The Sacramento Kings sacked head coach Michael Malone Sunday after his team got off to an 11-13 start. It seems a bit unfair since they have been playing with C DeMarcus Cousins (illness) due to viral meningitis, but life isn’t fair.
Management hands the reins over to former NBA player Tyrone Corbin, who gets the interim head coach tag. Over the next few games Fantasy owners will want to watch Kings games very closely, as a new regime can sometimes mean shifting roles for players. If Corbin elects to use a different rotation, or divide up the minutes in a different way, there could be plenty of winners and losers from a Fantasy perspective.
For now, Cousins remains sidelined indefinitely, although he could return to the practice court sometime this week. PF/C Ryan Hollins has been seeing starts in the absence of Cousins, but keep an eye on him this week. Sadly, Hollins lost his father over the weekend, so it is possible he could miss a game or two to be away from the team. With the Kings with just three games on tap, if Hollins sits for even one game it would be a big-time loss for Fantasy owners in deeper leagues.
Swingman Omri Casspi (knee) sat Saturday, and he is uncertain for the upcoming week. Originally his injury did not sound too bad, but those who use him in deeper Fantasy formats will want to avoid him. F Derrick Williams could be a big short-term Fantasy winner this week if Casspi is sidelined, and Hollins is away from the team. If you’re in need of a Fantasy formats, don’t look past Williams. Another big winner could be PF Reggie Evans, especially if Corbin does elect to shake up the rotation a bit. Evans was nailed to the bench earlier this season, and he did not see much action until Cousins became ill.
Teams with four games (19): Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
Teams with three games (10): Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, L.A. Lakers, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Washington
Team with two games (1): Golden State
MON L.A. Lakers at Indiana (7:00pm NBATV)
TUE Golden State at Memphis (8:00pm ESPN), Oklahoma City at Sacramento (10:30pm ESPN)
WED Brooklyn at Toronto (8:00pm ESPN), Houston at Denver (10:30pm ESPN)
THU New York at Chicago (8:00pm TNT), Oklahoma City at Golden State (10:30pm TNT)
FRI Portland at San Antonio (8:00pm ESPN), Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers (10:30pm ESPN)
SUN Detroit at Brooklyn (6:00pm NBATV)
* All Times Eastern (ET)
The Orlando Magic have a very favorable four-game schedule in the upcoming week, facing three teams (Boston, Philadelphia and Utah) which allow at least 101.6 points per game. Fantasy owners of SF Tobias Harris, swingman Victor Oladipo and SG Evan Fournier have to be very excited about the upcoming week. C/F Nikola Vucevic (back) returned to the lineup Saturday, and he can also be depended upon in the upcoming week.
The Indiana Pacers have three road games and just one home game this week, but the offense should pick up significantly. The Pacers face three teams (Denver, L.A. Lakers and Minnesota) which have scoring defenses which give up 104.6 or more points per game. It will be a good week for PG Rodney Stuckey, who has ascended to the top of the scoring average list for the team, and re-emerged as a useful Fantasy option in most leagues. PF David West is also worth starting in all formats, while G C.J. Watson has also shown he can be depended upon. C Roy Hibbert had a double-double against Portland Saturday, and he could be on the uptick, too.
Perhaps the only thing that can cool off the red-hot Golden State Warriors is a two-game schedule in the upcoming week. To make matters worse, their opponents, Memphis – 95.5 ppg and Oklahoma City – 94.0 ppg rank among the best defensive teams in the league. Start PG Stephen Curry regardless of the Fantasy formats, but avoid all others in cumulative leagues.
It is looking like a two-horse race for the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Minnesota Timberwolves SF Andrew Wiggins leads all rookies in scoring, averaging 12.6 PPG, while shooting 39.9 percent from the floor through 22 games, and he has chipped in with 4.0 RPG and 1.1 SPG. Milwaukee Bucks SF Jabari Parker is hot on Wiggins’ trail, averaging 12.5 PPG while shooting a much better 49.2 percent from the field. Parker has hit double digits in scoring in each of the past four games, averaging 14.0 PPG with 3.5 RPG and 1.8 APG while posting 1.0 SPG. Not bad.
Brooklyn Nets SG Bojan Bogdanovic leads all rookies with 29 3-pointers made, hitting 34.5 percent of his shots from behind the arc while averaging 9.1 PPG through 22 games. He remains a must-start in all Rotisserie leagues with 12 or more teams.
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POINTS PER GAME
Rasual Butler, SG, Washington (13.0 PPG past 10 games)
Gary Neal, PG, Charlotte (11.8 PPG past six games)
Alexey Shved, PG, Philadelphia (11.5 PPG past six games)
C.J. Watson, PG, Indiana (11.1 PPG past nine games)
Cory Joseph, PG, San Antonio (10.4 PPG past nine games)
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Reggie Evans, PF, Sacramento (9.1 RPG past eight games)
Kevin Garnett, C, Brooklyn (8.7 RPG past seven games)
Jason Thompson, PF, Sacramento (8.2 RPG past 11 games)
Kendrick Perkins, C, Oklahoma City (7.3 RPG past nine games)
Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto (7.1 RPG past 10 games)
ASSISTS PER GAME
Steve Blake, PG, Portland (4.6 APG past 12 games)
C.J. Watson, PG, Indiana (4.4 APG past nine games)
Beno Udrih, PG, Memphis (4.0 APG past 10 games)
Andre Miller, PG, Washington (3.8 APG past 10 games)
Kendall Marshall, PG, Milwaukee (3.6 APG past eight games)
STEALS PER GAME
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF, Philadelphia (2.2 SPG past 10 games)
Kevin Garnett, C, Brooklyn (1.6 SPG past seven games)
Khris Middleton, SF, Milwaukee (1.5 SPG past 10 games)
Jason Terry, SG, Houston (1.3 SPG past 10 games)
Ronnie Price, PG, L.A. Lakers (1.3 SPG past 10 games)
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
Samuel Dalembert, C, New York (1.3 BPG past 11 games)
Kosta Koufos, C, Memphis (1.2 BPG past 10 games)
Joey Dorsey, PF, Houston (1.2 BPG past 10 games)
DeWayne Dedmon, C, Orlando (1.1 BPG past eight games)
Bismack Biyombo, C, Charlotte (1.1 BPG past 10 games)
3-POINTERS MADE PER GAME
Rasual Butler, SG, Washington (23 3PT past 10 games)
Jason Terry, SG, Houston (21 3PT past 10 games)
Anthony Morrow, SG, Oklahoma City (18 3PT past nine games)
Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto (17 3PT past 10 games)
Hollis Thompson, SF, Philadelphia (17 3PT past 10 games)