April 26, 2016, 9:20 am
This is the third issue in a series of Dynasty focused articles.
If you missed the first issue (and the whole premise behind this series), feel free to check it out here.
For those not willing to look back at past articles, the idea behind the series is to pick out keepers that I think are ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ types of players at this point in their careers. Small forward seems to be a powerful position with many big names playing the position. NBA fans over the past decade think of names like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and even Kevin Durant more recently, when thinking of the small forward position. However, some of these big names are aging and it might be a good time to get ahead of the curve and prepare for a “changing of the guard” (or forward in this case).
Here are some names to consider buying or selling as keepers in your dynasty league:
Changing of the Guard
Kawhi Leonard, 24
It’s no secret how valuable Kawhi Leonard has become during his five years in the league. It has become even more apparent that he will be the face of the Spurs for the foreseeable future as their offensive schemes have featured Leonard more and more each year. Leonard has managed to improve each season in his young career and finished this last season as the number three ranked player in fantasy, behind only Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. He is the complete package and a fantasy owner will have to shell out a pretty heavy combination of players if they hope to land Leonard in a keeper league at this point in his career.
Paul George, 25
George looks to be close behind Leonard as a guarantee to become elite talent at the small forward position. After missing nearly all of the previous season, George returned with a bang and finished this year near the end of the first round in value. George is the clear-cut leader of this franchise, as evidenced by his playoff performances thus far. The combo of Monta Ellis and Paul George is locked in for Indiana for the foreseeable future and George is set to explode with his prime years just around the corner.
Gordon Hayward, 26
Hayward deserves more recognition that the title of “best haircut” and “that NBA player that plays video games a lot”. Just now at the beginning of his prime, Hayward has put up 4th to 6th round value over the past three seasons. He doesn’t miss very many games and looks to break the 20 points per game threshold next season. Beyond scoring, Hayward is a great source of assists at his position. Hayward may not ever reach that all-star level, but he will offer fantasy owners with efficient, across-the-board stats that you would want to see from a player that is locked in with a young, growing franchise. He may take a hit in scoring if the Jazz start to distribute the ball more as their young core grows, but Hayward is a safe bet if you are looking for a cheaper option that still has good upside.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 21
It is crazy to think that Giannis aka “The Greek Freak” is still only 21 years old. I also struggled on which issue of the Dynasty Dose I should slip Giannis under as it appears head coach Jason Kidd plans to start him at point guard next season. That can only add to his value if he offers point guard, small forward and power forward eligibility. That type of roster flexibility is very valuable. Giannis showed tremendous improvement in fantasy value in the period of one season. After only returning 8th round value in 2014-2015, he jumped up to 3rd round value in the 2015-2016 season. In addition, Giannis posted early second round value during the final six weeks of the season after Michael Carter-Williams went down with injury and Giannis was called up to lead the offense. He posted four triple-doubles in that time frame and several more close lines. If this is any indication of the future of this player, this may be the last opportunity to get any value in a trade on him.
Tobias Harris, 23
Harris is a tough player to filter in to a certain Dynasty Dose issue as he is more of a “tweener” at the forward position. Harris stands 6’8” and is frequently compared to Carmelo Anthony, so for the sake of this series, we will count him in the small forward category. Tobias has now posted 5th round season-long value for two consecutive seasons and offers a very unique stat set for his position. Harris’ value was actually suppressed while he played for the Magic and saw an improved stat set of 4th round value during the final two months of the season following a trade to the Pistons. The Pistons offer a balanced offense with their starting group and Harris should be able to hold similar value for as long as the Pistons decide to roll this same crew out on the floor each night.
August 19, 2019, 9:31 pmJerryd BaylessPG, International
Jerry Bayless has signed a deal with CBA club the Sichuan Blue Whales.
Bayless may have a little bit left in his tank. However, given his mileage, it's unlikely that the 10-year veteran will be making a return to the NBA any time soon.
August 19, 2019, 9:21 pmJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs have officially signed veteran J.J. Barea to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.
Given his age (35) and the fact that he's coming off recovery from a torn right Achilles, we do not expect many fantasy-relevant minutes to be produced by the 12-year NBA vet.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
August 19, 2019, 8:57 pmCam ReddishPF, Atlanta Hawks
In a survey conducted of the 2019 NBA rookies, Cam Reddish was voted as most likely to have the best career.
Reddish came through with 19 percent of the vote, which does point to an even spread across multiple nominees. The result of the survey comes as a bit of surprise considering all the pre-draft hype that accompanied Zion Williamson. For what it's worth, Zion was voted most likely to win ROY. On Reddish's end, we'd like to see him address his current stat set issues, mainly associated with scoring efficiency, before anointing him as a top-tier dynasty league draft target.
August 18, 2019, 11:21 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.
Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.
August 18, 2019, 10:36 pmJustin AndersonSG, Atlanta Hawks
According to The Athletic, the Wizards and Justin Anderson are trying to work towards a training camp contract.
Anderson averaged a career-low 9.6 minutes per game with the Hawks last season. The former first-round pick is looking to gain another opportunity on a thin Wizards team. He will likely not have much fantasy value if he manages to make the roster.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
August 18, 2019, 9:37 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo is still rehabbing from his ruptured quad tendon in January, and is unsure if he will be an active participant at the Pacers' training camp when it opens in September.
Our last update from Pacers POBO Kevin Pritchard had Oladipo aiming for December or January, and that timetable still seems doable. He is taking his leadership role seriously, connecting with the Pacers' new players this summer, and it seems likely that he will make his presence felt this year at some point. Oladipo had an outstanding campaign two years ago, but even before the injury he was a disappointment last season. Fantasy owners should proceed with caution, we may not see Oladipo's top form this year.
Source: Indiana Pacers
August 18, 2019, 8:49 pmBol BolC, Denver Nuggets
Bol Bol stated that he has completely recovered from the left foot fracture that ended his college basketball career, and he is now working out twice a day for his upcoming rookie season with the Nuggets.
The multi-talented center could put up big numbers if given the opportunity with the Nuggets, but the risk for another injury is real. With that in mind, Bol is not expected to receive a lot of minutes this season. If that somehow changes, it would be exciting to see his rare combination of blocks and 3-pointers in action.
Source: Jim Slater of AFP
August 18, 2019, 7:26 pmDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are allowing the Lakers to speak with Dwight Howard.
The news came out yesterday that the Lakers would seek permission and the fact that they were granted it suggests that Howard will not be on the Grizzlies for long. The aftermath of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his ACL left them in need of another center if they want to remain true to playing Anthony Davis exclusively at power forward. Joakim Noah is the other option on the Lakers' radar and has been a facilitator and role player in the past.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 18, 2019, 7:18 pmMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
Moritz Wagner has been cut from Germany’s FIBA World Cup team.
The move seems somewhat surprising given Wagner’s youth and notoriety, but Germany still has four NBA players on their roster despite cutting Wagner. The Wizards have plenty of depth in the frontcourt and Wagner is probably lower on the totem poll when it comes to receiving minutes.
Source: Dario Skerletic of Sportando
August 18, 2019, 9:33 amJonah BoldenPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Jonah Bolden has opted to withdraw from Team Australia in the FIBA World Cup.
Bolden becomes the fifth NBA player to skip out on playing for Australia in the World Cup, a trend that seems to be prevalent for several countries' national teams. Bodlen could be looking at an increased role as a backup center for Philly's thin bench this upcoming season. He is not expected to be a relevant fantasy option though.
Source: Fox Sports Australia