NBA Fantasy Draft
Often in a fantasy drafts people look at the average points, rebounds or assists per game. This isn’t always a bad thing to look at the ESPN projections, but we need to go deeper statistically. We need to look at turnovers, and shooting percentage. Yet projections are often helpful they should only truly be used in the first few rounds, also depending upon the amount of knowledge you have of the NBA.
If we are looking for players who turn the ball over very little, we should start at power forward. In this day and age, power forwards rule the NBA; athletic, good mid-range shot, great power post moves, a lot of shot opportunities and great rebounders. My top recommendations would Anthony Davis, Serge Ibaka, Lamarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin and Kevin Low. These players make smart offensive decisions, have good mid-range jumpers and take high percentage shots.
Some lower round picks I would target at power forward would be David Lee, Derrick Favors, Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young and Terrence Jones. Obviously these aren’t guaranteed all-star-caliber picks but have potential for big seasons.
In the past I’ve gone for a best player available at the position I need or want, and it’s often failed me. Then I started stressing on picking a good point guard and power forward. And it bodes well for me, due to the shot selection and small amount of mistakes they make.
Next we have point guard. Today almost every team in the league has a solid point guard, If not a star. They are plentiful in the draft, but I prefer to pick them in the first or second rounds. Chris Paul and Stephen Curry are the two you should look for. They have the ability to go for huge offensive games, and will more than likely average double digit assists. The advantage to Chris Paul being the defense. He normally average about 2 steals a game or more, which is usually a league leading.
Some possible lower round pick point guards who really could help your fantasy team if you didn’t pick an elite point guard. Michael Carter-Williams, Reggie Jackson, Jrue Holiday are my lower round recommendations and should be improved from last season.
I’m not going to tell you to overlook small forwards, shooting guards or centers, but try out this strategy. It should bode very well for you and create a good opportunity for you to win you league or at least compete.