Ok, so the first several months of last season for Bayless were downright awful, but for fantasy and in his real life effectiveness on the court. But he got noticeably better as the season went along, and Memphis and Bayless both figured out how to utilize his strengths better (trading Ellington to open up more backup SG minutes helped alot too).
This year he's back in almost the same situation (by choice for Bayless, having exercised his player option), with both he and the coaching staff presumably having learned their lessons from the start of last season. I'm expecting him to be able to pick up more or less where he left off towards the end of last season, which isn't a bad pickup this late as a bench guard.
Fournier has a chance to win the Denver starting SG job, and that's good enough for me in the 15th round. Andre Iguodala's departure along with Danilo Gallinari's injury should at least give him ample minutes to prove himself, and from there it's a classic boom or bust pick. Randy Foye and Nate Robinson will vulture some minutes, so Fournier needs a strong camp and beginning to the season, but his superior size at 6-7 should help his case. In limited minutes Fournier has shown he could help in the threes and steals categories while shooting decent percentages. I guess we'll see what he can do this coming season under the hot lights.
The darkhorse in claiming Kevin Martin's departed minutes. I get that Jackson performed rather well offensively, but there remain questions. One of he or Westbrook would have to spend a ton of time guarding opposing SG's. Additionally, it would be preferable if the replacement was an excellent spot up shooter. Unless Thabo can fill this vacuum to a tee, expect Lamb to get an opportunity.
Webster found a home in Washington and hit 1.8 threes per game. After the all star break, that spiked to 2.2 per game. With the Wiz pushing for a playoff berth this season and bradley beal as their only other outside shooting threat, Webster will get plenty of run.
McRoberts came on strong enough with Charlotte to get a new contract, boding well for minutes. Even if he plays behind two or three players he can produce while on the floor. In the last month of the season, he averaged 11 and 8 with 2 assists in 36 minutes. Let's hope for more of that. Could be a solid bench piece throughout the season.
I'm clearly cornering the market on the Patricks after taking Patterson a few rounds back. I know he's backing up Lin initially, but he's: 1) a far better fit next to Harden, B) cheaper, and C) puts up elite per-minute numbers. Per-36s of 1.8 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks are far better than anything you'll find in this range, and ranked him 28th among qualifiers. If he can get some consistent PT, which I think he will, he'll deliver big on this draft slot.
15.12 Reggie Evans, PF, BK So Evans will get 20 starts if KG stays completely healthy, and even more if he does not. Obviously he's a bench player otherwise, but this roster could use the 12+ boards he can provide any time he's a plug-and-play.
16.1 Donatas Motiejunas, PF, HOU Not without competition, but his ability to stretch the defense gives him a good chance to begin the season as the Rockets' starting PF. Showed some flashes but was largely uninspiring during his rookie season.
Call it a shot in the dark, but Ross has a high ceiling - higher than is vert. For a last pick in the draft I'll take a chance on a young player who can stroke it and take it to the rack. If the minutes/improvements don't come, I'd be fine to find someone else who is producing instead.