Similar to fantasy football, assessing the best keeper (or dynasty) options in fantasy basketball comes down to targeting the very best players who have youth, potential longevity and durability on their side.
As a result, you won't find LeBron James near the top of many keeper/dynasty rankings. You probably also won't find Kevin Durant, who is on the wrong side of 30 and coming off an Achilles tendon rupture – something that will keep him out for the 2019-20 season and likely affect his long-term value as well.
Keepers: NBA Best Players
Still, there are several elite players who also have value as keeper/dynasty basketball assets. Here are the top 10 keeper/dynasty options for the 2019-20 NBA season.
10. DeAndre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns
The first of two second-year players on this list, DeAndre Ayton quietly put up an impressive rookie season playing for the lowly Phoenix Suns last season. He averaged 16.3 points per game (on a monstrous 58.5 field goal percentage) and 10.3 rebounds per game, while also averaging nearly an assist and block per game. Ayton won't hurt you at the free throw line (74.6 percent) and also kept his turnovers (1.8) down as a rookie, proving he has tremendous upside as one of the two front-court options moving forward.
9. James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
As the NBA's most prolific scorer, James Harden would have placed a little higher on this list had the Houston Rockets not traded for Russell Westbrook this offseason. Harden's new teammate will surely soak up some of his usage (more than Chris Paul did, at least), but that's likely not enough to keep Harden from being a top-five option in eight-category leagues for the next couple of seasons.
8. Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trailblazers
At 29, Damian Lillard is one of the older players on this list, but he's as steady as they come when it comes to fantasy production. He's one of the best scorers in the league and is also an elite producer in 3-pointers and free throw percentage. Lillard is coming off a career-high 6.9 assists per game, and may surpass that mark this upcoming season. He's a top keeper no matter how you slice it.
7. Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
To follow the theme of this list's elder statesmen, Stephen Curry, like Harden, is entering his 11th NBA season. And as long as Curry keeps shooting at the elite level, he'll remain a borderline top-five asset in fantasy basketball leagues. His value is especially high this upcoming season, as the Warriors will be lacking other scoring options now that Kevin Durant is with the Brooklyn Nets and Klay Thompson is out for the season. Curry is a top-three point guard and top-10 player for the 2019-20 season and many more to come.
6. Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns
While there might be some doubt over his real-life value, there is little question as to whether Devin Booker is an elite fantasy basketball asset. Coming off a career-high 26.6 points per game, Booker is essentially a younger version of Lillard, at seven years his junior (still just 22 years old). Booker will need to bring up his 3-point field goal percentage and decrease his turnovers to truly enter the top five discussion in dynasty ranks, but if you can keep him in 2019-20, he's well worth the roster spot.
5. Luka Doncic, PG, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, put up some impressive numbers as a 19-year-old coming over from Europe (21.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 6.0 APG). He possesses the ability to fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis, and still has plenty of room for improvement entering his second season. Playing alongside another young star in Kristaps Porzingis, the sky is the limit for Luka. Keep him in any league you can.
4. Anthony Davis, PF, Los Angeles Lakers
Still just 26 years old, and set to play alongside LeBron in LA, Anthony Davis has a case to be No. 1 on this list. The only thing really holding him back is his inability to stay healthy, since Davis has yet to exceed 75 games played in a season. If The Brow can stay on the court and the Lakers run their offense through the big man, he arguably has the biggest upside of any potential keeper on this list.
3. Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
The top of this list is made up three players all under 24 years old, with the upside to finish as the top option in fantasy this year and for years to come. Nikola Jokic is simply the best passing big man in the league, as his 7.3 assists per game last season were invaluable from the center position. He also has upside as a scorer, coming off a season where he put up 20.1 PPG. With the potential to put up triple-doubles from the center position, Jokic could be a top-3 option for years to come.
2. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves
While he has yet to see any significant NBA success in the wins column, Karl-Anthony Towns is arguably the most complete fantasy player in the game. He has the ability to provide nine-category value across the board and saw his scoring increase in 2018-19 after a dip the previous year. KAT could reach even greater heights in his fifth NBA season, making him one of the top keepers heading into the 2019-20 season.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, Milwaukee Bucks
When it comes to talent, youth and durability, there is simply no player that can rival Giannis Antetokounmpo. The reigning NBA MVP is a fantasy basketball monster in practically every category and he even hit 1.2 3-pointers per game in the second half of last season. When it comes to keepers and dynasty play, specifically in the 2019-20 season, the Greek Freak reigns supreme.
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