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C.J. McCollum gets a lot of run at PG 10-09-2015
C.J. McCollum G POR
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
Allen Crabbe G POR
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
Stephen Curry G GS
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
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
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
Kyle Lowry G TOR
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
Willie Cauley-Stein C SAC
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.