We have arrived at the Top 200. Another 100 and we’d be defending The Hot Gates of Thermopylae. For the totality of my rankings, I went 331 deep, but will only blurb about the Top 200. Next week, I will release the complete list with the help of Rudy’s wizardry.
101) Jakob Poeltl (C – San Antonio Spurs)
Pau Gasol is the other center in San Antonio. I love Pau, but he’s 38 years old. The situation is ripe for Poeltl to make an impact. The FG% could be elite and the blocks could be plentiful. In addition, there is double-dub potential and more minutes.
102) Kent Bazemore (SG – Atlanta Hawks)
Double-digit scorer and will contribute a trifecta of boards and dimes. A threeecola here and there, but it’s the steals and blocks that are beautiful from the shooting guard position. I did knock down his usage and shot attempts a tad due to the influx of new talent, but I correspondingly upped his shooting efficiency.
103) Brook Lopez (C – Milwaukee Bucks)
Perfect fit for the Bucks: a big man that can shoot. For fantasy, you’re getting threeecolas and blocks. That’s about it, though. The rebounds are very light. Too bad because he used to be a beast on the boards when he first entered the league.
104) Dejounte Murray (PG – San Antonio Spurs)
I may have his dimes a little low, so there’s upside here for sure. Won’t get many threeecolas but the boards and steals from the point guard position are muy bueno.
105) Rudy Gay (PF – San Antonio Spurs)
I only have Gay projected for around 22 minutes per game. With that said, he’s a sneaky player to have because he contributes across the board and there’s upside for more minutes. He’s also two years removed from the Achilles injury.
106) Wesley Matthews (PF – Dallas Mavericks)
There’s risk here for sure. Wes is 31 years old and coming off a stress fracture in his right fibula. In 2015, he tore his Achilles and hasn’t been the same player since. With that said, he’s a hard worker by all accounts, possesses a high basketball IQ, and can shoot. The reason I have Wes here is because I am bullish on the Mavericks as a whole. The additions of Doncic and DJ are going to vastly improve the team and afford more open looks for Wes. Having Doncic run the show will keep Wes from having any on ball creation responsibilities.
107) Bojan Bogdanovic (SF – Indiana Pacers)
Should play 30 minutes for an up-and-coming Pacers squad. Don’t expect D stats, even though he plays solid D in real life. His value comes from scoring and threeecolas with low turnovers and good shooting percentages.
108) Jerami Grant (PF – Oklahoma City Thunder)
I’m a big fan of Jerami Grant. Too bad Melo took most of his minutes last season. Grant is uber-athletic and will get those blocks. He’s an excellent finisher at the rim, so he should get plenty of opportunites to flush from pick-and-roll action. The underrated aspects of his game are his J and ability to attack close outs, as his handle is very good for a big guy.
109) Trae Young (PG – Atlanta Hawks)
I’m a Trae guy and think he has a chance to be very good. We know about his shot and range, but it’s his passing ability that has me excited. He’s able to see the court and deliver the ball to all parts from funky angles. With that said, the FG% is going to be bad and the turnovers are going to be high.
110) Caris LeVert (SG – Brooklyn Nets)
Has a good J but it’s his ability to attack off the dribble that makes me connect my hands into a heart shape. Is a playmaker on both ends of the court, as he will dish out dimes and get his 211 on. Versatility on both ends of the court gives him a high minutes floor on a team that is loaded with wings.
111) Tyler Johnson (SG – Miami Heat)
He’s no Don Johnson or Dwayne Johnson, but Tyler does aiight for himself. As with most guys in this range, chips in a little something something across the board. Won’t win a week, but that’s why he’s ranked here.
112) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (PF – Brooklyn Nets)
What day is it? Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday? Thursday? Friday? Saturday? Sunday? C’mon now! It’s Rondae!!! Muscles up smaller players down on the block but has the handle and agility to break down bigger guys. A beast in transition and diving to the rim. Just no threeecolas.
113) Al-Farouq Aminu (PF – Portland Trail Blazers)
The shooting percentages are poor and the dimes are low, but outside of that, chips in everywhere else. Aminu’s greatest asset, though, is the 30 minutes of court time he gets each night.
114) DeMarre Carroll (SF – Brooklyn Nets)
One of the minutes leaders for a team that plays at a top 3 pace. Read Aminu’s blurb right above.
115) Taj Gibson (PF – Minnesota Timberwolves)
Ha! Never gets old. Anyways, Taj plays for Thibs, so he’s going to be on the court A LOT, and that’s half the battle. Taj ended up 29th in double-dubs last season with 18.
116) Jaylen Brown (SG – Boston Celtics)
For those that read me last year, you know I love Brown. I went so far as to say that he could be the next Kawhi. We shall see. Kawhi is an alien, so it may be impossible but Brown is physically talented and could be a force at both ends of the court. Now, with all that said, the Celtics are absolutely loaded on the wings. He should play plenty of minutes but I worry somewhat about the usage and opportunities.
117) Jabari Parker (PF – Chicago Bulls)
What happens when two black holes share the court at the same time? Someone tweet Neil DeGrasse Tyson please. What if those black holes have each had ACL injuries? Someone tweet Stephen Hawking please. There’s injury risk with Parker and questions about how he will mesh with LaVine, but he’s a bonafide getter of buckets. Just don’t expect any D stats.
118) Derrick Favors (PF – Utah Jazz)
15 double-dubs last season for Favors. Will also provide blocks and an excellent FG%. Like most big men, doesn’t shoot free throws well and won’t dish out too many dimes.
119) Marvin Williams (PF – Charlotte Hornets)
Starvin’ Marvin is the carb-free diet of fantasy. Low field goal attempts and low turnovers. Protein is delivered with a decent amount of points and rebounds, while the diet is balanced out with a smattering of steals and blocks. Sugar-free dessert is provided with a threeecola.
120) Andrew Wiggins (SG – Minnesota Timberwolves)
While Wiggins is still only 22 years old, this will be his 5th year in the NBA. I’ve never been a Wiggins fan, but always acknowledged that he still has a ton of untapped potential. With that said, I’m beginning to think that he is who he is. There’s been no improvement or development in his game. The block, steal, and assist numbers have all remained static for the first four years of his career. If you need points and want comfort in knowing that he’s going to play a shit-ton or minutes, then you go get Wiggins With It.
121) Markieff Morris (PF – Washington Wizards)
A big man that provides good FG%, a threeecola, and a little something something in the steal and block departments. As with most of the players in this range, will never win a week for you but contributes across the board. High-floor, low ceiling.
122) Brandon Ingram (SF – Los Angeles Lakers)
The Incredible from a different father that smokes weed all day. I wasn’t a fan of Ingram his rookie year. He was so physically frail and passive on the court. I had to remind myself that he was only 19 years old. Then I saw it in Summer League. He looked a little stronger but, more importantly, he was taking the ball to the rack stronger and elevating over defenders on the J. I always saw the potential on D because of his length. There’s a reason the Lakers did not part ways with him this past offseason. The potential is sky-high, as he can handle the ball and be a playmaker at 6′ 9″. The J needs work but I’ve seen progress. With LeBron now on the Lakers and the team likely to play at one of the fastest paces in the league, the environment is ripe for Ingram to succeed. My projection could very well end up being too conservative, as there is a ton of room for improvement. With that said, I need to see it first.
123) Allen Crabbe (SG – Brooklyn Nets)
A 3 & D player but without the D. Threeecooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…….
124) E’Twaun Moore (SF – New Orleans Pelicans)
Should play over 30 minutes a game on a team that should be one of the fastest paced in the league. ET also has the pleasure of playing alongside AD and Jrue, which gives him so many good looks. Just look at that field goal percentage! The steals are an added bonus.
125) Spencer Dinwiddie (PG – Brooklyn Nets)
Dinwiddie was a tough one for me. He played so well last season, but D’Angelo Russell is healthy and will most likely suck up most of the point guard minutes. The Nets are also deep at shooting guard. As much as I wanted to give Dinwiddie close to 30 minutes, I just couldn’t. Regardless, he should contribute in threeecolas, dimes, and steals with a low turnover rate. It helps that the Nets play loose and fast.
126) Danny Green (SG – Toronto Raptors)
Green is a really good fit for the Raptors, as he plays good D and can knock down threeecolas. Is this a case of the grass being Green-er on the other side?
127) Marco Belinelli (SG – San Antonio Spurs)
A really nice signing by San Antonio, as Belinelli is a deadly shooter. If Manu does retire, that could lead to more playing time for Marco………polo.
UPDATE: I did reconfigure everything to account for the retirement of Manu.
128) Kyle Kuzma (PF – Los Angeles Lakers)
Man, what a freaking steal for the Lakers at the 27th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. At 6′ 9″ 220 pounds, Kuzma has the agility and handles to break big guys down off the dribble. He also has a silky smooth J. The Lakers are truly going positionless basketball in the image of Magic Johnson. Just don’t expect much D from Kuzma. What? He’s saving it for the after party?
129) Pau Gasol (C – San Antonio Spurs)
I’m surprised that….KA PAU!!! Shit, that surprised the F out of me. Anyways, I’m surprised that Pau is this high, especially considering that I have him down for only 22 mpg. Minutes per game, not miles per gallon. Boards with some dimes and close to a block per game are not bad. KA PAU!!!
130) Carmelo Anthony (PF – Houston Rockets)
Ugghh. I feel so dirty putting Melo here, but if you’ve read this far then you know my macro stance on the Rockets. He’s gonna huck em and chuck em. Threeecoooolllllaaaaaa CRASH BRICK SMASH aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…..Melo is still a professional getter of buckets.
131) Kelly Olynyk (C – Miami Heat)
If you need offense and good percentages from the center position, then Olynyk is your man. Although, with the name Kelly and man bun he often sports, calling him player would probably simplify things. Now, I do think there’s some upside here, as Whiteside could get traded. In addition, there were times when Whiteside would not play in crunch time. Either way, there’s the possibility for more minutes.
132) Javale McGee (C – Los Angeles Lakers)
I only have him down for 15 minutes a game, so I don’t think he makes a tremendous impact. With that said, he should rack up plenty of blocks while he’s out there and get tons of easy dunks.
133) D’Angelo Russell (PG – Brooklyn Nets)
I received some questions regarding Russell. Where was he? Why isn’t he in the Top 100? Why are you such a bllllleeeppp bleeeping bleeeepppp? I get it. I was surprised he ended up here as well. Russell can score from all three levels and provides a healthy amount of boards and dimes. Even gets his 211 on. The turnovers are high and the FG% is putrid though. I also have him down for 28 minutes a game. I initially had him for over 30, but I just can’t see the Nets completely phasing out Dinwiddie.
134) Reggie Jackson (PG – Detroit Pistons)
Gotta tell you a story. Went to the Angels/Yankees game in Anaheim back when the teams met in the ALCS. While walking to my seat, I ran into Reggie Jackson. I said, “Mr. Jackson! How’s it going? Could I get your autograph?” Freaking guy looked at me and told me to F off without telling me to F off. F him!!! So, I’m obviously biased toward Reggie Jackson. But…….I love drafting Reggie Jackson in NBA 2K. He’s tall, can shoot, and plays excellent on-ball defense. So, as you can see, I have a hate/love relationship with Reggie Jackson. For fantasy hoops, he will provide points, dimes, a threeecola, and some steals. The shooting percentage is bad and there’s a minutes cap, as he shares point guard duties with Ish Smith.
135) Dennis Smith Jr (PG – Dallas Mavericks)
Y’all know I love my DSJ. Can’t wait to watch him with Doncic. DSJ is the complete opposite of DLoading in real life, but is his mini-me in fantasy. DSJ jumps out the building, while DLoading sinks into the court. From a fantasy perspective, though, the numbers aren’t too different. DLoading will dish out more dimes, but DSJ will get more steals and has lower turnovers. Both kill you in FG%, though. I’m looking for better efficiency from DSJ this season, and think it’s possible with the addition of Doncic, but I need to see it first.
136) Tyreke Evans (SG – Indiana Pacers)
There are so many mysteries in the NBA. Was the envelope frozen? Was it due to gambling? Why didn’t the Grizzlies trade Tyreke at the deadline? Still baffled to this day. Anyways, Reke is a baller. I still remember when he was Ben Simmons before Ben Simmons, in the sense that he had no J and could only drive. There’s hope for Simmons because Reke developed a more than capable J. He will chip in some boards and dimes, but I just don’t seeing enough minutes to make a significant impact. Pssssst. I have him down for 20 a game.
137) Pascal Siakam (PF – Toronto Raptors)
Should get a bump in minutes with Poeltl no longer on the depth chart. An athletic big that will pull down boards, dish out a few dimes, and contribute a little something something in the D categories.
138) Delon Wright (PG – Toronto Raptors)
A key component of that deadly second unit in Toronto, Wright will rack up steals and help in boards and dimes categories. Unfortunately, the squad is too deep so it’s hard to project him for more than 20 minutes a night.
139) TJ Warren (SF – Phoenix Suns)
Ah man. I always love writing about TJ Warren because it gives me an excuse to listen to this:
Warren definitely regulates when the opposition tries to play D. Unfortunately, I can see him losing minutes this season due to the acquistion of Trevor Ariza and development of Josh Jackson. Warren is a bonafide scorer and provides excellent FG%. Just don’t expect many threeecolas.
140) Reggie Bullock (SG – Detroit Pistons)
40% from downtown. Next.
141) Cody Zeller (C – Charlotte Hornets)
I do think….or maybe it’s wish that Willy Hernangomez gets significant run, but everytime I divy out the stats, I just can’t do it. The coaching staff loves Zeller and he plays much better D than Willy. Close to 7 boards and 1 block ain’t bad.
142) Mario Hezonja (SF – New York Knicks)
Super Mario heads to the Big Apple. I’m not exactly sure how Coach Fizdale is going to run his rotations. Hardaway Jr, Hezonja, Knox, and Thomas are all listed as small forwards, but I’d imagine Thomas and Knox play a ton of power forward. Does he play Hardaway Jr at the small forward or shooting guard position? Therefore, I only have Super Mario down for 21 minutes. Threeecolas and steals are what you’re getting, but there’s some upside here if he does get more run.
143) Markelle Fultz (PG – Philadelphia Sixers)
Before doing the projections, I had the thought that Fultz would be a major sleeper and someone that I was going to target in all drafts. The public perception was super low on him and I saw encouraging signs of development from his work with Drew Hanlen. Then I started plugging in the numbers….Gave him substantial bumps in efficiency yet….Here we are. The dimes, steals, and decent turnover rate are nice, but the lack of threeecolas really depresses his value. And the free throw shooting is still bad, despite a big bump up. I’m curious to see where the market values him. If he’s cheap enough, I’m definitely taking a shot on him. The upside is just too high.
144) Brandon Knight (PG – Phoenix Suns)
Slated to start at point guard in the friendliest fantasy environment in the NBA. Now, he missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, but the Suns believe he is rejuvenated both mentally and physically. They did not address the position in free agency so actions speak louder than words.
145) JaMychal Green (PF – Memphis Grizzlies)
The usage rate from last season will come down, as Green stepped up without Conley. With that said, he’s not a high usage player to begin with. A perfect role player that cleans the glass and is versatile to defend multiple positions. Accumulated 15 double-dubs in 55 games. There’s a chance he gets traded, as he’s an expiring contract, but the Grizzlies didn’t trade Tyreke last season so…..
146) Alex Len (C – Atlanta Hawks)
Boards and blocks with the potential to double-dub on a nightly basis. I’m thinking most of his minutes will be to back up Collins at power forward.
147) Jae Crowder (PF – Utah Jazz)
3 & D. Back in Boston during the 2016 season, Crowder was 40% from downtown on 5.5 attempts per game. Last season in Utah, he was 31% from behind the arc. There’s upside in that department, as last year was his first in Utah. These guys are not freaking robots. In addition, this Jazz team could be a very good one, which could afford Crowder plenty of open looks due to the surrounding talent and scheme.
148) Willy Hernangomez (C – Charlotte Hornets)
Willy was freed, only to be locked up again. The Per-36 monster (16.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks for his career) is once again behind Cody Zeller on the depth chart. No more Dwight, though. I do think that there’s a slim chance that Willy could end up getting significant run. If that happens, then he’s one of my favorite late-round guys to target. With that said, I do acknowledge that the coaching staff loves Zeller, so it’d be nothing more than a gamble.
149) Stanley Johnson (SF – Detroit Pistons)
SVG always loved him some Johnson. Will Dwayne Casey? Uber-athletic and is a maven on D. Just can’t shoot.
150) Nerlens Noel (C – Oklahoma City Thunder)
I think Noel could end up being a sneaky fantasy asset this season. Everyone has written him off after his stint in Dallas, but the dude is a freak athletically. Adams and Grant will suck up most of the minutes in the front court, but there are plenty of back up minutes to be had. Rebounds and D stats. OKC could be the perfect place for him.
151) Jeremy Lamb (SF – Charlotte Hornets)
Barring injury, I just don’t see how Lamb gets significant minutes, especially since Monk will get more run and the team drafted Miles Bridges.
152) Jeremy Lin (PG – Atlanta Hawks)
I just don’t see Lin getting significant minutes. A common theme with players in this area, huh? Trae Young is going to suck up most of the minutes at the point with Lin manning the second team. At 151, Lin wouldn’t be a bad pick as he will drain some threeecolas, score, grab some boards, and dish out some dimes.
153) Buddy Hield (SG – Sacramento Kings)
It was an epic battle between Divac’s Bogdanovic and Vivek’s Hield last season. Riveting actually. Vivek better pay up because I think Bogdanovic asserted his dominance and has claimed the top of the depth chart at shooting guard.
154) Tyus Jones (PG – Minnesota Timberwolves)
Free Tyus!!! The dude is so good, yet Thibs refuses to expand his role. Such a shame. Anyways, he will provide some assists and steals.
155) Marvin Bagley (PF – Sacramento Kings)
Bagley is a freak athlete. There’s no denying that. And he should be a beast in transition, but I have some reservations. What position is he playing? Too small for the 5, but the Kings have a gagillion power forwards on the roster. He’s 235 pounds. Will he be able to handle the physicality down low? While Bagley should be a great lob or dive man, he’s primarily a left-handed finisher and the J isn’t great.
156) Elfrid Payton (PG – New Orleans Pelicans)
He cut his hair!!! MVP! MVP!! MVP!!! I kind of like Elf because New Orleans is one of the most fantasy-friendly environments out there, so the points, rebounds, and dimes should be there. In addition, he gets his 211 on. With that said, no threeecolas and bad free throw shooting. It wouldn’t surprise me if Elf ends the season well within the Top 100 end of season.
157) Andre Iguodala (SF – Golden State Warriors)
Doesn’t get a ton of minutes or usage, but contributes across the board. Playing in one of the best environments doesn’t hurt either.
158) Davis Bertans (PF – San Antonio Spurs)
A big man that provides threeecolas. <shrug emoji>
159) Dirk Nowitzki (C – Dallas Mavericks)
Ended as the 72nd overall player according to basketballmonster.com last season! In his 20th season in the NBA!!! His step-back in the post and epic performance to defeat the Evil Empire in 2011 will never be forgotten. I have him down for 15 minutes a game and don’t think he contributes much, but he will score some and drain some threeecolas.
160) PJ Tucker (SF – Houston Rockets)
Was thoroughly impressed with his performance last season, on both ends of the court. Was able to drain the open 3 and was a vital cog in the switch-everything-D that was employed. In addition, he provided a certain toughness down low.
161) Montrezl Harrell (PF – Los Angeles Clippers)
Even though Harrell signed a two-year, $12 million deal, I’m having a hard time giving him significant minutes. Gortat will soak up most of the center minutes and Harris and Mbah a Moute most of the power forward minutes. When he does play, though, the FG% is elite and he’ll get you some blocks. There’s some upside here if he does get more minutes.
162) George Hill (PG – Cleveland Cavaliers)
How much is Collin Sexton going to play? That is the question. I’ve got Over the Hill down for around 24 minutes.
163) OG Anunoby (SF – Toronto Raptors)
3 & D player with the chance to be a star if he develops his offensive game. Y’all know my feelings on Kawhi, so I actually gave OG more minutes because of that. If the consensus is correct, then this 163 ranking is way too high.
164) Julius Randle (PF – New Orleans Pelicans)
Randle goes from one enticing fantasy environment to one of equal or greater value. With that said, I knocked down his stats across the board from last season. My reasoning is that AD is going to get 36 mpg and Mirotic around 25 mpg. Cheick Diallo will get around 10. You do the math. The usage is coming down. In addition, he doesn’t provide D stats or shoot the 3. Randle ended as the 139th overall player last season.
165) Ersan Ilyasova (PF – Milwaukee Bucks)
I like the fit in Milwaukee for Ersan, as the team is talented and he’s very familiar with Mike Budenholzer. As with many of the players in this range, minutes will be an issue.
166) Marcus Morris (PF – Boston Celtics)
Ended as the 148th player last season. I see both a downtick in both minutes and usage as the Celtics will be getting back some All Star-caliber players.
167) Bam Adebayo (C – Miami Heat)
I still believe Bam has a chance to be a star. He can euro-step in transition, shoot from downtown, grab boards, and get his block on. Unfortunately, he’s literally blocked on the depth chart. If that opens up, watch out.
168) Bobby Portis (PF – Chicago Bulls)
169) Jonathon Simmons (SG – Orlando Magic)
I’m surprised Simmons is down here. He should get a ton of minutes, chip in some boards and dimes, and get his 211 on. The turnovers aren’t bad, but not great. The 3-point percentage isn’t great, but he will still contribute in the category. I guess that’s what happens when you are pretty much average across the board without excelling in any one category.
170) Mike Muscala (C – Philadelphia Sixers)
A big man that can shoot the 3. Won’t get a ton of minutes, as he’s behind Amir Johnson, who’s backing up Embiid but…..I don’t want to be the guy to say it.
171) Moe Harkless (SF – Portland Trail Blazers)
My favorite player to draft in NBA 2K, so I always have a special place in my heart for Moe. Real-life? Not so good. 3 & D player.
172) Ed Davis (C – Brooklyn Nets)
Fortunately for Ed, Jarrett Allen can’t play all 48 minutes. When he’s on the court, Ed is a rebounding machine. Should get plenty of oops and easy baskets diving to the rim.
173) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG – Los Angeles Lakers)
Lakers are stacked in the backcourt, so minutes will be hard to come by for KCP. When he does play, threeecolas and steals should be plentiful. Good thing he has the same agent as LeBron.
174) DJ Augustin (PG – Orlando Magic)
Should get the bulk of the point guard minutes in Orlando, but that’s not saying much, as I have him down for 24 a game. What would be worse? Having DJ Augustine as the starting point guard for your squad or having DJ Khaled actually DJ your party? At least Augustine will provide 3s and dimes.
175) Frank Kaminsky (PF – Charlotte Hornets)
It’s kind of scary how similar Frank is to Marvin Williams, the man ahead of him on the depth chart. Good job MJ?
176) JJ Barea (PG – Dallas Mavericks)
I have the utmost respect for Barea. Have you seen his wife? Seriously, though, he’s feisty and delivers points, threeecolas, and dimes. Don’t expect the D, as he needs to save that for when he gets home.
177) Robin Lopez (C – Chicago Bulls)
Chance he gets traded or relinquishes minutes to Carter Jr. When he does play, provides good FG% and some blocks.
178) Fred VanVleet (PG – Toronto Raptors)
Loaded backcourt in Toronto, as Lowry and Wright are ahead of him on the depth chart. I’m a fan of VanVleet’s game, as he takes care of the ball, dishes dimes, and can shoot from downtown. Unfortunately, can’t project him for too many minutes.
179) Josh Hart (SG – Los Angeles Lakers)
Another steal by Magic and Pelinka. Hart balled out this Summer League and looks to be a key contributor for the LABrons. As with VanVleet, the roster is stacked and the minutes are thin. I wish when I ate a stack of pancakes, I’d come out thin as well.
180) James Johnson (PF – Miami Heat)
A former member of the 1/1/1 club, Mister James Johnson (anyone that’s nicknamed Bloodsport, comes from a family of black belts, and has a 7-0 MMA record will always be addressed as Mister ______) looks to lose some playing time this season. I have Winslow getting a bump at the expense of Mr. James Johnson.
181) Dwight Powell (C – Dallas Mavericks)
Won’t play much, but when he does will score at a high percentage and grab rebounds. I’m also bullish on the Dallas team, so there’s some upside.
182) Justise Winslow (PF – Miami Heat)
Not the greatest shooter, Winslow provides value with boards, some dimes, and decent D stats. I do think he gets a minutes boost this season.
183) Patrick Patterson (PF – Oklahoma City Thunder)
I thought Pat Pat would be a great fit in OKC. Unfortunately, he had knee surgery a few months before the season began and the team signed Carmelo Anthony. Pat Pat can space the floor and play decent D, but I have him at 20 mpg as I think Grant gets most of the run.
184) Amir Johnson (C – Philadelphia Sixers)
Being a backup to Embiid provides value in and of itself. Although, Embiid should be turning a corner in his Process. Can’t wait to see what a fully unleashed Embiid looks like. Man, who are we talking about again? The Amir grabs boards and accumulates D stats. Won’t play a ton of minutes without an Embiid shut-the-F-up.
185) De’Aaron Fox (PG – Sacramento Kings)
Did not expect him down so low, but here we are. I’ve got him down for 30 minutes a game, but let’s break it break it down. Poor shooting percentages, limited threeecolas, low rebounds, and high turnovers. The assists are decent, though, and the steals are plentiful. There’s upside here of course because Fox is so young, but the Kings did play at the slowest pace last season. With the additions of Bagley and a healthy Giles, that could change. Hopefully it does, as that would make the Kings exciting, but I have to see it first.
186) TJ McConnell (PG – Philadelphia Sixers)
Will cede minutes with Fultz returning, but he’s a valuable backup and I have him down for 20 minutes a game. Dimes and steals are what he will provide.
187) Trevor Ariza (SF – Phoenix Suns)
No idea what Phoenix is doing, but good for Trevor. Get that $$$. Can’t imagine him staying on the team all season long, but they signed him in the first place, so…… 3 & D, but only have him down for 24 minutes.
188) Evan Turner (SF – Portland Trail Blazers)
The opposite of a 3 & D player. E & (
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189) Nemanja Bjelica (PF – Sacramento Kings)
The Nemanja is potent, especially from downtown. Unfortunately, the Kings have a bazillion power forwards.
190) Gerald Green (SG – Houston Rockets)
191) Joe Harris (SF – Brooklyn Nets)
As much as I clowned on Harris for being a part of the Sobotka Family, I was impressed with his play everytime I got to watch him. He can shoot from outside but is a very capable attacker off the bounce.
192) Courtney Lee (SG – New York Knicks)
A possible trade candidate, as it sounds like Fizdale does not want to play both Hardaway Jr and Lee at the same time. 3 & d player.
193) Marquese Chriss (PF – Phoenix Suns)
The red flags were there last off-season. Some of you were wise, while many others fell for the banana-in-the-tailpipe. He’s still young and the D stats are juicy, but the shooting percentage hurt and the mental acuity or lack of is an issue.
194) Malik Monk (SG – Charlotte Hornets)
I’ve loved Monk since the draft process last year. The dude can get his shot up over anyone. Craig loooooves him and I’m right there with him, but….from a fantasy perspective, I have some concerns. Minutes may be an issue, as Batum will likely suck up most of the shooting guard minutes. Monk doesn’t contribute much in boards, steals, or blocks. He will drop some dimes and the threeecolas are plentiful, but the FG% is putrid.
195) Trey Lyles (PF – Denver Nuggets)
Uno. Dos. Trey can obviously shoot the threeecola. Will grab some boards as well, but will have a hard time getting significant run if everyone is healthy.
196) Ish Smith (PG – Detroit Pistons)
The 5 finger discount and dime special are what you get from Ish. Nary a swish, but a squish of the ball off the rim. Make another wish.
197) Shabazz Napier (PG – Brooklyn Nets)
The backcourt is loaded in Brooklyn, so the minutes may be tough to come by. When he is on the court, though, Shabazz will drain some 3s and get some steals.
198) Dante Exum (PG – Utah Jazz)
I love his potential, but he needs to work on his shot and is a clear second behind Rubio on the depth chart. When he does play, you should get some dimes and steals.
199) Patty Mills (PG – San Antonio Spurs)
I’m high on Dejounte and think he will suck up most of the minutes at point for the Spurs. With that said, I do think Mills gets around 20 minutes. Most of his value comes from threeecolas and a smattering of dimes.
200) Isaiah Thomas (PG – Denver Nuggets)
The environment is great, but I don’t see him making a significant impact. Sure, there will be games when he gets hot and Malone extends him a few extra minutes, but those point guard minutes are Murray’s. IT is there to give him a breather and lead the second unit. The shooting percentage will be low, but he will drain his share of threeecolas and dish out some dimes. No D in D, though.
Whew. We made it. Thanks for going on this journey with me. Remember, these rankings are but one tool without the context of league/team dynamics and ADP data. Good luck to everyone this season!