Shooting Guards, unlike your point guards are more pure scorers. These players, for the most part, do not handle the ball very much, unless they are trying to get themselves an open shot. This is also where a position where you can look to get a lot of help at the three-point category.
Of course, there are exceptions and a lot of shooting guards especially those who also have point guard eligibility, and vice-versa, but if we're talking a pure shooting guard that is the typical profile.
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Will Bradley Beal return his draft value?
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Beal is currently being drafted at the end of the first-round, which is a tough value to return. However, if anybody can do it, he can.
With John Wall unlikely to play this entire season and a Wizards roster void of talent, Beal should see a ridiculous usage rate this season.
Beal had career high's in points, rebounds and assists last season, finishing the season averaging more than 25 points, five assists and five points. Shockingly, he has the chance to improve on those numbers this season.
Can Buddy Hield continue to build off his breakthrough 2018-19 season?
Hield had an amazing season in 2018-19, setting new career high's in points and three-pointers by more than five points and a full three-pointer a game. He finished with more than 20 points, five rebounds and 3.4 three-pointers a game.
I'm not sold there is room to grow here for Hield. Now I'm not saying it will get worse, but I think the ceiling was hit last season for Hield. The 3.4 three-pointers hit per game last season put him among the elite, James Harden, Steph Curry, Paul George, etc.
If he is to improve on last season or even return a similar value he will have to hit the same number of three's. That is a hard ask for somebody not named Harden and Curry to do.
How do you handle drafting injured stars Klay Thompson and Victor Oladipo?
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I avoid these types of players in most cases. We see it time and time again players who are expected to miss extended time to start the season have issues returning on time.
We also see issues with them having their minutes restricted upon return for a few weeks. Thus limiting their value for even longer.
Let's look at Oladipo first. Initial time table for his return was likely not happening until the 2020 season. Now we are hearing that he is already practicing and could be on the court in December. In leagues that I have an IR spot, I would draft him at normal value, but if not then I would require him to fall many rounds.
Klay, on the other hand, is on my do not draft list. He is not supposed to be out until at least the All-Star break. Even in a league where you have an IR spot, it will be hard to draft and hold him. There is no chance you make it that far into the season without needing that spot for other players you draft.
When I enter a draft, one strategy to use is to not target shooting guards super early. This is because much like my intro mentioned, shooting guards are mostly good for scoring and threes. You can find all sorts of shooting guards later in the draft who can do enough to fill that role. Think of guys like J.J. Reddick, who are sharpshooters, are almost as valuable as other pure shooting guards and can be had much cheaper than reaching earlier in the draft.
I would much rather use my picks on other positions who are much more likely to contribute in other categories other than threes and points. Now don't get me wrong if a guy like Bradley Beal does fall to me in the right spot I will take him, but it's rare.
Another strategy to take, which I will do very often, is overload on point guards who have shooting guard eligibility. This helps me at the very least get more assists. In fact, getting two top point-guards, with one having shooting guard eligibility, is something I will try to do. This is so I can use both of my starting primary guard spots with elite ball handlers to get those elite assist stats. And as we have seen over the last few years, these elite point guards can also score and hit plenty of three-pointers.
Josh Richardson, Philadelphia 76ers
Call me a hater, but I have never been a big Richardson fan when it comes to fantasy. I get the reason why people like him, he can contribute everywhere. Problem is he is not great at anything, he is just average at it all. This was the last few years too when he was on the Heat, a team that he needed to be involved a lot. I typically like players like this who can help everywhere, but the hype on him was so high he was being taken too early for me.
Now on the 76ers, he is at best the 3rd option on the team behind Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. In most cases he is the 5th option behind Tobias Harris and Al Horford as well. This does not bode well for Richardson. Yes, the steals and blocks and occasional three will be there, but he will not be close to consistent enough to return his current draft value.
Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers
Brogdon has been a solid steady player for the Bucks, but more often than not he was the 3rd or 4th option. He was clearly behind mega superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Yes, he was able to succeed partially because of the attention those two took away from him, but ultimately limited his ceiling.
Now in Indiana, he will be asked to be more of a focal point of the offense. This is especially true while Victor Oladipo is still recovering from his injury. Even when Oladipo returns, Brogdon will see his usage go up.
I love targeting these types of players in fantasy basketball since most just look at the previous year's stats and don't realize that the change in scenery will improve their overall value.
Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets
LeVert per 36 last season was 18.5 points, and more than five rebounds and assists a game. Not to mention he can steal and hit threes at a good clip too. If you are a fan of Josh Richardson, why do you not like LeVert who does not have nearly as good of roster around him?
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