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  • BOS Small Forward #7
    Jaylen Brown played 41 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Dallas, amassing 30 points (12-of-22 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, eight assists, one block, and two 3-pointers.
    While Jayson Tatum’s perceived struggles were a dominant talking point after the first two games of the NBA Finals, Brown has been elite throughout. In Game 3, he became the first Celtics player since John Havlicek in 1968 to tally at least 30 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in an NBA Finals game. After winning Eastern Conference Finals MVP honors, Brown is the betting favorite to win NBA Finals MVP. Boston will look to close out the series on Friday night, and a win would give the franchise its first title since 2008.
  • CHI Center #9
    There is reportedly “no market” for Nikola Vucevic, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times.
    Chicago has already made some moves this summer by trading away DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso. However, those moves didn’t bring back much value, and if they aren’t able to get much back in trades for Vucevic and Zach LaVine, this could be the start of a long, long rebuild for the Bulls. There’s a chance that Vooch remains in Chicago next season if they don’t get offered a good enough deal, but if they are able to move him, Jalen Smith could move into a starting role.
  • PHX Shooting Guard
    Ryan Dunn tallied six points (3-of-7 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocked shots in 26 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Warriors.
    Dunn made his Suns summer debut on Saturday, and things went as many expected. An absolute problem defensively, the former Virginia wing remains a work in progress on the other end of the floor. Dunn missed all three of his 3-point attempts and was responsible for four turnovers, but the defensive production was also present. The good news for Phoenix is that they have the offensive firepower to cover for Dunn’s deficiencies, while he’s a good enough defender to have an immediate impact.
  • PHX Center
    Oso Ighodaro finished Saturday’s 90-73 loss to the Warriors with six points (3-of-8 FGs), five rebounds, one steal, and two blocked shots in 27 minutes.
    Ighodaro made his summer debut on Saturday, and while the defensive production was there, he did not have a significant offensive impact. That was a bit surprising, as the ability to facilitate was one of Ighodaro’s strengths during his time at Marquette. However, summer league action can be tricky, as draft picks play alongside guys unlikely to be their teammates in October. Fantasy managers should not be too concerned about Ighodaro in the aftermath of his performance against the Warriors.
  • GSW Shooting Guard #2
    Brandin Podziemski played 26 minutes in Saturday’s 90-73 win over Phoenix, tallying 16 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three 3-pointers.
    Podziemski’s had a busy summer. He played with the United States select team, which helped Team USA prepare for the upcoming Paris Olympics, before joining the Warriors for summer league action. He didn’t shoot the ball well from two on Saturday, going 1-of-4, but the 3-point production, rebounds, and assists were there. With Klay Thompson agreeing to a deal with the Mavericks, Podziemski is well-positioned to fill the resulting void in the starting lineup. If so, that would boost his fantasy value considerably.
  • DAL Shooting Guard #9
    AJ Lawson accumulated 16 points (4-of-16 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.
    Lawson had a rough night shooting the basketball, going 25% from the field, but he produced a solid effort on the glass. Only Isaiah Whaley (nine) had more rebounds than Lawson among Mavericks players. And he has work to do in Las Vegas. While Lawson did sign a four-year deal last season, his contract for the 2024-25 season is not fully guaranteed until January 10. And even if Lawson does enough to secure his place on the roster, he may not be able to offer tangible fantasy value.
  • DAL Small Forward
    Melvin Ajinca finished Saturday’s 90-89 loss to Utah with 13 points (5-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
    Ajinca was selected by the Knicks with the 51st overall pick in last month’s draft, with his draft rights being traded to the Mavericks. Dallas has one open two-way slot to work with, which could be what Ajinca is competing for this summer. He was solid against the Jazz, even if the shooting accuracy left something to be desired. He was active on both ends of the floor, and that effort stands to be Ajinca’s best path to an NBA contract.
  • UTA Power Forward
    Kyle Filipowski shot 5-of-10 from the field in Saturday’s win over Dallas, accumulating 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot in 20 minutes.
    After coming off the bench during Utah’s games in Salt Lake City, Filipowski moved into the starting lineup for the Jazz’s Las Vegas opener. He filled the void left by Walker Kessler, moving into the center position. Whether or not Filipowski can defend that position full-time at the NBA level remains to be seen, but the more versatile he is, the better it will be for him in terms of minutes. Taylor Hendricks (8/8/4/1/3) offered good defensive production next to the rookie, blocking three shots, and that kind of cover may be required to ensure Filipowski is successful when asked to play the five.
  • UTA Point Guard
    Isaiah Collier played 28 minutes in Saturday’s win over Dallas, amassing 12 points (5-of-13 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.
    With Keyonte George sitting out the Las Vegas games after shining in Salt Lake City to begin the week, Collier moved into the starting point guard role. While he did not shoot the ball as well as he’s capable of, the former USC guard got his teammates into spots where they could flourish. Collier’s seven assists were countered by just one turnover, an impressive ratio for the rookie guard. He’ll continue to take on most of the point guard responsibilities, and thus far, Collier has looked like a steal for the Jazz.
  • UTA Small Forward
    Cody Williams shot 9-of-15 from the field in Saturday’s 90-89 win over Dallas, amassing 21 points, three rebounds, four assists, and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
    After struggling in Utah’s three games at the Salt Lake City summer league, Williams got untracked in his Las Vegas debut. The lottery pick out of Colorado was highly efficient as a scorer, shooting 66.7% from the field and 50% from three. Williams was able to get to his spots off the dribble and convert catch-and-shoot opportunities. Williams’ performance against the Mavericks should alleviate some of the concerns fantasy managers had earlier in the week.
  • UTA Small Forward #8
    Brice Sensabaugh (finger injury, left hand) will not return to Saturday’s game against the Mavericks.
    Sensabaugh suffered an apparent finger injury, possibly a dislocation, during the first half of Saturday’s game. Given the low stakes, there’s no need for the Jazz to leave him on the court. Taevion Kinsey started the second half for Sensabaugh, who finished with three points, two rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes.