Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
31. Rudy Gay*, Sac SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7334.7.455.8220.96.02.90.931.30.83.120.0277.5
2015 Projections7635.5.445.8160.96.12.80.971.40.82.919.574.5
2015 Outlook: A top-40 fantasy player for much of his eight-year career, Gay fit in nicely after an early-season trade to Sacramento. With 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 3-pointers to go along with terrific percentages in 55 games for the Kings, Gay is a proven multicategory producer for fantasy leaguers. With almost no competition for minutes and touches in Sacramento, Gay figures to have yet another fine season. He'll remain a safe and consistent top-40 fantasy play in 2014-15. --BM
32. Al Horford, Atl C, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics2933.0.567.6820.18.42.61.190.91.52.218.6225.5
2015 Projections6934.6.561.6920.19.12.91.381.01.42.118.7242.5
2015 Outlook: You've got to ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? Even Dirty Harry could have been punked twice by Horford's torn pecs, which essentially cost him two of his past three seasons. That's because we've seen 20 PPG, 10 PPG, 55 FG% potential from him when healthy. Before he got hurt last season, Horford was averaging 18.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG and 1.5 BPG. The arrival of Paul Millsap left fewer rebounds for Horford, but he made up for that with a bump in BPG. If you believe tearing each pectoral muscle was a fluke and are feeling lucky, draft Horford early (especially in points leagues) then cross your fingers and hope you don't get punked. --TC
33. DeAndre Jordan, LAC CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8235.0.676.4280.013.60.90.601.02.51.510.4840
2015 Projections8033.7.663.4260.012.10.70.470.92.31.510.4217
2015 Outlook: After showing both promise and inconsistency for his first five seasons, Jordan finally put everything together in his sixth, posting career highs in almost every major fantasy category. With 10.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks per game, Jordan finished as the league's top rebounder and ranked third in blocks per game behind only Anthony Davis and Serge Ibaka. Despite his defensive prowess, he's still a work in process offensively, particularly from the free throw line at just 42.8 percent in 4.6 attempts per game. Still, as he's the lone rim protector on this Clippers roster, owners shouldn't worry much about the arrival of Spencer Hawes. Draft Jordan for his dominance in boards and blocks, but make sure you have a strategy to account for his free throw issues. --BM
34. Dwight Howard, Hou C, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7133.7.591.5470.012.21.80.570.81.83.218.3567
2015 Projections7034.7.587.5240.012.51.70.551.02.03.118.1136
2015 Outlook: Howard posted 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks in what was mostly a successful first season with the Rockets. Unfortunately, it was his lowest shot-blocking total since his second year in the league, and he still shot just 54.7 percent from the free throw line in 9.0 attempts per game. Fantasy owners tolerated his poor free throw shooting in the past because of his dominance in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. But is it still worth punting the free throw category now that we have more and more rebounding and shot-blocking options in the league? He can still be a valuable fantasy asset, but only if you have a plan to protect against his free throw shooting. --BM
35. Eric Bledsoe, Pho PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics4332.9.477.7721.24.75.51.641.60.33.317.7204
2015 Projections7031.6.465.7760.94.55.11.651.50.63.115.5180.5
2015 Outlook: Bledsoe's first season as a starter in Phoenix was marred by a knee injury that forced him to miss 39 games, but that didn't stop him from proving that he could be as productive as a starter as he was off the bench for the Clippers. With 17.7 points, 4.7 boards, 5.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 32.9 minutes, Bledsoe was a top-25 fantasy player when healthy. He'll likely lose a few minutes with newcomer Isaiah Thomas in town, but Bledsoe is a rare talent who should be able to retain most of his production in the Suns' deep and exciting backcourt as long as he can keep himself healthy. --BM
36. Kemba Walker, Cha PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7335.8.393.8371.54.26.12.641.20.42.317.7242.5
2015 Projections7735.1.417.8221.34.05.62.441.50.42.317.4182.5
2015 Outlook: Walker is just 24 years old but already has proved capable of being the center point of an offense. Even better, that has been reflected in statistical production in every guard category; he can score, dish, swipe, drop 3s and even hit the glass. If he's going to take his game (both fantasy and NBA) to the next level, though, he will have to substantially increase his career 39.8 FG%. The addition of Lance Stephenson to the Hornets' backcourt could help by lessening the offensive pressure on Walker, thus improving his shot selection. Walker isn't likely to explode beyond what we've seen from him the past two seasons, but he is a safe draft target. --TC
37. Kobe Bryant*, LAL SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics629.5.425.8570.54.36.31.121.20.25.713.81.5
2015 Projections5731.3.450.8411.24.54.71.471.10.33.221.6118
2015 Outlook: Kobe returned from Achilles surgery to play in six games in December before a fractured knee forced him to miss the remainder of the season. The 36-year-old future Hall of Famer has put a lot of mileage on his body during the course of his 18-year career, but his competitive spirit should allow him to remain a force for a few more seasons if he can remain healthy. Remember, it was only two seasons ago when he posted 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game. Given his age and injury concerns, Kobe will be a high-risk/high-reward candidate with major upside potential this season. --BM
38. Derrick Rose, Chi PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics1031.1.354.8441.63.24.31.260.50.13.415.9-15
2015 Projections6534.4.449.8181.43.47.12.030.80.53.521.7161
2015 Outlook: There is a reason why you play the lotto for only $1: Because the risk of spending a buck on a big jackpot is reasonable. But you don't bet the house on the lotto, because you wouldn't risk losing your home for a longshot. You should address Rose in the same manner. Rose could be a top-five jackpot, but history (missed 197 of the past 246 games) suggests that he is a lotto-sized longshot to pay off. Let someone else take the risk in the first round or two of your drafts, but consider him if he slips into the third round when the investment is more practical. --TC
39. Brook Lopez, Bkn CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics1731.4.563.8170.06.00.90.570.51.81.620.7114
2015 Projections7031.1.536.7790.06.61.00.590.51.91.720.0202
2015 Outlook: At 26, Lopez should be stepping into his prime years as a stud fantasy center, capable of averaging 20 PPG, 8 RPG, 2 BPG, 50 FG% and 80 FT%. Instead, he joins Derrick Rose as the ultimate fantasy wild cards this season due to his inability to stay healthy, plus he still can't seem to hit the glass at a respectable rate. Lopez has played a total of only 79 games the past three seasons and has had three foot surgeries. The hope is that his latest procedure will fix the problem permanently, but only time will tell. If Lopez can get back to full speed, new coach Lionel Hollins should get the most out of him. Consider drafting Lopez after all of the safe studs are gone. --TC
40. Nikola Vucevic, Orl C, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics5731.8.507.7660.011.01.80.931.10.82.014.2391
2015 Projections7232.3.509.7290.011.32.01.051.00.91.915.195.5
2015 Outlook: 2013-14 was a disappointment for those who thought that Vucevic would build upon his breakout 2012-13 campaign. Injuries limited him to just 57 games and his production pretty much leveled off to where it was the previous season. Keep in mind, though, that Vuce doesn't turn 24 until just prior to this season, so there is plenty of room for growth on offense. In fact, he averaged 15.8 PPG on just 13.5 FGA (52.1 FG%) after the break last season, and he was much improved at the free throw line (76.6 FT% on the season), which hints at more upside beyond his high-end rebounding. The masses may be down on him after last season, which should allow you to get him at a good value on draft day. --TC
41. Klay Thompson, GS SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8135.4.444.7952.83.12.21.340.90.51.718.4211
2015 Projections8134.1.438.8122.63.22.21.290.90.51.717.1157.5
2015 Outlook: The Warriors had an opportunity to trade for Kevin Love over the offseason, but balked once Thompson's name was included in the negotiations. It was a big vote of confidence for Thompson, who has shot over 40 percent from downtown in each of his first three seasons. We'd love to see him do more in rebounds, assists, and steals, but we won't complain with 18.4 points and 2.8 3-pointers per game for the 24-year old sharpshooter. Already a top-40 fantasy player for the past two seasons, Thompson should continue to improve as he enters his fourth season in the league. --BM
42. Thaddeus Young, Bkn SF, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7934.4.454.7121.16.02.31.102.10.52.117.9345
2015 Projections7833.6.476.6820.76.32.01.171.90.61.716.4154
2015 Outlook: Coming off a career year that saw him post 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.1 3-pointers for the rebuilding Sixers, Young joins the Timberwolves where he'll immediately become one of the top options on the offensive end. He thrived under similar conditions last season, and the Wolves will lean heavily on him as they look to rebuild around their new core. He makes for a terrific fourth-round fantasy selection, especially for those looking to secure a dominant steal artist. --BM
43. Derrick Favors, Uta PF, CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7330.2.522.6690.08.71.20.711.01.51.813.3426.5
2015 Projections7533.1.512.6730.09.81.30.621.11.82.114.2117.5
2015 Outlook: In a season that will be considered a disappointment by most, Favors underperformed compared to his high expectations, but still managed to finish 56th on our Player Rater after a strong second half. With averages of 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.7 blocks while shooting 55.2 percent from the floor in just 29.7 minutes per game after the All-Star break, it's easy to see the 23-year-old's massive potential. Some owners may be wary after spending a high draft pick last season on Favors, but the big man is still improving, and is a perfect post-hype breakout candidate as he enters his fifth season in the league. --BM
44. Chandler Parsons, Dal SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7437.6.472.7421.85.54.02.071.20.41.916.6391
2015 Projections7636.0.475.7261.75.43.62.001.10.41.815.3224
2015 Outlook: A severely underrated fantasy option over the past two seasons, Parsons parlayed his fantastic play in Houston into a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks. Parsons will fit into the Mavericks' plans similarly to the way that he fit in with the Rockets as the third scoring option now behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. With averages of 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers last season, Parsons should be able to duplicate or improve on his numbers from a year ago. He's a third-round talent that can likely be found in the fourth round in drafts this season. --BM
45. Kenneth Faried, Den PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8027.2.545.6500.08.61.20.710.90.91.713.7502.5
2015 Projections7531.0.549.6410.09.91.30.731.01.11.815.3165.5
2015 Outlook: The "Manimal" may be undersized, but what he lacks in height, he more than makes up for with quickness, athleticism and energy in the paint. His skills translate well on paper too, as evidenced by his unbelievable second half with J.J. Hickson on the shelf: 18.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks while shooting 54.6 percent from the floor in just 31.2 minutes per game. Hickson is still working his way back from ACL surgery, but head coach Brian Shaw should still be able to find 30-plus minutes for Faried even if Hickson returns at full strength. Now entering his fourth professional season, Faried has superstar potential if he can continue to build of his brilliant second half last season. --BM