Recent NBA Player News

Wizards' John Wall (knee) no longer using crutches

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall "no longer needs crutches and shows no visible hitch in his walk."

What It Means:

Wall underwent a scope two weeks ago and is expected to be out another 4-to-6 weeks. He's hoping to return within that timetable, after missing out on Sunday's All-Star Game appearance. Wall said, "It might be longer but I don't know. I haven't got to that point." Until he returns, Tomas Satoransky will start at the point for Washington.

Our models project Wall to average 17.3 points, 7.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game over the remainder of the season.

Tiago Splitter announces retirement from NBA

Free agent center Tiago Splitter announced his retirement from the NBA on Sunday.

What It Means:

At 33, Splitter was hoping to find a team prior to the season. Nothing ever happened and he's remained out of the league working as a reporter. Splitter last played for the Philadelphia 76ers, while he was best known for his five years with the San Antonio Spurs.

Over 355 games, Splitter averaged 7.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in his 7-year career.

Source: Globo.com

Minnesota's Jimmy Butler doesn't appear in Sunday's All-Star Game

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler did not play in Sunday's All-Star Game.

What It Means:

As his team, Team Stephen, fell 148-145 to Team LeBron, Butler remained on the bench. Original reports suggested that Butler was under the weather, but he addressed it after the game saying, "This Timberwolves season is very, very important to me." He probably requested to be left out of the rotation for rest purposes.

Through 55 games, Butler ranks 9th in the league in minutes (2,052) and 1st in the entire NBA in minutes per game (37.3). We project him to play 39 minutes per game over the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Cavs' LeBron James scores 29, wins third All-Star Game MVP

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 29 points and captured his third All-Star Game MVP as Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145 on Sunday night.

What It Means:

As promised, the game was much more intense -- particularly on the defensive end of the floor. The contest was capped off by a great defensive effort from both LeBron and Kevin Durant, as they trapped Stephen Curry on an inbounds play with seconds remaining. James' defense and his peripheral stats -- 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal -- helped him to capture the hardware for the first time since 2008.

If you played the All-Star Game slate, James returned 51 FanDuel points for you. Counting that, it's his 5th straight 50-FanDuel-point game.

Russell Westbrook joins starting lineup for Team LeBron Sunday in place of DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will move into the starting lineup for Team LeBron in Sunday's All Star Game against Team Stephen.

What It Means:

With DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) out for the season, Team LeBron will tab Westbrook to join the lineup with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant. Westbrook has been a machine over his last three All Star Games, averaging 37.7 points per game and grabbing MVP honors in 2015 and 2016.

Westbrook is averaging 54.3 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: NBA

Lakers' Channing Frye undergoes appendectomy

Los Angeles Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.

What It Means:

The procedure is likely the reason why Frye was held out of Thursday's game. Frye joked on Twitter, "I’m pretty sure that i got my appendix removed I’ll be able to dunk at least [three times] a month now." He will be re-evaluated next weekend.

Frye has averaged 10.2 FanDuel points in 12.4 minutes a game this season.

Source: ESPN.com

Celtics' Jaylen Brown scores 35 points in Rising Stars Challenge

In Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 35 points with 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in 24 minutes.

What It Means:

Brown's 35 points wouldn't be enough for the victory, as Team USA fell to Team World 155-124. For the Celtics this season, he's averaging 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 steal in 31.6 minutes a game. Boston will face the Detroit Pistons on Friday following the break.

Brown is averaging 24.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: USA Today

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic wins MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

In Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic helped lead Team World to a 155-124 victory over Team USA, finishing with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal in 22 minutes.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic was on fire from long distance, hitting 7-of-13 threes. For the Kings, his value could be looking up the rest of the way with George Hill now in Cleveland. Sacramento hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday following the All-Star break.

Bogdanovic has scored at least 29 FanDuel points in each of the last three games.

Source: USA Today

76ers' Joel Embiid says he'll participate in all three of his All-Star events

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he would participate in all three of his All-Star Weekend events, according to NBC Sports' Jessica Camerato.

What It Means:

Embiid's set to appear in the Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge and All-Star Game. The three events are spread across the three days and the big man's been off since Monday. He might get limited minutes on Friday, in order to preserve him for Sunday's main attraction. Either way, he'll be all over the place this weekend.

Through 44 games, Embiid is averaging 43.1 FanDuel points across 31.4 minutes per game this season.

Corey Brewer scores 6 in 13 minutes off Lakers' bench

Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Corey Brewer tallied six points in a 119-111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Brewer got 13.4 minutes off run and turned that into 3-of-6 from the field. In terms of peripherals, he added two rebounds, one assist and a steal. For the third time in four games, he scored at least six points with two rebounds and an assist in the same game.

At the minimum of $3,500, Brewer produced 12.9 FanDuel points. He's averaging just 9 FD points on the year.

Gorgui Dieng scores 6 as Timberwolves best Lakers

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward/center Gorgui Dieng scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in Thursday's 119-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Dieng played 15.8 minutes off the Minnesota bench. He went 3-for-7 from three and notched a steal and a block on the defensive end of the floor. It was a nice bounce-back game after going scoreless with three turnovers against the Houston Rockets.

At $3,500, Dieng's 18 FanDuel points were good enough to exceed 5x value while also surpassing his projection of 15.7 FD points. He's averaging 16 FD points and 17.5 minutes through 58 games this season.

Taj Gibson scores season-high 28 in Timberwolves' win

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points in a 119-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Gibson went big to cap off the first part of the year. He scored four more points than in any other game, as he finished the night 11-for-16 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Meanwhile, he accounted for seven boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 38.5 minutes.

Gibson's 44.9 FanDuel points were his highest since November 22nd and provided a value of 8.63 FD points per $1,000. When he emerges from this week's All-Star break, we project Gibson for 25.8 FD points on the road against the Houston Rockets.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope totals 17 points, 11 rebounds in Lakers' loss

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Thursday's 119-111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

In over 40 minutes of work, Caldwell-Pope was a monster. Thursday was one of his best all-around games of the year as he added six assists and two steals while also pouring in three triples. It's too bad his efforts were all in vain.

At $5,700, KCP's 44.2 FanDuel points were his third-highest of the year. We'll see if he can pick up where he left off after the break. He's projected for 26.2 FD points as the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks.

Denver's Jamal Murray drops 26-5-5 in win over Bucks

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray scored 26 points while contributing 5 assists and 5 rebounds in Thursday's 134-123 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

After hitting a bit of a lull in the previous three games, Murray returned to form on Thursday. Seemingly healthy, he hit 9-of-12 shots with five three-pointers in just under 36 minutes. Murray committed two turnovers, but notched three steals to make up for it.

At $6,300, Murray produced 46.5 FanDuel points at 7.38x value. He's now averaging 26.5 FD points on the season and is projected for 26.4 FD points in his first game back from the break.

Gary Harris scores efficient 28 in Nuggets' win

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris scored 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting as the Nuggets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 134-123 on Thursday night.

What It Means:

In 39-plus minutes, Harris made five three-pointers on seven attempts. He was a surprising 3-of-5 from the line, but accounted for two assists, one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in the way of peripherals.

At $6,000, Harris totaled 31.2 FanDuel points and returned 5.2 FD points per $1,000. In his first game back, we project Harris to go for 29.6 FD points against the San Antonio Spurs.

Timberwolves don't plan to sign Derrick Rose

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said the team isn't planning to sign free agent point guard Derrick Rose.

What It Means:

Taylor said, "We kept one slot open all year long just in case that possibility occurred. But as of today we don't have anybody in mind." Earlier reports suggested that the team would take a long look at Rose after he was waived by the Utah Jazz last week. The 29-year-old started his career off with coach Tom Thibodeau, but it seems like Minnesota's satisfied with Tyus Jones as their backup.

In 16 games (7 starts) with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rose averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Bucks' Eric Bledsoe scores 27, adds 5 steals in losing effort

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points and added five steals in Thursday's 134-123 defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Bledsoe was very efficient in Thursday's high-scoring affair. In hitting 9 of his 14 field goal attempts, he totaled three triples while adding six points from the charity stripe. Elsewhere, he distributed eight assists to three turnovers.

Priced at $8,000, Bledsoe's 54.6 FanDuel points exceeded his projected output of 35.3 FD points. He's projected for 33.3 FD points in a matchup with the Toronto Raptors following this week's All-Star break.

Nuggets' Nikola Jokic tallies 30 points, 17 assists, 15 rebounds in monster triple-double

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 30 points, dished out 17 assists and ripped down 15 rebounds in Thursday's 134-123 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

It took the Joker just over 14 minutes to notch his fifth triple-double of the season. In doing so, he broke the NBA record for fastest triple-double in history -- a mark that stood since 1955. He also joined a very select list of players who have had 30 points, 15 assists and 15 rebounds in a game. Even more impressive is that he hit 11-of-14 shots, all three of his three-point attempts and all five of his free throws. On the other end, Jokic finished the night with two blocks and a steal.

The Joker's 74.5 FanDuel points provided 7.45 FD points per $1,000 at a cost of $10,000. He now has 2 straight games with at least 57.1 FD points at 6x value or better. He ends the first portion of the season averaging 41.3 FD points per game.

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 36 in triple-double performance

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points with 13 assists and 11 rebounds in Thursday's 134-123 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

In 39 minutes, The Greek Freak hit 14-of-21 shots, including 1-of-2 from three. He also knocked down 7-of-12 free throws as he tallied three blocks on the other end of the floor. However, his six turnovers kept him from going even better on Thursday night.

At $11,700, Antetokounmpo went for 71.7 FanDuel points at a value of 6.13 points per $1,000. In his next game on February 23rd, he's projected for 52.4 FD points in a matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

Lakers' Channing Frye (personal) away from team, won't play on Thursday

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Channing Frye (personal) is not with the team and will not play on Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Frye logged 11 minutes in his Lakers debut on Wednesday, so this doesn't impact the rotation too much.

Frye is averaging 10.2 FanDuel points in 45 games this year. Over the remainder of the season, numberFire's models project him to record 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Joel Embiid didn't play for 76ers on Wednesday due to swelling in ankle

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid didn't play against the Miami Heat on Wednesday due to swelling in his ankle from Monday's game against the New York Knicks, head coach Brett Brown said.

What It Means:

It's encouraging news that Embiid's absence had nothing to do with his knee or foot, but it sounds like the All-Star break is coming at an optimal time for the 23-year-old big man. Embiid and the 76ers are off until next Thursday for a road matchup with the Chicago Bulls.

Embiid is averaging 43.1 FanDuel points in 44 games this season. After the break, numberFire's models project him to record 18.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game over the remainder of the year.

Denver's Gary Harris (foot) is listed as probable for Thursday

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (foot) is listed as probable to play in Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Harris is dealing with a bruised right foot, but is expected to still play on Thursday. He logged 35 minutes in Tuesday's game, so this looks like a minor issue.

Tonight, numberFire projects Harris for 29.9 FanDuel points in 35.9 minutes of action.

Knicks' Enes Kanter tallies 24 points, 14 rebounds in loss to Wizards

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter accounted for 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards 118-113 on Wednesday night.

What It Means:

Kanter has nine straight double-doubles since January 26th. Last night was the fifth time in that span that he's put together at least 14 rebounds. Kanter also finished the contest with five assists and a block in 34.3 minutes.

At $7,100, Kanter's 51.3 FanDuel points came at 7.23x value. It's his second straight game at 5x value or better, as well as his third in the last five contests.

Grizzlies' Marc Gasol held to 10 points in loss to Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was limited to 10 points in a 121-114 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

In a hair under 30 minutes, Gasol hit just 4-of-11 shots and went without a single make on a trio of three-point attempts. He did manage nine assists, six rebounds and a steal, so Gasol did well to negate his poor shooting and three turnovers.

Originally projected for 38.1 FanDuel points, Gasol finished with 30.7 FD points at a cost of $8,300. His next game is February 23rd against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Miami's Hassan Whiteside tallies 16 points, 10 rebounds in losing effort

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points and came down 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 104-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Whiteside's 28.7 minutes were nice to see. He was also super efficient, making 7-of-10 field goal attempts. His three blocks were his most in five games, but it's unfortunate that they came in a loss.

At a cost of $7,600, Whiteside was projected for 34.9 FanDuel points but finished with 38.5 FD points. He's averaging 35.2 FD points as the Heat head into the All-Star break.

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