Analyzed Basketball Trades: 2019
Trade #5: From Sean
Sean Receives: Pascal Siakam
Sean Trades: Kemba Walker
Additional Info: 8 teams, H2H points. Have Jokic, Embiid, Kawhi, Lavine, Turner, Paul, Middleton as core pieces
Outlook: This is a tough call, but I’m fully on the Siakam train right now. He’s going to be phenomenal this year, all-star caliber and probably even a top-20 fantasy player. Kemba Walker is great, but his numbers are going to drop a bit from last year just because his usage rate will be less. In addition, great bigs tend to score a little bit more fantasy points than great guards. Roll with Siakam and make the trade.
Sean’s Team: 60%
The Other Team: 40%
Trade #4: From Phillip
Phillip Receives: Buddy Hield, JaMychal Green, 2020 1st Round Pick (No Protections)
Phillip Trades: Kristaps Porzingis
Additional Info: 20 teams, Points H2H league, Standard ESPN scoring (Points 1, Rebounds 1, Assists 1, Steals 1, Blocks 1, Turnovers -1, FGM 1, FGA -1, FTM 1, FTA -1)
Outlook: Buddy Hield is probably going to be an 18-20 PPG scorer for a while, and I like him a lot. However, there’s nothing special about JaMychal Green. The 2020 first round pick? That’s tough in a 20-man league. How high is the pick going to be? If you’re unsure, then it’s tough to call that a guarantee.
Kristaps Porzingis isn’t a guarantee, as he has been a bit injury prone during his career. However, if he can straighten that out, he’s going to be a 20+ PPG, 8-9+ RPG guy going forward. The potential for Porzingis is even higher than those stats I just projected. There’s so much upside with Porzingis, and for that reason, I’d keep him rather than ship him off for what I don’t believe is good value.
Phillip’s Team: 40%
The Other Team: 60%
Trade #3: From Kemba
Kemba Receives: Clint Capela
Kemba Trades: Pascal Siakam
Additional Info: –
Outlook: I’m going to make this short. Pascal Siakam is going to be a surefire all-star this year, and probably even a top-20 player in the league. On Tuesday night vs. the Pelicans, he dropped 34 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 assists, and fouled out before overtime. He’s going to average 23 and 10 this year. Capela is a 14 and 10 guy, which is solid, but nowhere near the level of Siakam.
Kemba’s Team: 10%
The Other Team: 90%
Trade #2: From Waquar
Waquar Receives: Blake Griffin, Goran Dragic, Kyle Kuzma
Waquar Trades: Paul George, Kyle Lowry, Eric Bledsoe
Additional Info: H2H Points
Outlook: Paul George is only out three weeks, so in my opinion, his value should barely be lowered. However, according to most rankings and people, that value has been lowered significantly. Paul George deserves to be ranked as a top-10 player in fantasy basketball, regardless of the minor injury. That being said, I’d need to be getting amazing value in return if I were going to trade him.
Blake Griffin, who’s also out this week, will average 20+ PPG and 7+ RPG, but is nowhere near what Paul George is. In terms of Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic, I also have to give Lowry the edge. Goran Dragic is coming off the bench this season, so I don’t think he’ll have the volume to put up good numbers. Lowry is still starting, and should still give you 15 points per game and 7 assists per game. In terms of Bledsoe and Kuzma, I’d give Kuzma the slight edge, but you’re already losing out on the other two parts of the trade. Hold onto Paul George, and don’t give him away unless it’s completely necessary.
Waquar’s Team: 35%
The Other Team: 65%
Trade #1: From Uriel
Uriel Receives: Zion Williamson
Uriel Trades: Eric Bledsoe
Additional Info: –
Outlook: I’ll start with this. How much do you care about the first six-eight weeks? There’s no doubt that Zion Williamson is going to be better than Eric Bledsoe when he comes back, and I don’t just mean better. I mean A LOT better. Zion Williamson is going to be a double-double machine, and probably a 20-10 guy immediately. That’s a lot better than Bledsoe’s 15-5-4. However, Bledsoe is a solid player. If you feel like you 100% need Bledsoe to win the first weeks, then keep Bledsoe. If you think you can get by without him, which you probably can, then grab Zion Williamson, and stash him on the IR for the first weeks.
Uriel’s Team: 70%
The Other Team: 30%