NBA Fantasy Basketball Rankings & Draft Guide: Who Are The Point Guard Sleepers This Year?
The 2016-17 NBA season is about to begin, which means that Fantasy Basketball owners will also start their campaign soon. If you are planning to join a league and you are still looking for point guards to pick, here are some of the possible sleepers this year.
D'Angelo Russell - Los Angeles Lakers
Russell had a slow start in his rookie year last season but was able to make noise before his maiden year ended. He averaged 13.2 points on top of 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season.
The sophomore guard, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, is poised to have a big year this season. In their 116-104 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, Russell had a huge night, finishing with 31 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 10-for-14 from the field, including 5-of-6 from the three-point region.
With Kobe Bryant retired, Russell will have bigger responsibilities on his shoulders. There will still be disappointing nights for him, but the 20-year-old will be a huge asset if he develops consistency.
Dennis Schroder - Atlanta Hawks
Dennis Schroder has a chance to have a breakout season this year. He will be unleashed full time after the Hawks traded away former starting point guard Jeff Teague to the Atlanta Hawks last summer.
Schroder averaged 11.0 points to go along with 4.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 20.3 minutes last season. With Teague out along with fellow All-Star al Horford, the 23-year-old playmaker will have a lot of chance to carry the Hawks on his shoulders, thus making him a good option for fantasy owners this season.
Matthew Dellavedova - Milwaukee Bucks
Like Schroder, Matthew Dellavedova will now have a chance to shine. After playing backup to Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving in his first three seasons in the NBA, the Australian point guard will now have a chance to carve out his niche in the league.
Dellavedova has moved to the Bucks, where he will likely start at point guard. He might get more minutes if the rumored Michael Carter-Williams to Chicago Bulls deal pushes through.
As a backup to Irving last season, the 26-year-old averaged 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 17.7 minutes per game. He has nothing to go but up, which lines him up among the point guard sleepers this season.
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