Fantasy Review For 2018/19 Season:
They have overperformed, especially if you think about their bumpy road to playoffs. Caris LeVert was their best player to start the season, but than he suffered a gruesome injury. After that Spencer Diwiddie took over as team’s leader… and he also got hurt. Only than D’Angelo Russell took the stage, went to another level and led a team for a midseason run, that evetnually gave team the playoffs appearance. Even after Dinwiddie’s and LeVert’s comebacks DAR remained a team leader… and now he is gone.
Changes in the offseason
Lost = D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, Shabazz Napier, Jared Dudley, Rondae Hollis – Jefferson, Ed Davis, Treveon Graham, DeMarre Carroll
Added =Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince, Nic Claxton, Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler, David Nwaba, Henry Ellenson,
Projected Depth Chart:
|Kyrie Irving||Joe Harris||Cari LeVert||Rodions Kurucs||Jarrett Allen|
|Spencer Dinwiddie||Garrett Temple||Dzanan Musa||Taurean Prince||DeAndre Jordan|
|David Nwaba||Wilson Chandler||Henry Ellenson||Nic Claxton|
Positional Battles: PF, C
Both of this roster battles are in fact battles between internal growth and usin an aquired talent. It is especially clear at the center position where Jarrett Allen is a young player, a core guy developed inside the program and Jordan is a just hired gun, who got his job by being friends with new stars aquired by the organization. Both of the positional battles are very inconvinient for fantasy owners as there are going to be some almost equal timeshare situation.
Fantasy Relevant in leagues with 12- to 15-teams
22nd pick in 2017 draft who is barely 21 years old and in his rookie season he flashed potential for solid FG nad blk contributions with average FT% and that combo is really valuable in Roto. He was a bit of a disappointment last season and with a coming timeshare with Jordan it is hard to expect him to be something more than a cheap blocks an field goal at the end of the draft… only if you are really desperate for them.
A cheap rebounds and FG% specialist, who in the meantime lost his defensive ability, therefore he becomes a two stat guy with a very limitedo upside.
He might be the best reserve point guard in the league right now, but in fantasy world, he really needs to improve his FG% to be something better than the late round assitsts or Kyrie Irving handcuff.
Every year he brings you very balanced fantasy contributions lacking only rebounds and blocks, but with absolute elite FG% influence for a guard. His first season in Brooklyn should be his best one there, as it is the only year here, that he is going to play without KD, but surrounded by elite role players in a pick and roll heavy offence. Both Dinwiddie and Russell thrived in that setting and there is a serious chance that also Kyrie would achieve his career highs there. The only problem is – he won’t play more than 75 games… he never does.
He will be looking for a bounce back season, and it looks in preseason that he is in much better shape than last year. However his strong start is unsustainable, as he is making almost 70% of his threes and more than 63% of his overall shots. Its an obvious fluke and once he falls down to his regular 42% FG he would only be a late round 3s and steals specialist, without much of an upside due to the timeshare with Rodions Kurucs and maybe even Dzanan Musa / David Nwaba
His biggest developement obstacle for now is his health – in his three NBA season he played 57, 71 and 40 games. Almost all of his injuries were freak accidents, but when they strat to pile up they become regular thing, not accidents. Especially last years ankle injury was a kind of a buzzkiller, as he started the year as Brooklyns best player, playing with excellent efficiency and delivering stats across the statsheet. Unfortunately after another injury he wasn’t even close to his former self and for his last 26 games didn’t even deliver at top250 production. I am quite sure that he might be up to another strong start (but not as strong as last year – it’s Kyrie’s team right now), but I’m also really worried about his health and how would it affect his game. Typical boom or bust player, suitable for mid-to-late rounds of the draft.
He gives you threes along with the good percentages and… nothing else. Late round elite specialist.
Could be useful with trades/injuries [or in deeper leagues than 15 teams]:
Rodions Kurucs, Dzanan Musa,
Just don’t bother with:
David Nwaba, Willson Chandler, Henry Ellenson
Don’t forget to check the rest of the Brooklyn Nets fantasy basketball projections..