Top-10 Fantasy Basketball Rookie Rankings for the 2020-21 NBA Season
The start of the 2020-21 NBA season is fast approaching, which means prep for upcoming fantasy basketball drafts is in full swing.
Outside of just the top-100 fantasy basketball players, there are plenty of intriguing rookies in this year's draft class that you can turn to in order to fill out your roster.
If you're looking for a sneaky rookie to draft, you're in luck. Here's our top 10 fantasy basketabll rookie rankings for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Fantasy Basketball Rookie Rankings
10. Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic
9. Patrick Williams, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
No. 4 overall pick Patrick Williams already looks at home. While other rookies have struggled early in preseason, Williams is averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 26.6 minutes across two games played. Yes, it's a small sample size, but it at least indicates good things are to come for Williams. He should be in line for heavy backup minutes at SF and PF in his first year.
8. Deni Avdija, SG/SF, Washington Wizards
7. Isaac Okoro, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Isaac Okoro's first preseason game couldn't have gone better, as the forward scored 16 points, including a game-winning layup with less than a second left. Okoro could be Cleveland's starting small forward right off the bat, which bodes well for his fantasy potential.
6. Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings
5. Anthony Edwards, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Killian Hayes, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons
Killian Hayes has the potential to be Detroit's point guard of the future after the team has lacked at that position for several years. Hayes could also be a starter on Day 1 if Derrick Rose serves in his usual sixth man role, opening the door for the rookie to rack up heightened playing time from the get-go, which will be vital to his in-season development.
3. James Wiseman, C, Golden State Warriors
2. Obi Toppin, SF/PF, New York Knicks
Obi Toppin wasn't national player of the year for nothing. The highlight-reel forward averaged 20.0 PPG for the Dayton Flyers last season while adding 7.5 RPG and 2.2 APG. Developing a 3-point shot will be crucial to his long-term success, yet he comes into the league an already above-average scorer. The New York Knicks have too many SF/PF types already on their roster, but Toppin should be able to show why he's worth prioritizing. And in a year where they're far from contenders, playing the rook heavy minutes is a win-win situation.
1. LaMelo Ball, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets
Finally, this year's most-hyped draft prospect, LaMelo Ball. The combo guard put up an impressive 17.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG and 6.8 APG in Australia before going No. 3 overall to the Charlotte Hornets. He will instantly stuff the stat sheet as a rookie and be afforded the playing time that'll make him fantasy relevant above all other first-year players. Ball finds himself behind Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier on the depth chart, but it shouldn't be too long before Charlotte opens the way for their young PG to truly take over.
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