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Deividas Sirvydis

Sirvydis (ankle) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday’s preseason game against the Hornets. Sirvydis appears to have recovered from an ankle injury he suffered in a pickup game prior to training camp, so he should see some run against the Hornets on Wednesday. It's unlikely Sirvydis will have a role in the Pacers' regular-season rotation, and it's possible he starts the 2022-23 season in the G League.

Goga Bitadze

Bitadze (ankle) isn’t listed on the injury report ahead of Wednesday’s preseason opener versus the Hornets. Bitadze was reportedly close to full health to open training camp, so it's no surprise he's ready to go with another week-plus of recovery time under his belt. The big man figures to log some minutes Wednesday and should remain part of the club's rotation in 2022-23. His expected workload could expand if Myles Turner gets traded.

Bennedict Mathurin

Mathurin (toe) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday’s preseason game against Charlotte. Mathurin appeared in three Summer League games before a toe injury forced him to the sidelines for the remainder of the contests. While the rookie won't start Wednesday's preseason opener, he should still see plenty of opportunities as a reserve after averaging 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game during Summer League.

Jalen Smith

Smith (ankle) will start Wednesday’s preseason clash versus the Hornets, Sam Perley of the Hornets’ official site reports. Smith was nearing 100 percent health early in camp after suffering a mild ankle tweak leading up to it, and it appears he's all systems go for the preseason. The third-year forward should play a sizeable role for the rebuilding Pacers in 2022-23 and is coming off a promising sophomore season that saw him post 9.2 points and 6.0 rebounds over 18.1 minutes per game.

Davion Mitchell

The Kings exercised their team option on Mitchell for the 2023-24 season, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports. Mitchell also has a team option for the 2024-25 season and will be a restricted free agent after the 2025-26 season. It should come as no surprise that the Kings have picked up Mitchell's option as they still have another two years of team control. The second-year guard averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 27.7 minutes over 75 games as a rookie in 2021-22.

Justin Champagnie

Champagnie (thumb) won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Celtics, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. Champagnie continues to recover from a left thumb fracture he sustained during Summer League, so he'll remain sidelined as the Raptors begin preseason play. Thaddeus Young could see additional run against Boston, as Otto Porter (hamstring) and Malachi Flynn (face) have also been ruled out for Wednesday's exhibition.

Otto Porter

Porter (hamstring) will miss Wednesday’s preseason game versus the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.careports. Porter is expected to be sidelined for "a little while", according to Raptors coach Nick Nurse. It is unclear how long he will be out, and if he will miss any regular season action. If Porter is healthy by Oct. 19, he will likely be one of the first forwards off the bench.

Jamorko Pickett

Pickett (back spasms) will miss Wednesday’s affair against the 76ers, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. Pickett's absence will hurt his chances at booking a roster spot with the Cavaliers, but he should have a quick recovery and see some run later in the preseason. The small forward appeared in just 13 games for the Pistons last season and will have his next opportunity to take the floor on Oct. 10 in a rematch against the 76ers.

Paul Reed

Reed will come off the bench for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Cavaliers, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports. Reed started in Monday's preseason opener against the Nets and posted 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and one block in 20 minutes of action. He'll shift to a reserve role Wednesday as Joel Embiid joins the starting unit for his preseason debut.

Kevin Love

Love will start at power forward in Wednesday’s matchup with the 76ers, according to Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest. Love slides into the four spot in the place of Evan Mobley (ankle), joining Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert and Jarett Allen in the starting five. Love should continue to garner starts in the absence of Mobley, however, Mobley should be set to return in time for the regular season opener versus the Raptors on Oct. 19.

Matisse Thybulle

Thybulle will come off the bench for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Cavaliers, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports. Thybulle started Monday's preseason opener against the Nets and contributed three points, one rebound and three steals across 18 minutes of action. He'll come off the bench for Philadelphia's second preseason game as P.J. Tucker replaces him in the starting five.

De'Anthony Melton

Melton will come off the bench for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Cavaliers, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports. Melton drew the start in Monday's preseason opener against the Nets, recording five points, three rebounds, three steals and a block in just over 17 minutes of action. He'll shift to a reserve role for Wednesday's tilt with the Cavs as James Harden, P.J. Tucker and Joel Embiid join the starting lineup.

Caris LeVert

LeVert will start at small forward in Wednesday’s preseason opener versus Philadelphia, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports. Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff has yet to iron out the starting small forward for the regular season. Isaac Okoro, LeVert, Cedi Osman, Dylan Windler, and Dean Wade will all be competing for the spot. LeVert will get a good chance to earn that role Wednesday night. Last season he averaged 17.0 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 30.7 minutes across 58 games for both the Cavaliers and Pacers.

Luke Kornet

Kornet (ankle) will not play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Raptors Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports. Kornet, despite missing Wednesday's tilt, was upgraded to day-to-day and will have another opportunity to make his 2022-23 debut on Friday against the Hornets.

Blake Griffin

Griffin (undisclosed) is available for Wednesday’s preseason versus the Raptors, but will be a game-time decision, John Karalis of BostonSportsJournal.com reports. There is no indication that Griffin is suffering from any injury. However, the 33-year-old will likely be eased into Boston's rotation after just signing with the team on Sept. 30. Griffin should be ready to go once the regular season comes on Oct. 18.

Danuel House

House will play in Wednesday’s preseason contest against the Cavaliers, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports. House was sidelined for the preseason opener after getting hit in the neck during a practice. However, as expected, the issue wasn't severe, and he'll get to make his 76ers debut Wednesday.

P.J. Tucker

Tucker will play in Wednesday’s preseason matchup with the Cavaliers, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports. Tucker did not play in Monday's preseason game due to rest. It is possible Philadelphia will load manage the 37-year-old veteran through most of the preseason and early on in the regular season to keep him fresh. Tucker played in 71 games for the Heat last season and averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.8 steals in 27.9 minutes.

Joel Embiid

Embiid will play in Wednesday’s preseason matchup against the Cavaliers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. After sitting out the preseason opener, Embiid -- along with James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris -- will play in Philadelphia's second exhibition contest. Embiid posted 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists last year, but he'll likely be limited during his first game action ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Cody Martin

The Hornets announced that Martin (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s preseason matchup with the Pacers. Martin was considered doubtful for Wednesday's game before being ruled out. He will now miss two preseason games after working back from left knee tendinopathy. It is unclear whether he will be ready to go once the regular season rolls around on Oct. 19, but he is in line to be the backup shooting guard if he is.

James Harden

Harden will play in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Cavaliers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. After sitting out the preseason opener, Harden -- along with the rest of Philadelphia's expected starters -- will be available for Wednesday's matchup. Harden posted 20.2 points, 9.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds across 33 games with the 76ers last season, but he'll likely be limited during his first game action ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Dennis Smith

Smith (personal) will miss Wednesday’s game against Indiana. The Hornets did not clarify any specifics of Smith's absence but it is not expected to impact his regular season availability.

Gordon Hayward

Hayward (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Pacers. As expected, Hayward will miss a second straight game while dealing with a bruised left knee. There hasn't been any indication that the injury is serious, so fantasy managers can still expect the veteran forward to be available when the Hornets open the regular season against the Spurs on Oct. 19.

Kevin Knox

Knox (calf) did not play in Tuesday’s 96-117 loss to the Knicks in the preseason. Knox has been limited since the start of training camp due to a calf strain. The young forward still has time to work himself into the rotation before the regular season begins on Oct. 19. However, if he continues to miss time in the preseason, it will be an uphill climb to see many minutes at the beginning of the season.

Svi Mykhailiuk

Mykhailiuk (undisclosed) did not play in Tuesday’s preseason matchup with the Pistons. Mykhailiuk is facing an uphill battle to make the Knicks' roster. Without being able to perform in the preseason, it'll be hard for him to show his value to the team. His next opportunity to play will be Friday versus Indiana.

Andre Iguodala

Iguodala (conditioning) is unlikely to play in any of the Warriors’ three remaining preseason games, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that the team is still mapping out a specific plan for how to utilize the veteran forward, who's returning for his 19th NBA season. Per Slater, it sounds like Iguodala will sit out the entire preseason while he works his way back into game shape and is doubtful to get much playing time early in the regular season as well, with the hope that he'll be fresh for another potential championship run.

Dalen Terry

Terry tallied 11 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes in Tuesday’s 129-125 preseason loss versus Pelicans. Terry impressed off the bench, despite the loss. The No. 18 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft is looking to work his way into the rotation once the regular season rolls around. His three turnovers to only two assists are slightly concerning, but are expected of a rookie adjusting to the NBA.

Klay Thompson

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that his guess is Thompson (rest/knee) will be ready for the regular season opener but added, “it’s not something we can say yes or no on,” Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Thompson sat out both of the team's preseason contests against the Wizards in Japan and has already been deemed unlikely to play in Sunday's matchup against Lakers. Per Slater, Thompson went through controlled live contract work during a heavier practice Wednesday, but the sharpshooter is still expected to sit out the team's scrimmage Thursday and Sunday's preseason game. Warriors want Thompson to suit up for at least one of the final three exhibition games before committing to his availability for Oct. 18's regular season opener against the Lakers.

Nikola Jokic

Jokic (wrist) didn’t take part in practice Wednesday, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports. Jokic tweaked his wrist during the preseason opener Sunday, describing it as a "weird" feeling. It's not time to raise any alarm bells, but it will be worth monitoring the big man's status moving forward. The Nuggets return to action Friday against the Bulls, marking Jokic's next opportunity to suit up in a game.

Coby White

Bulls head coach Billy Donovan said White (knee) underwent an MRI on Wednesday, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. White left Tuesday's preseason game with a left knee contusion and is awaiting test results to determine the severity of the issue. The sharpshooting point guard is competing with Ayo Dosunmu, Goran Dragic and Alex Caruso for a starting spot while Lonzo Ball (knee) rehabs from surgery, so any extended absence would be costly to White's chances of earning that role to begin the 2022-23 campaign. The Bulls have three more preseason games before they open the regular season against the Heat on Oct. 19.

Jason Preston

Clippers coach Ty Lue said that Preston (groin) will miss practice Wednesday, but is expected to play in upcoming preseason games, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports. Preston also sat out of Monday's preseason game due to his groin injury. However, it appears that Lue is just being cautious, and the groin injury does not appear to be very serious. Preston will have the opportunity to play Sunday against the Timberwolves.

Terance Mann

Clippers head coach Ty Lue said Mann (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday, but he expects the forward to play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Timberwolves, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports. Mann sat out of Monday's exhibition game as a precaution due to a minor ankle injury, but Lue said the forward is feeling better and, barring a setback, should be available for the remainder of the team's preseason games. The Clippers have two more exhibition contests before they open the regular season against the Lakers on Oct. 20.

Luke Kennard

Clippers coach Ty Lue said that Kennard (ankle) will miss practice Wednesday but is expected to play in upcoming preseason games, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kennard rolled his ankle in Monday's preseason opener versus the Traili Blazers. However, it appears that he has not sustained a serious injury and should not miss much time in the preseason or regular season.

Malik Fitts

Fitts signed with the Clippers on Wednesday, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. Fitts spent played in 15 games for the Jazz and Celtics in 2021-22. In those games he averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.2 minutes. The undrafted forward has not yet solidified his place in the NBA, but he will look to do so in Los Angeles.

Deni Avdija

Wizards head coach Wes Unseld said Avdija (groin) was a partial participant in practice Wednesday and is considered doubtful for Monday’s preseason game against the Hornets, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. Avdija didn't play in either of the team's exhibition contests against the Warriors in Japan, and he's trending towards a third straight absence due to a lingering groin issue he picked up while playing for the Israeli national team over the Summer. If available, the 2020 first-round pick is expected to be a core part of Washington's rotation to start the 2022-23 campaign.

Nate Darling

Darling signed a contract with the Clippers Wednesday, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. Darling spent last season with the Clippers' G League team, and averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 in 32.3 minutes across 31 games. Darling is also a capable outside shooter, shooting 37.0 percent on 7.8 three-point attempts per game in 2021-22. He will attempt to make his first NBA appearance since 2020 with the Hornets.

Jae'Sean Tate

Rockets assistant coach John Lucas said Tate (ankle) went through about half of Wednesday’s practice, but he expects the forward to be available for Friday’s preseason contest against the Raptors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports. Tate sat out the team's preseason opener due to a sore left ankle, but the issue has been reported as minor. After signing a three-year, $22.1 million contract this offseason, the undrafted product out of Ohio State will likely garner a major role for Houston in 2022-23.

Nikola Vucevic

Vucevic ended up with 15 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals across 23 minutes in Tuesday’s 129-125 loss against the Pelicans. Vucevic has a lot to prove in a contract year and while preseason stats always need to be taken with a grain of salt, it's undeniable that this was an excellent effort on both ends of the court for the veteran big man. He's slated to operate as Chicago's third-best scoring option behind go-to guys DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, but his fantasy value will definitively generate a boost if he can fill up the box score on a regular basis as he did in this game.

Javonte Green

Green finished with 18 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and five rebounds across 21 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s 129-125 loss against the Pelicans. Green came out of nowhere to end up as one of the best players for the Bulls in this loss, but perhaps what surprised the most was the fact that he was extremely efficient in terms of his shooting numbers. He's coming off a career-best campaign in 2021-22, starting in 45 of his 65 regular-season appearances and averaging 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.9 assists and 0.5 blocks per contest.

DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan posted 21 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 11-12 FT), three assists, two steals and a block across 23 minutes in Tuesday’s 129-125 loss against the Pelicans. It's not a surprise to see DeRozan carrying the Bulls on offense, and the veteran seems ready for the season to start right away. While he will share most of the scoring load with Zach LaVine and partially Nikola Vucevic, DeRozan should be a strong fantasy option across all formats due to his scoring ability and his capacity to impact the game in other categories as well. He's averaged at least 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in each of the last four seasons.

Jaxson Hayes

Hayes delivered 14 points (7-8 FG, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block across 26 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s 129-125 win over the Bulls. Hayes is not going to start on a regular basis as long as Jonas Valanciunas is healthy, but he can be quite an asset off the bench due to his defensive ability and his ever-evolving offensive game. While expecting double-digit scoring numbers off him might be too much to ask on a game-to-game basis, he could be a decent streaming option in most formats if he gets enough playing time.

Devonte' Graham

Graham notched 21 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 8-8 FT), five assists, two rebounds and a steal across 21 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s 129-125 win over the Bulls. Graham is clearly not the scoring machine he was during his breakout season with the Hornets and seems ticketed for a bench role this season, but he can still light up the scoreboard from time to time. While he's not likely to hover around the 20-point mark on a regular basis, especially if he comes off the bench, he should post decent scoring figures, though the efficiency and shooting percentages might not be there on a game-to-game basis.

Zion Williamson

Williamson scored 13 points (4-6 FG, 5-5 FT) while adding four rebounds, an assist and a steal across 15 minutes in Tuesday’s 129-125 win over the Bulls. Williamson finally stepped on the court and looked as dominant as he has ever been, bullying opponents with his physicality and controlling the paint on the offensive end of the court. Injuries will be a concern with him, but he should be a focal point on offense for New Orleans if he manages to stay healthy, as he could form an impressive trio alongside Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum.

Franz Wagner

Wagner is expected to be available in Wednesday’s preseason action versus the Spurs, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Wagner missed Monday's preseason game due to rest, but will likely play Wednesday. Wagner may experience some more load management in the preseason due to his deep EuroBasket run, but should be fine once the regular season rolls around.

Corey Kispert

Kispert will miss approximately four to six weeks after spraining his left ankle during Sunday’s preseason contest against the Warriors. Kispert is set to miss at least the first few weeks of the regular season due to the ankle sprain. This is a tough blow for the second-year guard, who finished his rookie season posting 11.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists over the final 29 games of his rookie campaign. In his absence, rookie first-round pick Johnny Davis figures to garner an increased reserve role to start the 2022-23 campaign.

Kyrie Irving

Irving (personal) didn’t practice Wednesday and may not play in Thursday’s preseason contest against the Heat, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports. Per Friedell, Irving and his wife welcomed a new baby Tuesday, so the point guard may take the next couple of days off before returning to basketball activities. After Thursday's contest, the Nets have two more remaining preseason contests before they open the regular season against the Pelicans on Oct. 19.

Tim Hardaway

Hardaway (undisclosed) won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason opener against the Thunder, Eddie Sefko of the Mavericks’ official site reports. Hardaway deemed himself 100 percent healthy following February foot surgery, but he'll still sit out the first preseason contest out of an abundance of caution. The veteran guard's next chance to suit up will be Friday against the Magic.

Maxi Kleber

Kleber (undisclosed) won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason opener against the Thunder, Eddie Sefko of the Mavericks’ official site reports. Kleber is one of a handful of Dallas' regulars who won't be playing in the preseason opener. The forward's absence is presumably due to rest, but the extent of the situation remains unclear. Kleber's next chance to suit up comes Friday against the Magic.

Dylan Windler

Windler won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason contest against the 76ers due to a right ankle sprain, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Per Fedor, Windler picked up the minor ankle injury at the end of Tuesday's practice, but it isn't expected to be a major issue. However, due to Windler's injury history, the Cavaliers have elected to be cautious with the forward, who's in the mix for a starting job during the 2022-23 campaign. After Wednesday's matchup, Cleveland will have three more exhibition games before opening the regular season against the Raptors on Oct. 19.

Nathan Knight

Knight scored 14 points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-9 FT) with seven rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes against Miami. Knight did not record a field goal in the first half with his only points coming on 3-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. However, the Minnesota forward did grab four of his team-high seven rebounds in the first quarter, three of which came on the offensive end. Knight would finish the game by going 4-of-5 from the field with 10 points in the second half

Patrick Williams

The Bulls exercised Williams’ $9.84 million team option for 2023-24 on Wednesday, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports. Williams was limited to just 17 appearances in 2021-22 after undergoing wrist surgery last fall, but the 6-foot-7 forward showed enough promise over his first two NBA seasons for the Bulls to exercise his fourth-year option. In the Bulls' preseason opener Tuesday against the Pelicans, Williams started at power forward and finished with five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes. While all of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic are all healthy, Williams will likely be limited to a low-usage role on offense, but his ability to convert efficiently from the field and offer solid contributions in the rebounds, blocks and steals categories makes him worthy of a late-round flier in most fantasy leagues.

Malachi Flynn

The Raptors announced Wednesday that Flynn underwent a procedure to address a left cheekbone fracture, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports. Flynn is expected to be ready to play in the Raptors’ Oct. 19 season opener versus the Cavaliers, though he’ll wear a face shield upon his return to the court. Flynn suffered the injury in question during the third quarter of Sunday's preseason game against the Jazz. He'll likely sit out the Raptors' next three preseason contests, but he could be ready to go for the exhibition finale Oct. 14 if he's made enough progress in his recovery from the procedure. Even though Flynn doesn't look as though he'll be at much risk of missing regular-season time, his injury is less than ideal due to the Raptors' lack of established backcourt depth.

Taurean Prince

Prince scored 19 points (6-12 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT) in 20 minutes against the Heat to go along with three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Prince made his presence felt in the second quarter, stealing the ball from Duncan Robinson and then nailing a running 28-foot, pullup three off an assist from Nathan Knight right after. The Wolves power forward then stuffed a Dewayne Dedmon layup attempt later in the quarter. Prince also helped the Wolves pull away in the second half with 10 third-quarter points on 3-of-6 shooting, while knocking down four of five free throw attempts.

Tyler Herro

Herro scored 22 points (7-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT) with six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes against the Timberwolves. Herro did a little bit of everything in this one, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists in the first quarter, including one to Caleb Martin for a three-pointer to tie the game up. The point guard would only go 1-of-4 in the second quarter, though he did get to the line twice and make all four of his free throws. Herro added another six points in the third on 2-of-3 shooting from three before sitting for the entire fourth quarter.

Bam Adebayo

Adebayo scored 22 points (9-17 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. It wasn't the best start for Adebayo as he shot just 2-of-7 from the field with two turnovers in the first quarter. That changed when the Heat's big man entered the game for Haywood Highsmith in the second quarter and collected four rebounds - two offensive - while adding six points on 3-of-4 shooting. Adebayo would knock down seven of his last 10 shots in the game before sitting out for the fourth quarter.

Anthony Edwards

Edwards scored 24 points (9-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) against the Heat, while also adding three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 23 minutes. After missing his first two shots of the game, Edwards completed a three-point play at the free-throw line after getting fouled on a layup. The small forward would later knock down seven of his last nine shots between the second and third quarters before sitting for all of the fourth. He scored a game-high 24 points while turning it over just one time on evening.

Damian Lillard

Lillard produced 21 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 24 minutes in Tuesday’s 118-101 loss to the Jazz. Lillard looks like his usual self with no signs of the injury that sidelined him for two-thirds of last season. The Trail Blazers need a solid second scoring option to emerge for the team, and once the team smooths out the kinks, Anfernee Simons and Lillard should both excel in the backcourt.

Collin Sexton

Sexton produced 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and an assist across 17 minutes in Tuesday’s 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers. Sexton has only been with the team a little over a month, and after missing most of last season with a torn meniscus, seeing Sexton on the bench isn't a huge surprise. Before too long, Sexton should find his way into the starting lineup, as Utah didn't sign him to a $72 million contract to come off the pine.

Kelly Olynyk

Olynyk posted 12 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, six assists and two steals across 24 minutes in Tuesday’s 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers. Olynyk bounced back after going scoreless in the first preseason game. The veteran has huge shoes to fill, and life without Rudy Gobert will be an uphill battle for the Jazz. Olynyk won't be alone in trying to fill that hole, as Lauri Markkanen and Jarred Vanderbilt are quality frontcourt additions to help the cause.