NBA Player News
|12/13/2017||Tyson Chandler, Pho, C|
|Tyson Chandler scored seven points Tuesday on 2-of-3 shooting as the Phoenix Suns lost to the Sacramento Kings 99-92. Chandler grabbed 10 rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -12 in his 29:21 of playing time. He added two blocks and one steal.
Analysis: It's the third time in Chandler's last four games in which he's recorded double-digit rebounds, and he's averaging 11 boards while shooting 70 percent on his rather limited field goal opportunities during that stretch. The veteran center won't score much but remains a useful source on the glass, though keep in mind he's missed eight of the Suns' last 18 games for various reasons.
|12/13/2017||Troy Daniels, Pho, G|
|Troy Daniels scored nine points Tuesday, going 3 of 10 from the field, as the Phoenix Suns lost to the Sacramento Kings 99-92. Daniels did not grab a rebound but had four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 27:57 of playing time. Daniels went 3 of 10 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Daniels has now received consistent playing time in four straight games and is averaging 10.5 points while going 10 of 29 from beyond the arc during that stretch. Though a one-trick pony for fantasy purposes, he should continue to get a chance to fill the Suns' need for outside shooting for as long as Devin Booker remains sidelined.
|12/13/2017||Mike James, Pho, PG|
|Mike James scored 17 points Tuesday on 7-of-12 shooting as the Phoenix Suns fell to the Sacramento Kings 99-92. James pulled down one rebound and had five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 19:40 on the floor. James went 1 of 3 from behind the arc.
Analysis: After pouring in 25 points in 29 minutes Saturday against the Spurs, James delivered another high-volume spark off the bench in this one. The offseason find averaged just 6.2 points on 34.9 percent shooting during a six-game slump that preceded Saturday's outburst, so he's still anything but a sure thing.
|12/13/2017||Zach Randolph, Sac, F-C|
|Zach Randolph scored 17 points Tuesday on 7-of-14 shooting as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-92. Randolph pulled down seven rebounds and had five assists, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 27:34 of playing time. He tacked on one steal.
Analysis: Randolph netted 11 points over the final five minutes to spark the Kings and turn a nondescript stat line into another good one. Z-Bo has completely turned back the clock in December, with the 36-year-old averaging an impressive 22.7 points on 59.4 percent shooting along with 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in six games this month.
|12/13/2017||George Hill, Sac, G|
|George Hill scored 18 points Tuesday, going 6 of 9 from the field, as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-92. Hill pulled down seven rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +12 in his 28:00 on the floor. He tacked on three steals. Hill went 2 of 3 from behind the arc.
Analysis: Back after missing one game for a personal matter, Hill delivered one of his best performances in a Kings uniform. The veteran is still averaging a pedestrian 8.9 points and 2.3 assists over his last eight games while sharing time in a crowded backcourt, so he probably won't be an appealing fantasy option unless the Kings decide to showcase him for a potential trade.
|12/13/2017||Buddy Hield, Sac, SG|
|Buddy Hield scored 14 points Tuesday, going 6 of 14 from the field, as the Sacramento Kings topped the Phoenix Suns 99-92. Hield grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +5 in his 25:07 on the floor. Hield went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.
Analysis: Hield continues to supply offensive punch off the bench, having averaged 17 points and 4.4 rebounds while going 15 of 27 (55.6 percent) from 3-point range over a five-game streak of double-figure scoring efforts. Though not the most well-rounded of fantasy guards, the former Oklahoma star is as close to a sure thing the Kings have.
|12/13/2017||De'Aaron Fox, Sac, PG|
|De'Aaron Fox scored seven points Tuesday on 3-of-5 shooting as the Sacramento Kings topped the Phoenix Suns 99-92. Fox grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -2 in his 21:13 on the floor. He added one steal. Fox went 1 of 1 from 3-point range.
Analysis: The good news is Fox didn't turn the ball over after committing seven giveaways in his previous game, while the goose egg in assists is the obvious negative. The 20-year-old rookie is still enduring some growing pains, having averaged 7.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting along with an unimpressive 2.4 assists over his last nine outings.
|12/13/2017||Taj Gibson, Min, F-C|
|Taj Gibson scored seven points Tuesday, going 3 of 9 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 118-112 in overtime. Gibson pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 39:42 on the floor before fouling out. He added two blocks and two steals.
Analysis: Gibson has just 13 points over Minnesota's last two games, but he's averaging a solid 12.7 and 10 rebounds in the last nine. The 32-year-old will never have a high fantasy ceiling as the T-Wolves' dirty-work guy, but his floor is rarely all that low either.
|12/13/2017||Jimmy Butler, Min, G-F|
|Jimmy Butler scored 38 points Tuesday, going 15 of 33 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 118-112 in overtime. Butler pulled down six rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 45:30 of playing time. He added one steal. Butler went 3 of 9 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Butler carried the Timberwolves offensively on a night where neither Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins shot well, and reached the 30-point mark for the third time in five games. The three-time All-Star has been a fantasy machine during the tear, averaging 28.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, five assists and 1.6 steals.
|12/13/2017||Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F|
|Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points Tuesday on 8-of-24 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 118-112 in overtime. Wiggins pulled down seven rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -10 in his 40:01 on the floor. He added one block and two steals. Wiggins went 1 of 7 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Wiggins reached the 20-point mark on sheer volume, but he's really been off the mark of late. The inconsistent small forward is shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the foul line while averaging 14 points - 4.3 below his season figure - over his last five games. He's been especially woeful from beyond the arc, going 2 of 20 during that span.
|12/13/2017||Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C|
|Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points Tuesday, going 6 of 16 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 118-112 in overtime. Towns pulled down 16 rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -10 in his 48:07 on the floor. He added three blocks and four steals.
Analysis: Towns had put up 49 points on 65.5 percent shooting over his previous two games, but had a much rougher time dealing with Joel Embiid in this one. The supremely talented young center still managed another monster effort on the boards, though, and he's picked it up in other areas with 10 assists, nine steals and seven blocks in his last three outings.
|12/13/2017||JJ Redick, Phi, SG|
|JJ Redick scored 26 points Tuesday on 6-of-15 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-112 in overtime. Redick pulled down two rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +11 in his 35:03 of playing time. Redick went 3 of 9 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Fresh off a 28-point effort Sunday in New Orleans, Redick is now averaging 22.6 points over his last five games. Though the veteran sharpshooter's 3-point accuracy has declined a bit during that stretch, he's still delivered 15 triples while going 30 for 30 from the foul line in those five contests.
|12/13/2017||Richaun Holmes, Phi, F-C|
|Richaun Holmes scored 15 points Tuesday on 6-of-11 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-112 in overtime. Holmes grabbed 11 rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 33:04 of playing time. He added one block. Holmes went 1 of 3 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Holmes drew a rare start alongside Joel Embiid as Brett Brown looked to counter Minnesota's big lineup, and responded with season-high totals in points and rebounds. He's now scored in double figures in four consecutive games, a stretch in which he's averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 boards.
|12/13/2017||Ben Simmons, Phi, PG|
|Ben Simmons scored seven points Tuesday on 3-of-8 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-112 in overtime. Simmons pulled down three rebounds and had eight assists, tallying a plus-minus of +3 in his 40:20 of playing time. He added one steal.
Analysis: This wasn't one of Simmons' better games, as he committed seven turnovers, didn't score until the fourth quarter and rebounded well below his season rate. Though prone to the occasional clunker, the 21-year-old is still averaging a very useful 16 points, 10 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals over his last five contests.
|12/13/2017||Meyers Leonard, Por, F-C|
|Leonard (illness) is available to play Wednesday in Miami.
Analysis: Leonard has started the last two games in place of injured center Jusuf Nurkic, who remains sidelined. Leonard had 12 points in the first start but only four in the second.
|12/13/2017||Tyler Johnson, Mia, G|
|Johnson (migraine) is out for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers.
Analysis: Johnson has been on a nice run over the last three games, averaging 19.7 points and shooting 22 of 33 overall and 11 of 19 from 3-point range.
|12/13/2017||Tyreke Evans, Mem, G|
|Evans (hip) will not play Wednesday in Washington.
Analysis: Evans is second on the team with 18.2 points per game, his highest average since he was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2009-10.
|12/13/2017||Will Barton, Den, G-F|
|Barton (back) will not play Wednesday in Boston.
Analysis: Barton, who leads the Nuggets with 15.6 points per game, averaged 21.8 over a six-game stretch before exiting with a low back contusion Tuesday in Detroit.
|12/13/2017||Markieff Morris, Was, F-C|
|Morris (hip) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Analysis: Morris has struggled this season with an average of 9.9 points in 20 games after scoring 14 per contest in 2016-17.
|12/12/2017||Shaun Livingston, GS, G|
|Shaun Livingston scored six points Monday, going 2 of 4 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors topped the Portland Trail Blazers 111-104. Livingston pulled down two rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +6 in his 23:34 of playing time.|
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