The NBA regular season is almost here. It is time to highlight our 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Breakout Players!
The point being, there are always players looking to take that next step towards stardom.
Here, we will take a look at some players who can make that leap, and be a star on the court, and for your Fantasy Basketball teams.
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Breakout Players
Darius Garland, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland full court DIME ? pic.twitter.com/yOJTkTPCKZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 20, 2021
On a team with so many question marks, Garland is one of the only sure things on the Cavs roster. With Collin Sexton potentially on his way out and a glut of big men, the opportunity is there for a breakout season for the third-year guard.
Garland has shown improvement in his game, and he has talent around him to make his skill set better. Look for a jump in his scoring and his assists. He has talented bigs in Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, making the pick and roll a potentially deadly weapon.
If Sexton leaves, Garland's points per game could explode. Even if Sexton stays, look for big improvements across the board for the floor general in Cleveland. Grab him in your leagues in the middle rounds, as he could be a league winner.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
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One could argue that SGA saw his breakout last year, but he battled injuries and a poor roster and still put up ridiculous numbers. In only 35 games, he put up above-average numbers across the board on a team that gave him no help. This year, with a little more talent, and an offseason to heal up, the sky is the limit for Gilgeous-Alexander.
He has another ball-handler and facilitator in Josh Giddey, which sets him up for more catch and shoot scenarios. Adding a true center in Derrick Favors brings the pick and roll option back, something Gilgeous-Alexander excelled at with Al Horford.
If his supporting cast can knock down some more shots, and Shai stays healthy, he will be an All-Star and possibly All-NBA. Draft him with confidence in the late second or early third round. He will carry your Fantasy team.
Keldon Johnson, SF, San Antonio Spurs
Keldon Johnson got UP. pic.twitter.com/QYBEkKtMTH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 13, 2021
Johnson was a solid complementary player last year in San Antonio, but things have changed. With DeMar DeRozan in Chicago, and LaMarcus Aldridge now back in Brooklyn, the Spurs face a new era. The minutes abandoned by DeRozan should now fall to Johnson.
On a team finally committing to a rebuild, Johnson will have every opportunity to showcase his talent on the court. Even with DeRozan on the Spurs, Johnson still saw large chunks of time on the court last season. He has a well-rounded game which is big for Fantasy. Solid numbers in different categories add up to a big Fantasy producer.
Now that he has all the opportunity in the world, Johnson will be one of the best third-year players in the league this year.
Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
Top 25 Under 25
24. Jaren Jackson Jr.
“Jackson’s upside has always been tantalizing and still is for NBA GMs. He’s only 22 and there’s still time for him to emerge as the two-way threat the Grizzlies imagined if he can stay healthy”https://t.co/lBm2IJwi7Z pic.twitter.com/TBJGwNhvuT
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) October 5, 2021
2019-20 Stats (last healthy season)
A player with all the talent in the world, but an inability to stay on the court. Jaren Jackson Jr. has the potential to be a Fantasy darling. He has shown the ability to space the floor, shooting almost 40% from downtown in his last full season. He will most likely see some minutes playing the center position as well, a chance to pad his rebound numbers.
He can be a great pick and roll partner for Ja Morant and should be a quality number two option on a feisty Grizzlies team. Health providing, Jackson Jr. has a chance to put up great numbers for a Memphis team in need of a true secondary option. This can finally be the year JJJ puts it all together.
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