Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Southeast Division Preview article!
Most of the Southeast teams were in the bottom part of the playoffs standings. Miami was the only team to make a deep run. This has been a quiet offseason for the Southeast. Many of the players have the same role and fantasy value as last year.
The Hawks had a disappointing season (considering the year before they were in the Eastern Conference finals), where they finished as the 8th seed in the East and lost 4-1 to the Heat in the first round. It's even more surprising, considering the Hawks were one of the deeper teams in the league. The Hawks have sacrificed some of their depth to bring in a playmaker, Dejounte Murray, hoping to return to the Eastern Conference finals again.
The Heat had a fantastic season last year, finishing as the number one seed in the East. They eventually lost a contentious battle to the Celtics in Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat have been inactive during this offseason (unless you consider resigning Victor Oladipo and Udonis Haslam as being active), but there are still rumors that the Heat are possibly in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. Even if they run back with the same lineup, the Heat should make their way back to the Eastern Conference Finals, possibly the NBA Finals.
The Hornets had another typical Hornets season where young talent (like LeMelo Ball) showed a giant step in their progression. However, injuries to their veterans put a stop to their progression as a true playoff team. The Hornets snuck into the play-in tournament and were eliminated by the Hawks. The Hornets haven't re-signed Myle Bridges, who had a career year last year, and are content going into this year with no significant additions to their starting lineup or adding any depth. The only addition the Hornets have made is bringing back Steve Clifford for his second stint as the head coach because he had so much success last time in the Queen City (I hope the sarcasm is obvious).
The Wizards started 10-5 in their first 15 games, but that was the season's highest point. Their constant struggles and multiple losing streaks led to rumblings that Bradley Beal wanted out of Washington. But the Wizards were able to re-sign Beal to a max deal and traded for a few pieces (Monte Morris and Will Barton) to surround Beal with help. The Wizards are hoping that these new additions, along with an entire season with Kristaps Porginus, will break Washington's three-year playoff drought.
The Magic are still in the midst of their rebuild, but hopefully, this is finally the year that all this young talent they have acquired will start showing signs of progression. It would be nice to see if the Magic will break away from this constant life in the basement of the standings to show playoff potential, but most importantly, provide fantasy managers with tremendous value players this season.
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Southeast Division Preview
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New Faces in the Division
Paolo Banchero's first bucket in Summer League 💰 pic.twitter.com/Vqu6poxfYA
— ESPN (@espn) July 8, 2022
- Atlanta Hawks - A.J. Griffin
- Charlotte Hornets - Mark Williams
- Miami Heat - Nikola Jovic
- Orlando Magic - Paolo Banchero, Caleb Houstan
- Washington Wizards - Johnny Davis, Yannick Nzosa
The Magic got a cornerstone player in Paolo Banchero, built like a forward but with a guard's ball and shooting skills. You can tell that the Magic have big plans for Banchero. They shut him down after a few games in summer league. They want to ensure he is ready for his rookie season and don't be surprised if he is a focal point of the Magic's offense.
The Wizards snagged Johnny Davis with the 10th pick. The former Badger has a great mid-range shot. But may lack some athletic ability and explosiveness to be a tremendous pick-and-roll player. But he'll have plenty of opportunities to show his skills coming off the bench to relieve Monte Morris and Bradley Beal. Johnny Davis could have a workload similar to Chris Durate had with the Pacers last season, a rookie with a good bench role that could carve out a more important role.
Unfortunately for A.J Griffin, Nikola Jovic, and Mark Williams, they will be buried on their depth charts behind veteran players that have re-signed with the team. So they won't see much time on the court unless their teams have tons of injuries.
- Atlanta Hawks - Dejounte Murray
- Washington Wizards - Monte Morris
As I've mentioned, the teams in the Southeast have been quiet this off-season. Most of the teams have re-signed a handful of players. The Hawks and Wizards didn't want to run it back with the same and made a few trades to help improve their rosters.
Murray will allow the Hawks to try different approaches in their offense. First, Murray's ball-handling skills will let Trae Young play off the ball, something he hasn't been able to do much in his career. Plus, Murray is a terrific pick-and-roll player and one of the league's better scorers when playing in the pick-and-roll. He is behind names like Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Donovan Mitchell.
The Wizards traded for Monte Morris and Will Barton to provide guard help alongside Bradley Beal. Monte Morris had decent stats last season as the primary starter for the Nuggets. He averaged 12.6 points, 4.4 assists, and three rebounds. Morris can potentially increase those averages playing next Beal. Since he'll be more of a facilitator of the offense than he was in Denver. Basketball Reference has Morris projected to average 15.1 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per 36 minutes for the upcoming season.
Draft With Confidence
- PG - Trae Young, LeMelo Ball, Kyle Lowry
- SG- Tyler Herro, Bradley Beal, Dejounte Murray,
- SF- Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Franz Wagner
- PF- John Collins, Kyle Kuzma
- C- Bam Adebayo, Clint Capela, Kristaps Porzingis, Mo Bamba
Category Specific Players (last season stats)
True Shooting (TS%) - shooting efficiency including 2pt field goals, 3pt field goals, and free throws
Effective Field Goal (eFG%) - adjust for the fact that a 3pt FG is worth more than a 2pt FG
|Player||Pts||FG%||3pt%||eFG%||TS%||Pts Per 100 Poss|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||7.3||34.5||54.2||56|
|Player||Reb||Rebs per 100 Poss||Reb%||Blk%|
|Wendall Carter Jr.||10.5||16.9||18.5||2.1|
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