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Kaminsky had a team-high 33 points (12-16 FG, 9-13 3Pt) with three rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.
The 7-footer from Wisconsin is starting to come into his own, and Friday's performance is a sampling of what he has been doing lately. Kaminsky is averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 3-pointers and 1.3 steals per game in seven February outings for his finest month as a pro. If he is available off the waiver wire now is the time to act.
The Process has missed the past 11 games, but sounded optimistic when talking about his progress during the Rising Stars Game as part of Friday's NBA All-Star festivities. Embiid said he'd "probably" return after the break, adding, "if the practices before that go well, and I don't get any knee swelling or soreness, definitely." The 22-year-old Center from Kansas is no stranger to adversity as he missed his first two seasons with foot ailments and also dealt with the death of his brother. However, he's averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while converting just over 78 percent of shots from the charity stripe this season. With the trade deadline approaching, Philadelphia has made no secret about its desire to shop a different center in Jahlil Okafor -- if that comes to fruition, it could potentially clear the logjam in the frontcourt, where Nerlens Noel is also in the picture.
Lopez went for 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 27 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.
Lopez was an impressive presence down low while drawing even with Bobby Portis for the second-most shot attempts on the Bulls. The veteran big man wraps up the first half of the season with double-digit scoring efforts in five of his last six games, and seven of his last nine overall. He's also stepped it up on the glass during February, with six or more rebounds in six of eight contests during the month. Lopez has picked up his offensive involvement in Dwyane Wade's recent four-game absence due to sore wrists and an illness, as the big man is sporting a 27.5 percent usage rate during that span and averaging a solid 12.5 points in February overall, with the latter serving as his best monthly figure in that category to date this season.
Horford tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one block over 27 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Bulls.
Horford couldn't find his stride offensively, snapping a streak of nine consecutive double-digit scoring efforts in the process. He also shot under 40.0 percent for the first time in six contests, leading to his lowest scoring total since Jan. 18. Despite the struggles Thursday, the veteran big man has been a solid frontcourt presence in his first season in a Celtics uniform, averaging 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 blocks across 32.9 minutes in 45 games.
Olynyk provided 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds and four assists over 32 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Bulls.
The fourth-year pro continues to provide excellent returns off the bench, with Thursday's production marking his fifth straight game with double-digit scoring, and sixth in the last seventh overall. His solid work on the glass also continued, with Olynyk hauling in seven rebounds for the fifth consecutive contest. His current successful stretch has led to averages of 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 23.8 minutes in February -- all season-best monthly figures -- and the Celtics and fantasy owners can only hope the All-Star break doesn't cool Olynyk off in any way.
Turner notched 17 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3pt, 5-7 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, two steals, one assist and a block across 37 minutes in Thursday's 111-98 loss to the Wizards.
A lingering illness hampered Turner earlier in the month, and although he's still posting good numbers, his rebound output has left something to be desired. The 6-11 center's last double-digit rebound total was three weeks ago, and he's only recorded ten or more rebounds ten times this season. This is a huge knock on Turner's value, which is why he's more of a tournament play in DFS than a reliable cash play. Granted, having an elite forward like Paul George in your lineup will steal some of those valuable boards from the big man, but you still have to consider Turner as a bit of a risk-reward play while the Pacers try to emerge from their funk. They'll have plenty of time to regroup over the All-Star break. When they return they'll face a resurgent Grizzlies team that ranks 8th in defense versus centers, so Turner will face a difficult test to begin the second half of the season.
Seraphin posted 8 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 25 minutes During Thursday's 111-98 loss to the Wizards.
With Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee) still sidelined, Seraphin once again drew the start and played about as well as he did against the Cavs Wednesday night. Coach Nate McMillan took a different tactic and gave Al Jefferson extended minutes in Seraphin's stead, and the veteran forward outscored Seraphin with 12 points over 11 minutes. Losing a guy like Young would be tough on any team as he leads the Pacers in steals and field-goal percentage. His loss has helped extend the Pacers' losing streak to six straight. There's no need to rush in and grab Seraphin or Jefferson as the team hopes to see Young back after the All-Star break, and even if he misses more time the situation is too muddled to warrant taking a risk on either player.
Vucevic supplied 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one block across 28 minutes in a 107-79 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Playing their first game without Serge Ibaka, who was traded away to the Raptors on Tuesday, Vucevic was the unquestioned alpha dog on the offensive end, leading the team in both scoring and shot attempts. Despite the quality stat line, Vucevic's defensive deficiencies were apparent when he was matching up with the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge at one point in the contest, as Aldridge easily outmaneuvered the slow-footed Vucevic. Now 21-37 on the season, the Magic could look to sell off some of their other pieces as the Feb. 23 trade deadline approaches, but it's unclear if many teams have overwhelming interest in Vucevic with the trade market flooded with available centers. Assuming Vucevic remains in Orlando after the deadline, he should be a steady source of double-doubles in the final month and a half of the season.
Thompson recorded 12 points (6-11 FG), 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 37 minutes in a 113-104 win over the Pacers on Wednesday.
Thompson had already been enjoying his best stretch of production on the season during the first two weeks of February, but the announcement Tuesday that Kevin Love (knee) would require arthroscopic surgery that would likely sideline him six weeks may only further enhance Thompson's outlook. Though he starts at power forward, Love had been serving as the Cavs' primary center when Thompson was resting on the bench, but the lack of existing depth at the position will likely result in coach Tyronn Lue leaning more heavily on the 25-year-old. Thompson has collected double-doubles in both of the Cavs' games without Love so far and is averaging 13.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 35.9 minutes per game while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 65.2 percent from the free-throw line in February. In the unlikely event that he's still on the waiver wire in shallow formats, Thompson is worth adding immediately.
Dedmon finished with 10 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes in a 107-79 win over the Magic on Wednesday.
Dedmon rose to the occasion against his former team, claiming his fourth double-double in eight February games while providing his typically efficient shooting from the field. The 27-year-old seems to have surpassed David Lee as the Spurs' preferred center option while Pau Gasol has been out since late January with a broken finger, but Dedmon's run with the top unit could soon come to an end. Gasol is believed to be progressing well from the injury and could be available shortly after the Spurs return from the All-Star break, which would likely result in Dedmon's minutes taking a decent hit.