Chalmers was dealing with a minor knee injury late last week, but he's been able to participate in both of the Heat's preseason contests. The eighth-year guard has averaged 29 minutes per game in each of the last two seasons, but with Goran Dragic re-signed to a long-term contract after coming over to Miami last February at the trade deadline, Chalmers is expected to settle for a full-time backup role in 2015-16.Analysis:
Gordon's activities in camp have been limited while he waits for his jaw to fully heal, but the progress he's made in his recovery to this point have him on course to be ready for the start of the regular season. Once he's cleared to play again, Gordon is expected to enter the lineup as the starting power forward. After an impressive performance in the Orlando Summer League before suffering the injury, Gordon could be primed to take a major leap forward in his second NBA season.Analysis:
With Alexis Ajinca set to miss four-to-six weeks due to a hamstring injury, the Pelicans could be without two of their top centers to start the season. Asik's newest injury is particularly alarming considering he also dealt with a back injury throughout much of the summer, further clouding his availability for the start of the regular season. If Asik and Ajinca are out for any considerable amount of time, Kendrick Perkins and Anthony Davis could see additional time at center until the injured duo returns.Analysis:
Parsons said prior to training camp that his primary concern was making sure he was fully healthy for opening night, and that objective hasn't changed. The forward isn't believed to have suffered any setbacks in his recovery from microfracture surgery, but he'll need to log at least a few full practices with the Mavericks before getting the green light to see game action.Analysis:
Motiejunas underwent back surgery in April and has faced a lengthy road to recovery. He's still a ways away from returning to game action, and at this point it appears a return for opening night may be close to out of the question.Analysis:
After he was held scoreless in the preseason opener Sunday, Burks, who is returning from shoulder surgery that ended his past season prematurely, was Tuesday's standout performer, though he did benefit from playing 37 of the game's 53 minutes. Along with scoring six of Utah's 12 points in overtime, Burks showed sound decision making, surrendering only two turnovers against his six assists. Burks is believed to be in a competition with Rodney Hood for the starting shooting-guard role, so he'll need to put together a few more strong preseason performances in order to keep himself at the top of the depth chart.Analysis:
With that timetable in mind, Dudley can be safely ruled out of the Wizards' next two exhibition games after he missed Tuesday's preseason opener against the 76ers.
If the schedule holds, Dudley would still be able to get in two weeks of practice time in advance of the regular season, likely making him available for the Oct. 28 opener with the Magic. However, because of the time he's already missed, Dudley seems unlikely to pose much of a threat to Otto Porter for the starting role at small forward.Analysis:
Wroten sustained the knee injury in late January, which spelled an end to his past season when he went under the knife for surgery.
The point guard hasn't hit any huge snags in his recovery, but the lengthy rehab period will likely knock him out for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Once healthy, Wroten, along with Kendall Marshall, who is also rehabbing a torn ACL, figure to push Isaiah Canaan for the starting role at the point.Analysis:
Originally, Brown's oblique injury wasn't expected to threaten his availability for the start of the regular season, but his status will be updated following the preseason as his timetable for return is currently somewhat unclear. Upon Brown's eventual return to the court, he'll battle for minutes behind fellow guards Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin as the regular season gets underway.Analysis:
That surgery will likely end his 2015-16 season and force the Hornets to find a new starting small forward. Nicolas Batum could see additional minutes at the small forward spot, however Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams could see time there as well if Charlotte chooses to use Batum as a small-ball power forward.Analysis: