2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Southwest Division Preview

by Cody Cook
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Division Preview - Southwest

The Western Conference is full of new faces in low places and I'm very excited to bring you the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Southwest Division Preview.  The Southwest had two teams make the playoffs--the Memphis Grizzles and Dallas Mavericks.  Luka Doncic and Ja Morant will try to lead the Southwest division into the playoffs once again.

The Memphis Grizzles did not make any big-name trades this upcoming season and will remain with the same starting five in their lineup. We saw last year this team win the division with the starting five they had so we will see if they can do it once again!

Dallas made a huge splash by obtaining Christian Wood in a massive trade to play alongside an all-star in Luka Donic. Look for the Mavericks to make a huge push for the playoffs this upcoming season.  Dallas will run with young talent alongside star Luka Doncic and his co-star, Christian Wood.

Zion Williamson's long-awaited return will make the Pelicans immediate contenders.  CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram will try to involve Zion in as many ways as possible to try to compete in the division.  Look for Zion to try to prove why he is ready for a huge year.

The San Antonio Spurs are a young team, albeit without their leading scorer who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. The Spurs will likely try to fit in all the young pieces to try to have a decent record.

In return for Chrisitan Wood, the Houston Rockets got a huge haul from the Dallas Mavericks.  A trade of this magnitude is not usually made within a division. The Rockets will be led by young studs who look to show that this team will not be tanking!

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Southwest Division Preview

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New Faces in the Division

NBA Draft

Memphis Grizzlies-David Roddy, Kennedy Chandler, Vince Williams

Dallas Mavericks- Jaden Hardy

New Orleans Pelicans-Dyson Daniels, Karlo Matovolic

San Antonio Spurs- Malaki Branham, Blake Wesley

Houston Rockets- Jabari Smith, Tari Eason, TyTy Washington

The Memphis Grizzles mainly added depth chart pieces in the draft. I don't see those pieces entering the starting lineup unless the Grizzles fall off during the season before the All-Star Break.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks obtained Hardy in the second round of the draft which surprised all of the NBA. Hardy was projected to go in the first round but dropped to the second. Hardy was excellent in the NBA Summer League, averaging nearly 18 points a game, and proved why he should've been a first-round draft pick.

The New Orleans Pelicans are more focused on the starting five and bringing back Zion Williamson than they were on the draft, which makes me want to pass on their rookies this season.

A rebuilding Spurs team has a few rookies who could make for interesting late-round fliers in deeper leagues.

The Houston Rockets have three young pieces that were amazing in the NBA Summer League showing off their skills.

Those three pieces fit the puzzle rather nicely, with Smith the likeliest of the three to make a fantasy impact starting next season.

Impact Free Agents

  • Javale McGee- Dallas Mavericks
  • Jae'Sean Tate- Houston Rockets
  • CJ McCollum- New Orleans Pelicans
  • Zion Williamson- New Orleans Pelicans

The free agency in the division wasn't highly touted, due in part to the popping trade market in the division.  McGee will add length and depth to the Maverick roster, which should help out in the rebounding category.

Jae'Sean Tate re-signed for three years with the Rockets. Tate should continue to play a massive role for this young Rockets team. McCollum and Zion Williams both re-signed with the Pelicans this offseason. Both players will lock into a starting role, setting up the future for the Pelicans, as well as your fantasy team.

Trade

Dallas Mavericks- Christian Wood

Houston Rockets- Wendell Moore (Pick Number 26), Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss

The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a huge trade that shocked the NBA world before the draft. I am happy the Mavericks pulled off the trade since I am from Dallas, TX! Christian Wood will look to take the pressure off of Luka Donic in order to space the floor.

Wood even has an excellent three-point shot and great rebounding numbers. He is ready to go for the Mavericks and I can't rave about him enough about how much he will help both Dallas and your fantasy team. Wood was a double-double machine recording 34 total double-doubles last season.

The Houston Rockets received a haul trading away Christian Wood.  Trey Burke will look to try to take reign as backup Point Guard behind Kevin Porter Jr. Burke was efficient off the bench for the Mavericks but was nothing spectacular.

Sterling Brown will look to be back in red on the Rockets after he played for them in 2020. I don't foresee Brown being on the team for very long. Boban will be third in line at the center spot, and he always will be a fan favorite but nothing worth noting coming into this season. Chriss is an interesting name who is efficient on the court in short bursts but can never find a solid home. Wendell Moore was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in return for more draft capital and TyTy Washington.

 

Draft With Confidence

PG- Luka Donic, Ja Morant

SG- Jalen Green, Brandon Ingram

SF- Dillon Brooks

PF- Jabari Smith

C- Steven Adams, Jonas Valanciunas

 

PlayerPoints Per GameFG%3PT%FT%
Luka Donic28.645.735.374.4
Christian Wood17.950.13962.3
Keldon Johnson1746.639.875.6
CJ McCollum22.14638.368.2
PlayerREB per GameREB per 100 PossREB%BLKS per GameBLK%
Jonas Valanciunas11.418.620.80.82.6
JaVale McGee6.720.422.70.96.1
Jakob Poeltl9.315.416.91.75
Player3PT Per Game3PT Attempted Per Game3PT%
Doug McDermott2.15.422
Reggie Bullock2.15.8.360
CJ McCollum2.76.9.394

Check out the rest of our fantasy basketball division previews like our Pacific Division preview or Northwest Division Preview!

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