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HOU (G, PG, SG)
G
69
Min
35.7
PTS
32.1
REB
6.4
AST
7.7
STL
1.8
BLK
0.7
3PT
4.2
Harden continued his elite production in 2019-20, finishing as the No. 1 fantasy player in eight-category leagues for the fourth time in six seasons. He led the league in scoring (34.3) while also averaging 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 threes, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 36.5 minutes. The addition of Russell Westbrook didn't significantly affect Harden's numbers, which was a fear of some fantasy managers. Heading into 2020-21, a lot could change for Harden. Both he and Russell Westbrook reportedly want out of Houston. If Harden remains on the Rockets for the season, it remains to be seen if he would be 100 percent committed to playing up to his potential every night. Plus, the Rockets have a new coach in Steven Silas, who may try to diffuse the offense more. And if Harden heads somewhere else, would he see decreased usage? Drafting Harden this season is riskier than any other, but there's still a good chance he'll be a top-3 fantasy option by the season's end.
Harden continued his elite production in 2019-20, finishing as the No. 1 fantasy player in eight-category leagues for the fourth time in six seasons. He led the league in scoring (34.3) while also averaging 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 threes, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 36.5 minutes. The addition of Russell Westbrook didn't significantly affect Harden's numbers, which was a fear of some fantasy managers. Heading into 2020-21, a lot could change for Harden. Both he and Russell Westbrook reportedly want out of Houston. If Harden remains on the Rockets for the season, it remains to be seen if he would be 100 percent committed to playing up to his potential every night. Plus, the Rockets have a new coach in Steven Silas, who may try to diffuse the offense more. And if Harden heads somewhere else, would he see decreased usage? Drafting Harden this season is riskier than any other, but there's still a good chance he'll be a top-3 fantasy option by the season's end.
MIN (C, C)
G
69
Min
35.7
PTS
26.9
REB
11.4
AST
4.1
STL
1.0
BLK
1.4
3PT
3.2
Towns is coming off arguably his best season, averaging 26.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.3 threes, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals. In eight-category fantasy leagues, that was good for a third-best ranking on a per-game basis. The issue was that Towns missed significant action for the first time in his career, appearing in just 35 games due to knee and wrist injuries. The Timberwolves got some help for Towns for the 2020-21 season, trading for D'Angelo Russell at last season's deadline, trading for Ricky Rubio during the 2020 offseason, and drafting Anthony Edwards. The result could be a heavy pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop scheme. That should lead to easier looks for Towns, who has often been forced to create by himself. Fantasy managers should expect similar production from KAT, if not marginally improved, heading into 2020-21. He's already one of the most efficient scoring bigs in the league, shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 41.2 from three and 79.6 from the free-throw line in 2019-20. While he doesn't have the reputation of someone like Anthony Davis, he's not that far off from a fantasy standpoint, and drafting Towns within the Top 5 is a relatively safe bet.
Towns is coming off arguably his best season, averaging 26.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.3 threes, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals. In eight-category fantasy leagues, that was good for a third-best ranking on a per-game basis. The issue was that Towns missed significant action for the first time in his career, appearing in just 35 games due to knee and wrist injuries. The Timberwolves got some help for Towns for the 2020-21 season, trading for D'Angelo Russell at last season's deadline, trading for Ricky Rubio during the 2020 offseason, and drafting Anthony Edwards. The result could be a heavy pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop scheme. That should lead to easier looks for Towns, who has often been forced to create by himself. Fantasy managers should expect similar production from KAT, if not marginally improved, heading into 2020-21. He's already one of the most efficient scoring bigs in the league, shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 41.2 from three and 79.6 from the free-throw line in 2019-20. While he doesn't have the reputation of someone like Anthony Davis, he's not that far off from a fantasy standpoint, and drafting Towns within the Top 5 is a relatively safe bet.
MIL (F, SF, PF)
G
66
Min
31.6
PTS
30.8
REB
14.1
AST
5.8
STL
1.0
BLK
1.1
3PT
1.5
Antetokounmpo is coming off his second consecutive MVP award, and he was also voted Defensive Player of the Year. He became just the fifth player in NBA history to have won both awards -- after Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson. In just 30.4 minutes per game, Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Despite the ridiculous counting stats, Antetokounmpo ranked just 13th in eight-category fantasy leagues on a per-game basis due to his abysmal free-throw shooting (63.3 percent). The woes from the charity stripe will ultimately cap his fantasy value -- except in points leagues -- unless he finds a way to improve. Banking on that improvement and drafting the MVP in the first half of the first round will be the path many fantasy managers, understandably, take. But, as counter-intuitive as it may sound, there are safer players this high on the board -- whose free-throw shooting doesn't come with such baggage.
Antetokounmpo is coming off his second consecutive MVP award, and he was also voted Defensive Player of the Year. He became just the fifth player in NBA history to have won both awards -- after Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson. In just 30.4 minutes per game, Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Despite the ridiculous counting stats, Antetokounmpo ranked just 13th in eight-category fantasy leagues on a per-game basis due to his abysmal free-throw shooting (63.3 percent). The woes from the charity stripe will ultimately cap his fantasy value -- except in points leagues -- unless he finds a way to improve. Banking on that improvement and drafting the MVP in the first half of the first round will be the path many fantasy managers, understandably, take. But, as counter-intuitive as it may sound, there are safer players this high on the board -- whose free-throw shooting doesn't come with such baggage.
(C, C, PF)
G
64
Min
34.1
PTS
28.3
REB
9.2
AST
3.3
STL
1.5
BLK
2.4
3PT
1.4
During his first season in Los Angeles with LeBron James, Davis continued his two-way dominance as one of the best bigs in the NBA. He was the second-ranked fantasy player in eight-category leagues behind only James Harden, averaging 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.2 threes. Davis coupled that with great efficiency, shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. He also had one of his healthiest seasons, missing only nine combined games during the regular season and playoffs -- the Lakers winning the championship. Injuries should still be a concern for fantasy managers interested in drafting Davis, but his upside remains high enough to be selected within the first few picks of most fantasy leagues. His role in 2020-21 should remain nearly identical to what we saw from him in 2019-20, and he's still young enough (entering his age 27 season) to still make some improvements, especially as a playmaker and three-point shooter.
During his first season in Los Angeles with LeBron James, Davis continued his two-way dominance as one of the best bigs in the NBA. He was the second-ranked fantasy player in eight-category leagues behind only James Harden, averaging 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.2 threes. Davis coupled that with great efficiency, shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. He also had one of his healthiest seasons, missing only nine combined games during the regular season and playoffs -- the Lakers winning the championship. Injuries should still be a concern for fantasy managers interested in drafting Davis, but his upside remains high enough to be selected within the first few picks of most fantasy leagues. His role in 2020-21 should remain nearly identical to what we saw from him in 2019-20, and he's still young enough (entering his age 27 season) to still make some improvements, especially as a playmaker and three-point shooter.
DAL (G, PG, SG, SF)
G
64
Min
34.9
PTS
30.6
REB
9.8
AST
9.2
STL
1.1
BLK
0.2
3PT
3.2
Doncic built upon his electric rookie campaign, improving his numbers essentially across the board. The sophomore 20-year-old averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.8 threes and 1.0 steals in 33.6 minutes during 2019-20. Doncic is in complete control of the Mavericks' offense, posting the second-highest usage rate in the league (36.8 percent), trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo and just ahead of James Harden. What resulted was the 10th-best fantasy season on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. Doncic's big performances were historic, including a game against the Bucks in the bubble where he recorded 36 points, 19 assists, 14 rebounds and a steal with just two turnovers -- one of his 17 triple-doubles. While it doesn't seem like there's much more for him to improve in terms of raw numbers, he's just 21 years old, so improvement is practically inevitable. For Doncic, that would probably take the form of better efficiency from three (31.6 percent) and the free-throw line (75.8). All things considered, Doncic is a no-brainer first-round fantasy selection who has the upside to crack the Top 5 if things break right.
Doncic built upon his electric rookie campaign, improving his numbers essentially across the board. The sophomore 20-year-old averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.8 threes and 1.0 steals in 33.6 minutes during 2019-20. Doncic is in complete control of the Mavericks' offense, posting the second-highest usage rate in the league (36.8 percent), trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo and just ahead of James Harden. What resulted was the 10th-best fantasy season on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. Doncic's big performances were historic, including a game against the Bucks in the bubble where he recorded 36 points, 19 assists, 14 rebounds and a steal with just two turnovers -- one of his 17 triple-doubles. While it doesn't seem like there's much more for him to improve in terms of raw numbers, he's just 21 years old, so improvement is practically inevitable. For Doncic, that would probably take the form of better efficiency from three (31.6 percent) and the free-throw line (75.8). All things considered, Doncic is a no-brainer first-round fantasy selection who has the upside to crack the Top 5 if things break right.
ATL (G, PG)
G
69
Min
36.0
PTS
28.6
REB
4.5
AST
9.7
STL
1.1
BLK
0.1
3PT
3.6
Young made a huge leap during his 2019-20 sophomore campaign, setting highs nearly across the board. The point guard was fourth in scoring (29.6 points per game) and second in passing (9.3 assists per game) while also averaging 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 threes and 1.1 steals. That resulted in Young ranking seventh in fantasy on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. He's taken complete control of the Hawks' offense and is no stranger to huge performances, posting 12 games with at least 60 fantasy points in 60 appearances. The addition of Clint Capela should also provide Young with great pick-and-roll and lob options, which could help him boost his assists even higher. That said, it remains to be seen how much further Young can elevate his raw production since he's already averaged nearly 30 points and 10 assists per game. From here, his strides may mostly be in efficiency and steals. Plus, the Hawks revamped their team during the offseason, adding Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and Bogdan Bogdanovic. The result could be more work off-ball for Young. Even if that's the case, he figures to be worth a top-10 pick in most fantasy leagues.
Young made a huge leap during his 2019-20 sophomore campaign, setting highs nearly across the board. The point guard was fourth in scoring (29.6 points per game) and second in passing (9.3 assists per game) while also averaging 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 threes and 1.1 steals. That resulted in Young ranking seventh in fantasy on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. He's taken complete control of the Hawks' offense and is no stranger to huge performances, posting 12 games with at least 60 fantasy points in 60 appearances. The addition of Clint Capela should also provide Young with great pick-and-roll and lob options, which could help him boost his assists even higher. That said, it remains to be seen how much further Young can elevate his raw production since he's already averaged nearly 30 points and 10 assists per game. From here, his strides may mostly be in efficiency and steals. Plus, the Hawks revamped their team during the offseason, adding Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and Bogdan Bogdanovic. The result could be more work off-ball for Young. Even if that's the case, he figures to be worth a top-10 pick in most fantasy leagues.
LAL (F, SF, PF, PG)
G
60
Min
34.0
PTS
24.6
REB
7.7
AST
10.0
STL
1.2
BLK
0.6
3PT
2.2
In his second season with the Lakers and his first with Anthony Davis as a teammate, James continued to be a great fantasy option. He led the league in assists per game (10.2), fueled partially by easy dimes to an excellent finisher in Davis, while also averaging 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 threes and 1.2 steals. While his free-throw percentage (69.3) continues to drag down James' value, he still ranked eighth on a per-game basis in eight-category fantasy leagues. He'll be turning 36 years old at the start of the 2020-21 campaign but continues to be durable, missing only four total games between the regular season and the Lakers' playoff run to an NBA title. While it's possible that James, as he gets older, will concede responsibilities to Davis, there were no true signs of his slowing down last year. The Lakers also re-tooled the surrounding roster, adding Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol -- which could make it easier for James to take nights off during the upcoming squeezed 72-game campaign. Fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if more rest days are in store for James, which is something to keep in mind before drafting him. Still, it wouldn't be surprising if he remained a first-round fantasy value.
In his second season with the Lakers and his first with Anthony Davis as a teammate, James continued to be a great fantasy option. He led the league in assists per game (10.2), fueled partially by easy dimes to an excellent finisher in Davis, while also averaging 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 threes and 1.2 steals. While his free-throw percentage (69.3) continues to drag down James' value, he still ranked eighth on a per-game basis in eight-category fantasy leagues. He'll be turning 36 years old at the start of the 2020-21 campaign but continues to be durable, missing only four total games between the regular season and the Lakers' playoff run to an NBA title. While it's possible that James, as he gets older, will concede responsibilities to Davis, there were no true signs of his slowing down last year. The Lakers also re-tooled the surrounding roster, adding Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol -- which could make it easier for James to take nights off during the upcoming squeezed 72-game campaign. Fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if more rest days are in store for James, which is something to keep in mind before drafting him. Still, it wouldn't be surprising if he remained a first-round fantasy value.
POR (G, PG)
G
69
Min
36.6
PTS
28.9
REB
4.2
AST
7.6
STL
1.1
BLK
0.3
3PT
3.9
Lillard is coming off his strongest season, taking a leap into legitimate superstardom as a 29-year-old. He was third in the league in scoring (30.0 points per game), fifth in passing (8.0 assists) and third in threes (4.1) -- while also adding 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. His true breakout occurred Jan. 20 in a win over the Warriors, where he posted 61 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a steal with just two turnovers. From there on out (24 games), Lillard averaged 35.0 points, 8.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting an incredible 48.7 percent from the field, 46.0 percent from three and 90.0 percent from the free-throw line. With Jusuf Nurkic back and fully healthy for 2020-21, Lillard shouldn't have to carry quite that much weight again on a regular basis. Still, knowing he's capable of that kind of elite production puts him in obvious contention for a top-5 fantasy pick. He finished the 2019-20 season ranked fifth on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues -- his second time in the top 10 during the past three seasons.
Lillard is coming off his strongest season, taking a leap into legitimate superstardom as a 29-year-old. He was third in the league in scoring (30.0 points per game), fifth in passing (8.0 assists) and third in threes (4.1) -- while also adding 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. His true breakout occurred Jan. 20 in a win over the Warriors, where he posted 61 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a steal with just two turnovers. From there on out (24 games), Lillard averaged 35.0 points, 8.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting an incredible 48.7 percent from the field, 46.0 percent from three and 90.0 percent from the free-throw line. With Jusuf Nurkic back and fully healthy for 2020-21, Lillard shouldn't have to carry quite that much weight again on a regular basis. Still, knowing he's capable of that kind of elite production puts him in obvious contention for a top-5 fantasy pick. He finished the 2019-20 season ranked fifth on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues -- his second time in the top 10 during the past three seasons.
DEN (C, C)
G
70
Min
32.4
PTS
20.9
REB
10.1
AST
7.1
STL
1.2
BLK
0.6
3PT
1.3
Jokic continued his run as one of the best centers in the NBA during the 2019-20 season and returned first-round value for most fantasy managers for the third straight year. Functioning as the centerpiece of Denver's offense, Jokic averaged 19.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 threes in 32.0 minutes. That included 43 double-doubles and 13 triple-doubles. Jokic also remained healthy, appearing in every game -- regular season and playoffs. Considering his size, he's been remarkably healthy throughout his career, never missing more than nine games in a season. Given his diverse skillset, he's capable of monster games -- like last year against the Jazz when he recorded 30 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals with just one turnover in 40 minutes. Jokic's role figures to be concrete heading into the 2020-21 season as the Nuggets attempt to remain in title contention. He's also still just 25 years old, so further improvement is on the table. As a result, fantasy managers drafting in the mid-to-late first round should feel comfortable rolling with Jokic.
Jokic continued his run as one of the best centers in the NBA during the 2019-20 season and returned first-round value for most fantasy managers for the third straight year. Functioning as the centerpiece of Denver's offense, Jokic averaged 19.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 threes in 32.0 minutes. That included 43 double-doubles and 13 triple-doubles. Jokic also remained healthy, appearing in every game -- regular season and playoffs. Considering his size, he's been remarkably healthy throughout his career, never missing more than nine games in a season. Given his diverse skillset, he's capable of monster games -- like last year against the Jazz when he recorded 30 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals with just one turnover in 40 minutes. Jokic's role figures to be concrete heading into the 2020-21 season as the Nuggets attempt to remain in title contention. He's also still just 25 years old, so further improvement is on the table. As a result, fantasy managers drafting in the mid-to-late first round should feel comfortable rolling with Jokic.
BOS (F, SF, PF)
G
69
Min
34.8
PTS
26.9
REB
7.1
AST
3.1
STL
1.4
BLK
0.9
3PT
3.1
Tatum had a breakout 2019-20 campaign -- his third season in the league. He turned the corner in mid-January, and during his final 19 appearances before the season's hiatus, Tatum averaged 28.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.9 threes, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks. During that stretch, he also shot 48.2 percent from the field, 46.5 percent from three and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line. His strong season resulted in his first All-Star appearance, and he was selected to the All-NBA Third Team. Tatum was no stranger to the big game, either, securing 10 double-doubles and two 40-point games, including a performance against the Pelicans that featured 41 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in just 30 minutes. Heading into the 2020-21 season, Tatum figures to be the No. 1 option on the Celtics as he emerges into stardom, especially with the departure of Gordon Hayward to Charlotte. His stretch toward the end of the 2019-20 campaign shows his upside, and as a result, fantasy managers should consider selecting him toward the end of the first round of most drafts.
Tatum had a breakout 2019-20 campaign -- his third season in the league. He turned the corner in mid-January, and during his final 19 appearances before the season's hiatus, Tatum averaged 28.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.9 threes, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks. During that stretch, he also shot 48.2 percent from the field, 46.5 percent from three and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line. His strong season resulted in his first All-Star appearance, and he was selected to the All-NBA Third Team. Tatum was no stranger to the big game, either, securing 10 double-doubles and two 40-point games, including a performance against the Pelicans that featured 41 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in just 30 minutes. Heading into the 2020-21 season, Tatum figures to be the No. 1 option on the Celtics as he emerges into stardom, especially with the departure of Gordon Hayward to Charlotte. His stretch toward the end of the 2019-20 campaign shows his upside, and as a result, fantasy managers should consider selecting him toward the end of the first round of most drafts.
GS (G, PG)
G
61
Min
33.4
PTS
27.0
REB
5.1
AST
6.9
STL
1.2
BLK
0.3
3PT
4.7
The 2019-20 season was essentially lost for Curry, who played just five games due to a broken hand. He'll enter 2020-21 as a 32-year-old who hasn't crossed the 70-game threshold since 2016-17. Injury potential should be at the forefront of fantasy manager's minds before they draft Curry, but his upside is obvious. In 2018-19, he averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 5.1 threes and 1.3 steals per game, ranking as the fifth-best player in eight-category leagues on a per-game basis. With Kevin Durant out of the picture and Klay Thompson set to miss the season with a torn Achilles, it's possible Curry will take on more usage and handle the ball more than we've seen in recent years. For example, in the five games he played last season, he was on pace to average 8.5 assists per 36 minutes -- similar to his rate before Durant joined the Warriors. If Curry manages to stay healthy, he should provide early first-round fantasy value, and it seems likely he'll go top-5 in many drafts.
The 2019-20 season was essentially lost for Curry, who played just five games due to a broken hand. He'll enter 2020-21 as a 32-year-old who hasn't crossed the 70-game threshold since 2016-17. Injury potential should be at the forefront of fantasy manager's minds before they draft Curry, but his upside is obvious. In 2018-19, he averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 5.1 threes and 1.3 steals per game, ranking as the fifth-best player in eight-category leagues on a per-game basis. With Kevin Durant out of the picture and Klay Thompson set to miss the season with a torn Achilles, it's possible Curry will take on more usage and handle the ball more than we've seen in recent years. For example, in the five games he played last season, he was on pace to average 8.5 assists per 36 minutes -- similar to his rate before Durant joined the Warriors. If Curry manages to stay healthy, he should provide early first-round fantasy value, and it seems likely he'll go top-5 in many drafts.
PHI (C, C)
G
61
Min
32.6
PTS
26.2
REB
12.8
AST
3.3
STL
1.0
BLK
1.6
3PT
1.3
Embiid took a small step back in 2019-20, though it was mostly due to a reduced workload, seeing about four fewer minutes per game than he did in 2018-19. The injury woes persisted as well, with Embiid missing 22 games. Even so, he was one of the best centers in the league, being named to his third consecutive All-Star game and averaging 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 threes and 0.9 steals. The scene of the 76ers has changed around him and co-star Ben Simmons, as coach Brett Brown was fired and Doc Rivers was brought in for the 2020-21 campaign. Daryl Morey was also hired as general manager, who quickly acted by dumping Al Horford and Josh Richardson for Danny Green and Seth Curry to increase spacing. Still, that likely won't mean a huge shift in role for Embiid, and we can still expect him to be a 20-and-10 machine. For fantasy managers, the tough part about considering Embiid is where to draft him given his injury potential. He's been putting up top-20 numbers since his rookie campaign, but lost time can make him the equivalent of a third or fourth-round selection, as he ranked 43rd in total production in 2019-20 for eight-category leagues.
Embiid took a small step back in 2019-20, though it was mostly due to a reduced workload, seeing about four fewer minutes per game than he did in 2018-19. The injury woes persisted as well, with Embiid missing 22 games. Even so, he was one of the best centers in the league, being named to his third consecutive All-Star game and averaging 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 threes and 0.9 steals. The scene of the 76ers has changed around him and co-star Ben Simmons, as coach Brett Brown was fired and Doc Rivers was brought in for the 2020-21 campaign. Daryl Morey was also hired as general manager, who quickly acted by dumping Al Horford and Josh Richardson for Danny Green and Seth Curry to increase spacing. Still, that likely won't mean a huge shift in role for Embiid, and we can still expect him to be a 20-and-10 machine. For fantasy managers, the tough part about considering Embiid is where to draft him given his injury potential. He's been putting up top-20 numbers since his rookie campaign, but lost time can make him the equivalent of a third or fourth-round selection, as he ranked 43rd in total production in 2019-20 for eight-category leagues.
LAC (F, SF, PF)
G
64
Min
32.9
PTS
24.3
REB
6.3
AST
4.3
STL
1.9
BLK
0.5
3PT
3.6
After a brief two-year stint with the Thunder, George joined forces with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in 2019-20. He took on a reduced role compared to his borderline-MVP campaign the year prior, seeing about seven fewer minutes per game and averaging 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals. George also missed 24 games between pre-season double shoulder surgery and a hamstring injury in January. The absences were largely an anomaly, however, as George had played at least 75 games in the four prior campaigns. George's role should be similar heading into the 2020-21 season, though the Clippers made some waves by firing coach Doc Rivers after a disappointing 2020 playoff run. Optimistic fantasy managers might bank on new coach Tyronn Lue giving George more minutes, helping him reach the heights he was at in 2018-19. Pessimistic managers might assume George will continue to average about 30 minutes of run and be a clear No. 2 option behind Leonard. Chances are, come draft day, he'll land somewhere in the second round.
After a brief two-year stint with the Thunder, George joined forces with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in 2019-20. He took on a reduced role compared to his borderline-MVP campaign the year prior, seeing about seven fewer minutes per game and averaging 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals. George also missed 24 games between pre-season double shoulder surgery and a hamstring injury in January. The absences were largely an anomaly, however, as George had played at least 75 games in the four prior campaigns. George's role should be similar heading into the 2020-21 season, though the Clippers made some waves by firing coach Doc Rivers after a disappointing 2020 playoff run. Optimistic fantasy managers might bank on new coach Tyronn Lue giving George more minutes, helping him reach the heights he was at in 2018-19. Pessimistic managers might assume George will continue to average about 30 minutes of run and be a clear No. 2 option behind Leonard. Chances are, come draft day, he'll land somewhere in the second round.
BRO (F, SF, PF)
G
64
Min
35.1
PTS
26.5
REB
7.3
AST
5.2
STL
0.9
BLK
1.1
3PT
2.2
Durant was in the middle of an amazing playoff run in 2019 before he tore his Achilles in the NBA Finals against the Raptors. A torn Achilles is one of the most severe injuries an athlete can suffer, and while we've seen players come back and play well, it can often signal a new chapter in their career. In Durant's case, that's emphasized by his decision to leave Golden State to pair up with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn. The former MVP didn't see the court in 2019-20 -- even with the pause in play due to COVID-19. By the time the 2020-21 season starts in late December, Durant will have had around 18 months to rehab. Expectations should be tempered given the severity of the injury, but at the same time, a somewhat reduced version of Durant would still be one of the best players in the league. Considering his age (32), if he drives and cuts less, he's still a threat to put up 30 points every night off jumpers given his elite shooting ability. It's tough to gauge where Durant should be drafted considering the injury and the fact he's been a top-10 player since his second year in the league. Conservative fantasy managers may shy away, while those on the aggressive side could still draft him in the middle of the first round. Which one are you?
Durant was in the middle of an amazing playoff run in 2019 before he tore his Achilles in the NBA Finals against the Raptors. A torn Achilles is one of the most severe injuries an athlete can suffer, and while we've seen players come back and play well, it can often signal a new chapter in their career. In Durant's case, that's emphasized by his decision to leave Golden State to pair up with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn. The former MVP didn't see the court in 2019-20 -- even with the pause in play due to COVID-19. By the time the 2020-21 season starts in late December, Durant will have had around 18 months to rehab. Expectations should be tempered given the severity of the injury, but at the same time, a somewhat reduced version of Durant would still be one of the best players in the league. Considering his age (32), if he drives and cuts less, he's still a threat to put up 30 points every night off jumpers given his elite shooting ability. It's tough to gauge where Durant should be drafted considering the injury and the fact he's been a top-10 player since his second year in the league. Conservative fantasy managers may shy away, while those on the aggressive side could still draft him in the middle of the first round. Which one are you?
LAC (F, SF, PF)
G
61
Min
32.8
PTS
27.3
REB
7.5
AST
4.6
STL
1.8
BLK
0.6
3PT
2.2
Leonard had a strong campaign during his first year with the Clippers alongside Paul George. Leonard set career highs in scoring (27.1 points per game), free-throw efficiency (88.6 percent) and passing (4.9 assists per game) while adding 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 threes, 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocks. That resulted in selections to the All-NBA Second Team and All-Defensive Second Team. As expected, Leonard missed 15 games due to injury and load management, but he still returned first-round value on a total production basis in eight-category leagues. The Clippers got bounced earlier than expected in the postseason, blowing a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets in the second round. That prompted a major change, with coach Doc Rivers getting fired. That said, Leonard's role on the team should be concrete, and fantasy managers won't have to worry about a drastic change of pace for the 29-year-old two-way star. When considering drafting Leonard, keep in mind that his load management regiment will likely cap his total production despite the elite per-game numbers. As such, a mid-to-late first-round selection is probably a reasonable draft slot for the L.A. native.
Leonard had a strong campaign during his first year with the Clippers alongside Paul George. Leonard set career highs in scoring (27.1 points per game), free-throw efficiency (88.6 percent) and passing (4.9 assists per game) while adding 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 threes, 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocks. That resulted in selections to the All-NBA Second Team and All-Defensive Second Team. As expected, Leonard missed 15 games due to injury and load management, but he still returned first-round value on a total production basis in eight-category leagues. The Clippers got bounced earlier than expected in the postseason, blowing a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets in the second round. That prompted a major change, with coach Doc Rivers getting fired. That said, Leonard's role on the team should be concrete, and fantasy managers won't have to worry about a drastic change of pace for the 29-year-old two-way star. When considering drafting Leonard, keep in mind that his load management regiment will likely cap his total production despite the elite per-game numbers. As such, a mid-to-late first-round selection is probably a reasonable draft slot for the L.A. native.
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