It’s Week 6 of the fantasy basketball season and one participant who appears to have slid manner too far in virtually each league’s draft is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — an early MVP candidate.
So the place would SGA be picked if our specialists may do issues over and draft as we speak?
Here are André Snellings, Eric Moody, Eric Karabell, Jim McCormick and John Cregan to clarify.
It ought to be Round 1! Gilgeous-Alexander simply continues to enhance, and whereas I doubt anybody anticipated he would common greater than 30 PPG, all of it appears authentic. He’s among the many top 5 in area aim makes an attempt per sport, in half as a result of Josh Giddey is the one different member of the Thunder asserting himself sufficient to be among the many top 65 in the league in makes an attempt. Will this transformation? Doesn’t look like it. SGA can shoot as a lot as he desires, and he is providing extra steals, blocks and taking pictures effectivity than ever earlier than. This is clearly a top-10 NBA fantasy choice. — Carabell
The Player Rater is not infallible, however it’s a honest illustration of statistical worth and stability in that every fundamental class is weighted towards a given positional pool. Shai is at present third on this index of worth and if I needed to guess he’ll find yourself in the top eight by season’s finish, as we will anticipate some stage of regression to his wonderful defensive stats. But there may be clearly a path to unfettered utilization on a staff that seems extra comfy making an attempt to win video games than in years previous. All this mentioned, I’d take Gilgeous-Alexander proper across the finish of the primary spherical, forward of the likes of Ja Morant, Trae Young, James Harden, Damian Lillard and such. — McCormick
I’d draft Gilgeous-Alexander in the top 10. He’s averaged 31.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.8 SPG and 1.8 SPG. That’s 55.3 factors per sport for fantasy managers in factors leagues. Managers surprise if they need to maximize Gilgeous-Alexander’s commerce worth given his unusually excessive statistical manufacturing and harm historical past. I’d hearken to provides. — Moody
Drafting for a one-week hypothetical matchup that performs subsequent week, with games-played totals equal? I might draft SGA No. 2 total no matter format (nevertheless, my No. 1 total decide would shift.) If I smoosh roto and factors valuations collectively, I’d put Luka Doncic, Gilgeous-Alexander and Stephen Curry in the top tier. But in phrases of drafting for the remainder of the season? I’d be hard-pressed to draft SGA larger than eighth total. Because it is OKC … and since Victor Wembanyama is that good. Their propensity for deep-sea roster constructing is one thing you must assume will repeat itself till it does not. — Cregan
If I have been drafting as we speak, I’d take Gilgeous-Alexander in the again half of the primary spherical. I might nonetheless put Luka, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Tyrese Haliburton forward of him. Other than that, he is honest sport. I nonetheless fear about availability over the course of the season; he missed 26 video games final season after lacking 37 the season earlier than. Plus, the Thunder are closely invested in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, and it does not behoove them to win an excessive amount of this season. With that mentioned, SGA is producing online game numbers on a nightly foundation proper now and has earned a spot in the primary spherical of redrafts this season. — Snellings