Kevin Durant scored 13 points to go along with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block across 22 minutes in a 111-81 win over Fenerbahce on Friday.
Durant is obliviously a special player, so performances like these are great to see after his injury-riddled 2014-15 campaign. Whether he's the first pick or not in drafts, Durant should return his value, as long as he can stay healthy. Russell Westbrook is the only one who could keep Durant from living up to his first-round value, with the amount he handles the ball and how many shots he takes.
Enes Kanter scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench in a 111-81 win over Turkish side Fenerbahce on Friday.
Kanter coming off the bench may prove to hurt his fantasy value quite a bit. There's simply too much depth in the Oklahoma City Thunder s frontcourt for him to match his numbers last year with OKC and the only way he can become a fantasy stud again would be an injury. Without that, Kanter would be better passing on in drafts, as he will likely see no more than 25 minutes a game in this deep rotation. Not to mention, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook being completely healthy dominating the ballhandling and taking away shots from the rest of the offense.
Dion Waiters put up 19 points (6-9 FG, 3-3 3PT, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and two assists in a blowout win over Turkish side Fenerbahce on Friday.
Waiters can put up numbers like these, but usually against weaker competition. The former Syracuse player can be enraging to watch, as he takes some of the toughest shots possible, while dribbling the air out of the ball. He doesn't quite fit in with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, so his role will be to fill in when neither of them are on the floor and carry the scoring for the Oklahoma City Thunder in those instances. Scoring is the only true category that Waiters can help owners with and that makes his value quite limited.
Alex Len put up 21 points (7-10 FG, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, two steals and three blocks in a win over the Jazz on Friday.
Len is a very talented player and performances like these will only raise hos value going forward. A player like Len has the potential to be one of the best rim protectors in the NBA and if he can find some consistency to his offensive game like he did tonight, he'd become must own in all formats. In any case, he's definitely worth taking late in drafts to see if a full breakout is on the horizon.
Letunov picked up a hat trick in the University of Connecticut's 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Friday.
It was Letunov's first collegiate game. The young Russian was dealt from St. Louis to Arizona in March. Letunov surprised many when he announced that he planned on attending Connecticut, but the hockey program in Storrs is on the rise and Letunov should be one of their key cogs offensively all season long.