Recent NBA Player News

Dejounte Murray has a career-night in Spurs' win over the Cavs

San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray recorded the best game of his young career with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 7 steals in Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Murray, anointed the Spurs' starting point guard over Tony Parker just days ago is already paying dividends by posting his fourth double-double of the season while dropping a season-high 19 points. Murray's 7 steals were also a career-high and the most by a Spur since Kawhi Leonard had 7 steals in April of 2015.

Murray finished with 52.5 FanDuel points for 10.9x value on Tuesday.

Josh Hart returns to the Lakers' bench on Tuesday night

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart will come off the bench on Tuesday night versus the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Hart got the nod the last two games with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sidelined. The rookie returns to a reserve role on Tuesday with KCP back in the starting five.

Our models project Hart for 12.6 FanDuel points in 18.6 minutes on Tuesday.

Knicks' Michael Beasley will start in place of Kristaps Porzingis on Tuesday

New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley will start on Tuesday versus the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Beasley gets the nod at power forward with Kristaps Porzingins out with a knee injury. Tuesday will be Beasley's seventh start of the year.

Our models project Beasley for 35.3 FanDuel points in 32.0 minutes against the Warriors.

Memphis' JaMychal Green (ankle) ruled out for Wednesday's game

Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Green will miss his second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Jarell Martin, who started in his place on Monday, is questionable but likely to play on Wednesday as well. Ivan Rabb would be in line for more minutes if Martin were unable to play as well.

Green has averaged 21.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Jimmy Butler (knee) listed as questionable to play for Minnesota on Wednesday

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler (knee) is questionable to play on Wednesday versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Butler has sat out the last two games with what the team is calling general soreness in his knee. Being listed as questionable is a good sign for his availability on Wednesday, but things will be clearer after the morning shootaround. Nemanja Bjelica will start again if Butler is unable to play.

Our models like Butler to collect 40.8 FanDuel points against the Blazers if he plays on Wednesday.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will play Tuesday for the Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will play on Tuesday versus the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

KCP was considered probable to play but now officially will make his return on Tuesday from a two-game absence due to a sore Achilles. Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson both will see reduced minutes with Caldwell-Pope in action.

Our models project KCP for 20.2 FanDuel points in 24.8 minutes on Tuesday night.

De'Aaron Fox (ab tightness) will not return for Kings on Tuesday

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (ab tightness) will not return on Tuesday versus the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Fox was experiencing tightness in his abdominals in the first half and will not return on Tuesday. It is unclear the severity, but the rookie point guard should be considered day-to-day and questionable to play on Thursday versus the Miami Heat.

Fox finished with 7 points and 1 rebound for 8.2 FanDuel points in 11 minutes on Tuesday.

Warriors' Klay Thompson selected as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve.

What It Means:

Thompson will make his fourth consecutive appearance as he joins teammates Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green as 2018 All-Stars. The guard is averaging 20.3 points per game while shooting 45.3% from three to lead the NBA.

Thompson currently ranks 83rd out of 487 NBA players with a 1.2 nERD rating this season.

Source: NBA.com

Warriors' Draymond Green selected for third-straight All-Star appearance

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been named a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team.

What It Means:

Green will make his third consecutive All-Star appearance, joining fellow teammates Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson in the 2018 player pool. The forward is averaging 7.9 assists per game, fifth-most in the NBA while ranking in the top-10 in defensive box plus/minus (2.9).

Green currently ranks 40th out of 487 NBA players with a 2.8 nERD rating.

Source: NBA.com

T-Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns named to first All-Star team

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has been named a reserve for the 2018 Western Conference All-Star team.

What It Means:

The 2015-16 Rookie of the Year will make his first All-Star appearance in his third NBA season. He joins teammate Jimmy Butler in the game as Minnesota is poised to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons. Towns ranks in the top-10 in rebounds (12.1), blocks (1.6), true shooting % (63.6%), and offensive rating (123.6).

The big man currently ranks 4th among all 487 NBA players with a 9.3 nERD rating.

Source: NBA.com

Wizards' Bradley Beal given first career All-Star Game nod

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has been selected to his first All-Star Game, reports Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

What It Means:

In joining backcourt mate John Wall, Beal will get his first run in the midseason showcase. He's yet another fine backcourt option for the two captains. As a reserve, Beal can't be selected until at least pick number nine.

Beal's 2.4 nERD is second on the Washington squad and ranks 8th among Eastern Conference guards this season.

Minnesota's Jimmy Butler selected as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler has been named a Western Conference All-Star reserve on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Butler is making his fourth consecutive appearance and first as a member of the Timberwolves. The guard is posting his finest shooting season of his career as he is sinking 47.6% of his shots from the field and 87.5% of his free-throws.

Currently, Butler ranks 7th out of 487 NBA players with a 7.8 nERD rating this season.

Source: NBA.com

Boston's Al Horford selected to All-Star Game for fifth season

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Boston Celtics power forward/center Al Horford has been voted as a reserve for the 2017-18 All-Star Game.

What It Means:

Horford will be added to the pool of players for LeBron James and Stephen Curry to select from for this year's game. It's the big man's first selection while a member of the Celtics.

With a 5.3 nERD, Horford is second on his team and second among all Eastern Conference centers. His 1.4 threes and 5.3 assists per game represent career-highs for the 31-year-old.

Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge named a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been named a reserve for the 2018 Western Conference All-Star team.

What It Means:

Aldridge returns to the All-Star game for the sixth time and the first since 2016 in his first year as a Spur. His nod gives San Antonio an All-Star representative for the 20th consecutive year, the longest active streak in the NBA. Aldridge is posting his best scoring numbers in a Spurs' uniform with 22.3 points per game this season.

Aldridge currently ranks 10th out of 487 NBA players with a 6.9 nERD rating this season.

Source: NBA.com

Wizards' John Wall voted as reserve in fifth All-Star Game appearance

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been selected to a fifth straight All-Star game, reports The Vertical's Shams Charania.

What It Means:

Wall is joined by teammate Bradley Beal as an Eastern Conference reserve. With a draft set to decide Wall's teammates, it's worth noting that the eight-year veteran has scored at least 12 points with averages of 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals over 21.2 minutes per game for his All-Star career.

Wall's -0.3 nERD is a far cry from his mark of 5.6 a year ago. However, his 9.2 assists per game trail only one player to this point in the 2017-18 season.

Thunder's Russell Westbrook named an All-Star for fourth-consecutive year

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve on Tuesday.

What It Means:

The All-Star nod is Westbrook's fourth in a row and seventh in his career overall. The point guard has seen his numbers take a bit of hit from his 2016-17 MVP campaign as the Thunder added Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to the roster. He remains in the NBA's top-10 in scoring (24.8) while leading the league in assists (10.1) per game in 2017-18.

Westbrook currently sits 23rd out of 487 NBA players with a 4.8 nERD rating.

Source: NBA.com

Cavaliers' Kevin Love voted Eastern Conference All-Star reserve

Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love has been voted to the NBA's Eastern Conference All-Star team, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

What It Means:

With the new format, Love will be added to the Eastern Conference player pool, which will be selected by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry. The teams will be revealed on Thursday night. For Love, it's his fifth selection and second as a member of the Cavaliers.

Love's minutes (28.5), points (18.6) and rebounds (9.4) per game are all down from a year ago, but his field goal (45.9%) and three-point percentages (40.1%) are his best marks since the 2010-11 season.

Channing Frye (ab strain) will not play Tuesday for Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Channing Frye (ab strain) will not play on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Frye, who is rumored to be on the way out in a deal for George Hill, is dealing with an abdominal strain and will sit out versus the San Antonio Spurs. Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson will be in line for extra minutes with Frye out of action.

Frye has averaged 9.0 FanDuel points in 11.4 minutes per game this season.

Zach Randolph (knee) out Tuesday, Skal Labissiere to start for Kings

According to the Sacramento Kings broadcast, power forward Zach Randolph has been listed as inactive for Tuesday's game versus the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Randolph was set to return to the floor, but coach Dave Joerger has made him inactive for tonight's game. His absence marks a second straight and should allow Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein to play big minutes with Georgios Papagiannis backing them up in the frontcourt.

Prior to being ruled out, Randolph was projected to play 25.6 minutes and produce 27.6 FanDuel points. His next chance to play comes Thursday against the Miami Heat.

Source: Rotoworld

Raptors' Kyle Lowry named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has been named a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

What It Means:

Lowry joins teammate DeMar DeRozan on the All-Star team as the point guard has been selected for the fourth consecutive season. Lowry wasn't a sure thing to make the club as he is in the midst of a down year, posting his lowest points per game (17.0) in five seasons while seeing his assists, steals, threes, and shooting percentages all drop in 2017-18.

Lowry currently ranks 20th out of 487 NBA players with a 5.0 nERD rating.

Pacers' Victor Oladipo voted as reserve to Eastern Conference All-Star team

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has been voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

At the age of 25, Oladipo will make his first All-Star appearance of his career. He joins John Wall in the Eastern Conference guards pool.

Oladipo's 24.2 points per game rank him 5th overall in the East and 3rd among guards. Our nERD metric places him 12th among all NBA guards.

Kristaps Porzingis has been selected as a reserve on the Eastern Conference All Star team

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been named as a reserve on the Eastern Conference All Star team.

What It Means:

Even though Porzingis has cooled off some from his torrid start to the season, the big man is still averaging 23.3 points per game, and he leads the league in blocks. It's the Unicorn's first All Star selection of his career.

Porzingis is averaging 40.3 FanDuel points per game this season.

Kosta Koufos (rest) sitting out for Kings on Tuesday

Sacramento Kings forward/center Kosta Koufos will not play against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Koufos scored 10 points in a start on Monday but he'll sit for the second half of the Kings' back-to-back set tonight in Orlando. If they play, Zach Randolph (knee, questionable) and Skal Labissiere (shoulder, probable) both stand to benefit from Koufos' absence, as well as Willie Cauley-Stein.

Koufos is averaging 17.2 FanDuel points in 44 games (4 starts) this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Iman Shumpert (knee, foot) available to return Tuesday for Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is available for Tuesday's game, reports Cavs.com's Fred McLeod.

What It Means:

Shumpert hasn't played since suffering a knee injury back in late November. The injury required surgery and rehab, but Shumpert suffered an additional setback with foot soreness, keeping him out an additional two weeks. His return will clog up the wing spots in Cleveland, with Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith and Dwyane Wade earning minutes for the Cavs.

Through 13 games and 6 starts, Shumpert has averaged 20.8 minutes and 11.3 FanDuel points per game. He comes at a cost of $3,600 for Tuesday's matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.

Portland's Damian Lillard selected as Western Conference All-Star reserve

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been selected to the Western Conference All-Star reserve team, reports The Vertical's Shams Charania.

What It Means:

For Lillard, it's his third All-Star game, but his first since 2014-15. In previous days, Lillard said that he's fueled by being snubbed from the past two All-Star teams.

Averaging 25.2 points, 6.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game, Lillard's 5.5 nERD ranks 11th among all Western Conference players.

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