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Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice: Keyonte George, Jordan Poole, De’Andre Hunter, Jordan Hawkins

Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice: Keyonte George, Jordan Poole, De’Andre Hunter, Jordan Hawkins

This season has been so good so far. In the East, the Celtics and the 11th-seeded Raptors are separated by just 5.5 games. In the West, the rolling Timberwolves have a lead of just six games over the Clippers in the 10th seed. Half of the NBA has at least 10 wins, and just three teams have five or fewer losses. If the competition continues to be this tight, we’re in for an outstanding season.

Then there’s the Wizards, Spurs and Pistons, but don’t mind them.

Onto the fun stuff!

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Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice (Week 6)

Trade For

Keyonte George (UTA – PG, SG)

Keyonte George has quickly become Utah’s go-to lead guard. Collin Sexton has yet to start a single game this season, while his rookie counterpart has done so 11 times. What’s more, the former Baylor Bear averages five more minutes per game than Sexton. George’s efficiency has been less than stellar, but that should be baked into his price in trade talks. More than anything, he’s a player to add because of his growing potential.

In acquiring George, you’re hoping that he’s currently operating at his scoring floor. He’s shooting just 34.1% from the field and 32.6% from deep on the season. If that doesn’t improve in the short term, lean on the fact that George leads all rookies in assists per game.

Players to Trade Him For Who Are Ranked Higher: Anthony Black, Patrick Beverley, Payton Pritchard

Trade Away

Jordan Poole (WAS – PG, SG)

If it wasn’t for the Pistons and the spotlight on Victor Wembanyama, the Wizards would be the stand-alone butt of the joke in the NBA. Jordan Poole hasn’t helped their case. What we thought would be a very productive season for Poole has been dreadful. The guard is having his least efficient season since his rookie year, and he’s setting low marks in scoring and assist averages over his last three seasons.

Poole’s ceiling is somewhat high, as he’s had six games of over 22 points, but he’s nowhere near the level of rebounder or playmaker that would make up for his frequent, poor outings.

Float Poole’s name around in your league and see if anyone takes the bait.

Players to Trade Him For Who Are Ranked Lower: Ja Morant, CJ McCollum, D’Angelo Russell

Trade For

De’Andre Hunter (ATL – SF, PF)

The injury to Jalen Johnson leaves Atlanta with just two starting-caliber small forwards: Saddiq Bey and De’Andre Hunter. Hunter has played nearly three full games since Johnson’s injury (who played just eight minutes before exiting last Sunday). In those games, the Virginia product has recorded 24, 18 and 12 points with a combined 14 rebounds and – oddly – the same number of fouls.

Johnson is set to miss about four weeks, so look for Hunter to see a raised floor and ceiling in that time. Bey, a slightly more efficient shooter than Hunter, is also a worthy addition.

Players to Trade Him For Who Are Ranked Higher: Kelly Oubre Jr., Patrick Williams, Deni Avdija

Trade Away

Jordan Hawkins (NOR – SG)

Reluctantly, Jordan Hawkins is a trade-away candidate despite his great season so far. This year’s 14th overall pick has scored 15 or more points six times this season and has three games of at least 25. Hawkins ranks 22nd in the NBA in three-point attempts per game at 7.5, and he knocks down 37.1% of them.

However, with Trey Murphy III on the cusp of his return and CJ McCollum‘s reinsertion to the lineup, Hawkins’ volume is sure to take a hit.

Players to Trade Him For Who Are Ranked Lower: Keyonte George, Norman Powell


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