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Wow, how quickly time flies. Feels like only yesterday when I was sitting here bringing you my Top-60 dynasty league rookie rankings and awaiting the new season with excitement, optimism, and hope. Yet, here we are again looking to delve deep with our diving masks and oxygen tanks to dissect the new crop of fresh-faced hopefuls looking to be the next big thing.

It is no secret, to those of you who have read my previous work, how high I was on this draft class. Now that we know the the destinations that this crop will call home, we can delve deeper into expectations for each players’ role with their new organizations. In the upcoming three weeks you will be privy to my Top-60 rookie rankings, but for now, let’s look at some of the players who might have landed themselves into a new dream destination.

I am sure you have read enough articles over the past several weeks covering Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Here is my comparison piece from January: https://basketball.razzball.com/dynasty-deep-dive-the-college-bird-vs-bird. So, let us look at some of the less obvious names, whose long-term fantasy outlook received a nice boost after a dramatic draft night.

 

De’Aaron Fox, Point Guard, 5th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings:

It was probably the worst-kept secret in the months leading up to the draft that the Kings loved the speedy point guard out of Kentucky. It had been rumored that the Kings were willing to part ways with the 5th and 10th overall selections to move up to No. 3. As it turned out, they were able to get their man by standing pat. Fox immediately becomes the primary ball handler for a Kings team that will lose the services of Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, and Langston Galloway to free agency after July 1st. Fox will be able to offer dynasty league owners both immediate and future fantasy production. Already a media darling, he will bring plenty of speed and athleticism to the Kings and will create plenty of space on the wing for Buddy Hield (think of the effect John Wall has on Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr’s perimeter play). Let us not also forget the 39-point masterclass he put up against Lonzo Ball and UCLA in the NCAA tourney, in which Fox described his performance as ‘Kill mode all the time’. The biggest obstacle at the next level will be the development of his jump shot, but given the fact that he is a supreme athlete with an already elite speed tool, you could say I am all in on the 6′ 3″ Texas native.

 

Malik Monk, Shooting Guard, Β 11th Overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats:

For those of you seasoned Dynasty Deep Dive veterans you will know the love I have had for Kentucky’s Malik Monk the past 12 months. The landing spot only enhances that love. Taken 11th overall by the Bobcats this could, when all is said and done, be the bargain of the draft. For those of you that follow me on Twitter (@storytelling41)Β you would have seen my constantly evolving draft board and a landing spot to the Sacramento Kings at No. 10. This isn’t because I think there are nine better prospects. Once Philly moved up to the 1st overall pick I didn’t see a potential fit. As it turned out he fell further than that.

Malik Monk is one of the best shooters coming out of the draft, especially from downtown. The Bobcats will rely on his perimeter skills to raise their threat from deep (Bobcats shot 35% from downtown, good for only 18th in the league, despite taking the 9th-most attempts). Labelled by many as ‘Just a scorer’ I believe there is the potential to be a lot more than that. Monk is a wonderfully-gifted athlete, and given the level of his athleticism and his ability to handle the ball, I can see a similar career progression to that of all-star DeMar DeRozan (another player once labelled as nothing more than a scorer).

Monk has an excellent opportunity in Charlotte to carve out a 6th man role from the get-go, and immediately packs a punch that the Bobcats secondary unit has been yearning for some time.

 

Jarrett Allen, Center, 22nd overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets.

You would be forgiven for thinking that he was an extra from the film Semi- Pro, but Jarrett Allen is a player, who not only oozes potential, but also finds himself on a rebuilding team that just traded away their long-time starting center Brook Lopez. As a freshman, the 6′ 11″ Allen put up impressive numbers of 13.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game on 57% shooting for a disappointing Texas team in the Big East.

Possessing a 7′ 5″ wingspan, the former Longhorns combines this with good athleticism inside the paint to be a force rebounding, while making it difficult for opponents to score inside. He also has a nice feel around the basket on offense, with the potential to have a solid mid-range game as well. However, Allen is a liability at the charity stripe, shooting only 56% during his one year in the Big East. With a good work rate and the ability to play transition basketball, there are plenty of tools for Nets’ fans to get excited about, especially after a string of questionable front office trades that robbed them of their future.

Allen is still somewhat raw, and although he played power forward in college, he is likely to transition to center in the NBA. It will take some time for the Austin native to get up to speed with the demands of the NBA, but given the landing spot, future opportunity awaits.

 

OG Anunoby, Small Forward, 23rd pick by the Toronto Raptors

After a season ending injury, which required surgery on the knee, it was believed that the talented Anunoby would return to Indiana for another season to prove his health. Therefore, it was surprising when he declared for the NBA draft, but his faith was rewarded when the Raptors selected him in the first round.

Anunoby is a small forward by trade and already possesses the kind of body capable of making an impact. Considered one of the best two-way prospects in the draft, Anunoby is an outstanding defender and has the potential to guard multiple positions on the court. The modern-day NBA will also allow for a man of his versatility to be effective in multiple positions on offense too, something that the Raptors have desired for a while.

If you like those “stuff and things kinda guys” (as my good buddies Bogman and the Welsh over at ITL would say) and you don’t mind waiting on the health, then this is exactly the kind of player to take a flier on in your dynasty drafts.

 

That wraps it up for this week. Be sure to check out next week’s post for the start to my Dynasty rookie rankings in it’s usual, traditional fashion.

  1. Saints says:
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    First of all you are back. I have waited long enough πŸ™‚
    I’m looking forward to your stuff the next 3 Weeks big time πŸ™‚ and with my NBA Rookie draft starting in 2 i have some questions as well πŸ™‚
    i’m very excited for your post next week.
    I’m a little bit in love with the fantasy potential Zach Collins could offer im eager to see if you think the same way than i do.

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Saints:
      Thank you, good to be back as they say.

      In regards to Collins I am excited about the skill set, but would temper short term expectations. It’s important to remember that Parnowski red shirting, he blocked Collins from a starting gig so Collins Court time was limited, and the only time Collins has started was in his senior year at high school.

      I am a bug fan of his energy, and his nice a nice touch around the rim. He is still learning to play the game abd foul trouble is something he needs to learn to get over. His defense is ahead of his offense at this stage abd it will be interesting to see him fur in the modern NBA.

      That being said I have him just outside my top 10 in what is a pretty loaded draft class

      • Craig Bozic

        Craig says:
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        @Craig:
        And apologies for the spelling mistakes, I hope you can decode that. These modern day touch screens and my fat fingers are not the best of combos lol

        • Saints says:
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          @Craig:
          No problem at all πŸ™‚ Got what you were saying πŸ™‚
          I love that draft as well. I’m very glad to have 2 Firstrounders and 5 Picks overall in my 14 Team Draft πŸ™‚
          My ultimate goal is to uptrade in the Top 2 and get one of Fultz or Ball. What do you think about this strategy?

          • Craig Bozic

            Craig Bozic says:
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            @Saints:
            For me it would be dependent on a variety of things.
            – How is your team built?
            – Where does your team need help statistically?
            – What are you potentially looking to give?
            – Do you have to use an active roster spot for rookies, or can you draft and stash?

            Traditionally i would be all for trading inside the first few picks, but with this draft class I wouldn’t be surrendering multiple first rounders to do so. That isn’t to knock either Fultz or Ball, but there is a combination of both potential and opportunity for a lot of the picks inside the lottery in this draft

            • Saints says:
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              @Craig Bozic:
              I’m a contending Team won the cup two years ago.
              Last year i got banged by Injuries especially by KD’s injury. So i lost in the first round of the playoffs.
              I have a top 5 pick so i think i dont need to pay tooo much (hopefully).
              The biggest weak spot in my team is probably PG where Marcus Smart is my best guy. But that doesnt mean that Assists are a weak spot thanks to Draymond and Nikola Jokic. Statwise i dont have a real bad category I’m above average in nearly every category.
              I can stash guys. But Fultz/Ball would be playing right away obviously.

              • Craig Bozic

                Craig Bozic says:
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                @Saints:
                I think I potentially keep the 5th pick, rather than paying over the top to get the 1 or 2. There is every chance you can De’Aaron Fox or DSJ in that slot if JJ goes in the top 4.

                If you do feel you need the move, and need the assists, then Lonzo is likley to average more assists than Fultz. Lonzo will be the primary ball handler in LA with little competition, whereas Philly will use a combo of Simmons and Fultz as ball handlers.

  2. Brett says:
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    So did I miss the part where you said how awesome Lauri Markkanen is and I shouldn’t burn the rest of my Bulls gear? πŸ™

    Glad to see you back on here – great stuff as always.

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Brett:

      Looks like there could be a new line of ‘anti-trust the proccess’ t-shirts coming out of Chicago

      • Saints says:
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        @Craig:
        Tough times in Chicago i will looking forward to see if the management is right or the “experts” πŸ™‚

        • Craig Bozic

          Craig Bozic says:
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          @Saints:
          Lauri at least is a pretty high floor player, the work he does off the ball and the excellent perimter threat he is as an outstanding shooter with a high realease on a 7 foot frame will at least help space the floor for the Chicago bull handlers, if anything it increases the value of Dunn and Lavine (If he can come back somewhat healthy).

          I agree though it certainly is the pick i would have after giving a ton to trade up to the 7 pick.

          • Craig Bozic

            Craig Bozic says:
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            @Craig Bozic:
            * Certainly isn’t the pick

  3. Hi Son!

    I play roto-12er-dinasty-11cat and a GM proposed to me Tatum and I have to give him Josh Jackson + Ntilikina
    What do You think?

    Regards from Spain!!!

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Toni Vidal:
      It’s a big no for me. For as talented as Tatum Is on the offensive end he immediately becomes part of a logjam fighting for minutes. Ntilikina and Josh Jackson found themselves in perfect situations for their game, and you can argue that either one alone alone is worth Tatum themselves dependent on preference.

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