Movements in the NBA are fast and furious as teams position themselves as contenders with the intention of reaching the playoffs in 2022-23 or taking steps to start over and recover.
Whose fantasy value suffered the most? Who rises and who falls?
Our fantasy basketball experts Eric Moody and Andre Snellings find out what these moves mean for the biggest names to change jerseys this summer.
Gobert changes everything in Minnesota
The Timberwolves traded for Rudy Gobert, who became their anchor in center back, moving Karl-Anthony Towns to the top four. Towns is one of the best shots in the league, so he’s good on offense. Defensively, this can be a problem, as Gobert is already tied to the paint and at the ring, and Towns can be challenged from the side if he has to spend most of his time on the perimeter for certain covers.
With regard to Gobert’s fantastical status, the previous discussion is related to the question of his protocols. Gobert’s per-minute output is likely to remain the same in Minnesota. He will be close to the basket, picking up rebounds and blocking shots at his usual pace. And he will continue to be an offensive paint finisher capable of scoring in his teenage years with high efficiency purely through his shots and the looks created by his teammates. Gobert has averaged 32.5 mpg over the last seven seasons, with a minimum of 30.8 mpg in 2020/21 and a maximum of 34.3 mpg in 2019/20.
If he plays about half of his minutes with Towns on the bench and the other half with Towns in fourth place, I think there should be enough minutes for Gobert’s fantasy output to remain largely in line, perhaps with only a slight easing in his new command situation. . — Andre Snellings
Murray immediately improves Hawks’ defense
The Hawks are betting that Dejonte Murray will help them win the championship along with Trae Young. A superb season with San Antonio led to his first All-Star appearance in Murray’s fifth NBA campaign, when he hit new career highs with 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 2.0 assists and 8.3 rebounds. . During his time at San Antonio, he recorded 17 triple-doubles, the most in Spurs franchise history.
Last season, he and Young were only two of five players in the league who averaged 20 points per game and 8.0 points per game. Luka Doncic, Darius Garland and James Harden were different. From a fantastic point of view, Murray and Young unexpectedly benefit from the exchange. It may come as a surprise to some, but Murray’s usage rate was 26.8% compared to Luka Doncic (36.2%), Ja Morant (33.35%) and Donovan Mitchell (32.2%). Despite this, Murray is still a fantasy superstar and he also excels on defense. As second-team All-Defensive in the 2017-2018 season and third-team runner-up last season, he led the league with 2.0 SPG. Since Young was in Atlanta, the Hawks have not risen above 18th in defensive performance.
While Murray’s presence benefits Young, whose 34.4% usage rate was the fourth highest in the league. It is now unlikely that the opposition will focus solely on Young, which could lead to a reduction in his number of losses and increase his offensive effectiveness.
Fantasy managers probably think they are eating each other’s value in fantasy drafts, which is a mistake. The value of Murray and Young playing side by side is growing. The Spurs seem to be gearing up for the future, judging by Murray’s departure and the catch. There’s always opportunity in chaos, and San Antonio’s Devin Vassel is capitalizing on it the most after going into the 2021–22 season. Keep in mind that during Murray’s absence last season, Wassell’s stats improved to 16.6 ppg, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 assists per game. — Eric Moody
Malcolm Brogdon has finally found a new home as the Pacers appear to be in recovery mode. Brad Stevens said after the NBA Finals that the Celtics need more playmaking and that’s exactly what they’re getting at Brogdon, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game. 36 games last season. He is also one of only 20 active players with 15 points per game and an assist ratio of 2.0 or higher in his career. Brogdon is a great player.
Although he has injury concerns, the team will be in good form and will find it very hard to score a goal with Marcus Smart, Derrick White and Jason Tatum in the backcourt. I’m sure all three can co-exist in the Celtics rotation, but it will be interesting to see how that pans out.
However, Brogdon will play a decisive role for the Boston team, which was ranked ninth in offense rating (113.6) and first in defense rating (106.2) in the 2021-22 season. Boston got a point guard without sacrificing a major player. That’s great news for Brogdon’s fantasy for the upcoming season, even if his production will drop a bit due to the many other key scorers around him. The key with Brogdon, as always, will be whether he can stay healthy. — Capricious
The Celtics had a weakness in the crowd that showed up late in the playoffs, and they solved that problem by trading Brogdon. Brogdon is believed to be in the starting lineup alongside Marcus Smart, with Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum forwards and either Robert Williams III or Al Horford in center. This would make the Celtics more perimeter-oriented on both sides, and Brogdon would move from the primary offensive role he has maintained with the Pacers over the last couple of seasons to more of a playmaker and tertiary scorer in a busy Celtics.
Tatum and Brown, in particular, also have a lot of possession and make their fair share of assists, which could limit Brogdon in this category. Overall, his numbers are likely roughly in line with his 2019-20 season with the Pacers, when he scored as a teenager, had about seven assists and grabbed a handful of rebounds. He also needs to get his fair share of open eyes on this Celtics team so he can challenge his career goals in field goal percentage and should knock down nearly two 3’s in a game. — Snellings
Brunson in the big city
Free agents got off to a fast start on Thursday, and the biggest team change deal of the day was the Knicks going all-in on Jalen Brunson. He was rumored to leave the Dallas Mavericks after the Golden State Warriors defeated Dallas in the Western Conference Finals. To make room in the cap for Brunson, the Knicks traded their first-round pick and then Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel to the Detroit Pistons.
Our very own Adrian Wojnarowski revealed on Thursday that Brunson has signed a four-year, $104 million contract with the Knicks, his agents confirmed. He becomes the first player in NBA history to sign a $100 million contract with a new team that has never been an All-Star.
Brunson is having the best season of his career, posting 16.3 points per game, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds with 54.9% eFG. In 17 games without Luka Doncic last season, Brunson averaged 20.4 points per game and 7.5 assists per game. Brunson will now have the opportunity to become the Knicks’ top scorer, especially as point guard improvement is badly needed in New York. Over the past three seasons, Knicks starting guards have averaged 10.9 points per game. In addition, they average the second highest number of assists per game. In addition, the Knicks finished last in FG % by drives and 26th in points per chance by drives. In addition, New York ranked 27th in FG% in non-dribbling shooting. Brunson’s impact must be immediate, especially in these areas.
The Knicks hired one of the best racers in the league from Brunson. Last season, he ranked second in FG% among players with 200 field goals. Brunson finished ahead of Doncic and just behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. In addition, he excels at making paint for himself. Brunson has the talent to make it to the All-Star Game without Doncic as his teammate.
Mark Jackson was the last Knicks point guard to play in the All-Star Game back in the 1988–1989 season. When it comes to fantasy basketball, Brunson can be seen as a top 50 option across all formats, and given how aggressively the Knicks have pursued him, he’ll be instrumental alongside Julius Randle and R. J. Barrett for a franchise that doesn’t won a single match. playoff streak over the past nine seasons and looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2021–2022 campaign. — Capricious
Barton joins the Wizards
Will Burton was successfully traded for Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, so there’s already a template for the type of minutes and shots he could enjoy in Washington. Last season, KCP averaged 30.2 mpg while averaging 10.8 FGA and 5.3 3PA per game. Those numbers are roughly similar to Barton’s career with the Nuggets, where he averaged 30.7 mpg, 11.9 FGA and 4.8 3PA over the past seven seasons.
Barton averaged 14.2 points per game (43.7% FG, 36.5% FG, 78.8 ft.), 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.7 triple shot, 0.9 assists and 0.5 blocks over those seven seasons, and his numbers in Washington are likely to be adequate. One area where he has potential is in the role of a playmaker, as he moves from the Nuggets, who run everything through Nikola Jokic, to the Wizards, who are currently lacking a playmaker. So it’s no surprise that Barton improved his career-best 4.1 assists per game this season. — Snellings
Drummond moves to another new team (Chicago)
The Bulls start with Nikola Vucevic in center, and neither Vucevic nor Andre Drummond are capable of playing power forward next to another. As such, Drummond is positioning himself as a backup role similar to the one he played with the Sixers last season after Joel Embiid.
Drummond averaged 6.1 points per game, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 assists and 0.9 blocks per game in 18.4 miles per game for the 76ers. This is a compound production in many fantasy leagues, especially in roto leagues where nine boards, a steal and a block are a useful combination. Drummond also has a lot of upside if he is ever called up as a starter: 10.8 ppg, 11.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 rushing 24.6 mpg in 36 starts last season. — Snellings
Big role for Peyton…