Stars and superstars always make the difference in the NBA. Fantasy basketball is not very different. Stars and the level of their performance can make a huge difference in your fantasy team. As we get close to the end of the 2013-2014 campaign, it’s a great time to take a look at some stars (but also some emerging stars) who made the difference with their respective performances this season.
Anthony Davis is first emerging star we’ll examine. If there was any doubt about the fantasy value of the 21-year old forward last season, this year, Davis silenced all his critics. He put up a superb season, recorded one great game after another and although the New Orleans Pelicans didn’t make the playoffs, Davis was one of the best players in fantasy basketball this season. He averages 20.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 2.8 BLKPG and he is just 21 years old. Isn’t this a wakeup call for fantasy owners, even when it comes to the next season? Keep him under your scope at all costs.
DeMar DeRozan is another emerging star, who made the difference this season. The Toronto Raptors have been impressive almost all season long and DeRozan has been the biggest factor in their breakaway season. The athletic guard earned his first All-Star selection this year and his career-high 22.8 PPG to go along with 4.4 RPG and 4.0 APG show why. Of course, the Raptors don’t stand many chances to make the difference during the postseason, however, fantasy owners should definitely have DeRozan in their plans for next season.
Now, the Utah Jazz are one of the worst teams this season. Nonetheless, they do have some valuable and very promising pieces. Derrick Favors is one of them and he is a player who is gradually improving. This season, he averaged 13.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 1.5 BLKPG. Whilst he wasn’t the main factor in the Jazz’s course this year, he will certainly be a top prospect and top target for several fantasy owners next season.
Derrick Rose made the difference, too, this season but in a totally different way than all the afore-mentioned stars. Although the Chicago Bulls have managed to stay alive this season and they continue to fight for the third seed in the East, if they had Rose onboard, things would have been totally different. Bulls fans along with lots of fantasy owners believed in Rose. They expected him to return to action and be dominant. Nevertheless, this season was nothing but a big disappointment for both sides.
Victor Oladipo might be a just rookie. However, he could be the player we will talk about more and more over the next few seasons. In his first season in the league and playing for a struggling team, he is averaging 14.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 4.2 APG. In addition, he has proven that he can be a leader and he will certainly be an attractive option for fantasy owners next season.