Every fantasy basketball manager would absolutely love to own the equivalent of the Miami Heat as his fantasy team, but reality and fantasy don't always mix. Oddly enough, it's the reality that is looking better when it comes to the Heat, which leads me to believe that
Sleepers are players who don't get the love that superstar players get, but can make a significant difference in winning one, a few, or several categories. Usually sleepers consist of category specialists, rookies, a player who showed promise with limited burn on the court, or someone getting a shot to shine. Below is a list of these types of players you shouldn't ignore during your fantasy basketball draft or even the first few weeks of the upcoming 2010-11 NBA season.
After failing to meet sleeper expectations with the Warriors and the Raptors, Belinelli might finally be in a place where he can satisfy fantasy owners. Slated to play shooting guard alongside
Sure, the Bulls signed free-agent
Many people wondered why Hickson was such an "untouchable" commodity before the NBA trade deadline this last season. Well, watching Hickson during preseason you can see why -- 23.7 minutes, 14.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.9 blocks. He seems to play with purpose now that some guy who took his talents to South Beach is no longer there and the franchise is left with looking for an identity. Hickson could assume that role and should give fantasy basketball managers relatively great numbers in points and rebounds, as well as offering position flexibility.
Before being drafted in 2008, Ibaka was compared favorably to
Lopez is now the big man for the Suns with
Miller is one lucky dude. He'll basically have to spot up, keep his hands level, catch and shoot. Defenders will be busy chasing around
Last season, Morrow shot 45.6 percent from beyond the arc, which was fifth-best in the NBA, while making an average of two treys per game. The Nets were second to last in the league in three-point percentage last year at 31.8 percent, which was well below the NBA team average of 35.5 percent, and dead-last in field-goal percentage at 42.9 percent (NBA average: 46.1 percent). Morrow will boost those numbers, and from all indications from the preseason (17-for-39 from three-point range; 43.6 percent), he'll have the green light to put up shots. Morrow averaged 26.6 minutes, 10.6 points, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in eight preseason games. Morrow will provide excellent percentages, copious amounts of triples and solid point production in his first season as a Net.
Sessions has flashed big potential in two of his three seasons in the NBA, but has never been used to his maximum ability on a consistent basis. All of this should change with the Cavs this season. During the preseason, he's been getting solid minutes and producing -- 25.4 minutes, 12.6 points, 4.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 5.0 rebounds in seven games. He's scored in double-digits in every contest and should see some time at the shooting guard position as well as the lead guard. A small backcourt of Sessions and Mo Williams may get significant time, particularly in the fourth quarter. Sessions could average 16 points and eight dimes per, and considering where he'd probably be drafted, will end up being one of the best bargains of draft day.
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