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Fantasy basketball 30: Jordan Poole isn't slowing down

Jordan Poole's 18.5 PPG ranks third on the Warriors. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Who is trending up? Which rotations are changing? What's the latest with the notable injuries around the NBA?

Here's a look around the league at the most fantasy relevant news and notes for all 30 teams:


Atlanta Hawks: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter are out because of injuries, so Kevin Huerter has a chance to increase his 16.5% Usage Rate (USG). As a scorer, rebounder, assist source and 3-point shooter, he averages 14.8 P/40 (points per 40 minutes), 5.3 R/40 (rebounds per 40 minutes) and 3.8 A/40 (assists per 40 minutes) while knocking down 1.5 3PG. Huerter is available in 88% of ESPN leagues and is worth keeping tabs on in this undermanned Hawks rotation.

Boston Celtics: Head coach Ime Udoka has given Josh Richardson (1.8% rostered) more opportunities to serve as an on-ball option and a playmaker in recent weeks, which better suits his skill set. The veteran swingman is capable of becoming one of the Celtics' most impactful bench players. In five of his past eight games, Richardson has scored 10 or more points and posted a 49.3 FG% during that time.

Brooklyn Nets: As Joe Harris recovers from ankle surgery, DeAndre' Bembry has been given additional opportunities. This season, Patty Mills gets a great deal of attention, but Bembry has averaged 11.7 P/40, 6.4 R/40, and 2.3 A/40 and is also a solid steals contributor. Bembry is available in 98.3% of ESPN leagues.

Charlotte Hornets: Kelly Oubre Jr. has been on fire as of late. In his past five games, he has scored 20 or more points while knocking down 19 3-pointers. Oubre is available in 57.9% of ESPN leagues if you are in need of points and triples.

Chicago Bulls: The performances of Alex Caruso this season have been outstanding, with the 11.8 P/40, 5.1 R/40, and 5.7 A/40 standing out. Caruso's minutes should increase now that Coby White has entered the league's health and safety protocols, and the former Laker guard is available in 55% of ESPN leagues.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love scored 22 points against the Heat on Wednesday night. Currently, he is averaging 21.9 P/40, 14.7 R/40, and 3.9 A/40. The veteran forward is available in 89.6% of ESPN leagues and should be rostered everywhere.

Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis has rewarded those who drafted him. In all but one of his past 12 games, he has scored at least 10 points and grabbed at least seven boards. During that span, Porzingis has averaged 21.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Despite Porzingis' injury history, and a knee injury that has him listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pelicans, I'd ride the wave considering the statistical contributions he makes to your basketball team.

Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. is scheduled to undergo lower back surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Nuggets need offense badly, so Aaron Gordon will play a lot of minutes and get all the shots he can handle. Gordon is available in 53.7% of ESPN leagues, and over the past week he has averaged 18.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.7 SPG and a very healthy 37.7 MPG.

Detroit Pistons: For second-year big man Isaiah Stewart, the light bulb is turning on. In Tuesday night's game against the Blazers, he had his first double-double of the season. The University of Washington product is still available in 39.6% of ESPN leagues despite his 12.0 P/40 and 12.4 R/40.

Golden State Warriors: When Klay Thompson returns to the NBA after a two-and-a-half year layoff -- still expected to be sometime in late December -- the veteran sharpshooter will likely take away minutes from Otto Porter Jr., Damion Lee, and others. You shouldn't worry if Jordan Poole is on your fantasy squad. This season, Poole averages 24.4 P/40 (points per 40 minutes), 4.1 R/40 (rebounds per 40 minutes) and 4.4 A/40 (assists per 40 minutes). Whether he plays with the starters or the second unit, he will still be an important contributor.

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Jordan Poole caps off 8-0 Warriors run with transition 3

Jordan Poole hits his third 3-pointer of the first quarter to give the Warriors the lead.

Houston Rockets: Garrison Mathews went from playing in the NBA G League a month ago to contributing to an NBA team. He should be considered if you need 3-pointers. In Matthew's past three games, he has hit 12 triples. He is available in 98.2% of ESPN leagues.

Indiana Pacers: A right wrist injury will sideline T.J. McConnell for some time, according to Rick Carlisle. Brad Wanamaker will likely see more action in his absence. He has averaged 11.7 P/40, 5.5 R/40, and 6.5 A/40 and is available in 99.9% of ESPN leagues.

LA Clippers: Over his previous six games, Luke Kennard shot 25.4% from the field. On Wednesday, he made seven of 12 shots for 19 points against the Kings. Averaging 27.9 MPG, Kennard is someone to consider if you are in need of points and 3-pointers. He's available in 97.4% of ESPN leagues.

Los Angeles Lakers: In his past three games, LeBron James has averaged 34.0 points, 8.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds in 43.3 minutes. After missing one game due to testing positive for COVID-19, it was determined to be a false positive, and King James will return to the court Friday against Sacramento.

Memphis Grizzlies: In the past two games, Tyus Jones has been underwhelming as a scorer, but he will continue to play a steady amount of minutes while Ja Morant is out because of a knee injury. Jones' ability to accumulate other stats makes him an appealing fantasy prospect. He is available in 96.5% of ESPN leagues with an A/40 of 8.1. Jones' FG% (40.7% during his last 10 games) should improve soon, too.

Miami Heat: On Wednesday, Dewayne Dedmon scored 11 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Cavaliers. As a result of Bam Adebayo's right thumb injury, the veteran Dedmon should be rostered in all formats.

Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton is often overlooked, but he has scored 10 or more points in 10 of his past 11 games and is currently a top-80 player in category formats. He's available in 78.6% of ESPN leagues and is a streaming option, at a minimum.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns injured his tailbone in an extremely hard fall and had to leave Wednesday's game. Luckily, Towns avoided a major injury after X-rays on his lower back came back negative. This gives Naz Reid (1.4% rostered) an immediate boost, at least while Towns is out. Reid is a solid source of points and rebounds, averaging 21.8 P/40 and 8.7 R/40.

New Orleans Pelicans: Over the past seven days, Herbert Jones has averaged 30.3 MPG, 7.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.5 SPG and 0.8 BPG. Due to his steal rate and ability to contribute in multiple statistical categories, he is worth targeting in deeper formats.

New York Knicks: Kemba Walker has been removed from the Knicks rotation by head coach Tom Thibedeau, which gives Alec Burks the opportunity to step into the starting lineup. With two starts under his belt, the long-time shooting guard has 48 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a block. Burks is still available in 75% of ESPN leagues, but won't be for long if he keeps this up.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shoots 41.1% from the field, which is my biggest concern. Last season, he shot 50.8% from the field. The 28.5% Usage Rate is in line with the averages of 24.3 P/40, 5.8 R/40, and 5.1 A/40 that he has posted. Gilgeous-Alexander is an intriguing player to sell high on considering some potential DNPs could be in his future as the Thunder attempt to land a better draft pick.

Orlando Magic: Considering rookie Jalen Suggs is expected to miss extended time because of a thumb injury, Cole Anthony's return from a right ankle sprain was well-timed. Anthony has a per-40 line of 23.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists. The sky's the limit for Anthony, especially while Suggs is out.

Philadelphia 76ers: Averaging 18.3 points per game, Seth Curry is shooting a ridiculously efficient 51.3% from the field and 42.5% from beyond the arc. He's available in 40% of ESPN leagues, if your team needs points and 3s.

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Seth Curry nails impossible floater while getting fouled

Seth Curry somehow gets the and-1 to fall

Phoenix Suns: With a left hamstring injury, Devin Booker will miss at least a few games. Cameron Johnson gets the biggest boost with him out of the lineup and the sharpshooting forward is available in 96.9% of ESPN leagues. Now in Year 3, Johnson averages 15.6 P/40, 5.7 R/40 and 2.1 A/40 this season.

Portland Trail Blazers: As a result of lower abdominal tendinopathy, Damian Lillard is expected to miss time. Anfernee Simons (11.2% rostered) has the chance to be more involved because of his absence, and he averages 21.3 P/40.

Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell had his second 20-point game as a pro on Wednesday night against the Clippers. Averaging 14.7 P/40, 4.2 R/40 and 5.3 A/40, the rookie out of Baylor is someone to keep on your radar. Mitchell is available in 95.3% of ESPN leagues.

San Antonio Spurs: Jakob Poeltl has averaged 29.5 MPG, 10.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG over the past seven games. However, his 33.3 FT% leaves much to be desired and can be difficult to absorb in roto and category leagues.

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby's rehab from a hip injury hasn't gone smoothly, much to the dismay of fantasy managers. Svi Mykhailiuk is someone to watch -- he can contribute in multiple statistical categories on both sides of the ball. His stats per 40 minutes are 15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Mykhailiuk is available in 99.7% of ESPN leagues.

Utah Jazz: Rudy Gay has averaged 12.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.3 APG and 20.3 MPG in the past seven days. Despite playing only a few minutes per game, he could increase his minutes as he recovers from the heel injury that cost him 14 games this season. Gay is available in 96.5% of ESPN leagues.

Washington Wizards: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been a top-80 performer in category formats over the past few weeks. During the course of the season, he has averaged 15.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per 40 minutes. Caldwell-Pope holds a defined role in the Wizards' rotation and is available in 89.6% of ESPN leagues.