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Joe Harris starting and benefiting from Kevin Durant's absence

by Noah Rubin
Updated On: January 19, 2023, 5:09 pm ET

Kevin Durant injured his knee on January 8th, and it was announced on the 9th that he'd be sidelined for at least one month. The Nets were blessed with a few days off, which seems impossible in the hectic NBA schedule. That gave them time to figure out their rotations, which we saw in their loss to the Celtics. He also got to see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lead the Thunder past the 76ers on the road, Damian Lillard add to the long list of 50-point games this season and Luka Dončić outduel the Lakers in double overtime. There was plenty of fun action in just six games, which seems to be the case every night in the NBA.

T.J. Warren- 33% rostered

In their first game without Kevin Durant, Warren played 28 minutes off the bench and scored 20 points. Over the past week, he has provided top-125 value. The Nets need scoring options with KD out. They have plenty of shooters, but they don't have many shot creators aside from Kyrie Irving now. Warren can provide that, which will allow him to play a big role and provide excellent value until KD is back.

Joe Harris- 7%

Harris entered the starting unit in their first game without KD. He hasn't been much of a fantasy asset this season, but everyone knows how good of a shooter he is. He provided four 3-pointers on Thursday and should continue to fill it up from deep in Durant's absence.

Seth Curry- 24%, Yuta Watanabe- 5%

Neither of these two played very well in Brooklyn's first game sans KD, but they both played over 20 minutes. They're both capable of filling it up from beyond the arc and should get the opportunity to do so moving forward.

Gabe Vincent- 6%

Vincent has been the starter the last two games with both Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro sidelined. He didn't show well in his first start, but he filled it up with 28 points and five threes on Thursday. If they remain sidelined on Saturday, Vincent should be worth a stream.

Dennis Smith Jr. - 13%

Charlotte has faced their fair share of injuries this season, which opened the door for DSJ to provide excellent value early in the season. With LaMelo Ball healthy, Smith Jr. doesn't play as large of a role as he was in November, but he can still be a solid source of assists and steals off the bench.

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Noah Rubin

Noah is a recent college grad who loves all things basketball. You can find him on Twitter @NoahRubin22 for NBA insights that hopefully aren’t too biased towards his Atlanta Hawks.