The start of a new month means the return of Jabari Parker is imminent.
As Milwaukee prepared for its season opener, coach Jason Kidd announced he expected the second overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft to be available in early November as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL suffered 25 games into his debut season.
Parker has been practicing with the Bucks, but the team plans to bring him along slowly once he does make his official return to the court.
Kidd indicated the former Duke star would be limited to about 15 minutes a night until he has proven he is fully ready to resume his role as the teams starting power forward.
For a Milwaukee team loaded with young, athletic and talented players throughout the starting lineup, the addition of Parker transforms the team into one of the most intriguing squads in the Eastern Conference.
Prior to tearing his left ACL last December in Phoenix, Parker was beginning to separate himself as the top player in his draft class, as he averaged 12.3 points on 49 percent shooting from the field to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
A timetable for the return of Parker has yet to be established, but his return to the court is close.
The rest of the league better be ready.
Langston Galloway– New York Knicks
Available in 64% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The Knicks are going to have to carve out more minutes for Galloway. In his first three appearances, the 6-foot-2 seemingly can’t miss, as he has knocked down 8-of-12 attempts from 3-point range, is shooting 50 percent from the field and is even converting 88.9 percent of his free throws. Along with his hot shooting, Galloway is providing something across the board, as he is averaging 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and just under a steal per game.
Kent Bazemore– Atlanta Hawks
Available in 94% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The Hawks contemplated making a change in the starting lineup, as Bazemore was off to a rough start, then he dominated Friday night against Charlotte. Bazemore poured in 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Atlanta is still searching for a long range threat after losing DeMarre Carroll in free agency, and Bazemore answered the challenge against the Hornets, connecting on 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point range, raising his average to 62.5 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Bojan Bogdanovic– Brooklyn Nets
Available in 56% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The productivity in Brooklyn is going to be fluid all season and Bogdanovic has the potential to emerge as the teams’ leading scorer, even if he isn’t in the starting lineup. The 6-foot-8 forward has no problem creating separation to launch his effective jump shot. Memphis found out Saturday night, as Bogdanovic checked in and scored 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Bogdanovic has yet to convert a 3-point shot this season, but that should turn around quickly, as he converted 91 shots from beyond the arc a year ago.
Marvin Williams– Charlotte Hornets
Available in 67% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The early productivity from Williams has been staggering. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 12.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. Williams dominated the Hawks on Sunday, as he connected five times from 3-point range and blocked three shots on the afternoon. The Hornets need a perimeter shooter, and the former North Carolina star may receive a bulk of the looks.
Willie Cauley-Stein– Sacramento Kings
Available in 65% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The sixth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft is making an impact in nearly every aspect of the game for the Kings. The 22-year-old has already moved into the stating lineup and the move is already beginning to pay dividends. Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.0 rebounds a night since becoming a starter while producing 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals a night. Sacramento likely won’t draw up any plays for him on offense, but the former Kentucky star is going to be an effective shooter from the field, as he is converting 73.3 percent of his attempts, because every shot attempt with either be a dunk or a layup.