If you aren’t likely to compete for the championship in your dynasty or keeper leagues, now is the time to start planning for the future by stashing away guys like the Nets’ Mason Plumlee and the Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. In this, the first of a three-part series, I will recap the 2013 NBA draft and tell you who you will be able to glean the most fantasy value from in the coming seasons.Picks 21-30
Nedovic has played in only 21 games this year, averaging 6.4 minutes a game, but hasn’t suited up since December 27th. With the recent acquisition of Jordan Crawford and the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are locked into their starting roles, Nedovic is unlikely to have any relevance whatsoever in the coming years. Verdict: Leave him alone.
The arrival of Leandro Barbosa has reduced Goodwin’s role this season, but being the second youngest player in the entire draft class, he has a lot of upside. With the Suns roster in a state of flux this season and pushing into the offseason, Goodwin could quickly develop a bench role of 20 minutes a game as soon as next year. Verdict: Worth a stash.
28. Livio Jean-Charles, SF, San Antonio Spurs
Jean-Charles hasn’t signed with the Spurs yet and is currently out with a serious knee injury and not due back until sometime next month. The Spurs do unearth an unfair amount of late- first-round and second-round gems, but I’m not willing to bank on it here. Verdict: Leave him alone.
Gobert hasn’t played for the Jazz since December 11th, but when he did, he showed his ability on the defensive end. In the preseason he averaged two blocked shots a game in just 15 minutes of court time, showcasing his potential game-changing defensive ability. Once Enes Kanter returns to the starting lineup and Marvin Williams is banished from the NBA, Gobert projects as a decent backup big man. Verdict: Stash if you’re light on big men.
Roberson has started four games for the Thunder this season and acquitted himself nicely, grabbing 13 rebounds in his last three starts whilst also swiping three steals. He’s only played sporadically and the Thunder are a very deep team, with guys like Thabo Sefolosha, Perry Jones III and Jeremy Lamb ahead of him. It’s hard to envisage him having fantasy relevance in the future. Verdict: Leave him alone.
There haven’t been many rookies spoken about more and producing less than Bullock in quite a few years. In saying that, before his ankle injury, Bullock averaged 15 minutes a game , but struggled to do much with the playing time. He has a PER of 6.0 so far this season and seems a long ways away from being able to contribute. Verdict: Leave him alone.
Hardaway Jr. has had a fairly productive rookie season, playing over 21 minutes a game in the last month and scoring 8.4 points per contest in that time span. With J.R. Smith seemingly one foot out of the door in New York and the rest of the guard play shaky at best, Hardaway is in a great position to see his value skyrocket. He’s made five three-pointers in two games this season, giving him the look of a scorer, either in a sixth man role or starting. Verdict: Must add for the future.
Hill hasn’t stepped onto the court in over a month and with Danny Granger back healthy, it’s unlikely he sees any meaningful minutes this season. In the time he did play, he didn’t show much at all and there is little to no fantasy appeal for Hill. Verdict: Leave him alone.
22. Mason Plumlee, PF, Brooklyn Nets
Plumlee’s per-36 stats are quite impressive, averaging 13 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks, showing the potential he has to be a solid fantasy contributor. With Kevin Garnett on his last legs and Andray Blatche hardly the future at power forward, Plumlee could very well be starting at power forward at the start of next season alongside a healthy Brook Lopez. Verdict: Must add for the future.
Dieng, a Senegal native, has played sparingly in his freshman campaign. He has shown a propensity for shot blocking averaging 4.2 blocks per 36 minutes, a number which is undoubtedly unrealistic for projections sake. With Kevin Love‘s future tenuous in Minnesota, more frontcourt minutes may open up in the coming seasons, but I don’t see Dieng being a breakout player, whichever way you slice it. Verdict: Leave him alone.
Stay tuned in the following days as I break down the remainder of the 2013 draft class and assess their value for future seasons.