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Draft tiers, 2.0
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We're getting close to the end of the line for draft season as the NBA's first tip-off nears. Our Chris Towers ranks the players by position in his Tiers, 2.0. Full Story
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Most Added Players
Player% ±
1Jabari Parker, MIL, SF36
2Andrew Wiggins, MIN, G36
3Elfrid Payton, ORL, PG34
4Julius Randle, LAL, PF34
5Marcus Smart, BOS, PG32
6Danilo Gallinari, DEN, SF30
7Brook Lopez, BKN, C25
8Aaron Gordon, ORL, PF25
9Nerlens Noel, PHI, PF24
10Nik Stauskas, SAC, SG24
Most Dropped Players
Player% ±
1Jodie Meeks, DET, SG-26
2Shawn Marion, CLE, PF-26
3Paul George, IND, SF-24
4Andray Blatche, BKN, C-24
5Gerald Henderson, CHA, SG-22
6Randy Foye, DEN, PG-21
7Raymond Felton, DAL, PG-20
8Brandon Bass, BOS, PF-19
9Khris Middleton, MIL, PF-18
10D.J. Augustin, DET, PG-17
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Heat SG Dwyane Wade scores 26 points in preseason win Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade scored 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting while adding six assists, two rebounds and one block in 29 minutes of action during Tuesday's 90-85 preseason win over the Rockets.

Wade is in line to be the team's top scoring option on a nightly basis in the Heat's post-LeBron era, as long as he can stay healthy. Before dropping 26 Friday, his highest scoring mark in six preseason games had been 16 points. Wade and the Heat open the regular season at home against the Wizards on Oct. 29.


Pacers G George Hill exits game with knee contusion
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Pacers guard George Hill left Tuesday's preseason game against the Timberwolves with a left knee contusion and will not return. Hill is likely day-to-day with the bruise, though he might take it easy over the next week in hopes of being 100 percent for the regular-season opener.

Kerr: 'Highly doubtful' Warriors' Shaun Livingston plays in opener
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that it's "highly doubtful" guard Shaun Livingston (toe) plays in the season opener next Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Livingston had offseason toe surgery and was reported to be targeting a return by the regular-season opener, but it appears he won't reach that goal. He averaged 8.3 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting for Brooklyn last season.


Report: Magic, Nikola Vucevic agree to four-year extension
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Magic and center Nikola Vucevic have agreed to a four-year, $53-million extension, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Vucevic posted a career-best 14.2 points per game last season while appearing in 57 games. He has shot 50.4 percent from the field in three seasons as a professional, the last two with Orlando.


Brooks: Thunder G Reggie Jackson expected to play in opener
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Thunder coach Scotty Brooks expects guard Reggie Jackson (wrist) to be ready for the regular-season opener, The Oklahoman reports. Jackson "didn't feel comfortable" after his Monday workout as he continues to recover from a wrist injury suffered earlier in the month.

MRI confirms sprained thumb for Bulls SG Jimmy Butler
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) An MRI has confirmed that Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is dealing with a sprained thumb, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Butler is going to sit out practice this week as well as the team's preseason finale Friday before being re-evaluated this weekend. The Bulls open the season Oct. 29 on the road against the Knicks.


Lakers PG Jeremy Lin to return to action Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin will return to preseason action Tuesday, he announced.

"[A]nkles are finally feeling better ... excited to get back on the court tonight!" Lin said Tuesday.

Lin has been dealing with an ankle sprain but appears to be on track to be ready for the regular season.


Williams: Jimmer Fredette to play scoring role off Pelicans bench
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Pelicans coach Monty Williams indicated that he plans to have guard Jimmer Fredette in a scoring role during the regular season, The Times Picayune reports.

"You are trying to take advantage of Jimmer’s ability to score," Williams said. "When he plays point, they pressure him full court, so you’re getting into your offense later than you want to."

Fredette has played on and off the ball during the preseason, filling the same role as guard Austin Rivers. Tyreke Evans should be the ball handler while on the court with either Fredette or Rivers, but when Evans hits the bench, Rivers will take the point over Fredette, who should be free to focus on scoring.


Van Gundy: 'Focused' Greg Monroe 'playing great basketball'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe is having a pretty promising preseason, averaging 16.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, according to the Detroit Free Press. He is shooting 61.3 percent from the field and 74.2 percent from the free-throw line.

"I just know he's playing really well -- very consistent and not just in games," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I don't remember him having a bad day out here. He's just been really, really good. I think he's playing great basketball."

Van Gundy added Monroe is also getting the job done on defense.

"He's focused," Van Gundy said. "He concentrates well and does his job. He doesn't make many mistakes. I like guys like that defensively. He doesn't miss rotations."


Warriors center Festus Ezeli set to play for first time in 17 months
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will make his first appearance in a competitive game in 17 months during Tuesday's preseason game against the Clippers. Ezeli missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery and has been sidelined since the summer due to shin inflammation.

"He's going to just get a few minutes just to start to get some timing and experience," coach Steve Kerr said, per the Bay Area News Group. "He's feeling pretty good. Festus is a big part of what we're doing going forward. I like to stay big as much as possible. . . . We've got plenty of depth at that spot when everybody's healthy."


 
 
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