I want to be clear with you guys – preseason isn’t the same as the regular season. Be cautious about how much you play, because even hours of research can be wasted simply by a team only playing its starters limited minutes. I’m sure most all of you know this, but I just wanted to reiterate the facts about the preseason and its challenges. Alright, with all that said, on to the plays!
- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
- I’m not a Suns fan lol – young players in good spots.
- Point Guard(s):
Chris Paul [ $5,700 / $7,400 ] – Now on the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul is paired with James Harden, creating a seriously deadly backcourt duo. With Harden likely to receive the attention of guys like Andre Roberson and Paul George, Paul is in a good spot against the Westbrook-less Thunder to get nice production.
Tyler Ulis [ $2,600 / $4,700 ] – Near the end of last season, Phoenix opted to sit Bledsoe and play Tyler Ulis. In the 15 games that Ulis started last year, he stepped up big time, scoring multiple 20 point games and raising his shooting percentages greatly.
Kris Dunn [ $1,200 / $5,300 ] – As a piece of the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, Kris Dunn looks to prove the doubters wrong in Chicago. Likely to be the starter, Dunn will most definitely see a bump to last year’s 14.2% usage rating.
Ian Clark [ $1,100 / $4,000 ] – Over the last two seasons, Ian Clark was a solid contributor for the Warriors off of the bench. Shooting 45% from the field and 36% from three over his career, Clark is a nice play against a young Chicago Bulls team.
- Shooting Guard(s):
Devin Booker [ $4,000 / $6,800 ] – Seen as the face of the Suns, Devin Booker has impressed over his first two years. In his sophomore season Booker raised all his averages, putting up 22ppg, on 42% shooting and 36% from three point land.
Tim Hardaway Jr. [ $2,900 / $5,300 ] – Now in his second stint with the New York Knicks, Hardaway Jr. will be more of a focal point this go around. Last season was the first year that he broke 1,000 points in his career, he should be a lock to reach that again.
D’Angelo Russell [ $2,800 / $6,400 ] – After chemistry issues and little success forced him out of LA, D’Angelo Russell has found himself in Brooklyn. Now on the Nets he has his own team who are subpar at best, giving Russell the ability to fully take advantage of his situation – I’m predicting 20+ppg this season.
Eric Gordon [ $2,000 / $4,200 ] – Last year’s Sixth Man of the Year award winner, Eric Gordon has now found a rhythm. Gordon made an absurd 246 three pointers on 37% shooting and even won the three point contest.
- Small Forward(s):
Paul George [ $6,000 / $7,000 ] – Known as one of the league’s premier two-way forwards, George averaged 23/3/6 last season and looks to add to his resume in OKC. Teaming up with Russ and Melo will take a lot of pressure off of his game moving forward.
Josh Jackson [ $1,700 / $4,900 ] – Selected by the Suns with the 4th pick in the draft, Josh Jackson brings a lot to this young team. In Summer League, Jackson averaged 17/9/1 on 42% shooting across 35mpg.
Doug McDermott [ $1,400 / $4,200 ] – Throughout his first three seasons, Doug McDermott has played for the Bulls and Thunder, with only 9 career starts. Now on the Knicks, McDermott has a real possibility to start due to his career 39% three ball.
Paul Zipser [ $1,000 / $4,000 ] – With Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott no longer on the Bulls, Paul Zipser will probably fill the void at small forward. In his rookie season Zipser, the German native, shot 39% from the field and 33% from deep.
- Power Forward(s):
Anthony Davis [ $6,800 / $9,300 ] – “The Brow” is the very definition of dominant and has proven so since entering the league in 2012. Averaging 28/11/2 last season, Davis improved his game and is even better paired with fellow power forward, Cousins.
Kristaps Porzingis [ $4,500 / $7,600 ] – Kristaps Porzingis is officially the man of the Knicks, with Melo now in Oklahoma City. Last season, Porzingis had a usage rating of 24.4%, third highest on the team, and had a stat line of 18/7/2; look for the 7’3″ Latvian to elevate his game, being the number one option this year.
Marquese Chriss [ $1,800 / $5,700 ] – In his first season with Phoenix, Chriss gave them the ability to spread the floor as he shoots 32% from three. He averaged 9/4 in 75 starts and appears to be a key piece of the future for this young Suns team.
Bobby Portis [ $1,500 / $4,800 ] – Bobby Portis will get the nod to start, due to rookie Lauri Markkanen being out with a back injury. Last season, Portis averaged 6/4 and shot 33% from beyond the arc, while playing 15mpg over 64 games.
DeMarcus Cousins [ $5,900 / $9,000 ] – In 17 games with the Pelicans, Cousins averaged 24/12/1 and nearly 4 assists per game. As a top forward/center in the league, Boogie’s biggest challenge is himself – 108 techs, 49 disqualifations, and 11 ejections.
Jusuf Nurkic [ $3,700 / $6,700 ] – Since being traded to Portland, Nurkic has revitalized his game. The “Bosnian Beast” scored 15ppg over 29mpg in his time with the Trailblazers and fits their system perfectly, while adding a more defined inside presence.
Guillermo Hernangómez [ $1,900 / $5,100 ] – When he did receive extended playing time last season, Hernangómez shined. In one of the three games against the Nets last year, Willy put up 16 points along with 16 rebounds; easily one of his best games.
Alex Len [ $1,600 / $4,100 ] – Due to Alan Williams now recovering from surgery and Tyson Chandler being as old as he is, Alex Len should see a lot of the minutes at center. Len averaged 8/6/1 last season and started in 34 of the 77 games that he played.
Extras: Lillard, Harden, Warren, Grant, Bender.