Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we pose a question to a panel of ESPN fantasy basketball experts to gauge their thoughts on a hot topic.
Today’s contributors are ESPN Fantasy’s Joe Kaiser, Jim McCormick, André Snellings and Kyle Soppe.
Paul Millsap returned from his wrist injury on Tuesday, tallying 9 points, 7 boards, 2 dimes, 1 steal and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. What are your expectations for the 33-year-old veteran for the rest of this season?
Clippers: Rivers made light of the previous meeting, saying: “We’ve kind of barricaded all the secret passageways. … We’re going to build a wall. And I’m not paying for it, Houston is going to pay for it.” … F Danilo Gallinari missed his third consecutive game with a bruised right hand. … G C.J. Williams was recalled from the G League. He last played with the Clippers on Jan. 10. Tyrone Wallace went back down.
Kyle Soppe: I think Booker still has room to grow as an NBA player, especially in terms of better shot selection and being more aggressive. However, in terms of fantasy numbers? This is as good as it gets.
The 2017-2018 Phoenix Suns are the perfect storm for a bucket getter. They possess a bottom-five defense and play at a top-five pace, which leads to the team routinely playing catch up. With all of those stars aligned, Booker’s usage rate is in the LeBron James/Kyrie Irving tier — a level of involvement that raises both his floor and ceiling to heights that will be hard to match in the future.
Jim McCormick: Millsap’s usage rate during those first 16 games with the Nuggets was 24.2 percent, while his usage rate during his final two seasons in Atlanta was 24.3 percent. His rebounding rate with Denver, however mediocre for a power forward, is right in line with last season.
I think Millsap’s first 16 games with Denver before getting injured offer a Cheap Knock Off Jerseys good bit of clarity for what to expect going forward; he averaged 13.1 shots and 11.9 rebounding chances (within 3.5 feet of an available rebound) in nearly 31 MPG and converted these opportunity Cheap Jerseys Zoom rates into 16.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.3 BPG and 1.3 3PG. Solid, if unspectacular.