Jamal Crawford SG – Clippers
The Clippers decided to go with Crawford over Ray Allen and he’ll replace Nick Young, who is joining the Sixers. Crawford has the ability to score in bunches and drain 3-pointers, and the starting lineup of Chris Paul, Crawford, Caron Butler/Lamar Odom, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan should win a lot of games.
Ray Allen SG – Heat
Allen spurned the Celtics, angering fans in Boston along the way, to sign with LeBron and D-Wade in Miami. He’ll likely come off the bench, since Wade plays his position, but will be a much more reliable 3-point threat off the bench than Mike Miller and James Jones were last season. Allen’s fantasy value is on the way down, but he’ll still be worth owning for all the 3-pointers he should hit in Miami.
Jason Terry SG – Celtics
The Celtics will fill the hole left by Allen’s departure with Terry, who said he’d be back in Dallas if the Mavs would have come after him as strongly as the Celtics did. Terry going to Boston is especially important since Avery Bradley had more shoulder surgery recently, and Ray Allen won’t be back. Bradley won’t be ready until December and Terry’s value could see a boost since it looks like he’ll be starting for the Celtics. Boston is also said to be targeting another shooting guard – Courtney Lee – which would be a nice get for them. However, even if it happens, it looks like Terry will be the favorite to start in Boston.
Brandon Roy SG – Timberwolves
David Kahn strikes again, giving Roy a two-year guaranteed deal after he retired last season with chronic knee problems. The overwhelming sentiment is that Roy won’t be able to handle heavy minutes and will see a backup role in limited minutes off the bench. I also don’t think it will take much for his knee issues to come back into play, and I’m staying away from him this year.
Ryan Anderson F – Hornets
Anderson was shipped to the Hornets for Gustavo Ayon, who should see some decent minutes in Orlando, once the Dwightmare is over. As for Anderson with the Hornets, it will be very interesting to see if he still gets all those open looks from downtown without Howard in the mix. And it will also be interesting to see how the Hornets decide to divvy up minutes between Anderson and No. 1 draft pick, rookie Anthony Davis. I don’t know if Anderson, who is 6’10” can play small forward, but if he can, that would be a nice bonus for the Hornets. In any case, don’t expect Anderson to repeat last season’s surprising numbers, and don’t expect to see Davis coming off the bench.
Kyle Lowry PG - Raptors
After missing out on Steve Nash the Raptors did well to recover and get Lowry from the Rockets. The Raptors will have to trade or amnesty Jose Calderon in order to make Lowry a fantasy stud, but indications are that’s what the plan is. Lowry averaged nearly 15 points, seven assists, five boards, two steals and two 3-pointers prior to the All-Star break last year, but missed much of rest of the season with a freakish abdominal injury that eventually required surgery. All indications are that he is on track to come back strong, and he’s helped by the fact Dwane Casey, Toronto’s coach, loves him.
Kirk Hinrich G – Bulls
Hinrich can play both guard spots and should be in line for a ton of minutes in Chicago. Derrick Rose should miss most of the season as he recovers from knee surgery, while C.J. Watson is on his way out of town, meaning Hinrich will likely start at point guard for the Bulls on opening night. And after Richard Hamilton’s injury disaster last season, Hinrich could find himself at shooting guard on many nights, as well. He’s not going to be a fantasy stud, but should have a nice role and make for a solid value pick later in fantasy drafts.
Devin Harris PG – Hawks
Harris is now in Atlanta after being traded for Marvin Williams and should share point guard duties with Jeff Teague. Harris has shown that he has the potential to be a fantasy beast when healthy, but he’s been hurt a lot in the last few seasons, and a timeshare with Teague isn’t going to do him any favors.
Ramon Sessions PG – Mavericks?
Sessions opted to leave the Lakers and now wants a starting job. Dallas and Houston have the most glaring need there, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him start for the Mavs on opening night. He’s got potential to be a very good fantasy point guard, but hasn’t really proven himself as a starter. Therefore, expectations should be tempered for now – especially until we see where he lands.
Andre Miller PG – Nuggets
Miller was re-signed by the Nuggets, much to the chagrin of Ty Lawson owners in dynasty leagues. The two will share time at point guard again, as well as in the backcourt together, and we’d all be more excited about Lawson if Miller wasn’t still around.