Fantasy Basketball Sleepers 2012: Veteran Guards Who Are Worth Gambling on
The offseason shuffle has given some wily old veterans a new lease on NBA life—or so many of us are hoping.
Some of these guys may not be the ones at the top of the heap when your fantasy basketball draft day rolls around, but that doesn't mean that they aren't going to make an impact in 2012-13, whether it's off the bench or in a starting role.
Here are some of the veteran guards you should contemplate drafting, even if they aren't the biggest names on the board.
PG Raymond Felton (New York Knicks)
There are several things working in Felton's favor in 2012-13. One is that he seems to be much more prepared physically this preseason than he was last year, when the lockout abruptly ended and he was way out of shape. Another is that he has a lot to prove to the fans as Jeremy Lin's replacement. If he's a competitor, he'll respond well to that.
According to The New York Times, Felton has been in the gym for weeks preparing for the regular season. Everyone is well aware that he achieved the most success in his career when he was a member of the Knicks. Last year, with the Trail Blazers, he shot about 41 percent from the floor and was good for 11.4 points per game.
If he really is in better shape this year and is more comfortable in New York, you can expect those numbers to improve.
SG Jason Terry (Boston Celtics)
The Celtics may have Avery Bradley back in the mix after the presumed starter suffered a shoulder injury in the 2012 playoffs, but they still need Jason Terry to assume the role held by Ray Allen last year.
Nobody knows exactly what that role is going to be because this will mark Bradley's first full season as the starter. We don't know how much relief Terry is going to have to provide off the bench or how significant his impact will have to be. But what we do know is that Terry is going to have to replace Allen's production from long range, and given his numbers, we know he's going to do a fine job of it.
Boston doesn't have a lot of great deep shooters, and Terry is just that. Throughout his career, he's shot 38 percent from beyond the arc, and he shoots about 45 percent from the floor. He may not be starting, but he's a weapon, and Doc Rivers will use him accordingly.
SG Carlos Delfino (Houston Rockets)
Sometimes, the Olympics aren't the best barometer for predicting how effective players are going to be during the NBA season, but Delfino proved this summer that he can still shoot and he can still compete.
His production may have fallen off with the Bucks in 2011-12, but Delfino's field-goal percentage actually improved last season: He went from shooting 39 percent from the floor to shooting 40 percent. It's not much, but it's something—and he still shoots 36 percent from long range. He can be counted upon for nine points and four-ish rebounds per game.
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