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The regular season of the NBA is in the book, and that’s the end of the fantastic basketball campaign. However, it is never too early to start thinking about the upcoming basketball season.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest question marks in the league that go into the off-season: what each situation could mean for the fantastic leagues of 2022-23.
The Trail Blazers had hoped to reach the playoffs, but they quickly failed when Lillard failed to shake off his early-season abdominal injury. He played only 29 games, he was not his usual person when he was on the floor, he averaged 24.0 points, 40.2% shooting from the field. After he came out, the Blazers decided to blow things up CJ McCollum, Norman Powell և: Robert Covington by the time the trade deadline expired.
Lillard should be healthy for next season, but is Portland going to add veterans to try to return to the playoffs or completely rebuild by removing him? If Lillard had stayed in Portland, his interest rates would probably have dropped off the charts. However, if he plays with other superstars around him in a rival team, it may be difficult for him to average at least 28.8 points per game, as he has done in a series of consecutive campaigns this season.
What, given his almost armored record before this season, Lillard will be at the top of the list of candidates for a fantastic comeback in 2022-2023.
What a strange season for Williamson. He underwent out-of-season surgery to repair a fracture in his right leg, “we found out by the end of September.” Then he had failures, strangely enough, he spent a lot of time away from the team.
In the end, he did not play a single game for the Pelicans, who still managed to miss the playoffs.
Looking at the tea owners, it seems that Williamson may not be happy in New Orleans. When Pels first acquired McCollum on a trade deadline, there were reports that Williamson did not even initially greet him on the team. If he stays with the Pelicans and is healthy, he will have a lot of talent around him at McCollum, Brandon Ingram և: Jonas Valanchunas.
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The most likely scenario is that Williamson will stay in place, but how far will the fantasy leaders reach the trigger? Two seasons ago, Williamson was the dominant force, especially in terms of points և field goals, but injury concerns will almost certainly leave him out of the top three rounds. Choosing Williamson’s list in 2022-23 would be a risky proposition, but it could pay big dividends if he could get back on track.
How will Ben Simmons perform in Brooklyn?
If we were talking about weird weather, it was a wild walk for Simmons. After collapsing in the playoffs last season, Simmons asked the 76ers for an exchange and decided to stay out until he succeeded. He appeared for a moment after being fined several times, but was infamously told to quit the practice after he did not engage in it at all. It took a while, but the 76ers finally gave in, handing him over to the Nets, which led to James Harden.
Simmons is in the new team, but he has not left the field yet, as he is dealing with a back injury. There is some hope that he will play in the playoffs at some point, but it is not an ideal moment for him to hang out with his new teammates.
Whether or not Simmons will play in the playoffs, he will have a full off-season after this summer. It should help him adjust to his new teammates, but play his attacking role side by side Mr. Durant և: Kairi Irving may be limited. The potentially limited use of it, the lack of three-point shots և low percentages may make him compete in the roto leagues, but his ability to collect references, transfers և defensive statistics will make him an attractive option in the leagues.
Like Williamson, his losing 2021-22 season will knock him out of the draft, but before this season he did not have the same level of injury concerns.
Can Cowie Leonard get back on track?
The Clippers had a season full of injuries, with Leonard (knee) leading the division. He has not played a single game, most likely, will not be available for the playoffs, even if the Clippers go ahead. His absence means that he has not played more than 60 games in any of the last five seasons.
Leonard has a history of proven injuries, he will be 31 years old after entering the next season, so it is risky to improve his health. The Clippers will probably be careful with him և he may not play both games in the back set throughout the season. Recognizing his name կատար Performing in the past may make him an early pick in some leagues, but the best can allow him to be given another fantastic manager. Even if Leonard returns to his former identity, statistically, his best case scenario is 65 to 70 games.
What are the Lakers doing with Russell Westbrook?
To say that Westbrook’s first season with the Lakers did not work out would be an understatement. Not only did his fantasy production suffer, but the Lakers did not even participate in the playoffs. Injuries to: LeBron James և: Anthony Dee They were a factor, but Westbrook և his ability to shoot poorly never seemed good to James.
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Westbrook will not be a free agent until next season, so the Lakers will have to decide whether they want to try to work with him or reduce their losses by making a deal with him. The problem is that he plans to earn more than $ 47 million next season, which will make it harder to find a trading partner. It’s hard to imagine Westbrook finding a way back to Los Angeles, so if he stays in the Lakers, he will be out for the 2022-23 season at a fantastic low of all time.
What impact will the return of Jamal Murray և Michael Porter Jr. have on Nikola Jokic?
Jokic has led many fantastic managers to the championship this season. He was as good as he could be, averaging 27.1 points per game, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals և 1.3 three points, 58.3% from the field և 81.0%: from the free throw line. He also rarely played a total of 74 games.
One of the reasons Djokich could be so effective was that Porter (back) only played nine games, while Murray (knee) did not play at all. Jokic usage rate has risen to 31.9% from 29.6% in 2020-21. Not only did this give Jokic extra shot-scoring opportunities, but he also prevented the Nuggets from hitting the top of the Western Conference standings. They had to fight to get out of the game, which led to Djokich having a hard time “playing until the end of the night”.
It’s hard to argue with Djokovic, who is once again the best fantasy pick next season. Even with Porter և Murray և they played well, in 2021-2022 he averaged 35 minutes in 72 games while publishing just as gorgeous numbers.
If you are lucky enough to draw the first choice in your draft, Djokic is as close as possible to pointless.