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2015/16 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers

Myles Turner

Thanks to Turner’s ridiculous summer league performance, his stock is already shooting way up. In 29 minutes per game at the Orland Summer league, Turner averaged 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks per game. He was basically unstoppable.

Obviously Turner won’t be that good once the regular season starts but he landed in an excellent situation where minutes should be handed to him from the start.

The Pacers were able to move on from Roy Hibbert this offseason, which opens up the starting center job for Myles Turner. Also, under Frank Vogel, the Pacers have plans to up the tempo of their offense which should bode well for an athletic center like Turner.

Even if Frank Vogel decides to anger fantasy owners and not start Turner, the Pacers are very thin on the front court and he should see minutes nonetheless.

Turner has a real shot at averaging a double-double with two blocks per game in his rookie season.


Aaron Gordon

Like Turner, Gordon is another young player that it tore it up in the summer league this year. Gordon ended the Orlando Summer league averaging 21.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game.

The problem with owning any Orland Magic player is that they are kinda loaded with young talented players. If the Magic decide to once again give Channing Frye the starting nod, then Gordon will be forced to fight for minutes with Tobias Harris and Mario Hezonja at the three or four. However, right now, it seems likely Gordon will get the starting job at the four.

So, what can fantasy owners expect from Gordon? Gordon isn’t really a good shooter yet, but something like a poor man’s Draymond Green is possible. While Gordon won’t score much, he’ll likely post solid rebound, block and steals numbers. It’s hard for me to envision Gordon getting much more than 25 minutes per game, but he could still turn in a useful season.


Ben McLemore

A lot has to go right for McLemore to be a consistent fantasy option but after an improved sophomore season it’s possible. The problem for McLemore is the Kings loaded up on guards this offseason adding Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Seth Curry and James Anderson.

Despite the competition, McLemore improved in basically every category from his rookie to second season. He even shot over 48 percent from the field over the last two months of the season.

Like I said, it may be tough for McLemore to get minutes, especially if the Kings decided to play Rondo and Darren Collison together, but McLemore proved last year that his arrow is pointing up.

If he attacks the basket a bit more and keeps improving at the three-point line, McLemore could have a solid season at a very cheap price.


Al-Farouq Aminu

It seems the Trail Blazers lost about half their team this offseason and actually have quite a few fantasy sleepers on their roster including Aminu. Aminu is a guy that has had a few starting opportunities in his career, but it’s never really panned out and now he gets another shot with the Trail Blazers.

Aminu didn’t do much in Dallas last season until he provided a huge spark during the playoffs. In the playoffs, Aminu averaged 11.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 2 steals, and 1.4 threes per game.

Aminu isn’t necessarily the most gifted scorer, but his three-point game was on during the playoffs and that could carry on into the regular season.

Considering how depleted the Trail Blazers roster is, Aminu should have no problem starting the season averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

Also, pay attention to whoever starts in the front court for the Trail Blazers. It should be some combination of Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh, Ed Davis or Mason Plumlee.


Nik Stauskas

As I mentioned above, the Kings added a lot of players this offseason but they also made one very bad trade with the 76ers in which they gave up Stauskas.

Stauskas had a very underwhelming rookie year but also keep in mind that he played for a team that had three coaches in like a three-month span. He really didn’t do anything last year, but it’s hard to blame him.

Now on the 76ers, it looks like Stauskas has the inside track at the starting shooting guard job.

This summer Stauskas has been playing for the Canadian men’s national basketball team and has been impressive according to coach Jay Triano.

If Stauskas does win the starting shooting guard job, he should at least contribute plenty of points and threes.


 

 

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I'm not hunting for Bigfoot I'm usually checking my fantasy team.

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