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 acquiring guys like the Sixers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. In this, the second 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. You can find part one here.
20. Tony Snell, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
Snell is getting decent minutes already for a now Luol Deng-less Bulls team, averaging 20 minutes a game in his last six contests. His main value has come via three pointers, having made one per game so far this season, but his percentage has been horrendous. Over time the Bulls are likely to use primarily as a defensive wing stopper, which doesn’t translate all that well to fantasy, but given the minutes he’s had already, anything could happen. Verdict: Add to your team, but don’t break the bank.
19. Sergey Karasev, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Karasev is an intriguing prospect, having played professional ball in Russia before being selected by Cleveland. This season his appearances have been sporadic, playing only seven games since the start of December and in those games he’s scored a combined four points. Karasev couldn’t etch out a solid role with the Cavs struggles on the wing prior to trading for Luol Deng, which isn’t promising for his future, but may just need time to adjust to his new surroundings. Verdict: Leave him alone.
18. Shane Larkin, PG, Dallas Mavericks
This is one guy who I really like and he showed it in Friday’s game against the Suns after Jose Calderon went down with a knee injury. He stepped up to score a career high 18 points with five assists. I can envision a scenario where Larkin is manning the point full time for the Mavericks, but probably not for another two to three years. He’s definitely in line to be the primary backup guard as early as next season. Verdict: Add to your team.
17. Dennis Schroeder, PG, Atlanta Hawks
Last season, the Hawks made their ambivalence towards incumbent starter Jeff Teague clear, allowing him to reach restricted free agency and then were rumored to be interested in shipping him to Milwaukee in a sign-and-trade when Teague signed the Bucks’ offer sheet. The Hawks drafted Schroeder in that same off-season, perhaps signalling their intention to groom him as the starting point guard of the future.
Drawing comparisons to Rajon Rondo, Schroeder has the potential to be a damaging NBA guard. Verdict: Worth a stash.
16. Lucas Nogueira, C, Atlants Hawks
Nogueira has been troubled with knee injuries this season, playing only six games for Estudiantes in Spain. A big man with knee injuries this early is definitely not a positive sign, but in his six games in Spain, he was able to block 1.3 shots per game in only 18 minutes. He seems a few years off contributing in the NBA, but could be a dynamic talent if he can get healthy. Verdict: Leave him alone.
15. Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
If you don’t know much about ‘The Greek Freak’, I assure you, you will soon enough. Potentially the most tantalising prospect in the entire draft, his game translates to fantasy better than anyone. Freakishly long and athletic, in a body that is still growing, he looks to be a guy who can contribute a steal, a block and a three per game along with six to seven boards a game from the shooting guard position. I’ve already ordered my Antetokounmpo jersey and I’m sure you won’t be far behind. Verdict: Move heaven and Earth to get him on your team.
14. Shabazz Muhammad, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Muhammad has played 11 games this season — scoring a total of one solitary point. He has just been recalled from the D-League, but is looking like a bust at this early stage. His PER of 0.6 is horribly low and combined with his off the court troubles, things don’t look too bright for Muhammad. Verdict: Leave him alone.
13. Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics
Olynyk exploded on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes. He was starting early this season before he injured his ankle, but with Kris Humphries definitely not the future in Beantown, there will be minutes there for him. His main strength is scoring and his defense is almost non-existent, but his game has a good fantasy appeal to it. Verdict: Add to your team, but don’t break the bank.
12. Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
After a 17 and 10 game in his just his fifth NBA outing, Adams was one of the most added players in fantasy, with owners hoping Scott Brooks would finally abandon the Kendrick Perkins abomination. Unfortunately, that didn’t come to fruition and Adams is still riding the pine. He is, however, still putting up decent numbers and it’s a good bet that he will be the Thunder’s center perhaps as early as next season. Verdict: Add to your team, but don’t break the bank.
11. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
When Basketball Monster.com has a guy ranked as the number 50 player in his rookie season, it’s safe to say that he will be owned in not only all dynasty or keeper leagues, but even the shallowest of re-draft leagues. You can’t get Carter-Williams off any waiver wires, but you could trade to get him on your team in preparation for next season. The problem with his breakout debut campaign, is that it’s going to cost you a lot to acquire him in a trade — which might be more than what his long term value probably is. Even though the 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.5 steals are tantalizing, getting him onto your team will likely cost too much for it to be a viable deal. Verdict: Awesome to own, but probably not worth the cost to acquire in a trade.
Stay tuned for the final installment in my dynasty/keeper league evaluations, coming soon.