Exum has been cleared for full activities for awhile so now it’s a matter of getting into playing shape after missing all of last year. The guard will be used off the bench so his fantasy value is limited and can be avoided in drafts.
More information will be known later, but not good for a rookie trying to carve out a role on a team to miss any amount of time. At this point, it doesn’t appear Layman will be a fantasy option and fantasy owners can avoid this situation.
Ezeli continues to deal with knee issues, but the original timetable suggested the big man would be ready for the start of the regular season. There’s not much upside so fantasy owners can avoid investing in this situation.
Payne had been recovering from a fractured foot so it’s not known if this is related or how long he will have to be sidelined for. The guard is looking to take the next step in his career as he enters his second year with the Thunder, but it will be hard to carve out a role playing behind Russell Westbrook.
McRoberts has always had trouble staying healthy and it will continue this season. The power forward was in line to receive more minutes due to the latest situation with Chris Bosh, but will now have to play catch up when he is finally healthy. The Heat will use a combination of Derrick Williams, James Johnson and Udonis Haslem to fill that void.
Rose is looking to start fresh in New York, as he has not played in more than 66 games since the 2010-'11 season. In 2015-'16 Rose averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists. The Knicks go into the season with Rose, Anthony and youngster Kristaps Porzingis, which figures to be a talented core. Rose is worth drafting, but do not overpay for him.
Durant shocked the hoops world when he decided to join the Warriors, instead of beating them. While he says it will be easy, there is only one ball to go around. It would hard to think the Warriors stars will not all take a bit of a hit in fantasy production, but Durant, Curry, and Green still figure to be big contributors in fantasy.
Carroll is looking to be ready for the season opener, and still has a little time to get to that point. In his first season in Toronto, the veteran averaged 11 points and 4.7 rebounds. There is some sleeper potential here.
Since being the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, Jianlian has averaged 7.9 points in his time in the NBA, however, he has not played in the league since 2012. He has played in China since then, and has posted some solid numbers. It remains to be seen how much improved he will be against the best competition in the world. Ignore him for now in all formats.
Exum has not played since his rookie season of 2014-15, and with the Jazz acquiring Pacers' veteran point guard George Hill, the youngster figures to begin the year coming off the bench. He does not figure to get enough minutes to warrant your consideration on draft day 2016. Ignore him for now in all formats.