Fantasy basketball season is on, and it’s time to start drafting! With only 26 days until the end of the season, it’s helpful to participate in mock drafts so you can get a feel for when the players have been selected. With that in mind, here’s a first look at what I think the first round will look like for the Division League. And for additional insight, Check out our latest Yahoo Expert Rankings to help you prepare,
Without further ado, the first choice in the 2022-2023 fantasy basketball draft…
No surprise here. Jokic is a fantasy basketball cheat code after posting a historic 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.3 threes and 2.4 stocks (steals plus blocks) per game with 58/34/81 shooting splits last season. He had the most single-season box plus/minus (BPM) is the unanimous first overall pick in NBA history and here.
After his best statistical season and playing a career-high 68 games, Embiid would be the centerpiece of a fantasy-friendly Sixers offense. As one of the most influential big guys in the league, he finished fourth in double-doubles in the NBA and added 2.7 stocks on the defensive end. If he can play at least 60 games this year, he should have no problem emulating the performance of the top-three on a per game and total basis.
Kevin Durant is a walking bucket you can’t cross here. He finished second in 2021-22 on a per-game basis, and will continue to see a 30 percent utilization rate this season. I hope the nets finish the top-10 in pace and offensive ratings and KD will go ahead. He checks every box for fantasy basketball.
Giannis is the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. many seasons, and he has done it four years in a row. He finished 10th on a per-game basis last season, but an increase in three-pointers shot from the free-throw line to more than 72% would help him justify drafting here.
Luka Magic is in effect. Yes, he’s known to swing the ball at high speed and miss a ton of free throws, but I’m buying his numbers after that Kristaps Porzingis Trade: 31.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists with 3.9 threes and 1.0 steals. He is ready to season like MVP.
The 2022 Finals MVP and four-time champion annually anchors the points, three and free throw percentage categories in fantasy basketball. I project Curry’s minutes and use will remain as the focal point of one of the best teams in basketball in the ’30s.
Still only 24 years old, Tatum scored a career-high spot in points, rebounds and assists last year with a 32% utilization rate. DAWG.
1.08 James Harden – Gee, Philadelphia 76ers
Harden’s verdict make work And Philly’s return on a two-year deal shows he’s ready to ball. A hamstring injury has plagued him for two seasons, and he is reportedly in great form this season. He was the only player in the NBA to post more than 20+ points and 10+ assists per game in ’21-’22 and finished 15th on a per-game basis despite teams changing mid-season. And Playing on the foot of a bum. A bounce back should absolutely put him in the top-10 in fantasy basketball.
1.09 Tyrese Halliburton – G, Indiana Pacers
If you don’t know, you know now.
I picked Halliburton in the top five in the Industry Expert Draft, but I’m comfortable catching him in the top 10. I’m teetering between Haliburton and lamello ball In this spot, but the former is a good bet to have the most assists per game this year and score over 20 points per night with solid peripherals. in 18 games without Malcolm Brogdon Last season, Halliburton amassed 18.6 points, 10.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.8 steals with 50/46/89 shooting splits. Spread!
1.10 LaMelo Ball – G, Charlotte Hornets
LaMelo Ball enters his third NBA season looking to produce a career-high in points, rebounds, assists, threes, and FT%. He is also one of the league leaders stealing. the loss of miles bridge His passing number may be reduced after the bridges are accounted for 23% Assisted the ball in ’21-’22, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to see 30% utilization when filling box scores with terry rosier,
1.11 Carl-Anthony Towns – PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves frontcourt suddenly got crowded after he was traded for the Utah Jazz All-Star center and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Goberte, this offseason. Gobert’s presence should slide KAT into a true-stretch four, which has risks and benefits. He finished eighth last year on a per-game basis, but I expect his rebound count to drop slightly with an increase to three. KAT is accustomed to playing aggressively with a limited frontcourt (Taj Gibson, Jared Vanderbilt) so I’m not overly concerned about Gobert being in town. KAT still needs to be able to collect at least two stocks and become the best shooting big man in the league; 41% from last year’s arc and 40% for this career – just saying ‘.
1.12 Trae Young – Gee, Atlanta Hawks
Trai Young’s All-Star G. I have a new backcourt mate djonte dead, but he should still be one of the best fantasy guards in this upcoming season. That’s the volume scorer, ranking fourth in usage rate last year at 34.4. I expect Hawks head coach Nate McMillan to stagger Young and Murray’s minutes at this point, but at the same time give Young a chance to do more off-ball work to give him a better look on the periphery. He should still claim enough fantasy numbers without taking much offense around himself and the undead.
Next, I’ll move on to round 2! stay tuned.