NBA Preseason Notes
- By: mbarner
- On: 10/23/2012 7:24:00 PM
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Kobe Bryant: Dealing With A Foot Injury -- Bryant (foot) won't play Wednesday against the Clippers and even went as far as to say that he would not have played in the game if it was a regular season contest either. That is really something considering Bryant's toughness and ability to play through pain. The Lakers are loaded this season and their main goal is clearly to win a championship, so they could be cautious with Bryant at times this season to keep him healthy and rested. While he should still be a solid fantasy option, he could potentially miss more games than usual this season to prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.
Austin Rivers: MRI Reveals No Structural Damage -- The Hornets received some good news Tuesday as the MRI on Rivers' ankle revealed no structural damage. All signs at this time point to him being ready to play once the regular season begins. The Hornets are counting on Rivers to make a significant impact this season, especially with Eric Gordon dealing with injuries again. Gordon has had a hard time staying on the court, so Rivers could find himself shouldering even more of the offensive load if Gordon misses significant time over the course of the season. Rivers isn't going to fly under most fantasy radars given his name value alone, but he should be a solid fantasy contributor in his rookie season.
Ben Gordon: Could Be Named A Starter -- Gordon is being considered for a starting role according to coach Mike Dunlap. Gordon started at times for the Pistons last season, but spent much of the season coming off of the bench. He still was able to average 12.5 points and 1.2 three-pointers a game, but he found himself shipped off to Charlotte in the offseason. The Bobcats struggled mightily to find offense last season, so Gordon is going to get a chance to be one of their main offensive weapons. He is not shy about hoisting up shots and has the ability to put up some impressive point totals if he gets hot. Even if he doesn't start, he would likely be Charlotte?s main offensive threat coming off the bench. He's not going to be a fantasy contributor in many categories, but he does hold value in deeper leagues and can likely be picked up in the late rounds of many drafts.