The 2021-22 fantasy basketball season is here.
Fantasy Basketball Busts
While it's important to nail your top picks and identify the top sleepers for your draft, you also need to make sure you avoid wasting a pick on any potential landmines.
With that in mind, here are the top four potential busts to avoid in 2021-2022 fantasy basketball drafts.
Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid
4. RJ Barrett, SG/SF, New York Knicks
RJ Barrett made some nice strides in his sophomore NBA season, dropping 17.6 points per game while upping his field goal percentage to 44.1 and his 3-point percentage to 40.1. He still averaged just 3.0 assists per game with a double-digit turnover rate, however, adding only 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. The addition of Kemba Walker (usage rate over 25.0% in each of his 10 NBA seasons) certainly won't do anything to expand Barrett's role in the offense, and at this point you're really banking on him making a big leap as a scorer if he's going to overcome his peripheral production to justify an average draft position (ADP) of 77.0 on FantasyPros.
3. Jalen Green, SG, Houston Rockets
This isn't a knock on Jalen Green the prospect by any stretch. It's not easy to feel good about selecting any Houston Rocket at this point, however. Green won't be wanting for opportunities in the thin Houston offense, but they're not likely to be good opportunities. Point guard Kevin Porter Jr. averaged 3.92 turnovers per 36 minutes last season, and rookies that can truly create their own shots are few and far between. Let someone else take the gamble on Green this year.
2. Montrezl Harrell, PF/C, Washington Wizards
Montrezl Harrell will play the role we usually see from him early this season, likely getting big minutes off of the bench. The fact that he's not starting over Daniel Gafford isn't a great sign, though, especially for how things will play out when Thomas Bryant returns, which could be as soon as December. Trez has long relied on high-end efficiency to generate strong fantasy production without playing starters' minutes, and his efficiency could take a serious hit with the major downgrade in supporting cast he'll be dealing with.
1. Klay Thompson, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors
The NBA will be more fun if Klay Thompson returns at a high level this year. But that's a huge "if" for a guy that has missed back-to-back seasons with two different potentially career-altering injuries. A 31-year-old coming off of serious injuries to his knee and Achilles who hasn't played a game of professional basketball since June 2019 is not someone you should feel comfortable relying on. Klay's upside is obviously massive when he's healthy, but an ADP of 93.3 really overrates how likely he is to return anything close to that upside. You should be rooting for Klay, but you certainly should not be drafting him.
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