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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is not expected to play in all 72 games this season, according to head coach Steve Nash. However, there is no plan in place to currently rest Irving or Kevin Durant right now. Irving has missed an average of 24.4 games over the past five seasons. It's not surprising to see that the Nets would want to be cautious with their All-Star guard. The injury risk and possible rest games will likely knock him down a couple of rounds in fantasy drafts.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry is expected to help facilitate the offense, according to head coach Doc Rivers. It's unclear at the moment whether Curry will be starting or coming off the bench with the Sixers. Regardless, he should get plenty of time with the ball in his hands. He should see an expanded role in Philly and that will hopefully increase his fantasy value. Curry is worth a look during the late rounds on draft day in most formats.
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley (foot) appears finally healthy and ready for the upcoming season, according to head coach Luke Walton. His sophomore campaign was ruined by a right foot injury. He has recovered and will hopefully bounce back, but fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited. He'll likely never live up to the expectations of being taken No. 2 overall in his draft class. Regardless, there is still promising upside, so Bagley is worth a look during the late rounds on draft day.
Chicago Bulls guard Coby White is going to be the primary ball-handler for the upcoming season, according to head coach Billy Donovan. This confirms that White will be starting over Tomas Satoransky, which he deserves to do. White could push himself in the top 80-90 range with more ball-handling responsibilities. He won't bring much on the defensive end, but has plenty of upside.
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton is reportedly ready to go despite head coach Mike Malone not actually seeing him since the end of the season. However, Malone has heard good things from team trainers and doctors. It sounds like Barton is in a good place both mentally and physically heading into the start of the season. Malone has mentioned he's unsure who is start alongside Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Barton appears to be the favorite for the three-spot with Michael Porter Jr. likely starting at power forward. Expect Barton to have solid late-round appeal once again.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. has a good chance at landing in the starting five for the upcoming season, according to head coach Mike Malone. He also mentioned he is unsure who is going to start alongside Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Porter averaged 22.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists during the seven seeding games. His production kind of died off during the playoffs, but Porter has plenty of potential. There is a good chance they decide to start Porter over Paul Millsap. That means, Porter should be a safe middle round target on draft day.
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant(foot) mentioned that his health was the main factor to his improved play inside the bubble last season. He missed a ton of time last season due to a stress reaction in his right foot. It was something that was very painful for him to play through and it impacted Bryant's performance. However, he averaged 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 blocks in eight games inside the bubble. He'll have a significant role with only Robin Lopez behind him off the bench. Bryant could be headed toward a breakout campaign, assuming he stays healthy.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million extension with the team. He only had one more guaranteed year left on his deal, but this extension will now keep him under contract through the 2022-23 season. Both James and Anthony Davis are locked into long-term deals with the Lakers. The duo should remain near the top of all draft boards this season.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro spent the entire offseason focusing on becoming a better playmaker. "I think I'm really just working on just getting my handles tighter, being able to be that primary ball-handler, if needed," said Herro. He says he'll accept any role that is asked of him, but knows he'll get quality minutes regardless. Herro becoming a better playmaker is great for his fantasy value since he doesn't offer much from the defensive end. He might be able to push himself into the top-100 value for next season.
Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman probably won't have the type of impact that fans are hoping for during his rookie season. Head coach Steve Kerr hinted that the organization plans to bring Wiseman along slowly. He played in just three college games, so the team doesn't want to do too much with him too soon. He'll likely divide up the minutes with Marquese Chriss and Kevon Looney at the center spot. He's probably still worth drafting, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect monster numbers from Wiseman early on.