We present to you The SportsRush’s top 5 fantasy basketball sleeper picks to draft and fantasy busts to avoid.
Top 5 Fantasy sleeper picks
#1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
The OKC Thunder combo guard will essentially have a free rein this season to do whatever he likes. His team will be in tank mode for at least this season, if not the next one as well. The Thunder will be giving him a lengthy rope, and SGA has also shown that he can stay fit. As the top scorer for a lottery-bound team with a high usage, SGA will be a stat machine given his scoring efficiency.
#2 Troy Brown
One of the few bright spots for the Wizards in the NBA Bubble was how well Troy Brown played. The 21-year-old looks set to take on a bigger role for the DC team in the coming season. With Westbrook providing him service and Bradley Beal to draw the attention of defenders, Brown can turn it up as a scorer and be a fantasy hit.
#3 Tyrese Haliburton
Everything we’ve seen from the rookie so far screams out that he’ll be ready to hit the ground running. Haliburton was an elite shooter at the NCAA level last season, and he’ll get more playing with Bogdan Bogdanovic’s departure. The Kings would like to surround Fox and Bagley with shooters.
#4 C0by White
The Bulls guard looks ready to take a step up in the coming season. With Kris Dunn off to Atlanta, White’s role will increase with Chicago. Coby projects as an elite shooter in the right circumstances. It will be up to the Bulls to provide him the service.
#5 Colin Sexton
The Cavs guard connects on over 39% of his 3-point attempts for his career. He bumped up his scoring average and field goal percentages last year. If he keeps on the same track, Sexton could become one of the better scorers in the NBA at his position.
Top 5 Fantasy Busts to avoid
#1 Jamal Murray
Murray benefited from the closed-casket atmosphere of the Orlando bubble and made his mark. This has increased his draft stock a lot, pushing him into the second round. But given the balanced nature of the Nuggets’ scoring attack with the emergence of Michael Porter Jr, his scoring may continue to stay below the 20 points per game mark.
#2 Jerami Grant
Being the secondary scorer for the lowly Detroit Pistons will not be helpful to Jerami Grant’s shooting percentages. The swingman took a leap and is a great player to guard 1-4, sometimes even centers in small-ball lineups. But his utility to the Pistons, as constructed, is quite questionable.
#3 Otto Porter Jr
Zach LaVine is the clear leader of the current Bulls outfit. With the emergence of Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr and Coby White, Porter Jr’s role will likely only be as a spotup shooter. His scoring is unlikely to crack a figure higher than 10-13 ppg.
#4 TJ Warren
Warren is another player who got really hot in the bubble. But whether or not he’s able to maintain his hot shooting through the course of an entire season is something yet to be seen. There are many players in the 3rd round of the draft who could end up performing better than him.
#5 Clint Capela
The former Rockets center will be coming off a foot injury, something that becomes an alarmingly recurring theme in many centers’ careers. Capela’s role will mainly be defensively centred. His figures are likely to suffer in comparison to the Rockets, where James Harden would feed him the best pocket passes he’ll ever receive.