Since I'm swamped lately, a nice guest post for you all by Nathan Shellstein
Early Rookie Projections For Fantasy Basketball
The 2014 NBA draft received quite a bit of hype prior to the event, and now we finally know who will be playing where. Trusting a rookie in fantasy basketball can be a bit risky, but there are going to be a few worth taking a gamble on. Here is a closer look at what to expect out of the guys expected to do the most in 2014-2015.
Before the draft was even held, many thought that Parker would be the most NBA ready to play at a high level. He is already a very efficient scorer, and he is going to go to the Milwaukee Bucks and be a main threat from day one. The only issues with him right now happen to be on defense, so that is good news for anyone in fantasy basketball.
Even though he slipped to the 7th overall pick in the draft, Randle is going to be going to a perfect situation with the Los Angeles Lakers. No one knows what the lineup is going to look like just yet, but he should get playing time in the post. With refined post moves and a big, NBA body already, it could be time for him to take off.
The wing player is raw, but extremely talented. He should be able to scratch the surface of his potential as a rookie, simply because he will be surrounded by other solid players. Kyrie Irving surrounding him means that he won’t have to be the best fantasy basketball player for Cleveland, but he will still get plenty of chances to score.
Quite a few people thought it was a reach for the Sacramento Kings to take Stauskas with the 8th overall pick. However, he certainly fits into the system they have right now as a shooter they desperately need. As long as the other players actually pass him the ball, he should put up some decent numbers as a late round pick in fantasy basketball.
There are still some things for him to work on, but the point guard will have an opportunity to start right away for the Orlando Magic now that Jameer Nelson is out of the picture. This is a guy who really needs to work on a shooting, but he will put up decent numbers elsewhere for a point guard. The fact that he is going to be getting solid minutes makes him a rookie of the year candidate.