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2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rookie Rankings

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This is the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rookie Rankings. Now that the draft is over, and the rookies are all on a team, we can get a better idea of who projects as fantasy assets.

With a limited training camp and a shortened pre-season, it may be harder for the rookie class to contribute this season.

This list will break down the class, key in what they contribute best to their teams, and when to expect the impact on your fantasy teams.

2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rookie Rankings

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No. 1: James Wiseman, C, Golden State Warriors

Wisemen is by far the best true center coming out of the draft, and the fit in Golden State is almost perfect.

The Warriors not only needed a rim protector but also some who can finish in close.

Wiseman can run the floor well also, which suits the Warriors’ offense.

Overall his game transitions well to the NBA and fantasy production in multiple categories should come early.

No. 2: LaMelo Ball, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets

Ball will immediately get the keys to the offense in Charlotte.

He is a lengthy point guard who will help immediately in the assist and steals department.

Averaging double digits in points should not be an issue for him either, but the FG% may not be there in year one.

No. 3: Killian Hayes, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons

Despite Derrick Rose still on the roster, Hayes is in line to start at PG.

Hayes has a great basketball IQ, and court vision.

Detroit is in a re-build mode and Hayes should get all the run he can handle.

No. 4: Omyeja Okongwu, C, Atlanta Hawks

Okongwu would be higher on this list if the Hawks did not have Clint Capela in the middle.

He is an A+ defender who racks up the blocks and steals, averaging 1.2 and 2.7 respectively at USC.

With no guaranteed spot in the rotation, Okongwu is more of a dynasty stash than a re-draft asset this season.

No. 5: Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings

With Buddy Hield ahead of him, Haliburton will have to come off the bench to start the season.

That should not be an issue with Haliburton who for a guard has a good combination of height and wingspan.

Haliburton has been impressive in camp and Luke Walton will find ways to use him.

There really is not a category that he will hurt you in and with decent minutes, he should fill the stat sheet.

No. 6: Obi Toppin, SF/PF, New York Knicks

For once, the Knicks stood pat and got their guy.

The reason however that Toppin is so low on this list is his head coach has a long track record of not playing rookies.

That being said, he should be effective with whatever minutes he gets.

His shooting percentages will be fine, and he should give you solid points and rebounds from the forward spot.

Just draft him with caution as it may take time for Thibodeau to unleash him.

No. 6: Anthony Edwards, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

Yes, it is odd to have the number one pick this low on a rookie ranking but it has yet to be seen where Edwards fits.

With them taking him first overall, I am sure he will be used it is just a matter of how.

He can play either guard spot, but the T-Wolves already have Ricky Rubio, D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jarret Culver fighting for minutes.

At Georgia, Edwards did a little bit of everything, on both ends of the floor and is uber-athletic.

Similar to Tobin, just draft with a bit of caution.

No. 7: Deni Avdija, SG/SF, Washington Wizards

Great landing spot for Avdija, and could start night one if he beats out Troy Brown Jr.

He is a very versatile player who honed his game overseas, becoming the youngest MVP in the Isreal league.

No. 8: Isaac Okoro, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

The defense stats will be there, but the offense needs time to develop.

No. 9: Tyrese Maxey, SG, Philadelphia 76ers

Maxey could come off the bench for some meaningful minutes with the second unit.

Did everything well at Kentucky outside of shooting the three.

Has the talent to be the floor general of the second unit and start if Ben Simmons gets shipped out.

No. 10: Devin Vassell , SG, San Antonio Spurs

Huge upside on both ends of the floor.

Do not expect much this season as Greg Popovic, like Thibodeau hardly ever plays his rookies.

No. 11: Desmond Bane, PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies

Love what the combo guard brings to the table, and he is a steal at the 30th spot of the draft.

The fit is there next to Ja Morant, can also back up the PG spot.

With some playing time, Bane will contribute in threes, shooting percentage, and defensive stats.

No. 12: Aaron Nesmith, SG/SF, Boston Celtics

Arguably the best shooter in the draft will instantly be a floor spacer for the Celtics.

More of a dynasty stash for this season.


Visit the F6P Fantasy Basketball Page for more advice to get you prepared for the 2020-21 season.

About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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