It’s that time of the year again, basketball is back, baby! To kick off the ’17-’18 NBA preseason, we have a little two game slate with the Nuggets @ Warriors – 8:30pm ET and the Timberwolves @ Lakers – 10pm ET. Both of these games have teams with high octane offenses that should light up the scoreboard all night, but just remember that this is preseason and many starters will not see nearly as much action as in future games. Alright, enough talk, let’s get into the plays of the day!
* Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- Point Guard(s):
Steph Curry = $6,400 – Known as the greatest shooter of all time, Curry shoots an outstanding 43% from beyond the arc, meaning he is always in play. With the ability to catch fire at any moment of any game and even get his teammates going, give me a reason not to play him.
Jamal Murray = $1,800 – This game against Golden State will more than likely be a shootout or catch-up, which is perfect for a shooter like Murray. Last season, he shot 33% from three, just under the league average of 35%, showing poise in his young game.
Lonzo Ball = $1,700 – After an impressive Summer League, in which he averaged 16/9/7 and won MVP, Ball looks to continue his success. As a pass first point guard, Lonzo will get others involved before he takes over, making him an all around threat.
- Shooting Guard(s):
Gary Harris = $2,900 – From his first season to his third, Gary Harris has greatly improved his shooting, averaging 50% from the field and 42% from three over the course of last season. Harris is a essentially a poor man’s Bradley Beal, who if remained healthy for more games could be a huge factor for the Nuggets.
Jordan Clarkson = $1,800 – Since trading D’Angelo Russell to the Nets, Jordan Clarkson looks to be the guy moving forward, at least off the bench. Though his 14ppg may seem starter worthy, his efficiency and field goal percentages need a bit of work, look for Clarkson to fill Lou William’s shoes in that 6th man role.
Patrick McCaw = $1,000 – In his rookie year, McCaw rose to the challenge and became a solid contributor, especially on the defensive end with 30 steals, for the world champs. This will be a high tempo game with constant transition allowing for many turnovers and some quick, easy buckets.
- Small Forward(s):
Kevin Durant = $6,200 – Fresh off his first championship and Finals MVP, Durant strives to keep things rolling. With his effortless shooting and play style in all, KD gets the edge over any defender he matches up against, as evidenced by in his career 27.2ppg – good for the fourth highest in NBA history.
Brandon Ingram = $1,600 – As the player deemed to be the next Kevin Durant, Ingram does show some promising signs, maybe just not so fast. Along side of Ball, Ingram is seen to be the future of the Lakers and will impress much more than last year’s 9/2/4.
Juan Hernangómez = $1,000 – When he did get extended play time last season, Hernangómez showed his ability to score. Juancho shot a sweet 40% from three and even put up a career high 27 points with a barrage of treys against this Golden State team.
- Power Forward(s):
Draymond Green = $3,800 – For the man who can get a triple double without points included, this is a perfect fit. In a fast pace game, Green can play to his strengths of a smaller, playmaking forward, who is always in the mix of it as noted by his stat line of 10/7/7/1 last season.
Larry Nance Jr. = $1,700 – Though most known for his highlight dunks, Larry Nance Jr. can do it all. Last year, Nance, with his hustle and tenaciousness on both sides of the ball, had 120 offensive rebounds and 82 steals in the 63 games he played.
Jordan Bell = $1,000 – In the Summer League, Bells had an amazing 5×5 performance, with 5 points, 6 blocks, 5 steals, 5 assists, and 11 rebounds. With numbers like that, Golden State may have just found themselves another Draymond Green.
Karl-Anthony Towns = $6,500 – Since entering the league in 2015, Towns has solidified himself as one of the premier bigs in the game. KAT averaged a nice 25/12 last season and he should continue to eat on the defensively weak Lakers team.
Nikola Jokic = $5,300 – Coming off a second year breakout of 16/9, as well as one of three finalists for Most Improved Player, Jokic can only go up. The Joker is crafty and has an incredibly smooth game for a big man, watch as he exploits the Warriors bigs from paint to perimeter.
Ivica Zubac = $1,100 – Though Zubac didn’t play much, other then the middle portion of last year, he did show promise in a game against Denver in which he shot 12-15 for 25 points. His matchup against KAT will be tough, especially on defense, but he has the game and awareness to make an impact in this one.
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