Description: Cavaliers small forward LeBron James rebounded from a poor opening night.
Insight: He had 36 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block, and three turnovers, to lead Cleveland to an overtime victory over Chicago. James also scored eight points in the extra session.
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose left Friday's game with a sprained ankle, and is questionable to return.
Insight: Doris Burke gave the report with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter, so it is unlikely that Rose returns. Hopefully the injury does not keep him out long, as Rose was having a productive night (20 points, four assists, four rebounds in 25 minutes). However, questions contiue to linger if Rose can stay healthy.
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol scored 20 points in Friday's win over Indiana.
Insight: Following a 32-point performance during opening night, Gasol shot 9-of-16 from the field, and had six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and two turnovers. He looks like he is in line for the best season of his career.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (ankle) is expected to make his season debut Saturday against the Nuggets.
Insight: This is as good of news OKC could hope to receive, after losing Russell Westbrook to a hand injury. Barring a setback, Jackson will be ready to roll, and will have a unique opportunity to put up big numbers.
Description: Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee left Friday's game with an apparent concussion.
Insight: He was on the floor and took a Roy Hibbert knee to the back of the head. He will need to be cleared in order to get back on the floor, which will probably take at least a few days. Vince Carter, Beno Udrih, and Quincy Pondexter should all see an increase in playing time.
Description: Pacers power forward David West (sprained right ankle) will not play Friday against Memphis.
Insight: He is expected to miss the first three games, and this will be Indiana's second game of the season. Luis Scola will continue to start, while Chris Copeland and Lavoy Allen will see minutes, during West's absence.
Description: Heat power forward Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) practiced in full during Friday's session.
Insight: He is getting close to game-action, and will have a chance to suit up Saturday in Philadelphia. McRoberts will provide owners with some three-pointers, rebounds, and a solid field goal percenatge, during the season.
Description: Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been cleared to play on Friday.
Insight: Barring a last-minute change, he will be on the court against the Suns, and will have a tremendous opportunity to build off his NBA Finals MVP Award. In contract news, Leonard has tabled talks with the Spurs until after the season, as he is pursuing a max-extension. Leonard will be a restricted free agent next summer.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) should be considered day-to-day.
Insight: He is running on the treadmill, but is not 100 percent, and if he is unable to go on Saturday against the Cleltics, backup guard Isaiah Canaan will be in line to get the start. Look for Jason Terry to mix in at point guard as well.
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis has put up two strong performances and should continue to see plenty of playing time.
Insight: despite not starting, Davis is averaging 12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.0 blocks per game. It's his defense that will keep him on the court over a veteran like Carlos Boozer and he's a viable fantasy options after the Julius Randle injury.
Description: One thing fantasy owners should never do is underextimate Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Bryant's return to the court after a "lost" season started slowly in Game 1, but he posted 31 points against Phoenix. Knocking the rust off was to be expected, but nobody has more will to succeed than Bryant.
Description: If the first game is an indication, Suns guard Goran Dragic is going to take a hit to his assists total with Eric Bledoe in the lineup.
Insight: He had career-high averages in points (20.3 PPG), assists (5.9 APG), rebounds (3.2 RPG), field goal percentage (.505 FG%), and three-pointers made per game (1.6 3PM) last season. With Eric Bledsoe healthy and the addition of Isaiah Thomas, Dragic's numbers might take a significant hit. But it's only one game and we aren't ready to draw season-long conclusions.
Description: Sixers point guard Alexey Shved played very well in the opener and on this weak Philadelphia roster should continue to see plenty of playing time.
Insight: Shved posted 18 points and five assists in just 24 minutes. He was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and fantasy owners should keep an eye on him. If he sees the same workload or more he'd be a useful bench addition.
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson played very well coming off the bench in the season opener and given a chance can certainly repeat those numbers.
Insight: Gibson played 28 minutes, scoring 22 points and pulling down eight rebounds, but that was against a weak Knicks team. Let's see what kind of role and output he posted Friday night against Cleveland.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love played well in the "Chris Bosh" role for his new team.
Insight: He had 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and made three 3-pointers. Expect a double-double from Love almost everytime out, but the 26.1 ppg from last season is likely to take a significant hit as we saw in Game 1.
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol dazzled in Wednesday's opener, with 32 points and nine rebounds, but may have a tougher time Friday night against Indiana.
Insight: He was 12-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the line against Minnesota, but will go up against defensive specialist Roy Hibbert this time around. Hibbert reject seven shots in the Pacers' opener.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered a fractured finger on his right hand in the first half of the Thursday night game with the Clippers, according to a ProBasketballTalk report.
Insight: With Kevin Durant (foot) out for the beginning portion of the season, Westbrook was going to have to carry the Thunder. Normally this type injury will force a player to sit for about a month or more. Disaster for OKC who are now without their two All-Stars.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins continued his slow start to the season.
Insight: After having only six points on opening night, Wiggins followed that performance with eight more points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. There will be growing pains for the rookie, especially early on.
Description: Wizards guard John Wall had a big game on Thursday.
Insight: He was 10-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, for 30 points. Wall also had 12 assists, 5 rebounds, two steals, and only two turnovers. He has two double-doubles through two games, thus far.
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson put up an interesting line in his debut for Charlotte Wednesday.
Insight: Stephenson didn't shoot very weel (3-of-12), but did pull down 13 rebounds and dished out eight assists in an overtime win. He's dealing with a groin issue, but it shouldn't keep him from playing.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins was a bit on the dull side in his NBA debut, scoring six points, three rebounds an assist and a pair of steals in 19 minutes.
Insight: Wiggins was dealing with a sore back so perhaps he didn't push it. Like most rookies, the first season will be filled with ups and downs and fantasy owners who pick him in non-dynasty leagues should be aware of the inconsistent nature of the selection.
Description: Heat guard Norris Cole was huge in his opener - 23 points, three rebounds, two assists.
Insight: It will be interesting to see if he can do it on a consistent basis or if this was just opening night enthusiasm. The Heat have a number of options should he falter in Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers so Cole is still a risky option.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has been ruled out of the first three games of the season.
Insight: Nothing new here for a guy who has missed more than half of the games over the past three seasons. Sunday versus Charlotte is the earliest he could play, but fantasy owners should not expect anything from him - then they won't be disappointed.
Description: Magic PF/C Kyle O'Quinn is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington due to an ankle issue.
Insight: O'Quinn started at PF with Channing Frye sidelined and barring a setback should get another start as Frye isn't likely back until Saturday. O'Quinn played just 21 minutes in the opener due to foul trouble and the ankle issue.
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol dazzled in Wednesday's opener.
Insight: He was 12-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the line, for 32 points. Gasol also had nine rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. This is a contract-year for Gasol, and he is off to a great start.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young looked fantastic in his team debut.
Insight: He was 10-of-18 , including two 3-pointers, for 26 points. Young also chipped in four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. It looks like he is picking up where he left off in Philadelphia, last season.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring, during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.
Insight: It was not much of an accomplishment, as Anthony had only 14 points. The Knicks shot only 36.5 percent from the field, and Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (12 points) were the only two players to score in double-figures.
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol had a fantastic team debut.
Insight: Him and backup power forward Taj Gibson led the Bulls on Wednesday, with Gasol going for 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gibson chipped in 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block as well. It is early, but it is looking like Chicago is extremely deep.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade hit some big shots down the stretch, and helped Miami beat Washington in the season opener.
Insight: He shot 8-of-16 for 21 points, made two 3-pointers, and had two steals. Owners need to be aware that Wade will probably not suit up every game, but if he posts numbers like tonight's, then he will be in line for a nice season.
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce played well in his team debut.
Insight: He played 33 minutes and was 6-for-10 from the field, including one three-pointer, for 17 points. Pierce also had six rebounds, five assists, and two steals, making it just another night on the court for him.
Description: raptors guard Kyle Lowry had a poor shooting night, but posted a double-double during Wednesday's win over Atlanta.
Insight: Lowry and DeMar Derozan shot poorly, going a a combined 7-of-27. However, Derozan chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals, while Lowry had 11 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Both players should be extremely valuable until season's end.
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas led the team in scoring, in limited minutes.
Insight: He played only 21 minutes, and was 4-of-5 from the field, but 9-of-10 from the line, for his 17 points. Valanciunas also chipped in eight rebounds and a block. It was a solid opening night, and owners can expect his playing to increase as well.
Description: Atlanta C/PF Al Horford scored 12 points in his return to action on Wednesday.
Insight: After playing in only 29 games last season, Horford was 6-of-15 from the field, while chipping in 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal. As long as he can stay healthy, Horford will have a major impact on the fantasy season.
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight almost posted a triple-double on Wednesday night against the Hornets.
Insight: He shot terribly (5-of-17), but had 22 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds, and was 10-of-10 from the line. Knight did turn the ball over four times, but if he produces numbers like that, the turnovers should not be an issue to fantasy owners.
Description: Bucks rookie Jabari Parker did not do much in his NBA debut.
Insight: He shot 3-of-9 from the field, for eight points, and had four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Owners should expect growing pains, especially early on, but it is nice to know he played 37 minutes on Wednesday night.
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker hit the game-winning jumper, in overtime, against Milwaukee.
Insight: Charlotte trailed all night, but forced overtime, and Walker put the Hornets in front for good with 5.1 seconds remaining in the extra session. He had a poor shooting night (9-for-26), but did have 26 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. Solid start to the season for Walker.
Description: 76ers guard Tony Wroten had a solid opening night.
Insight: He was filling in for the injured Michael Carter-Williams, and posted a nice stat line. Wroten was 9-of-21 for 22 points, while also adding seven assists, eight rebounds, and three steals. Once MCW returns from injury, Wroten will move back to the bench, but as long as he continues to see minutes, he will be able to provide numbers for fantasy owners.
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel posted 10 rebounds and three blocks in his NBA debut.
Insight: He had a poor shooting night, going 2-for-11 from the field and 2-for-6 from the line, for his six points. Owners will have to deal with poor offensive nights from Noel, but it is nice to see him produce in the rebounding and shot-blocking department, early on.