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
Darius Miller Headshot

Miller managed three points (1-5 FG, 1-5 3Pt) and two rebounds in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Miller remains mostly a three-point shooting specialist who will occasionally cobble up some additional stats. The Pelicans are usually looking for all the help they can get in the area of bench scoring, with Ian Clark, Miller, and Jameer Nelson chipping in more often than anyone else. Coach Alvin Gentry has shown a willingness to stick with the hot hand down the stretch of close games, and on this night it was Ian Clark who excelled and ultimately replaced Rajon Rondo during crunch time. Meanwhile, Miller has scored in double figures 13 times in 2017-18, and he is averaging 21.3 minutes per game.
Yesterday 11:27 pm (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler provided 28 points (11-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocks across 39 minutes during a 108-102 loss to the Magic on Tuesday.

Butler was excellent across the board despite the loss as he matched a season high with five steals and scored a team-high 28 points. He has been particularly pesky on the defensive end of late, with averages of 3.4 steals and 1.0 block per game over his last five outings. Butler has also scored at least 21 points in seven of nine January games.
Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Bismack Biyombo Headshot

Biyombo recorded 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-5 FT), 16 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Biyombo was phenomenal as he stayed hot in Tuesday's win. He picked up his second consecutive double-double and the 16 boards were a season high. Biyombo is now averaging a stellar 11.8 points on 60 percent shooting, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game over his last five outings, making him an intriguing add. Nikola Vucevic's eventual return will likely affect his value, though.
Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Khem Birch Headshot

Birch contributed 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and one assist across 19 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Birch came out of nowhere for his first double-double and by far his best game of the season as the points, rebounds and blocks were all season highs. The 19 minutes also far eclipsed his previous season-high of seven minutes. He benefited from the absence of Marreese Speights (personal), but this performance could earn him more minutes going forward.
Yesterday 11:23 pm (EST)
Evan Fournier Headshot

Fournier totaled 32 points (12-22 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fournier's 32 points and six three-pointers made marked season highs as he got hot after a quiet 10 points in has last outing. He started the season on fire, with nine 20-point efforts in his first 11 games, and this could be a sign that he is starting to find that form again.
Yesterday 11:23 pm (EST)
Jrue Holiday Headshot

Holiday had 23 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, three steals, and one block in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Holiday has been among the most well-rounded contributors in the league. Through 43 appearances, he is one of eight guys (along with James Harden, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, and DeMarcus Cousins) to be averaging 18 points, five dimes, four boards, and 1.5 steals per game. Moreover, Holiday sits second on that list in field-goal shooting (49.5 percent), so he has also been very efficient.
Yesterday 11:14 pm (EST)
Ian Clark Headshot

Clark had 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Clark followed up last Wednesday's 10-point performance with a pair of five-point outings. However, he earned a season-high minute total in Tuesday's overtime victory, receiving the nod to play late in the contest over starting point guard Rajon Rondo while Jrue Holiday assumed the lead ball handler responsibilities. Clark provides better spacing and defense than Rondo, and Holiday is a capable creator, so Pelicans' coach Alvin Gentry could turn to Clark more often during crunch time if he keeps producing.
Yesterday 10:46 pm (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis exploded for 45 points (16-34 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 13-15 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Davis has been dominant of late, averaging 43.0 points (on 56.3 percent shooting), 14.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists in 45.3 minutes over the last three games. The last two tilts both went to overtime, so that has been a factor. Nevertheless, Davis is clearly a threat to put up these numbers on any given night, and he has remained relatively healthy thus far in 2017-18.
Yesterday 10:34 pm (EST)
Quinn Cook Headshot

The Warriors assigned Cook to the G-League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Tuesday.

Cook has gotten some run at point guard when Steph Curry has been sidelined this season, but has not seen the court since Dec. 23. He will now look to get some reps in the G-League while he awaits another opportunity.
Yesterday 9:45 pm (EST)
Damian Jones Headshot

Jones was assigned to the G-League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Tuesday.

Jones has been back-and-forth between the NBA and G-League this season. He has logged just two minutes on the court during his time in Golden State, so his absence will have no affect on the rotation.
Yesterday 9:37 pm (EST)
Mason Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee (abdomen) will play a reserve role in Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.

Plumlee was listed as probable heading into the evening, and will indeed give it a go. Coach Mike Malone indicated during pregame that he may shake up the starting lineup, which has indeed resulted in the big man being replaced by Will Barton. He has averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists across 17.1 minutes in 22 appearances off the bench this season.
Yesterday 9:04 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell will shift back to a bench role for Tuesday's matchup with the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

The Mavericks are opting to go big against the Nuggets, with Maxi Kleber moving into the starting lineup and Ferrell coming off the bench. That will also allow Ferrell to serve as the Mavericks backup point guard and provide some ball-handling help in the second unit with J.J. Barea (groin) still sidelined. The demotion to the bench could potentially mean less minutes overall for Ferrell.
Yesterday 9:01 pm (EST)
Will Barton Headshot

Barton will get the start at small forward for Tuesday's tilt against the Mavericks, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.

Coach Mike Malone hinted during pregame that he may shakeup the starting lineup, and it turns out Barton will be the beneficiary. He has averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists across a healthy 38.0 minutes in nine starts this season.
Yesterday 8:59 pm (EST)
Maxi Kleber Headshot

Kleber will move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

The Mavericks are going big once again, with Kleber entering the starting five and Yogi Ferrell settling for a bench role. That said, Kleber is no stranger to the starting five and already has 28 previous stints in the top unit, posting averages of 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds across 20.5 minutes. Despite the promotion, Kleber has limited utility for Tuesday's DFS slate.
Yesterday 8:57 pm (EST)
Skal Labissiere Headshot

Labissiere is dealing with a left shoulder strain and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Labissiere drew the start on Monday with Zach Randolph getting the night off for rest, posting seven points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 28 minutes. However, it appears he may have picked up an injury during the contest, which brings his availability into question for Wednesday. According to James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Kings are going to be resting 2-to-3 veterans each night in order to get the young guys more reps, so Labissiere could be set for more a bigger workload and more stints in the starting five moving forward, making him someone to monitor in season-long leagues. That said, look for another update on Labissiere's injury following the team's morning shootaround.
Yesterday 8:47 pm (EST)
Chris Boucher Headshot

Boucher (knee) is expected to make his G-League debut on Wednesday, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Boucher, who inked a two-way contract with the Warriors back in June, has been sidelined up until this point in the season while working back from a torn ACL. However, he's finally made a return to full strength and will get his first in-game action on Wednesday for the team's G-League affiliate. Considering the lengthy absence, Boucher will likely be eased back into the action, so there's a good chance he has some restrictions over the next few weeks. Once on a full workload with his conditioning in order, Boucher could get called up to the big club, though he's not expected to be a part of the regular rotation and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Yesterday 8:36 pm (EST)
JJ Redick Headshot

An MRI revealed Redick is dealing with bone edema and a small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg. He's expected to be reevaluated in 10-to-14 days, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

A previous report from Adrian Wojnarowski indicated Redick wasn't facing an extended absence, though this most recent report indicates Redick will miss around two weeks before being reevaluated. That means Redick is slated to sit out the next four games, with his first shot to make a return coming on Jan. 26 against the Spurs. There's a very realistic chance he misses more time than that, so continue to look out for updates as Redick moves through the recovery process. T.J. McConnell and Jerryd Bayless appear to be the likely beneficiaries, though Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot could pick up more minutes on the wing as well.
Yesterday 8:20 pm (EST)
Shabazz Napier Headshot

Napier (back) is active and available to play in Tuesday's matchup with the Suns, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.

Napier appeared to have suffered the injury during Sunday's contest, but it's nothing overly serious and he'll be in the lineup as usual Tuesday. Look for him to slot back in as Damian Lillard's primary backup at point guard. Prior to Sunday's abbreviated showing, Napier averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals across 29.5 minutes in the two prior games with Lillard back from injury, so he's still been a prominent part of the team's regular rotation.
Yesterday 8:09 pm (EST)
Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves after throwing a punch at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

Afflalo and Bjelica got tangled up in the second quarter of Tuesday's contest, with Afflalo throwing a punch before Bjelica put him in a headlock. Considering the situation, there's a very good chance Afflalo faces some sort of suspension, so that will be something to monitor over the next few days. The Magic's next game comes on Thursday against the Cavaliers. Prior to the ejection, Afflalo finished scoreless (0-2 FG), with one rebound across five minutes.
Yesterday 8:03 pm (EST)
Dorian Finney-Smith Headshot

Finney-Smith (knee) won't be back until February at the earliest, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Finney-Smith has been out since mid-November with a knee injury and he'll now miss at least another few weeks while going through the recovery process. Considering the report mentions February "at the earliest", there appears to be a chance that Finney-Smith's absence could last for well over an additional month, so don't expect him back any time soon.
Yesterday 7:54 pm (EST)
Seth Curry Headshot

Coach Rick Carlisle indicated Tuesday that Curry (lower leg) will remain sidelined until February at the earliest, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports.

Curry, who continues to recover from a stress reaction in his left tibia, has yet to make his season debut with the Mavericks. Yogi Ferrell, J.J. Barea, and Devin Harris will continue seeing extended minutes in his ongoing absence.
Yesterday 7:48 pm (EST)
JJ Redick Headshot

Redick's left leg injury isn't considered serious and he's only expected to miss a short period of time, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Redick limped to the locker room late in Monday's win over the Raptors and while specifics on the injury haven't been released, it appears it's nothing overly serious. While Redick is not expected to miss extended time, Wojnarowski's report does seem to indicate that Redick could miss at least a game or two, so there's a decent chance he remains sidelined for Thursday's tilt with the Celtics. Look for official confirmation later this week to make sure, though if Redick sits, that should open more time for guys like Jerryd Bayless and T.J. McConnell.
Yesterday 7:20 pm (EST)
Marreese Speights Headshot

Speights will not be with the Magic for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves for personal reasons, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

This is the first we've heard of a potential absence for Speights, who's set to be sidelined with a personal matter. It's unclear if this will just be a one-game absence or if he could miss more contests, so tentatively consider him questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers as well. Speights' absence should open even more minutes for Mario Hezonja, who's played a key role as an injury replacement over the last month or so.
Yesterday 6:57 pm (EST)
Zhou Qi Headshot

Qi (elbow) has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Qi has missed the last two games with an elbow injury, but had been upgraded to questionable ahead of Thursday's contest and could make a return to the lineup. That said, Qi hasn't played a significant role for the Rockets and even if cleared, he's not going to be a fantasy asset.
Yesterday 6:34 pm (EST)
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