Top NBA Fantasy Rookies for 2015-2016
An exciting part of any new sporting season for daily fantasy sports fans is keeping an eye on the latest rookies to break through to the big leagues. Some of these young players might struggle to adapt and represent risky selections for fantasy owners. However, now and then you’ll be lucky enough to find a real gem among the latest round of rookies. These sorts of players are usually priced quite cheaply in fantasy leagues but can provide some huge points and great value. Today, we’ll go through a list of the most exciting NBA rookies for fantasy fans in the new season.
Chosen as the first pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Towns is a player with almost limitless potential. He was drafted into his country’s Olympic squad at just 16 years of age and has been putting up some incredible statistics in the college game. He managed to average 19.5 points and shot 55 percent from the floor, rising to 80% from the line. The Timberwolves squad is filled with young talent this season and Towns will be relied upon to show what he can do. This young player has a lot to offer a fantasy owner; he easily has the ability to get plenty of rebounds, blocks and points to your squad.
Taken as the seventh pick by the Denver Nuggets, analysts are already predicting big things for this rookie. Mudiay has the ability to be one of the finest young guards in the NBA and he put in some impressive performances throughout the summer league to prove it. In four games, he earned averages of 12.0 points, 3.5 reboundsn, and 5.8 assists. Of course, he is a guard and this can be a position of contention for fantasy fans. Mudiay has got some work to do on his offensive game, but he should get a good amount of time on the court at Denver and will have plenty of chances to shine.
Taken as the third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, Okafor has come into the NBA at just the right time. Joel Embiid has been struggling with injuries and this will give Okafor a good opportunity to demonstrate his talent without having to battle the Cameroon star for a starting role. Okafor has demonstrated his offensive prowess throughout his college years, and many experts are expecting to see him as the top rookie scorer of the season. He needs to improve some aspects of his game, for example, his free-throw shooting, but he has the talent and will get the opportunities to play a big role in the 76ers’ season.
Russell went to the Lakers as the second overall pick in a rather surprising move. The Lakers aren’t short of star talent with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson on the roster, and so many fantasy fans have some doubts about Russell’s season. He’ll really have to do something special to nail down a spot in the starting lineup at L.A. In addition, the rookie didn’t look too impressive in the summer league. It might take some time for him to really emerge in the NBA, so it may be worth waiting until next season before drafting this potential star.
Turner was selected by the Pacers as the eleventh overall pick in this year’s draft. A very impressive summer league where he averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 boards every game will have certainly gotten many fantasy fans interested in this particular player. He clearly has all of the potential to become a star in the NBA, with his aggressive style and physical prowess sure to impress many teams this season. He’s also excellent at free-throws, with a very impressive 80% success rate at the college level. He could certainly surprise a few people in 2015 and has plenty of breakout potential.
Kaminsky is a solid player, nothing more and nothing less. He won’t be lighting up the court with flashy players or reaching the tops of individual leaderboards. He will, however, play a very important role in the Hornets’ season this year. The Charlotte staff were very keen to bring in the rookie and that’s a good sign for fantasy fans. Kaminsky should get plenty of time on the court and can add lots of points to a fantasy team in the form of blocked shots, rebounds, and a few three-pointers.
Porzingis was drafted by the Knicks, with the New York squad surely hoping he can bring some solidity to their roster. Despite being 7’1” tall, he does seem to be lacking in physical presence out on the court. That’s certainly something the rookie needs to improve over the course of the season, but he has some incredible talent. His awareness and foresight are particularly impressive, with his blocking stats and long-range shots being particular highlights of his game. The flaws in his game will take time to fix, but he could still offer some value for fantasy owners.
The Croatian youngster joined up with the Orlando Magic as the fifth overall pick of the draft. There’s no denying that Hezonja has got skills and can shoot as well as some of the best players in the game, but the presence of Tobias Harris on the Magic roster could scupper his chances of a solid season. Aaron Gordon was also impressive in the summer league, meaning that the Orlando-based squad have a lot of options to choose from in the new season. Hezonja will need to do something special to stand out from the crowd and it could take some time before we really see him emerge.