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Fantasy Basketball Busts to Avoid in 2020-21 Drafts

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy basketball busts for 2020-21, including Zion Williamson.
Fantasy basketball busts for 2020-21, including Zion Williamson. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

After a short offseason, the 2020-21 NBA season is almost here, and that also means the return of fantasy basketball.

As you prepare for your fantasy basketball draft, The Duel has you covered every step of the way. Our top-100 fantasy basketball player rankings are a great place to start, but sometimes you're looking for something more specific.

With that in mind, here are the five potential busts to avoid in your fantasy basketball drafts.

5. LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball is the most-hyped rookie out of this draft class, and he might even turn out to be everything as advertised, but for the moment he's on a Charlotte Hornets team with two incumbent starters in Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier. Not to mention the newly added Gordon Hayward as well. Ball is currently going 76th according to Fantasy Pros' average draft position (ADP), which is just too high to justify at the moment given his competition for minutes and the inevitable Rookie Wall every first-year player hits.

4. Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson should be treated as the budding star big man that he is, but instead, the Knicks keep adding frontcourt players that threaten to steal from his potential minutes and production. Offseason addition Nerlens Noel looks like he has the inside track on the starting center gig, bumping Robinson to the bench. Currently 50th in FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data, that's a massive reach for a player who might not be a full-time starter this year.

3. Kevin Durant

The whole basketball world is rooting for Kevin Durant in his return to the court, and I hope he returns as if nothing's changed. However, from a fantasy view, Durant might not perform up to the top-10 pick status he's currently at. Rest days will likely cut into KD's production, and he'll need time to get back into an NBA schedule. He'll surely be great, but there's still some reason to be cautious before drafting him near the top 10.

2. Trae Young

Trae Young exploded from 27th in fantasy scoring as a rookie to No. 8 overall last season. The lowly Hawks have leaned on Young to take as many shots as he wants, but with a retooled roster, Atlanta finally has an NBA-worthy starting lineup that will cut into Young's scoring load. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, and Clint Capela (who was traded to the Hawks last year but didn't suit up for them due to injury) are on the team to make them competitive, not watch Young chuck shots all night. The threat is real that Young won't live up to his current ADP ranking of 10th.

1. Zion Williamson

Last year's No. 1 pick Zion Williamson was electric when he was on the floor, but that was for only 24 of the Pelicans' 72 regular-season games. He is a clear star already with an explosive above-the-rim game and one-in-a-million physique, but injuries have proven to be an early issue for him. Hopefully Williamson can suit up for the majority of New Orleans' games this season, yet there's the risk that he'll tweak something minor and the Pelicans will be overly cautious with their young franchise player. At 24th in ADP, he is a serious candidate to break fantasy managers' hearts.

On a more positive note, check out our top 5 fantasy basketball sleepers for this upcoming season.

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