Fantasy Basketball 2016: Breakout Stars Ready to Be Among the NBA’s Best

October 19th, 2016 by Jared Johnson Leave a reply »

The NBA fantasy landscape is always changing. Superstars begin to decline with age, and bright young stars take their places.

Some young studs such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo have already shown themselves to be first-round-caliber fantasy players. Other youngsters who are below them on most draft boards have a lot of potential, but they might not quite be ready for superstardom.

Let's recognize three talented young players who are ready to take a leap in their developments. All three have the potential to become the linchpin of a fantasy team one day.


Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic gradually earned respect around the league as the 2015-16 season wore on. The second-round pick from 2014 put up great numbers early, but then he just kept producing at a high level. His fantastic rookie campaign was not a fluke.

The next step for Jokic is continuing to fill the stat sheet at the same rate despite playing a bigger role. He only played 21.7 minutes per game for Denver as a rookie—partly ...

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