Nick Johnson recalled from the D-league
Nick Johnson | HOU
(February 1, 2015 10:51 AM EST)
Nick Johnson was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.
His athleticism is through the roof, but the rookie isn't going to get many chances to impress on a contender such as the Rockets. Outside of keeper leagues, Johnson isn't a viable fantasy asset.
Andre Dawkins recalled from D-League
Andre Dawkins | BOS
(February 1, 2015 10:17 AM EST)
Andre Dawkins was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.
He still hasn't seen any action for the Celtics since signing a 10-day contract, so there's a good chance that he will simply serve as emergency depth for now. Dawkins can shoot the lights out from deep, but he's not worth owning in almost any league unless he earns a sizable role in Boston.
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James Young recalled from NBA D-League
James Young | BOS
(February 1, 2015 10:13 AM EST)
James Young was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.
Young scored 33 points with nine 3-pointers for the Maine Red Claws on Saturday, but he hasn't really been given a chance in Boston. The Celtics are still giving valuable minutes to veteran Tayshaun Prince for some reason, so unless coach Brad Stevens decides to give Young more touches, he won't be worth owning in almost any league.
Boston Celtics on Twitter
Andrew Wiggins drawing praise from head coach
Andrew Wiggins | MIN
(February 1, 2015 10:05 AM EST)
Andrew Wiggins' rapid development has even surprised head coach Flip Saunders.
"He's above where we thought he would be," coach Flip Saunders said of Wiggins. "There have not been very many rookies that have gone through a 15-game stretch where they're averaging 21 a game and been in a situation where they're taking the other team's best defensive player and playing both ends of the floor." Wiggins is easily the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors, and his owners have got to be thrilled with his growth after a slow start to the season. Wiggins' ceiling is ridiculous, and he's going to be a thrilling player to own for years to come.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Byron Scott praises rookie Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson | LAK
(February 1, 2015 9:55 AM EST)
Byron Scott praised rookie Jordan Clarkson's recent play since being moved to the starting lineup.
"I think we have a pretty good basketball player in this young kid," Scott said. "When he falls on his face, he gets right back up. He wants to get better; he works his butt off every single day. If you look at his first game [starting] against San Antonio, and his last game [Thursday], he’s shown improvement." Clarkson looks like the point guard to own in Los Angeles now, and with coach Byron Scott hinting that he will keep his current lineup the way it is for the foreseeable future, Clarkson should only get even better.
Cleanthony Early recalled from D-League
Cleanthony Early | NY
(February 1, 2015 9:37 AM EST)
Cleanthony Early was recalled from the D-League and will be available to play against the Lakers on Sunday.
The rookie has had some tough luck with injuries this season, and while he does have plenty of potential, he's currently not in the rotation. Early is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues if the Knicks decide to shut Carmelo Anthony down for the season, but it's safe to leave Early on the wire for now.
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Spencer Hawes struggling in bench role
Spencer Hawes | LAC
(February 1, 2015 9:29 AM EST)
Coach Doc Rivers admitted that Spencer Hawes is struggling to adjust to his role of coming off the bench for the Clippers.
"He has to play better to play more," Coach Doc Rivers said before Saturday's win over the Spurs. "Minutes are earned, they're not just given out like cookies." Hawes is averaging just 17 minutes per game this season, and he was coming off two scoreless games prior to Saturday. He responded with an 11-point performance against the Spurs, but he is going to need several more games like this before he sees an increase in playing time. As of right now, Hawes isn't worth owning in almost any league.
Los Angeles Times
Dirk Nowitzki praises Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside | MIA
(February 1, 2015 9:21 AM EST)
Dirk Nowitzki praised Hassan Whiteside's ability after their win over the Heat on Friday.
"He gets so close to the basket, and his reach is next to none," Nowitzki said of Whiteside. "He's so long out there, it's incredible. When he's so close to the basket, he just tips it to himself or tips it in. And then he started to make some jump shots today. So, yeah, that's a nice find for sure for Miami." Whiteside has literally been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA season, boasting averages of 13 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in just under 24 minute per game in the month of January. Whiteside will only get better with more minutes, and he will be a must-start option in all leagues for the rest of the way.
Bleacher Report
DeMarre Carroll (Achilles) might have an MRI
DeMarre Carroll | ATL
(February 1, 2015 9:04 AM EST)
DeMarre Carroll will likely have an MRI on his Achilles that has sidelined him for the past two games.
The Hawks don't believe that the injury is serious, but the MRI should be able to provide some more clarity on the injury. We will pass along more details as soon as they emerge, but if Carroll has to miss any more time, Kent Bazemore will continue to play big minutes now that Thabo Sefolosha (calf) is out for 6-8 weeks.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Stephen Curry scores 25 points in win vs. PHX
Stephen Curry | GS
(February 1, 2015 2:29 AM EST)
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 25 points against the Suns during a 106-87 win on Saturday with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.
The Suns were making a run to start the fourth quarter and cut the GSW lead to seven, but Curry checked in with seven minutes left and ballooned the lead to 18 in just four minutes of action. The Warriors don't have the best record in the NBA anymore, but they're still arguably the best team in the NBA right now. They'll play the Hawks on Friday, so that should be fun.