June 17, 2018, 2:24 pm
Welcome in HoopBallers! As we’ve gotten a little distance from the end of the season and the emotional highs and lows of the fantasy campaign have evened out, it’s worthwhile to take a look back on the year that was. I asked some select members of our tremendous HB staff, from feature writers to blurbers to podcasters to people in our journalism and scouting arms, to answer a handful of questions about another fun year of hoops and what went right or wrong in their fantasy endeavors. We’ll be bringing you those answers in the coming weeks.
This week I asked the crew which players they would never own again after this season. Pretty much everyone hedged their bets a bit and we even got some excellent diplomatic answers, but the common thread among the answers here was poorly-timed injuries. I’ll also say that you should never say never, but I can tell that there are some players that I’ll never be able to draft unless their ADPs plummet. Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are three that come into mind immediately, and Devin Booker is probably right on the edge of that list as well even if he’s worth the investment. As far as players that I’m actually unlikely to draft, period, Andrew Wiggins is the most notable. I’ll borrow from Nathan a little bit here — I just don’t find it enjoyable to flip on the Wolves and watch Wiggins play. Heaven forbid I ever need him to come through in the clutch. Let’s see what the experts have to say.
I don’t like to use the word “never” because anybody can get so piled on that they become undervalued. Kawhi would be that guy if there ever was one and I’ll draft him next year.
None. Writing off a player is a surefire way to miss out on a great low price value.
Tony Snell – Took him in the later rounds and while he was admirable early on, just has incredibly limited upside and hurt me down the stretch.
It’s hard to say “never own” since it’s really relative to value per draft position, but Melo is obviously there along with Hassan Whiteside. Aside from that, all the old(er)/hurt guys aren’t “never own,” but I probably won’t be taking them where they’re likely to be drafted: CP, John Wall, Lowry, Conley, Marc Gasol, Boogie, Porzingis, Bro-Lo, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Goran Dragic. Throw in Andrew Wiggins, too; dude just doesn’t look like he likes hooping that much.
I’ll draft any player in the right spot, but a general rule I have is to not have multiple poor free throw shooters unless I plan on punting (H2H only). I play multiple roto leagues so I can only roster one poor free throw shooter per team. Just for kicks I’ll throw in Harrison Barnes on my do not draft list. That guy is so boring to watch, own and root for.
I think I’m pretty much done with Danilo Gallinari after he played only 22 games this season. After seeing him in person a couple years ago and realizing how thin and weak his legs are from close up I made a mental note to myself to stay away from him. Still, I couldn’t resist drafting him in a couple leagues this season as the mid round value was there but he was a major disappointment and killed my chances in a league where I needed his scoring and threes.
This is a bit weird and unfair because he was quite good again, but I’m pretty tired of Al Horford in general. He does stuff but it’s not exciting at all and I consistently feel disappointed with his production. It’s not really his fault, he’s just not for me.
I so badly want to say Marquese Chriss right now but I won’t do it. The player I will never own again after this season is Kyle Lowry. Listen, hear me out before you go crazy. Lowry is amazing, he’s an All-Star and helped my fantasy team get a ton of wins but he always seems to disappear when owners need him the most. In the last 10 games of the season, the games in which his fantasy owners have likely entered their playoffs, Lowry was the 106th ranked player with averages of 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 triples on 37 percent shooting. Those stats aren’t acceptable for a player who was taken in the first three rounds of almost every draft, especially because it usually happens to be in the fantasy playoffs. I’ve owned Lowry for each of the past two years and his streaky, mistimed performances have been a problem both years. Well, consider this the last one as there’s no way I’ll ever own Kyle Lowry again.
March 30, 2020, 12:27 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (Achilles) was participating in scrimmages with the Capital City Go-Go before the NBA suspended its season.
Wall was scrimmaging every three days or thereabouts, depending on the schedule, and was a regular presence at the team's practices. There's even video of him throwing down a nasty jam on rookie Garrison Mathews at the link below. Despite this notable step forward in his recovery, the Wizards have maintained that Wall will not return this season, even with the hiatus giving Wall an extra few months of recovery time.
Source: The Athletic
March 29, 2020, 9:45 pmTyler BeySG, College
University of Colorado shooting guard Tyler Bey declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Sunday.
The junior is being regarded as an early second-round draft prospect for this summer. Bey has some potential as a fantasy asset based upon his ability to accumulate steals and blocks, but it's unclear what kind of a role he would carry as a rookie in the NBA. His odds to become a defensive ace, who also develops consistent range from deep, is what NBA squads will be calculating when they look at him on draft day.
Source: Tyler Bey on Twitter
March 29, 2020, 9:32 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart announced that he has been cleared of COVID-19 since Friday.
It is good to see that Smart made a full recovery from the virus. Before this crisis hit the scene Smart was having a strong season with consistent mid-round value for the Celtics. With his secure role as a defensive anchor and his improved shooting from deep, he will continue to be a strong option whenever play resumes.
Source: Marcus Smart on Twitter
March 29, 2020, 8:02 pmReggie PerryPF, College
Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Sunday.
Perry said he will not be going back to college in the fall, and unlike in 2019 when he declared for the draft before withdrawing to return to college, he intends to sign with an agent this time around. He is shaping up to be a second-round selection and made some strong strides during his Sophmore campaign at Missippi State last season, averaging 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds on .500 shooting from the field. He'll need to continue improving upon this year's free-throw percentage (.768) and prove he can shoot the NBA three-pointer (.324) to become a prospect for standard fantasy leagues next season.
Source: Jeff Goodman on Twitter
March 29, 2020, 7:21 pmKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Jovan Buha of The Athletic writes that there have been multiple rumors connecting the Clippers with impending free agent Kris Dunn.
Dunn would only add to the Clippers' collection of outstanding defensive talent, though he may be hunting for a role closer to the starting lineup in a perfect world. He's currently shelved by a right MCL sprain that was initially expected to sideline him for the entire season. No matter where Dunn ends up, it's going to take a perfect set of circumstances for him to produce worthwhile numbers outside of the steals category.
Source: The Athletic
March 28, 2020, 10:21 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Knicks owner James Dolan tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday.
Dolan is in self-isolation and fortunately has "little to no symptoms". The Knicks' press release said that Dolan "continues to oversee business operations" which is hopefully, a good indicator that Dolan is feeling well.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 28, 2020, 9:30 pmPaul ReedSF, College
Paul Reed declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Saturday.
The junior small forward out of Depaul was named to the All-Big East Second Team this past season while averaging 15.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 2.6 blocks. Reed is likely to be drafted late in the first round. He was an efficient scorer in college (51.6 percent from the field in 2019-20) and if his shooting, rebounding and defensive stats translate to the NBA he could be a sneaky fantasy value. Keep an eye on Reed next season in case he is in a role where he can get minutes in the upper-20s.
Source: Paul Reed on Twitter
March 28, 2020, 7:57 pmZeke NnajiPF, College
According to CBS' Jon Rothstein, Arizona Wildcat power forward Zeke Nnaji will declare for the 2020 NBA draft.
Nnaji is a potential late first-round pick in the draft, given that it's a guard-heavy field and some teams may be in the market for some size. That said, it's far too early to make any hard predictions and draft boards remain fluid. With averages of 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on .570 shooting from the field, Nnaji has the base to be a fantasy-friendly big man, should he earn meaningful minutes on the team that eventually takes him.
Source: Jon Rothstein on Twitter
March 28, 2020, 7:50 pmAaron NesmithSF, College
Vanderbilt player Aaron Nesmith has announced that he will be entering the 2020 NBA Draft.
Nesmith, whose 2019-20 NCAA season was cut short by foot surgery, will be foregoing his junior year in order to join the draft. He's 6'6" and weighs in at 213 pounds. Playing small forward for Vanderbilt, Nesmith posted averages of 23 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc in the 14 games he managed to play.
March 27, 2020, 8:36 pmKillian HayesSG, International
Killian Hayes, a highly touted 18-year old point guard who has played three years professionally in France and Germany, has declared for the 2020 NBA draft after submitting the paperwork to the NBA league office.
Measuring in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Hayes has been on scouts' radars for quite some time after riding some very impressive YouTube highlight videos to prospect relevancy. In his most recent season, with ratiopharm Ulm in Germany, Hayes averaged 12.8 PTS, 6.2 AST, 2.3 REB and 1.5 STL while seeing his NBA draft stock rise as a result. He is a very talented shooter and it is seemingly more and more likely that Hayes will see his name called in the lottery when draft night arrives.