by Will Overton
I absolutely love keeper and dynasty leagues in fantasy basketball. I love them so much I created a dynasty league that even incorporates a “minor league” system of sorts using college basketball players. Keeper leagues and dynasty leagues just take things to another level of fun in my opinion.
One of the things I love the most is that you are engaged in a keeper league all year no matter where you rest in the standings. Even though your team has failed you there is always next year and you get to get a leg up on the competition and start thinking about and planning for next year now, because what else do you have to lose.
With this in mind I have started thinking about next year as well, for multiple reasons, and I have identified a few guys who I think are worth stashing in those keeper and dynasty leagues that might still be unowned.
Steven Adams – C, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder have been using Adams some more down the stretch because of Kendrick Perkins injury, but I think we’ll start to see a bit more of his true potential after a full offseason with the Thunder.
Adams has shown some of his potential in spurts this season, mostly in the way of rebounding and shot blocking. Looking at per 36 MPG numbers Adams is averaging 10.2 RPG and 2.0 BPG. I believe Adams has a future full of double digit rebounding seasons and possibly a top 10 – 15 overall shot blocker in the league. If his offense can come together to become a 10 – 13 PPG player he’s going to have a long and bright future.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks: There have been moments this year where I have watched Giannis play and thought for sure his ceiling was all-star caliber. Other times I’ve watched him play and wondered if he could be an every game starter. At the end of the day though the future is still really bright for Giannis. The guy is a freak of an athlete with a jumper that is still coming along.
Giannis ceiling in my mind is 16 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 1.5 SPG and 1.5 3PG. Keep in mind this guy is just 19 years old, I expected he’d come over and sit the bench or play in the D-League, but the Bucks are so bad he didn’t. This year has shown his potential, but there is so many better things to come still.
Evan Fournier – SG, Denver Nuggets: I had pretty high hopes for Even Fournier this season and that hasn’t gone that well. Though in my defense I couldn’t predict the kind of season Randy Foye was going to have. Fournier has still proven to be a nice piece off the bench for the Nuggets with his shot that can be completely lights out at times. Fournier has decent length for his position and his game is still evolving at just 21 years old in his second season. I was wrong about Fournier this season, but I’m not jumping off this bandwagon just yet.
Ed Davis – PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies: This is a frustrating player/situation for me. I feel like Davis has so much more to offer than we’ve seen in his four years in the league so far. Davis struggled some with consistency in Toronto, but clearly the upside was there. He was traded to Memphis where his playing time has been all over the place the whole time. Davis can be a double-double per game guy if he gets a starting job in this league and he is capable of a block and steal per game as well, with more upside on the blocks.
Davis is a free agent and so I am hopeful that this is his chance to breakout finally on a new team, or in Memphis if they choose to let Zach Randolph walk away. Either way I want to see Davis average 30 MPG or more and I think big things could happen.