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  • BOS Point Guard #9
    Derrick White finished Wednesday’s 106-99 win over Dallas with 16 points (4-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
    White has scored at least 15 points in seven of Boston’s last eight games, with the Game 3 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals being the exception. On Wednesday, he hit four 3-pointers for the second straight game, providing solid offensive production on a night when stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to score 61 points. White has also blocked two shots in two straight games, totaling 11 rejections in his last five. He and the Celtics will look to close out the series on Friday night, and no team in NBA history has blown a 3-0 lead. So, if the Celtics don’t finish it on Friday, the odds are still overwhelmingly in their favor.
  • PHX Power Forward #21
    David Roddy shot 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Wednesday’s 100-99 win over Thunder, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
    Roddy had an excellent night, scoring 21 points to help lead the Suns to their first summer league win. His final three points came from the foul line, as he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with just over one-second remaining. Roddy is looking to prove he deserves consistent rotation minutes once the season begins, as he could not get that kind of run after being acquired from the Grizzlies in February. However, Roddy is not a player who has to be selected in fantasy drafts, especially with the Suns re-signing Royce O’Neale.
  • ORL Shooting Guard #13
    Jeff Howard shot 6-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from the foul line in Wednesday’s 104-98 loss to Memphis, tallying 21 points, one rebound, three assists, and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
    Howard has surpassed the 20-point mark in two of his three games in Las Vegas, providing needed offensive production as one of Orlando’s more experienced players in summer league. He could not crack the regular season rotation as a rookie, and the signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will make that task difficult in 2024-23. However, Howard appears better equipped to compete than he was last year.
  • MEM Point Guard #1
    Scotty Pippen Jr. amassed 25 points (9-of-14 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes in Wednesday’s 104-98 win over Orlando.
    Pippen has played well throughout the summer and was at his best during the crunch time of Wednesday’s game. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter as Memphis avoided blowing a double-digit lead completely. Pippen’s goal is to show that he deserves to be a backup with the Grizzlies, and he’s played very well in Las Vegas (and Salt Lake City before that). However, that may not be enough to make Pippen a viable fantasy option, as the Grizzlies will have Ja Morant and Marcus Smart in the lineup.
  • MEM Small Forward #45
    GG Jackson finished Wednesday’s 104-98 win over Orlando with 27 points (10-of-20 FGs, 4-of-9 FTs), 13 rebounds, and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
    After playing well at the Salt Lake City summer league, Jackson has been even better in Las Vegas. He finished Wednesday’s victory with his second double-double in as many games, and the Grizzlies have also given Jackson more challenging defensive matchups. That’s the end of the floor where GG needs to improve the most, and while he did not produce any defensive stats against the Magic, the second-year forward was not a liability. He’ll be worth taking a late-round flier on in fantasy drafts this fall.
  • ATL Shooting Guard #20
    Dylan Windler (right elbow injury) will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Lakers.
    Windler, Zaccharie Risacher (quad), Kobe Bufkin (shoulder), and Nikola Djurisic (foot) are all out for Wednesday’s game. As a result, EJ Liddell, Mo Gueye, and Keaton Wallace are the only rostered (meaning regular season roster) Hawks who will be available.
  • ATL Small Forward
    Zaccharie Risacher (right quad contusion) will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Lakers.
    Risacher’s injury is not severe, but his absence means both first-round picks will sit out Wednesday’s matchup. The Lakers have sidelined Dalton Knecht for rest reasons. Risacher’s injury will not linger, so there’s no need to be concerned about the rookie’s training camp availability. Whether or not he plays again this week in Las Vegas remains in the air.
  • LAL Shooting Guard
    Dalton Knecht (rest) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Hawks.
    Knecht is not dealing with any injuries, but the team has decided that he should take the night off. Knecht shouldered a significant workload between practices, the California Classic, and the NBA 2K25 Summer League in Las Vegas. Hence, the decision to hold him out. The absence of the first-round pick will free up additional opportunities for players such as Maxwell Lewis and Bronny James, with the latter struggling mightily in Las Vegas.
  • CHA Shooting Guard #8
    Nick Smith Jr. shot 4-of-16 from the field in Wednesday’s 89-84 loss to Boston, tallying 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one blocked shot, and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
    Smith did not shoot the ball well on Wednesday, but he did manage to record a full stat line. With Brandon Miller done for the summer, the 27th overall pick in last year’s draft is one Hornets player with more opportunities to shine offensively. Smith may have struggled on Wednesday but has played well in Las Vegas overall. As for his fantasy prospects in 2024-25, it will be tough sledding with a healthy LaMelo Ball (ankle) in the lineup.
  • BOS Small Forward
    Anton Watson played 24 minutes in Wednesday’s 89-84 win over Charlotte, finishing with 15 points (6-of-12 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, and three 3-pointers.
    Watson, the 54th overall pick in last month’s draft, has yet to sign a contract with the Celtics officially. Boston has one two-way and one standard contract spot available, so it remains to be seen what kind of deal he will sign. Despite the contract status, Watson appears likely to get most of his playing time with the Celtics’ G League affiliate, which was the case for Drew Peterson and Jordan Walsh last season.
  • TOR Shooting Guard #0
    Javon Freeman-Liberty amassed 24 points (7-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), two rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers in Wednesday’s 86-76 loss to Utah, playing 24 minutes.
    With Gradey Dick (ankle) sidelined, the Raptors needed to get additional offense from someone on Wednesday. Enter Freeman-Liberty, who led all players with 24 points and was Toronto’s lone double-digit scorer. While he does have a contract for next season, it will not become fully guaranteed until January 10. Given Freeman-Liberty’s play in Las Vegas, he’s taking steps toward ensuring his future in Toronto. Whether or not that’s enough to make him fantasy-relevant remains to be seen.