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Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. Remains optimistic that a contract extension will get done. Porter had his best statistical output as a professional last season, averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 assists while shooting a whopping 44.5 percent from deep. The 23-year-old will be entering the final year of his rookie contract if an agreement isn't reached before the start of the 2021-22 campaign. However, based on his play over the years, it would seem the franchise will do everything in its power to keep him in the Mile High City moving ahead. Nonetheless, Porter's fantasy outlook is higher than ever, and as long as he can remain healthy, he should be one of the most impactful fantasy options going.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown will start during Wednesday's season opener against the New York Knicks. He has cleared health and safety protocols on Tuesday. Head coach Ime Udoka mentioned that Brown has been impressive from a physical standpoint. He could see fewer minutes on Wednesday until he gets his conditioning up. Although, fantasy managers should feel comfortable using Brown in season long formats.
Chicago Bulls forward Troy Brown Jr. (illness) has been upgraded to available for Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He has been dealing with a non-COVID related illness, but should be good to go here. Brown was able to get through shootaround without any issues. He should be an important part of the Bulls rotation, but probably won't produce enough stats to warrant rostering in most fantasy formats.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has signed a two-year extension with the organization. He was acquired in late July in a deal that sent Steven Adams to Memphis. Valanciunas is coming off a career season in Memphis. He averaged 17.1 points and a career-high 12.5 rebounds per game. There is no reason to believe he shouldn't be able to continue succeeding in New Orleans. Obviously, the organization believes he will since they signed him to an extension before having Valanciunas play a regular season game.
Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (personal) was absent during Wednesday's shootaround. That means, House should be considered questionable for the season opener against Minnesota on Wednesday. He is currently away from the team following the birth of his daughter. There is still a chance that House suits up, but he wouldn't be a recommended fantasy option. As of right now, Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. are really the only reliable shooters on this team.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Tomas Satoransky (illness) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. This is not a COVID-related illness, so fantasy managers don't need to worry. Although, Satoransky's absence would mean more minutes for Kira Lewis Jr. Devonte' Graham and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Graham has the highest upside out of the trio and could be a sneaky DFS option with additional playing time.
Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (finger) is available for Wednesday's season opener against the Washington Wizards. It was uncertain earlier in the week if Boucher was going to play after suffering a dislocated finger. This is great news for fantasy managers as it doesn't sound like Boucher will be limited at all. That means, Khem Birch and Precious Achiuwa won't see increased minutes and are avoidable fantasy options.
Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis picked up a nice double-double on opening night, finishing a 121-114 loss to Golden State with 33 points and 11 rebounds. He shot a solid 15-for-26 from the field but struggled from deep with a 1-for-5 effort and from the charity stripe, going 2-for-7. The Brow also collected two assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes of action with zero turnovers. AD had a disappointing year in 2020-21 and couldn't keep himself on the court, logging only 36 games, but he's a beast when healthy and fantasy managers should expect plenty of big double-doubles from him this season. He'll get a revenge game next on Friday as the Lakers host the Suns, who crushed them in the playoffs last season.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James got his 19th year in the NBA rolling with a 34-point effort in a 121-114 loss to the Warriors on opening night. He shot 13-for-23 from the field with a 5-for-11 effort from downtown and had 11 rebounds with five assists, one steal and one block. LeBron's night also included four turnovers in 37 minutes. James' minutes have dipped a bit in recent seasons and he'll be 37 in December, but the 17-time All-Star is still an outstanding basketball player and should have plenty of motivation in 2021-22 after getting dumped in the first round of the playoffs for the first time ever in his career. The Suns, who took down the King last season, are the Lakers' next opponent on Friday.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry started the season with a 21-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in a 121-114 win over the Lakers on opening night. He also had three steals with four turnovers in 36 minutes on the court. Curry was perfect at the line with nine attempts but didn't have a particularly great shooting night overall, going 2-for-8 with the three-ball and 5-for-21 overall from the field. We can say this was just a warm-up for the former MVP. He's set to fight for the scoring title again and look for him to be much more efficient in the next game against the Clippers.
Brooklyn Nets point/shooting guard Patty Mills certainly made an impactful debut in his first regular-season game with his new organization. Playing 29 minutes off the bench, Mills went a perfect 7-for-7 from behind the three-point line, finishing with 21 points. He also added two rebounds and two assists to tie a knot on his impressive evening. Mills finished third on the team in shot attempts, an outcome that is entirely feasible to have some longevity with Brooklyn's current roster construction. In the short-term, Mills' is undoubtedly the Nets' No. 1 scoring option within the second unit, which will quickly put him into DFS consideration in all formats as soon as Friday vs. Philadelphia.