2017 Outlook: It's coming. In his first three seasons, Wall had one season where he shot under 41-percent from the field, another season where he shot 7.1-percent from distance, and another season where he missed 33 games. Over the last three seasons, however, his limitless talent has been rewarding fantasy owners. His assist-to-turnover ratio is up 14.6-percent from his first three seasons and while the three-point shooting isn't exactly a strength, he has developed it enough for it to be of use to fantasy owners. He tallied a double-double in 12 of his last 13 games, a stretch that hints at the upside that is possible here if Bradley Beal can stay on the court.
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: He's a tough player to gauge. On one hand, you've got a player that has averaged 20 points in consecutive seasons while seeing his assist per game count increase by at least 26.9-percent in each one of his NBA seasons. On the other hand, we've got one major question: is he a good shooter? The three-point percentage has been sporadic and his inability to consistently knock down open jumpers (43.1-percent over the last three seasons) is concerning given the skill sets of the newly acquired Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. Our projection reflects our optimism that a repeat performance can be had, just be aware that the roster overhaul could cause some bumps along the way.
2017 Outlook: By averaging over 27 points and knocking down the clinching shot in the NBA Finals, Irving reminded everyone of just how much he is capable of. He's still just 24 years of age and one would assume that we have yet to see his best. LeBron James is capable of dominating in spurts, but with the object of the regular season being to save the legs of their future Hall-of-Famer, look for the Cavaliers to continue to rely on Irving. If he can regain his regular season efficiency of 2014, Irving has the potential to be the best Tier 2 point guard, but the injury concerns will suppress his value a touch.
2017 Outlook: Walker is a very good point guard on an improving Hornets team, but where does he excel? Ranking 13th in 3PM in 2015 was a nice value boost, but as a career 33.4-percent bomber in the NBA (a number that is actually better than his college rate of 32.6-percent), are we positive that the volume is going to continue to be there? He ranked behind Tony Parker in assists per game and while his near 21 points a night is nice, don't forget that there were eight other point guards who poured in better than 18.5 points a night. His volume in Charlotte continues to be there, but with a consistently unspectacular USG, he should be considered the head of Tier 2 point guards as opposed to a threat to join Tier 1.
2017 Outlook: The Celtics gave him the keys to the car in 2015 after acquiring him the previous winter and he thrived. Thomas was one of six players (Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, and Kyle Lowry being the others) that gave you six FTA and six assists a night, a nice skill set that indicates both aggression and finesse. He made more triples per game than Bradley Beal last year, just another sign that he is the entire offensive package. We didn't see a single point guard average 24 points and seven assists last season, a stat line that is well within reach for this budding star.
2017 Outlook: Professional. Bucket. Getter. The Blazers may not be built to win a title, but the volume their offense lends to their starting backcourt is fantasy gold. McCollum and Damian Lillard combined to take 2,905 shots in 155 games (18.74 per player per game), not much different than the Splash Brothers rate (18.77). Speaking of those warriors, both Curry and Thompson attempted over 450 triples and converted over 40-percent on those tries. So did McCollum. And that's the entire such list in the NBA last season. The addition of Evan Turner could help his assist numbers, but make no mistake about it: McCollum was put on this planet to score. Consider him Kemba Walker with a wider range of potential outcomes (for better or for worse).
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: With basketball fans more than excited about the 19-year-old Devin Booker (19.2 points and 4.1 assists following the All Star Break) and Bledsoe's name a bit off the radar as a result of injury, now is the time to pounce at a discount.
2017 Outlook: In his third professional season, Oladipo made great strides in efficiency and might well be ready for the bright lights alongside the newly coined Westwolf. Consider this: Dion Waiters and Randy Foye combined to average 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game last season. That's eerily similar to Oladipo's 2015 campaign (16 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists) and it doesn't take into account that the Thunder will be without that Durant guy. Oklahoma City is coming off a fifth consecutive Top 10 season in Pace, a trend that could vault Oladipo into superstardom sooner than later.
2017 Outlook: He's an easy player to criticize, he ranked 42 of 47 centers in rebounds per 48 minutes, but don't automatically cross him off of your cheat sheet. The 20 points a night has value on the right roster and his solid percentages (51.1-percent from the field and 79.1-percent from the free throw line) will allow you to take a rebound specialist later on. Most would assume that a man allergic to rebounding doesn't contribute in the blocks department, but Lopez blocks 1.7 shots per game for his career. He also had more assists last season than he did in the four previous seasons combined, making him a better fantasy option than most want to believe.
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.