Now that the NBA season has completed its second month of games, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Average Draft Picks stack up against the NBA’s current top-scorers. In the below table, you will find the top 50 scoring players in the NBA – according to the DSE scoring system – and where they were drafted in start-up leagues this year.
As the season progresses, I will post an updated table that will highlight players who climb or fall in the rankings. Any player taken in the Free-Agent rounds of the start-up draft whose +/- differential is greater than or equal to 10 has been marked in BOLD, whereas any player whose +/- differential is less than or equal to -10 has been ITALICIZED.
|Player||Team||Position||Total Points||PPG||Rank||Minors/Free-Agent||Draft #||+ / -|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||GS||SF,PF,Flx||789||25.45||47||F/A||53||6|
Whenever you can draft a player in the 9th round and have him put up 2nd round points, you grin a little stronger for sure! Jerami Grant is that guy in basketball right now. Up till this season, Grant has been a bit of a journeyman, but something in Detroit has him firing on all cylinders this season.
The 28-year-old Kanter is having a fairly good season thus far. He’s reminding owners of his 2017-2018 season with the Knicks in that he’s stepped up his defensive rebounds, cut down on his turnovers and penalties, and making more shots on fewer attempts. While I don’t expect Kanter to keep up this production level, owners of Kanter are surely pleased after two months of games. Kanter may be a sell-high candidate.
Malik Beasley has been scoring more points, getting more rebounds, making more assists, and simply being more efficient on the court. That being said, his production may very well be the product of getting more opportunities on the court, with other starters being on injury reserve.
Bouchers’ current rank may very well be a product of opportunity. As a back-up C for the Raptors, Boucher takes more shots, makes more assists, and grabs more rebounds than his previous seasons. If he can sustain this improved version of himself, look for Boucher to linger among the top-50 fantasy points scorers for the remainder of the season.
Terry Rozier has flat-out been more efficient this year compared to previous seasons. He’s increased his FG% by almost 9%, his FG3% by over 7%, and as a result, is averaging 11 more points per game. Providing Rozier can keep this up, look for Rozier to stay in the top-50 fantasy point scorers.
Jordan Clarkson has dialed up his total court performance as of late. He’s averaging more points, rebounds, and is nearly perfect from the free-throw line this season. His overall floor performance is well above average this season. Look for Clarkson to keep out performing his 10th round start-up ADP.
Anthony Davis is hurt, so a slide in his rankings is expected; however, his total rebounds percent is at an all-time low for Davis. When he does return to the court, don’t expect Davis to put up crazy numbers because the type of injury he has can linger for the remainder of the year. The Lakers would rather use Davis in the playoffs, which does not help your team for fantasy purposes. Unfortunately, in terms of fantasy, Davis may end up riding the bench for most of the remainder of this season.
Saying Ben Simmons is injured is nothing new. The “silver lining” to this season is his production is on par from previous seasons when Simmons is on the court, but that is always the question. I’ve never been a fan of players who can’t stay healthy, so, for me, Simmons is a trade-now candidate if you own him – once, he’s back from his current injury, of course.
Jamal Murray spent some time on the injured list this season, which accounts for his drop in the rankings. When Murray is on the court, his points, rebounds, FG%, and overall efficiency are all up compared to his career numbers. Look for Murray to rise back up the rankings in the coming months.
Thus far this season, Shai has been outperforming his previous seasons’ numbers by a fair amount. He’s scoring more, getting more rebounds, making more assists, increasing his FG%, and increasing his FG3%. In fact, the only area Shai isn’t outperforming in is his previous seasons FT%. So if Shai is doing better than the previous season number, why has he slipped down the rankings? Perhaps because the Thunder are in a rebuilding phase that could last a few years?
Nagging injuries have caused Kevin Durant to miss a fair amount of games so far this season. Coming off an ACL tear last year, it’s not surprising the 32-year-old is having nagging injuries this season; however, what is surprising was how high he was drafted in dynasty leagues. Averaging a late 2nd round free-agent pick in start-up leagues seemed high but now shows its true colors. I don’t expect Durant to finish in the top-50 fantasy points scorers by the season end.
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