2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Pacific Division Preview

by Michael Gorman
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Division Preview - Pacific

This 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Pacific Division Preview will comb through each roster, highlighting newcomers, new roles, and the best picks for each categorical build.

The Sacramento Kings won the Pacific Division last year. Terrance Davis, who played 13.1 minutes for the Kings last year, is the most notable loss for the team. Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox will continue to lead a high-powered and steady offense.

The Phoenix Suns made a massive splash, sending Chris Paul and Landry Shamet to the Wizards for Bradley Beal. The Suns have assembled a three-headed monster of Beal, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant, which will be hard to stop for opposing defenses.

As for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will run it back one more time. 

In Golden State, the Warriors feature a slightly new look, adding Chris Paul to the Splash Brothers experience. They lost Jordan Poole, which is for the best, so it’ll be interesting to see how this offense changes with a true point guard.

The Los Angeles Lakers are running back a similar roster, as Anthony Davis re-signed this past offseason. Hopefully, the Lake Show can get their offensive flow a little more figured out, along with some more help on defense.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Pacific Division Preview

New Faces in the Division

NBA Draft

All five of these teams made the playoffs last year, so none of these youngins were particularly touted prospects. That said, the Clippers have a great history of drafting players and grooming them into solid role players, so keep an eye on Brown and Miller as the season progresses.

Impact Free Agents

McGee will fit in on the Kings' bench instead of Richuan Holmes, who moved on from Sac Town this offseason. McGee has a chance to solidify 10 or 15 minutes off the bench every night and swat a significant amount of shots.

The Suns assembled an army of MLE/minimum contract players this offseason. There’s not a ton of stability outside of their stars, so these guys are only worth taking as very late-round fliers.

Vincent, Wood, and Reddish will all have to play for roles on a Lakers team full of players who rarely set themselves apart. Vincent has the best shot to earn 20 minutes a night through his shooting, facilitating, and defense.

Trade

  • Sacramento Kings: Chris Duarte
  • Phoenix Suns: Bradley Beal
  • Los Angeles Clippers: K.J. Martin
  • Golden State Warriors: Chris Paul

Duarte will fill in for Terrance Davis and will be worth streaming for points and three-pointers.

It’s hard to imagine Beal’s numbers changing a ton. The biggest question mark for Beal is his three-point shooting. His 3PT% cratered all the way down to 30.0% in 2022-23, after 10 seasons between 35.0% and 41.0%. If he gets his range back, he’s a top 35 or 40 player.

K.J. Martin was fantastic for FG% and rebounds last year, but this year he joins a legion of capable role players for the Clippers. Only time (and injury reports) will reveal the true contributors of this Clippers bench.

Chris Paul is a steal at his current 68.8 ESPN ADP. The Point God has been a top-35 player for his entire career. And he’s done it without massive assist numbers before. In 2019-20, CP3 was ranked No. 14 on a per-game basis with “only” 6.7 assists per game. Despite the new environment, Paul’s fantasy game will be completely fine.

Draft With Confidence

PG - Stephen Curry, De’Aaron Fox, Chris Paul

SG - Devin Booker

SF - Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard

PF - Domantas Sabonis

C - Anthony Davis, Deandre Ayton

Category Specific Players

Points: Norman Powell (when LAC’s stars are out), Andrew Wiggins

Three-Pointers: Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk

Rebounds/Blocks: Ivica Zubac, Kevon Looney, Jarred Vanderbilt
Assists/Steals: Russell Westbrook, DeAngelo Russel

Efficiency: Harrison Barnes


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