Thu Oct 17 8:49pm ET
Players: Luke Kennard
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have exercised their team option for the 2020-21 season on Luke Kennard.
The Pistons also announced Thursday that they signed guard Craig Sword and waived Todd Withers.
The 6-foot-6 Kennard averaged 9.7 points last season and shot 39% from 3-point range. He was a first-round pick by Detroit in 2017.
Sword spent the last two seasons with the Erie Bayhawks of the G League.
Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley knocked down five three-pointers for the second consecutive game during Mondays win over the Golden State Warriors. Conley, who has had a painfully slow start to the season offensively, compiled 22 points and seven assists during the victory. His first 10 contests have put him on pace for career lows in field-goal percentage (36.5) and assists (3.9) per game, as he acclimates to his new franchise. He squares off with the Nets on Tuesday, whom he dropped north of 30 points against in each matchup last season.
Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green took the floor during Mondays loss to the Utah Jazz and played 22 minutes following a five-game absence. Green finished with four points, seven rebounds and four assists, going 2-for-7 from the field overall, including 0-for-4 from long range. The three-time All-Star will presumably have a larger offensive role with Stephen Curry (hand) out of the mix, but Green has shot just 40.8 percent from the floor in his first six games and has played more than 28 minutes in just two of those outings. How his offensive game adjusts to the loss of Curry and Klay Thompson (knee) remains to be seen.
Golden State Warriors point/shooting guard D'Angelo Russell opened Mondays contest against the Utah Jazz scorching hot, compiling 16 points in the first eight minutes. He would finish with 33 points, giving him his fourth consecutive outing with at least 30 points scored. Russell got up 25 shots, 13 of which found the bottom of the basket, including five from long range. Even as he paces the offensive attack, he was able to tie his season high with eight assists, also pitching in two rebounds. With the pace at which Golden State continues to play, its difficult to see Russell being slowed for any extended period of time, which should only increase his fantasy value.
Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell put together a strong 23-point outing during Mondays win over the Golden State Warriors, knocking down a season-best five three-pointers, while adding eight rebounds and six assists to his stat line. The third-year guard has opened the 2019-20 campaign scorching hot from the field, having knocked down 45.5 percent of his triples. He remains the No. 1 scoring option for Utah moving forward, a fact that bodes well when he matches up with the up-tempo Nets on Tuesday.
New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard J.J. Redick was on fire from downtown in Monday's matchup against the Rockets, sinking seven triples on his way to a season-high 24 points. He played 37 minutes as a starter and was 7-for-15 from downtown while adding three assists. Redick has now sunk a whopping 12 treys in the last two games and he's shooting an incredible 51.4 percent from deep with 7.4 attempts this month. He gets to take on his former team the Clippers next on home court. Bizarrely, Redick has performed better on the road than at home this season, as he averages only eight points per game at the Smoothie King Center.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday came very close to his first triple-double of the season on Monday, finishing a 122-116 loss to Houston with 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Holiday had an awful shooting night, missing all seven attempts from deep and going 6-for-21 overall from the field. He also committed six of the team's 16 turnovers. Holiday has struggled to get going this season, as he's averaging only 14.6 points per game on 36.4 percent shooting. His struggles will likely continue in the next matchup against the Clippers and elite defender Patrick Beverley.
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela was hungry for glass again on Monday, registering his second consecutive 20-rebound game in a win over New Orleans. He also tallied his fourth consecutive double-double by scoring 11 on superb 5-for-6 efficiency, while adding two blocks and one steal to his line as well. Capela started the month with a pair of quiet outings, but he's been a beast across the last four games, averaging over 17 rebounds and 14 points. He'll look to continue the feast on Wednesday against the Clippers, who are giving up 15.8 rebounds per 48 minutes to opposing centers this season.
Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook had his second consecutive game with 26 points on Monday in a 122-116 win over New Orleans. He struggled mightily from three-point range with a 1-for-8 record, but he still managed a good 11-for-21 efficiency overall from the field. Mr. Triple-Double missed out on a triple-double for a fifth consecutive time, collecting only five rebounds and four assists. He did, however, have a good game on the defensive end, picking up four steals. Russ is averaging 2.4 steals for the month. He's set to meet his old enigma Patrick Beverley next on Wednesday in a tough individual matchup.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden was cold as ice at the start of Monday's matchup against the Pelicans, but he ended it in great scoring form, getting 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter. He had another rough night from downtown with a 3-for-11 record, but he shot a very solid 13-for-25 overall from the field and 10-for-14 at the line. Harden also produced nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 38 minutes on the floor. Harden is hitting barely 40 percent of his shots from the field, but he's still averaging 37.3 points for the year. He'll face the Clippers next on Wednesday at home. The Beard is shooting just 32.6 percent at the Toyota Center this season.
Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard/small forward Kawhi Leonard had the Raptors throw everything they could at him on the defensive end, but his club still managed to squeeze out the 98-88 win. Leonard connected on just two of 11 shooting to score 12 points as the Raptors were constantly swarming the Finals' MVP that led him to cough the ball up nine times. Leonard just missed out on triple-double as he added 11 rebounds, nine assists with three steals. The Clippers once again have a back-to-back set this week (Wednesday and Thursday) and we can assume at this point that he will sit one of those games out.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley got his usual hustle stats on Monday in the chippy game against the Raptors at the Staples Center. Beverley grabbed a season-high 12 boards to go along with six points, two assists and a steal with two turnovers in 24 minutes of action. Landry Shamet suffered a pretty rough ankle sprain and is expected to be shelved for some time. In his absence, we can expect Beverley to pick things up and the veteran guard should be owned in all 12-team leagues for the time being.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred Vanvleet continued his increased role for the injury-depleted Raptors on Monday in the 10-point loss to the Clippers. VanVleet managed to get up 20 shots, yet only was only able to connect on six of them for 14 points while adding eight assists, two rebounds, and three steals. VanVleet's usage has skyrocketed with the absence of Kyle Lowry (thumb) and he has played a heavy 84 minutes within a 24 hour period. He is going to provide some big lines over the coming weeks, just don't rely on much efficiency from the floor for the young guard.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam struggled from the floor on Monday when he made just six of 17 shots, but still managed to record a double-double in the 10-point loss to the Clippers. Siakam finished the night scoring 16 points while gathering 10 rebounds with six assists to go along with a block and just one turnover as he also had a lot to do with containing his former teammate, Kawhi Leonard on this night. Siakam has been a beast to start this season and his workload has increased, as of late, with an array of injuries to his Raptors' squad.
Toronto Raptors power forward/center Chris Boucher once again posted another decent line for the banged-up Raptors on Monday in the loss to the Clippers. Boucher followed up his full line from Sunday to score 13 points with six rebounds to go along with two blocks and a steal while drilling three makes from three is 22 minutes of action. Over his last two games, Boucher is averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 2.0 makes from three since Serge Ibaka (ankle) went down. He is worth a grab everywhere for his efficiencies and elite defensive numbers.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert continued to rebound the ball at an elite rate during Mondays victory over the Golden State Warriors, but in addition, he was nearly flawless from the field en route to a 25-point effort. Gobert, who snatched 14 rebounds, shot 11-for-12 and added two blocks for good measure. If there are any blemishes to be found from his dazzling performance, he did shoot just 3-for-9 from the free-throw stripe, an ailment that does not traditional plague one of the league's premier big men. His nightly fantasy outlook can be difficult to ascertain due to his role, but he possesses a favorable matchup Tuesday on the second leg of a back-to-back when he faces a Brooklyn squad allowing the third most DFS points per game to opposing centers thus far in 2019-20.
Memphis Grizzlies point guard JA Morant returned to the lineup for Mondays victory against the San Antonio Spurs following a one-game absence and struggled to put the ball in the basket. Morant, who went 3-for-13 from the field in his last outing, went 2-for-12 against the Spurs, compiling just nine points across 25 minutes. He added in four rebounds and three assists to keep his performance out of dud territory, yet it marks the second straight single-digit scoring outing from the rookie, who opened the year with seven consecutive games in double figures. He looks to reclaim his high-scoring offensive ways Wednesday against Charlotte in what should be a more open-spaced contest for the 20-year-old to navigate.
San Antonio Spurs power forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge was once again quiet on the glass during Mondays loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, although he did lead the team in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Aldridges early season rebounding numbers have been harrowing, having accrued just 6.1 per game across his first 10 contests, which would easily be his lowest total since his rookie season in 2006-07. While he added four rebounds, three assists and two steals Monday, the Spurs will need a return to All-Star form from their star big man moving forward.
Memphis Grizzlies small forward Dillon Brooks got back on the right track offensively during Mondays win over the San Antonio Spurs, posting a 21-point showing on 8-for-17 shooting. Brooks had a stretch of three consecutive games scoring in double figures to kick off November before rough showings his last two times out. On top of the offensive punch that he provided, the third-year wing added three assists, two rebounds and two steals. His role in the starting five for the Grizzlies appears safe moving forward, even as his performance fluctuates.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas had his best offensive outing of the season to date during Mondays win over the San Antonio Spurs. Valanciunas parlayed a 9-for-12 effort from the field into a season-best 18-point effort, which when combined with his 12 rebounds, gave him his sixth double-double of the year. Memphis big man has been remarkably consistent through the early part of 2019-20, having scored in double figures in each of his last nine games, yet not exceeding the 18-point plateau. He draws a golden matchup Wednesday versus Charlotte, who is allowing the most DFS points per game to opposing centers.
Memphis Grizzlies power forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped a season-best 24 points during Mondays victory over the San Antonio Spurs, tying his career high with four triples in the process. After a knee ailment derailed Jackson for a stretch earlier in the year, he appears back to the trajectory that he found himself on during his rookie campaign. In addition to the scoring output, he snatched six rebounds and added five assists across his 38 minutes. He can now safely be reinserted back into the fantasy mix in any format that he was previously relied upon.