Just like yesterday, we have ourselves a small two game preseason slate. Starting things off for the night is ATL @ MIA – 6pm ET and then LAC @ TOR – 10pm ET. These two games should be rather competitive, but by no means is there the same caliber of players as seen last night. Alright, let’s get right into these plays!
* Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- Point Guard(s):
Goran Dragic = $4,100 – In a matchup versus Schroder, who last year had a defensive rating of 108.9, he clearly has upside. Dragic is crafty and has nice chemistry with big man Whiteside, allowing him to focus on the pick and roll game against the Hawks.
Dennis Schroder = $3,700 – After taking over for Jeff Teague last season, Dennis Schroder filled the role exceptionally well. Starting all but one game, Schroder had career high numbers, of 17/6/3, as expected, along with a 27.7% usage rate.
Milos Teodosic = $1,000 – Coming over from Europe, Milos Teodosic is a 6’5, 30’year old guard. Though known for his incredible passing, Teodosic also has he ability to spread the floor, as he is a career 38.5% from three – we’ll soon see how that translates.
- Shooting Guard(s):
DeMar DeRozan = $5,200 – As one of the point leaders of the league, DeMar DeRozan guarantees production. Averaging 27.3ppg last season, DeRozan remains a a consistent and vital player for Toronto.
Josh Richardson = $2,300 – Throughout his career, Josh Richardson hasn’t been able to stay healthy, creating a disturbance to his game. However, when he is on the court, he has a fairly solid game off the bench, with an average of 10.2ppg last season.
Kent Bazemore = $2,000 – Kent Bazemore is one of the guys that when he’s hot, he’s hot – I think he picked that up in Golden State. In Atlanta, Bazemore has elevated his game, as evidenced by last season’s increased stat line of 11/2/3.
- Small Forward(s):
Danilo Gallinari = $3,300 – Now as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Danilo Gallinari becomes a focal point in a new era without Chris Paul. In a career full of injuries, Gallinari brings point production and three point shooting of 37% through his career.
Justise Winslow = $1,100 – Selected by the Heat in 2015, Winslow is seen a promising piece for the future. Last season ended abruptly, however, as he suffered from a shoulder injury; look for a bounce back, statement year from Winslow.
Taurean Prince = $1,000 – With Thabo Sefolosha now a member of the Utah Jazz, Taurean Prince will fill the small Forward role. Prince had some solid games throughout his rookie year and scored 335 points throughout the course of the season.
- Power Forward(s):
Blake Griffin = $5,200 – Moving on from Chris Paul, the LA Clippers turn to Blake Griffin as their number one guy moving forward. Despite an injury riddled season, Griffin managed to average a respectable 21/8, playing in only 61 games.
James Johnson = $3,400 – When James Johnson came off the bench last season, he gave this team much need production and a spark. Now in the starting five, Johnson looks to improve on top of last year’s success of 12/4/1, which certainly looks possible.
Serge Ibaka = $2,600 – Since being traded from OKC, Ibaka has found himself on two teams in the course of a year. Known as one of the game’s elite shot blockers, he continues to improve his overall game, shooting an amazing 39% from three, last season.
Hassan Whiteside = $5,600 – Paired with Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside becomes one of the deadliest big men in the game. With last year’s numbers totaling to 17/14/2, it’s no reason why that Whiteside is feared inside the paint, on either side.
DeAndre Jordan = $4,700 – This season will certainly be an adjustment one for DeAndre Jordan, as he no longer has Chris Paul. Jordan is freakishly athletic and flushes home an unheard of 67% of his shots – now if only he could make his free throws.
Dewayne Dedmon = $1,400 – Moving on from the steady Spurs, Dewayne Dedmon looks to make a number for himself, after signing a two-year $14M deal with the Hawks. Dedmon averaged 5/6 last season and will definitely improve in a starting role.
Extras: Johnson, Waiters, Powell, Harrell, Olynyk.