NBA | Staying Ahead of the Curve, 2/11

NBA | Staying Ahead of the Curve, 2/11

Each Monday, I will be taking a look at upcoming injury/suspension impacts, teams/situations to attack, and NBA players who I believe will either be under-owned or underpriced. On bigger slates, it’s easy to get lost in the vast number of options, sudden injury news, etc.

Having an idea ahead of time of whose price you should be immediately aware of can help you sort through the chaos. More importantly, anticipating which NBA players are in a position to take a step forward ensures you will get a player that doesn’t just outperform his salary but does so at suppressed ownership.

From this point forward, all stats will be filtered to include the previous 10 games (~three weeks) only, in order to catch trends that haven’t had enough time to drastically change season-long numbers.

Without further ado:

Injury/Suspension/Trades Impacts
Caris LeVert
LeVert played 15 minutes in his return, a total that should climb slowly over the next few weeks. More noteworthy was his 33% usage rate in the game, suggesting Napier and Russell will have a hard time living up to their elevated prices.

Otto Porter | Bobby Portis & Jabari Parker
Otto Porter makes the Bulls a better defensive team, but he also bumps the stocks of Dunn, Lavine, and especially Markkanen. He spaces the floor, yet is a low usage shooter. Hence, the bumps for Lavine and Dunn. Markkanen gets the added benefit of Porter’s versatility, as Markkanen gets to play the five when Porter shifts to the four. The result has been 18 and 11 rebounds for Lauri in Porter’s two games as a Bull.

Shockingly, Portis and Parker aren’t just playing well offensively. Both players are playing with an energy and focus on both ends of the floor that’s earning them big minutes. Parker’s minutes seem safer since Portis has played mostly center for Washington (and they don’t want to vanish Thomas Bryant), but both are massively intriguing due to their upside when given minutes.