October 27, 2015, 11:07 pm
When Meyers Leonard came out of Illinois he had a draft profile that read like every other profile you’ve read about an athletic kid with the odds against him. He wasn’t a great shooter and he wasn’t extraordinarily physical — not to mention he had confidence issues according to Draft Express — and he appeared to be on his way to a non-descript career in Portland battling it out with guys like Joel Freeland.
Fast forward to today and the over-exuberant rookie has morphed into a 7-foot version of Klay Thompson, if only Thompson were much slower and way goofier. He shoots threes now and lots of them for a big man. In just 15.4 mpg last season he uncorked two per contest, making 42 percent of them. His 51.0/42.0/93.8% shooting line from last season was utterly confounding. Yes, he got his feet set and was wide open on a ton of those looks, but this is Meyers Leonard we’re talking about here not Steph Curry.
Even though it happened over the course of nearly 1,000 NBA minutes, it had to be a fluke.
But then the story really gained momentum as Leonard was one of the few Trail Blazers to show up in their playoff loss to the Grizzlies. He hit a mind-bending 76.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and showed some defensive chops while he was at it. LaMarcus Aldridge‘s solo plane ride home after a playoff loss would foreshadow the disbanding of a popular and seemingly tight-knit Blazers squad.
So why isn’t he getting more attention in fantasy drafts this season? I have no freaking clue. Teammate C.J. McCollum has gotten all of the fantasy headlines and deservedly so — he’ll be electric on many nights. But he will struggle with the realities of being a volume shooter on a bad team, and that’s before we assume he can distance himself from early-career injuries and not let his defensive stats slip any further. Meanwhile, Leonard has quietly been out there doing it all. So far this preseason he’s rebounding (6.43 per game in 24.7 mpg), shooting the ball plenty (7.3 FGAs per game), hitting at a great clip (47.1 FG%, 48.3 3P%) and he’s even averaging a combined 1.57 steals and blocks per game. As a cherry on top he’s handing out 1.43 assists.
Yes, it’s preseason, but this Blazers team isn’t going to be in a lot of high-intensity playoff type matchups. They’re going to play in a lot of sloppy contests, but all of that is besides the point — Terry Stotts and the organization clearly view him as a foundational piece for this season and he’s going to get starter’s minutes. Hell, they’re running the world’s slowest pindowns for him so he can get open jumpers because he’s one of their best shooters.
It’s been a while since his numbers were something else, something other than what they are right now.
He is about to get very, very popular in fantasy circles. The only question is if fantasy owners can make like real Portland hipsters and scuttle the corporate rock for some unadulterated Meyers Legend.
This is the same exact list that I will use in upcoming big money competitions including the National Fantasy Basketball Championship among others. Last year it was good enough to bring home third place in the NFBKC’s Hall of Fame League, which has the highest price point for entry.
Longtime readers will know that I don’t play it safe here. I’m not worried about standing out from other sites’ rankings or even our own. This is about throwing my best punch and not being concerned about looking crazy when I do it. As a result, I’ve had some high profile wins on player projections and a few high profile losses, too. I haven’t seen any fantasy expert rankings in a while but when I have seen them they’ve put me at or near the top. Hopefully for all of us that trend will continue. Lastly, be sure to read the ground rules – they are key to using this list correctly.
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Here is a look back at last year’s B150 from this summer.
B150 RANKS UPDATED AS OF: OCTOBER 27, 2:02 AM ET
The ground rules….
- This is a Roto list. It’s not a head-to-head list or a points league list. It’s not a list to account for playoff formats. Frankly I’d prefer it to not even include 9-cat rankings because it’s terrible to penalize better players for handling the ball a lot. But because we all play 9-cat I include my ranks for 9-cat and the associated Average Draft Positions (ADP), as well. While I’m banging on 9-cat leagues I’ll bang on playoff leagues, too. Why go through the nightly grind of the NBA season to have the ever-growing problem of shutdowns determine your league.
- Though this is a top-150 list (including 50 more honorable mentions at the end), each player in the top 350 or so has been hand-projected for each category. Those projections have been scrutinized in every context that might affect the final outcome. A proprietary blend of methodologies – both quantitative and qualitative – is used to weave the resulting numbers into these rankings.
- This is a year-long list. By ranking a player (for example) No. 33, I am predicting they will finish as the 33rd ranked player at the end of the year, cumulatively. In that respect, it is vital owners know that I am not intending for them to draft players in this order.
- Again, owners need to consider their specific marketplace and determine where they would like to draft players based on ADP, strength of their league and the like. Just because I rank a guy way ahead of his ADP, or if the ADP doesn’t exist because the guy isn’t getting drafted enough – it doesn’t mean you grab him where I rank him.
- ADPs are pulled from ESPN for 8-cat and Yahoo for 9-cat.
- These are pure values that don’t account for any punting or specialized team builds you might want to look at. If you want to adjust for punting or a specific type of team build you’ll need to do that on your own. For what it’s worth I seek balance when building a team whether it’s Roto or H2H.
So without further ado, I give you the Bruski 150:
8C ADP NAME TEAM POS NOTES 9-C ADP 1 1 Anthony Davis NOR F/C The preseason gave credibility to an even bigger jump. He can run away from Curry with anything over 72 games. 1 1 2 2 Stephen Curry GSW G Curry won’t be far behind Davis but he’ll need to stay healthy in order to do it. 2 2 3 4 Kevin Durant OKC F Durant and Harden form their own tier behind the Big 2. Durant has another gear he can hit if Donovan clicks. 3 5 4 4 James Harden HOU G/F Still super-elite value and a nice consolation prize of getting an earlier pick on the way back in Round 2. 5 4 5 8 Chris Paul LAC G CP3 and Westbrook form a 3rd tier below the top-4. Though age is a concern, he’s the safe play vs. WB’s upside. 4 6 6 6 Russell Westbrook OKC G Like Durant, if the Donovan offense really clicks he could bridge the gap between he and Harden. 10 6 7 7 DeMarcus Cousins SAC F/C LeBron actually projects a tad higher than Cousins, but there’s something about players with unexplored ceilings. 13 8 8 5 LeBron James CLE F If the King can start going to the rack, then he could flirt with a top-5 rank. 7 5 9 12 John Wall WAS G The new pace-and-space Wizards help preserve his fantasy standing, though it’s a big dropoff in value starting here. 18 16 10 13 Kawhi Leonard SAS G/F If you want to go Leonard over Wall the upside equation makes sense. Still, a lot of mouths to feed in San Antonio. 6 10 11 9 Damian Lillard POR G Lillard could also go ahead of Wall, but he’s due to miss some games and the struggle for Portland should be real. 15 14 12 11 Klay Thompson GSW G/F Klay is in the running for the most boring pick of the first two rounds. Not a lot can go wrong here. 11 13 13 13 Paul George IND G/F He looks phenomenal and the uptempo offense appears to be his to joyride. 14 20 14 19 Rudy Gobert UTA C The hype machine killed his profit margin, but owners can draft him with confidence despite a limited track record. 9 19 15 15 Jimmy Butler CHI G/F Another victim of summer hype, the only hope to clear this mark is that he truly gets the car keys from Rose. 12 14 16 18 Serge Ibaka OKC F/C Less is more with him, as extra offensive responsibilites stole both his efficiency and his energy on defense. 8 19 17 25 Gordon Hayward UTA G/F Captain America looks like he put on 15 pounds of muscle after doing the same thing a year ago. 29 40 18 23 Marc Gasol MEM C Owners should be happy getting him on the turn between Round 2 and 3. 19 26 19 26 Eric Bledsoe PHO G Durability issues are far off in the rear view mirror, and if that continues he gets to test his bounds this season. 50 34 20 44 Reggie Jackson DET G Sources in DET believe he’s going to be the Pistons’ workhorse; they have 80 million reasons to see that through. 58 68 21 33 Jeff Teague ATL G A do wonder if Schroder can push him at all, but the Hawks’ depth has been reduced and Teague should be fine. 35 42 22 38 Kyrie Irving CLE G A fluid rank and one of my favorite risks of the third round with his Round 1 upside. In the 4th it’s highway robbery. 21 24 23 51 Isaiah Thomas BOS G There are a lot of mouths to feed in Boston, but the Pizza Guy has All Star upside in a best-case scenario. 40 76 24 30 Nerlens Noel PHI F/C We could see an historic season in terms of defensive stats, with a small side of what-if he does anything on ‘O.’ 20 31 25 26 Draymond Green GSW F Green is a weird case of being underhyped after a best-case season for the world champs. 17 28 26 31 Rudy Gay SAC F There is risk that newfound depth in Sac could erode his value, but his efficiency and effectiveness should hold up. 28 40 27 31 Kyle Lowry TOR G His weight loss is both dramatic and unsettling since he’s a bully-baller. Still, no need to overthink this one. 32 28 28 85 Gorgui Dieng MIN F/C A lot of interference about his role but whether it’s merit or Wolves attrition he’ll be ready for another step forward. 22 98 29 61 Kemba Walker CHA G With better talent on offense he won’t be forced into so many ISO and late-clock situations. 25 61 30 25 Nikola Vucevic ORL F/C When picking nits here, you just hope that he doesn’t let up on defense. Skiles won’t hesitate to shave some mpg. 24 23 31 119 Meyers Leonard POR F/C Get to know the name. One of the most unique players to come through the NBA in a while. 34 104 32 24 Paul Millsap ATL F/C He looks good so far, but I wouldn’t fault you for bumping him down a tad due to some mileage issues. 33 19 33 58 Danny Green SAS G/F Green has spent years earning Pop’s trust and this is the year he spreads his wings and goes. 16 58 34 35 Victor Oladipo ORL G His defensive chops insulate him from some of that Skiles risk, and he’s positioned to outperform his ADP. 51 36 35 43 Goran Dragic MIA G The preseason wasn’t great, but this rank assumes they work out the kinks and they can keep a top-25 pace. 41 54 36 55 Mike Conley MEM G The injury concerns are mitigated by the bonus of the contract year, though that can be a double-edged sword. 42 33 37 33 Kevin Love CLE F/C Looking at a Bosh-like leap next to LeBron in Year 2, and the hope is that CLE wants to establish him early. 27 24 38 82 Ricky Rubio MIN G A lot of value to be had here. Yes there are injury concerns, but the absent preseason isn’t a game-changer. 63 77 39 47 Al Horford ATL F/C Little Al is definitely shooting some treys this year. The big man threes thing isn’t as big as some make it seem. 23 15 40 16 Carmelo Anthony NYK F For his part, Melo looks good. It’s just that all of his indicators point down and that’s before any implosion risk. 47 12 41 32 Hassan Whiteside MIA C Perhaps the most unsettling pick of the early rounds and for good reason. But barring major variance, he goes here. 26 33 42 53 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C KAT has been stoking the hype machine with flashes of brilliance. A good balance of risk and reward in Round 4-5. 49 61 43 62 Khris Middleton MIL G/F Last week he plunged into the late mid-rounds and folks that jumped on it got a sweet bargain. 30 71 44 35 Chris Bosh MIA F/C Though he’s starting to get up there in mileage, his situation in Miami is cushy and we haven’t seen any slippage. 38 37 45 64 Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL F No large-scale jump from beyond the arc in the preseason. The hype machine cooled off enough to allow for profit. 56 62 46 42 Nicolas Batum CHA G/F If he came out and said he was going to fire away he could beat this rank by a round or two. Who knows if he will. 53 62 47 54 Jonas Valanciunas TOR C Folks in Canada seem to be in agreement that Dwane Casey is going to play him in the fourth quarter. 36 63 48 46 Kenneth Faried DEN F/C Michael Malone has already pointed him in the right direction and he should recover the two steps back he took. 46 55 49 39 DeAndre Jordan LAC C Real hard to win by punting in Roto leagues, but this is where he ranks if you’re going to take the plunge. 31 30 50 55 Brandon Knight PHO G Ankle concerns and questions over fit should keep owners drafting him in the fifth round only. 73 54 8C ADP NAME TEAM POS NOTES 9-C ADP 51 31 Andre Drummond DET F/C A cut below DeAndre, but I like what I’ve seen in terms of athleticism and footwork early. 45 36 52 15 Blake Griffin LAC F/C The Clippers’ new depth and a game that’s heading away from the hoop are all contributors to his fantasy dip. 61 19 53 28 Pau Gasol CHI F/C Tom Thibodeau ain’t walking through that door and the Bulls are loaded in the frontcourt. 44 30 54 96 Robert Covington PHI G/F Ranked for 2-3 weeks off with the knee. So yes, absent that he’d have been higher on surprisingly stable indicators. 57 88 55 58 Greg Monroe MIL F/C The risk for Monroe is that all of his teammates take a step forward at the same time. That’d shave some value off. 70 56 56 39 Brook Lopez BKN C I’m not too keen on this pick just because the Nets don’t have much to play for and he’s an injury risk. 39 33 57 93 Marcin Gortat WAS C The ADP data is likely old or wrong here. He’s going in Rounds 5-7 and the late hype is eating into profits. 37 54 58 46 Andrew Wiggins MIN G/F I’m tempted to go higher and he has really let loose from deep. His big mpg from last year will be hard to duplicate. 79 59 59 20 LaMarcus Aldridge SAS F/C Vying to be one of the most overdrafted players in the top half of drafts. Folks know the Spurs are loaded, right? 43 17 60 84 Nikola Mirotic CHI F This ADP data is likely old or wrong. In competitive leagues he’s going in Round 6 or thereabouts. 48 72 61 76 Danilo Gallinari DEN F Defensive stats really cap his upside. Michael Malone loves himself some defense but that calculus isn’t changing. 55 67 62 85 Michael Carter-Williams MIL G All he has to do is stay in his lane and this is where he lands. Of course, that’s not a given. 113 81 63 89 Thaddeus Young BKN F Young is going to get all he can eat for the most part. One just hopes this isn’t one of his bad years at the stripe. 69 86 64 69 Dwyane Wade MIA G A risk reward pick that has a bit of profit margin in competitive leagues. In casual leagues that won’t be true. 98 66 65 62 Kobe Bryant LAL G/F One of the harder guys to rank this season. In Round 8 I think the upside equation starts to make sense. 124 67 66 64 DeMar DeRozan TOR G/F Has the physical tools to make a jump possible, but he’s running out of time. Also a trade candidate. 89 62 67 40 Monta Ellis IND G In competitive leagues he’s going in the 50-65 range and that might be a fit depending on your needs. 92 59 68 105 Eric Gordon NOR G Somebody has to take the shots in New Orleans and despite his injury risk, it’s a contract year. 94 102 69 67 Tobias Harris ORL F The hype from last year’s showing and the big contract have eaten into his value. Still, don’t be afraid to get him. 66 50 70 77 Markieff Morris PHO F/C Sources in PHO say the team is handling the drama well and that’s a good recipe for value, despite obvious risk. 85 95 71 80 Trevor Ariza HOU G/F A quiet value that should benefit from even more spot-up opportunities next to Harden and Lawson. 59 47 72 50 Derrick Favors UTA F/C Being overdrafted as leftover hype from prior years continues to carry over. Fits the same mold as Ellis, Harris. 71 46 73 74 DeMarre Carroll TOR F Carroll has picked up right where he left off in Atlanta and makes for a fine mid-round selection. 52 61 74 119 Darren Collison SAC G George Karl is going to have a hard time taking him off the floor. A perfect storm for fantasy profit. 81 132 75 69 Tim Duncan SAS F/C Will this be the year that Tim Duncan doesn’t blow away his ADP? I’m ready to get worked yet again. 62 48 76 74 George Hill IND G Hill has some hidden upside in the event one of his high usage teammates gets hurt; he can handle the slack. 72 73 77 85 Ryan Anderson NOR F/C The uptempo offense and injuries piling up around him have pushed him up the charts. 54 97 78 39 Chandler Parsons DAL F This ADP data is likely old or wrong. He has some upside hidden in all that risk. 77 68 79 117 Al-Farouq Aminu POR F The hamstring injury has really cooled off any hype. As long as news doesn’t worsen, he’s a nice late-round target. 75 118 80 120 Marcus Smart BOS G Smart will take a step forward, surroundings will keep both the hype and the value in check. Good stopgap late. 83 122 81 71 Kyle Korver ATL G/F A safer play in the late mid-rounds and if all goes well he proves us wrong again. 65 54 82 56 Al Jefferson CHA F/C The contract year is tantalizing but not everybody can be Tim Duncan. 60 38 83 101 Jrue Holiday NOR G He exceeded his mpg limit on Friday and injuries to teammates may force more minutes than planned a week ago. 82 66 84 113 Otto Porter Jr WAS F Porter won’t be the splashy beneficiary of the newfound pace in WAS, but he might be the most important piece. 74 138 85 104 Terrence Jones HOU F Jones looked good physically on Friday and in competitive leagues he’s going earlier than this. 67 95 86 116 Jeremy Lin CHA G If only he didn’t have a history of lower mpgs and injury risk, as I’d love to rank him higher. 123 136 87 80 CJ McCollum POR G A Beal-like conundrum, with efficiency a very real concern on a team trending down and CJM poised to fire away. 105 115 88 59 Bradley Beal WAS G Same story, different year. The lack of defensive stats and troubles with efficiency weigh him down. 95 84 89 92 Wesley Matthews DAL G/F If you’re going to bet on a guy dealing with an Achilles’ injury, this is the guy you bet on. 76 84 90 140 Dennis Schroder ATL G Schroder looks sharp out there and he checks all the boxes as a fantasy sleeper. 138 140 91 94 Jordan Clarkson LAL G Fresh news about his shoulder aside, Clarkson isn’t a fluke and sources peg him as the Lakers’ mpg leader. 100 124 92 90 JR Smith CLE G/F Viewing him as an early-season play may better direct your draft strategy with Smith. 68 114 93 108 PJ Tucker PHO G/F I haven’t dinged him for his absentee preseason splashed with threats of an emerging T.J. Warren. But I might. 80 139 94 74 Zach Randolph MEM F/C Z-Bo will plod, grit and grind his way to a respectable late-round rank. 106 66 95 140 Timofey Mozgov CLE C Knee concerns have kept him from being targeted in drafts, not to mention crowding in the frontcourt. Undervalued. 88 117 96 69 Dirk Nowitzki DAL F/C In competitve leagues his ADP is more in line with this rank, and in that case he carries some fun/hopeful upside. 78 44 97 140 Rodney Hood UTA G/F Hood and Burks are going to both enjoy plenty of action and opportunity. As ADP shows, Hood’s the target. 87 147 98 N/A Kyle O’Quinn NYK F/C KOQ is back! I’d love to rank him higher but last year’s slide can’t totally be ignored. Early returns are good though. 84 141 99 119 Alec Burks UTA G Burks has some deficiencies in his fantasy game and like Hood, he’ll take another step forward next year too. 117 135 100 109 Deron Williams DAL G I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on a re-birth, but Dallas was his original goal and lesser expectations might help. 130 87 8C ADP NAME TEAM POS NOTES 9-C ADP 101 107 Joakim Noah CHI F/C A victim of the frontcourt depth in Chicago, you’re basically targeting him as a low-upside backup big. 101 83 102 54 Ty Lawson HOU G I think he’ll be able to mesh with Harden, but there’s no way around the usage hit. 118 75 103 96 Elfrid Payton ORL G Has plenty of upside as on ‘D’ to please Skiles, even if his play on that end was somewhat overstated last year. 163 71 104 59 Jarrett Jack BKN G The ADP data is old or wrong here. Owners should view him as a stop-gap solution at point guard late in drafts. 175 119 105 N/A Brandan Wright MEM F/C Wright is set to take the backup big minutes in Memphis, and he needs just 20-25 of them to be on the radar. 64 150 106 72 JJ Redick LAC G The added depth for the Clippers tempers expectations for the sharpshooter. 86 84 107 118 Lou Williams LAL G A nice under-the-radar target late, perfect for teams needing low-end producers while waiting out early injuries. 93 134 108 140 John Henson MIL F/C Henson is a part of the Bucks’ core and it’s hard to see them not bumping his minutes up this season. 96 140 109 116 Joe Johnson BKN G/F Iso Joe will plod his way to this rank, assuming the wheels don’t start to fall off for he or his team. 119 103 110 N/A Kelly Olynyk BOS C As you can see he’s going undrafted. He might float on and off the wire, but Sully is trending way down/maybe out. 112 135 111 N/A Tyler Zeller BOS F/C Like Olynyk, but more of an efficient plodder in fantasy terms. Rankings don’t necessarily equate to draft strategy. 90 140 112 90 Emmanuel Mudiay DEN G Yes he has the chance to cash in; but has a lot of ways his upside can be capped. Efficiency the biggest one. 281 101 113 52 Tyreke Evans NOR G Assuming he sticks to the timetable, there is some stashability here but don’t go crazy. ADP data is old. 155 85 114 96 Enes Kanter OKC C Kanter’s big contract is a nice safety blanket for those needing a big man late in drafts. 122 92 115 105 Tyson Chandler PHO C Chandler could actually smoke this rank if all goes well but Len is just one reason Phoenix may ease off the gas. 91 76 116 112 Jerian Grant NYK G Calderon may get it together, but he’s profiling like a real liability on the floor. Grant will be nipping at his heels. 128 142 117 112 Harrison Barnes GSW F Barnes may take a step forward, but even a sizable step will be thwarted by the GSW depth. 99 122 118 140 Gerald Green MIA G/F He’s in the middle of a patented hot streak, which will have a corresponding chill, but the Heat need his shooting. 144 137 119 116 Jeff Green MEM G/F Another plodder. 115 135 120 140 Alex Len PHO C The talent is there, but his ankles are serious concerns and he has yet to prove he can handle a big load. 103 143 121 119 Josh Smith LAC F Smith will garner a lot of jokes but he has really found his stride as a backup in the NBA. 192 134 122 121 Ersan Ilyasova DET F No history of big minutes and the Pistons are in the rumor mill surrounding a Markieff Morris trade. 104 95 123 86 Robin Lopez NYK C The undisclosed, and apparently minor injury doesn’t wear well during a slow preseason. Last year he looked hurt. 111 95 124 59 Derrick Rose CHI G His efficiency has evaporated and there isn’t a cushion of defensive stats to keep him from plummeting. 232 77 125 N/A Will Barton DEN G/F Barton’s sneaky fantasy value has to survive the crowd in Denver, which also limits his upside. 132 126 N/A Joffrey Lauvergne DEN F/C I’ve been on the train since last year and I want him to go bigger for selfish reasons, but next year may be the year. 147 142 127 63 Dwight Howard HOU F/C Whether it’s risk of days off, regular old injury risk, declining minutes or declining number; this is where he lands. 203 62 128 116 Frank Kaminsky CHA C Frank the Tank has bounced around in terms of early reports on his playing time. Tough road to value this year. 108 136 129 113 Mo Williams CLE G His rank is buoyed by his early responsibilities for however long Kyrie Irving is out. 179 139 130 140 Brandon Bass LAL F/C Bass will quietly return late-round value unless he totally gives way to Randle. Mpg goals not outlandish. 110 136 131 N/A Kosta Koufos SAC F/C Koufos has looked awesome and he’s in his prime. Hard to get too excited but in a deep league he has upside. 102 150 132 110 Roy Hibbert LAL C Hibbert looks fit and fiery but a renaissance is unlikely. Not sure the ADP can be beat by more than a round or two. 137 102 133 N/A Jae Crowder BOS F A deep league target that will eke his way into late-round value. 97 113 134 110 Wilson Chandler DEN G/F One would hope his contract would allow him to separate from his teammates, but there’s a decent crowd. 125 106 135 112 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DET G From what I’ve seen he added some tools to the game but fantasy stat set deficiencies dampen any excitement. 127 121 136 113 Avery Bradley BOS G I like his potential to take a step forward but the logjam in Boston is real and it’s spectacular. 131 125 137 140 Marcus Morris DET F A deep league target, his best chance of being productive is at the beginning of the year before Stanley gets rolling. 121 144 138 N/A Courtney Lee MEM G/F Somebody needs to get in his ear and continously remind him he’s a good shooter that should shoot more. 114 148 139 120 Evan Turner BOS G/F Turner is going to have a hard time staying on rosters in standard leagues this season. In deep leagues he works. 204 139 140 109 Ed Davis POR F/C Keep an eye on Vonleh news, as the kid looks good but might be held back early in the year. Boss would benefit. 107 125 141 117 Kevin Martin MIN G/F Older players on young teams aren’t typically great late targets, but the hope would be for a patented hot streak. 135 95 142 115 Trey Burke UTA G Reports on Burke have been positive, but there are a lot of ball-handlers in Utah to ruin his upside. 156 128 143 140 Corey Brewer HOU G/F Brewer will go on a two-week run that gets everybody all riled up but he’s a consistent, easier projection. 146 140 144 111 Stanley Johnson DET F He did everything a rookie could do to rise up the ranks. Reasonable projections leave him here, with some upside. 150 126 145 Shane Larkin BKN G A pick-and-roll player miscast in NY, he is being encouraged to run PnR and plays behind Jarrett Jack. 158 146 121 Jusuf Nurkic DEN C Can you work it? Jusuf Nurkic? Put that thang down flip it and reverse it? 152 122 147 115 Willie Cauley-Stein SAC C Some preseason indicators have chilled hope for a poor man’s Davis/Noel explosion on defense. Plenty of upside. 116 138 148 Mike Muscala ATL C Musky, as the TV crew likes to call him, has a fantasy friendly blend of stats and doesn’t need many minutes. 109 149 97 D’Angelo Russell LAL G The Lakers’ veteran additions ruined the chance for a Lillard-like helping of minutes. Efficiency, D stats are issues. 249 102 150 105 Julius Randle LAL F Superstar potential but defensive stats aren’t great and he’ll need to be a big points and boards guy to go off. 211 124
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