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Adams collected 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, five steals, three blocks and one assist across 30 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 win over the Knicks.
Adams didn't record a five-steal game all of last season and collected just seven games with at least three blocks. So, Thursday's game was certainly an outlier in that respect. Other than that, he had a relatively normal outing. In 2016-17, he posted 11.3 points (57.1 percent shooting) and 7.7 rebounds per contest.
Westbrook finished with 21 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 16 assists, 10 rebounds, one block and seven turnovers across 33 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 victory over the Knicks.
Westbrook took the fewest shots out of the team's new 'big three' of him, Paul George (23 shots) and Carmelo Anthony (20 shots). But, the 2016-17 MVP got his teammates involved in a big way, dropping 16 assists -- a feat he achieved just seven times last season. We'll have to use a wait-and-see approach to figure out whether this trend will continue. Even if it does, Westbrook will seemingly still remain one of the most valuable fantasy players in every format.
George finished with 28 points (9-23 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 39 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 win over the Knicks.
George took double-digit three-point attempts just eight times last season, so his 13 attempts Thursday certainly weren't normal. That said, with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony likely drawing the defense towards them often, George could find himself open from three more often than last year.
Anthony provided 22 points (8-20 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), two steals, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 34 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 win over the Knicks.
Anthony put together a solid performance during his debut with the Thunder, though struggled on the boards (5.9 per game last season). He did impress on the defensive end, however, an area normally of struggle for him. The 20 shots he took were on par with his average of 18.8 field-goal attempts per game during 2016-17.
Hardaway tallied eight points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt) and one assist across 29 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 loss to the Thunder.
Hardaway began his Knicks career being checked by Paul George -- a far from ideal situation considering George's defensive prowess. On the plus side, he took 10 field goal attempts and seven threes -- on par with his 11.5 field-goal and 5.3 three-point attempts per game last year. He'll look to bounce back when the team faces the Pistons on Saturday.
Kanter collected 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt), seven rebounds, three steals and one assist across 22 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 loss to the Thunder.
Four turnovers dampened Kanter's performance to some extent, but he also collected an uncharacteristic three steals (0.4 per game last year). While fantasy owners might be discouraged by his subpar workload, it's important to note that Kanter is a high-volume player. In 21.3 minutes per game during 2016-17, he averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Porzingis provided 31 points (11-25 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and one block across 38 minutes during Thursday's 105-84 loss to the Thunder.
Porzingis shined in his debut against former teammate Carmelo Anthony. Banking on him scoring 31 points every night is misguided, but the fact that he took 25 shots compared to the 14.9 per game he took last year is encouraging. He should continue being the focal point of the team's offense alongside Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter.
Miles finished with 22 points (7-12 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds across 20 minutes during Thursday's 117-101 win over the Bulls.
Despite coming off the bench, Miles made the most of his limited run. He made six threes on only three occasions last season, so Thursday's performance will probably end up being an outlier in the long run. That said, the fact he was looking to score in volume is a good sign for fantasy owners who have Miles and may have been concerned by the news he wouldn't be starting.
Powell provided 15 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 25 minutes during Thursday's 117-101 win over the Bulls.
Powell won the starting small forward job and responded in quality fashion Thursday. He generally doesn't provide much other than scoring, somewhat limiting his fantasy value. That said, if he continues drilling threes at a high clip, he could be worth a pickup in categorical leagues that account for three-pointers made.
DeRozan finished with 11 points (2-9 FG, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers across 32 minutes during Thursday's 117-101 win over the Bulls.
While DeRozan certainly wasn't needed for much during Thursday's blowout win, he still underperformed given his workload. That said, this can probably be chalked up as an anomaly of a game considering he averaged 27.3 points on 20.9 shots per game last season.