NBA | Staying Ahead of the Curve, 2/5

NBA | Staying Ahead of the Curve, 2/5

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
Joe Harris
Harris missed last night’s game and Napier was the big beneficiary. Napier’s usage takes away from Russell, and Harris’ shot-making ability also helps space the floor to give Russell more room to operate. Another subtle change is in the expected minutes of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Last time Harris was out for a couple games, RHJ saw 27 and 24 minutes, before dropping back to under 20 when Harris returned. Last night, RHJ only played 20 minutes but was in foul trouble early and often. He’ll be an excellent GPP target if Harris misses any more games.