The fantasy basketball season is just around the corner and you might want to do some prep work before the big draft. For the next few weeks at BFantasyHoops, you’re going to see every team’s fantasy preview right here… and with every preview, there is going to be a TL;DR section if you scroll down. So far, I’ve covered the Boston Celtics and this time we’re heading to the Bronx!
Notable Arrivals: Jeremy Lin (Charlotte), Luis Scola (Toronto), Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee), Randy Foye (Oklahoma City), and Trevor Booker (Utah)
Notable Departures: Thaddeus Young (Indiana), Jarrett Jack (Atlanta) and a lot of other fantasy irrelevant players.
What can I say about the Nets? They probably have the lowest talent pool in the NBA this coming year and I don’t think it’s even close. But fantasy is not all about talent nor wins or losses. With the new coach in Kenny Atkinson, he’s going to rev up the engine and speed up the pace to make the team run (it should be noted that the Nets were the slowest team last year). With the increase of pace, this means more possessions, and that would ultimately lead to more stats!
Brook Lopez – Let’s start off with Brook Lopez, who had a solid and healthy (I was shocked!) year. He finished off with late 2nd round value, and this is his second consecutive year that he played 70+ games. The stud averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds and nearly 2 blocks, with good percentages, and made every owner who passed on him sulk (especially me). Is he worth grabbing this year? Yes, but keep in mind that the fear of checking whether he’s injured every game is not going to be that fun. He might shoot more threes this year too, but I wouldn’t bet my money on an Al Horford like increase in terms of his outside range. I wish you all the BroLo owners the best of luck.
Jeremy Lin – Jeremy Lin had himself a solid season playing the 6th man for the Hornets last year, but he wasn’t worth owning except for a plug and play sort of deal. He has the keys to the team now, and has the freedom to run, which ultimately fits his strong suit. In the 13 games that he started for the Hornets, he averaged 17.5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists with nearly 2 threes a game, decent percentages at .461 from field and .825 from the charity stripes. It’s a small sample size but it shows that he’s been really improving his game year by year, especially from the Linsanity days. His field goal percentages might take a dip, and he might average nearly 3 turnovers a game, but the Nets need another scorer apart from Lopez and this is the perfect opportunity for Lin to step it up. He’s going to get to the line a lot, and has been relatively durable and healthy throughout his NBA career so he’ll make a really good impact if you’re banking on the free throws category. Personally, I like him and I think he’s a mid-late rounder with some really good upside. Just don’t get overhyped and grab him super early.
Some late-rounders that might be worth giving a little of your attention to is Bojan Bogdanovic, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker. Bojan just led the Olympics in scoring and his ability to shoot from range is going to be crucial for the Nets to put points on the board. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him flirt with 3 threes a game this year. Hollis-Jefferson is going to see some heavy minutes in his sophomore year at the two spot. He showed glimpses of his athleticism last year but you’re not going to see a sudden increase in threes, or scoring. Rather, you might see a younger, more athletic Tony Allen type of stat lines from him. Trevor Booker never really wowed anybody when he was playing with the Jazz, as he was behind Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert in the front court rotation. He’s going to share minutes with Scola but his playstyle is much more suited to partner up with BroLo and you might see a poor man’s Tristan Thompson there, which might be worth taking a look at in deeper leagues.
- Early-Rounds: Brook Lopez
- Middle-Rounds: Jeremy Lin
- Late-Rounds: Rondae Holllis-Jefferson
- Deep League: Bojan Bogdanovic, Trevor Booker
- Sleepers: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
- Busts: N/A
Come back soon for the previews of the remaining teams in the NBA. Meanwhile, you can also hit me up @bfantasyhoops on Twitter!