Perry Jones F OKC 13 Hrs
Jones started Wednesday night's opener against the Trail Blazers in place of Kevin Durant, scoring just three points (1-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) in 31 minutes.
This was the Thunder's first game without Durant, and Jones started in his place. Jones was coming off of a knee injury, but couldn't get anything going, failing to record a single assist, steal or block in addition to his poor shooting night. However, without Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb for the time being, Jones is the Thunder's best option at small forward. Once those guys return, Jones will likely see his role shrink.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 13 Hrs
Bryant sat out the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Suns.
The game was completely out of hand by the fourth, so the move was merely to keep Bryant fresh, especially after back-to-back games. In 28 minutes, Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 31 points (11-25 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and had four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bryant is basically the only reliable offensive option for the Lakers at this point, so his shot volume should stay at about the same level going forward.
Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 13 Hrs
Thomas led the Suns in scoring in a blowout win over the Lakers on Wednesday, putting up 23 points (9-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 0-2 FT) in 20 minutes.
Any concerns about Thomas fitting in with the Suns' rotations should be quelled after just one game. He, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe all scored at least 16 points.
Eric Bledsoe G PHO 13 Hrs
Bledsoe was ejected with 30 seconds left in the third quarter after receiving a technical foul. He finished the game against the Lakers on Wednesday with 16 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT).
Bledsoe picked up two technical fouls and then was forced to leave the game, but not before cutting up the Lakers on just seven shots. In addition to his scoring outburst, Bledsoe had nine assists, six rebounds and just one turnover in 26 minutes. Although it was against a bad Lakers team, owners should feel encouraged that the Suns are finding a way to get all of their guards involved.
Wayne Ellington SG LAL 13 Hrs
Ellington scored 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-0 FT) in 25 minutes for the Lakers despite suffering a concussion on Friday.
Ellington was cleared to play in Wednesday's loss to the Suns, and backed up Kobe Bryant all night. However, his value ended after his scoring. Ellington didn't have a single assists, and had just one rebound and one assist. Barring an injury to Bryant, Ellington will be relegated to bench minutes.
Ed Davis PF/C LAL 13 Hrs
Davis scored 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 FT) in 33 minutes off the bench for the Lakers in a blowout loss to the Suns on Wednesday.
This was the Lakers' first game without Julius Randle, who was lost for the year Tuesday night with a fractured tibia. Carlos Boozer got the start at power forward, but Davis was more effective, pulling down nine rebounds (six of them on the offensive end), in addition to three assists, two steals and two blocks. While it's unlikely Boozer loses his starting spot any time soon, Davis could be in line for some major minutes with Randle's injury.
Derrick Favors PF/C UTA 14 Hrs
Favors (knee) had 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, and four blocks in only 27 minutes versus the Rockets.
After dealing with some knee issues in the preseason, Favors was good to go for the opener and delivered a solid stat line in limited time for fantasy owners. Expect his minutes to creep up, and expect the line to get even better as a result.
Trevor Ariza SG/SF HOU 14 Hrs
Ariza scored 20 points (7-10 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 37 minutes on Wednesday against the Jazz.
Ariza scored efficiently while also hitting from deep, and both will be crucial for him posting big points totals with Dwight Howard (16 shots) and James Harden (18 shots) dominating the touches for Houston.
James Harden SG HOU 14 Hrs
Harden posted 18 points (6-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds, and one block in 38 minutes against the Jazz.
It was a near triple-double for Harden, who showed off why he is one of the top players in fantasy on Wednesday night. He missed 12 of 18 shots, and had six turnovers, but stuffed the stat sheet overall on his way to the near triple-double.
Kyle Lowry PG TOR 14 Hrs
Lowry scored 11 points (3-11 FG, 0-3 3P, 5-7 FT) with 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Hawks.
The point guard struggled with his shot, but otherwise had the kind of night Raptors fans got used to seeing last season. Lowry isn't the sort of player to coast now that he's signed a big contract, so as long as he can stay healthy Lowry should be plenty productive.