Five players who saw their fantasy basketball stock increase for 2023-24

The fantasy basketball season is still a long way off, but the NBA Playoffs are a chance to see how players perform on the brightest stage. In the last playoffs, the public witnessed the meteoric rise of Jalen Brunson as he transformed his phenomenal run through the Western Conference Finals into becoming the Knicks’ franchise point guard. I doubt we’ll see any players increase in value This many in the playoffs, but a handful of players stood out for their performances on the field. Here are five risers from the 2023 NBA Playoffs.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Booker was arguably the best player during his 11-game playoff streak. He went ballistic, averaging 33.7 points per game in the playoffs, as well as 4.8 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.8 threes, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks and 59/87. /51 separate shots.

His game has gone to another level, posting 55.0 Fantasy points per contest compared to 42.7 in the regular season – but with such an influx in Phoenix right now, can Fantasy managers trust Booker in 2023-24? ?

The answer is yes.

Booker underperformed against his ADP last season, but the Suns have many looming concerns. Chris PaulThe 38-year-old is in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career and is also coming off his worst NBA season since his rookie year. His contract is partially guaranteed, so I bet he stays while the Suns actively try to offload their disgruntled star, Deandre Ayton. Paul’s decline and Ayton’s inevitable departure will only make Booker more useful.

New Suns head coach Frank Vogel isn’t known for his creative genius offensively, but he’s used to letting his stars run the show (like his stint with the Lakers, james lebron And Anthony Davis in 2020). Sure, it’s all gone south in Los Angeles after their Bubble Championship, but Vogel’s offense will undoubtedly come through Booker and Kevin Durant.

Booker has proven he can thrive alongside KD by posting slightly better numbers with him in the lineup than without. This was a small sample size, but:

-8 games with KD: 28.5 points, 6.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals – 49/32/86 intermediate shots

-45 games without KD: 27.6 points, 5.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals – 49/36/86

His 31st result in 9-tier leagues this year puts him as a third-round player, but given the situation and play throughout this post-season, Booker is a top second-round pick for me in 2023- 24.

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Countless moments throughout the playoffs redefined Jimmy Butler as Himmy Butler. He surpassed his ADP of 30 this season, finishing 11th in the leagues of 9 cats after achieving his most efficient season yet. That consistency carried over into the playoffs and then more. Butler led the underdog Heat through a tough gauntlet of opponents (Bucks, Knicks and Celtics) to the NBA Finals.

After going nuclear on the Bucks in the first round averaging a crazy 37.6 ppg, his scoring has come back down to earth a bit, averaging 23.5 ppg since the conference quarterfinals. Despite that slump, he’s been one of the more eye-catching players when the game is on the line, blocking D (leader in total playoff steals) and continually putting his teammates in position to succeed.

He’s certainly helped his fantastic stock in this historic playoff run, but how far will he go in next season’s draft?

Expecting him to replicate a top 12 is a bit rich, but he should be a second-round pick who could fall in the third round due to his age and load-handling risks – even if he played 64 games last season.

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

Murray’s playoff rise is up there with the likes of Jimmy Butler, Devin Booker and Nikola Jokic. Murray became a different breed from the start of the playoffs. His last playoff performance in the 2020 bubble was memorable, but he upped it in 2023.

He finished the regular season averaging 20.0 points, 6.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 threes, 1.0 steals, and 45/40/83 separate shots. In 17 games this postseason, he improved to 27.0 points, 6.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 triples, 1.6 steals and 48/39/93 separate shots.

It’s disgusting.

Murray surpassed his ADP of 76 in preseason, finishing 52nd in the 9-cat leagues. He and Jokić are quickly becoming one of the best duos in the NBA, and after playing 65 games this year, his draft stock is set to explode next season.

He is completely healthy (two years after his ACL injury), and with his combination of scoring, facilitation and defense, I would aggressively target him in the third round heading into the 23-24 season.

Caleb Martin, Miami Heat

For the uninitiated, Martin’s relentless grind has set him up for success throughout this postseason. He went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft, signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets (which turned into a two-way deal) and eventually landed a multi-year deal. He was cut after two seasons and found himself unemployed in a gym performing with famous rapper J. Cole.

As Martin tells it, J.Cole reached out to Caron Butler, who got him a tryout for the Heat, and the rest was history. He did it again, going from a two-way deal to signing a 3-year/$20 million deal through 2025.

The Warm Up has become the Come Up.

As for the fantastic managers, they should be more than familiar with Martin as he proved to be a useful asset to the waiver wire throughout the 22-23 regular season. A lot of his opportunities came from injuries – the Heat have had the most games missed due to injury or health protocols this year, so their “next man” mentality is no surprise. But it’s not a blow for Martin, as his game has earned the trust of his teammates, staff and organization.

Martin sports the second-highest field goal (eFG) and true shot (TS) percentage in the playoffs, and heading into the NBA Finals, his 68.4% eFG was the highest in the league. NBA playoff history with at least 150 field goals. attempts, according to NBA Advanced Stats. His ability to knock down all three catch-and-shoots was a game-changer, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Martin averaged 19.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 3.1 threes and 1.4 assists with an absurd 60/49/88 shooting spreads over the seven-game series.

Although he didn’t win the award, he got my vote for Eastern Conference Finals MVP. As the Heat continue to adjust their roster in their quest for a championship, Martin may not be utilized as he was in previous rounds. But make no mistake – Martin is a key member of the Heat and should be competing for a starting role next year. His ridiculous display of effective shooting is excruciating, but the confidence works wonders, and I think it was kind of a coming out party for Martin.

The return of Tyler Herro likely puts a damper on his opportunity, but his playoff performance opened up more minutes at the SF and PF spots heading into next season. He should be a late-round selection and could be a top-100 player if he gets minutes in the 30s like he did in the 2022-23 playoffs.

Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves only lasted five games, but Edwards provided another glimpse of what we can expect next season. He averaged 31.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.0 threes, 1.8 steals and 2.0 blocks with just 1.6 turnovers in his first-round streak against the Nuggets. His shooting spreads were also solid, ranging from 48/35/85.

Fantasy managers are well aware of the advantage Edwards brings in 9-cat leagues, and although he has underperformed against his ADP (he finished 37 with an ADP of 20 in pre-season ), I came away excited for how unleashed the playoff version of Edwards could be unleashed heading into his fourth NBA season. He saw the third-highest use rate in the playoffs at 33.3 and was third on the team in potential assists and rebound chances. He was also aggressive on both sides of the ball and was the only playoff player to average at least 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks.

He has improved in points, rebounds, assists, 3-point percentage, and FG percentage in every season since entering the league. Dropping two 30-point games — with a 41-point outing against the Western Conference champions — shows he’s ready to take the next leap.

The Timberwolves know their Twin Cities’ frontcourt experiment didn’t work, so if Karl Anthony Towns is moved this offseason, it could allow Ant-Man to operate more in space and take the reins of his team.

Although he finished with fourth-round value in 9-category leagues, fantasy managers are expected to sign him as a late second/early third-round pick next year.

Honorable mentions: Gabe Vincent and Malik Monk

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