As the 2020-2021 NBA season quickly approaches, fantasy managers have drafted their teams and are excited to go head-to-head with their opponents. Although what seemed like forever, this has been the shortest offseason in NBA history. As the season is set to begin Tuesday, fans and fantasy managers are ready to see their favorite teams and players (and fantasy teams) suit up and compete in which many would call one of the greatest anticipated seasons in history. With talent across the board, fans may be in for a surprise with players potentially having breakout performances. This is going to be an exciting season for fans. Here are my five bold predictions for fantasy basketball this season.
5. Steph Curry will score the most fantasy points among Point Guards
I know, I know, Steph Curry is coming off hand surgery. Oh yeah, and there’s Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, among others, who are all competing for the top point guard rank (who are also projected to score more fantasy points). However, I don’t buy it. We can still expect Steph to be as dominant as ever with a revamped Warriors team loaded with solid defensive players and the #1 overall pick in the latest NBA draft in James Wiseman. Curry is the heart and soul of this Warriors squad and will lead the team to the playoffs as he is poised to come back strong after suffering multiple injuries. With Klay Thompson out for the season due to a right Achilles Tendon tear, Steph is undoubtedly the best shooter on the team that will certainly get his looks and will lead the team in points, assists, and possibly steals. Expect Steph to return to his old form as being the most dominant point guard in the NBA with dominant averages nearing 30/7/6 with a steal or two, claiming the top point guard rank.
4. Domantas Sabonis will have a MONSTER year
Be ready folks, it’s going to happen. Sabonis is looking to further solidify himself as one of the most dominant big men in the league after putting up over 18 points and 12 rebounds per game to go along with just under 5 assists. In fact, I expect Sabonis to finish the season with more fantasy points than Pascal Siakam, Bam Adebayo, and even Rudy Gobert. I realize this is a bold statement, as these three players are great players that may even have the edge over the Pacers big man, but I expect Sabonis to have a dominant year. Listed as a power forward and center on ESPN, he acquires a unique skill set of being a reliable scorer and dominant rebounder who can also dish out assists and he is sure to help fantasy managers make their case for having the best team in their league. He has quickly emerged as the Pacers’ best player as I project Sabonis to average just over 21 points and and just under 13 rebounds per game to go along with 4 assists, making him a fantasy star and an exciting big man to watch. Also, keep an eye on the Myles Turner trade talk. If Turner does get traded, look out for Sabonis.
3. Paul George will finish the season as a top 15 player overall in Fantasy points
PG is back. The stage is set for the former MVP finalist as he starts the season fully healthy as he hopes to be used differently in a Tyronn Lue offense after Doc River switching conferences, now coaching the Philadelphia 76ers. The small forward is reportedly training with his former trainer in which he had the season he became an MVP finalist with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has the ability to score from all over the floor and has a serious shot at averaging 25+ points, 8 points, and 6 assists. Don’t forget, he averaged just over 24 points last season on a “down year”, ranking 15th among SF’s last season in fantasy. His minutes and usage will increase this year as he’s fully healthy as All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard and Paul George look to surge the Clippers to the NBA Finals.
2. Coby White will finish the season as a top 10 Point Guard, will win MIP
Now we’re getting serious. Let’s talk Coby White, a Chicago Bulls point guard and North Carolina University product who is here to stay. White has emerged as the starting PG for the Bulls and looks to pick up right where he left off last season as he showed flashes of greatness. I expect White to be the Bulls’ second scoring option behind shooting guard Zach LaVine as he has the skills and athleticism to be a serious threat on both ends of the court. White is just one of those players who is going to continue to get better and better every year as his usage and minutes will continue to increase. I believe the Bulls have found their point guard in White and I fully expect him to prove that this year with averages of 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. I project him to finish in the Top 10 in total fantasy points scored at the PG position. There’s really nothing stopping White from obtaining these numbers, and if you were able to steal him in the later rounds of your league’s fantasy draft, congratulations. You might be awarded the steal of the draft.
1. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be a top 20 Fantasy producer
You heard right. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander WILL produce Top 20 Fantasy numbers. Although this is a very bold prediction, it’s also a very obtainable one for SGA. Coming off a stellar season with the Thunder, the combo guard is ready to lead the team after fellow teammates Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Jerami Grant, and Steven Adams all found new homes. SGA is undoubtedly the team’s first scoring option and he will look to capitalize on that after managing to put up over 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists last season. I expect each of those averages to increase to 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists as Shai is ready to make that next step to establish stardom and compete with the best players in the NBA. In fact, I expect him to score more fantasy points than Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and Zach LaVine. I will refer back to this article once Gilgeous-Alexander has another great season and finishes top 20 in Fantasy points because although this is my most bold prediction, I am confident it will happen.