Slow times in the cafe, so I thought we could talk rookies.
Obviously this all very theoretical since the actual draft hasn't taken place yet, but let's not let that get in our way. I'll just toss some names out (not in order of preference).
1. Nerlens Noel
. He's out until Christmas so he's really only draftable in Dynasty formats. Long term he could be really good, but I'm not going anywhere near him in redraft formats, and probably later than most in keeper formats other than dynasty. I actually like the fantasy prospects of Otto Porter a bit more if he ends up going number one to Cleveland.
2. Anthony Bennett
. I think he might be draft worthy in mixed leagues if the Bobcats grab him at 4. There's a lot of playing time available in the 'Cats front court, and Bennett has a nice rounded skill set. He's a bench pick for redraft leagues (probably last pick or two in standard leagues) but could show solid returns there.
3. Victor Oladipo
. I think he could be a solid ROY candidate if he goes to Charlotte or Phoenix (and to a lesser extent Orlando). I like the threes/Stl/Reb potential on the wings there a lot. Oladipo is a pretty polished player, plus he plays D, so he shouldn't have too much trouble gobbling up court time on a team with needs on the wing. I think he ends up starting at some point if he goes to the 'Cats or Suns.
4. Whichever decent wing player Atlanta drafts at 17/18. If I like the guy they draft I'd be tempted to take a late flyer on him since Atlanta needs something outside of Louis Williams on the wing and Korver may or may not get resigned. A lot obviously depends on what Atlanta does in free agency of course, but if they draft a nice wing and don't fill in front with a name brand starter I think I'm interested. Jamaal Franklin or Caldwell-Pope could both look decent there.
That's not an exhaustive list of who I like, but it should get us started.