NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-22-2015
THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS LOST A FUTURE HALL OF FAMER, BUT CAN STILL COUNT ON THEIR YOUNG SUPERSTAR
Last season, the Washington Wizards reached a second straight conference semi-final for the first time since 1979 (back when they were the Washington Bullets). Head coach Randy Wittman received praise from both players and management for his strategy and leadership during the playoffs. This chemistry within the team can make them serious contenders in the southeast division this year.
Wittman’s squad recorded 46 wins and 36 defeats, this past season, to hold the 5th spot in the eastern conference. They swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, but got eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks in the following series.
The Wizards lost the services of future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, as he joined his former coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason. Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld brought in veteran guard Jared Dudley from Milwaukee to replace Pierce in the leadership department. Besides that, not much improvement was made this summer.
Washington Wizards PG
Wall gets better every NBA season. Last year, he racked up 10 assists per game, ranking him second behind Chris Paul in the league. He also collected 17.6 PPG and 6.6 FG/G. It’s a drop from his previous season, but it only improved his passing game. “Optimus Dime” is the cornerstone of this franchise and should be also considered a top daily fantasy pick at point guard.
Washington Wizards SG
The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft improved his beyond the arc shooting skill last season, despite being injured a couple of time. He had a career best 40.9% in three point’s average. With Paul Pierce out of the picture, he will be relied upon to get more shots more often.
Washington Wizards SF
Otto Porter Jr
The 3rd overall pick from the 2013 draft will get the opportunity to start at the small forward position now that Paul Pierce is gone. It’s still unknown if he can play well for over 25 minutes a game, but he comes from a family of athletes. His father, Otto Porter Sr, played for the Scott County Central High School basketball team and holds the record for rebounds, while his mother, Elnora Porter, was named all-state in 1985. Porter Jr showed potential during the last playoffs, scoring 10 PPG and playing 33.1 MPG.
Washington Wizards PF
Nene brings in the muscle and can score from under the post. He had 11 PPG last season. At 33 years-old, the Brazilian fantasy value will likely start to drop.
Washington Wizards C
Gortat is the only Wizard player to have participated in all 82 games last season. Not only did he stay healthy all year long, he also scored 12.2 PPG. The polish center finished third in the NBA with 56.7% in field goals. Another year contributing offensively in cash draft contests should be expected.