Keep it 100! That’s what the kids be saying these days, right? At this point of the draft, you should know your team’s strengths and weaknesses. If you don’t? Good thing football season is starting soon. I kid, I…..Aiya, this post is about keeping it 100, so no, I’m not kidding. Know your team! And draft players that fit. With that said, I’ll be updating my Draft Companion piece soon, which will help give a general idea of where you stand in each category. Before I get into the Top 100, do me a solid and click the below links a billion times each. The kids need new shoes.
As always, keep in mind that these rankings are based on overall value from my projections. I detailed my process in the Top 10. Use them in context of your roster construction, ADP, and personal preference.
76) Marvin Williams (PF – Charlotte Hornets)
Trust me, I hate myself for having Marvin here because I think he sucks. The field goal percentage is low and he’s a selfish individual, so the assists will be few and far between. While he will provide double-digit points, a handful of boards, and some steals, Marvin is a negative in those cats. In addition, he derives much of his value from a ridiculously low turnover rate, so if you want to put him lower, I have no issue with that. What he does provide are tres and blocks, but he receives a boost in value by being on the court, which as G. I. Joe can attest to, is half the battle. Now, I increased his shot attempts because….have you seen the Hornets depth chart? With that said, there’s a good chance that Marvin gets dealt near the deadline, as he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season, and an athletic, albeit older, stretch-four could be in demand by a contender. The minutes could go down, but the shooting efficiency could increase. Regardless, I’m projecting that he does play all year long, rather than rot at the end of the Hornets bench as they tank and develop the young kids.
77) Derrick Favors (PF/C – New Orleans Pelicans)
Favors finds himself in a juicy spot down in New Orleans. The Pelicans are going to be one of, if not, the fastest-paced offensive teams in the league, so there should be extra possessions and cheapies available. In addition, more possessions means more opportunites for those counting stats we adore and have become slaves to. Like most big men, the free throw shooting isn’t great, but at least Favors puts up a relatively respectable mid-60%. If hunting for boards and blocks, do yourself a Favors.
78) JaVale McGee (C – Los Angeles Lakers)
With the injury to Demarcus Cousins, the center situation is a fluid one in Los Angeles, as there’s been chatter of a possible Dwight Howard reunion. Excuse me, as I have to go pray to the porcelain god. As of this writing, though, I’m going under the assumption that Dwight isn’t a member of the Lakers. UPDATE: Dwight did in fact sign with the Lakers. In my best Nancy Kerrigan voice, Whhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyy???? It is a non-guaranteed contract, so I’m not changing anything yet. Back to our regularly scheduled programming…..As a result, I have McGee projected for 22 minutes per game, with the possibility for more. Anthony Davis will likely play some center, but he and the team may want to limit that exposure. Last year, McGee played over 30 minutes in a game 11 times. In late March, there was a stretch of seven games in which he averaged 31.3 mpg, so there’s upside here. Now, McGee will provide excellent field goal percentage, boards, and blocks. The free throw percentage isn’t great, but he doesn’t go to the line often, so the impact will be mitigated. You won’t get tres, dimes, or steals.
79) Ricky Rubio (PG – Phoenix Suns)
The heat must’ve really altered the brains of the trust over the summer, as the Suns acted like contenders, signing veterans to the squad. Well, at least they have a legitimate point guard to direct the offense. Still not contenders, but whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Rubio is going to provide dimes, steals, and good free throw percentage. The blocks are non-existent and the field goal percentage is a real drag. Make sure he fits your build.
80) Tomas Satoransky (PG – Chicago Bulls)
With the Bulls finally Dunn with Kris, Satoransky will lead the Bulls for the 2019 season. I like the fit from both a real-life and fantasy perspective. He’s a solid floor general who takes care of the ball and shoots well from the field. He will even chip in over a steal per game. Just don’t expect many points, as the pigsty is well-stocked in Chicago.
81) Joe Ingles (SG/SF – Utah Jazz)
I really like what Utah did this offseason, as they acquired Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic. In addition, they let Derrick Favors go, which should allow the Jazz to spread the floor with shooters. I have Ingles playing fewer minutes than last season because Royce O’Neale should get plenty of run, but the efficiency should increase with the amount of open looks he should get. His overall value is boosted by the low turnovers and the fact that he’s only missed three games over the past five years combined, but if you need tres with a side of dimes and steals, then ring the bell for Jingles.
82) Delon Wright (PG – Dallas Mavericks)
Delon isn’t your typical point guard, as Luka Doncic is the primary playmaker for the Mavericks. With that said, because Luka can play multiple positions, Delon should get plenty of run alongside him. He will still dish out a handful of dimes and grab a good amount of boards for a guard, but it’s the defensive stats that are most appealing. Don’t expect many tres from him, though.
83) Aaron Gordon (PF – Orlando Magic)
2016: Is this finally the year?
2017: Is this finally the year?
2018: Is this finally the year?
2019: Is this finally the year?
I wrote a piece calling him Commissioner Gordon a few years ago, but now he wouldn’t even be the lead guy in a CHiPs motorcycle tandem. While he’s been in the league for five years, he’s still only 23 years old. The potential is tantalizing, as he’s a slam dunk champions (that’s the world I live in), has excellent handles for a man 6′ 9″ tall, can post up effectively, and shoot from downtown. Unfortunately, he’s inconsistent, doesn’t shoot well from the free throw line, and doesn’t produce the D. The dimes have increased every year, so that’s a good development, but me thinks he’s Lake Griffin 2.0. We shall see. This could be the year.
84) D’Angelo Russell (PG/SG – Golden State Warriors)
This is the world we live in now: whistle blowers are rewarded and snitches become All-Stars. What a world! Ha, alright, I’m just messing around. Russell played over 30 minutes per game for the first time in his career last season. As a result, he averaged over 20 points, drained 3 tres, grabbed 4 boards, dished out 7 dimes, and even stole over 1 per game. D’yam is right. The usage rate was 32. Now, the field goal percentage sucks and the blocks are non-existent, but he’s now on the Golden State Warriors. There’s unknown as to how he will fit, but he should be an important offensive cog with Klay Thompson expected to miss much of the season. When he’s playing alongside Steph Curry, Russell should be fine, as he shot 39.4% on catch-and-shoot tres last season. I assume that Steve Kerr will stagger the minutes for Curry and Russell, so D’Angelo should have plenty of opportunites with the ball in his hands. The defense should be terrible in Golden State with the departure of Andre Iguodala and Thompson’s injury, which means the Warriors are going to have to put up points. With that said, the turnovers will be high, he did miss 34 and 19 games the two seasons prior to last year, and can we automatically assume that he’s going to produce at the same level he did last year?
85) Kristaps Porzingis (PF – Dallas Mavericks)
Porzingis is a year and a half removed from suffering the ACL injury, and there was talk that he could’ve returned to play at the end of last season. So, why my good Son do you have him at 85? First of all, why am I talking to myself? Shut up! At least I’m not lonely. Porzingis is a unicorn and has top 20 upside. He’s freaking 7′ 3″ 240 pounds, can break defenders off the dribble, shoot from downtown, and protect the house. The boards are light for a big man, though, and the dimes are non-existent. That’s not why I have him so low. There’s been talk that the Mavericks are going to “load manage” him. As a result, I have him down for only 58 games.
86) Lou Williams (PG/SG – Los Angeles Clippers)
I kept yo-yoing with Lou in the rankings, as I pondered the effect that the acquistions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George would have on him. Initially, the ride went down, as Kawhi and PG’s minutes would likely be staggered, so the usage for Lou would plummet. But then, things shot up like the stock market after the Fed cuts interest rates, when I factored in the load management that the two superstars would likely endure. As a result, Lou should get his. The field goal percentage isn’t great, as he chucks a lot of tres, but the free throw percentage is helpful on good volume, the dimes are plentiful, and points should rain down like a man who just got paid and went to the strip club.
87) Marc Gasol (C – Toronto Raptors)
Marc was drafted by the Lakers back in 2007. Then in 2008, his draft rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a package for his brother, Pau, who helped the Lakers win two championships in 2009 and 2010. Nine years later, Marc became a champion with the Toronto Raptors, enabling he and Pau to become the first sibling pair to be crowned NBA champions.
When looking at Gasol’s stats from last year, the overall numbers are deceiving because he played 53 games with Memphis and averaged 33.7 minutes per game. After he was traded to Toronto, the playing time plummeted to 24.9 mpg. So, when you look at his per-game value, it will show that he was a top 50 player for the year, but over the final two months, Gasol was the #89 player for fantasy. Even though Kawhi Leonard is no longer in Toronto, I don’t envision Gasol more than 24-25 minutes of run per game. So, what will he provide? Boards, dimes, and blocks.
88) Domantas Sabonis (PF – Indiana Pacers)
Sabonis is old school. Dare I say like his pops, Arvydas? You’re going to get good field goal percentage, decent free throw percentage, points, boards, and even a sprinkling of dimes. Unfortunately, there will be no defensive stats from this big man. That is Sabonis! He did furnish 30 dub-dubs last season, so there’s that.
89) Zach Collins (PF – Portland Trail Blazers)
I’m a fan of Collins. He’s 7′ 0″ 235 pounds, yet he moves around like a player much shorter in stature. The footwork is excellent, as evidenced by the nice spin move he possesses on offense, but it is also on display at the defensive end of the floor, where he can hedge pick-and-roll action and recover back to his man. Collins has a decent J, with range out to beyond the arc. The skills are present, but now going into his third year, the opportunity is there to play 28 minutes per game. If so, he could be a later-round big who will board, block, and chip in a tres here and there without destroying the ratios. He did suffer a grade 2 ankle sprain back in July, but all indications seem to be that he will be healthy at the start of training camp.
90) Danny Green (SG – Los Angeles Lakers)
3-and-D! 3-and-D! 3-and-D! If you need tres and some D stats, Green is a nice option in this range. He won’t provide much else, but he will drop the occassional 20-burger. Playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the occassional could be more frequent than the Impossible Burger getting stocked in grocery aisles.
91) Jakob Poeltl (C – San Antonio Spurs)
Boards and blocks! Boards and blocks! Boards and blocks! If you’re looking for those across-the-board contributors, you in the wrong store, my friend. This area is littered with specialists, so don’t just blindly choose your merchandise. Make sure the cats fit your team needs or personal wants. Poeltl is a poor free throw shooter, but the volume is so low, that the 55% translates to more like 65%. Yipeee!
92) D. J. Augustin (PG – Orlando Magic)
This D. J. is a hit with the left-leaning folk out there, as he spreads the wealth and dishes out dimes. He will also drain some tres, so technically, 3-and-D!!! In his nine-year career, D. J. has finished inside the top 100 for fantasy once. That was his rookie year back in 2010 when he finished #96. So, that was a long-winded way of saying that this D. J. is meh, but who will boot him from the booth? Michael Carter-Williams? HAHAHAHA. Markelle Fultz? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…….Ok, it is possible, so I shouldn’t laugh so hard, but I need to see something first from Fultz.
93) Alex Len (C – Atlanta Hawks)
I’m intrigued by Len. With Dewayne Dedmon gone, he should soak up at least half of the center minutes for Atlanta. The Hawks should play at a fast pace, Len should get plenty of open looks with Trae Young and John Collins leading the way on offense, and there could be plenty of opportunites for counting stats. Now, the boards are light for a big man and you won’t get any dimes, but there will be contributions in tres, blocks, and field goal percentage. In addition, the free throw percentage is above average.
94) Bojan Bogdanovic (SF/PF – Utah Jazz)
Bojan coming to the party without the D is a foul, but chicks dig the long ball, so it should be all good. Because if there’s one thing that Bojan does, it’s rain from downtown. In the new look Jazz offense, he should get plenty of good looks and convert close to 40% of his attempts from beyond the arc. For reference, he finished as the #93 player in nine-cat leagues last year.
95) Jonathan Isaac (SF/PF – Orlando Magic)
If there’s one guy in this piece that I don’t feel comfortable with his ranking/projection, it’s Isaac. I have a feeling that I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too low on him, and wouldn’t be surprised if he returns top 50 value. He will likely be a 1/1/1 member, so that gives him a solid foundation, but playing for Team USA over the summer could take his offensive game to the next level. It’s just difficult for me to project that.
96) Terrence Ross (SG/SF – Orlando Magic)
Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeecola. Ross is the discount version of Bojan, as the shooting percentage is much lower. He will provide a smidgen more D stats, though, so there’s that. Ross also has a fifty-burger to his name, so he can light up the scoreboard on any given night.
97) P. J. Tucker (PF – Houston Rockets)
Tucker plays a shit ton of minutes, and we know that minutes = opportunites = fantasy goodies, even for the lowest of low usage players in the league. As a result, he grabs his fair share of boards, but the true value lies in the steals and tres he provides. They come at a cost, though, as the field goal percentage takes a big hit. The floor is high, but the ceiling is limited. The best comp would be if a pitcher threw an 88 mph fastball, and his changeup was 87 mph.
98) Dario Saric (PF – Phoenix Suns)
Damn, Mario with a D has been passed around like a disease, going from Philadelphia to Minnesota and ending up in Phoenix. I watched Outbreak, so I know how fast the propagation happens. This does seem like a good landing spot, though, as he should soak up most of the minutes at power forward and display his markmanship from downtown. With Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton the centerpieces of the offense, Mario with a D could have plenty of open looks coming his way soon. For fantasy, don’t expect much more beside a handful of boards.
99) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG/SF – Los Angeles Lakers)
Placing KCP here is a tricky one because the starting lineup for the Lakers is up in the air currently. Frank Vogel can go in some many directions, which is a testament to how well this iteration was constructed. However it shakes out, I do envinsion KCP playing the bulk of the shooting guard minutes. Avery Bradley could vault him on the depth chart, which is a concern, but I’m leaning KCP. I’ll follow the $$$. KCP has his warts, as his defense isn’t great and the shooting efficiency isn’t high, but he will rack up steals and drain tres, due to the volume. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the floor, he should get plenty of open looks. Last season, on catch-and-shoot jumpers, KCP shot 36.7%. When he was wide open, he converted at a 38.8% clip.
100) Julius Randle (PF – New York Knicks)
Randle is a beast down low. I may be calling him swap meet Zion at some point. Anyways, I’ve been most impressed with how his J has developed, as he even has downtown range now. Much props, as I never thought he had the potential when he was a Laker. Now, on the Knicks, he should be one of the main guys, but R. J. Barrett will likely hog most of the usage and for some inexplicable reason, the Knicks have 5 power forwards on the roster. Madness Square Garden. Regardless, Randle should get his and provide points and boards with a few dimes sprinkled in. The D stats are lacking, but at least the percentages will be good and he’s not a zero in the tres department.