• 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.

    (You can check out the rest of our Season Review articles right here!)

    Trades are probably the toughest part of fantasy ownership. You’re dealing with competing valuations that are almost never in sync, plus all sorts of fun subconscious biases working against you. Outside of the draft itself, trade season throws the most variables into the mix and it can be exceedingly difficult to navigate for even the most experienced fantasy owners. That (plus, you know, winning things) is what makes pulling off a successful trade so satisfying.

    Trades tend to be tougher in leagues with more experienced owners, as those who have been around the block a few times are often more steadfast in their own assessments of players. The same can be said for deeper leagues, as it becomes tougher to assess the impact of new players as they fall further and further from the top-150. While those guys are mostly filler in bigger packages, nobody wants to lose out on any value.

    Unfortunately, I fall into the extremely stubborn group and didn’t make any trades this season. There were some talks in the few weeks following the draft but I decided to see how things would play out before pulling the trigger on anything. Onto the experts, who are generally more fun than me.

    Aaron Bruski

    I don’t do trades because I’m in too many leagues and stretched way too thin. Most of my leagues prohibit trading because they’re high stakes, too. One day I’m going to form a family band and kill time between shows by sending all of the same terrible trade offers people constantly send me.

    Dan Besbris

    Turning Lou Williams and Al Horford into Damian Lillard, who I then managed to package in a trade for KAT. My goal going into every year is to acquire another bonafide first rounder (in addition to the one I drafted), and last season I managed to squeeze Anthony Davis out of an opponent before the KAT fleecing this year. It’s hard to lose a league with two guys in the top-8.

    Jake Fitzgibbon

    Trading away Zach Randolph for John Henson – It isn’t the most glamorous trade, but getting rid of Randolph early on in the season proved to be huge for me down the stretch. Z-Bo barely played over the final few weeks, and while Henson isn’t incredibly productive, it was enough to get me through.

    Chef Ali

    I had a few successful trades (including two involving me getting Joe Ingles’ top-60 value), but I’d say getting Lord Robert Covington for Taurean Prince and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was the best. The trade went through right before RHJ got hurt and Taurean went on a months-long tailspin. By that time, Ro-Co wasn’t playing particularly well either but the 2-for-1 opened up an extra roster spot I used to ameliorate the situation. Come playoff time, Bellwood’s finest was up to his usual 3-and-D plus blocks and boards, spending most of the H2H playoffs inside the top-20 (and helping me to win my big money league) and finishing the season at No. 37.

    Nathan Nguyen

    Jayson Tatum for Gary Haris back in November. I tried floating Tatum to everyone because I couldn’t see him sustaining those insane numbers (50% from 3PT) and over the course of the entire season Harris ended up almost 30 spots higher.

    Dio Nikiforos

    It’s the second year in a row that I’ve been able to capitalize on a Giannis trade primarily because I target a manager that is literally dying to trade for him. Last year I was able to trade him in a package that included Marcin Gortat and Patty Mills for Victor Oladipo, Dario Saric, Brandon Ingram and Jabari Parker. This year I was able to swap him for Paul George and Clint Capela in a roto league, clearly getting the better part of the bargain in both situations.

    Souriyo Dishak

    I don’t play any redraft leagues anymore, I’m in all dynasty or keeper leagues. I guess the biggest trade I made this year was trading Lauri Markkanen and a 2018 rookie first-rounder for Andre Drummond around midseason. It ended fine. I didn’t win :(.

    Vladi Semenov

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Fantasy News

  • Tyler Bey
    SG, 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

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, 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

  • Reggie Perry
    PF, 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

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, 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

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, 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

  • Paul Reed
    SF, 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

  • Zeke Nnaji
    PF, 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

  • Aaron Nesmith
    SF, 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.

    Source: ESPN

  • Killian Hayes
    SG, 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.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Patrick Williams
    SF, College

    Patrick Williams, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound small forward out of Florida State, has declared for the 2020 NBA draft after a shortened freshman season off the bench, averaging 9.2 PTS, 4.0 REB and 1.0 AST while not starting a single game for a deep Seminoles squad.

    The intriguing aspect of Williams' draft aspirations lies in his dimensions; particularly his 7-foot wingspan. He had modest numbers but that can largely be attributed to how deep their rotation was in 2019-20, similar to fellow 'Nole Devin Vassell, who also declared for the draft recently. Williams has incredible athleticism and has made himself into an intriguing prospect who could find himself landing in the first round if his draft stock maintains momentum.

    Source: Patrick Williams on Twitter