The 2016-17 NBA season is fast approaching, which means the new Fantasy Basketball season will also start soon. If you are planning to join a league, you should be aware of the possible draft busts this season.
According to CBS Sports, Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors could disappoint fantasy owners this year. Fantasy owners who are considering Marc Gasol should also think twice.
Steph Curry Not First-Pick Worthy
Steph Curry was a huge pickup for fantasy owners over the past two seasons. The 28-year-old guard averaged 30.1 points on top of 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Warriors.
However, his production could go down significantly with Kevin Durant’s arrival. The reigning and two-time Most Valuable Player’s usage rate will go down, thus his numbers will be affected as well. This case is also true to his fellow stars in the Bay Area — Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Jeff Teague’s Arrival Will Hurt Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis has been a fan favorite over the past several years. However, he struggled to find his mark last season, as he tallied just 13.8 points per game — his lowest since averaging 6.8 points during his rookie season.
While Ellis is still a potent scorer, CBS Sports predicts the veteran guard will take a step backward this offseason. The Pacers acquired Jeff Teague this summer, and the former All-Star will hurt Ellis’ production. Ellis will likely struggle adjusting to both Teague and Paul George in the upcoming season.
Marc Gasol Is Huge Fantasy Basketball Draft Risk
Marc Gasol can still produce for the Memphis Grizzlies night in and night out. Fantasy owners could still consider picking him using one of their first three picks.
However, fantasy basketball owners should be wary of Gasol’s health. His foot issues could affect his production in the upcoming season. The report said that drafting Derrick Favors or Rudy Gobert makes more sense than taking a gamble on Gasol, who missed 30 games last season.