Chris Gingrich: It’s not too early for NBA
I know it’s a little early for basketball, but it’s never too early to evaluate a few first round picks to see what kind of impact they might have in their rookie year. The NBA Draft may have happened almost two months ago, but now is the time to start getting prepared for t he 2015-16 fantasy hoops season by checking out some rookies who could end up on fantasy rosters this fall.
Karl Anthony-Towns, power forward, center, Kentucky, was selected number one overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in this years draft, the 6’11” center will join up with two former number one picks in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to form a formidable young trio.
His stats from Kentucky may lead you to believe he’s not a top pick, but that’s just because he played on such a deep, balanced team at Kentucky. He played a little over 21 minutes per game and averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks all while shooting a very spiffy 57 percent from the floor. He’ll be looked to help secure Minnesota’s front court with his athleticism and length all while hopefully maintaining that high field goal percentage and providing support on the defensive end via his blocking and rebounding ability.
Justise Winslow, small forward, Duke — the 6’6″ wing is an athletic two way player. His shot from distance is much improved and he can take it to the rim strongly at times. He comes into a great situation in Miami where he will be looked to early and often. On Duke’s run to the national championship, he was often the best player on the court and showcased the kind of two way game that will translate nicely to the NBA.
Many people had Winslow as a top 5 pick, but he slid down the board to number 10 and was picked up by the Miami Heat who hope he can be a great wing scorer alongside Dwayne Wade. Kristaps Porzingis, power forward, Latvia — Porzingis is basically a 7 footer who can bomb 3’s.
He does do other things, but he still falls into that category of European big man who can hit threes. He is 7’2″ and 230 pounds, but he has a ton of offensive skill and combines prototypical size for an NBA big man with some impressive athleticism. At only 19 years old, he has the talent to become a superstar but must develop physically first. The tools are there for him to develop into a great two way big man in the league.
He was one of the biggest and most talented prospects in Europe while. He played for the Spanish ACB league and the Eurocup in 2014. Heonly boosted his value with great years in each organization. He declared for the 2014 NBA Draft before pulling his name to continue to play for the Spanish ACB league for one more year.
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