The NBA season kicks off in just under three weeks. This means one thing: It's time to draft your fantasy basketball team.
Every year there are players who are poised to break out. It may be young players who have finally learned to put it all together. Or veterans who needed a chance of scenery. Either way it can be tough to predict who these players are going to be. However, these lesser known players are vital for a successful fantasy season.
There are a few things to remember when it comes to the definition of a sleeper. Highly drafted rookies are not sleepers, they are expected to come in and contribute right away. Also be careful of players who put up big numbers in a contract year.
Last season both Paul George and Greg Monroe entered the season as young players with a lot of potential. When the season was over, both looked like they could be playing in the All-Star Game one day soon.
Predicting who will have a breakout season isn't a science, but it is important to look at what players have done when given increased playing time, and how the construction of rosters has changed, thereby giving previous bench players a larger role in the team's overall strategy.
With that being said here are 10 of the players to keep an eye on this year.