Anthony Davis will utilize the 3-point shot
Anthony Davis | NO
(August 30, 2015 10:14 AM EDT)
Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.
"I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year." If you have the No. 1 pick in your draft this season and you have doubts about Davis, this quote should change your mind.
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Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson has lost weight
Al Jefferson | CHA
(August 29, 2015 1:33 PM EDT)
Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.
"I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds.
Charlotte Observer
Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum could start?
Meyers Leonard | POR
(August 28, 2015 11:19 AM EDT)
Blazers general manager Neil Olshey may have insinuated in an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe that C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard could start.
After calling Al-Farouq Aminu the starter at small forward, Olshey said that Aminu could thrive next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard because of their ability to stretch the floor. To be fair, this could simply mean that McCollum and Leonard are going to have sizable roles (which is obvious), so it will be interesting to see how things shape up during training camp. Leonard will likely battle Ed Davis for the starting PF spot and is worth a look in the later rounds, while McCollum will compete with Gerald Henderson for the SG spot. McCollum is high on our list of breakout candidates, so he is the SG you will want to target.
Al-Farouq Aminu will start at SF for Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu | POR
(August 28, 2015 10:55 AM EDT)
Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said that Al-Farouq Aminu will start at small forward this season.
Aminu was projected to start at small forward, but it's always nice to get some confirmation and Olshey even said that he would play multiple positions. Aminu has a chance to log some serious minutes on the rebuilding Blazers, and it's important to remember that he posted averages of 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes during the playoffs last season. In case it isn't obvious, Aminu could be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this season.
Faried calls Emmanuel Mudiay the starting PG
Emmanuel Mudiay | DEN
(August 28, 2015 10:19 AM EDT)
Kenneth Faried hinted that rookie Emmanuel Mudiay will be the starting point guard this season.
"I have high expectations for him because he’s basically going to be our starting point guard and the Nuggets have high expectations," Faried said. This isn't a surprise by any means, but Mudiay's fantasy value will be much higher if he gets the starting nod over Jameer Nelson. Mudiay might struggle shooting from the field and his turnovers could be pretty high, but he is likely going to play a lot of minutes and should be one of the first rookies off the board.
Kyrie Irving (knee) may not play until Jan?
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(August 27, 2015 3:01 PM EDT)
Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.
Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew.
Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle
Anthony Davis | NO
(August 27, 2015 2:29 PM EDT)
Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle this summer, bringing his weight to 253 pounds while maintaining 10 percent body fat.
"[Davis is] going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year," said Pelicans head strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin. "He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses [at his midsection]. He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now." All the more reason to take Davis with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, as he'll look to build upon last season's impressive averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and just 1.4 turnovers per game. Yeah, he's going to be a monster.
Bojan Bogdanovic goes down with ankle injury
Bojan Bogdanovic | BKN
(August 27, 2015 2:08 PM EDT)
Bojan Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during Croatia's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, and did not return to the game.
Bogdanovic was withheld from the rest of the contest as a precautionary measure, and while he's scheduled to undergo further testing, the injury is not believed to be serious. He will not play in Friday's friendly against Israel, but remains hopeful he'll be able to compete during EuroBasket, which begins on September 5.
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Jrue Holiday will be ready for regular season
Jrue Holiday | NO
(August 27, 2015 12:34 PM EDT)
Jrue Holiday (leg) will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate.
While it's nice to hear that Holiday is progressing, Kushner also reports that Holiday will be eased back into action and will be on a minutes restriction to start the season. The 25-year-old possesses plenty of upside, but he's also missed 90 games over the past two seasons and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners.
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Derrick Rose's camp denies allegations
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 27, 2015 11:47 AM EDT)
A spokesperson for Derrick Rose denied recent allegations that Rose drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2013.
With very serious allegations being thrown at Rose, a spokesperson for the Bulls guard released a statement on Thursday morning. "The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis," the statement read. "This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers demanded that plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous." We'll keep an eye on this situation as it develops, but it sounds like Rose is vehemently denying allegations.
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