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.
Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made all four free-throw attempts in 20 minutes of a 101-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan nailed all five field-goal attempts and helped his team establish a 53-41 advantage on the boards. The 31-year-old is currently the backup center for the Nets but has still produced. In 21.9 minutes per game, Jordan has averaged 7.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 64.3 percent from the field. He's good enough to be in lineups despite his bench role. Jordan should continue his offensive success Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, who currently allow the fifth-highest field goal percentage in the league.
Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte' Graham recorded 17 points, three rebounds, six assists, and four triples in a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Graham struggled from the field, shooting just 31.3 percent. The 24-year-old has seen increases in points, 4.7 to 18.3, rebounds, 1.4 to 3.4, and assists, 2.6 to 6.9. Graham has also improved both his field-goal percentage and three-point percentage in what has been a sophomore breakout. He should be in lineups ahead of a Thursday matchup with the Washington Wizards, who currently allow the most points per game in the NBA.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie put up 20 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in his team's 101-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets. It could have been an even better day for the 26-year-old, who shot just 38.9 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from deep. Here are Dinwiddie's averages in three games as the starter with Kyrie Irving (shoulder) injured: 24 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and a block. Dinwiddie has showed enough that he should be in fantasy lineups, even when Irving returns.
Golden State Warriors combo guard Alec Burks was one of the few players on either side who struggled to score the basketball against the Mavericks, registering just 11 points on three of 11 shooting. The four rebounds and four assists were encouraging, but Burks' value is tied mostly to his ability to put the ball in the basket on a Golden State squad in desperate need of offensive production. Every 20-point outing from Burks is seemingly followed up with a single-digit performance. That's actually what he did in his previous four games, with outputs of 29, seven, 20 and nine. Whether or not he's worth a look is a subjective question dependent on the layout of your league, but it's hard to believe there's not a more consistent option for you to look at on the market.
Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes of action against the Warriors. He shot just six of 14 from the field, however, and has hit the 50 percent mark just twice this season. The efficiency issues can be frustrating for a guy standing 7-foot-3, but Porzingis is just now getting re-acclimated after 20 months away from the game. Fantasy owners can take solace in the sparkling mix of three-pointers and blocks for now. As the season progresses, expect KP to fully rediscover his All-Star form, continue to build chemistry alongside his new teammates and get back to his unicorn-type ways.
Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall posted another productive stat line in Dallas on Wednesday with 22 points and seven rebounds. His overall performance comes with a grain of salt given the exorbitant 40 minutes he played in the blowout loss, but Paschall has been making these types of games the norm. This was his fifth straight game of 15 or more points, and he's now averaging 16.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on the season. On a Warriors team looking high and low for any source of life, there's no reason to think Paschall can't keep it going and actually improve as his unexpected rookie season moves forward.
Brooklyn Nets forward Taurean Prince tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four threes, and a steal in Wednesday's 101-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Prince got his three-ball going, shooting 4-9 after going just 5-20 in his last three games. The 25-year-old has benefited from the absence of Kevin Durant as well as Brooklyn's lack of a true power forward. His 29.7 minutes per game as a stretch four have helped him to career-highs in rebounds, 6.2 and three-pointers per game, 2.5. If he can improve upon his current shooting percentage on two-pointers, 43.1, he'll have a chance to post the best numbers of his career. Prince and the Nets will next play Friday against the Sacramento Kings, who allow the eighth-fewest three-point attempts in the league.
Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had arguably his best outing of the season against the Warriors on Wednesday evening. The six-year veteran scored a season-high-tying 20 points on four of four shooting from deep in just 22 minutes. Just about all of Hardaway's fantasy value is tied to his scoring and shooting outputs, but he's been very inconsistent in those areas for Dallas. This was just his second double-digit scoring output of the last five games, and he has more outings shooting below 30 percent than he does above 40. The Mavericks as a whole beat up on a depleted Warriors team, and there won't always be 142 points to go around. Until Hardaway can string together similar performances, there's no need to put your faith in his maddening cold streaks.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic was at it again versus the Golden State Warriors, continuing to rewrite the record books with 35 points on 11 of 17 shooting, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. We're running out of adjectives to describe the 20-year-old phenom, as he continues to decimate any team in his path. He's less than one assist away from averaging a triple-double, and his stellar outing against the Dubs could've been even gaudier had he not played just 25 minutes in a 48-point thrashing. An All-Star berth seems all but locked up for Doncic at this point with his historic numbers. The real question is whether he can lead Dallas to enough wins to insert himself into the MVP discussion.
Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen scored 22 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, added two steals and made four free throws in 28 minutes of a 101-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The 21-year-old controlled the paint, establishing season-highs in field goal attempts, points and rebounds. Allen was aggressive around the rim, frequently rolling/cutting to the basket and finishing with authority. The former Texas center has five double-doubles on the year and two in his last two contests. Allen should continue to be a factor in points, rebounds and blocks. He should be in starting lineups moving forward.
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bulls point guard Coby White (ankle) says he will play Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. White tweaked his ankle during his pregame routine, but the injury is not enough to keep him out of the lineup. White will resume his normal role off the bench.
Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes (hip) has already been ruled out Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Baynes sat Tuesday's loss to the Sacramento Kings with a hip contusion and will miss his second straight on Thursday. The fact he is ruled out a day in advance is not a great sign. Frank Kaminsky (hip) started Tuesday and posted 17 points. Kaminsky would likely start again and be a good option for DFS against the suspect Pelicans defense.
Golden State Warriors forward/center Draymond Green (heel) will not play Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks. Green is dealing with heel soreness and also banged his elbow Tuesday night. This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors and given the way they have treated injuries, it is no surprise they are sitting Green. Green was running as their starting point guard the last couple games so it will be interesting to see what they do with the lineup. Ky Bowman, Eric Paschall and Alec Burks will all receive a boost in usage.
Chicago Bulls point guard Coby White (ankle) suffered an apparent ankle sprain before Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. White suffered the injury during warm ups and is now a game-time decision. If White is unable to go, Tomas Satoransky and Kris Dunn will get extra run.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (back) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat. He did not play in Monday's game due to a sore back, but appears fine to play on Wednesday. Tristan Thompson (rest) will not suit up, so Love would be asked to play a bigger role most likely. Love would be worth a look as a strong DFS option, assuming he plays on Wednesday.
Detroit Pistons guard/forward Tony Snell (hip) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls. He was able to practice on Tuesday, but Snell has been dealing with a hip issue for about a week. The Pistons are just going to play it safe here and let Snell rest. Luke Kennard and Langston Galloway should benefit without Snell on the court. Kennard is the better fantasy option between the two.
San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards. White is dealing with a left foot issue and won't be able to suit up here. The Spurs have been careful with Dejounte Murray, so Patty Mills should see an extended role instead of Murray.
Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (ankle) will return for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors. He's missed the last two games due to an ankle issue, but was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice. Al-Farouq Aminu should return to the bench and lose most of his streaming appeal. Fantasy owners should expect Isaac to play, barring a setback during warmups.
Atlanta Hawks forward Jabari Parker (shoulder) is expected to suit up for Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He's dealing with right shoulder pain, but is likely going to play through the issue. Parker has been a better fantasy option since John Collins (suspension) was knocked out of the rotation. He should continue to put up reliable numbers on offense.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (thumb) returns to the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat. He's missed the last two games due to a thumb issue, but should be fine going forward. Tristan Thompson (rest) won't suit up here, so Nance should see at least 30 minutes in this game. He'll be a decent fantasy option here, but his fantasy value will heavily decrease once Thompson is back.