Opportunity -- Bradley is going to have loads of it this upcoming season. Yes, last year was disappointing, but between coming back from injury, his youth and the Celtics experienced roster, it's not surprising he failed to build on his success from the year prior. At this point in the draft, I'll happily take a stab on a player looking at 30ish minutes a game.
At this point in the draft, I'm looking for a solid contributor, and Okafor is the starting center in Washington. He's going to get minutes, and 10-8 is reasonable. Plus, since I'm punting FT%, he's a good fit for my squad.
Always hard to know what to expect from rookies, but there are a few things I like about Bennett's situation. He is physically mature with the opportunity for minutes on the floor. Having those minutes can be risky, of course - he can either thrive or do nothing with them and sit. But the upside makes him an interesting grab later on in the draft.
Yes the Kings went out and spent $27M on Carl Landry, but my money is on Patterson to start at PF alongside Boogie. He's a far better fit for what they need, as he can shift over to SF and give them legit three-point range on that end of the floor while Mbah a Moute slides to PF. The assists and steals are definitely lacking, but he'll contribute enough in the other seven categories to give me a solid ROI on this pick.
13.12 Nick Young, GF, LAL Young has never delivered a well-balanced line, but I'll take him with pick 156 based on how much he's likely to play this season and the scope of opportunity available if/when Kobe misses time. He's certainly surrounded with offensive talent.
14.1 John Jenkins, SG, ATL Jenkins should get first crack at the starting gig and showed some good offensive signs as a rookie (45/38/84, 2.1 3pt per-36). As with Young, I'm not expecting much in the way of supporting stats, but I also like the team setup.
Man is he due. Would've loved to see what he could've done with a full slate of minutes under Rick Adelman, but his season was cut short due to a torn meniscus. Still like the setup plenty with Rubio running point. Kirilenko's departure clears up minutes at SF and allows Budinger to slide right back into the starting lineup.
Utah has completely blown up their team to pursue Andrew Wiggins. Because of this, Burks will have ample playing time to show if he is capable of being the team's starting SG going forward. At this point in the draft, getting a guy that could give double digit points with a three and a steal per game, is good value, and he could easily exceed his draft position.
Stephenson came out of relatively nowhere to post a useful stat line many a game. If things go according to plan, he'll backup both George and Granger, but I'm not expecting it to be the norm. Vogel recently stated that he's hoping to have a full strength Danny Granger. Um, we're still months away from the regular season and, don't forget, this is a degenerative knee issue - patellar tendinosis. Guess what folks, those are difficult to nip in the bud. Some find something that works (deep stretching, yoga) while others are hampered by it the rest of their lives. And this is usually just with runners, a basketball player's knee takes a harder pounding.
Brand doesn't have much left, but at least his situation in Atlanta is a little better than the one in Dallas last year when there were just too many bodies and he averaged only 21.2 minutes. A jump to 25 minutes per game as a backup to Paul Millsap and Al Horford is reasonable, considering Gustavo Ayon, Mike Scott and Lucas Nogueira are the competition. Brand's age caps his value, but he's usually a decent fantasy source of boards, blocks and steals (for a big man) while not hurting you too much in turnovers or the percentage categories.