Description: Thunder players Perry Jones and Andre Robinson did not practice on Saturday.
Insight: We are pretty sure Oklahoma City is very close to holding open tryouts to the public to find a healthy wingman. The injury bug has killed the Thunder and the season hasn't even started. There is no word on how serious Roberson's injury is, so as of now, he is still slotted as the opening night starter at shooting guard. Jones will start at small forward since Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow are both out.
Description: Raptors guard Louis Williams will be a reserve for Toronto this season.
Insight: He relished in that role in Atlanta, but the Raptors backcourt is quite crowded with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Greivis Vasquez. Williams will likely not touch the ball enough to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues unless there is an injury.
Description: Raptors forward Patrick Patterson is the classic player who is better in real life than in fantasy.
Insight: Patterson contributes intangibles off the bench to Toronto and the team is happy to have him. For fantasy, however, Peterson is a guy who will average about eight points and five rebounds per game off the bench.
Description: Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez only has value in deeper leagues unless Kyle Lowry gets hurt.
Insight: The days of Vasquez leading the league in assists are long gone, mostly because he is a backup to Lowry. He will contribute about four-to-five assists per game, but his value in standards leagues is strictly as a handcuff to Lowry.
Description: Raptors guard Terrence Ross' fantasy value largely depends on how many 3-pointers he can shoot per game.
Insight: Ross is only 23-years-old, so he can definitely continue to get better. For right now though, his fantasy impact is mostly in 3-point shooting. He made 40.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season while averaging 12.2 PPG and 2.3 3-pointers per game.
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas could be poised for a breakout season in 2014-2015.
Insight: Valanciunas dropped his fouls per game from 3.2 to 2.8 after the All-Star break last season and that allowed him to stay on the court to make an impact. He averaged 16.8 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 57.6 field goal percentage and 76.6 free-throw percentage in eight April games. He is on the verge of breaking out as a star.
Description: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will lead Toronto in scoring again this season.
Insight: DeRozan led the team in scoring and assists last season. Toronto will need him to score again this season, and he takes a lot of free throws as well. DeRozan still might not give fantasy owners a ton of 3-pointers, but he has a lot of other things to offer.
Description: Kyle Lowry posted career-best numbers in nearly every category last season.
Insight: That begs the question, can he repeat last season's success? He averaged 17.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 2.4 3-pointers, 13.7 FGA, 4.9 FTA and shot 38 percent from behind the arc. It will be hard for Lowry to repeat those numbers as we don't expect him to play in 79 games again, but he has little competition for his position and the Raptors need him to score. He should be a reliable fantasy player once again.
Description: Thunder guard Anthony Morrow will miss the season opener due to a sprained left MCL.
Insight: Saying the Thunder are thin at the wing positions is an understatement. Andre Roberson and Perry Jones will be the starting wings on opening day. Oklahoma City does not yet know when Morrow will be back. Deep fantasy leagues can begin to look at Roberson and Jones, but more importantly, Russell Westbrook's fantasy value continues to rise higher.
Description: 76ers guard Tony Wroten does a little bit of everything but nothing all that well.
Insight: Wroten will likely average over 11 PPG, close to three rebounds and assists per game and nearly a steal per game. He won't lite up any one category. Keep in mind, Wroten is also a very poor free-throw shooter. He shot 64.1 percent from the line last season.
Description: The Sports Network's projections have rookie K.J. McDaniels as the 76ers second leading scorer in 2014-2015.
Insight: McDaniels was quite the scorer at Clemson, averaging 17.1 PPG while also chipping in 7.1 RPG, 2.8 BPG and 1.1 SPG. The rookie has already showcased his blocking ability through the preseason. Coach Brett Brown is a defensive coach, so he will likely start McDaniels for defense, which will allow him to contribute in other areas in fantasy.
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel is 100 percent over his torn ACL and will get all the minutes he can handle this season.
Insight: The 76ers will be awful this season, but Noel will accumulate blocks, steals and rebounds right away. His long-term potential also has him as a 20-point scorer, but right out of the gate, we expect him to sit more around the 10 PPG mark.
Description: 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams will be the team's top offensive weapon once he returns to the court.
Insight: Carter-Williams had surgery over the offseason to repair his left shoulder. He is targeting Nov. 13 as his return. Carter-Williams does not shoot a high percentage, just 40.5 percent from the field, 26.4 percent from behind the arc, and 70.3 percent from the free-throw line, but he will accumulate points, rebounds, assists and steals to be a quality fantasy guard.
Description: A true fantasy breakout for Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert this season will be tough.
Insight: Shumpert has not played as well as he did in his rookie season, and this season, he will have to fight Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Still, Shumpert's offensive skill is better suited for the new triangle offense, and the Knicks will need Shumpert's defense, which will get him minutes on the floor.
Description: Knicks center Samuel Dalembert has fantasy value in deep two-center leagues.
Insight: Dalembert is a double-double threat even at age 33. He hasn't averaged double-double numbers in each category for an entire season since 2007-2008, but he has the potential for big numbers any night.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire will have some value in deeper fantasy points leagues this season.
Insight: Stoudemire is in a contract year, so he should be motivated to play well. His motivation hasn't been the issue during his time in New York, though, it has been his body. Hopefully, he can stay healthy in a reduced role and chip in quality percentages.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani could be a good late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Insight: New York fans are laughing and shaking their head as some fans likely forget this buffoon was still on the roster. Bargnani is 7 feet tall and plays center, yet doesn't rebound, block shots or shoot all that well from the field. The Knicks could certainly use some scoring from him and being that he is in a contract year, fantasy owners late in drafts could roll the dice on him staying motivated to perform well.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is a potential sleeper in fantasy this season.
Insight: Hardaway showed in his rookie season that he can score. He averaged 10.2 PPG in just about 23 minutes per game and shot over 36 percent from the 3-point line. That gives him tremendous upside, but J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will steal some minutes from Hardaway again.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith told NBC Sports he is struggling to adjust to the triangle offense this preseason.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Smith is already battling Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Even when he is on the court, he will always be the second option to Carmelo Anthony. Smith can still be a prolific 3-point shooter, but don't expect Derek Fisher to put up with his non-sense as Mike Woodson did.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon will not provide fantasy owners much besides assists and 3-pointers.
Insight: Calderon, however, will provide plenty of those. He averaged 4.7 assists last season, and our projections have that number going up by at least two with Carmelo Anthony. Calderon also has a career 41.1 field goal percentage from behind the arc, exactly what the triangle offense needs.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will once again be a fantasy monster.
Insight: In Phil Jackson's triangle offense, Anthony might shoot less, but ideally, that just means a higher field goal percentage and more assists. Anthony should remain in the scoring-title race while also being a more balanced fantasy player.
Description: San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to an eye infection
Insight: Leonard was a breakout star last season and earned the NBA Finals MVP for his contributions. We're looking for him to improve on last season by racking up 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg. but it might not start on opening night.
Description: Magic starting point guard Victor Oladipo's suffered a facial fracture during Thursday's practice and is out indefinitely.
Insight: Oladipo was set for a big sophomore season after averaging 13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.1 apg as a rookie. Evan Fournier should slide into the starting role until Oladipo returns with Ben Gordon seeing more minutes.
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight is questionable for Wednesday's game against Charlotte due to a strained right groin.
Insight: Knight averaged 17.9 ppg and 4.9 apg, but new coach Jason Kidd has mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo playing some minutes at point guard and rookie Jabari Parker should take away shot attempts from Knight.
Description: Hornets SG Lance Stephenson is dealing with a groin injury that is slowing his preseason, but he's probable for the opener.
Insight: Stephenson broke out for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game though he' sometimes out of control. It will be interesting to see how he, PG Kemba Walker and SF Gerald Henderson get along.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is awaiting clearance to ramp up his practice time.
Insight: Rondo hasn't been officially ruled out of the opener, but the best estimates have him about a week away. He can still fill a box score, it's just he's injury prone and more than likely going to be traded at some point this season. Then his fantasy value will be dependent upon where he goes.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is dealing with a sprained left thumb which has him questionable for Wednesday's game against New York.
Insight: Butler was a breakout star last season as we saw his scoring jump from 8.6 ppg to 13.1 ppg. Although he had a solid preseason, he'll have to fight for his points because of the return of Derrick Rose and the acquisition of Pau Gasol.
Description: Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (chronic knee tendinitis) has played 20-plus minutes in each of the last five preseason games.
Insight: We like that he's getting minutes, but it's hard to trust a guy with his injury history. He did play 64 games last season and averaged 15.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 apg., but that's likely his upper limit.
Description: Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis (wrist) returned to the court Thursday.
Insight: Davis is a dynamic fantasy option in his third season who posted double-doubles 54 percent of the time in 2013-14 and averaged 20.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Add in 2.8 blocks per game and you are taking top-five fantasy stud.
Description: Bucks center John Henson showcased a lot of skill last season and has upside going into 2014-2015.
Insight: Henson averaged 15.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG and 2.3 BPG in 12 December games last season. He, however, couldn't continue that pace, and he might not have the chance to do so again with Jabari Parker, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders in the front court. Still, Ilyasova and Sanders are injury prone, so Henson has fantasy worth.
Description: Bucks forward/center is a double-double threat every night, but in the words of the great Charles Barkley, he is also a knucklehead.
Insight: Sanders missed a large portion of last season after breaking his thumb in a bar fight. Then he missed the end of the year after he broke his orbital bone when James Harden elbowed him in the face. Sanders will also miss the first five games of this season due to a drug suspension. When on the court though, he averaged 12.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG before the All-Star break in 2012-2013.
Description: Bucks rookie Jabari Parker should be the first rookie off the draft board.
Insight: Parker is getting comparisons to Carmelo Anthony. He is a versatile forward who can score, rebound and shoot a high percentage. Parker has tremendous size, 6-foot-8, 241 pounds, and skill. On the bad Milwaukee Bucks, Parker will make an immediate impact.
Description: Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo can play any spot on the floor.
Insight: With his ball skills and at 6-foot-11 and 217 pounds, Jason Kidd could use him anywhere. He worked at shooting guard and small forward last season, but Kidd has been testing him out, with very little success, at point guard. Hopefully, Kidd defines his role by the start of the season. The Greek is a potential sleeper.
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight will not be able to repeat his production from last season.
Insight: Knight averaged 17.9 PPG and 4.9 APG while shooting 42 percent from the floor last season, but new coach Jason Kidd has mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo playing some minutes at point guard and rookie Jabari Parker will take away shot attempts from Knight. Without 15.2 FGA per game, Knight will not come close to averaging 18 points, and his assist numbers aren't likely to rise.
Description: Pacers power forward Luis Scola is a double-double threat when he plays.
Insight: Indiana has openings in the starting lineup with Lance Stephenson leaving via free agency and Paul George breaking his leg. Scola, however, does not play either position those two guys play. Scola could actually see fewer minutes since the Pacers will need more from Roy Hibbert and David West.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George should not be selected in redraft formats.
Insight: Everyone knows by now George suffered a gruesome leg injury playing for Team USA on Aug. 1. He is not expected to play this season. For those of you in dynasty leagues, George should be targeted in the middle rounds.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert still has tremendous potential even at 27-years-old.
Insight: It is the old sports saying, players only have "potential" because they have yet to prove they are good. Hibbert is 7-foot-2, 290 pounds, yet only averaged 6.6 RPG and made just 43.9 percent of his shots. It is hard to trust him, but if he falls to a middle round, it is worth taking him on his potential.
Description: Pacers power forward David West will be heavily relied upon for scoring this season without Paul George.
Insight: That is music to most fantasy owners ears, but at 34-years-old, there are questions of whether West will be able to remain durable on a team that relies so much on him. He has been durable throughout his career and is capable of averaging close to 16 points and over seven rebounds per game. West is an underrated fantasy option heading into the season. Let's hope he remains healthy.
Description: Pacers' Solomon Hill will likely come off the bench in a sixth-man type role for Indiana this season.
Insight: Hill has not looked as good as C.J. Miles or Rodney Stuckey. Both those players offer better offensive numbers and fantasy potential. Hill is being considered for a starting role because of his defense, so even if he starts, he wouldn't hold as much value as Miles or Stuckey.
Description: Shooting guard C.J. Miles is expected to start the season at the small forward position.
Insight: Coach Frank Vogel is "leaning toward" starting Miles at SF and Rodney Stuckey at SG. That's the best case scenario for fantasy owners as Miles will hit his fair share of 3-pointers. We would like to see him in the starting lineup. David West and Roy Hibbert owners would like to see Miles in the lineup too because Miles' 3-point shooting will open up offensive opportunities for West and Hibbert.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey is worth a look in fantasy leagues, but not in roto leagues.
Insight: Stuckey does not hit 3-pointers or get many steals, so at the guard position, he is basically useless in roto leagues. He will start for Indiana, though, so he could hold some late-round value in points leagues, where output matters more than individual categories.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill should offer solid numbers for your flex guard spot.
Insight: Hill has never shot below 44.2 percent from the floor in any season. He is also a 80 percent free throw shooter and 37. 1 percent 3-point shooter in his career. Hill averaged 14.2 PPG and 4.7 APG two seasons ago, and without Paul George this season, he has sleeper potential in fantasy drafts.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) is targeting a mid-November return, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Insight: Carter-Williams had surgery over the offseason to repair his left shoulder. He won the Rookie of the Year with averages of 16.7 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. This timetable would have him missing 7-10 games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had a huge night on Wednesday in a preseason game against the Wizards.
Insight: Anthony scored the game-winning jumper and received the foul. He scored 30 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond will be a fantasy beast besides for his free throw shooting.
Insight: Drummond's Achilles heel will again be his free throw shooting. He shot just 41.8 percent from the stripe last season. And that was an improvement from 37.1 percent his rookie season. Drummond will contribute great numbers in every other stat.
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler is off to a slow start this preseason.
Insight: Butler played 28 minutes in a preseason game a few weeks ago and did not score, missing both his shots. Deeper league squads could benefit from Butler's 3-point production, but he will not have a big enough role to make a fantasy impact in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe may be the odd man out in the Pistons front court.
Insight: Monroe is in a contract season. He was hoping to receive a big contract through restricted free agency, but that did not happen. Monroe returns to the Pistons frontcourt with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Both are signed long-term, and Monroe will not be back next season, so new coach Stan Van Gundy may already be planning for life after Monroe leaves.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith might play fewer minutes at small forward this season, which could help his fantasy value.
Insight: Smith had his lowest scoring average last season since 2008-2009. With new coach Stan Van Gundy, Smith might not play as often but his scoring average should still go back up. Smith's ceiling is still not very high.
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will receive additional playing time with Jodie Meeks sidelined until at least the middle of December.
Insight: Caldwell-Pope suffered a left knee strain last week, which allows other younger players to show what they can do, but Caldwell-Pope should still be the starter on opening night. He is a late round flier in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is no longer a late-round fantasy flier with his back injury.
Insight: Meeks is expected to miss at least two months, which sidelines him until basically Christmas. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will reap the benefits from Meeks' injury, and fantasy owners should target Caldwell-Pope in the late rounds of standard league drafts.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is shooting just about 25 percent from the field this preseason in new coach Stan Van Gundy's offense.
Insight: The transition to Van Gundy's system has not been a smooth one. Jennings did have a great game last Saturday with 11 assists and 16 points. Hopefully, there is more where that came from, but we aren't counting on it. Jennings is a career 39.0 percent shooter in his five seasons.
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion will only be relevant in very, very deep fantasy leagues this season.
Insight: Marion is at the end of his career. He played enough minutes and posted sufficient stats with Dallas to be a viable bench player in deep leagues last season, but that seems unlikely this season with Cleveland.
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is an intriguing draft pick in dynasty leagues this season.
Insight: The 23-year-old will come off the bench to give rest to superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love. Even if he can earn a starting role in front of Anderson Varejao, he is not expected to make an impact this season. Perhaps in a year or two.
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao's double-double days are long gone.
Insight: Varejao had a 50-game stretch in his career where he was a double-double threat every night, but Varejao is too injury prone for that this season. He will also battle Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson for playing time and rebounds.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is still a fantasy stud this season.
Insight: It can be argued that Love is no longer a top-five pick, but his ability to grab rebounds, score and shoot a high percentage makes him the top center in fantasy. He will take fewer shots this season with a better team, but his field goal percentage should go up. Some experts have speculated his rebound numbers could go down with LeBron James, but we doubt that. Cleveland traded for Love to have a dominanting presence on the boards to help King James.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the clear cut No. 1 pick with Kevin Durant injured the first six-to-eight weeks of the season.
Insight: James' production dipped a little last season, but everything is relative. At 29-years-old, James will play fewer minutes this season, but his field goal percentage could go up and he is still the best player in the world. Don't hesitate to draft him No. 1.
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters will have little fantasy value this season.
Insight: Waiters should play just as many minutes as he did last season, but with the new 'big three' in Cleveland, Waiters is the odd man out. He should be a viable contributor for the Cavaliers, but not likely to make a fantasy impact.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving takes a slight hit in fantasy value with superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love joining him in Cleveland.
Insight: Irving will not average over 17 field goal attempts per game, so his scoring might go down. However, his field goal percentage and assist numbers should increase. He should also remain fresher down the stretch since he no longer has to carry the load every night. Time will tell if less is more for Irving, but for now, his value takes a small hit.
Description: Suns guard Gerald Green should be a late-round asset for fantasy owners this season.
Insight: Green had a fine 2013-14 season, as he averaged 15.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, 2.5 three-pointers per game, along with shooting 45 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. Owners need to target him around the 13th round.
Description: Suns PG Isaiah Thomas is a bit of a wild card heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He started 54 games for the Kings last season, and is now firmly entrenched as the Suns' sixth man heading into this season. Look for Thomas to be around his career-averages of 15.3 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field. As a result, owners should start thinking about taking Thomas in the ninth round offantasy drafts.
Description: Suns guard Goran Dragic should be selected in the thirdround of fantasy drafts this season.
Insight: He had career-high averages in points (20.3 PPG), assists (5.9 APG), rebounds (3.2 RPG), field goal percentage (.505 FG%), and three-pointers made per game (1.6 3PM) last season. While his scoring may not be as high this season, with Eric Bledsoe healthy, combined with the addition of Isaiah Thomas, Dragic's other numbers could easily increase, making him an extremely valuable fantasy asset.
Description: Now that Eric Bledsoe contract has been taken care of, he can focus of playing basketball for the Suns, along with producing for fantasy owners.
Insight: Last season, he averaged a career-high 17.7 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 1.6 steals per game, along with shooting 48 percent from the field and hitting 1.3 three-pointers per game. Bledsoe is one of the most talented players in the NBA, and owners should consider drafting him starting in the third round.
Description: Suns small forward P.J. Tucker will have a tough time being a valuable fantasy asset in 2014-15.
Insight: While he gave solid rebounding production (6.5 RPG) last season, Tucker simply does not provide enough elsewhere (9.4 PPG, 1.7 APG, 1.4 SPG), for owners to take him even in the middle rounds. We would probably leave Tucker undrafted, but if anybody really wants him, target him late in drafts.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee will begin the season as the team's starting big man.
Insight: Alex Len should push for more minutes, but Plumlee should be able to at least duplicate his averages of 8.1 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 blocks per game, from last season. With that being the case, owners should look to draft Plumlee around the 14th or 15th round.
Description: Suns power forward Markieff Morris should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts for the upcoming season.
Insight: He did not make any starts last season, but is penciled in as the starting power forward to begin 2014-15. Morris will have a chance to improve on last season's averages of 13.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 0.6 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game. Markieff is the brother owners want to draft in fantasy, this season.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson appears to have the starting job over Raymond Felton and Devin Harris, but they will both cut into Nelson's playing time.
Insight: Nelson has always been a solid assist guy and can hit the three when needed. We're projecting 10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, but fantasy owners must be aware of the injury risk. Nelson hasn't played more than 68 games in any of the last three seasons and has never played more than 79 games in 10 NBA seasons.
Description: The Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer to Chandler Parsons got them a top quality, underrated fantasy small forward for 2014-15
Insight: Parsons should be the No. 3 option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis and after a bit of slow start while trying to fit in on a new team will produce solid numbers - 15.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has always been a solid fantasy option because of his quickness and his never having met a shot he didn't like.
Insight: He curbed his shot selection a bit in 2013-14 and saw his shooting percentage rise in both two pointer and from beyond the arc. We think that trend continues so are projecting 19.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg.
Description: The starting small forward position in Golden State is one of the team's biggest questions, heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: Last season, Andre Iguodala was firmly entrenched as the starter, but Barnes maybe the favorite heading into this season. He will look to improve upon his averages of 9.5 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, as well as his 40 percent field goal percentage. We think that head coach Steve Kerr will give Barnes the chance to start early in the season, and as a result, those numbers could really improve. However, owners should not target him until the end of all drafts.
Description: New Orleans center Omer Asik is finally back in a starting role and his numbers should reflect that.
Insight: In his 103 career starts, Asik averages 9.8 ppg and 11.6 rpg. We don't think he will pull down that many rebounds because of the presence of Anthony Davis at power forward, but 8.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg isn't unreasonable.
Description: New Orleans G/F Tyreke Evans got better as the season went along, but could see a dip in numbers, at least early on, with the return of Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.
Insight: We believe he has the talent to play at his post All-Star break level, so are projecting 17.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.9 apg getting most of the minutes as the primary small forward, but he can also play at either guard spot if needed.
Description: Golden State forward Draymond Green will have a chance for increased playing time this season, which should lead to better fantasy numbers.
Insight: In only 21.9 minutes per game last season, Green averaged 6.2 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks per gaame, and 1.2 steals per game. Owners should expect all of those numbers to go up in 2014-15, and as a result Green should be targeted starting around the 11th round.
Description: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday played just 34 games last season, but the injury, stress fracture of the right tibia, shouldn't be a factor this season.
Insight: Holiday averaged just 14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.9 apg, 1.6 spg, but that was with a new club and now that he's had a chance to fit in he should be better. We're projecting 16.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.7 asp for 2014-15.
Description: Golden State guard Shaun Livingston will open the season as the backup point guard, behind superstar Stephen Curry.
Insight: Last season with the Nets, Livingston aaveraged 8.3 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line. We feel that he could be right around those numbers in 2014-15, with possibly a slight decrease. If owners want Livingston on their teams, he should be target at the end of drafts.
Description: Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis averaged 20.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season which makes him an elite fantasy option. Then add in 2.8 blocks per game and you are taking top-five.
Insight: Davis is a dynamic fantasy option in his third season who posted double-doubles 54 percent of the time in 2013-14. The biggest concern for fantasy owners is injuries. He's played 64 and 67 games in each of the first two seasons and fantasy owners need him to stay healthy to get top-five value from him.
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry should be a top-five pick in fantasy basketball drafts.
Insight: He averaged a career-high 24.0 points per game and 8.5 assists per game last season, and seems to only be getting better. Curry also shot 47 percent from the field, 89 percent from the line, while making 3.3 three-pointer per game, along with 1.6 steals per game. Simply put, Curry is a dynamic fantasy option, and should be considered a top-three pick.
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson should be able to average 20 points per game in 2014-15.
Insight: He had a great season in 2013-14, as he averaged 18.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field, 80 percent from the line, and knocked down 2.8 three-pointers per game. Thompson is one of the best long-distance shooters in the NBA, and at only 24-years-old, we expect his numbers to only improve.
Description: Memphis guard Tony Allen is a defensive specialist who requires a lot of playing time to accumulate fantasy statistics ... that's not going to happen in 2014-15.
Insight: Allen wil share the shooting guard minutes with Courtney Lee and it's Lee who got the starts after coming over from Boston last season. He averaged 26.6 mpg before the All-Star game and 20.0 minutes after Lee's arrival.
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala is coming off his worth statistical season since his rookie season, in 2004-05.
Insight: He averaged only 9.3 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game last season. Iggy was able to shoot 48 percent from the field and give owners one three-pointer game, along with 1.5 steals per game, however he is not the fantasy player he once was. There is still no official word on who will be starting at the small forward position, but no matter what, we would not recommend drafting Iguodala until late in your drafts.
Description: The biggest question for Warriors center Andrew Bogut, is whether he can stay on the floor or not.
Insight: He has failed to play in all 82 games since his rookie season in 2005-06, and has not played in over 70 games since 2007-08. However, after playing only 32 games in 2012-13, Bogut was able to suit up for 67 games last season, while giving fantasy owners some productive stats. He will never be a dynamic scorer, as he averaged 7.3 points per game last season, but gives value with his 10.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game, along with shooting 63 percent from the field. As a result, Bogut should be targeted starting in the 10th or 11th round of fantasy drafts.
Description: Memphis G/F Vince Carter isn't the explosive force re once was in Toronto, but he should produce well for the Grizzlies.
Insight: The 37-year-old can still put the ball in the basket and is a better option than Tayshaun Prince or Quincey Pondexter so should see as many minutes as his old knees can take. We're projectiing 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg.
Description: The good news for Marc Gasol owners is that he's played 80 or more games in every even numbered season and this is 2014.
Insight: Gasol is pretty consistent averaging around 13.5 ppg and 7.9 rebounds and we expect slightly better in 2014-15. He only played 59 games last season and started slowly, but is a solid fantasy option who can dish out close to four dimes a game from the center spot.