stiffer competition this time around while facing off against Kyle Lowry and the top-seeded Raptors in the East. Either way, Calderon should be in for a hefty workload.
5:31 pm (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood (back) is out for Wednesday's tilt against the Raptors, Fred McLeod of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Hood was initially ruled out via the release of the game notes, but was later upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's contest. It appears the upgrade was ambitious, however, as Hood will end up missing a third straight game. In his stead, Jose Calderon will end up drawing the start in the backcourt with George Hill.
5:28 pm (EST)
Tristan Thompson Headshot

Thompson (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with the Raptors, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

Thompson was given a questionable designation ahead of Wednesday's contest, which was the first time he's seen an upgraded status since going down with an ankle injury. That provides some optimism that he's closing in on a return, though the Cavaliers likely aren't going to rush him back to avoid any sort of setback. Kevin Love will be picking up his second straight start at center and should continue to do so until Thompson is cleared. His next shot to get back on the court will be Friday against the Suns.
5:26 pm (EST)
Fred VanVleet Headshot

VanVleet (hand) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Rick Noland of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

VanVleet has missed two consecutive games with a bruised right hand, but it appears he'll attempt to go through pregame warmups Wednesday before a final decision is made on his availability. Look for another update to be provided just before tip-off and if does sit out again, Delon Wright would be in line for more playing time off the bench.
5:22 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul is dealing with a sore hamstring and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Pistons, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Paul appeared to tweak the hamstring in the closing seconds of Tuesday's win over Portland, though indicated after the game that he was fine and didn't expect to miss any time. That said, the Rockets could take a cautious approach with their star point guard and he's now been added to the injury report for Thursday's contest. Look for him to test out the hamstring during morning shootaround Thursday, and if he were to sit out, Harden would likely shift over to full-time point guard duties, with Eric Gordon likely starting at shooting guard.
5:18 pm (EST)
CJ Miles Headshot

Miles is questionable for Wednesday's contest against Cleveland due to gastroenteritis, Rick Noland of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Medina Gazette reports.

Miles, with DeMar DeRozan (thigh) and Fred VanVleet (hand) questionable, could be in line for extended run once more if he's cleared to play and the aforementioned players are absent. That said, if Miles ends up sidelined, guys like Norman Powell and Delon Wright could see expanded roles.
5:18 pm (EST)
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Cavaliers.

DeRozan sat out Tuesday's contest against Orlando as a result of a left thigh bruise, which is apparently still giving him some discomfort. If he's unable to take the floor for a second consecutive contest, Norman Powell, Delon Wright, Fred VanVleet (hand) and C.J. Miles (illness) are all candidates to see an uptick in workload.
5:15 pm (EST)
Jonathan Isaac Headshot

Isaac is doubtful for Thursday's contest against the 76ers due to a left foot strain, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

This is the first news of Isaac dealing with a foot strain, which he may have suffered during Tuesday's game against Toronto, though he still managed to play well, providing 10 points, five boards, five steals and two blocks in 28 minutes. More word on his status should arrive following the team's Thursday morning shootaround. But, assuming he misses the contest, Wesley Iwundu, Mario Hezonja and Arron Afflalo are candidates to see expanded roles.
5:02 pm (EST)
Jonathon Simmons Headshot

Simmons (wrist) has been downgraded to doubtful for Thursday's game against the Magic, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Simmons sat out Tuesday's matchup with the Raptors and was subsequently held out of Wednesday's practice, so his doubtful designation shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Barring an unexpected recovery from Simmons, look for him to miss a second straight contest, which should afford both Arron Afflalo and Shelvin Mack additional minutes on the wing. Mack was the more impressive relief option Tuesday, posting 17 points, four assists and two steals across 24 minutes.
4:54 pm (EST)
Derrick Favors Headshot

Favors (knee) has been cleared for a return ahead of Thursday's game against the Mavericks, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

Favors missed Tuesday's game with a sore left knee, but it apparently wasn't anything overly serious and he'll return to the lineup Thursday despite heading into a back-to-back set. Look for Favors to slot in to his typical starting power forward role and unless the Jazz report some sort of restrictions, the big man should be set for a full workload. In the corresponding move, Jonas Jerebko will head back to a bench role, while Jae Crowder could lose a few minutes as well.
4:27 pm (EST)
Bogdan Bogdanovic Headshot

Bogdanovic (hamstring) participated in Wednesday's practice and should be considered questionable for Thursday's contest against the Hawks, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Bogdanovic missed Monday's tilt against Detroit as the result of a sore left hamstring, prompting Buddy Hield to take on a bigger offensive share, posting 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. More information on Bogdanovic's status should arrive following Thursday's morning shootaround.
4:24 pm (EST)
TJ Warren Headshot

Warren (knee) did not practice Wednesday and is doubtful for Friday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Warren missed Tuesday's contest against the Pistons and is apparently still in significant discomfort. He should be considered day-to-day, but it's unlikely he'll take the floor Friday. Assuming he misses the contest, Josh Jackson is in line to draw another start.
4:05 pm (EST)
Devin Booker Headshot

Booker (hand) sat out Wednesday's practice and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Craig Grialou of the Arizona Republic reports.

Booker has missed the last two games with a sprained right hand and the fact that he wasn't able to practice Wednesday doesn't bode well for his availability later this week. That said, Booker continues to do everything he can to get back on the court and said, "If I feel I'm healthy enough to play I'm going to play." Booker's availability will likely hinge on whether or not he can get back on the floor for practice Thursday and/or Friday's morning shootaround, so continue to monitor his status moving forward. With T.J. Warren (knee) considered doubtful, another absence from Booker would mean hefty workloads for Josh Jackson and Troy Daniels once again.
4:05 pm (EST)
Omri Casspi Headshot

Casspi (ankle) did some on-court work Wednesday and is considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's game against the Hawks, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.

Casspi has missed the last two games after tweaking his right ankle, but it appears he has an outside shot of getting back on the court for Friday's contest after putting in some on-court work Wednesday. While that will ultimately depend on how the ankle feels following the increase in activity, it's till encouraging that a return seems to be forthcoming, With Kevin Durant (ribs) likely out and Draymond Green (abdomen) highly questionable after sitting out Wednesday's practice, Casspi would provide some much-needed help in the frontcourt Friday if he's ultimately cleared to play.
3:58 pm (EST)
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