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2013 Basketball Draft Prep: Position eligibility chart

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This is our position eligibility chart for the upcoming NBA season. Use this resource to see how many games a player saw at either center, forward or guard during the 2012-13 season. This will be especially helpful if you play in leagues with varrying rules regarding position eligibility. The players are listed in alphabetical order.

Position key
GS: Games started
GS/C: Games started at center
GS/F: Games started at forward
GS/G: Games started at guard

Position Eligibility
Player GS GS/C GS/F GS/G
Quincy Acy 0 0 0 0
Jeff Adrien 5 0 5 0
Arron Afflalo 64 0 7 57
Josh Akognon 0 0 0 0
Cole Aldrich 0 0 0 0
LaMarcus Aldridge 74 2 72 0
Tony Allen 79 0 3 76
Lavoy Allen 37 32 5 0
Ray Allen 0 0 0 0
Al-Farouq Aminu 71 0 71 0
Lou Amundson 0 0 0 0
Chris Andersen 0 0 0 0
Alan Anderson 2 0 2 0
James Anderson 2 0 0 2
Ryan Anderson 22 0 22 0
Carmelo Anthony 67 0 67 0
Joel Anthony 3 3 0 0
Trevor Ariza 15 0 14 1
Darrell Arthur 3 1 2 0
Omer Asik 82 82 0 0
D.J. Augustin 5 0 0 5
Gustavo Ayon 3 0 3 0
Luke Babbitt 0 0 0 0
Leandro Barbosa 2 0 0 2
J.J. Barea 2 0 0 2
Andrea Bargnani 25 1 24 0
Harrison Barnes 81 0 81 0
Matt Barnes 4 0 4 0
Earl Barron 2 1 1 0
Will Barton 5 0 0 5
Brandon Bass 69 4 65 0
Shane Battier 20 0 20 0
Nicolas Batum 73 0 73 0
Jerryd Bayless 4 0 0 4
Aron Baynes 0 0 0 0
Kent Bazemore 0 0 0 0
Bradley Beal 46 0 2 44
Michael Beasley 20 0 20 0
Roddy Beaubois 0 0 0 0
Marco Belinelli 27 0 1 26
Raja Bell 0 0 0 0
Patrick Beverley 0 0 0 0
Andris Biedrins 9 9 0 0
Chauncey Billups 22 0 0 22
Bismack Biyombo 65 63 2 0
DeJuan Blair 16 15 1 0
Steve Blake 13 0 0 13
Andray Blatche 8 8 0 0
Eric Bledsoe 12 0 0 12
Keith Bogans 23 0 17 6
Andrew Bogut 32 32 0 0
Matt Bonner 4 1 3 0
Trevor Booker 14 0 14 0
Carlos Boozer 79 3 76 0
Chris Bosh 74 74 0 0
Avery Bradley 50 0 0 50
Elton Brand 18 6 12 0
Corey Brewer 2 0 1 1
Ronnie Brewer 34 0 24 10
Aaron Brooks 20 0 0 20
MarShon Brooks 2 0 0 2
Kwame Brown 11 11 0 0
Shannon Brown 22 0 0 22
Kobe Bryant 78 0 12 66
Chase Budinger 1 0 0 1
Alec Burks 0 0 0 0
Caron Butler 78 0 78 0
Jimmy Butler 20 0 10 10
Andrew Bynum 0 0 0 0
Will Bynum 0 0 0 0
Jose Calderon 58 0 0 58
Marcus Camby 4 0 4 0
DeMarre Carroll 12 0 12 0
Matt Carroll 0 0 0 0
Vince Carter 3 0 3 0
Omri Casspi 1 0 1 0
Mario Chalmers 77 0 0 77
Tyson Chandler 66 66 0 0
Wilson Chandler 8 0 8 0
Josh Childress 0 0 0 0
Earl Clark 36 0 36 0
Victor Claver 16 0 9 7
Norris Cole 4 0 0 4
Jason Collins 9 8 1 0
Darren Collison 47 0 0 47
Nick Collison 2 0 2 0
Mike Conley 80 0 0 80
Will Conroy 0 0 0 0
Daequan Cook 1 0 1 0
Chris Copeland 13 3 10 0
DeMarcus Cousins 74 74 0 0
Jamal Crawford 0 0 0 0
Jordan Crawford 14 1 0 13
Jae Crowder 16 0 16 0
Dante Cunningham 9 1 8 0
Jared Cunningham 0 0 0 0
Eddy Curry 0 0 0 0
Stephen Curry 78 0 0 78
Samuel Dalembert 23 20 3 0
Marquis Daniels 33 0 33 0
Anthony Davis 60 0 60 0
Ed Davis 28 1 27 0
Glen Davis 33 0 33 0
Austin Daye 0 0 0 0
Nando De Colo 6 0 0 6
Carlos Delfino 5 0 3 2
Luol Deng 75 0 75 0
Justin Dentmon 0 0 0 0
DeMar DeRozan 82 0 0 82
Boris Diaw 20 8 12 0
DeSagana Diop 1 1 0 0
Keyon Dooling 0 0 0 0
Toney Douglas 0 0 0 0
Chris Douglas-Roberts 0 0 0 0
Goran Dragic 77 0 0 77
Andre Drummond 10 10 0 0
Jared Dudley 50 0 13 37
Chris Duhon 9 0 0 9
Tim Duncan 69 0 69 0
Mike Dunleavy Jr. 3 0 3 0
Kevin Durant 81 0 81 0
Devin Ebanks 3 0 3 0
Wayne Ellington 21 0 0 21
Monta Ellis 82 0 0 82
Kim English 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Evans 0 0 0 0
Reggie Evans 56 0 56 0
Tyreke Evans 61 0 0 61
Festus Ezeli 41 41 0 0
Kenneth Faried 80 0 80 0
Derrick Favors 8 2 6 0
Raymond Felton 68 0 0 68
Landry Fields 22 0 22 0
Derek Fisher 9 0 0 9
Evan Fournier 4 0 0 4
Randy Foye 72 0 0 72
Jimmer Fredette 0 0 0 0
Joel Freeland 1 1 0 0
Channing Frye 0 0 0 0
Danilo Gallinari 71 0 71 0
Francisco Garcia 20 0 8 12
Kevin Garnett 68 62 6 0
Diante Garrett 0 0 0 0
Marc Gasol 80 80 0 0
Pau Gasol 42 3 39 0
Rudy Gay 74 0 74 0
Alonzo Gee 82 0 81 1
Mickael Gelabale 13 0 13 0
Paul George 79 0 73 6
Daniel Gibson 3 0 0 3
Taj Gibson 5 3 2 0
Manu Ginobili 0 0 0 0
Drew Gooden 0 0 0 0
Ben Gordon 0 0 0 0
Eric Gordon 40 0 0 40
Marcin Gortat 61 61 0 0
Andrew Goudelock 0 0 0 0
Danny Granger 0 0 0 0
Aaron Gray 16 16 0 0
Danny Green 80 0 15 65
Draymond Green 1 0 1 0
Gerald Green 7 0 4 3
Jeff Green 17 1 15 1
Willie Green 60 0 0 60
Donte Greene 0 0 0 0
Blake Griffin 80 0 80 0
Hamed Haddadi 0 0 0 0
Jordan Hamilton 1 0 1 0
Richard Hamilton 45 0 0 45
Tyler Hansbrough 8 0 8 0
Ben Hansbrough 0 0 0 0
Luke Harangody 0 0 0 0
James Harden 78 0 0 78
Maurice Harkless 59 1 56 2
Josh Harrellson 0 0 0 0
Al Harrington 0 0 0 0
Devin Harris 34 0 0 34
Terrel Harris 0 0 0 0
Tobias Harris 34 0 34 0
Udonis Haslem 59 5 54 0
Spencer Hawes 40 39 1 0
Chuck Hayes 1 1 0 0
Gordon Hayward 27 0 17 10
Lazar Hayward 0 0 0 0
Brendan Haywood 17 17 0 0
Gerald Henderson 58 0 0 58
Xavier Henry 2 0 2 0
John Henson 9 4 5 0
Roy Hibbert 79 79 0 0
JJ Hickson 80 71 9 0
Cory Higgins 0 0 0 0
Nene 49 0 49 0
George Hill 76 0 0 76
Grant Hill 0 0 0 0
Jordan Hill 1 0 1 0
Kirk Hinrich 60 0 0 60
Jrue Holiday 78 0 0 78
Justin Holiday 0 0 0 0
Ryan Hollins 0 0 0 0
Tyler Honeycutt 0 0 0 0
Al Horford 74 58 16 0
Dwight Howard 76 76 0 0
Josh Howard 4 0 4 0
Juwan Howard 2 0 2 0
Kris Humphries 21 0 21 0
Serge Ibaka 80 0 80 0
Andre Iguodala 80 0 3 77
Ersan Ilyasova 54 0 54 0
Kyrie Irving 59 0 0 59
Royal Ivey 5 0 0 5
Jarrett Jack 4 0 0 4
Reggie Jackson 0 0 0 0
Stephen Jackson 6 0 6 0
Bernard James 11 11 0 0
Damion James 0 0 0 0
LeBron James 76 0 76 0
Mike James 23 0 0 23
Antawn Jamison 6 0 6 0
Al Jefferson 78 78 0 0
Richard Jefferson 1 0 1 0
Jared Jeffries 0 0 0 0
Charles Jenkins 1 0 0 1
John Jenkins 2 0 1 1
Brandon Jennings 80 0 0 80
Jonas Jerebko 2 0 2 0
Amir Johnson 38 8 30 0
Chris Johnson 0 0 0 0
Chris Johnson 0 0 0 0
Ivan Johnson 5 1 4 0
James Johnson 11 0 11 0
Joe Johnson 72 0 2 70
Orlando Johnson 0 0 0 0
Wesley Johnson 21 0 0 21
Darius Johnson-Odom 0 0 0 0
Dahntay Jones 19 0 15 4
DeQuan Jones 17 0 13 4
Dominique Jones 3 0 0 3
Dwayne Jones 0 0 0 0
James Jones 0 0 0 0
Kevin Jones 0 0 0 0
Perry Jones 1 0 1 0
Solomon Jones 1 1 0 0
Terrence Jones 0 0 0 0
DeAndre Jordan 82 82 0 0
Cory Joseph 9 0 0 9
Kris Joseph 0 0 0 0
Chris Kaman 52 52 0 0
Enes Kanter 2 2 0 0
Jason Kidd 48 0 0 48
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 77 0 76 1
Andrei Kirilenko 64 0 64 0
Linas Kleiza 3 0 3 0
Brandon Knight 75 0 0 75
Kyle Korver 60 0 32 28
Kosta Koufos 81 81 0 0
Viacheslav Kravtsov 0 0 0 0
Doron Lamb 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Lamb 0 0 0 0
Carl Landry 2 0 2 0
Ty Lawson 71 0 0 71
Courtney Lee 39 0 0 39
David Lee 79 0 79 0
Malcolm Lee 12 0 0 12
Kawhi Leonard 57 0 57 0
Meyers Leonard 9 8 1 0
Travis Leslie 0 0 0 0
Jon Leuer 0 0 0 0
Rashard Lewis 9 0 9 0
DeAndre Liggins 1 0 0 1
Damian Lillard 82 0 0 82
Jeremy Lin 82 0 0 82
Shaun Livingston 16 0 0 16
Brook Lopez 74 74 0 0
Robin Lopez 82 82 0 0
Kevin Love 18 0 18 0
Kyle Lowry 52 0 0 52
John Lucas III 0 0 0 0
Scott Machado 0 0 0 0
Shelvin Mack 3 0 0 3
Corey Maggette 0 0 0 0
Ian Mahinmi 2 2 0 0
Shawn Marion 67 0 67 0
Kendall Marshall 3 0 0 3
Cartier Martin 3 0 3 0
Kenyon Martin 11 9 2 0
Kevin Martin 0 0 0 0
Roger Mason Jr. 13 0 0 13
Wesley Matthews 69 0 0 69
Jason Maxiell 71 1 70 0
Eric Maynor 0 0 0 0
O.J. Mayo 82 0 0 82
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 45 0 45 0
JaVale McGee 0 0 0 0
Tracy McGrady 0 0 0 0
Dominic McGuire 10 0 10 0
Jerel McNeal 0 0 0 0
Josh McRoberts 22 0 22 0
Jodie Meeks 10 0 0 10
Fab Melo 0 0 0 0
Khris Middleton 0 0 0 0
C.J. Miles 13 0 0 13
Darko Milicic 0 0 0 0
Andre Miller 11 0 0 11
Darius Miller 2 0 0 2
Mike Miller 17 0 3 14
Quincy Miller 0 0 0 0
Patty Mills 2 0 0 2
Paul Millsap 78 0 78 0
Nazr Mohammed 12 12 0 0
Greg Monroe 81 71 10 0
E'Twaun Moore 21 0 1 20
Darius Morris 17 0 1 16
Marcus Morris 23 0 23 0
Markieff Morris 32 0 32 0
Anthony Morrow 1 0 1 0
Donatas Motiejunas 14 0 14 0
Arnett Moultrie 0 0 0 0
Timofey Mozgov 1 1 0 0
Byron Mullens 41 1 40 0
Kevin Murphy 0 0 0 0
Troy Murphy 1 0 1 0
Steve Nash 50 0 0 50
Gary Neal 17 0 1 16
Jameer Nelson 56 0 0 56
Andrew Nicholson 28 0 26 2
Joakim Noah 64 64 0 0
Steve Novak 1 0 1 0
Dirk Nowitzki 47 0 47 0
Lamar Odom 2 0 2 0
Tim Ohlbrecht 0 0 0 0
Emeka Okafor 77 77 0 0
Jermaine O'Neal 4 4 0 0
Kyle O'Quinn 5 4 1 0
Daniel Orton 0 0 0 0
Travis Outlaw 2 0 2 0
Zaza Pachulia 15 15 0 0
Jannero Pargo 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Pargo 11 0 0 11
Tony Parker 66 0 0 66
Chandler Parsons 76 0 76 0
Patrick Patterson 41 0 41 0
Chris Paul 70 0 0 70
Sasha Pavlovic 1 0 0 1
Nikola Pekovic 62 62 0 0
Jeff Pendergraph 0 0 0 0
Kendrick Perkins 78 78 0 0
Johan Petro 8 7 1 0
Paul Pierce 77 0 70 7
Mickael Pietrus 16 0 16 0
Dexter Pittman 0 0 0 0
Miles Plumlee 0 0 0 0
Quincy Pondexter 1 0 1 0
A.J. Price 22 0 0 22
Ronnie Price 0 0 0 0
Pablo Prigioni 18 0 0 18
Tayshaun Prince 81 0 81 0
Joel Przybilla 1 1 0 0
Chris Quinn 0 0 0 0
Vladimir Radmanovic 0 0 0 0
Anthony Randolph 0 0 0 0
Shavlik Randolph 0 0 0 0
Zach Randolph 75 0 75 0
J.J. Redick 13 0 0 13
Willie Reed 0 0 0 0
Jason Richardson 33 0 0 33
Quentin Richardson 0 0 0 0
Luke Ridnour 82 0 0 82
Austin Rivers 26 0 0 26
Brian Roberts 5 0 0 5
Nate Robinson 23 0 0 23
Thomas Robinson 0 0 0 0
Rajon Rondo 38 0 0 38
Derrick Rose 0 0 0 0
Terrence Ross 2 0 2 0
Brandon Roy 5 0 0 5
Ricky Rubio 47 0 0 47
Brandon Rush 0 0 0 0
Robert Sacre 3 3 0 0
John Salmons 72 0 71 1
Samardo Samuels 1 0 1 0
Larry Sanders 55 52 3 0
Luis Scola 67 17 50 0
Mike Scott 1 1 0 0
Thabo Sefolosha 81 0 0 81
Josh Selby 0 0 0 0
Kevin Seraphin 8 3 5 0
Ramon Sessions 0 0 0 0
Tornike Shengelia 0 0 0 0
Iman Shumpert 45 0 29 16
Alexey Shved 16 0 1 15
Henry Sims 0 0 0 0
Kyle Singler 74 0 37 37
Chris Singleton 11 0 11 0
Donald Sloan 0 0 0 0
J.R. Smith 0 0 0 0
Greg Smith 10 0 10 0
Ish Smith 3 0 0 3
Jason Smith 0 0 0 0
Josh Smith 76 0 76 0
Nolan Smith 0 0 0 0
Marreese Speights 3 1 2 0
Tiago Splitter 58 58 0 0
Jerry Stackhouse 0 0 0 0
Lance Stephenson 72 0 0 72
DeShawn Stevenson 31 0 22 9
Greg Stiemsma 19 19 0 0
Julyan Stone 0 0 0 0
Amar'e Stoudemire 0 0 0 0
Rodney Stuckey 24 0 0 24
Jared Sullinger 5 0 5 0
DaJuan Summers 0 0 0 0
Jeff Taylor 29 0 6 23
Tyshawn Taylor 0 0 0 0
Jeff Teague 78 0 0 78
Marquis Teague 0 0 0 0
Mirza Teletovic 0 0 0 0
Sebastian Telfair 2 0 0 2
Garrett Temple 36 0 0 36
Jason Terry 24 0 0 24
Hasheem Thabeet 4 4 0 0
Isaiah Thomas 62 0 0 62
Kurt Thomas 17 2 15 0
Lance Thomas 9 0 9 0
Malcolm Thomas 0 0 0 0
Tyrus Thomas 2 0 2 0
Trey Thompkins 0 0 0 0
Jason Thompson 81 7 74 0
Klay Thompson 82 0 0 82
Tristan Thompson 82 1 81 0
Marcus Thornton 8 0 0 8
Jamaal Tinsley 32 0 0 32
Anthony Tolliver 11 0 11 0
P.J. Tucker 45 0 43 2
Ronny Turiaf 0 0 0 0
Hedo Turkoglu 1 0 1 0
Evan Turner 82 0 70 12
Jeremy Tyler 0 0 0 0
Ekpe Udoh 9 5 4 0
Beno Udrih 9 0 0 9
Jonas Valanciunas 57 57 0 0
Anderson Varejao 25 25 0 0
Jarvis Varnado 0 0 0 0
Greivis Vasquez 78 0 0 78
Jan Vesely 4 0 4 0
Charlie Villanueva 0 0 0 0
Nikola Vucevic 77 77 0 0
Dwyane Wade 69 0 0 69
Dion Waiters 48 0 0 48
Kemba Walker 82 0 0 82
John Wall 42 0 0 42
Gerald Wallace 68 0 68 0
Rasheed Wallace 0 0 0 0
Luke Walton 0 0 0 0
Hakim Warrick 14 0 14 0
C.J. Watson 8 0 0 8
Earl Watson 4 0 0 4
Maalik Wayns 1 0 0 1
Martell Webster 62 0 61 1
David West 73 0 73 0
Russell Westbrook 82 0 0 82
D.J. White 0 0 0 0
James White 16 0 12 4
Royce White 0 0 0 0
Chris Wilcox 7 7 0 0
Damien Wilkins 21 0 1 20
Deron Williams 78 0 0 78
Derrick Williams 56 0 56 0
Elliot Williams 0 0 0 0
Lou Williams 9 0 0 9
Marvin Williams 51 0 51 0
Mo Williams 46 0 0 46
Reggie Williams 0 0 0 0
Terrence Williams 0 0 0 0
Metta World Peace 66 0 66 0
Brandan Wright 16 13 3 0
Chris Wright 0 0 0 0
Dorell Wright 8 0 8 0
Tony Wroten 0 0 0 0
Nick Young 17 0 3 14
Sam Young 3 0 3 0
Thaddeus Young 76 0 76 0
Luke Zeller 0 0 0 0
Tyler Zeller 55 55 0 0

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Andray Blatche heading to China
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Free-agent center Andray Blatche has signed a one-year deal with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers in China. Blatche's deal with pay him almost $2.5 million, and he'll be able to rejoin an NBA team in March, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Report: Kings add Ramon Sessions
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) The Kings have agreed to a two-year, $4.2-million deal with free-agent guard Ramon Sessions , Yahoo! Sports reports.

The team is reportedly using its bi-annual exception provision to sign Sessions, who averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 83 games between two teams last season.


Omer Asik ready to clean up in return to starting role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Last season was a rough one for Omer Asik, who had to deal with returning to a reserve role after really shining as a starter the previous year. He should be much happier with his role this season, as the Pelicans acquired him this offseason with the intention of installing him as the starting center.

The Pelicans should have a fearsome frontcourt with Asik starting next to Anthony Davis, and Davis' presence should free Asik up to do the kind of work he excels at. Asik isn't a great offensive player, but he can be a dominant offensive rebounder, and should have many chances to clean up the boards with teams keying in on Davis offensively. Among players who have logged at least 5,000 minutes in the NBA, Asik is 22nd all-time in offensive rebounding percentage.

Asik had trouble staying healthy last season, but that was the first time he had ever missed a regular-season game in his career, so we can probably write that off as a fluke. He averaged a double-double with 1.1 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes per game two years ago, and should be capable of similar production as he returns to a starting role.

Asik should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option this season, though he may not have the upside of some other younger centers at this point. 


Tobias Harris' Fantasy value a mystery at this point
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Perception is a funny thing. Just ask Magic forward Tobias Harris, who enjoyed by far the most productive season of his career in 2013-14 but was somehow viewed as a Fantasy disappointment.

Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.

Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.

The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.

At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.   


Hype may be too high for Giannis Antetokounmpo
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) No matter what he accomplishes in his second NBA season, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely to be a historical outlier, given his age. The question is, how much of a leap can the now-20-year-old take next season.

Only 15 players in NBA history have logged as many minutes in a single season as a teenager as Antetokounmpo's 1,897, so he is occupying fairly rarified air already. His age is a big part of why he is considered a big-time breakout prospect for Fantasy purposes, but he has a long way to go from a statistical standpoint.

Antetokounmpo was good for a 19-year-old rookie, but his season averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game left a lot to be desired. It is easy to dream about a Antetokounmpo taking a big step forward, but that next step is never guaranteed -- for every Anthony Davis there is a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist whose development follows a slower, less linear path. 

Antetokounmpo was very good -- for a 19-year-old. However, Fantasy owners don't get extra points, rebounds or assists if the degree of difficulty is higher, so you are betting on Giannis taking a huge step forward at the age of 20. Antetokounmpo has become something of an internet darling, and his play in Summer League and the FIBA World Cup dominated much of the offseason discussion, which only helped build the hype to potentially unsustainable levels. 

He is a lottery ticket, for sure, but he is one that might not be worth the cost at this point. 


Improved jump shot all Jimmy Butler needs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had the breakout season many expected from him a year ago, but there were still plenty of flaws apparent in his game as he finished his third NBA season. With a better team around him, Butler just might have enough help to vault him to stardom.

Butler's jump shot abandoned him last season, especially after a toe injury forced him to miss 11 games in November and December. He was shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range prior to the injury, but connected on just 39.3 percent of his shots overall and 27.1 percent from three-point range from that point on.

We can blame Butler's season-long shooting slump on the injury or his increased offensive role, but he should have neither excuse available for him this season. Butler should be healthy, and the Bulls added plenty of offensive firepower this offseason, in the form of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott, not to mention a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose. Butler took 154 shots off the dribble last season, per Stats.NBA.com, and made just 30.7 percent of them. With a better team around him, Butler should get many more opportunities to shoot with his feet set.

Butler has the skill set to be a tremendously efficient offensive player, given how often he bullies his way to the free-throw line. Last season, Butler filled up the box score extremely well, but his poor shooting limited his Fantasy value somewhat. If a new role helps his efficiency, he could be one of the very best guards in the league in category-based formats. 


Lance Stephenson set for bigger role in new setting
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Though there were fits and starts, Lance Stephenson finally began to live up to his considerable promise last season. Now in a new home in Charlotte, will Stephenson take another step forward in 2014-15?

By the end of last season, the Pacers were a mess, and Stephenson caught plenty of the blame for that. Still, he might have been arguably the team's most consistent player throughout the season, averaging between 25.8 and 29.7 Fantasy points per game from before and after the All-Star break as well as the playoffs. For as much of a mess as that team was, Stephenson emerged as something of a rock, at least for Fantasy purposes.

The Hornets are actually built in a somewhat similar way to the Pacers, so there wont' be much of a stylistic shift for Stephenson to get used to. Per MySynergySports.com, 11.8 percent of the then-Bobcats' possessions ended in post-ups, actually down from the 13.2 percent mark the Pacers' posted. Stephenson struggled at times with his post-entry passing, though his off-target feeds might find their mark more often when being lobbed in to the soft hands of Al Jefferson, as opposed to Roy Hibbert.

The Hornets might lean even more heavily on Stephenson than the Pacers did, since Indiana liked to spread the ball around with their starting five. The Hornets, on the other hand, look to be extremely top-heavy, and Stephenson will get plenty of chances to be the second or third option. We have him projected for 29.1 Fantasy points per game, and consider Stephenson a borderline top-50 Fantasy option for this season.  


Move to Houston won't alter Trevor Ariza's trajectory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Trevor Ariza parlayed a career-year into a lucrative free-agency contract with the Rockets this offseason -- stop me if you've heard this story before.

Ariza was largely a disappointment in his first stint with the Rockets, though it did lead him to the best per-game numbers of his career. Still, Ariza was obviously miscast as a primary offensive option the last time he was in Houston, and that won't be a problem this time around.

Ariza joins a Rockets team with two established stars, and will likely spend much of his time trying to fill the departed Chandler Parsons' role. That should suit him nicely, as Ariza has just enough of an off-the-bounce game to serve as the team's third ballhandler when the shot clock gets deep. Ariza attempted 11.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and should see a boost given Parsons' role; he attempted 13.3 shots per game.

Ariza's improved three-point shot seems legitimate, as he is shooting 38.6 percent from long range over 738 attempts since 2012. However, he will no longer have John Wall feeding him for juicy corner 3-pointers; Wall to Ariza was the league's most productive corner-three combination last season. His shooting numbers may take a hit with his move.

Even acknowledging the loss of Wall's help, we know the Houston offense is set up to get every player the most efficient shots possible, so Ariza shouldn't see much of a dip in his efficiency. His ability to fill up the box score makes him a perfect No. 2 option at forward in category-based leagues, especially now that he is a high-volume shooter. 


Despite new role, don't write off Isaiah Thomas entirely
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Suns guard Isaiah Thomas might see one of the biggest dropoffs in his Fantasy value from last season to this, as he joins the crowded Suns' backcourt.

The Suns might have three All-Star caliber guards in the backcourt now, with Thomas likely to backup Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe this season. That should put a serious dent in Thomas' value; Thomas finished 13th in Fantasy scoring among guards a year ago, but is projected to finish just 43rd this season.

Still, Thomas is definitely someone you'll want to add to your team when drafting, and almost certainly before the rest of the No. 4-type guards he is grouped with. Thomas is likely to see his numbers fall off from the 20.3 points and 6.3 assists he averaged a year ago, at least at first. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him end up starting upwards of 25 games throughout the year, given Bledsoe's injury-proneness. Bledsoe has missed at least 25 games in two of the last three seasons for knee issues.

Thomas probably profiles as more of a bench option for Fantasy purposes next season, but you'll be targeting him much earlier than nearly any other reserve. His upside as a handcuff option for either Bledsoe or Dragic is sky-high, and will make him well worth your attention on Draft Day. 


Eric Gordon cleared for contact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 


 
 
 
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