NBA Fantasy Price Predictions 2022-23

The NBA officially kicks off in less than a week, which means fantasy draft season is in full swing. As such, it’s time to make some fantastic basketball award predictions. Included are fantasy awards that mirror real-life ones, like MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, but also fantasy-specific awards like Bounce-back Player and Best Undrafted Player.

Fantastic MVP: Luka Doncicthe mavericks

Doncic broke out in spectacular fashion in Dallas’ 2022 Western Conference Finals and continued his standout play at last summer’s FIBA ​​EuroBasket. The Mavericks have surrounded Doncic with 3 and D wings that can space the floor, as well as centers that can pick and roll, pick and pop, or both. Doncic is selected in the top five of almost every fantasy draft so he’s not sleeping but something tells me this is the year he wins the actual MVP award behind averages of around 30 points, 10 dimes and 10 boards per game.

He has one of the highest floors of fantasy given his league-leading usage rate over the past two seasons, and his main impediment to the dominant fantasy value right now is shooting. free throw under par (73.7 career percent). Even a marginal increase in this category will put him in contention for Fantasy MVP – Nikola Jokic‘s Award for the past two seasons.

Fantasy Defensive Player of the Year: Evan Mobleyriders

As a 20-year-old rookie last season, Mobley averaged 2.5 blocks plus steals while turning Cleveland into a formidable defensive unit. It boasts elite size, speed

The NBA officially kicks off in less than a week, which means fantasy draft season is in full swing. As such, it’s time to make some fantastic basketball award predictions. Included are fantasy awards that mirror real-life ones, like MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, but also fantasy-specific awards like Bounce-back Player and Best Undrafted Player.

Fantastic MVP: Luka Doncicthe mavericks

Doncic broke out in spectacular fashion in Dallas’ 2022 Western Conference Finals and continued his standout play at last summer’s FIBA ​​EuroBasket. The Mavericks have surrounded Doncic with 3 and D wings that can space the floor, as well as centers that can pick and roll, pick and pop, or both. Doncic is selected in the top five of almost every fantasy draft so he’s not sleeping but something tells me this is the year he wins the actual MVP award behind averages of around 30 points, 10 dimes and 10 boards per game.

He has one of the highest floors of fantasy given his league-leading usage rate over the past two seasons, and his main impediment to the dominant fantasy value right now is shooting. free throw under par (73.7 career percent). Even a marginal increase in this category will put him in contention for Fantasy MVP – Nikola Jokic‘s Award for the past two seasons.

Fantasy Defensive Player of the Year: Evan Mobleyriders

As a 20-year-old rookie last season, Mobley averaged 2.5 blocks plus steals while turning Cleveland into a formidable defensive unit. He boasts elite size, speed and length. His athleticism and anticipation should only improve. Cleveland still has Jarrett Allen clogging up the paint, allowing Mobley the freedom to roam and trust his instincts in pursuing deviations.

Don’t be surprised if Mobley increases his interceptions-plus-blocks average to three or more in 2022-23 and challenges for the Defensive Player of the Year award. His presence on both sides of the ball is already crucial for the up-and-coming Cavaliers, so his workload is safe and it’s in Cleveland’s interest to keep him as involved as possible.

Fantasy Rookie of the Year: Jalen Durenplungers

Paolo Banchero is the favorite and the obvious choice here. But I highlight a valuable option—Jalen Duren– who tore up the Summer League and has a path to the minutes. The pistons have a dull center rotation of Isaiah Stewart (too small), Marvin Bagley (more of a power attacker) and Nerlens Christmas (injury prone and not consistent with rebuilding Detroit).

Duren is set for immediate success, with a superb playmaker in Cade Cunningham direct show and ground spacing forward in Sadiq Bey and Bojan Bogdanovic. An average of a double-double plus quality defensive stats are in the cards – his athleticism, inside scoring and shot blocking being his strengths. The best part is that it will be available over 100 picks in most drafts.

Most Improved Fantasy Player: P. J. WashingtonHornets

The opportunity presents itself for Washington, which is coming out of a bad year. Capable of scoring from all three levels and blessed with the size, strength, length and speed to cover multiple positions defensively, Washington is a good bet to see a significant increase in minutes and usage, in part due to the lack of Miles Bridges. Washington can play the fours and fives, giving him a high floor for a few minutes.

An escape is looming. I predict per-game averages of 16 points on effective shooting with eight boards, four pennies, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes. This well-balanced statline will make him a good deal, especially as he slips past the 100 pick in many drafts.

Bounceback Fantasy Player of the Year: Bradley BealWizards

Many actors are in the running for this award. To narrow it down, I excluded players who barely played, or didn’t play at all, last season, like Ben Simmons, Collin Sextonand Jamal Murray.

Due to COVID-19 protocols and wrist surgery, Beal played 40 games last year and wrestled by his own standards, averaging 23.2 points on low efficiency, despite giving away a record 6.6 cents per night. He had just completed a career year in 2020-21, in which he averaged highs in scoring (31.3 PPG), field goal percentage (48.5% FG) and free throw percentage (88.9% FT).

I expect a rebounding season from Beal, where he effectively brings his scoring average down to 30 points per game while still dishing out half a dozen dimes. If you can get him in round three or later, it will look like a huge steal by the end of the season.

Most Valuable Undrafted Veteran Player: Bruce Brownnuggets

Brown had the best year of his career last season, averaging 9.0 points (50.6% FG, 40.4% 3PT, 75.8% FT), 4.8 boards, 2.1 dimes against 0.7 turnovers, 1.1 interceptions, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 threes in 24.6 minutes.

He’s not going to start or play heavy minutes, but he’ll be a steal if he gets close to 30 minutes on average for the Nuggets. The veteran has improved his outside shooting tremendously and is contributing significantly across all categories. Additionally, he is an exceptional off-ball cutter and can perform unique reverse pick-and-rolls with Nikola Jokic. Catch Brown in the final rounds and watch him become the player Gary Harris was supposed to be for Denver.

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