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Jazz F Georges Niang will enter the starting lineup Friday against the Spurs.
With most of the usual Jazz starters resting in this one, Niang will have an opportunity for increased usage in the starting five. He’s played well in four games for Utah so far and should look for his shot even more today.
Georges Niang logged his first full practice today since arriving in Orlando.
After being limited in practice due to left ankle soreness, Niang will look to work his way into an expanded role with the loss of the team’s second leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic. If his increased role as the backup four behind Royce O’ Neal leads to an increase in usage, he has the potential to be a strong value play coming off the bench especially given his shooting efficiency. On the year, he has averaged 13.3 minutes of playing time, 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, and .6 assists all of which are career highs; he also shot 45.3 percent from the floor and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. In the 22 games in which Niang played 15 minutes or more, he averaged 8.1 points while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 44.2 percent from beyond the arc, with an average usage rate of 16.9 percent. If he can exhibit confident play and expand on his shooting game, while showing the ability to contribute in other ways, he may be a steal for deep-league fantasy formats given his minimum price point. It would be best to take a wait-and-see approach as a lot of things have to fall in place for him to increase his immediate and long-term value.
Utah Jazz beat writer Tony Jones suggests that Georges Niang will be asked to play more minutes as a result of Bojan Bogdanovic undergoing season-ending surgery on Tuesday.
As the NBA inches closer to a possible return this season, the Utah Jazz will be without their best shooter and starting small forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Plagued by a right wrist injury since November, Bogdanovic opted for surgery on Tuesday - leaving an opportunity in the rotation for Niang. Jazz F Joe Ingles will likely be inserted back into the starting lineup, moving Royce O'Neale to the power forward position, where Niang will earn more minutes as a backup. Don't expect too much from the four-year veteran, as he's averaged 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists across 13.3 minutes per game in 58 games this season.
Utah's Georges Niang had 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3PT), four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover across 20 minutes of action in Utah's 128-104 win over New York.
Niang had his occasional double-digit points scored game again for the Jazz. This is the sixth time he's done that this season but he's still not someone to add in any fantasy league.
In a 111-106 win over Atlanta on Thursday, Utah's Georges Niang had six points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3PT), two rebounds, one steal, and two turnovers in 18 minutes.
Niang just isn't getting enough playing time to be worth looking at in any type fantasy league. You're best to look elsewhere via the waiver wire for fantasy help that you need in your league(s).