Description: Bucks center John Henson showcased a lot of skill last season and has upside going into 2014-2015.
Insight: Henson averaged 15.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG and 2.3 BPG in 12 December games last season. He, however, couldn't continue that pace, and he might not have the chance to do so again with Jabari Parker, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders in the front court. Still, Ilyasova and Sanders are injury prone, so Henson has fantasy worth.
Description: Bucks forward/center is a double-double threat every night, but in the words of the great Charles Barkley, he is also a knucklehead.
Insight: Sanders missed a large portion of last season after breaking his thumb in a bar fight. Then he missed the end of the year after he broke his orbital bone when James Harden elbowed him in the face. Sanders will also miss the first five games of this season due to a drug suspension. When on the court though, he averaged 12.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG before the All-Star break in 2012-2013.
Description: Bucks rookie Jabari Parker should be the first rookie off the draft board.
Insight: Parker is getting comparisons to Carmelo Anthony. He is a versatile forward who can score, rebound and shoot a high percentage. Parker has tremendous size, 6-foot-8, 241 pounds, and skill. On the bad Milwaukee Bucks, Parker will make an immediate impact.
Description: Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo can play any spot on the floor.
Insight: With his ball skills and at 6-foot-11 and 217 pounds, Jason Kidd could use him anywhere. He worked at shooting guard and small forward last season, but Kidd has been testing him out, with very little success, at point guard. Hopefully, Kidd defines his role by the start of the season. The Greek is a potential sleeper.
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight will not be able to repeat his production from last season.
Insight: Knight averaged 17.9 PPG and 4.9 APG while shooting 42 percent from the floor last season, but new coach Jason Kidd has mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo playing some minutes at point guard and rookie Jabari Parker will take away shot attempts from Knight. Without 15.2 FGA per game, Knight will not come close to averaging 18 points, and his assist numbers aren't likely to rise.
Description: Pacers power forward Luis Scola is a double-double threat when he plays.
Insight: Indiana has openings in the starting lineup with Lance Stephenson leaving via free agency and Paul George breaking his leg. Scola, however, does not play either position those two guys play. Scola could actually see fewer minutes since the Pacers will need more from Roy Hibbert and David West.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George should not be selected in redraft formats.
Insight: Everyone knows by now George suffered a gruesome leg injury playing for Team USA on Aug. 1. He is not expected to play this season. For those of you in dynasty leagues, George should be targeted in the middle rounds.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert still has tremendous potential even at 27-years-old.
Insight: It is the old sports saying, players only have "potential" because they have yet to prove they are good. Hibbert is 7-foot-2, 290 pounds, yet only averaged 6.6 RPG and made just 43.9 percent of his shots. It is hard to trust him, but if he falls to a middle round, it is worth taking him on his potential.
Description: Pacers power forward David West will be heavily relied upon for scoring this season without Paul George.
Insight: That is music to most fantasy owners ears, but at 34-years-old, there are questions of whether West will be able to remain durable on a team that relies so much on him. He has been durable throughout his career and is capable of averaging close to 16 points and over seven rebounds per game. West is an underrated fantasy option heading into the season. Let's hope he remains healthy.
Description: Pacers' Solomon Hill will likely come off the bench in a sixth-man type role for Indiana this season.
Insight: Hill has not looked as good as C.J. Miles or Rodney Stuckey. Both those players offer better offensive numbers and fantasy potential. Hill is being considered for a starting role because of his defense, so even if he starts, he wouldn't hold as much value as Miles or Stuckey.
Description: Shooting guard C.J. Miles is expected to start the season at the small forward position.
Insight: Coach Frank Vogel is "leaning toward" starting Miles at SF and Rodney Stuckey at SG. That's the best case scenario for fantasy owners as Miles will hit his fair share of 3-pointers. We would like to see him in the starting lineup. David West and Roy Hibbert owners would like to see Miles in the lineup too because Miles' 3-point shooting will open up offensive opportunities for West and Hibbert.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey is worth a look in fantasy leagues, but not in roto leagues.
Insight: Stuckey does not hit 3-pointers or get many steals, so at the guard position, he is basically useless in roto leagues. He will start for Indiana, though, so he could hold some late-round value in points leagues, where output matters more than individual categories.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill should offer solid numbers for your flex guard spot.
Insight: Hill has never shot below 44.2 percent from the floor in any season. He is also a 80 percent free throw shooter and 37. 1 percent 3-point shooter in his career. Hill averaged 14.2 PPG and 4.7 APG two seasons ago, and without Paul George this season, he has sleeper potential in fantasy drafts.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) is targeting a mid-November return, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Insight: Carter-Williams had surgery over the offseason to repair his left shoulder. He won the Rookie of the Year with averages of 16.7 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. This timetable would have him missing 7-10 games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had a huge night on Wednesday in a preseason game against the Wizards.
Insight: Anthony scored the game-winning jumper and received the foul. He scored 30 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond will be a fantasy beast besides for his free throw shooting.
Insight: Drummond's Achilles heel will again be his free throw shooting. He shot just 41.8 percent from the stripe last season. And that was an improvement from 37.1 percent his rookie season. Drummond will contribute great numbers in every other stat.
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler is off to a slow start this preseason.
Insight: Butler played 28 minutes in a preseason game a few weeks ago and did not score, missing both his shots. Deeper league squads could benefit from Butler's 3-point production, but he will not have a big enough role to make a fantasy impact in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe may be the odd man out in the Pistons front court.
Insight: Monroe is in a contract season. He was hoping to receive a big contract through restricted free agency, but that did not happen. Monroe returns to the Pistons frontcourt with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Both are signed long-term, and Monroe will not be back next season, so new coach Stan Van Gundy may already be planning for life after Monroe leaves.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith might play fewer minutes at small forward this season, which could help his fantasy value.
Insight: Smith had his lowest scoring average last season since 2008-2009. With new coach Stan Van Gundy, Smith might not play as often but his scoring average should still go back up. Smith's ceiling is still not very high.
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will receive additional playing time with Jodie Meeks sidelined until at least the middle of December.
Insight: Caldwell-Pope suffered a left knee strain last week, which allows other younger players to show what they can do, but Caldwell-Pope should still be the starter on opening night. He is a late round flier in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is no longer a late-round fantasy flier with his back injury.
Insight: Meeks is expected to miss at least two months, which sidelines him until basically Christmas. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will reap the benefits from Meeks' injury, and fantasy owners should target Caldwell-Pope in the late rounds of standard league drafts.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is shooting just about 25 percent from the field this preseason in new coach Stan Van Gundy's offense.
Insight: The transition to Van Gundy's system has not been a smooth one. Jennings did have a great game last Saturday with 11 assists and 16 points. Hopefully, there is more where that came from, but we aren't counting on it. Jennings is a career 39.0 percent shooter in his five seasons.
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion will only be relevant in very, very deep fantasy leagues this season.
Insight: Marion is at the end of his career. He played enough minutes and posted sufficient stats with Dallas to be a viable bench player in deep leagues last season, but that seems unlikely this season with Cleveland.
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is an intriguing draft pick in dynasty leagues this season.
Insight: The 23-year-old will come off the bench to give rest to superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love. Even if he can earn a starting role in front of Anderson Varejao, he is not expected to make an impact this season. Perhaps in a year or two.
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao's double-double days are long gone.
Insight: Varejao had a 50-game stretch in his career where he was a double-double threat every night, but Varejao is too injury prone for that this season. He will also battle Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson for playing time and rebounds.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is still a fantasy stud this season.
Insight: It can be argued that Love is no longer a top-five pick, but his ability to grab rebounds, score and shoot a high percentage makes him the top center in fantasy. He will take fewer shots this season with a better team, but his field goal percentage should go up. Some experts have speculated his rebound numbers could go down with LeBron James, but we doubt that. Cleveland traded for Love to have a dominanting presence on the boards to help King James.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the clear cut No. 1 pick with Kevin Durant injured the first six-to-eight weeks of the season.
Insight: James' production dipped a little last season, but everything is relative. At 29-years-old, James will play fewer minutes this season, but his field goal percentage could go up and he is still the best player in the world. Don't hesitate to draft him No. 1.
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters will have little fantasy value this season.
Insight: Waiters should play just as many minutes as he did last season, but with the new 'big three' in Cleveland, Waiters is the odd man out. He should be a viable contributor for the Cavaliers, but not likely to make a fantasy impact.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving takes a slight hit in fantasy value with superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love joining him in Cleveland.
Insight: Irving will not average over 17 field goal attempts per game, so his scoring might go down. However, his field goal percentage and assist numbers should increase. He should also remain fresher down the stretch since he no longer has to carry the load every night. Time will tell if less is more for Irving, but for now, his value takes a small hit.
Description: Suns guard Gerald Green should be a late-round asset for fantasy owners this season.
Insight: Green had a fine 2013-14 season, as he averaged 15.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, 2.5 three-pointers per game, along with shooting 45 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. Owners need to target him around the 13th round.
Description: Suns PG Isaiah Thomas is a bit of a wild card heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He started 54 games for the Kings last season, and is now firmly entrenched as the Suns' sixth man heading into this season. Look for Thomas to be around his career-averages of 15.3 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field. As a result, owners should start thinking about taking Thomas in the ninth round offantasy drafts.
Description: Suns guard Goran Dragic should be selected in the thirdround of fantasy drafts this season.
Insight: He had career-high averages in points (20.3 PPG), assists (5.9 APG), rebounds (3.2 RPG), field goal percentage (.505 FG%), and three-pointers made per game (1.6 3PM) last season. While his scoring may not be as high this season, with Eric Bledsoe healthy, combined with the addition of Isaiah Thomas, Dragic's other numbers could easily increase, making him an extremely valuable fantasy asset.
Description: Now that Eric Bledsoe contract has been taken care of, he can focus of playing basketball for the Suns, along with producing for fantasy owners.
Insight: Last season, he averaged a career-high 17.7 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 1.6 steals per game, along with shooting 48 percent from the field and hitting 1.3 three-pointers per game. Bledsoe is one of the most talented players in the NBA, and owners should consider drafting him starting in the third round.
Description: Suns small forward P.J. Tucker will have a tough time being a valuable fantasy asset in 2014-15.
Insight: While he gave solid rebounding production (6.5 RPG) last season, Tucker simply does not provide enough elsewhere (9.4 PPG, 1.7 APG, 1.4 SPG), for owners to take him even in the middle rounds. We would probably leave Tucker undrafted, but if anybody really wants him, target him late in drafts.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee will begin the season as the team's starting big man.
Insight: Alex Len should push for more minutes, but Plumlee should be able to at least duplicate his averages of 8.1 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 blocks per game, from last season. With that being the case, owners should look to draft Plumlee around the 14th or 15th round.
Description: Suns power forward Markieff Morris should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts for the upcoming season.
Insight: He did not make any starts last season, but is penciled in as the starting power forward to begin 2014-15. Morris will have a chance to improve on last season's averages of 13.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 0.6 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game. Markieff is the brother owners want to draft in fantasy, this season.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson appears to have the starting job over Raymond Felton and Devin Harris, but they will both cut into Nelson's playing time.
Insight: Nelson has always been a solid assist guy and can hit the three when needed. We're projecting 10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, but fantasy owners must be aware of the injury risk. Nelson hasn't played more than 68 games in any of the last three seasons and has never played more than 79 games in 10 NBA seasons.
Description: The Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer to Chandler Parsons got them a top quality, underrated fantasy small forward for 2014-15
Insight: Parsons should be the No. 3 option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis and after a bit of slow start while trying to fit in on a new team will produce solid numbers - 15.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has always been a solid fantasy option because of his quickness and his never having met a shot he didn't like.
Insight: He curbed his shot selection a bit in 2013-14 and saw his shooting percentage rise in both two pointer and from beyond the arc. We think that trend continues so are projecting 19.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg.
Description: The starting small forward position in Golden State is one of the team's biggest questions, heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: Last season, Andre Iguodala was firmly entrenched as the starter, but Barnes maybe the favorite heading into this season. He will look to improve upon his averages of 9.5 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, as well as his 40 percent field goal percentage. We think that head coach Steve Kerr will give Barnes the chance to start early in the season, and as a result, those numbers could really improve. However, owners should not target him until the end of all drafts.
Description: New Orleans center Omer Asik is finally back in a starting role and his numbers should reflect that.
Insight: In his 103 career starts, Asik averages 9.8 ppg and 11.6 rpg. We don't think he will pull down that many rebounds because of the presence of Anthony Davis at power forward, but 8.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg isn't unreasonable.
Description: New Orleans G/F Tyreke Evans got better as the season went along, but could see a dip in numbers, at least early on, with the return of Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.
Insight: We believe he has the talent to play at his post All-Star break level, so are projecting 17.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.9 apg getting most of the minutes as the primary small forward, but he can also play at either guard spot if needed.
Description: Golden State forward Draymond Green will have a chance for increased playing time this season, which should lead to better fantasy numbers.
Insight: In only 21.9 minutes per game last season, Green averaged 6.2 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks per gaame, and 1.2 steals per game. Owners should expect all of those numbers to go up in 2014-15, and as a result Green should be targeted starting around the 11th round.
Description: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday played just 34 games last season, but the injury, stress fracture of the right tibia, shouldn't be a factor this season.
Insight: Holiday averaged just 14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.9 apg, 1.6 spg, but that was with a new club and now that he's had a chance to fit in he should be better. We're projecting 16.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.7 asp for 2014-15.
Description: Golden State guard Shaun Livingston will open the season as the backup point guard, behind superstar Stephen Curry.
Insight: Last season with the Nets, Livingston aaveraged 8.3 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line. We feel that he could be right around those numbers in 2014-15, with possibly a slight decrease. If owners want Livingston on their teams, he should be target at the end of drafts.
Description: Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis averaged 20.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season which makes him an elite fantasy option. Then add in 2.8 blocks per game and you are taking top-five.
Insight: Davis is a dynamic fantasy option in his third season who posted double-doubles 54 percent of the time in 2013-14. The biggest concern for fantasy owners is injuries. He's played 64 and 67 games in each of the first two seasons and fantasy owners need him to stay healthy to get top-five value from him.
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry should be a top-five pick in fantasy basketball drafts.
Insight: He averaged a career-high 24.0 points per game and 8.5 assists per game last season, and seems to only be getting better. Curry also shot 47 percent from the field, 89 percent from the line, while making 3.3 three-pointer per game, along with 1.6 steals per game. Simply put, Curry is a dynamic fantasy option, and should be considered a top-three pick.
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson should be able to average 20 points per game in 2014-15.
Insight: He had a great season in 2013-14, as he averaged 18.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field, 80 percent from the line, and knocked down 2.8 three-pointers per game. Thompson is one of the best long-distance shooters in the NBA, and at only 24-years-old, we expect his numbers to only improve.
Description: Memphis guard Tony Allen is a defensive specialist who requires a lot of playing time to accumulate fantasy statistics ... that's not going to happen in 2014-15.
Insight: Allen wil share the shooting guard minutes with Courtney Lee and it's Lee who got the starts after coming over from Boston last season. He averaged 26.6 mpg before the All-Star game and 20.0 minutes after Lee's arrival.
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala is coming off his worth statistical season since his rookie season, in 2004-05.
Insight: He averaged only 9.3 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game last season. Iggy was able to shoot 48 percent from the field and give owners one three-pointer game, along with 1.5 steals per game, however he is not the fantasy player he once was. There is still no official word on who will be starting at the small forward position, but no matter what, we would not recommend drafting Iguodala until late in your drafts.
Description: The biggest question for Warriors center Andrew Bogut, is whether he can stay on the floor or not.
Insight: He has failed to play in all 82 games since his rookie season in 2005-06, and has not played in over 70 games since 2007-08. However, after playing only 32 games in 2012-13, Bogut was able to suit up for 67 games last season, while giving fantasy owners some productive stats. He will never be a dynamic scorer, as he averaged 7.3 points per game last season, but gives value with his 10.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game, along with shooting 63 percent from the field. As a result, Bogut should be targeted starting in the 10th or 11th round of fantasy drafts.
Description: Memphis G/F Vince Carter isn't the explosive force re once was in Toronto, but he should produce well for the Grizzlies.
Insight: The 37-year-old can still put the ball in the basket and is a better option than Tayshaun Prince or Quincey Pondexter so should see as many minutes as his old knees can take. We're projectiing 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg.
Description: The good news for Marc Gasol owners is that he's played 80 or more games in every even numbered season and this is 2014.
Insight: Gasol is pretty consistent averaging around 13.5 ppg and 7.9 rebounds and we expect slightly better in 2014-15. He only played 59 games last season and started slowly, but is a solid fantasy option who can dish out close to four dimes a game from the center spot.
Description: Warriors forward David Lee should continue to be a solid fantasy option for the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He will always get you close to a double-double, as Lee averaged 18.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line. Owners should target Lee starting in the fifth round.
Description: Memphis PF/C Zach Randolph is a force for any fantasy owners in two categories - points and rebounds.
Insight: Randolph won't help you in many other areas, but he posted 47 double-doubles last season which tied him for fourth with Dwight Howard, and Joakim Noah. Although he's averaged 77 starts the past two seasons he has chronically sore knees and could be an injury risk.
Description: Memphis guard Mike Conley doesn't get the much press, but he's a solid second-tier fantasy point guard.
Insight: The point guard set career highs in points (17.2) and shooting percentage (.484) along with 6.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per night. Best, he's played in 80 or more games in four of the last six seasons, so he'll be out there every night trying to help you.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will no longer have to share the spot with Jeremy Lin, so should see increased minutes and increased fantasy value.
Insight: Beverley is primarily a defender with James Harden in control of the Rockets offense, but he can help in the steals and three-point categories and should average close to 11 ppg if he stays healthy.
Description: Small forward Trevor Ariza's first season for the Houston Rockets has a chance to be his best.
Insight: Ariza will obviously take the spot of Chandler Parsons. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals per game with the Wizards last season and as the No. 3 option behind James Harden and Dwight Howard could surpass those numbers which would make him a top-25 option.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is a guaranteed 18 points and a dozen rebounds a night, but he doesn't come without warts.
Insight: Fantasy owners who choose Howard are getting a career 57 percent free throw shooter who finished under 50 percent in two of the last three seasons. And his 1.8 bpg last season was his lowest since 2005-06. In his second season with Houston we are projecting a slight uptick to 19 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2.1 blocks per contest.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden was a do-everything guard again last season and may be needed to produce even more with Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin playing in other uniforms.
Insight: Harden is a top-five overall fantasy option who fills up the entire box score. We are projecting 26.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.5 spg. His weakest attribute is his defense, or lack of it, which doesn't effect fantasy owners.
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye will open up the season as the backup shooting guard.
Insight: He had a solid season in 2013-14 (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), and started 72 games, but the addition of Aaron Afflalo and the return of Danillo Gallinari might make it tough for him to repeat those numbers. Owners can target Foye late in drafts.
Description: Denver small forward Wilson Chandler will have an uncertain role entering the season.
Insight: He is the backup to Danillo Gallinari, but with Gallinari's injury history, Chandler could see extended time. However, with Gallo looking good during the preseason, we cannot reccomend even a late-round pick on Chandler.
Description: Denver center JaVale McGee has yet to play in the preseason.
Insight: Talent has never been an issue with McGee, but putting it all together has been. McGee may be worth a flier towards the end of drafts, but after averaging only 7.0 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game last season, we at TSN are not hopeful of McGee producing at a reasonable rate.
Description: Denver center J.J. Hickson is still recovering from knee surgery, but could be taking the court any day now.
Insight: He is the direct backup at power forward, but if Hickson is able to get healthy, he could also see time at center. He will start the season serving a five-game suspension, and will most likely go undrafted in most fantasy drafts. However, Hickson is a name to keep an eye on, as he has the potential to be average close to a double-double.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson should be picked early in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Lawson fills the stat sheet, and is arguably Denver's best player. The fact that he averaged 17.6 points per game last season, to go along with his 8.8 assists per game, makes Lawson very worthy of a third-round selection.
Description: Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo is an enticing fantasy option for the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He averaged 18.2 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field, along with draining 1.8 three-points per game last season with the Magic. Now, entering his first season in Denver, it will tough to duplicate those numbers, as there are a lot of mouths to feed. However, we feel that drafting Afflalo anywhere starting in the ninth round is appropriate value.
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov enters the season as Denver's starting big-man.
Insight: He does have JaVale McGee breathing down his neck, but Mozgov has proven to be more reliable since last season. Owners should target him late in drafts, but should not expect much more than the 9.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game, Mozgov averaged in 2013-14.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried could be line for a breakout season.
Insight: After averaging 13.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks per game, 0.9 steals per game, and shooting 55 percent from the field last season, Faried will have every opportunity to improve on those numbers in 2014-15. He clearly looked like an improved player when he suited up for the United States National team this past summer, and fantasy owners are hoping that play carries over to this season.
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has potential to be a sleeper for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: After missing last season due to knee surgery, Gallinari has looked good during the preseason. He should provide owners with a nice dose of points and three-pointers, making him a desirable middle-to-late-round pick.
Description: Spurs veteran guard Manu Ginobili is not on this season's recommended list.
Insight: Ginobili simply can't stay healthy and also seemed to hold back until playoff time. If you want a guy who gives you 11 points, three rebounds and four assists for about 60 games, Ginobili is your guy. Most fantasy owners want more.
Description: We loved what we saw out of San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard last season and in particular in the playoffs and expect that improvement to continue in Year 4.
Insight: Leonard was awarded the NBA Finals MVP for his contributions and while we don't think he can play 82 games at that level we're looking for him to improve on last season by racking up 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg. He's also got huge upside if one of the "old guys" goes down to injury.
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker must continue to shoulder a big part of the San Antonio offense as Tim Duncan's career winds down.
Insight: Parker's numbers fell last season after a huge 2012-13. Though only 32-years-old, he's played a lot of basketball, starting with the Spurs at age 19. We still think he's got more in the tank and rebounds to post around 18.5 ppg and 7.5 apg.
Description: Spurs forward Tim Duncan is no longer the "Big Fundamenta,l" but he's still a pretty good player and a solid fantasy option.
Insight: Where once he would score 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds every night like clockwork, he still averaged 15.1 ppg and 9..7 rpg last season. But with it comes the occasional night off that a 38-year-old with almost 1,500 games played requires.
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has very little fantasy value with the return of point guard Derick Rose this season.
Insight: There is always a chance that Rose suffers yet another injury to his knee, but even without Rose last season, Hinrich averaged just 9.1 points per game with a 39 percent shooting percentage. He is not worth targeting in standard drafts.
Description: Rookie Doug McDermott will have to earn his playing time with hard-noised coach Tom Thibodeau.
Insight: That being said, Chicago traded up to draft McDemott because of his raw talent and ability to score. McDermott will take minutes away from veteran Mike Dunleavy, and owners should expect McDermott to shoot a tremendous percentage playing on such a great passing team.
Description: As far as drafting bench players goes, Bulls forward Taj Gibson should be one of the top bench players taken in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Gibson averaged 19.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, 9.8 RPG, and 1.8 BPG in seven starts last season. The front court is crowded in Chicago, but should Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol go down, Gibson will start and Chicago shouldn't miss a beat. He will be a great sixth man as well, which makes him a late value pickup in fantasy.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is the top fantasy player in Chicago this season.
Insight: The hype will likely surround the return of Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, but Noah is the best fantasy asset in Chicago. He averaged 12.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor last season. It will be extremely hard for Noah to repeat those numbers with Rose back and with the addition of Pau Gasol, but there is still plenty to like about Noah.
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol is a solid big man to target in the middle rounds.
Insight: With the position so thin, Gasol has quite a bit of value in fantasy drafts this season. Gasol may not score as much as he did in Los Angeles, but he will likely average close to a double-double per game with 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. He is also one of the best passers at the center position. We expect 3.7 assists per game.
Description: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy has very little upside in fantasy basketball this season.
Insight: Dunleavy averaged 32 minutes per game last season, but we expect that to take a tip with rookie Doug McDermott in the rotation. Dunleavy can provide a boost in leagues with 3-pointers, but that is about it.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is averaging 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field this preseason.
Insight: NBA.com reported Butler is crediting his great play this preseason to his rigorous offseason training. He came in 10 pounds lighter and more focused than last season. That's what fantasy owners love to hear.
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants his star point guard to improve upon his defense this season according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Rose said he is used to that kind of criticism from his coach. Fantasy owners likely don't care much about Rose playing better defense. In his last full season, he averaged 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, which owners would love to take with his 7-plus assist average and 20-plus points per night.
Description: Portland center Chris Kaman should be left on waivers for the upcoming fantasy baskeball season.
Insight: After averaging 10.4 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 1.0 blocked shots per game, last season with the Lakers, Kaman will most likely be unable to reach that production in 2014-15. Barring injury, stay away from Kaman.
Description: Blazers point guard Damian Lillard should be selectedin the second round of fantasy drafts.
Insight: He averaged 20.7 points per game, 5.6 assists per game andmade 2.7 three-pointers per game, last season. We would like to see his assist numbers go up, but that should not sway owners from taking him early in drafts.
Description: Portland shooting guard Wesley Matthews is coming off a fine statistical season.
Insight: He averaged 16.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field, 39 percent from three, and 84 percent from the line. As a result, owners can take Matthews starting in the early-fifth round.
Description: Portland small forward Nicolas Batum should be considered an early-round pick for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: Batum is notable for filling stat sheets, as he averaged 13.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 5.1 assists per game, 0.9 steals per game, 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point land, and 80 percent from the free throw line last season. Batum should be off the board by the end of the second round.
Description: Blazers center Robin Lopez is a player that owners could forget about on draft day, but shouldn't.
Insight: He is not as sexy of a pick, as his brother Brook is, but Robin is a valauble fantasy player. He averaged 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game (Brook averaged 6.0 RPG), and 1.7 blocks per game last season. Lopez enters 2014-15 as Portland's starting center, and fantasy owners can begin to think about drafting him, starting in the seventh round.
Description: Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be looking to build off a career-season.
Insight: Last season, Aldridge averaged 23.2 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and shot 82 percent from the free throw line, which were all career-highs. He also has career-averages of 1.0 blocks per game, 0.8 steals per game, and shoots 40 percent from the field. As a result, Aldridge should not fall further than the begining of the second round, and it would not be a poor decision, to take him at the end of the first.
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass is turning into an irrelevant fantasy player.
Insight: Bass has started at power forward for Boston the last few seasons, but Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are poised to start in the front court for the Celtics to start the 2014-2015 season. Bass will have a bench role and will not be worth owning.
Description: Celtics' Evan Turner is a candidate to start at point guard on opening night.
Insight: Turner has gained the trust of coach Brad Stevens and with Rajon Rondo out a few weeks, Turner could start at the point. Rookie Marcus Smart is the long-term answer at point guard for Boston, but if Stevens elects to go with experience, Turner will be the guy.
Description: Nets shooting guard Marcus Thornton has scored between 12 and 19 points in all five preseason games this month.
Insight: Thornton came off the bench and scored 17 points, making three 3-pointers, and had two rebounds, three steals and a block in 17 minutes on Wednesday. If fantasy owners need 3-pointers late in the draft, Thornton is a great choice.