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Derrick Favors will play on Friday 10-09-2015
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Derrick Favors (groin) will play on Friday night against the Suns.

Tony Jones on Twitter
He went through shootaround and will get to go up against Markieff Morris in what should be a faster paced game. Favors is a solid target in the middle rounds.
Eric Bledsoe getting some rest on Friday 10-09-2015
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
Eric Bledsoe will rest on Friday night against the Jazz.

Suns on Twitter
He had a nice game on Wednesday against the Kings, scoring 13 points with four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in just 16 minutes. Bledsoe could take a big step forward in his age-25 season.
Aaron Gordon staying in shape 10-09-2015
Aaron Gordon F ORL
Aaron Gordon (jaw) said he's in the best shape of his life despite not being cleared for contact.

Orlando Sentinel
He is likely going to be cleared in the next week. The Magic were the worst team in the NBA at stopping small forwards, so Gordon figures to help out in that regard. After his awesome summer, he's worth a look in the later rounds of drafts.
Kyle Singler (knee) out Friday 10-09-2015
Kyle Singler F OKC
Kyle Singler (knee) will not play on Friday.

Royce Young on Twitter
He banged knees in practice and the injury is not considered serious. Singler signed a five-year, $25 million deal this summer.
Brandon Bass gets more treatment 10-09-2015
Brandon Bass F LAL
Brandon Bass (knee) received treatment on Friday.

Bill Oram on Twitter
He's likely going to miss several games due to his patella contusion. Bass is losing some ground to Julius Randle, especially with Rankle playing well right now. Bass isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
Kendrick Perkins starting on Friday 10-09-2015
Kendrick Perkins C NO
Kendrick Perkins will start at center on Friday.

Pelicans on Twitter
Well, the team apparently wants to keep Ryan Anderson in the second unit. Perkins has no fantasy value.
Kevin Seraphin out on Friday 10-09-2015
Kevin Seraphin F NY
Kevin Seraphin (right knee) will not play on Friday.

Ian Begley on Twitter
It's not a major injury for Seraphin, but it's possible he misses Monday's game. He could get minutes as the backup power forward this year.
DeJuan Blair has a sore knee 10-09-2015
DeJuan Blair F WAS
DeJuan Blair (sore knee) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

Chris Miller on Twitter
Blair showed up in shape and the extent of his knee soreness isn't known. Regardless, he won't have much value while Marcin Gortat is healthy.
Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play 10-09-2015
Garrett Temple G WAS
Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

Chris Miller on Twitter
He has a number of hamstring issues in his career and the team will hold him out. Temple has no fantasy value.
Ish Smith is back for Friday 10-09-2015
Ishmael Smith G WAS
Ish Smith (ankle) will play on Friday against the Knicks.

Chris Miller on Twitter
If he can make the team, Smith won't be in the rotation.
Kelly Oubre will play on Friday 10-09-2015
Kelly Oubre Jr. F WAS
Kelly Oubre (ankle) will play against the Knicks on Friday.

Chris Miller on Twitter
He will make his preseason debut tonight after missing Tuesday. Oubre was starting to come around at Summer League as the event ended, but he will likely have a few bumps in the road in his rookie season.
Derrick Favors goes through shootaround 10-09-2015
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors (groin) went through shootaround on Friday and is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

Tony Jones on Twitter
It's a good sign to see he's doing some on-court work from his sore right groin and he should be ready in the near future. Favors doesn't have a track record of groin injuries and there's no reason to think this will be a major lingering issue.
Moe Harkless doesn't practice Friday 10-09-2015
Moe Harkless F POR
Moe Harkless (concussion) did not practice on Friday.

Joe Freeman on Twitter
He missed Thursday's game due to a concussion and is likely in the protocol. Harkless had a nice debut with 14 points on Oct. 6 and he should be in the rotation once he's over his concussion. He's only worth a look in very deep leagues, though.
Montrezl Harrell still out of practice 10-09-2015
Montrezl Harrell F HOU
Montrezl Harrell (thigh) did not practice on Friday.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
He still hasn't played yet due to a bruised thigh. Harrell was arguably the most impressive second-round pick at Las Vegas Summer League, but he's still unlikely to be in the rotation to start the year.
Dwight Howard (back) missed practice 10-09-2015
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard (back) did not practice on Friday.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
There's no word on the severity of his back injury, but it shouldn't keep him out for long. Howard will not play in the opener due to a suspension and the number of injuries last season make him even riskier to take in fantasy drafts.
Terrence Jones (ribs) not at practice 10-09-2015
Terrence Jones F HOU
Terrence Jones (ribs) did not practice on Friday.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
He aggravated his rib injury in practice and missed a game on Wednesday. Jones did only play 20 minutes on Tuesday, making just 1-of-7 from the field. If there's a positive in this, it's that Jones' prospective fantasy owners can get him very late in drafts.
Joe Ingles getting some rest on Friday 10-09-2015
Joe Ingles F UTH
Joe Ingles (rest) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

David Locke on Twitter
Without Ingles, there should be more minutes to go to Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and Elijah Millsap. Ingles doesn't have fantasy value while Hood and Burks are healthy.
Trey Burke will get some rest on Friday 10-09-2015
Trey Burke G UTH
Trey Burke (rest) will not play against the Suns on Friday. He's fine and he'll be ready to go on Monday against the Blazers. Burke had a nice showing on Wednesday with 15 points, five dimes and three 3-pointers in a win over the Lakers. He's still the heavy favorite to start and is on the radar in the last round or two.
Raul Neto starting vs. Suns on Friday 10-09-2015
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Raul Neto will start against the Suns on Friday.

Jody Genessy on Twitter
Trey Burke is not going to play tonight, so Neto should have plenty of minutes headed his way. He certainly could find himself in the starting lineup later in the season, but his shooting woes make him a tough fantasy target in most leagues.
Greg Smith headed to the Pelicans? 10-09-2015
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Greg Smith agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans.

Scott Kushner on Twitter
The Pelicans need a big man in the worst way. Omer Asik (calf) and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) could both miss the opener. Smith might have a tough time staying on the roster once the team gets healthy again.
Wiggins to get more scoring in isolation? 10-09-2015
Andrew Wiggins F MIN
Coach Sam Mitchell said he wants to see Andrew Wiggins score more without the team running plays for him.

TWolves PR on Twitter
He was somewhat effective as an isolation scorer last year, posting a 0.85 points per play last year (60th percentile). The big thing his fantasy owners will be hoping for is more production from 3-point range. Wiggins is a mid-round target and tends to be over-drafted.
Andre Miller won't play Saturday 10-09-2015
Andre Miller G MIN
Andre Miller had an excused absence from practice on Friday and will not play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

Timberwolves PR on Twitter
With Ricky Rubio (quad) also ruled out, rookie Tyus Jones should see all the minutes he can handle. Miller is strictly a backup point guard in Minnesota, and he isn't worth drafting in fantasy leagues.
Willie Reed (quad) gets in limited practice 10-09-2015
Willie Reed F BKN
Willie Reed (quad) was limited in practice on Friday.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
Despite picking up some momentum during the summer league, this injury could really hurt his chances of making the final roster if he doesn't return to full practice soon. Reed isn't on the fantasy radar.
Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice 10-09-2015
Andrea Bargnani C BKN
Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice again on Friday.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
Bargnani is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and is expected to come off the bench in Brooklyn, so there is no reason to look his way in most fantasy formats. Bargnani has now been on the shelf for five straight days.
Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice 10-09-2015
Thomas Robinson F BKN
Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not participate in practice on Friday.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
In case you missed it, Robinson took a hard fall in Monday's preseason game and hasn't played since. The injury is still said to be minor, but the Nets have every right to exercise caution during the preseason. With Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez set to soak up a ton of minutes in the frontcourt, Robinson isn't an option in standard leagues.
Bogdanovic (sore right ankle) misses practice 10-09-2015
Bojan Bogdanovic G BKN
Bojan Bogdanovic (sore right ankle) missed practice again on Friday.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
Bogdanovic has been on the shelf since Wednesday, but the Nets are likely just being cautious with him. Bogdanovic is the favorite to start at shooting guard this season, but he is still nothing more than a late-round flier.
Dirk Nowitzki still unsure of preseason debut 10-09-2015
Dirk Nowitzki F DAL
Dirk Nowitzki (rest) said that he doesn't think he will play in a preseason game until after Tuesday's outing against the Thunder.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Nowitzki is probably still a little tired from participating in Eurobasket, so the Mavs don't need to push the 37-year-old veteran in training camp. He will be good to go for the season opener, and he is still a solid pick towards the end of the middle rounds despite his age and decreased workload.
Joakim Noah (knee bruise) misses practice 10-09-2015
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah missed practice on Friday due to a minor knee bruise, and his status for Saturday's preseason game is uncertain.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
Noah had an awkward fall when he fought for a loose ball with Kenneth Faried on Thursday, but the Bulls don't seem to be concerned and head coach Fred Hoiberg also said the injury was minor. Noah hasn't looked good early on in the preseason, and it doesn't help that his starting role could be up for grabs due to the emergence of Nikola Mirotic.
Ricky Rubio (quad) will not play on Saturday 10-09-2015
Ricky Rubio G MIN
Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

Timberwolves PR on Twitter
The good news is that he is traveling with the team, so hopefully he will be able to return to action during the preseason. Rubio is already a shaky pick in the middle rounds because of his durability concerns and lack of a reliable jump shot, so he could fall in a lot of drafts. Expect to see a lot of Tyus Jones on Saturday.
Deron Williams aggravates his other calf 10-09-2015
Deron Williams G DAL
Deron Williams returned to practice on Friday after dealing with a calf issue last week, but he was forced to leave practice early after aggravating his other calf.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Injuries have been a huge problem for Williams in recent years and he does have a history of calf issues, so it's a little concerning that he can't even make it through training camp unscathed. We will post an update on his status when we know more, but it doesn't sound too serious. It's probably best to wait until the later rounds before spending a pick on Williams.
Samuel Dalembert dealing with sore left knee 10-09-2015
Samuel Dalembert C DAL
Samuel Dalembert sat out of practice on Friday due to a sore left knee.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said that Dalembert needs to get better in shape, so it's not surprising to see him pick up an injury already. Even if Dalembert wins the starting gig over Zaza Pachulia, he can be ignored outside of deeper leagues.
Amare Stoudemire (rest) sits out of practice 10-09-2015
Amar'e Stoudemire F MIA
Amare Stoudemire (rest) sat out of Friday's practice.

Ethan J. Skolnick on Twitter
The Heat will be very cautious with the veteran this season in order to keep him fresh for a playoff run, so expect him to have plenty of maintenance days. The 32-year-old veteran is not a reliable fantasy option.
Chris Bosh (illness) misses practice 10-09-2015
Chris Bosh F MIA
Chris Bosh skipped practice on Friday due to an illness.

Ethan J. Skolnick on Twitter
He should be fine with a couple days of rest. Bosh has looked strong during the preseason and he managed to score 18 points with three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's game vs. the Magic. Bosh should be available at a discount in the middle rounds after spending the second half of the 2014-15 season on the shelf due to blood clots in his lungs.
Alonzo Gee (personal) to play Friday 10-09-2015
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Alonzo Gee (personal) will play in Friday's game vs. the Hawks.
Gee's role off the bench is going to be very limited while the Pelicans are at full strength, so he isn't worth drafting in almost any league.
Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Friday 10-09-2015
Tyreke Evans G NO
Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) will play vs. the Hawks on Friday as expected.
Evans returned to practice on Monday and is simply dealing with a bruise, so there is no reason to be concerned. Evans will run the point a ton in the Pelicans up-tempo offense since Jrue Holiday will be on a minutes limit, so he is poised for a big season.
Damian Lillard says his ankle issue is 'minor' 10-09-2015
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Damian Lillard said that his left ankle sprain is "minor", but he admitted that he needs to do a better job of staying off the floor.

The Oregonian
"I wear a lot of padding now ... I got a vest under my jersey, arm pad, thigh, tail, knees ... everything has been padded up,'' Lillard said. "My rookie year I didn't wear any. But when I started hitting the ground, I thought it would be a good idea to protect myself. Each year, I fall less. The coaches talk about staying off the court, and I try to do a lot better with that." Lillard may sit out of a preseason game as a precaution, but it's clear that he will be fine moving forward. Even though he could struggle with efficiency this season, Lillard is a nice target at the turn of the first and second rounds.
Nerlens Noel has a knee and back contusion 10-09-2015
Nerlens Noel F PHI
Nerlens Noel is dealing with a knee contusion and a contusion on his lower back as well, and he is considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

Bob Cooney on Twitter
Steven Adams (sore back) will play Friday 10-09-2015
Steven Adams C OKC
Steven Adams (sore back) will play in Friday's preseason game vs. Fenerbahce.

Anthony Slater on Twitter
Adams has been sidelined for a few days but the injury was never considered to be serious. Adams is expected to start over Enes Kanter this season, but he likely won't see enough minutes to make a significant impact in standard leagues.
C.J. McCollum will handle backup PG duties 10-09-2015
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In addition to the minutes C.J. McCollum will receive at shooting guard, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he will run the point when Damian Lillard sits as well.

The Oregonian
We like this move a lot and it's clear that the Blazers have big plans for McCollum this season. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-7 on Thursday when McCollum was running the point, and he finished the game with 19 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. "It's a comfortable role for me, and one that I can thrive in, I just have to take some time to get more reps at it at the NBA level,'' McCollum said. He has the potential to be a stud this season, so don't hesitate to draft him.
Malone praises Joffrey Lauvergne 10-09-2015
Joffrey Lauvergne F DEN
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone showered praise on Joffrey Lauvergne and said that he could get a great opportunity this year.
"I love how hard he plays," Malone said of Lauvergne. "He's athletic, he has toughness, he has skill... He's just a guy that is going to demand minutes by how hard and how well he's been playing. We need him to keep on working and getting better and get in great shape. And if he's able to do that, he'll get a great opportunity this year." Jusuf Nurkic still hasn't returned from his knee injury, so Lauvergne is making a strong case for minutes in the frontcourt. He is firmly on the radar in deeper leagues and his fantasy arrow is pointing up.
Skiles praises Victor Oladipo's defense 10-09-2015
Victor Oladipo G ORL
Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Victor Oladipo "can be an All-Defensive Team-type player."

Orlando Sentinel
"He's a good player," Skiles said. "He can be an All-Defensive Team-type player on that side of the ball. And I was going to say, 'If he wants to,' but I don't even need to finish the sentence about it. He's a very eager defender. He's a really good learner, and he's got a lot of enthusiasm for the game." Skiles emphasizes defense more than anything, so Oladipo will play a prominent role this season and is a solid option in the early rounds.
Zeller not stressing about contract talks 10-09-2015
Tyler Zeller F BOS
Tyler Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday that he isn't stressed about his contract situation.

"No stress," Zeller said. "I got one more year in my contract. I know I'm going to be here anyway. It's not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I'm just going to go out and play my game. It's great if I get [a contract extension] and it's great if I don't. Next summer I'm going to be a restricted free agent and it's kind of an open market and we'll see what happens." The two sides have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement, so the talks will likely continue to drag on. The Celtics are loaded with frontcourt depth, so Zeller likely isn't going to be a reliable asset in standard leagues.
McHale says Sam Dekker needs to slow down 10-09-2015
Sam Dekker F HOU
Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that rookie Sam Dekker needs to relax and slow down.

Houston Chronicle
"I thought Sam got a little more comfortable," McHale said of Dekker's performance vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday. "He has to relax, slow down and let the game come to him a little bit. He made a 3-pointer, which is good to see, got to the line a couple times. I thought overall for Sam, it's just going to take a little while. That's not unusual." It's going to take some time for Dekker to adjust to the NBA, but he isn't going to see many minutes while Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are healthy. Dekker can be ignored in most leagues.
Lou Amundson (back) is available on Friday 10-09-2015
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Lou Amundson (sore back) is available for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

Chris Herring on Twitter
Amundson had some nice moments for the Knicks last season, but minutes won't be easy to come by in a crowded frontcourt. Amundson can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Kevin Seraphin (knee) is now doubtful Friday 10-09-2015
Kevin Seraphin F NY
Updating a previous report, Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) is now considered doubtful vs. the Wizards on Friday.

NY Knicks PR on Twitter
Originally considered probable for Friday's contest, it isn't clear if Seraphin suffered a setback, but the Knicks are probably just letting the veteran get some extra rest. Seraphin is projected to have a limited role off the bench this season, so he is only worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.
Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Friday 10-09-2015
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Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play in Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

Marc Berman on Twitter
Afflalo has been on the sidelines for a week and the Knicks are going to continue to bring him along slowly. Despite some reports that the starting shooting guard spot is wide open, we still expect Afflalo to open the season as the starter over players like Sasha Vujacic and Langston Galloway. For now, Afflalo is simply a late-round option.
Jabari Parker (knee) is staying patient 10-09-2015
Jabari Parker G MIL
Jabari Parker, who is still recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, said he isn't going to rush the recovery process.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"I'm feeling my legs getting underneath me," Parker said after Thursday's practice. "It's going to be a grind. I'm looking long-term. I really don't want to risk going back and lingering on if I'm not ready. I just want to be as productive as possible. There's no use in me playing if I know I can't contribute the way I want to." The Bucks haven't set a timetable for Parker's return to game action, but it's still possible that he could be ready for opening night. Parker is going to be a very risky pick this season, so prospective owners may want to wait until the later rounds.
Cavaliers will sign Dionte Christmas 10-09-2015
Dionte Christmas G NO
The Cavaliers will sign guard Dionte Christmas on Friday.

Marc J. Spears on Twitter
Christmas is already 29 years old and last played for the Suns during the 2013-14 season in which he averaged just 2.3 points in 31 appearances. The deal is simply a training camp invite, and his chances of making the final roster are very slim.
C.J. McCollum gets a lot of run at PG 10-09-2015
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C.J. McCollum made 7-of-13 from the field for 19 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during a 118-101 win over the Warriors. The Blazers really used him at point guard a lot tonight and even Damian Lillard was more of a shooting guard next to McCollum. The team also ran a lot of pick-and-roll with McCollum and they clearly have confidence in him growing into a go-to scorer and playmaker this year. He's a good bet to break out this year.
Allen Crabbe explodes for 25 points 10-09-2015
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Allen Crabbe was hot on Thursday against the Warriors, scoring 25 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers. He made his first five shots and finished making 9-of-12 from the field. Crabbe was outstanding at Summer League before suffering an ugly ankle injury and he has the inside track to make the team. He could get even more minutes if Gerald Henderson (hip) is not ready.
Stephen Curry scores 30 points in 26 minutes 10-09-2015
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Stephen Curry scored 30 points in just 26 minutes on Thursday, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers on 6-of-14 from the field. He was 12-of-15 from the line to give him a usage rate of 36.1 usage rate. Obviously Curry is going to rack up the scoring numbers again this year and is the consensus No. 2 pick in standard leagues.
Julius Randle scores 17 points 10-09-2015
Julius Randle F LAL
Julius Randle scored 17 points against the Raptors during a 105-97 loss on Thursday, adding five rebounds and three assists on 7-of-10 from the field. That's two great games in a row coming off his 16-point effort on Sunday. Randle is getting more involved in the offense and has created some space from the other Lakers bigs on offense. On the downside, he's not much of a shot blocker and will likely be sub-par from an efficiency standpoint compared to other starting power forwards, which makes him only worth a late round pick.
Jordan Clarkson starts at point guard 10-09-2015
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Jordan Clarkson got the start at point guard on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. The team gave D'Angelo Russell (glute) the night off to give Clarkson more minutes at the one. Even though he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he did after the break last year, he's still worth a flier in the later rounds of drafts.
Larry Nance makes preseason debut 10-09-2015
Larry Nance Jr. F LAL
Larry Nance played 11 minutes on Thursday with three points, five boards and one assist. It was his second game after dealing with back spasms earlier in training camp. Nance actually didn't even take a shot in that first game and he's clearly not part of the rotation to start this year.
Kyle Lowry returns, looks great in win 10-09-2015
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Kyle Lowry returned from a one-game absence on Thursday, scoring 25 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers. He had a sore groin on Monday after his wonderful debut on Sunday with 26 points. The weight loss seems to be helping Lowry quite a bit, but we can't totally overreact to the preseason numbers. He's still worth a look near the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts.
Cauley-Stein gets 23 minutes in start 10-09-2015
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Willie Cauley-Stein played 23 minutes in another start on Thursday, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Kosta Koufos came off the bench, playing 24 minutes for four points, five boards and one block. The Kings are mixing it up with their rotation in the preseason to figure out which player fits better with Demarcus Cousins, who scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and four steals. Cayley-Stein still isn't quite worth drafting in standard leagues yet.
Kawhi scores 16 points vs. Kings 10-09-2015
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Kings on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes. He looked great, especially in the isolation game on offense. Leonard figures to be highly involved in the offense even with their new additions. He's a strong target in the middle of the first round after he turned in No. 4 value after the break last year.
LaMarcus Aldridge has eight points in debut 10-09-2015
LaMarcus Aldridge F SA
Nikola Mirotic scored eight points in 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover. He didn't take any 3-pointers and only four of his 10 shots were from the mid-range. Aldridge should see more minutes at center and will be more involved in the offense more most nights. Still, he's not quite as attractive as some of the other power forwards going in the second round of drafts.
Mudiay has a bad shooting game 10-09-2015
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay made just 2-of-11 from the field for six points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers. The good news on this line is the low turnovers, which was a problem during his first two games thanks to 7.5 per game. Mudiay is going to have to improve his shot selection or else he'll have more inefficient lines like this one, too. He's an OK target in the later rounds as long as you're not reaching for him too much.
Lauvergne has another great game 10-09-2015
Joffrey Lauvergne F DEN
Joffrey Lauvergne scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-7 from the field. He's absolutely rolling this month, scoring 15.0 points per game in his previous two preseason outings. Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played yet, which has opened some extra run for Lauvergne. He's not much of a shot blocker and did make just 40.4 percent from the field last year, so he's still not a strong target in drafts just yet.
Nikola Mirotic gets 15 shots, scores 18 10-09-2015
Nikola Mirotic F CHI
Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 18 points during a 112-94 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers. He's been heavily used in the offense during his two games, posting a usage rate of 30.6. The Bulls have also been running a lot with a pace of 104.6 during Miortic's playing time, which is up from 95.1 last year. Mirotic is a popular target in the middle rounds.
Doug McDermott scores 15 off bench 10-09-2015
Doug McDermott F CHI
Doug McDermott scored 15 points on Thursday with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He looked good out there and the Bulls gave him a lot of off-ball screens to get him open. Tony Snell didn't have a great game with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, so McBuckets could earn more playing time this month. He's not a target in standard leagues yet.