2006-07 Preseason Notes - Week 2: |
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October 14th Preseason Notes
Kevin Martin was with the first unit as a starter in the
Kings first preseason games. How much time he gets compared to John Salmons
will determine his fantasy value. This will be monitored during the
preseason. In his first preseason game he had 12 pts and 7 reb in 22 min.
For a guard he is a decent rebounder (he is listed as 6’-7”)
Last Thursday, rookie Maurice Ager led a short handed
Mavs team in minutes and scoring with 14 pts (although he did have 5 TO and
no assists). This is a nice offensive effort but he is not expected to have
fantasy value during the regular season.
Those who draft Kobe will need to have faith when he
says he plans to play one preseason game and start the regular season. I
tend to believe him. His surgery was back in July.
Nick Collison had a second straight good preseason game
with 20 pts and 2 steals (although he had 6 TOs).
Brian Skinner appears to be the short term replacement
for Andrew Bogut. He will likely split time with Dan Gadzuric. On Friday he
had 8 pts, 8 reb, and 2 bl.
Okafor redeemed himself somewhat in his second preseason
game in that he played 32 minutes and did not commit a foul. He continues to
struggle with his shooting as he went 2-9 from the field. He did get 9 reb,
2 st, and 2 bl.
Sean May is a sleeper in fantasy points leagues. He had
17 pts and 9 reb in 30 minutes.
Rookie Marcus Williams had 21 pts, 7 ast, 2 st, and 3
treys with Jason Kidd out. With a thin bench and Eddie House out with an
injury, Williams has sleeper potential.
Delonte West played in his first preseason game after
having issues with his back. Seeing Sebastian Telfair and Rajon Rondo play
well will be a motivation for him.
Jason Maxiell (Det) had 16 pts and 3 blocks in 24
minutes. He is somewhat of a long shot sleeper. Antonio McDyess reportedly
showed up to camp beefed up with muscle. However typically you would think
you want someone with past knee problems to show up lighter. If McDyess goes
down with an injury Maxiell could be a sleeper.
Although Randy Foye played only 12 minutes in his second
preseason game, he was 2-2 including a trey for 6 pts and had 2 steals.
Eddie Griffin had 5 bl in 20 minutes of play. He could
be a free agent pickup if he can continue to produce off the bench.
Peja Stojokovich has yet to play due to a strained
Marvin Williams had 16 pts, 4 reb, 2 st, and 3 bl in 30
minutes. This is the complete type of line he did not show much last season
but he looks like he has made great strides in the offseason.
Luther Head led the Rockets in minutes shot attempts and
points in their last preseason game. He had 20 pts including 4 treys and 6
reb. Bonzi Wells DNP.
Brevin Knight sprained his ankle (as usual) and will be
out a couple weeks.
October 13th Preseason Notes
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October 12th Preseason Notes
Notes from last nights preseason games.
Samuel Dalembert had 15 points and 18 rebounds. He will
be looking to have a bounce back season.
Leandro Barbosa had 27 points including 5-8 3-pointers,
6 assists, and 6 steals. This is his second encouraging performance in the
Danny Granger had 16 points, 4 reb, and 1 stl in 19
minutes. He should get steady playing time during the regular season.
Second year player Antoine Wright (NJ) had 23 points,
7-10 FT, and 4 reb. Looking at the Nets roster I see plenty of opportunity
for Wright to get playing time off the bench during the regular season so his
preseason performance should continue to be watched. Note that Vince Carter
did not play in this game.
Rookie Jorge Garbajosa (Tor) has been getting playing
time in the preseason. Yesterday he had 18 points including 4-8 3-pointers.
It is still too early to say if he will have fantasy value in the regular
Fred Jones played 39 minutes in an OT game and had 14
points on 2-11 FG (0-5 treys), 10-11 FT, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. His
battle for playing time will continue but this is a fairly complete line
(despite the poor shooting).
Rajon Rondo (Bos) had 29 points including 1-12 FT, 5
assists, and 3 steals. This is an eye opening performance but realize
Delonte West and Wally S did not play in this game. Also note that Telfair
and Rondo were both on the court for a substantial amount of time.
Ricky Davis had 22 points including 7-11 FG and 4-5
3-pointers. He has the potential to lead the Timberwolves in scoring this
Randy Foye had an unimpressive debut. I will be fairly
quick to reduce his projections with another performance like last night.
Marko Jaric had 13 points and 5 rebounds. He is coming
off a season where he saw diminished playing time throughout the season.
Rookie Shelden Williams (Atl) had 12 points, 9 rebounds,
and 5 turnovers. He has potential but may get stuck behind Marvin Williams
on the Hawks depth chart.
Rudy Gay had 15 points. This is his second game leading
the Grizzlies in shot attempts. It seems he wants to inherit the primary
scoring role from Pau Gasol.
Rookie Alexander Johnson (Mem) had 13 points and 5
rebounds. Should Stromile Swift not pan out he has the potential to be a
Nick Collison had 11 points and 12 rebounds. This is a
good effort but at this time he is projected to be playing behind Chris
Jarrett Jack and had 15 points and 4 asts. At this time
he is projected to be the starting point guard for the Blazers and could be a
good late round selection.
October 11th Preseason Notes
Notes from last nights games
Amare Stoudamire played 19 minutes in the Suns preseason
game against the Sixers. It will be interesting to see how his knees respond
to that. In that time he had 5 TOs and 4 fouls so it seems as if he is
Leandro Barbosa was aggressive offensively taking 17
shots (9 three pointers) in 31 minutes. He finished with 20 pts. Note the
Suns had a player rotation in this game that did not seem much off from what
they would have during a regular season game.
Sixers rookie Rodney Carney had 14 pts, 2 treys, 7 reb,
2 stl, and 1 bl. That is a pretty complete line. If he keeps it up he could
challenge for a starting spot. Yesterday the Sixers started Willie Green and
Kyle Korver with Dalembert coming off the bench. Korver may lose playing
time if Carney continues to produce. However Korver had a good game himself
with 20 pts and 7 reb.
Rookie Rajon Rondo had 11 pts, 8 ast, and 4 stls.
However he still must be considered a long shot to have fantasy value this
season due to competition with Sebastian Telfair and Delonte West.
Second year player Gerald Green (he turns 21 in January)
led the Celtics in playing time with 35 minutes and had 14 pts, 6 reb, and 2
stl. Recall he was considered to have great potential but slipped in the NBA
Anderson Varejao led the Cavs in playing time with 24
minutes and had 10 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl, and 2 bl. He is good on a per minute
basis but it is unlikely his playing time during the regular season will
exceed 24 minutes often.
Grant Hill had 18 pts in 16 minutes and his health has
continued to receive positive assessments. Hedo Turkoglu missed the game
with an illness that has not been diagnosed yet.
Adam Morrison had 19 points in 25 minutes but had only 1
rebound and no assists, stls, or blks. So believe it or not, this debut
gives me concern since in a typical 8 category roto league getting just
points will not get in you in the top 100 - particularly when your fall away
three pointer at the buzzer rims out.
Okafor had a horrible opening game fouling out in 9
minutes with no points. He was not able to handle Dwight Howard. How much
his ankle is still affecting him will need to be assessed.
Devin Harris DNP with a strained hamstring. This is the
type of injury that can potentially make a player miss a lot of time (recall
Carlos Boozer). Reports now are that Harris will miss a week or two of the
David West led the Hornets in scoring with 17 pts in 24
minutes. Note his new contract will be a priority for him and the Hornets.
Rookie Rudy Gay took more than twice as many shots as
any other Grizzly player. He ended up 5-18 with for 14 pts with 3 stls in 24
Yao Ming missed the game with another toe problem. This
should be some cause for concern until he returns to play. Chuck Hayes
started and had 10 reb in 25 minutes.
Tracy McGrady had a good game but I still have concerns
that regardless of how he says he feels now, at some point during the regular
season his back will flare up.
Nazr Mohammed led the Pistons in playing time with 31
minutes and had 16 pts, 8 reb, 4 st, and 2 bl. That is a real good start.
Dwyane Wade was 1-3 three pointers in 20 minutes. His
projections show an increase in production from three point territory this
Deron Williams had 16 pts, 5 reb, and 5 ast. Derek
Fisher's arrival should not impact his playing time this season.
October 10th Preseason Notes
The number one overall pick Andre Bargnani played in his
first preseason game. He received positive feedback but note that his 5
fouls in 14 minute is an early indication of what will likely be a chronic
foul problem throughout his rookie season.
Anthony Parker is effectively a 31 year old rookie who
made a name for himself playing in Israel. He started last night for the
Raptors. He will be battling for playing time and a starting role with Fred
Jones and Joey Graham. A couple more preseason games may show where this is
headed. I had not projected stats for Parker yet as I wanted to get a feel
for where he would fit in. I will do this soon.
Coming off a season where he played in only 21 games,
Jarvis Hayes was second to only Gilbert Arenas in scoring for the Wizards
last night however he registered no assists, steals, or blocks. Note that
Arenas had 29 points. He is the type that brings it every night even in the
preseason. In roto leagues with the trey I feel he warrants a top five
selection but usually goes after that. In that respect I feel he is slightly
undervalued by fantasy managers.
At this time the Warriors are projected to typically
start Jason Richardson, Baron Davis, Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, and Mickeal
Pietrus. The winner here if it came to pass would be Pietrus however how
long will the Warriors keep this unit on the floor as Dunleavy gets torched
by the likes of Garnett, Brand, and Duncan while trying to defend the PF
position. Note that Jason Richardson may miss the beginning of the season as
he recovers from surgery. It has been reported that Dejuan Wagner could get
the interim starts. On a side note, Wagner has become one of my personal
favorites to root for as he is recovering from a serious medical condition
called ulcerative colitis (via having his colon removed). A member of my
family has the same condition so I know what it is like. Anyway, he has been
impressive in training camp all things considered.
With 7 more preseason games tonight we should start to
get some more real news to base new projections on.
Reports now are that Andrew Boguts injured leg will
cause him to miss 6-8 weeks including the beginning of the season.
Candidates for extra playing time early in the season to
take (or share his minutes) are Brian Skinner and Dan Gadzuric. Considering
Jamaal Magloire is no longer with the Bucks this could represent a
substantial short term boost to their minutes. Gadzuric in particular is
capable of racking up rebounds and blocks and should be watched.
October 9th Preseason Notes
Amare Stoudamire missed the Suns first preseason game
with pain in both knees. I have reduced his projections for the second time
this preseason and strengthening the recommendation to avoid him even at a
The Rockets don't have too many attractive options at
power forward this season. Juwan Howard is marginal at best and will be even
less productive this season. I like the rebounding potential of Chuck Hayes
but he may be somewhat undersized to be a regular there. Speaking of
under-sized, there has been some discussion of Shane Battier spending
sometime at the PF position, perhaps even starting. This would be good for
the playing time of Bonzi Wells and Battier assuming it comes to pass.
Tony Parker, who did not play in the world championships
because of a broken finger, appears to be fully recovered as he scored 27
points in an exhibition game in France on Sunday. Ginobili also played in
this game after reports he might sit out with ailments.
Andrew Bogut left a Bucks scrimmage with an injured knee
but it appears to just be a bruise that should be fine before the season
Jameer Nelson may miss some preseason games after
getting a concussion during a scrimmage. At this time this does appear as if
it will affect him for the start of the season.
The Washington Times reports that during training camp
Etan Thomas is battling Brendan Haywood for the starting center spot. This
could represent some upside for Thomas if he is successful.
Washington and Toronto play in the only preseason game
tonight. I will be interested to see how Joey Graham does for the Raptors as
I feel he has some sleeper potential and I can tell you in an expert league
draft I participated in where 168 players were taken he was not one of them.
So he truly is a sleeper.
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