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Jabari Smith

Smith finished Sunday’s preseason win over the Spurs with 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-8 3Pt), eight rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. In his first real taste of real action, Smith looked every bit the part of a highly regarded rookie, hitting five three-pointers en route to a 21-point night. Three of Smith's five made threes came in the first half, which he finished with 15 points and five boards. The Auburn product struggled shooting the ball during the Last Vegas Summer League, so Sunday's performance should put a more-positive spin on Smith's fantasy value heading into draft season.

Michael Porter

Porter is not listed on the injury report ahead of Monday’s preseason opener against the Thunder, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports. Throughout the offseason, the Nuggets maintained that they believe Porter will be ready to go for the start of the preseason, and that still appears to be the case. It's possible the team will limit his workload during the exhibition schedule, but the hope is that Porter's back will not be an issue to begin the regular season after he was limited to just nine appearances in 2021-22.

Tyler Herro

Herro and the Heat agreed to terms Sunday on a four-year, $130 million contract extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The 13th overall pick in 2019 has been a key piece for Miami over the last three seasons, which he he capped off with a Sixth Man of the Year campaign in 2021-22. Herro appeared in 66 contests last season, averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 made threes in 32.6 minutes per game. The Heat clearly view the 22-year-old as a foundational player, and at some point in the future it's very possible that he could move into a starting role. However, with Miami returning most of last year's roster, Herro will likely find himself in a similar position this season.

Bruno Fernando

Fernando signed a four-year, $10.9 million contract with the Rockets on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Fernando rejoined the Rockets on an Exhibit 10 contract in late July, and his contract was converted to a two-way deal late last week. He's impressed during the offseason and will be rewarded with a multi-year deal ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. Fernando appeared in 30 games between the Celtics and Rockets last year and averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game.

Malcolm Brogdon

Brogdon will make his preseason debut for the Celtics on Sunday against the Hornets, Keith Smith of reports. After being traded to the Celtics this offseason, Brogdon is finally ready to suit up for the Celtics. He was one of the key pieces for the Pacers last season averaging 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds over 33.5 minutes per contest. Expect Brogdon to play a key sixth-man role for the Celtics this season as a scorer and distributor.

Seth Curry

Curry (ankle) is feeling good when it comes to his recovery but hasn’t done five-on-five work yet, according to Chris Milholen of Head coach Steve Nash is hopeful that the sharpshooter will be available for the final game of the preseason, but a more realistic expectation would be to have him ready for Opening Night. Curry averaged 15.0 points, 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 42.2 percent from deep in 2021-22.

Rui Hachimura

Hachimura produced 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes in a 104-95 loss Sunday against Golden State in a preseason contest in Japan. After nearly posting a double-double in the preseason opener, Hachimura made it happen Sunday. He's averaging 12 points and 9.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in two preseason games while going 9-for-19 from the field. The 24-year-old missed the first 39 games of last season and came off the bench in 29 contests before starting the final 13 games of the season. He averaged 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds as a starter and is likely to continue in that role this season for Washington.

Will Barton

Barton tallied 12 points (3-10 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), a rebound and three assists in 23 minutes in a 104-95 loss Sunday against the Warriors in a preseason contest in Japan. In his first appearance of the preseason, Barton struggled from the field. He missed the Wizards' first preseason game due to a lower back injury and wasn't announced as a starter Sunday until close to game time. Washington acquired the 31-year-old in July from Denver and hopes he will maintain his production from eight seasons with the Nuggets when he averaged 14 points per game and made 36.2 percent of three-point attempts.

Gordon Hayward

Hayward (knee) will not suit up for the Hornets’ preseason game against the Celtics, Rod Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports. In 49 games last season, Hayward averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. Unfortunately, he's currently dealing with a left knee contusion which has left him unable to be on the hardwood. Expect the 32-year-old to be ready to go for the season as one of Charlotte's main offensive weapons.

Kristaps Porzingis

Porzingis compiled 18 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes in a 104-95 loss Sunday in a preseason game against the Warriors in Japan. Porzingis bounced back from a poor preseason opener and had a productive game against the defending champs. He has six steals and three blocks in the first two preseason games. The 27-year-old averaged 22.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 17 games with Washington last season after being acquired in a trade with Dallas. He can opt-out of his contract following the season and will likely choose to do so with a healthy and productive campaign.

Moses Moody

Moody produced 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and two assists in 25 minutes in a 104-95 win Sunday against Washington in a preseason game in Japan. Moody came off the bench and played 25 minutes for the second straight contest. He's scored 17 combined points in his first two preseason contests but hasn't done much else to fill up the stat sheet, recording just one rebound, four assists and a steal. The 20-year-old split his time between the Warriors and the G League last season and appears to be receiving a chance to earn a spot on Golden State's roster for the upcoming season.

Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins compiled 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), a rebound and three assists in 16 minutes of a 104-95 preseason win Sunday over Washington in Japan. Wiggins has looked a bit rusty in the first two preseason games, going 2-for-9 from behind the arc. He's played 16 minutes in both contests and combined to score 15 points. The 27-year-old made his first All-Star team last season -- averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 73 games -- and looks to repeat that performance as the Golden State aims to defend its title.

Draymond Green

Green tallied six points (2-3 FG, 2-2 3Pt), three rebounds and five assists in 17 minutes in Sunday’s 104-95 victory over the Wizards in a preseason game in Japan. Green's 17 minutes Sunday were a slight increase over the 13 he played in Friday's preseason opener. He's grabbed produced 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes over two games against Washington in Japan. The 32-year-old missed 36 games last season with a lower back injury but looks healthy in the early part of the preseason for the defending champs.

Grayson Allen

Allen scored 15 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt) in 18 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday, adding five rebounds, one assist and a steal. Allen opened the game strong, scoring eight points in the first quarter on 3-of-5 shooting, including a 29-foot three pointer off an assist from Jrue Holiday The shooting guard also added three rebounds in the quarter. Allen was more quiet in the second half, though he did knock down two more three-pointers in the third quarter before sitting for all of the fourth.

Stephen Curry

Curry produced 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and a block in 17 minutes of Sunday’s 104-95 victory over the Wizards in a preseason game in Japan. After a poor shooting night in Friday's preseason opener, Curry looked like his typical self Sunday and filled the stat sheet in 17 minutes of playing time. It was a slight increase in minutes over the 13 he played in the first preseason contest. The 34-year-old will look to make his ninth All-Star team this season as the Warriors compete to win their fifth title in the last nine seasons.

David Roddy

Roddy scored 18 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT) in Saturday’s win over the Bucks to go along with five rebounds and two steals. After hitting a three pointer on his first shot of the game in the first quarter, Roddy would finish just 1-for-4 in the first half. However, the 6'5" guard made his presence known in the second half, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter on 2-of-4 shooting while also making all six of his free throw attempts and adding three boards in the quarter. It was a nice early showing for Memphis' 2022 first-round pick.

Jordan Nwora

Nwora scored 21 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT) with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday. Nwora got after it early in the Bucks' loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday night, scoring a game-high 21 points and also tying Santi Aldama with a game-high eight rebounds (three offensive). After missing his first two shots of the game, the 24-year-old forward went on to put up 11 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting before going just 2-of-7 through the final two quarters. He was also charged with three of his four fouls in the second half while turning it over four times in the game.

Santi Aldama

Aldama scored 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt) with eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes versus the Bucks on Saturday. Aldama scored Memphis' first points of the game on a 27-foot three pointer in the first quarter, shortly after blocking a Bobby Portis' alley-oop layup attempt. The Grizzlies center scored five of his 13 total points in the quarter to go along with two assists and the block. The only downside to Aldama's performance came in the form of four fouls, three of which were called against him in the first half.

Kenneth Lofton

Lofton scored 17 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Grizzlies’ win over the Bucks on Saturday night. Lofton entered the game a little more than halfway through the first quarter and hit his first shot attempt, a 27-foot three pointer following an assist from Jacob Gilyard.The rookie forward would then do most of his damage from the short-range for the remainder of the game, going 4-of-4 from the paint while making all three of his free throws in the fourth quarter. It was a solid start for the undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech.