Paul Millsap: On the Brink of Fantasy Stardom

Kirk SnyderCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2008

Paul Millsap may be a household name by the start of the 2009-10 season.  If you have Millsap in a dynasty league, he may pay off more than you think. 

Millsap has only been a starter for eight games in his entire three years in the NBA. However, Millsap has showcased what he could be capable of doing, if he ever is awarded a starting gig with a team. Millsap has averaged 16.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in his eight career starts.  He is proving that he has the ability to thrive in a starting role.

Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur have still not had their options picked up by the Utah Jazz and could opt out of their contracts at the end of the 2008-09 season and entertain offers from interested teams if they are not re-signed by the deadline.  It is very likely that Utah may be able to only re-sign one of the two stars, because Deron Williams was given a max contract.  If Boozer or Okur were to leave Utah, the most likely scenario would involve Millsap being inserted into the starting lineup.   

If Millsap did get starter's minutes, he's more than capable of becoming a fantasy powerhouse and could have similar value to a David West or Andrew Bynum type of player.  His per minute averages are every bit as good as some of top big men in the game.

For example; David West's stats per 48 minutes in 2008-09 are: 25.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block. Under the same curriculum, Millsap's stats are: 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 blocks.

If you are part of a dynasty basketball league, it may be wise to try to acquire Millsap once Carlos Boozer comes back from injury. Millsap's asking price won't be as high as it is right now and his value could skyrocket into fantasy stardom by as early as the start of the 2009-10 season.