Top Rookie Fantasy Basketball Rankings Following 2019 NBA Draft
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The 2019 NBA Draft took place last night, and while the first three picks were as predictable as it gets, there were plenty of surprises later on. With that said, quite a few players found themselves in potentially advantageous fantasy basketball situations following the draft.
Here are arguably the four best NBA rookies for the 2019-20 fantasy basketball season.
4. Cam Reddish, SF, Atlanta Hawks – Pick No. 10
Cam Reddish might have played third fiddle on the Duke Blue Devils during his freshman season, but he still went in the Top 10 in the 2019 NBA Draft. While Duke often suffered from a lack of floor spacing, that certainly won't be a problem in Atlanta. Reddish will get the benefit of playing alongside Hawks' 3-point gunners Trae Young and Kevin Huerter, and the Duke product could be an excellent fit in Atlanta's 3-point-centric offense. Expect him to have a big fantasy season as the potential number three scorer on the Hawks.
3. Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies – Pick No. 2
Ja Morant could immediately start at point guard for Memphis now that the Grizzlies have moved on from Mike Conley Jr. The Murray State product brings a unique blend of scoring and play-making ability to Memphis. Morant averaged 24.5 points per game (PPG), 10.0 assists per game (APG) and 1.8 steals per game (SPG) at Murray State last season. He projects as the perfect pick-and-roll partner for the Grizzlies' prized big man Jaren Jackson Jr. making him a top rookie fantasy option in 2019.
2. RJ Barrett, SF, New York Knicks – Pick No. 3
The New York Knicks don't have many proven players on their roster, so RJ Barrett could step into a big role right away. Despite playing in Zion Williamson's shadow at Duke, Barrett averaged 22.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG and 4.3 APG as a freshman. Barrett needs to become more consistent as an outside shooter, but if he finds his stroke, he could be a very valuable fantasy contributor as a rookie.
1. Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans – Pick No. 1
Zion Williamson is a physical freak, but he is also a beast on the stat sheet. At Duke, Zion averaged 30.1 PPG, 11.8 RPG and 2.8 SPG. There is a glaring hole in the Pelicans' offense now that New Orleans traded Anthony Davis, and Zion should be the focal point of the team's offense as a rookie. With Williamson being to No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, he should also be your No. 1 ranked rookie in fantasy in 2019.
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