December basketball has never been such an enjoyable watch. From competitive nail-biters to historic performances, the NBA In-Season Tournament has been a resounding success.
With the NBA Cup Final on Saturday, regularly scheduled games start right back up on Sunday, which likely means your fantasy basketball league’s trade market will reignite. Let’s get into it!
Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice (Week 7)
Coby White has been downright awesome recently. In his last five games, the fifth-year guard is averaging 23 points, 5.6 rebounds, five assists and just 1.4 turnovers. Oh, and he’s shooting 45.7% from the field and is 23/48 from three. Day by day, it seems more likely that Zach LaVine has played his last minutes as a Bull after starting treatment for right foot inflammation a couple of days ago. LaVine is set to miss around a month, and White has already begun to make up for the loss in a big way.
In the event that DeMar DeRozan is also traded, White’s value will only rise. There’s really nowhere to go except up for the UNC product.
Shaedon Sharpe is a sell-high candidate, as he’s in the midst of his best three-game stretch of the season. Anfernee Simons returned to the lineup on Wednesday after not having played since Oct. 25. He scored 28 points on 27 shots in 37 minutes. Sharpe scored 26 on 18 shots in 42 minutes. Even by the earliest of returns, Simons appears to have already regained the alpha role in Portland.
In 37 career games without Simons, Sharpe averages 17.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and three assists per game. In 63 games with Simons, he averages 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Granted, the majority of those 63 games likely came with Damian Lillard also in the lineup, but the difference in those numbers is stark.
The 19-year-old Dereck Lively is simply the best big man on the Mavericks right now. As of Dec. 2, Lively and Luka Doncic executed the greatest number of lobs at 14, league-wide. That’s 14 in just 17 games.
Dallas’ former starting center, Dwight Powell, has already been relegated to the bench and has seen just 14.4 minutes per game since Lively’s arrival. Maxi Kleber has proven to be a non-factor this season, with just five games played and a 25% shooting clip.
Lively is the perfect long-term prospect to add to your fantasy team because he already has the starting center role locked down.
RJ Barrett has been far from bad this season, but he certainly hasn’t made a jump in the first year of his rookie extension. The wing is averaging 18.9 points, a career-low 3.9 rebounds and a career-low 2.6 assists in a – you guessed it – career-low 29.5 minutes per game.
Because the Knicks play five different SGs for at least 20 minutes per game, Barrett can often be phased out or ride the bench if a specific lineup proves successful in a certain spot.
There are smaller names who can be acquired and are equally as productive as Barrett.