NBA Player News
|10/27/2016||Jordan Clarkson, LAL, G|
|Clarkson came off the bench to score 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers held off the Rockets 120-114 in Wednesday night's season opener.
Analysis: Clarkson agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal to return to Los Angeles in the offseason. He started 79 games last season and averaged 15.5 points.
|10/27/2016||D'Angelo Russell, LAL, PG|
|Russell scored 20 points in Wednesday's season opener.
Analysis: It could be the beginning of a breakout second season for Russell, the second overall pick in 2015 who averaged 13.2 points in 80 games - 48 starts - in 2015-16.
|10/27/2016||Julius Randle, LAL, PF|
|Randle had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's season opener.
Analysis: The 2014 first-round pick averaged 11.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 81 games - 60 starts - last season.
|10/27/2016||Brandon Ingram, LAL, SF|
|Ingram, the second overall pick in June, had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench in his NBA debut Wednesday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-9 Ingram spent one season at Duke, averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds as an immediate star for the Blue Devils. Pro scouts were tantalized by his 41 percent shooting on 3-pointers, and his lanky frame only heightened the comparisons to Kevin Durant.
|10/27/2016||James Harden, Hou, G|
|Harden had 34 points, a career-high 17 assists and eight rebounds in Wednesday's season opener.
Analysis: Harden could have more of these kinds of lines as coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll be used more at point guard this season.
|10/27/2016||Clint Capela, Hou, F-C|
|Capela, a 6-foot-9 Swiss forward, replaced the departed Dwight Howard in the middle of the lineup and had 16 points and nine rebounds in Wednesday's season opener.
Analysis: Capela played in 77 games last season, and in his 35 starts he averaged 8.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent.
|10/27/2016||Eric Gordon, Hou, SG|
|Gordon had 19 points and five rebounds in his Rockets debut Wednesday.
Analysis: Gordon, who agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract in the offseason, has dealt with numerous injuries during his career. He played in 64 games or less in each of the previous seven seasons.
|10/27/2016||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF|
|Kidd-Gilchrist knocked down 10 of 18 shots for 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while playing 34 minutes to lead the Hornets to a 107-96 victory at the Bradley Center.
Analysis: Considering all the health issues Kidd-Gilchrist has dealt with, this is a solid start to the season.
|10/27/2016||Cody Zeller, Cha, F-C|
|On Wednesday, Zeller, who missed the entire preseason with a bone bruise in his right knee, made the most of his 14 minutes, scoring 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Analysis: Zeller likely won't have much fantasy value but keep him in mind as a potential injury replacement throughout the season.
|10/27/2016||Tony Snell, Mil, G-F|
|Snell was unavailable for the season opener because of a sprained left ankle.
Analysis: He has not been able to practice with the Bucks since he was acquired from Chicago in exchange for PG Michael Carter-Williams on Oct. 17.
|10/27/2016||Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, SF|
|Milwaukee got a game-high 31 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Greek Freak also pulled down nine boards and should earn some serious fantasy consideration.
|10/27/2016||Mike Conley, Mem, PG|
|Conley scored 24 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Conley is a solid fantasy contributor must not someone to build a team around, obviously.
|10/27/2016||Zach Randolph, Mem, F-C|
|Randolph had 19 points and 11 boards in 24 minutes off the bench Wednesday.
Analysis: No longer a starter, Randolph will still get quality minutes and could be used to provide fantasy depth as well.
|10/27/2016||Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F|
|Wiggins had 25 points Wednesday for Minnesota.
Analysis: Rounding into a pure scorer at this level, Wiggins is a solid fantasy option.
|10/27/2016||Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C|
|Towns had 21 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Towns is a solid player but not a must-have fantasy option at the moment.
|10/27/2016||Rudy Gay, Sac, F|
|Gay had 22 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Gay is a solid scorer who can provide fantasy depth.
|10/27/2016||DeMarcus Cousins, Sac, F-C|
|Cousins had 24 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Cousins is a strong fantasy option, as long as he can stay on the floor.
|10/26/2016||LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C|
|Aldridge finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 129-100 win at Golden State on opening night.
Analysis: Aldridge, who averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds a year ago, seemed more than happy with his role on this night.
|10/26/2016||Kawhi Leonard, SA, G-F|
|Leonard came up big with a career-high 35 points in Tuesday's 129-100 win over Golden State in the season opener. He went 15 for 15 from the free-throw line.
Analysis: Leonard could be poised for the best season of his career on the offensive end. He's certainly a good bet to fill out the stat sheet.
|10/26/2016||Jonathon Simmons, SA, SF|
|Simmons had a surprisingly big night on Tuesday, helping the Spurs roll to a 129-100 win at Golden State. He finished with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Analysis: Simmons, who averaged 6 points on 50.4 percent shooting in 55 games as a rookie, appears to be in line for a much greater role this season.
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