Your fantasy draft is coming soon and you have no idea what happened over the summer. I’m here to help.For the next few weeks at BFantasyHoops, you’re going to see every team’s fantasy preview and outlook for the coming season…You can see who I think are the players to aim for and who to avoid. If you’re lazy, you can just scroll down to the TL;DR section. Let’s see what’s going on in Madison Square Garden.
Notable Arrivials: Derrick Rose (Chicago), Joakim Noah (Chicago), Courtney Lee (Charlotte), Brandon Jennings (Orlando), Justin Holiday (Chicago), and a handful of european rookies
Notable Departures: Robin Lopez (Chicago), Jose Calderon (Chicago), Jerian Grant (Chicago), Derrick Williams (Miami), and some rotation players.
Carmelo Anthony – Good news! The hiring of Jeff Hornacek is going to boost the fantasy stock of Knicks’ players. For the seasons that they ran the triangle offense, they hovered around the last spot in terms of pace. Knowing Hornacek, they’re going to space the floor with shooters, speeding up the tempo of the game, and this means potential fantasy goodies! Carmelo Anthony’s upside just got a lot more brighter. We haven’t really seen Melo in an uptempo style really since his Denver days. Considering he stays healthy (he played 72 games last year, when everyone thought he’s going to shut down mid-season), he really should be picked during the 2nd round. The thing is, at the age of 32, can his knees withstand the pressure? I’m staying clear of him unless he’s still there during the 3rd round for me to grab, since there’s a new sheriff in town.
Kristaps Porzingis – PORZINGOD!! I’m one of the lucky owners that had a chance to grab Kristaps Porzingis on one of my teams last year and boy, was he fun to own. The putbacks, the blocks, the threes. I think he shut everybody up in his first game of the NBA, especially the people who booed him when the Knicks drafted him. He’s proven that he has the potential to be a franchise caliber player. In this first season he already showed his toughness on defense, holding his ground with players bigger and stronger than he is when everyone was saying he couldn’t hold his own. He dipped a little towards the second half of the season (the rookie wall), but this year, everyone’s expecting big things from him. I’m expecting the Latvian gangbanger to have at least 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 threes, and 2 blocks. It’s just a slight increase from his rookie year, but considering he has better teammates this year, he shouldn’t have to work as much. That’s still good enough for 3rd or 4th round and let me tell you, the combination of threes and blocks is gold! I’m reaching for him in the early-third-rounds.
Derrick Rose – The delusioned Derrick Rose (he called the Knicks a super team) silently had a decent year for the Bulls last year. He played 66 and 51 games in the last two seasons, and we’re probably never going to see the old DRose playing 70+ games from now on. He hasn’t been really efficient as well, averaging 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, with less than one three and steal a game. You can expect him to boost that assist number up a little but he wasn’t even in the top 190 players in Basketball Monster’s player ranking last year. If you want popcorn stats towards the end of your draft, he’s your guy.
Joakim Noah – Joakim Noah played 29 games, with 4.3 points, and nearly 9 rebounds in less than 22 minute a game. Safe to say, he’s clearly a downgrade from Robin Lopez, but the intangibles that he brings to the locker room is going to be valuable but that’s not really fantasy related, I would stay off him.
Courtney Lee – Courtney lee might be the newest addition that I like the most for fantasy goodies. He only averaged one three a game for the Hornets last year, but playing with Melo, Porzingis, and Rose might actually give him more space and freedom to shoot from the corner. Plus, he doesn’t really have anyone to share minutes with. I’d take a late-round flier for threes and steals from him if he’s still on the board.
- Early-Rounds: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis
- Middle-Rounds: N/A
- Late-Rounds: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee
- Deep League: Brandon Jennings
- Sleepers: Courtney Lee
- Busts: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah
Come back soon for the previews of the remaining teams in the NBA. Meanwhile, you can also hit me up @bfantasyhoops on Twitter!