NBA Player News
|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.
|10/26/2016||Kevin Durant, GS, F|
|Durant finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Spurs.
Analysis: It looks as though Durant will get his share of touches on Golden State's super team.
|10/26/2016||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry had 26 points on opening night, but shot just 3 of 10 from 3-point range in a 129-100 loss to the Spurs.
Analysis: Curry is a career 44.4 percent shooter from 3-point range, so we expect he'll bounce back quickly in the Warriors' next contest.
|10/26/2016||Draymond Green, GS, F|
|Green filled the stat sheet on opening night with 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals in a blowout loss to the Spurs. He also hit two 3-pointers.
Analysis: Green came somewhat close to averaging a triple-double last season with 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists. Hopefully, you snagged him early on draft night.
|10/26/2016||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.
Analysis: James had his 43rd career triple-double in the regular season and second straight dating back to the Finals, when he eviscerated the Warriors to help the Cavs overcome a 3-1 deficit and win Game 7 in Oakland.
|10/26/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving scored 29 points and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.
Analysis: Irving scored 19 in the third quarter to turn a tight game into a rout, a reminder of the rare scoring ability Irving has. Another example came when he splashed a 3 in Stephen Curry's face to give the Cavs their first championship in franchise history.
|10/26/2016||Kevin Love, Cle, F-C|
|Love had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs in their 117-88 rout of the Knicks on Tuesday.
Analysis: Love only shot 6 of 15 from the floor but got to the line 12 times, an outstanding sign for the Cavaliers after he averaged just 4.1 free-throw attempts last season.
|10/26/2016||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose had 17 in his Knicks debut, a 117-88 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Rose had four turnovers and just one assist, but occasionally showed explosive flashes in the open court.
|10/26/2016||Damian Lillard, Por, PG|
|Lillard scored 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak in home openers to a league-record 16 straight games with a 113-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Lillard is the clear face of the franchise and could wind up in the MVP conversation before all is said and done.
|10/26/2016||Derrick Favors, Uta, F-C|
|Favors missed the Jazz's 113-104 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday with a sore knee.
Analysis: Favors only played one preseason game due to the injury and it's unclear when he'll return for a team that's already missing Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks.
|10/26/2016||C.J. McCollum, Por, G|
|McCollum had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak in home openers to a league-record 16 straight games with a 113-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Analysis: There doesn't figure to be a higher-scoring backcourt in the league this season than McCollum and Damian Lillard, and the two are off to a great start after combining for 64 points.
|10/26/2016||Joe Johnson, Uta, G-F|
|Johnson scored 29 points in his debut with the Jazz, a 113-104 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Johnson scored 27 in the second half, a performance that was stunning to say the least. Don't expect many more of those.
|10/26/2016||Rodney Hood, Uta, G-F|
|Hood had 26 points in the Jazz's 113-104 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Hood had a solid second season in 2015-16 and could be ready to take an even bigger leap toward stardom in Year 3.
|10/26/2016||Damian Jones, GS, C|
|Jones is expected to be out until December rehabbing a chest injury.
Analysis: The Warriors could use some help protecting the rim with Andrew Bogut gone, and perhaps Jones can eventually provide some of that.
|10/24/2016||Ben Bentil, Ind, PF|
|The Indiana Pacers signed free agent rookie forward Ben Bentil to a contract Monday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Bentil was a second-round pick (51st overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was released by the Celtics on Friday. Bentil, 21, played two seasons at Providence College. As a sophomore last year, he averaged 21.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on a Friars team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
|10/24/2016||Bismack Biyombo, Orl, F-C|
|Biyombo will miss a game for accumalating too many technical fouls.
Analysis: He does not have fantasy value at the moment.
|10/24/2016||Brian Roberts, Cha, G|
|Roberts is questionable for the Hornets' season opener at Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Analysis: Roberts missed most of the preseason with the injury, which he sustained earlier this month. As Charlotte's No. 3 point guard, he won't have a big role even if he plays.
|10/24/2016||Frank Kaminsky, Cha, F-C|
|Kaminsky is dealing with a foot issue that could keep him playing in Charlotte's season opener on Wednesday.
Analysis: Kaminsky does not have any fantasy value after he averaged 7.4 points and just over 4.0 boards per contest as a rookie. However, that could change.
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