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Josh Hart

Hart tallied five points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals across 25 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 exhibition loss to the Clippers. Hart's value to the team is multi-pronged, as he combines an apt backcourt offense with good defense, and Monday''s line is a good example of the diverse impact he can have on the game flow. Although the acquisition of Jerami Grant will relegate him to a backcourt role with more frequency, his role in the starting lineup is relatively safe. Nassir Little and Keon Johnson will also fight for a larger role behind Hart.

Jerami Grant

Grant posted 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) four rebounds, three blocked shots, an assist and a steal across 27 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 loss to the Clippers. Acquiring Grant was an excellent move for the Trail Blazers, who have had ups and down in filling the four position in previous years. The 27-year-old has plenty of gas left in the tank, and he brings a multi-faceted skill set to Portland. He's a frontcourt force at 6-8, but Grant is an exceptional perimeter shooter as well, and he exhibited an excellent ability to stretch the floor during his tenure with Detroit. Grant should be a very valuable asset to the team this season.

Damian Lillard

Lillard posted 16 points (5-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two assists, three rebounds and a steal across 23 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 exhibition loss to the Clippers. Lillard looked great despite the loss, especially considering that he hasn't played a full game since New Year's Eve of 2021. Lillard will enter the season without longtime backcourt companion CJ McCollum, who departed for New Orleans during his absence. Anfernee Simons now holds that role, so it will be interesting to see how well the two will fare together as the season moves forward.

John Wall

Wall recorded five points (1-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and a rebound across 14 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 exhibition win over the Trail Blazers. Imagining a pre-injury Wall alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is a tantalizing proposal for the Clippers, but Wall will have to prove himself. Reggie Jackson is as solid as they come at the point, and neither player has much experience playing off the ball at shooting guard. It's unlikely that either player will adjust to a different role, so it appears that the two will share the point guard duties, with Jackson having the edge to start in the short term.

Paul George

George posted 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal across 16 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 win over the Trail Blazers. Seeing George and Kawhi Leonard together on the floor is surely a source of delight for Clippers fans. The duo last played together in the 2020-21 playoffs, and injuries have plagued both players since then. George only mustered 31 games last season, so the pressing question facing the Clippers is the overall health of their two marquee players. The preseason opener was definitely an encouraging sign.

Amir Coffey

Coffey recorded 15 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), two assists, two rebounds and a steal across 24 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 exhibition win over the Trail Blazers. One shouldn't read too much into Coffey's preseason outing, as the team elected to ride a hot hand. The team is loaded with guard talent, and despite a promising 2021-22 campaign with the team, his role will likely diminish, especially John Wall can play at a high level after an extended absence from the game.

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard tallied 11 points (3-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals across 18 minutes in Monday’s 102-97 win over the Trail Blazers. After missing all of 2021-22 with a torn ACL, Leonard enters his 11th NBA season with some questions around his ability to stay healthy. He's only played 109 games over three seasons with the Clippers, so the promise of his tandem with Paul George has yet to reach its full potential. His preseason debut showed flashes of his former self, as he was very active defensively and didn't seem afraid to test his knee. If he and George can avoid injury, the team should be a force to be reckoned with in the West.

Kendrick Nunn

Nunn turned in nine points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two rebounds and an assist across 20 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition loss to the Kings. Nunn will be an interesting wrinkle in the Lakers' bid ti return to the playoffs. After two productive seasons with the Heat, Nunn suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss all of last season. The Lakers are in desperate need of shooting support, so if Nunn can shake off the rust and play like he did in Miami, he could provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the offense. It's too soon to tell, but there's a good chance he will be in the starting lineup alongside Russell Westbrook when the season begins.

Cole Swider

Swider posted 10 points (3-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) across 19 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 loss to the Kings. Although good Summer League campaigns aren't necessarily indicators of future success, the undrafted rookie out of Syracuse did enough to warrant a higher spot on the depth chart. The Lakers definitely need upgrades in their second and third unit, and Swider is a good source of perimeter shooting to supplement their arsenal.

LeBron James

James tallied four points (0-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two assists and a rebound across 16 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition loss to the Kings. James will have to wait for the next game to score his first field goal of the season, as he failed to find the bottom of the basket in his preseason debut. The All-Star's cold start should be of little concern, however. As usual, his fantasy prospects remain extremely strong for 2022-23.

Anthony Davis

Davis posted 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 16 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition loss to the Kings. Davis showed no ill effects from his back injury and appeared to be close to 100 percent, especially in the paint where he grabbed 11 rebounds. Davis will strive to be injury-free this season, as various injuries during his tenure with the Lakers have occurred frequently, forcing him to miss significant time. In 2020-21, he only played 40 of 82 games.

Domantas Sabonis

Sabonis logged four points (2-3 FG), five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots across 15 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition win over the Lakers. The Kings will probably play it safe with Sabonis throughout the preseason after ending the 3021-22 campaign with a knee injury. The team made a huge investment in bringing Sabonis to Sacramento, so expect his exhibition minutes to be capped so he is ready to go once season play gets under way.

Richaun Holmes

Holmes tallied 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist across 16 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition win over the Lakers. Holmes saw a sharp decrease in playing time after the Kings trade for Domantas Sabonis last season, and he'll begin the season slotted with the second unit. His output could be capped with the acquisition of Chimezie Metu, who will also compete for playing time in the frontcourt.

De'Aaron Fox

Fox recorded 10 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 16 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition win over the Lakers. Fox's season was cut short by a hand injury back in March, but he appears to be well past it and ran with the starters in the preseason opener. Fox remains a constant amidst a slew of new arrivals, and he is once again poised to direct the offense at the point.

Keegan Murray

Murray logged 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals and an assist across 21 minutes in Monday’s 105-75 exhibition win over the Lakers. Murray continued to impress after a stellar stint in the Summer league. The first-round pick out of Iowa will likely roll with the second unit in Sacramento, and contend for playing time behind Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter, among others. Murray's rookie potential is very high on this roster, as the Kings will look quickly for the best solution to outdo last year's 31-41 record.

Zeke Nnaji

Nnaji recorded 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and six rebounds over 17 minutes Monday in a preseason loss to Oklahoma City. Nnaji led Denver in scoring in the loss and tied for the team lead in rebounds. He appeared to be healthy after playing in only two of Denver's final 27 regular-season contests during the previous campaign due to knee issues. Nnaji showed some promise when on the court during his sophomore season, and he could carve out decent minutes as a reserve if he plays well early on.

Jamal Murray

Murray posted 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), two rebounds and two assists over 15 minutes in Monday’s preseason defeat to the Thunder. It was a triumphant return to the court for Murray, who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL. The point guard didn't show much rust on his shot, making two of his three tries from deep. It's fair to expect Murray to need some time to be fully ramped up after the extended absence, but he enjoyed his best season in 2020-21 and could be a steal as a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts.

Nikola Jokic

Jokic tallied two points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 15 minutes in a preseason loss to Oklahoma City on Monday. Jokic wasn't very active as a scorer in the contest, but he doesn't have anything to prove after bringing home the NBA MVP award each of the past two seasons. The big man did record five boards and three assists in just 15 minutes, and there's little doubt that he'll once again be one of fantasy's most productive all-around players once the regular season kicks off.

Josh Giddey

Giddey registered 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt), 12 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one block over 25 minutes in an exhibition 112-101 win against the Nuggets on Monday. Giddey was outstanding in Denver's preseason opener, finishing third on the team with 14 points and leading all players with 12 boards and nine dimes. The performance was a reminder of the all-around skill set Giddey desplayed as a rookie last season, when he tallied four triple-doubles and averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists across 54 contests. Giddey's scoring and shooting may be a question mark, but his ability to put up numbers across the board make him a popular selection in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this season.

Tre Mann

Mann put up 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, one steal and one block over 23 minutes in Monday’s 112-101 exhibition victory versus Denver. Mann led all scorers in the contest with 17 points and knocked down half of his six three-point tries. It was a promising start to the exhibition slate after the point guard shot just 39.3 percent from the field in his rookie campaign. Mann will be battling for backup minutes behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) this season, but with the latter's status for the beginning of the campaign in question, there could be an opportunity for Mann to make an early impression.

Paolo Banchero

Banchero finished with eight points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block over 24 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Grizzlies in his NBA preseason debut. Banchero started and ranked second on the team with 24 minutes in the exhibition opener, but he had a hard time getting his shot to fall. The No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft looked much better in a pair of contests in the Las Vegas Summer League, so there's little point in reading too much into Monday's subpar showing. He'll likely go through some rookie growing pains, but Banchero figures to see ample opportunity this season and is an interesting target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

Cole Anthony

Anthony totaled 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and one steal over 21 minutes in Monday’s exhibition loss to Memphis. Anthony was the Magic's leading scorer in the contest, with all but five of his 17 points coming from three-point range. The point guard didn't record any assists in the contest, but he did rank second on the team with five boards. Anthony blossomed in his sophomore campaign last season, averaging a team-best 16.3 points and 5.7 dimes. However, he may be hard-pressed to repeat those numbers if Markelle Fultz (toe) takes over the starting point-guard role this season.

Santi Aldama

Aldama recorded 21 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds over 24 minutes Monday in a 109-97 preseason victory against the Magic. After posting 13 points and eight boards in Memphis' exhibition opener Saturday, Aldama upped his scoring output against Orlando thanks largely to knocking down four of five three-point attempts. The big man wasn't particularly productive in his rookie campaign last season, but he's already showing flashes of improvement in preseason play. He could have a bigger role to begin the season with Jaren Jackson (foot) likely out until November or December.

Ja Morant

Morant tallied 22 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-10 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block over 22 minutes in Monday’s 109-97 exhibition win against Orlando. Morant didn't play in Memphis' preseason opener Saturday but looked to be in regular-season form Monday. He led all Grizzlies players in scoring and assists while tying for the team lead in steals. After blossoming as a scorer with a career-best 27.4 points per contest last season, Morant's fantasy stock has skyrocketed into first-round territory. It's only one preseason game, but early indications are that the high-flying point guard is set for another very productive campaign.

Gary Payton

Payton (abdomen) is out for Monday’s exhibition contest against the Clippers, Aaron J. Fentress of The Oregonian reports. The newly acquired guard is still recovering from an offseason core surgery procedure and is officially out for Portland's preseason opener. The Trail Blazers' next preseason game comes Tuesday while the team opens the regular season on October 19 against the Kings.

Troy Brown

Brown (back) has been ruled out for Monday’s preseason game against the Kings, Mike Trudell of the Lakers’ official site reports. Brown has been dealing with a back injury during training camp, and it'll keep him from running the floor Monday. His next chance to see preseason action arrives Wednesday against the Suns.

Trendon Watford

Watford (hip) won’t play in Monday’s preseason game against the Clippers, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers’ official site reports. It's unclear as to when Watford may have picked up the injury, but the team will hold him out of a meaningless exhibition while he recovers. He figures to be re-evaluated Tuesday morning to determine his availability for Tuesday's preseason matchup with Utah.

Marcus Morris

Morris won’t play in Monday’s preseason matchup against Portland, Law Murray of The Athletic reports. It appears that the veteran is just out due to rest purposes. Morris should be ready to play if needed during the Clippers' next preseason game against Minnesota on Sunday.

Lonnie Walker

Walker (ankle) will be cleared to play starting Tuesday, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports. Walker has been dealing with an ankle injury throughout the start of the Lakers' training camp, but the newly acquired guard will be cleared to play Tuesday. Walker's first chance to take the court with Los Angeles will come Wednesday against the Suns.

Anthony Davis

Davis (back) will play in Monday’s preseason game against the Kings, Mark Medina of reports. Davis was listed by the team as probable for Monday's exhibition, and while coach Darvin Ham noted in pregame that Davis is dealing with some tightness, he also stated that the star forward "doesn't have anything structurally wrong," per Medina. Expect the Lakers to monitor his minutes closely Monday evening.

Reggie Jackson

Jackson (rest) will start Monday’s preseason game against the Tail Blazers, Tomer Azarly of reports. Jackson was held out of Friday's exhibition against Maccabi Ra'anana due to rest purposes, but he'll see live action Monday evening. He figures to continue to share time on the ball with John Wall throughout the preseason and into the regular season.

Jamal Murray

Murray (knee) is starting Monday’s preseason opener against the Thunder. Murray has been on the mend since suffering a torn ACL in April of 2021, and the star has been able to stick to his desired timeline, stating in mid-August that he was aiming for a return in the preseason opener. The Nuggets figure to monitor Murray closely in his first live action since suffering the injury, though it's unclear as to why type of minute restriction he'll be on Monday evening.

Udoka Azubuike

Azubuike (ankle) won’t play in Tuesday’s game against Portland, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The center will remain on the sidelines for the team's second preseason matchup. Azubuike still hasn't been cleared to resume 5-on-5 work, and there hasn't been any update as to when the Kansas product will be able to do so.

Bones Hyland

Hyland has his third-year option picked up by the Nuggets on Monday, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports. After averaging 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during his rookie season, the Nuggets decided to exercise the VCU product's third-year option. Hyland appears set to compete with Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Bruce Brown for playing time over the course of his second season. Denver opens its preseason Monday against the Thunder.

Eugene Omoruyi

Omoruyi (toe) is available to play in Monday’s preseason game against Denver, Brandon Rahbar of reports. Omoruyi signed a two-way deal with the Thunder back in July, and it's a positive sign that he's been cleared to play after undergoing a toe procedure in December of 2021, a surgery that was expected to sideline him for 4-to-6 months. He appears to be back at full strength and will compete for a bench role with his new squad.

Ousmane Dieng

Dieng (wrist) will be available for Monday’s preseason game against the Nuggets, Brandon Rahbar of reports. Dieng was shut down during Summer League due to a chip fracture in his right wrist, but the team confirmed Monday that he's good to go for the start of the preseason. He figures to battle for a bench role at the forward positions throughout the preseason.

Zeke Nnaji

Nnaji’s fourth-year option was picked up by the Nuggets on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The 2020 first-round pick is sticking with Denver for at least one more season after the team agreed to exercise his fourth-year option. The 21-year-old forward averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 46.3 percent from behind the arc during his second year last season. Nnaji figures to compete with Jeff Green, Christian Braun and Vlatko Cancar for reserve forward minutes during the upcoming season.

Paolo Banchero

Banchero will start Monday’s preseason game against the Grizzlies, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Magic will go with a big lineup featuring Banchero at small forward alongside Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter. Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs will get the nod at the guard spots, while both Franz Wagner (rest) and Markelle Fultz (toe) sit out. When Wagner is available, Banchero will likely slide up to his more natural power forward spot, but his skill set should enable him to play both positions for a Magic team stocked with frontcourt depth.

Evan Mobley

Mobley is out one-to-two weeks with a sprained ankle, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. After an impressive rookie season, the young forward's second year is off to a slight hitch after Mobley sprained his ankle Monday. Kevin Love, Isaiah Mobley and Dean Wade appear in line for more preseason opportunities with the USC product on the sidelines. The Cavaliers make their regular season debut on October 19th against the Raptors.

Jalen Suggs

Suggs (ankle) will start during Monday’s preseason opener against the Grizzlies. Suggs underwent ankle surgery during the offseason, but the 6-foot-5 guard is officially ready to go for his second year in the NBA. The Gonzaga product is set to take the court with 2022 No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero for the first time in their careers during Monday's preseason opener.

Admiral Schofield

Schofield (sore knee) will not play in Monday’s preseason opener against the Grizzlies, Dan Savage of the Magic’s official site reports. The Tennesee product will not appear in Orlando's preseason opener due to a sore knee. Schofield's next chance to make his 2022 preseason debut comes Thursday against the Spurs.

Franz Wagner

Wagner (rest) is out for Monday’s preseason contest against the Grizzlies, Dan Savage of the Magic’s official site reports. After participating in EuroBasket during the offseason, the Magic are opting to rest their young forward for Monday's preseason opener. Wagner's next opportunity to suit up for Orlando comes Thursday in San Antonio.

John Butler

Butler had his contract converted into a two-way deal on Monday, Andrew Lopez of reports. The Florida State product played with the Pelicans during Summer League and will remain with the organization after having his contract converted into a two-way deal. Butler's first chance to make his preseason debut comes Tuesday against the Bulls.

Danuel House

House (neck) is out for Monday’s preseason opener against the Nets, Tim Bontemps of reports. The newly acquired wing got hit in the neck during practice, but the injury is not supposed to be significant. House's next chance to make his first appearance as a 76er comes Wednesday against Cleveland.

P.J. Tucker

Tucker (rest) will not play in Monday’s preseason contest against the Nets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Fresh off of signing a three-year deal with the 76ers, Tucker will have to wait to make his preseason debut with Philadelphia. The veteran forward's next chance to take the court for the first time as a 76er comes Wednesday against Cleveland.

Joel Embiid

Embiid (rest) will not play in Monday’s preseason matchup against the Nets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The All-Star center will be rested for the 76ers first preseason contest alongside the likes of James Harden, Danuel House and P.J. Tucker. Embiid's next chance to take the court comes Wednesday against Cleveland.

James Harden

Harden (rest) will not play in Monday’s preseason contest against the Nets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 10-time All-Star will not suit up when Philadelphia makes its preseason debut Monday against Brooklyn. Harden's next chance to take the floor comes Wednesday against the Cavaliers.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns was hospitalized during the first week of training camp due to a throat infection that caused labored breathing, Brian Windhorst of reports. Per Windhorst, Towns told the media Monday that the illness caused him to lose almost 15 pounds, and he didn't get clearance to walk again until Saturday, when he attended a team event. "I'm still recovering," Towns said. But, he added that he still believes he'll be ready for the season opener against the Thunder on Oct. 19, per Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.