Welcome back to part 3 of the NBA Fantasy: One Player to Watch from Every NBA Team! If you have not had the chance to read parts 1 and 2, I would highly advise doing so, as I have covered twenty players from as many teams so far! Lots of good stuff to get you caught up and ready for the 19’-20’ NBA season. Can’t wait for the NBA season to get here and get things kicked off!
Let’s get right into the final 10 players of this 3-part article!
1.) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6’6 180, Kentucky): SGA comes into his second year with a new team. As a part of the PG13 trade, Gil-Alexander will now have more than enough opportunities to make some big splashes with the OKC Thunder. In his first year, SGA put up some really admirable numbers as the starting 2-guard. Played 82 games as a Clipper, started 73 of them. Averaged 26.5 mins per game, a moderate 18.4 usage rate, 10.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 steals per game and 0.6 swats per game as well. It is fair to mention that he is quite the shooter, as he shot 47% from the field, and accrued a 55% TS% as well. OKC should now be using a lot of 3-guard rotations with veteran Chris Paul, SGA, and Dennis Schroeder. I expect SGA to get LOTS of run, and I would expect to have a much bigger year in season number 2, now with OKC.
2.) ORLANDO MAGIC Al-Farouq Aminu (6’9 220, Wake Forest): A veteran that should be able to help the Magic in a great fashion, not only offensively and in the paint, but also on the defensive side of the ball. Aminu comes over to the Magic after spending his last 4 seasons with Portland. Aminu started all 81 games he played in for the Blazers in the 18’ – 19’ NBA season. He isn’t a big usage guy, but when you are running beside the high usage players of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, it is pretty hard to gain a fair-share. However, Aminu still made up for it with highly efficient play, and he was quite the stat-stuffer. Aminu averaged 28.3 mpg, 9.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, and 0.8 swipes. I think Aminu should see a decently nice bump in usage with Orlando.
3.) PHILLY 76ERS Al Horford (6’10 245 Florida): Al Horford was a pretty key addition to this 76ers front court over the offseason in many opinion, including mine. Most might not look towards Horford for fantasy relevance, but let’s be honest there is quite a bit to look for and forward to here. Horford was a big part of the Celtics for the past 3 years. In the 3 seasons for BOS, Horford still managed to avg 31 mins per game (29.1 last season), 13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.2 blk per game, and 0.7 steals per. Las year was so evenly close to these 3-year totals as well, avg 136 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 0.8 spg, and 1.1 blk per game. Horford doesn’t come into the same situation with Philly that he had with BOS, however, with Horford being able to man both the 4 and the 5 spots on the floor, this makes Horford pretty valuable to the Sixers, and I don’t see the lofty vet slowing down any time soon.
4.) PHOENIX SUNS Mikal Bridges (6’7 210, Nova): With the vacating of both TJ Warren and Josh Jackson from this Suns team from last season, I have some pretty decently high expectations for Mr. Bridges this season. Entering his 2nd year of his young career, the former first round (10th) overall pick in the 18’ NBA draft will look to be a staple off the bench, and also be more than likely the top producer of the Sun’s bench. Bridges cedes way to Kelly Oubre Jr. as the starter at the SF spot, however Bridges will see plenty of time on the floor. Bridges made the most of his rookie year, starting 56 games out of 82, avg 31.p mpg as a starter, with 9.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg. The Suns ranked 12th in pace last season, and with the way they have adjusted their roster with some additions, including run-and-gun PG Ricky Rubio, I would expect them to keep the tempo, if not raise it up a bit.
5.) PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS Hassan Whiteside (7’0 265. Marshall): The trouble spot that the Blazers had last season with Jusuf Nurkic going down to basically a season-ending injury, was they didn’t have much big man depth. Mostly having to run small with the likes of Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard. That will not be the case this season, as the Blazers went out and acquired Whiteside in a multi-player trade. Whiteside had a monster campaign in the 2017-2018 NBA season, and then a very sub-par season last year. I believe that Whiteside is going to get mucho amounts of run-time here in the early going, as Nurkic is estimated to be on the sidelines for most of the early season, maybe even until late February. Most people will likely forget about Hassan here, but I would not.
6.) SAN ANTONIO SPURS Dejounte Murray (6’5 170, Washington): Murray will be returning from a leg injury that hindered the whole 18’- 19’ NBA season. Looking to come back and reclaim his starting PG role, the Spurs squad actually lookspretty dang salty. Murray will anchor a back-court that is aided by two stud guard in Derrick White and DeMar DeRozan. As a second-year player, Murray avg 21.5 mpg, 8.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and 2.9 apg in the 17’ – 18’ NBA season. Not to mention, a crisp 20.7% usage clip. I expect a nice season from Murray and can really be a late round grab that could be a league winner.
7.) SACRAMENTO KINGS Harry Giles (6’10 240, Duke):Another young stud coming into his 2nd year into the league is Harry Giles for the Kings. Giles was a reserve role all last season, however you noticed the Kings start to give him a little more run each month during the final three months of the regular season with them out of contention. Over the 18’ – 19’ season, Giles avg a small 14.1 mpg, (18.6 in final month of regseason), however was highly effective in the playing time he was getting. In those 14.1 mpg, he was also avg 7.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 1.5 apg, not to mention a 23.3 usage%!! They need to let this kid get some run in for some experience, but we see what he can do in limited time, hopefully the Kings give him a more defined role this season, as they did part ways with both Willie Cauley-Stein AND Kosta Koufos, leaving only Dewayne Demond in competition for the starting C spot.
8.) TORONTO RAPTORS Fred VanVleet (6’0 195, Wichita State): FVV comes into his 4th NBA season with a great out-look for an even more likely very productive fantasy season. Toronto has now vacated two of their highest usage players over the past 2 seasons in DDR and Kawhi Leonard. This should leave ample room for young guys to grow, such as VanVleet and young star Pascal Siakam. With the rotation for guards looking like Lowry, Powell, OG, and FVV, I expect FVV to be heavily involved, and an immediate source of scoring for the Raps this season.VanVleet averaged 27.5 mpg, 11.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.8 apg, and 0.9 steals per game, while also garnering 18.1 usage rate in 18’ -19’.Grab up FVV, folks.
9.) UTAH JAZZ Emmanuel Mudiay (6’5 200, Congo): There is a lot to like about the new look for the Utah Jazz as far as roster goes. With some big key additions like Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovich, these guys are already accustomed to starting roles, and will obviously be guys to look for. However, when it comes to bench stashes, Mudiay I think fits the bill here quite well. The Jazz have always lacked a bit of a spark from the guard spot on their 2nd unit, and I think Mudiay was added just for this reason. Another former first rounder, coming into his 5thNBA season after spending his last 2 years with the Knicks, where he was a decent reserve role player, with the Denver Nuggets before that. Mudiay was used exactly in the way I believe the Jazz want to utilize him, to be a spark of offense off the bench.
10.) WASHINGTON WIZARDS Thomas Bryant (6’11 248, Indiana): Some new faces and roster moves on this Wizards team looks a bit bleak for the out-look of the 19’ – 20’ NBA season, however, we can still look for fantasy value. Although, I could have easily gone with Ish Smith here as we know John Wall has the Achilles injury, and looks to be out a good while giving Smith more than likely the starting PG spot since Satoransky is gone, but I really like Thomas Bryant coming into his 2nd season with the Wiz. It seemed like with the wizards really just released the reigns on Bryant and let him get his experience last season, and I think this will benefit him bigly going into this season. Bryant started 53 out of the 72 games he played in, averaged 23.0 mpg, 11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, and 0.9 swats per game. Even if the Wizards are terribly bad as far as the win/loss column goes, I believe you can still count on Bryant to be VERY fantasy relevant. Get you some.
That concludes part three of this article! I enjoyed every single minute of writing all three parts, and I hope you enjoyed readingand gained some extra knowledge going into the 2019-2020 NBA season! It’s going to be a good one!!