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Summer leagues are upon us and the recent draft class has already left their mark. Jayson Tatum has been an offensive revelation, Donovan Mitchell has displayed his potential on both ends of the floor, and Markelle Fultz has shown the offensive skills that we’ve been drooling over, although he did show glimpses of defensive naivety. Bam Adebayo has dominated in the paint and surprised us with some big offensive numbers, whileΒ Jonathan Isaac has flashed potential, but confirmed that he is still a project.

Yes, Summer leagues matter. Every point, assist, and turnover changes the perception that the other owners in your dynasty league have on players in the pool. But, let’s not delve too much into summer leagues yet.

Here’s what you came for. Part Deux of my Dynasty Rookie Rankings:

Player Team Position
21 Bam Adebayo Miami Heat C
22 Ike Anigbogu Indiana Pacers C
23 Andzejs Pasecniks Philadelphia 76ers C
24 Justin Patton Minnesota Timberwolves C
25 Juwan Evans LA Clippers PG
26 Jonah Bolden Philadelphia 76ers PF
27 Monte Morris Denver Nuggets PG
28 Wesley Iwundu Orlando Magic SG
29 Tyler Lydon Denver Nuggets PG
30. Josh Hart LA Lakers PG

The Stash: Ike Anigbogu, Center, Indiana Pacers

The freshman center did not garner a ton of playing time at UCLA, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that he has a limited NBA future. Anigbogu, a long-time personal favorite, possesses great athleticism and plays above the rim. More of a traditional center, the 6′ 10″ Anigbogu will never possesses an above-average offensive game at the next level, but like Jordan Bell,Β has the potential to be a defensive force in the paint, especially given his landing spot in Indiana.

Anigbogu possesses an outstanding NBA body with a 7′ 6″ wingspan. If he can stay healthy and is given the right role, he could flourish into a premier defensive big at the next level. He is still very raw, so patience will indeed be a virtue.

Change in Clippers Land: Juwan Evans, Point Guard, LA Clippers

It is no secret that there is a very different vibe in LA now. No Kobe Bryant orΒ Chris Paul. One thing remains the same, Blake Griffin. I’m confused with the contract, though. I thought they were rebuilding? Are they too frightened to build from the floor up?

Whatever the vision for the Clippers may be, it is clear that playing time has now emerged at the guard position. Both CP3 and JJ Reddick have found new homes. The Clippers just signed Euroleague magician Milos Teodosic, who is a master with the ball in his hands and a liability when it isn’t. Patrick Beverley was acquired in the CP3 trade and Austin Rivers is still around to make his pops proud.

What does this mean for Juwan Evans? It’s an unsettled environment where anything can happen. Teodosic has a lot of mileage on his legs and his poor defense could force him to the bench as the season goes on. Evans is a well-rounded PG who is a willing defender. He does lack size at just 6′ 1″, but he knows how to utilize his body.

Player Team Position
31. TJ Leaf Indiana Pacers PF
32.Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies SG/SF
33. Ivan Rabb Memphis Grizzlies PF
34. Dwayne Bacon Charlotte Hornets SF
35. Frank Jackson New Orleans Pelicans PG
36. Caleb Swannigan Portland Trailblazers PF
37. Isaiah Hartenstein Houston Rockets C
38. Semi Ojeleye Boston Celtics SF
39. Edmond Sumner Indiana Pacers PG
40. Tyler Dorsey Atlanta Hawks SG

 

Falling Leaves: TJ Leaf, Power Forward, Indiana

Leaf will probably be ranked higher on other lists, especially since he was drafted just outside the lottery. Not here.

For me, Leaf’s success at UCLA was due to one man, Lonzo Ball.Β Without the ‘Big Baller’ I question whether Leaf would have been drafted in the first round, or been drafted at all given the depth of this draft class. The 6′ 10″ power forward is an intelligent basketball player who is able to finish in the post. However, I worry about his lack of physicality and length that is needed to succeed at the next level.

In Indiana, he will get a shot to crack the rotation and may even have the unexpected productive fantasy game from time to time. In terms of a long-term future, I just don’t envision a ceiling that is high enough to warrant a starting role in the NBA.

 

The Story: Caleb Swanigan, Power Forward, Portland Trail Blazers

There is no denying that the ‘Biggie’ Swanigan story is an amazing one. I find it hard not to root for the kid, but I have far too many question marks about his ability to succeed at the next level.

Over the past six months, Swanigan has been the most-debated player amongst my peers. I really struggle to see how the lack of athleticism and footwork will lead to success. Swanigan sure got his fair share of rebounds and double-doubles at the college level, but is there room in the modern game for another Reggie Evans-type?

 

Join me next week for the final installment of my Dynasty Rookie Rankings. I will profile players 41-60 and dive deep to find those nuggets of gold.

  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Nice work buddy. Bummer on Patton injury. I liked that pick for t Wolves. Nice developmental piece

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig Bozic says:
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      @Tehol Beddict:

      Cheers Tehol, Yeah a bummer on Patton, but he is still a project so not too concerned as a Twolves fan myself, but I am a fan of the potential, although the landing spot could have better for the kids long term fantasy value.

      I shall be hitting you up for some Football rookie advice in short order no doubt, appreciated the advice last year to help me cash for the first time in football (Not my sport at all).

      • Craig Bozic

        Craig Bozic says:
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        @Craig Bozic:

        I prefer the defensive upside to Jackson of that of Monk. I am a fan of players with two way potential, and given the excellent landing spot it’s Jackson for me.

  2. Jonesy says:
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    As a new dynasty basketball player I’m really enjoying these Craig, you make it easy to understand the important pieces. This has really helped me about. Thanks!

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig Bozic says:
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      @Jonesy:

      Thanks Jonesy,

      Just remain patient. An extremely large portion of these players will not be fantasy relevent for a few seasons, so do not go overboard on rostering too many if they cost you active roster spots.

      Enjoy your dynasty league, only way i like to play these days.

  3. Saints says:
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    Amazing Stuff once again Craig.
    We talked on your last posts about my possibilities in spot 5.
    My Draft is now here and the 4 PG’s (fultz,Ball,Fox,Smith) got picked ahead of me so im a little bit f****ed. According to your ranks i should pick Jackson but im pretty worried about him being sooo raw and with me contending i can need a guy who can produce asap. The next option (who can help soon) would be Monk but you haven’t convinced me 100% that hes not going to be a Thragonof. Isaac is as (if not more) raw as Jackson. And Tatum is looking great but so is the Celtics Wing Depth. Nkitlina would be a big reach
    Its a pretty ugly situation for me and im trying to downtrade. But otherwise what would you do ? I’m leaning towards Monk right now without the biggest amount of confidence.

    • Saints says:
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      @Saints:
      How is the Summer League affecting my thoughts about those Players i talked about ?
      Thanks for your help πŸ™‚

      • Craig Bozic

        Craig says:
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        @Saints:

        Tatum has looked outstanding offensively in summer league, although the Jazz put a defensive number on him.

        Jackson too has a very productive first game, in what was two strong lineups in the game between the Kings and Suns.

        Don’t read too much into summer league though. A little of inexperience, light bodies and defensive naivety.

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Saints:

      Jackson is my pick. I don’t think he is nearly as raw as you think and the most impressive thing for me was how much he grew as a player as the season went on. There will be minutes available from the off and I am a fan of his two way potential down the road.

      Tatums offense has been nothing short of amazing league, showing he already has the offensive tools, but it appears the Celtics want to give him a first year workload like that of Brown’s last year.

      Malik Monk is too good of a ball handler and an athlete to be a thragnoff. If he weren’t at Kentucky along with Fox abd Briscoe he would have been much more of a ball handler. It will take a little time, and he will mo doubt start as more of a scorer, but as time goes by that athleticism will play into more variety of ways to contribute to the box score.

      My two cents, but when it’s close sometimes you gotta go with your gut

      • Saints says:
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        @Craig:
        ok so you still favor Jackson over Monk. I’m still undecided a downtrade to No7.
        To get one of the 2 would be outstanding. I think Monk could be still there otherwise Tatum wouldnt be that bad.
        I think i watch some videos and some more scouting reports and after that i let decide my gut πŸ˜€ even though i highly respect your opinion πŸ™‚

        • Saints says:
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          @Saints:
          i listened to you and picked Jackson. Monk was picked at the 6th Spot so the other guys were high on him as well. Now i hold the 11th pick and i hope to get Nkitlina,Tatum or Mitchell. What do you think about it ? Would you try to uptrade for one of the remaining prospects ?

          • Craig Bozic

            Craig Bozic says:
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            @Saints:

            I think the chances of getting any of those 3 at 11 is probably very much wishful thinking.

            Realistically if your in a position where you need something shorter term than the long wait a couple of options at that spot would be John Collins or Jarrett Allen. Collins isn’t the most athletic of bigs and Allen oozes talent but will hurt you at the FT line. Both however have pretty clear paths in the shorter term to significant minutes and starter roles sooner rather than later due to their landing spots.

            Zach Collins is potentially another option although remember he is still a work in progress as he has only ever started as a senior at high school.

            Lauri might not get much love, but again if you are in win mode now he has a very high floor. Doesn’t have the upside of some other choices at the the spot, but it is sometimes too easy to dismiss the high floor guys in searching to hit a HR. He also has a very clear path to the rotation and an immediate role stretching the floor and playing off the ball

            • Saints says:
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              @Craig Bozic:
              I’m OTC and Tatum is there. I think i shouldnt hesitate.
              Talent>landing Spot.
              What do you think ?
              Mitchell,Nkitlina,Isaac and Allen are gone. So the next best guy would be Markannen but i think Tatum is the way better prospect and he could be traded or even in Boston an absolute Monster in a few years.

              • Steve says:
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                @Saints:
                I hope you didn’t hesitate as that seems like great value. In your situation, I would probably be looking to move Tatum plus a little something to obtain your PG that way. Someone like Kemba Walker or Jrue Holiday should be obtainable from a rebuilding team and are still relatively young. I know there is some injury risk, but I’m just using them as examples.

                • Saints says:
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                  @Steve:
                  Yes i picked Tatum. With the trade im waiting a little in 2 Weeks there is free agency in our league and i try to get some 2nd Tier PG’s there.

                  • Craig Bozic

                    Craig Bozic says:
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                    @Saints:

                    Agreed. The value was excellent and Steve is right in taking the best player available and explore the trade market. Dynasty leagues there is always people willing to wait on pure Talent, and tatum has a ton of that even if he is unlikely to hit high minutes in the season.

                • Craig Bozic

                  Craig Bozic says:
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                  @Steve:

                  Agreed. take the value and explore the market.

  4. Manos says:
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    What are ur thoughs on Sindarius Thornwell , seems like he can be a steal , you dont beleive him at all even to be a top 40 draft proscpect?

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Manos:

      Sindarious Thornwell doesn’t do it for me I’m afraid. He will turn 23 in November and for me lacks athleticism abd speed. There will be a role for the kid in the NBA due to his high IQ and leadership but the upside is limited for me.

      This also is a very deep draft class, where seperation outside of the top 18 odd is much thinner than usual, so the differential between say 25 abd 45 is pretty minimal

  5. Jordan says:
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    Curious as to your thoughts on Kennard. I can see not having him as high as he was drafted, but not in the top 40? What’s the reasoning behind this?

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Jordan:

      Its an excellent spot Jordan and I gave to hold my hands up he has been missed. When I adjusted my rankings from pre draft to post draft Jordan Bell moved into the top 20 and I completely by mistake eliminsted in the ranks.

      Kemnay is low teens for me. I actually like a lot of the offensive skill set, and the fit in detroit I see as a good one. I just have to many concerns on the offensive end to warrant whether he will end up being a long term nba starter, or an offensive weapon from the second unit. KCP going has obviously helped, but I want to see some positive adjustments from the defensive end before being too excited I’m the long term

      • Craig Bozic

        Craig says:
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        @Craig:

        Kennard not Kenmay, stupid phone auto text lol

  6. Saints says:
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    Hay Craig I’m almost otc once again.
    The best players available of your rank are Giles, Ferguson,Bell and Anigbogu.
    I think im sticking with your rank and pick Giles. With the next pick in 5 Spots i hope i can pick Bell there. I just wanted to hear a little bit more thoughts on Ferguson and maybe Giles after a few weeks passed πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    • Craig Bozic

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      @Saints:

      Given you are looking from your previous statements not to wait on a project I would rule out Anigbogu. I love the kids potential, but is extremely raw.

      Harry Giles is the real roll of the dice, but one i actually like so long as not investing too high of a pick. Before injury Giles was considered a phenom, and even drew Chris Webber comparisons. He did however miss basketball for an extremely long time and was rusty on return. It’s a gamble, but it is very high risk with very high reward potential.

      Jordan Bell has looked outstanding in summer league, the real defensve force which is why i was aggressive with him in my rankings. He is also man made for his future role at the warriors, you just gotta concede the fact that you will get no offense but huge defense upside.

      If it were me, It would come down to whether i felt i was in a position to roll the dice or not on Giles health. But it’s hard to also ignore that Jordan Bell’s stock has risen during this summer league play.

      • Saints says:
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        @Craig Bozic:
        Amazing write up thanks πŸ™‚
        So you rule Ferguson out as a possibility ?
        I think i pick Giles and try to get Bell 5 spots later. Which isnt impossible given his real draft spot.

        • Saints says:
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          @Saints:
          i have written false stuff πŸ˜€ not ferguson is available D.J. Wilson is available.
          Bell was picked right in front of me. Wilson is still available. The next best player on your List is Justin Patton so i think i go with Wilson.

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