Fantasy Impact-NBA Draft Vol. 3

The third and final draft recap gives analysis for picks 21-30.  Normally most of these picks don’t have much of an impact on their team, especially immediately, but there can be some gems.  For example, players like Jimmy Butler, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gobert, and Rodney Hood were all drafted in this range over the last couple of years.  Although this is an area where good teams who don’t have much cap space for rookies tend to draft-and-stash international prospects, there were some good players who surprisingly fell this low.

21. Atlanta Hawks- DeAndre Bembry

Jacob- 

Bembry is a 6’6″ Small Forward who many got to know this March watching St. Joseph’s play in the NCAA tournament.  Although they play similar positions, I think Bembry will prove to be the better NBA player between him and the Hawks earlier first round pick, Taurean Prince.  Bembry is a plus-athlete and a very good passer, both of which can help him earn minutes right away as a rookie.  The only thing that could keep him from having an impact his rookie year is his 3-point shooting which has to improve after a 26.6% showing in his final college season.

Joe-

I agree with Jacob that Bembry will find more success in the NBA than Prince. When looking at Bembry, he reminds me a lot of Justice Winslow with his ability to contribute in multiple areas, including passing and rebounding. He isn’t quite the 3-and-D guy that Prince will likely be, but he could be used to help run the offense off of the bench a bit more with his passing ability and the departure of Jeff Teague.

22. Sacramento Kings (from CHA)- Malachi Richardson

Jacob-

I am still in shock that the Kings did something right on draft night.  Although the other trade could prove to be disasterous, trading Marco Belinelli for the 22nd pick in the draft was a nice move.  Malachi Richardson came onto the scene in a big way during Syracuse’s improbable final 4 run.  Richardson is a very good scoring 2 guard.  Although the past couple of highly picked shoooting guards didn’t work out well (Ben Mclemore, Nick Stauskas), this one could prove differently if given the chance.  That’s half the battle for rookies, they can be extremely talented, have all of the tools in place, but go to a situation where it is very hard to earn minutes. If Richardson can earn those minutes, he could score enough points that DFS players would consider rostering him.

Joe-

I love this pick. I expected Malachi to be drafted earlier than this and the Kings should consider themselves lucky. Like Jacob said, they’ve had picks like this in the past, but I think this one will actually work out. He was impressive in the regular season and was named to the ACC All-Rookie team, and followed that up by scoring 21 points in each of the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. He demonstrated the ability to heat up in a hurry and with the lack of depth at the shooting guard position, he should be able to find a significant role in the rotation that desperately needs scoring help.

 

23. Boston Celtics- Ante Zizic

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Another draft-and-stash player for Boston, which is a good strategy considering these players are now assets and can be used in a trade down the line.  We probably won’t see Zizic in the NBA this season, but we probably will in the future.  He is a 6’11” center from Croatia who is a good rebounder.

Joe-

Jacob said just about all there is to say about Zizic. There is little to no chance we ever see him in a Boston uniform given the crowded frontcourt the team has, especially after signing Al Horford. Expect him to be a trade chip in the future.

24. Philadelphia 76ers- Timothe Luwawu

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I really liked Luwawu coming into the draft.  He is a 3-and-D player which is what every team wants in their wing players.  Being a good defender is how rookies earn minutes, and being on a team like the 76ers means he will have every chance he can to prove that he belongs in the NBA.  Although he didn’t have the best shooting season this year, if he can find his stroke in Philadelphia’s high paced offense, he might be able to have a role in DFS this season.

Joe-

In 30 minutes per game last season, Luwawu put up 14.5 ppg, 4.6 boards, and 2.8 assists to go along with incredible length and athleticism. Obviously the competition in the NBA is much higher than that of the Serbian League, but on a team like the Sixers, don’t be surprised to see him on the court more than you’d expect. I don’t see him being a fantasy asset though, unless a rash of injuries hit the Sixers like the end of last season.

25. Los Angeles Clippers- Brice Johnson

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Brice Johnson was an elite college player at North Carolina.  As one of the best rebounders in college basketball, he was able to carry UNC to the national title game.  The knocks on Johnson include him being a senior and not having a 3 point shot when he projects as a 4 in the NBA.  He is also very skinny at 6’11″209 lbs.  Johnson could have a role for the Clippers this year, but I wouldn’t count on him being on the DFS radar this season.

Joe- 

This might be one of my favorite picks in the draft. Johnson is one of the most NBA-ready rookies and after 4 years at UNC, he should have an immediate role off of the bench for the Clippers. He’s the type of player to make an impact for a team that isn’t shown on the stat sheet (other than rebounding), since he isn’t an elite scorer and a bit undersized. Unless Blake Griffin goes down with an injury or gets traded, don’t expect to see many people rostering him in DFS games.

26. Philadelphia 76ers- Furkan Korkmaz

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Philadelphia really loaded up on first round picks this year.  Korkmaz is a 6’6″ shooting guard from Turkey who is a good ball handler and shooter.  The issue facing all of these wings that Philly has, is will there be enough playing time for them?  I think a couple of these rookies will eventually rise to the top for the 76ers and play more minutes, but it is tough to see who.  For the beginning of the season, I would avoid most of Philly’s wings until the roles are carved out.

Joe-

Like Jacob said, the Sixers roster is loaded with rookies and young players, a lot of which have a much brighter immediate future than Korkmaz. I don’t see him making an impact for the team this season, so I would avoid him in DFS formats…if Fanduel and Draftkings even include him on the player list.

27. Toronto Raptors- Pascal Siakam
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After finding out who Sim Bhullar was a couple of years ago, I immediately became a fan of New Mexico State.  Coming out after his sophomore year, Siakam has a very high motor which can earn him immediate NBA minutes.  He also can help fill some of the void left by Bismack Biyombo as Siakam is a good rebounder and shot blocker.  I am not expecting too much for DFS from Siakam this year, but injuries to front court players could give him enough minutes to have some good games this season.

Joe-

The Raptors frontcourt is a bit of an enigma. They don’t have a truly dominant big man, and never fully unleash Jonas Valanciunas. That gives me a bit of hope for Siakam. We saw last season when Biyombo started eating away at Jonas’ minutes due to poor play, and should that happen again this season, there is a glimmer of hope for Pascal.

28. Sacramento Kings- Skal Labissiere

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Any other team I would give a standing ovation for scooping a potential top 10 pick at 28, but this just does not fit at all with what Sacramento is doing.  The Kings already have arguably the best center in the NBA in DeMarcus Cousins, they drafted Georgios Papagiannis with the 13th pick, and don’t forget that they picked Willie Cauley-Stein with the 6th pick in last years draft.  I think Skal is a very good prospect, probably better than Papagiannis, but I just don’t understand what their game plan was going into this draft.  Maybe Skal can play some 4 with his stretching ability, but probably not right out of the gate.  It is disappointing when good prospects go to horrible situations.  I wouldn’t expect much from Skal this season, and hopefully he can get into a better situation that will help him grow as an NBA player.

Joe-

I do not understand the Kings. You have DEMARCUS COUSINS, arguably the best center in the entire NBA, yet you continue to draft big men. While taking such a highly-touted prospect at 28 isn’t a bad move, there’s no way that Skal carves out a role in their rotation this season. Willie Cauley-Stein impressed everyone last season, and they also have Quincy Acy, Kosta Koufus, Georgis Papagiannis, and of course, Boogie. Maybe these draft picks are a sign that Boogie is on the move, but unless he is, there’s no reason to look at Skal in fantasy formats.

29. San Antonio Spurs- Dejounte Murray

Jacob-

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Spurs somehow got a top prospect to fall to them late in the draft.  Another year, another very solid pick from San Antonio.  Murray has been tearing up summer league games with his all around game, and in San Antonio, he should get the coaching he needs to become a very good player.  Murray is 6’5″ with an incredible 6’11” wingspan, has a good motor, rebounds very well for his position, and can create his own shot.  The only thing missing from his game is a 3 point shot, which if any team knows how to develop a 3 point shot, it’s the Spurs.  Although Murray might not be a huge contributer right away with San Antonio contending for a championship this season, Murray could prove to be the steal of the draft.

Joe-

Murray is a great player, but an unusual one when looking at the San Antonio Spurs. A team that usually drafts developed, NBA-ready players, Murray is a rather raw, freak athlete. Whether it be the Spurs adopting to the evolving NBA or just the best pick on the board, I love the pick. He showed off his flashy scoring ability throughout Summer League play and could develop into an asset on the Spurs offense after this season (when Manu retires). This season, however, he may have a difficult time finding playing time and can be avoided in fantasy formats.

30. Golden State Warriors- Damian Jones

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Going into this season at Vanderbilt, Jones was regarded as a much higher center prospect.  He fell off as the season went on, but might be able to help Golden State this season after watching their terrible center production after Bogut went down in the finals.  Although he is a very good athlete, he isn’t well skilled at this point, so I wouldn’t expect much daily fantasy production this season.

Joe-

This is your typical 30th pick in the draft. Jones had a nice season at Vanderbilt, but there is a very good chance that he isn’t cut out for the NBA. He went to the right team in terms of winning, but I don’t expect him to see the court much, even with the struggles of Festus Ezeli and injury history of Andrew Bogut.

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