Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NBA Top 10 Shooting Guards To Watch For Next Season

We are about two and a half months away from the start of the 2014 – 2015 season and we’ve already seen major changes during the summer offseason. The NBA will definitely look different next season. It’s an ideal time to start exploring some fantasy facts about the 2014 – 2015 fantasy season. Let’s have a look at the top 10 shooting guards for your fantasy team next season.

1.) James Harden


Harden put up incredible numbers last season and his fantasy value was increased even after the arrival of Dwight Howard. He finished the season with 25.4 PPG, 6.1 APG, 4.7 RPG and 1.6 STLPG. With Chandler Parsons a goner and no third start added to the Rockets’ mix, we should expect similar performances from him next season.

2.) Klay Thompson


The Golden State Warriors had the best shooting backcourt in the NBA last season and Klay Thompson is one of the two big reasons for that. The emerging star finished the 2013 – 2014 season with 18.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG and 41.7 3P%. Next season, look for him to continue improving his numbers.

3.) Gordon Hayward


Hayward is one of the fastest-emerging young players in the league. He recorded a breakaway season last season with the Utah Jazz. In 2014 – 2015 he may go even higher than his 16.2 PPG, 5.2 APG and 5.1 RPG. He still needs to improve his shooting percentages but he is definitely a terrific fantasy option.

4.) DeMar DeRozan


The past season was the first one in which DeRozan earned his All-Star selection. And he is here to stay. The 24 year old star is constantly getting better and next season he will most probably exceed the 22.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 4.0 APG he had last season. Or at least he will stay in similar levels.

5.) Lance Stephenson


You can criticize his antics, you can dislike him for his maturity but as a fantasy owner, you just can’t neglect Stephenson’s talent. He barely missed the Most Improved Player of the Year award and his 13.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG and 4.6 APG show that he has tons of potential. Now, as a member of the Hornets he will have a better chance to let his star shine. Keep him under your star radar.

6.) Victor Oladipo


The Orlando Magic won’t be contenting for the championship next season but this may be the season they see their former No.2 overall pick, Victor Oladipo, emerging as a superstar. The explosive guard finished with 13.8 PPG, 4.1 APG and as many rebounds. The upcoming season may be a breakaway one for him.

7.) Wesley Matthews


Rip City made the difference last season, it emerged as a legitimate title contender. And Wesley Matthews was a big factor for the Blazers. In 2014 – 2015 Matthews will most probably continue to deliver great numbers for Portland. Keep him under your radar.


8.) Arron Afflalo


Afflalo will now be a member of the Denver Nuggets. After a solid season in Orlando, where he finished with 18.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 3.4 APG, he will now have a chance to be a part of a more competitive team. Afflalo will be a great fantasy option for your fantasy team at the shooting guard spot.

9.) Dwyane Wade


If it wasn’t for his health issues, Wade would certainly rank higher in our list. With LeBron out, Wade will have to take more of the offensive load on his shoulders for the Miami Heat. Look for him to go over 20.0 PPG, 5.0 APG and 5.0 RPG next season. Wade is a risky option for your team due to his constant injuries but he may come with a big reward.

10.)Monta Ellis


Monta Ellis made a big difference for the Dallas Mavericks last season. He emerged as a great fit alongside Dirk Nowitzki and of course, he was one of the top 10 shooting guards in the NBA for your fantasy team. Ellis put up 19.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 3.1 APG to go along with 45.1 FG%. He is definitely one of the shooting guards to keep under your scope for the upcoming season and he should be expected to put up similar numbers next season, too.

This is a guest post from Ron of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com.
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