Who are the best selections for the 2022-23 fantasy nba season

Let's look at the players who shined out this year when considering Average Draught Position to final rank (total value) to get things started.

Jayson Tatum in a file photo. (Image credits: twitter)
By Niranjan Shivalkar | Apr 28, 2023 | 5 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Although the season technically still has a few games left, for the sake of argument, the year is over. It’s time to start reflecting on the season that was, with the exception of a handful who are still playing in their roto leagues. Let’s look at the players who shined out this year when considering Average Draught Position to final rank (total value) to get things started. Who, to put it simply, had the best performance among those who were there in each round? 

So let’s get started.

Round 1: Jayson Tatum

Tatum is the primary selection this season, even though Jokic would seem to be the logical choice given his continuous development and his capacity to stay healthy. Before the season began, he was frequently still accessible in the middle of the first round, after the top players had been selected. Although his apparent wellness should have been more important when drafting him, given that he was freshly off a 76-game season, managers were right on when they thought about his per-game value. When comparing Tatum’s per-game statistics to the 2021–22 season, he has improved in every category, unlike the majority of players on this list. When the 2023–24 draught season comes along, he most likely will be offered at a bargain once more. He will likely go off the board after players like Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Luka Doncic, if I had to guess. After about take three, if there is a choice anywhere, Tatum needs to be given some thought.

Round 2: Domantas Sabonis

Another team that will be competing in the postseason is the Kings, which will please the long-suffering supporters. The influence of Sabonis is evident even though many have questioned their choice to trade Tyrese Haliburton away. His per-game statistics have been quite similar to those of the 2020–21 season, but his durability has increased his value as a whole. Even though Sabonis injured his thumb right before Christmas, he only missed one game as a result. Only two games have he missed all season, easily a career-best total. It is impossible to overestimate what he accomplishes offensively, even though his defense is still debatable. 

Sabonis, who performs a similar position to Nikola Jokic, is second in the league in both assists and rebounds per game. He has averaged the free throw line but has an exceptional field goal percentage (61 FG%). Sabonis, who is still under the age of 27, and De’Aaron Fox have developed a strong working relationship and should continue to produce top-30 seasons for at least a few more years.

Round 3: Donovan Mitchell

Similar to Gilgeous-Alexander, Mitchell started the season on fire, scoring 30 points or more in five of the first six games, rapidly dispelling any doubts managers may have had about Mitchell’s fit in Cleveland. The majority of his career has been spent as a top-30 player, therefore executives were playing it safe by selecting him in the final third round of most draughts. It was difficult to predict Mitchell would finish the season averaging a career-high 28.0 points per game while playing alongside Darius Garland. He has significantly less assists, but he continues to average 1.5 steals per game and has improved his field goal efficiency from 44.8 to 48.1 percent.  

For the initial time whilst LeBron James left, the Cavaliers will participate in the playoffs, and much of the credit for this should go to Mitchell. Mitchell, who has just turned 27, is entering his prime, so his output this season may continue for at least a few more years. Given his reliability, managers might have to select him in the second round to sign him for the upcoming campaign.

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Round 4: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

About the season Gilgeous-Alexander has created, not much needs to be said. Managers were perfectly within their rights to be cautious when anticipating his 2022–23 season because he has only played a total of 91 games over the previous two seasons. Add to that the fact that he was injured throughout the preseason, and his ADP rightfully dropped to the fourth round. After that, it was obvious he was going to have a breakthrough season because he scored at least 30 points in five of his first seven games. He averages 31.5 points per game with 2.7 steals and blocks, scoring at least 20 points in all but two games.

He averages 10.9 attempts and a roughly 91 percent free-throw shooting rate. Gilgeous-Alexander has been the catalyst on both sides of the court for the Thunder, who are poised to play in the postseason. Considering that he is only 24 years old, we might be contemplating someone who has the ability to post numerous top-5 seasons, with the top spot most definitely a possibility.

Round 5: Mikal Bridges

Given that Bridges has never missed a game in his career, durability continues to be a significant point of differentiation in terms of his Fantasy worth. While this alone increases his overall value, it is impossible to ignore his per-game output, especially over the last two months. Bridges has elevated his offensive game since moving to Brooklyn as part of the Kevin Durant trade. He has reached at least 30 points 11 times since being dealt, and he has also reached or above 40 points three times.  

Administrators rostering Bridges can consider themselves fortunate because this level of performance would not have even been taken into account prior to the move. On the negative side, over the previous month, he has averaged just 0.8 thefts per game, which is a slight decline in his defensive statistics. The Nets might make a few changes prior to opening night in order to prepare for the next season. Bridges isn’t likely to be in a better spot, so there’s a potential he was selected a little higher than expected.

Round 6: Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen was seen as a guy who may offer solid top-70 value during the season’s preseason buzz, because of what he accomplished the season before. Managers’ perceptions were tainted by the Jazz’s reputation as a team that would eventually shut it down. Markkanen was always going to be the Jazz’s top offensive option, and that has continued throughout the entire season. He has increased his scoring from 14.8 to 25.6 points per game this season while also shooting at a career-high percentage from the floor and free throw line. 

It’s simple for one to comprehend whether he has been such a stud in fantasy sports when you consider that he also has career-best stats for rebounds and 3-pointers. The Jazz seem committed to Markkanen as a vital element for the future after performing considerably better than many anticipated, suggesting that this season could be the start in a succession of top-30 seasons.