One important skill to have when playing fantasy basketball is the ability to classify players properly. You need to be able to distinguish between the solid, reliable veterans you can count on night in and night out and the once solid, reliable veterans who are now either injury prone or have reached the winters of their professional basketball careers.
While veterans generally provide stability due to their history and track records, they will not always remain in their prime. Whether it is due to age, injury, or even a change in scenery, players who were once dependable sources of stats eventually see their fantasy productivity fade away.
How many seasons have you stayed away from Steve Nash thinking that his creeping age and aching, battle-weary body will finally catch up with him and hinder his fantasy production? Until what year will you continue to draft Tim "the Big Fundamental" Duncan, thinking that he'll still be an ever reliable source of points, rebounds, and blocks? Are you still drawn to those occasional (but rarer and rarer) triple-double performances from Jason Kidd? When is it time to move on from a player once considered solid and reliable? For some players, that time has finally come. Fret not though, in their place are some youngsters who are ready to carry the torch of fantasy production.