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Derrick Rose (Bulls)- Rose elevated his game in the playoffs averaging 19.7 points, 6.4 assists, 6.3 assists and shot 49% from the field. During the regular season he finished 17thin assists (6.3) along with .2 threes per game and .8 steals per game. He is a dynamicpoint guard withgreat speed and strength but did not have a great fantasy season. For him to jump into the elite PG tier he needs to increase his threes, steals and free throw %.  Owners may by into his hype and draft him in rounds 3-4. Remember while he should improve this year he ranked 91st on the ESPN fantasy player rater.

David Lee (Knicks)- Lee set career highs in points (16.0), rebounds (11.7), steals (1.0), minutes (34.9) last season. The restricted free agent is expected to sign a one year with the Knickssoon. While he led the NBA with 65 double-doubles he finished third in rebounding. Troy Murphy finished ahead of Lee in bounds and is the better fantasy option. Even though he averaged less points and shot worse from the field he averaged more assists, blocks and had a higher FT %. The Pacer also made 191 three-pointers last season. Lee has yet to make a three-pointer in 287 career games. Murphy is an injury risk but he has more upside because of his versatility.

Carlos Boozer (Jazz)- Boozer is a 20-10 player when he is healthy. However, he played in just 37 games last season due to a knee injury. His scoring production was down at 16.2 points per game.  Boozer is an elite power forwards in the NBA but his lack of block shots makes him a weak fantasy option. He has never averaged more than .7 block shots in a season and has averaged more than 11 rebounds once. Paul Millsap started 38 games at PF for the Jazz last season and averaged 16 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1 block and shot 54% from the field. Not only did he reel of 19 straight double-doubles but wasof 15 players to average at least one steal and one block.

Elton Brand (76ers)- Brand has played just 37 games over the past two seasons. His scoring and rebounding has declined over the past three years. While he is relatively young (30 years-old) he received more rest on his achilles while recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery. The 76ers offense is a good fit for him and he should regain quickness and strengt hfor the upcoming season. He is a risk-reward player who when healthy is a 20-10 with solid %’s and blocks. Even though he does not block many shots Luis Scola is a safer option with upside and will go rounds later.

Josh Smith (Hawks)- Smith’s value relies heavily on his blocked shots. He averaged a career low 1.6 last season while his points and rebounding dipped from the previous season. He also shot 29% from downtown and 58% from the free throw line. While he should bounce back this season he is too risky to be drafted early.

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