The NBA Season is a few days away and I am continuing my in-depth Fantasy Player Ranking for this upcoming 2019-2020 Fantasy Season.
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2019-2020 NBA Fantasy Season Rankings –
1. Mike Conley – PG, Utah Jazz
I don’t fully trust Conley in Utah just yet. He played all 12 of his seasons in Memphis, so it’s not expected to be an easy adjustment from the beginning. It’s not his team and he needs to get used to it. At the same point, he did average 21.1 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg, and 1.3 spg last year, with not much of a supporting cast, especially compared to Utah’s. I expect his scoring to go down a little but his assists to go up a lot as he tries to appease his teammates and get them the ball. Yet he hasn’t hit 80 games since the 2012-2013 season, so if you take him, expect him to miss a few games.
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2. Lou Williams – PG, LA Clippers
Sweet Lou continues to be effective at 32 years old coming off the bench. It’s too bad so many combo guards like him take a long time to realize they are destined for 6th man roles (cough, cough Dennis Smith). Williams averaged 20 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 3.0 rpg last year. With Kawhi there and Paul George coming later in the year, he should have even more room to score and more options to dish to.
3. Jayson Tatum – SF, Boston Celtics
The expectations for Tatum last year were way too high after a promising rookie year. The team was different and his mentality was different. Yet he still averaged 15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg, and 0.7 bpg. Ideally he’d take that big leap in his junior season as a lot of players do, but he once again has to get used to another point guard in Kemba Walker. Yet Kemba should take some defensive pressure off of Tatum and free him up to score more, as well as receive the ball in optimal positions. 20 ppg and 7 rpg is best guess, but don’t expect it.
4. Kyle Lowry – PG, Toronto Raptors
Lowry is in his 14th season and has been showing signs of decline from a scoring perspective the last few seasons. He averaged 14.2 ppg, 8.7 apg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 spg, and 0.5 bpg. Lowry desperately wants to prove that this team is still relevant and can make the playoffs without Kawhi though. His scoring should go up for that aspect, assuming he’s still able to score the same way. Without being able to feed the ball to Kawhi, his assists may go down, so I’d expect a 16-7-5 season.
5. Tobias Harris – SF, Philadelphia 76ers
In Harris’ adjustment period when he went to Philly, he averaged 18.2 ppg, and almost 8 rpg, down a little in the point category from his Clippers season. While he should be a little more integrated in to the offense, he was in a contract year last year and they have more size with Al Horford there. I could easily see his scoring staying at the 18 range and rebounds in the 6 or 7 range.
6. Draymond Green – PF, Golden State Warriors
No way he averages only 7.4 points again, right? The team lost Durant to free agency and Klay to injury. They’ll need him to score a lot more. Yet based on preseason, it looks like it may be more of the same. If you draft him, understand you’ll usually always get around 7 rebounds, 7 assists, a block, and a steal, but points could be anywhere from 0 to 20. So expect a roller coaster of emotions from having him on your fantasy roster, just like Draymond Green is.
7. Kevin Love – PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Hard to trust a beaten down Kevin Love on a rebuilding team, but his numbers always seem to show up. Averaging 17 ppg, 10.9 rpb, and 2.2 apg is pretty darn good. The question is if the team starts losing again, will they sit him to avoid injury. He, like Chris Paul, needs to have a monster showing for a team to justify trading for him and his big contract.
8. Hassan Whiteside – C, Portland Trailblazers
Portland needs him and he needs Portland to earn that next big contract. The hope would be that he could get to where he was 3 seasons ago when he was fighting for his professional livelihood and averaged 17 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg. In one season he even averaged 3.7 blocks per game, and that was coming off the bench most of the season. Yet last season he was down to 12.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.9 bpg, which is still very respectable. His preseason hasn’t looked great, but Portland is desperate up front right now and Damian Lillard will look to get him involved early and often. I would take my chances with Whiteside, knowing that you are at least getting a double double with him and almost 2 blocks per game.
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9. Serge Ibaka – C/PF, Toronto Raptors
No Kawhi + Needs New Contract = Big year. Last year Ibaka averaged 15 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg, much of the year coming off the bench. Before the preseason, there was a chance Toronto would try to start Gasol, Ibaka, and Pascal together, but it’s becoming clear that they are going to go back to OG Anunoby with Ibaka off the bench. Either way, he’s motivated, Gasol is breaking down, and they’ll need his athleticism and scoring as much as possible.
10. Aaron Gordon – PF, Orlando Magic
Gordon’s nickname should be called Enigma, because there’s no answer as to why he hasn’t taken his game to the next level. He almost did and then he regresses. His team desperately wants him to, and he has the ability to, but just hasn’t. He still averaged 16 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 0.7 bpg, and 0.7 spg last year. Hopefully another year of consistent coaching and a taste of making the playoffs, might be enough for him to take that leap.
11. Bam Adebayo – C, Miami Heat
It’s always been fun to follow Bam when he gets his minutes. When he would start in place of Hassan Whiteside, he would come out firing. Now that he’s starting this year, based on those games, he could easily be a 16 ppg, 11rpg, 2 bpg, 2 spg guy. Yet he’s also a trap pick. A 22 year old player who tantalizes you with potential, but then when given the opportunity, stays well below their ceiling. Jimmy Butler’s distribution should help get him some points down low, but just buyer beware for someone who has never done it before for a season.
12. Domantas Sabonis – PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
I like Sabonis better than Turner this year. His team performed better with him in the lineup too. Sabonis averaged almost a double double coming off the bench last year with 14.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.9 apg. They want to finally try to start him and Turner together, which should boost his productivity. However, if that pairing actually worked, they would have actually done it last season, which is part of the reason they are trying to trade him and not meet his contract demands. Stay or go, he should be a 15-10-3 player.
Looking for Kuz and others? Check out Round 6!