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In this Fantasy NBA 2010 Edition, Brandon Ribak breaks down a few critical questions heading into training camp.
Last season Hedo Turkoglu turned out to be a complete bust playing for Toronto. Being surrounded by a new team in Phoenix, how early should Turk be drafted this season and will he return to his fantasy form?
Head coach Alvin Gentry has discussed moving Steve Nash to the shooting guard position (at certain times throughout the season) so that Turkoglu could lead the way for Phoenix.
Turkoglu has terrific court vision (standing 6’10″) and knows how to pass the ball (averaging 4.5 APG during the last three seasons).
Playing on a run-and-gun type of offense, everything seems to be in place for the Turkish forward to resurrect this season. Turkoglu could easily end up returning to his 07′-08′ form when he averaged 19.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 5.0 APG and won the Most Improved Player Award.
Turkoglu should be drafted no later than the middle rounds of your draft, as he could turn out to be one of the biggest bounce-back fantasy players this season.
First it was Jose Calderon that was expected to be traded to Charlotte, then it was Devin Harris who was supposed to join the team and start at the point guard position. Although it seems like the Bobcats can’t make up their mind, is drafting D.J. Augustin a safe choice this season?
CBS is reporting that Charlotte’s starting point guard position is Augustin’s to lose. Although it’s tough to say whether or not a trade will be made before the February trade deadline, Augustin could emerge as a solid fantasy contributor with Raymond Felton out of the picture.
Augustin averaged 11.8 PPG during his rookie season when he logged just 26.5 minutes per contest. The 22-year-old out of Texas is a dynamic scorer when given the opportunity, and could turn into one of Charlotte’s secret weapons during the upcoming season.
The 6’0″ guard has shot an outstanding 42.0 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 85.2 percent from the charity strike during his first two seasons in the league. In categorical leagues, Augustin will be able to contribute in virtually every category aside from blocks and rebounds.
Augustin should be available during the late rounds of your draft, making him a safe selection with tons of fantasy upside (for now).
There has been some talk about Linas Kleiza and his fantasy potential playing for the Toronto Raptors this season. Is it simply hype or is Kleiza really worth drafting?
Mentioned in my “Don’t Sleep On Em” Edition, Kleiza is a lock to enter the upcoming season as Toronto’s starting small forward.
The Lithuanian impressed many during the FIBA World Championships, leading his team to an 8-1 record, while posting 19 PPG on 57.8 percent shooting from the field.
During his four-year NBA career, Kleiza never logged more than 24 MPG (as the back-up for Carmelo Anthony in Denver).
Being the sure-fire small forward for Toronto, Kleiza could quickly emerge as a fantasy threat.
Kleiza has shown flashes of brilliance when given ample playing time throughout his career, and is definitely worth drafting right before you begin to select your bench reserves.
With starters minutes, the small forward has potential to become one of the top fantasy sleepers for the 2010-11 season.
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