Los Angeles Lakers Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Larry Nance, F6/25/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: The Lakers selected Larry Nance Jr. with the 27th overall pick.
Insight: Nance was projected as a second-rounder, so he will have a tough time cracking the rotation during his rookie season. Leave Nance off your fantasy draft boards come Fall.
D'Angelo Russell, G6/25/2015 7:46:00 PM
Description: The Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick.
Insight: This is arguably the first shakeup of the draft, as Jahlil Okafor was rumored to go second for awhile. Russell has extreme potential, but his fantasy outlook will likely be limited in his first season playing with Kobe Bryant.
Julius Randle, F5/31/2015 7:34:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle told the Orange County Register that he believes his leg is 100 percent and that his surgically-repaired foot is no longer a factor.
Insight: All signs point to Randle being ready for the Las Vegas Summer league. With the Lakers having the No. 2 pick, there is a good chance the Lakers have several relevant fantasy players in 2015-16.
Jeremy Lin, G4/10/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin (knee) is out for Friday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Lin will miss his second consecutive game. Lin wasn't fantasy worthy lately, Jordan Clarkson has been doing most of the damage.
Jordan Clarkson, G4/8/2015 10:36:00 AM
Description: Laker point guard Jordan Clarkson led Los Angeles with 20 points in the loss to the Clippers on Tuesday.
Insight: Clarkson was 7-for-17 from the field with six assists and four rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points in two of the last three games, but Clarkson also had a two-point game during that stretch.
Wayne Ellington, G4/2/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Wayne Ellington will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season with a Grade 1 shoulder separation according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Ellington suffered the shoulder injury on Wednesday. Without Ellington, Wesley Johnson and Jeremy Lin are worth considering in standard leagues.
Jordan Clarkson, G3/30/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Laker point guard Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 26 points during Monday's overtime win over the 76ers.
Insight: He hit four key free throws at the end of regulation to send the game into OT. Clarkson went 9-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line, and also chipped in 11 assists, six rebounds, three steals, and three turnovers. He is a must-start option right now.
Jeremy Lin, G3/30/2015 11:16:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia due to illness.
Insight: Lin missed Sunday's game with an upper respiratory infection. His absence allows Jordan Clarkson to play 30-plus minutes and be a viable fantasy option.
Jordan Hill, PF3/29/2015 6:34:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill posted an impressive double-double during Sunday's loss versus Brooklyn.
Insight: He did so off the bench and finished with 22 points, 16 boards, one assist, one block, and one turnover. Hill shot 10-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the line in 27 minutes of action.
Jeremy Lin, G3/27/2015 9:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin scored a team-high 18 points during Friday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He also had seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two 3-pointers, and four turnovers. Lin can be still be kept on the wire.
Jordan Hill, PF3/25/2015 6:42:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill and forward Carlos Boozer will not play on Wednesday night.
Insight: Both are expected to miss the next four-to-five games. Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will start in the absence.
Jordan Clarkson, G3/24/2015 10:16:00 PM
Description: Laker point guard Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 30 points during Tuesday's loss to the Thunder.
Insight: It was also a team-high. Clarkson shot 12-of-19 from the field, 4-of-6 from the line, and 2-of-3 from downtown. He also managed seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, three blocks, and three turnovers.
Steve Nash, G3/21/2015 2:59:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve damage) has announced his retirement from basketball.
Insight: It's not a big surprise as he's been struggling with his health for years. The two-time MVP will finish third all-time in assists (10,335), he also scored 17,387 points, averaging 14.3 ppg over his 18-year career with Phoenix, Dallas and the Lakers.
Jeremy Lin, G3/20/2015 10:54:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played through back and wrist injuries on Thursday and is expected to play again on Sunday versus the Sixers.
Insight: Lin played on Thursday, just not well, shooting 1-of-6 with four assists and two turnovers. His fantasy value is limited these days as the Lakers tend to be balanced on offense.
Jeremy Lin, G3/19/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played will try to play versus the Jazz on Thursday according to the LA Daily News.
Insight: Lin is deadling with a sore back, but he should come off the bench to play. If owners have a better option, then it would be wise to stay away from Lin since he isn't guaranteed big minutes with this back injury.
Jordan Hill, PF3/11/2015 9:34:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill led Los Angeles with 16 points in the victory over the Pistons.
Insight: Hill was 7-for-15 from the field with three rebounds, two assists and a block. Hill is averaging 12.3 ppg and 7.9 rpg this season.
Nick Young, G/F3/8/2015 12:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game versus Dallas.
Insight: Young did not work out on Saturday, and is up in the air for Sunday. He is still day-to-day, and should return soon, if he cannot suit up against Dallas.
Jordan Clarkson, G3/6/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Laker point guard Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 25 points versus the Grizzlies on Friday.
Insight: Clarkson was 12-of-18 in what was one of his best shooting nights this season. He also had six assists and four rebounds. While we wouldn't suggest to go running to the computer to pickup Clarkson, he is a player worth watching. He is averaging 13.7 ppg, 4.3 apg and 3.3 rpg in four games this month.
Nick Young, G/F3/6/2015 2:11:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (knee) will not play Friday.
Insight: Young will have missed five straight games. He's averaging 13.4 ppg, but that's the only area he contributes to so his fantasy value is limited.
Ed Davis, F3/4/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis had a double-double off the bench on Wednesday.
Insight: Davis shot 70 percent from the field on his way to 14 points and 12 rebounds. He also had three steals and a block. Davis is only valuable in deeper leagues, averaging 8.2 ppg and 7.4 rpg this season.
Jeremy Lin, G3/3/2015 10:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played very well off the bench during Tuesday's loss to the Hornets.
Insight: He shot 9-of-16 from the floor, 2-of-2 from the line, and 3-of-4 from deep. Lin also chipped in eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block, and three turnovers. Despite the solid outing, Lin is too inconsistent to be consider for a roster spot.
Nick Young, G/F3/3/2015 2:30:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (knee) will be a game-time decision.
Insight: He is officially questionable, but Young did not practice Tuesday, so it's not looking very good. Young has missed three straight games.
Jeremy Lin, G3/1/2015 9:03:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin scored a team-high 20 points during Sunday's loss against the Thunder.
Insight: He did so off the bench, and went 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Lin also had eight assists, six rebounds, three steals, and one turnover.
Nick Young, G/F2/26/2015 4:34:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (knee) said he will play on Friday.
Insight: He is officially questionable, but Young did not practice Thursday, and after missing Wednesday's game, it looks like he will sit for at least one more.
Nick Young, G/F2/25/2015 2:24:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young will not play on Wednesday against the Jazz according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Insight: Young scored 19 points in his last game, so it's too bad he won't get a chance to build upon that. The good new is an MRI didn't find anything wrong with Young's knee. Just make sure he is out of the fantasy lineup on Wednesday.
Julius Randle, F2/21/2015 8:03:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle (leg) will play in the NBA Summer League.
Insight: This is according to head coach Byron Scott, and while it does not mean anything for this season, it seems that Randle will be 100 percent by the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Wayne Ellington, G2/19/2015 11:54:00 AM
Description: Lakers swingman Wayne Ellington is questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn due to illness.
Insight: Ellington missed Wednesday's practice, but still has a couple days to recover. He has been playing 33.8 mpg over the last five contests averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Carlos Boozer, F2/11/2015 9:06:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer came off the bench and recorded a double-double on Tuesday versus the Nuggets.
Insight: Boozer had 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8-of-15 from the field with four assists in 30 minutes.
Carlos Boozer, F2/8/2015 6:19:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer played 15 minutes and scored just nine points on Sunday versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Cleveland blew out Los Angeles, 120-105, so there weren't many reasons for Boozer to play. Without Kobe Bryant, there could be a lot of games like this with unknown youngsters getting a lot of minutes.
Ryan Kelly, F2/6/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly knocked down five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 20 points during Friday's overtime loss to the Magic.
Insight: He also had five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block. Kelly can still be left on the waiver wire.
Ed Davis, F2/4/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis grabbed 20 rebounds on Wednesday night.
Insight: He only scored seben points and had one block in an overtime loss. Davis is coming off the bench, making him not much of an option.
Carlos Boozer, F2/4/2015 10:48:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 28 points during Wednesday's overtime loss to the Bucks.
Insight: Boozer played 37 minutes and went 13-of-21 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. He also had nine rebounds, four assists, and four turnovers. Boozer is worth owning, as he has played well of late.
Nick Young, G/F2/4/2015 12:28:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (sprained his right ankle) was actually a DNP-CD on Sunday which didn't sit well with the player.
Insight: Young and Byron Scott got together and may now be on the same page. Expect Young on the floor Wednesday versus Milwaukee. He's a scorer and a three-point shooter, but adds little else for fantasy owners.
Jordan Hill, PF2/3/2015 7:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill is expected to miss the next two weeks with a grade 1 hip flexor.
Insight: Tarik Black will get the first crack at starting, with Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, and Robert Sacre seeing a bump in value as well.
Carlos Boozer, F2/2/2015 11:35:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer came off the bench and led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday.
Insight: Boozer could be in line for more minutes with Jordan Hill likely sidelined, so the veteran could be a viable short-term fantasy option.
Jordan Hill, PF2/2/2015 11:33:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Milwaukee due to sprained right quadriceps/hip flexor.
Insight: Hill could miss up to a couple of weeks, but we await an official timetable. Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Ryan Kelly will see more minutes as long as Hill is out. Boozer posted 19 points and 10 rebounds Sunday.
Carlos Boozer, F2/1/2015 4:29:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer came off the bench and led the team with 19 points on Sunday.
Insight: Starting point guard Jordan Clarkson also had 19 points in the loss to the Knicks. Boozer was 6-of-15 from the field and was helped by his 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. He also had 10 rebounds. It was his eighth double-double of the season.
Jordan Hill, PF2/1/2015 3:05:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill left Sunday's game versus the Knicks with a quad strain according to ESPN.
Insight: Hill will not return. He finished Sunday with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and five rebounds. Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Ryan Kelly will see more minutes as long as Hill is out.
Nick Young, G/F2/1/2015 12:50:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (sprained his right ankle) missed Thursday's game against the Bulls, was limited in Friday's shootaround and apparently is out for Sunday's game
Insight: Wayne Ellington gets to take a lot fo shots when Young and Kobe Bryant aren't around.
Nick Young, G/F1/30/2015 3:37:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (sprained his right ankle) missed Thursday's game against the Bulls and was limited in Friday's shootaround.
Insight: Coach Byron Scott said he did some running but couldn't really cut. That makes him more doubtful than questionable. Wayne Ellington gets to take a lot fo shots when Young and Kobe Bryant aren't around.
Wayne Ellington, G1/30/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Laker swingman Wayne Ellington is seeing plenty of playing time and shot opportunities and that figures to continue.
Insight: Ellington backed up his 28-point effort with 23 points Thursday, including five rebounds and four assists. The only thing he wasn't good at was shooting the three-pointer (1-of-6).
Nick Young, G/F1/29/2015 2:48:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (sprained his right ankle) missed Wednesday's practice and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against the Bulls.
Insight: Wayne Ellington certainly enjoyed not having to share shot attempts with Young or Kobe Bryant as he went off for 28 points Tuesday night on 20 shots. Ellington is again a viable fantasy option.
Nick Young, G/F1/29/2015 11:50:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (sprained his right ankle) missed Wednesday's practice making his appearance in Thursday's game against the Bulls questionable.
Insight: Wayne Ellington certainly enjoyed not having to share shot attempts with Young or Kobe Bryant as he went off for 28 points Tuesday night on 20 shots. Ellington could again be a viable fantasy option.
Kobe Bryant, G1/28/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had surgery on Wednesday to repair his right rotator cuff and is expected to miss the next nine months according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: This puts Bryant on pace to return around the beginning of November which is a longer recovery time than originally anticipated. Therefore, there is a chance he misses the beginning of next season.
Wayne Ellington, G1/28/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Laker swingman Wayne Ellington scored a team-high 28 points during Tuesday's loss against the Wizards.
Insight: It was also a season-high for Ellington, who went 12-of-20 from the floor, 1-of-1 from the line, and 3-of-9 from downtown. He also had three assists, three rebounds, three steals, and two turnovers. Ellington will continue to start at shooting guard.
Nick Young, G/F1/27/2015 3:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young sprained his right ankle in practice Monday and has been downgraded to out for Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: After posting 17 points Friday night, Young looked like he didn't want to be out there on Sunday going 0-for 2 with three turnovers in eight minutes. Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will see an increase in fantasy value.
Nick Young, G/FCold1/26/2015 3:48:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young sprained his right ankle in practice Monday and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: After posting 17 points Friday night, Young looked like he didn't want to be out there on Sunday going 0-for 2 with three turnovers in eight minutes. If he can't run, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson would see an increase in fantasy value.
Kobe Bryant, G1/26/2015 3:46:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have surgery on his shoulder Wednesday and this will guarantee the end of his 2014-15 season.
Insight: Bryant should be at full strength to start training camp.
Nick Young, G/FCold1/26/2015 5:23:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young disappeared Sunday night and played just eight ugly minutes.
Insight: After posting 17 points Friday night, Young looked like he didn't want to be out there going 0-for 2 with three turnovers. To his credit, Byron Scott quickly looked to other guys to perform. Young is a boom or bust fantasy option.
Nick Young, G/F1/24/2015 9:17:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young scored a team-high 17 points during Friday's loss against the Spurs.
Insight: It was an unimpressive line. Young did have three 3-pointers, but also no assists and rebounds, along with one turnover.
Kobe Bryant, G1/23/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is expected the miss the remainder of the season, according to Ramona Shelburne of Espn.com.
Insight: An announcement is expected by the team to make it official, but owners need to prepare for the worst. Wayne Ellington will continue to start, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson also benefiting. Bryant should be at full strength to start training camp.
Nick Young, G/F1/23/2015 11:26:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young is probable for Friday's game against San Antonio while dealing with a sprained right thumb.
Insight: Young has never met a shot he didn't like and with Kobe Bryant sidelined he should pick up a lot of the workload at the offensive end. He's averaging 17.5 ppg over his last four contests, but doesn't offer much other than scopring for fantasy owners.
Kobe Bryant, G1/22/2015 3:45:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a tear in his rotator cuff.
Insight: The MRI results revealed the injury, which is obviously not good. There is still no word on a timetable, but we would guess it will be a lengthy one, and possibly season-ending with the Lakers essentially out of playoff contention. Stay tuned.
Kobe Bryant, G1/22/2015 2:25:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received an MRI on his hurt shoulder.
Insight: Bryant injured his shoulder during Wednesday's game versus the Pelicans, but he downplayed the injury. The Lakers will release the results of the MRI Thursday evening according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.
Jordan Hill, PF1/21/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill recorded a double-double during Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.
Insight: Hill had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and shot 7-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line. He is a top-100 option.
Carlos Boozer, F1/21/2015 2:27:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer will play versus the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Insight: Boozer is officially probable, however, he isn't really fantasy relevant in standard leagues. He is averaging just 9.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg this month.
Kobe Bryant, G1/21/2015 2:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play on Wednesday versus the Pelicans.
Insight: Bryant did not play the last two games in order to receive additional rest for his aching body. Bryant should be fresh for this game and even though he probably won't see more than 30 minutes, Bryant should be in all standard league lineups.
Kobe Bryant, G1/20/2015 3:04:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed Monday's game against Phoenix and Tuesday's practice.
Insight: Bryant should be considered no better than questionable for Wednesday versus New Orleans. Wayne Ellington would get the start.
Jordan Hill, PF1/20/2015 12:03:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill could be in for a lot of playing time with Tarik Black expected to miss at least the next game due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Hill could see 35 minutes or more and that would make him a viable fantasy option as he already averages 12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg.
Tarik Black, F1/20/2015 11:59:00 AM
Description: Lakers backup center Tarik Black (5.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg) suffered a sprained right ankle and is not expected to be available for Wednesday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Black doesn't hold any fantasy value, but his 16 minutes per night could help Jordan Hill. Hill could see 35 minutes plus and that would make him a viable fantasy option as he already averages 12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg.
Kobe Bryant, G1/19/2015 3:02:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Bryant recorded 19 points, 17 assists and six rebounds Thursday, but then missed Friday's game. This is his eighth game he has missed in the last 15 contests. Wayne Ellington is expected to start.
Ronnie Price, G1/19/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Ronnie Price has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against Phoenix
Insight: Price and Jeremy Lin have been sharing the point guard minutes, but with Price sidelined, Lin will have a chance for big minutes.
Jeremy Lin, GCold.1/19/2015 11:55:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin could see big minutes Monday against Phoenix with Ronnie Price doubtful and Kobe Bryant's availability up in the air.
Insight: Lin hasn't played very well lately, managing just six points, two rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes Friday. He's gone four straight games scoring single digits with three or less assists.
Ronnie Price, G1/19/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Ronnie Price is doubtful for Monday's game against Phoenix
Insight: Price and Jeremy Lin have been sharing the point guard minutes, but with Price sidelined, Lin would have a chance for big minutes.
Kobe Bryant, G1/19/2015 11:48:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is doubtful for Monday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Bryant recorded 19 points, 17 assists and six rebounds Thursday, but then missed Friday's game. He's likely to sit at least one of the Lakers' games during this three-game road trip.
Nick Young, G/F1/17/2015 9:22:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young came off the bench and scored 23 points to lead the Lakers in scoring on Friday.
Insight: Young only took nine shots, making four of them, but he hit 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. Young didn't do much else with just two rebounds, however, anyone who rolled the dice with him on Friday should be very happy with his points and free throw percentage.
Kobe Bryant, G1/16/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant put together a very nice line in Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Bryant recorded 19 points, 17 assists and six rebounds. That's the good news. There is also talk of shutting him down, perhaps in March. This would be a good time to "sell high" on the Lakers' guard.
Kobe Bryant, G1/15/2015 9:04:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play on Thursday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Bryant will face LeBron James for the 20th time in his career. Bryant should be in all lineups.
Jordan Hill, PF1/15/2015 10:26:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill (hyperextended left knee) is probable for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hill could have a minutes limit in this one until they make sure his knee is fine, but he's scored double-digit points in five straight games.
Kobe Bryant, G1/14/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had an abysmal shooting night during Tuesday's loss to the Heat.
Insight: He went 3-of-19 from the floor for 12 points, seven assists, six boards, two 3-pointers, obe steal, and two turnovers. Owners need to try and trade Bryant, as he will not even play every night.
Kobe Bryant, G1/13/2015 8:59:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday against the Heat.
Insight: Get him into your lineups. Wayne Ellington's value takes a hit with Bryant active.
Kobe Bryant, G1/12/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced on Monday and apparently "feels a whole lot better," according to head coach Byron Scott.
Insight: He has not played in the past two games, and is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday. Wayne Ellington will continue to see an increase in value whenever Bryant cannot give it a go.
Kobe Bryant, G1/11/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Wayne Ellington would start and see an extended run if Bryant doesn't play. Wesley Johnson is also a question mark for this one.
Jeremy Lin, G1/10/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played well off the bench during Friday's victory against the Magic.
Insight: He had a team-high 18 points and six assists, along with three boards, three 3-pointers, four steals, two blocks, and five turnovers.
Kobe Bryant, G1/9/2015 9:13:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (rest) will not Friday.
Insight: Wayne Ellington will start and see an extended run.
Wesley Johnson, G/F1/9/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson is questionable for Friday's game against Orlando while dealing with a strained right hip flexor. Update: Johnson will not play Friday.
Insight: He is averaging 9.1 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.6 assist per night. Wayne Ellington could see added minutes.
Nick Young, G/F1/9/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young missed Wednesday's practice (sore right knee) will play Friday versus Orlando.
Insight: He was questionable heading into the night, but seems good to go. Get Young into your lineup as you normally would.
Nick Young, G/F1/9/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young missed Wednesday's practice (sore right knee) and is questionable for Friday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Young was sent to a doctor to have his knee checked out. he can certainly put up shots and points if on the floor, but we have our doubts he'll be ready for Friday's contest.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/7/2015 2:47:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play on Wednesday against the Clippers.
Insight: Over the last four games, Bryant has been much more efficient averaging 17.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 8.0 apg while shooting 46.9 percent. Hopefully he continues to take around 12 shots rather than more than 20 shots like he was taking back in November and early December. With his shot attempts down, his percentages have gone up along with the rebounds and assists.
Ronnie Price, G1/6/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price may have suffered a broken nose Monday, but is planning on playing through it, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.
Insight: Price and Jeremy Lin have been sharing the point guard minutes, but Price has been starting. That won't change.
Jordan Hill, PF1/6/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill scored a team-high 23 points with 14 rebounds Monday night.
Insight: Hill led the team in shots because Kobe Bryant sat this one out and "gunner" Nick Young went just 3-of-13. He scored a total of seven points in the previous two games, so obviously this isn't an everyday occurence.
Nick Young, G/F1/5/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young could be in for another big game Monday versus Portland.
Insight: Young is coming off a 22-point performance Sunday night and with Wesley Johnson and Kobe Bryant sidelined for Monday's game should see plenty of minutes and shot attempts.
Julius Randle, F1/5/2015 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle will have surgery to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on Tuesday.
Insight: Since Randle was already done for the season due to a broken right leg, the opportunity was there to fix an injury that had not healed correctly since his high school playing days.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/5/2015 10:32:00 AM
Description: Lakers coach Byron Scott wants guard Kobe Bryant to sit out one of the two games in back-to-back sets for the remainder of the season, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: That means Bryant is expected to sit out Monday's game against Portland. Although fantasy owners are getting less scoring, they are receiving more assists, rebounds and a better shooting percentage as he displayed in Sunday's 20-point, six-rebound, six-assist, three-steal effort in the Lakers win over Indiana.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/3/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant contiues to see a dip in his scoring numbers but a better performance in his overall game.
Insight: Bryant scored 15 points, well below his 23.8 ppg average, but he also had nine rebounds and eight assists. Both fantasy owners and the Lakers like this version of Kobe much better. Although fantasy owners are getting less scoring, they are receiving more assists, rebounds and a better shooting percentage. The Lakers are also far more competitive when Bryant spreads the ball.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/2/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been on a minutes limit (32) according to coach Byron Scott.
Insight: It didn't stop him from posting a triple-double. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday. But it does figure to limit his upside as much as keep him fresh.
Carlos Boozer, F12/31/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 19 points off the bench on Tuesday.
Insight: Boozer shot 8-of-14 and actually led the team in shot attempts. He also had nine rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Kobe Bryant, G12/31/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant only took 11 shots on Tuesday and recorded a triple-double.
Insight: It's a late Christmas miracle! Bryant has only taken 21 shots in the two games since he returned to the court. In the game before his absence, Bryant took 30 shots. It just goes to show you that Bryant doesn't have to shoot a ton to be fantasy relevant. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday.
Kobe Bryant, G12/28/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not play against the Mavericks on Friday, but will return for Sunday's contest.
Insight: With no chance of a title this season, Bryant isn't playing the role of "warrior" who goes out no matter the conditions. Fans and fantasy owners can probably expect this in and out of the lineup for the rest of the season.
Ed Davis, FHot12/27/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis posted 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.
Insight: Davis has now scored double-digits in five consecutive games. We like where this trend is going. When he plays 30 minutes or more, good things happen.
Kobe Bryant, G12/27/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not play against the Mavericks on Friday, but is expected to return for Sunday's contest
Insight: With no chance of a title this season, Bryant isn't playing the role of "warrior" who goes out no matter the conditions. Fans and fantasy owners can probably expect this in and out of the lineup for the rest of the season.
Kobe Bryant, G12/26/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will likely not play against the Mavericks on Friday according to The Star-Telegram.
Insight: As we said on Christmas, the old Kobe wouldn't miss games, but apparently losing changes a player. Bryant was really only providing fantasy owners scoring and now that he is missing games, his fantasy value continues to drop.
Ed Davis, FHot12/25/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis went for 13 points and 14 rebounds on Christmas night against the Bulls.
Insight: Davis has now scored double-digits in four consecutive games, though this is the first time with double-digit rebounds. We like where this trend is going.
Wayne Ellington, G12/25/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Laker swingman Wayne Ellington will start in place on Kobe Bryant against Chicago.
Insight: Ellington had 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes Tuesday night. He's no Kobe.
Kobe Bryant, G12/25/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State and will miss a second game with what coach Byron Scott called "general soreness."
Insight: The old Kobe was a "warrior" and would never miss games, but this new guy, on a non-competitive team, is apparently ok with taking time off. The Lakers play Dallas on Friday and he has to be considered questionable for that one too.
Ryan Kelly, F12/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly is practicing, but is not expected to return to action until early January,
Insight: Kelly isn't going to see enough playing time to be fantasy worthy even with the season-ending injury to Julius Randle as he'll be behind Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer.
Kobe Bryant, G12/24/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State.
Insight: It was just coach Byron Scott giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a rest day after he shot 26-for-91 (28.5 percent) over the past four games. He should return for the Christmas Day game against Chicago.
Carlos Boozer, F12/24/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer led the team in points and rebounds as LA upset the Golden State Warriors without Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Boozer scored 18 and pulled down nine rebounds as seven Lakers scored in double-digits.
Kobe Bryant, G12/23/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday morning shootaround.
Insight: It could just be giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a bit more rest. We await further word.
Kobe Bryant, G12/20/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot an awful 3-of-15 from the field and missed the game-winning shot on Friday versus the Thunder.
Insight: Jeremy Lin made some noise by saying "I like game-winners too. I would like to shoot some, but I get it" after the game. Those comments are blow a little bit out of proportion because watching the actually Lin interview, it didn't seem like he was implying he should have taken the last shot. Regardless, Bryant is hurting fantasy teams with his 37.7 shooting percent, and on nights where he doesn't score, he isn't much of a fantasy commodity. Ironically, he did have eight rebounds and eight assists Friday to avoid the fantasy dud. Normally, it's the other way around as Bryant is averaging 24.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 5.0 apg this season.
Kobe Bryant, G12/15/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 21 points during Monday's loss to the Pacers.
Insight: He was dreadful from the field, going 8-of-26. Bryant also had four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, two steals, and three turnovers.
Nick Young, G/F12/13/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young hit the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime, with under 10 seconds left, to lift Los Angeles over the Spurs on Friday night.
Insight: Young went 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line for 29 points. He is averaging 15.7 ppg and is a top-85 option.
Kobe Bryant, G12/13/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 22 points during Friday's overtime win against the Spurs.
Insight: He played point guard down the stretch and for most of the extra session. Bryant finished with nine assists, five rebounds, four steals, one 3-pointer, and five turnovers in 40 minutes of action.
Jeremy Lin, G12/10/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is continuing to struggle coming off the bench.
Insight: Lin scored just three points and added four assists, one rebound and one steal in 22 minutes on Tuesday. That's not good enough for a player called a fantasy sleeper in the preseason. Lin said on Sunday he felt a "sharp pain" in his leg, so perhaps that is affecting his play.
Carlos Boozer, F12/10/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer came off the bench on Tuesday and scored 15 points.
Insight: All the shots and scoring is going to Kobe Bryant, who leads the league with 25.6 ppg. Wesley Johnson is third on the team in scoring, but we expect Boozer to remain the team's second-best scoring option. That might not be saying much but if one has to go with a player not named Bryant on the Lakers, it might as well be Boozer.
Kobe Bryant, G12/10/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot a percentage higher than his season average on Tuesday.
Insight: That's not saying much because Bryant is shooting 39 percent from the floor this season, and on Tuesday he shot 40.7 percent. Still, owners will take the 32 points. Bryant is leading the league with 25.5 ppg.
Jeremy Lin, G12/8/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Sacramento due to a sore leg.
Insight: Ronnie Lin got his first start of the season at point guard Sunday. Lin is averaging 11.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, and 1.0 spg, and his poor play got him demoted. It's likely just temporary, but this injury won't help.
Kobe Bryant, G12/5/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant nearly outshot all the other Los Angeles starters combined on Friday.
Insight: Bryant took 21 shots, making nine of them on his way to 22 points. Bryant is leading the league in scoring, but he doesn't give fantasy owners anything else, and he shoots a poor percentage.
Kobe Bryant, G12/3/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continued to score a lot and take a lot of shots on Wednesday.
Insight: Bryant finished with 29 points, but he shot just 36 percent from the field and 33 percent from the 3-point line. Bryant is not providing much else, and on Wednesday he had four rebounds, three assists and a steal. If owners need lots of points, Bryant is the man, but he won't provide much else.
Nick Young, G/F12/2/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench on Tuesday.
Insight: He also hit three 3-pointers, but was only 5-of-13 from the field. Young will continue to produce points and 3-pointers for owners.
Kobe Bryant, G12/2/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the morning shootaround, but is expected to play Tuesday in detroit.
Insight: The team is likely just trying to manage the 36-year-old's workload. He is averaging 26.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, and 1.4 spg playing almost 36 minutes per night.
Kobe Bryant, G11/29/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points in a loss Friday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: He shot 10-of-18 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line. Bryant also had five rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two turnovers. He is averaging 26.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, and 1.4 spg.
Jeremy Lin, G11/29/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin recorded 18 points and 11 assists in Friday's loss to Minnesota.
Insight: Lin is averaging 12.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, and 1.1 spg, and is currently a top-100 option.
Kobe Bryant, G11/27/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant went 10-of-10 from the free throw in during Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Insight: He was also 5-of-15 and 2-of-5 from deep for 22 points. Bryant also had four rebounds, two assists, and four turnovers.
Carlos Boozer, F11/26/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer will start on Wednesday against the Grizzlies despite his shoulder injury according to Lakers reporter Beto Duran.
Insight: It is still not recommended to start Boozer because of his tough matchup against Zach Randolph and the interior defense of Memphis. But if you need him, Boozer should see his normal amount of minutes.
Xavier Henry, G/F11/24/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (right knee surgery/strained back) is now getting an MRI on his Achilles
Insight: If it is ruptured he's done. Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson will see more playing time if Henry is out, but neither has proven they are fantasy worthy.
Carlos Boozer, F11/24/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer missed Monday's practice and should be considered questionable for Wednesday versus Memphis.
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder issue. Boozer also missed Saturday's game. He's averaging 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg. Ed Davis and Robert Sacre would gain playing time in his absence.
Kobe Bryant, G11/22/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not practice on Saturday.
Insight: There shouldn't really be a cause for concern. Coach Byron Scott said Bryant needed the rest for what he called "heavy legs." We agree after seeing him miss his first 12 shots on Friday versus the Mavericks. Bryant should be ready to go on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant, G11/22/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot just 27 percent on Friday as he continues to chuck up shots.
Insight: Bryant is averaging 25.5 shot attempts per game in November and 24.0 for the season. He obviously feels the pressure to score a lot due to the lack of talent on the Lakers. That means big numbers most nights, but occasionally he is going to be off and his percentage will suffer a lot.
Kobe Bryant, G11/20/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant posted big numbers, 29 points, five rebounds, seven assists, but missed 18 of 28 shots from the field.
Insight: Bryant is shooting just 38.6 percent from the field this season. We expected a bit of a slow start, but not this poor. However, if you can withstand the early bad shooting, which will surely come around, he's posting solid numbers across the board.
Nick Young, G/F11/19/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young played well in his first game-action of the season.
Insight: He came off the bench and played 28 minutes, going 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line for 17 points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, and one steal. Young will have a chance to chuck all season long.
Jeremy Lin, G11/18/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin was very efficient in Tuesday's victory against the Hawks.
Insight: He was 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line for 15 points. Lin also chipped in 10 assists, three rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers. Owners should not expect better lines than this throughout the season.
Carlos Boozer, F11/18/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer played well in Tuesday's win versus Atlanta.
Insight: He was 10-of-14 from the floor for 20 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists. Owners should be pleased with this stat line.
Kobe Bryant, G11/18/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant actually shot well from the field in Tuesday's win against the Hawks.
Insight: He was 10-of-18 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line for 28 points. Bryant also had four rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal, and three turnovers.
Nick Young, G/F11/18/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young is expected to return to action Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Young can score, but he doesn't shoot for a high percentage or add much in other fantasy categories.
Kobe Bryant, G11/16/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable due to illness, but we expect him to play.
Insight: Kobe is coming off a horrible game and the illness probably caused some of it. He was 1-of-14 from the field (7-of-9 from the line) in 36 minutes of action, for only nine points. He's a warrior and should be out there on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant, G11/15/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had one of the worst games of his career Friday night.
Insight: He was 1-of-14 from the field (7-of-9 from the line) in 36 minutes of action, for only nine points. Bryant did have six assists, four rebounds, two blocks, one steal, and four turnovers. He will continue to struggle from the floor, but will definitely produce much better than Friday night, as he looks completely healthy.
Carlos Boozer, F11/15/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 19 points in Friday's loss to San Antonio.
Insight: He played well and was 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, while also contributing eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two turnovers. Boozer is averaging 13.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg, while shooting 51 percent from the floor this season.
Ronnie Price, G11/14/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price will miss Friday's game against San Antonio due to a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul against Austin Rivers during Wednesday's game.
Insight: Jeremy Lin should see the vast majority of point guard minutes, but Price gets the backup work. It's more minutes for Lin Friday which should help his numbers.
Kobe Bryant, G11/12/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continued his poor shooting, but scored 33 points in Wednesday's loss to New Orleans.
Insight: He was 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, including 5-of-11 from deep. Bryant also had five assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one turnover. It seems he will continue to shoot poorly from the field, but nevertheless it is fun for owners to have him on fantasy teams.
Kobe Bryant, G11/11/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant took 26 shots and scored 28 points against the Grizzles on Tuesday.
Insight: Despite Bryant's solid play, the Lakers continue to lose. Los Angeles is 1-5 this season. Not that fantasy owners care because Bryant had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals to go with his 26 shots.
Kobe Bryant, G11/5/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is clearly healthy early on this season.
Insight: He had a ridiculous 37 shot attempts, but made only 14. Bryant had 39 points, nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, one asisst, one steal, one block, three turnovers in 44 minutes of action. Owners should enjoy the ride.
Ryan Kelly, F11/4/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly practiced Monday and is likely to return to the court Tuesday versus Phoenix.
Insight: Kelly isn't going to see enough playing time to be fantasy worthy even with the season-ending injury to Julius Randle.
Jordan Hill, PF11/2/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill scored 23 points with five rebounds, four assists and three blocks on Saturday.
Insight: Hill logged 34 minutes and played at least 30 minutes for a second straight game. With no Julius Randle, Hill will get a much bigger opportunity. Hill is a must-own player.
Kobe Bryant, G11/2/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, but it wasn't enough as Los Angeles lost, 1127-104, against Golden State.
Insight: Bryant played 35 minutes on Friday and then 36 minutes on Saturday, so that is an excellent sign for Bryant coming off the injury from last season. Bryant also had six rebounds but hurt fantasy owners with seven turnovers.
Jordan Hill, PF11/1/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill led the team in scoring in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Insight: He shot 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, for his 23 points. Hill also contributed five rebounds and one block, and will have a nice opportunity to produce this season, with the Lakers' lack of depth.
Kobe Bryant, G11/1/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on Friday.
Insight: He was 6-of-15 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line, with seven assists, four rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and three turnovers. Bryant looks fantastic in the season's early-going.
Jeremy Lin, G11/1/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played well in Friday's lost to the Clippers.
Insight: He had 17 points, nine assists, and three 3-pointer, along with four turnovers. Lin will have a nice opportunity to produce fantasy stats all season long.
Ed Davis, FHot10/31/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis has put up two strong performances and should continue to see plenty of playing time.
Insight: despite not starting, Davis is averaging 12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.0 blocks per game. It's his defense that will keep him on the court over a veteran like Carlos Boozer and he's a viable fantasy options after the Julius Randle injury.
Kobe Bryant, G10/31/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: One thing fantasy owners should never do is underextimate Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Bryant's return to the court after a "lost" season started slowly in Game 1, but he posted 31 points against Phoenix. Knocking the rust off was to be expected, but nobody has more will to succeed than Bryant.
Julius Randle, F10/29/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle will miss the rest of the season according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: The Lakers have already lost Steve Nash and Randle for the season after just one game played. Randle had surgery on his broke tibia and hopes to return for the summer league.
Julius Randle, F10/29/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Doctors have diagnosed lakers forward Julius Randle with a broken right tibia. Randle will undergo further evaluations on Wednesday.
Insight: The Lakers heard a pop when Randle went down to the floor late in Tuesday's season opener. It's such a shame. Randle was one of the top rookies drafted in fantasy this season, and he played just one game in his rookie campaign. The Lakers will be even more reliant on Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill.
Kobe Bryant, G10/29/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant led the team with 19 points on opening night.
Insight: Bryant's return was a little disappointing to owners who bought into coach Byron Scott's claim that Bryant would play 30-to-40 minutes. The guard only played 29 minutes versus the Rockets. That, however, could have been due to the blowout on the scoreboard.
Carlos Boozer, F10/29/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and added seven rebounds in the season opener.
Insight: Boozer shot 7-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Julius Randle, F10/29/2014 1:50:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle's debut was cut short when he suffered what appeared to be a broken leg with just under seven minutes remaining in the game.
Insight: Randle was driving to the hoop when he was injured and doctors placed his leg in an aircast. He was the seventh pick in last June's draft.
Kobe Bryant, G10/28/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes Tuesday night, according to coach Byron Scott.
Insight: That's all fantasy owners need to hear to know Kobe will be an elite fantasy option after missing 76 games last season.
Ronnie Price, G10/28/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Jeremy Lin should see the vast majority of point guard minutes, but Price will get the backup work.
Xavier Henry, G/F10/28/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (right knee surgery/strained back) didn't play at all this preseason, but could play opening night.
Insight: He certainly wouldn't see big minutes or post significant fantasy statistics, but as thin as the Lakers are he can help.
Julius Randle, F10/25/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle should not be considered anymore than a late-round pick.
Insight: He is starting the season as the backup power forward, and owners should expect inconsistent play early on. Leaving Randle undrafted is probably a smart move.
Nick Young, G/F10/25/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young will still be a valuable fantasy player once he returns from his thumb injury.
Insight: He is probably still out the next 5-to-7 weeks, but will see time at small forward and shooting guard upon his return. Owners should target him towards the end of drafts, only if the leagues' rosters are updated weekly. Otherwise, leave Young undrafted, and look to acquire him via waivers, as the season moves on.
Kobe Bryant, G10/25/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have a great opportunity to bounce back this season.
Insight: After playing in only six games last season, Bryant looks to be as healthy as he has been in a long time. Look for him to get back to close to his career-averages, and owners should not be afraid to select him in the second round.
Wesley Johnson, G/F10/25/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson is coming off a career-season.
Insight: He averaged 9.1 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, 1.1 steals per game, 1.0 blocks per game, along with shooting .425 from the field and 79 percent from the line. These numbers show that Johnson can fill a stat sheet, and as a result be picked towards the end of drafts.
Jordan Hill, PF10/25/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers have re-signed PF/C Jordan Hill will have a chance for a career-season in 2014-15.
Insight: With the lack of depth behind him, Hill will be the starting center for Los Angeles. He should be able average close to a double-double with points and rebounds, and combined with around a block per game plus a field goal percentage of over 50 percent, Hill should be targeted around the 11th round.
Carlos Boozer, F10/25/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer should have some nice value heading into the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season.
Insight: With the Lakers' roster nothing to cry home about, Boozer's current ADP in the 12th round is very nice value. He should be able to average around 15.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Owners should be afraid to draft this guy, as he could be a potential steal.
Jeremy Lin, G10/25/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is one of the biggest sleepers in fantasy drafts this season.
Insight: If you are waiting for the last minute and still haven't drafted, keep an eye on Jeremy Lin. He scored 19 points and had one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers off the bench in a preseason game against the Kings. Although Sacramento is not exactly the cream of the Western Conference, Lin figures to be a huge factor in the Lakers offense this season. He would be a great No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Steve Nash, G10/24/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve damage) will miss the 2014-15 regular season.
Insight: That's likely it for the two-time MVP who hasn't been fantasy worthy for a couple of seasons.
Nick Young, G/F10/3/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young has a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Insight: He is expected to miss eight weeks with the injury, making him on pace to return a month into the season. Young will be the Lakers' sixth man, and will hold some late-round value in fantasy leagues.
Kobe Bryant, G9/29/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant expects to play in the team's preseason opener on Oct. 6 after recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Los Angeles still expects Bryant to average 23 points per game. Head coach Bryon Scott said he expects Bryant to be healthy all 82 games, and if that happens, Bryant could be a fantasy steal based on where he will be picked this year.
Julius Randle, F8/21/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Lakers coach Byron Scott said forward Julius Randle will "get plenty of chances to play a lot of minutes" according to NBA.com
Insight: Los Angeles added Carlos Boozer in free agency, so there is some doubt of whether Scott's statement will be true right away, but Randle looked great in Las Vegas. He could be a solid pick up late in the draft or in free agency as long as you're patient.
Carlos Boozer, F7/18/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Carlos Boozer will play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
Insight: Boozer was cut from the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty provision earlier this week and Los Angeles won a blind auction to claim him. Boozer started 76 games last season and played 28.2 minutes per game, but he'll have to battle Julius Randle, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis for playing time in 2014-15.
Jordan Hill, PF 7/11/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: The Lakers have re-signed PF/C Jordan Hill.
Insight: Hill will make $9 million in the first year of the contract and the Lakers have a $9 million team option for the second season. Hill averaged 20.8 minutes, 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, all career highs, last season.
Nick Young, G/F7/11/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Nick Young has re-signed with the Lakers for four years and $21.5 million, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Young averaged 17.9 ppg last season, but he's not going to average 13.9 field-goal attempts, 5.5 3-point attempts and 4.5 free-throw attempts per game again. Because he doesn't offer anything besides scoring, he's not going to be a good fantasy option next season.
Jeremy Lin, G 7/11/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: The Rockets will trade Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: The Rockets also sent future first- and second-round picks to Los Angeles and will get back cash and the rights to an overseas player. Houston made the deal in an effort to clear cap space to sign Chris Bosh, but Bosh spurned them to return to Miami. Lin averaged 28.9 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 threes last season and could start for Los Angeles, but he probably won't experience a big change in fantasy value.

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