2017 Outlook: He's the same player he always has been, just with a slightly downward trending minutes count. For the third consecutive season, his MPG dipped, but that didn't stop him from posting elite numbers. He settled less for long-jumpers last season, as his average distance of attempt (9.7 feet) was more than a foot lower than any other season of his career. For the first time, he took more than half (55.2-percent) of his shots from inside of eight feet. If you subscribe to the theory that you "can't win a draft in the first round, you can only lose it," then The King is your guy as he is as safe an option as there is.
2017 Outlook: The Bucks appear willing to tie their wagon to Antetokunmpo and, while it'll cost you an early pick, you should be willing to as well. The 2015 numbers are appealing, but look at his numbers after the All Star Break (18.8 points, 7.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, and 1.4 steals) and you're looking at a 21-year-old that is nearly impossible to matchup with. This Milwaukee offense is going to be a work in progress as Jason Kidd tries to figure out exactly what he wants, but there is no lack of room for growth (bottom 10 in both pace and offensive efficiency) and it is clear that Antetokunmpo is clearly the building block.
2017 Outlook: Remember the last time he played 70 regular season games? Me neither ... it hasn't happened yet. He is essentially a slightly better version of Towns when it comes to scoring and defensive numbers that comes with health concerns. We've seen him produce at a level that would justify him being the second player off the board (February 2015), and given the lack of help he has in New Orleans, his well-rounded numbers are a safe bet as long as he is on the court.
2017 Outlook: With the Heat coughing up just shy of $100 million for his services and letting Dwyane Wade walk, it is clear that the plan is to create a winning team from the inside out. The rebound and block (more blocks per game than Rudy Gobert and DeMarcus Cousins combined for) totals are going to be nothing short of elite, which combines nicely with his scoring ceiling. He shot 75-percent from the charity stripe in the second half of last season to go along with attempting nearly 60-percent more free throw per game. If that growth is real, Whiteside is a prime candidate to become the first player to block three shots AND score 20 points a night since Alonzo Mourning/Shaquille O'Neal did it in the 1999-2000 season.
2017 Outlook: The word "underrated" is one that often comes to mind with Millsap, but that shouldn't be the case this season. Millsap is averaging 1.7 steals, 1.0 3PM, and 3.2 assists over the last three seasons ... not a single big man reached all of those thresholds last season. Look for acquisition of Dwight Howard to have a positive impact on Millsap, as he will now be the lone versatile big as opposed to sharing the play-making duties with Al Horford.
2017 Outlook: You know how hard it is to finish as the sixth player while finishing 131st in USG? That's what Green accomplished this past season due to his increased efficiency and his ability to impact games in a variety of ways. Will the addition of Durant cut into Green's growth? It's possible, but you're talking about a matchup nightmare that led one of the most potent offenses in recent memory in minutes per game.
2017 Outlook: The injuries of 2016 weren't exactly ideal, but we are still talking about a special athlete essentially in his physical prime. His free throw shooting was once a concern, but he has shot nearly 73-percent from the stripe over the last two seasons. He's a double double threat on a nightly basis that offers elite assist production for his position to go along with reasonable defensive numbers.
2017 Outlook: Hopefully you enjoyed getting him at a discount last season because his price tag is going to be significantly steeper this season. And why wouldn't it? The slashing backcourt (Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose) combined with unspectacular big men, Porzingis should enjoy a USG spike and plenty of room to operate. One would assume that the NBA will adjust to his skill set, but when you consider that KP got better as the season progressed last season, it is possible that there is no real answer to a versatile player who stands 7'3". Players that average a double double, block two shots, and make one three pointer on a nightly basis are difficult to find: players with that upside that turned just 21 years old this summer are darn near impossible to come across.
2017 Outlook: As expected, Aldridge's numbers decreased from his high usage days in Portland, but a career-high FG% allowed him to finish third among power forwards in scoring. His front court mate will be Pau Gasol instead of Tim Duncan this season, a trade off that should benefit Aldridge in both the scoring (Gasol topped all centers in assists per game last season) and rebounding departments. Aldridge comes with little to no risk and is in for another rock solid fantasy season.
2017 Outlook: You come go to ‘Melo for the scoring, so the fact that his points per game have declined in three straight seasons, there is concern to be had. He did average a career-high in assists last season and with more offensive weapons around him, it would be logical to think that he can at least sustain that growth. Still, we need proof that he is going to be more efficient before we assume such, making him a tough sell unless on a very specific type of fantasy roster.
2017 Outlook: The general public doesn't hesitate to criticize Love, but the fantasy community has been fine with embracing his role as a third option in Cleveland. He's essentially averaging a double double with two triples per game over the last two seasons, something no other player can claim. His increased reliance on the long ball has hurt his FG% and that doesn't seem likely to change, but at this price, that's a minor drawback. His unique skill set allows him to fit into most fantasy rosters, especially those who spent an early pick on players like Hassan Whiteside or John Wall, making him a nice piece addition given his ADP.
2017 Outlook: The days of elite defensive production are gone and a change in jersey color isn't going to change that. With Nikola Vucevic in the middle and Bismack Biyombo providing depth, Ibaka's outward movement should only continue and that's a problem. On a per game basis, Ibaka's blocks have decreased for four straight years, so if that continues, what separates him from Nikola Mirotic? Yes, it is nice to get 3PM from a big, but he shot 32.6-percent from distance last season and one would assume the quality of shot is going to decline with Westbrook/Durant demanding attention. Combine that with the fact that there are more 3PM these days and his "unique" skill is losing value in a hurry. Tread with caution.
2017 Outlook: Few players come to San Antonio and experience a rise in fantasy value, but Gasol should remain the type of consistent and well-rounded contributor that is easy to build around. He is going to be a bigger part of the offense than the legend he's replacing, but it's hard to imagine the Spurs not giving LaMarcus Aldridge more offensive responsibilities given the five year difference in age. The upside will be capped and the minutes may be too, but you can expect Gasol to still churn out double doubles while continuing to be one of the best passing big men of his generation.
2017 Outlook: For a fifth straight season, his per game averages in minutes, points, and assists all rose while he set new career-highs in steals and free throw percentage. He is in a fantasy friendly spot, as he plays alongside a center in Rudy Gobert that will handle the risky defensive plays around the rim (Favors did block 1.5 shots per game for the fourth consecutive season, but by averaging just 2.4 fouls per game, he was able to stay on the court) without accounting for much of the front court offense. Look for the Jazz to continue to count on Favors, something fantasy owners should feel comfortable in doing as well.
2017 Outlook: He was the only "true" center to average over two assists while shooting 80-percent from the free throw line, not a bad title to hold as a rookie. He averaged more rebounds per minute than two other versatile bigs in Kevin Love and Anthony Davis, giving him very nice upside as his role increases. His minutes increased with each passing month and he posted a double double (11.6 points and 10.8 rebounds) in April, making him a player more than capable of producing starter worthy numbers for those who waited on PF/C.