Being a rookie in the NBA can be difficult. Some players, like Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and Sacramento’s Tyrese Haliburton last season, are able to make a quick adjustment and thrive right out of the gates. But most need some time to figure things out, get stronger both mentally and physically, and learn how to adjust.
Here is a look at the second-year players who may not have been major factors in fantasy last season, but possess the talent to break out in Year 2:
James Wiseman, C, Golden State Warriors
While his rookie season was shortened due to injuries and overall underwhelming because of that, the 7-footer showed flashes of greatness with an ability to run the floor and throw down alley-oops. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr mentioned this summer that “He’ll have a chance to play more and more if he’s ready to help us win games, and if not, that’s fine. We’ll keep developing him.”
Once he returns to the court from April’s torn meniscus in his right knee, Wiseman’s versatility is something that makes him appealing in fantasy. He has the speed and agility to be a constant threat in pick-and-roll scenarios with Steph Curry, and his size – particularly after an offseason of adding muscle – gives him an opportunity to rack up rebounds on a team that’s thin in the frontcourt.
Wiseman also has the benefit of having Dejan Milojevic as an assistant coach. Milojevic helped transform Nikola Jokic into one of the NBA’s most skilled big men, and is spearheading Wiseman’s development plan. He provides the Warrior a unique way of looking at skill development. Ultimately, this approach should benefit Wiseman and those fantasy managers who take a flyer on him.
Isaiah Stewart, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons are fortunate enough to have two versatile big men in Stewart and Kelly Olynyk, and both can be used at power forward or center. However,…
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