Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Stephen Curry, GS PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7836.5.471.8853.34.38.52.271.60.23.824.01949
2015 Projections7536.6.466.8833.34.27.92.251.60.23.523.21786
2015 Outlook: Many will be surprised to learn that it was Curry, not LeBron James, who finished second on the Player Rater behind Kevin Durant last season. With his ankle injuries a thing of the past, Curry posted a versatile 24.0 points, 4.3 boards, 8.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.3 3-pointers while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 88.5 percent from the line. The addition of backup Shaun Livingston may allow Curry to play off the ball a little more this season, which could result in a decrease in assists but with a corresponding bump in scoring. Either way, he's one of the most well-rounded options in fantasy leagues and should easily provide top-5 value this season. --BM
2. James Harden, Hou SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7338.0.456.8662.44.76.11.681.60.43.625.41775
2015 Projections7337.0.453.8602.34.65.71.631.60.43.524.21690
2015 Outlook: Harden was masterful in his second season with the Rockets posting a versatile 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on the season. Those numbers, along with his 86.6 percent shooting in 9.1 free throw attempts per game, were good enough to finish fifth on our Player Rater in 2013-14. With Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin gone, and Trevor Ariza brought in, Harden may be asked to do even more for the Rockets on the offensive end. He's an easy first-round selection, and an argument could be made to take him with a top-5 pick this season. --BM
3. Kawhi Leonard, SA SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics6629.1.522.8021.06.22.01.661.70.81.212.81140
2015 Projections7434.7.514.8121.27.22.21.702.00.81.315.91503
2015 Outlook: Slowed by a fractured hand to start the season, Leonard delivered an absolutely brilliant second half culminating with his MVP performance in the NBA Finals. Despite his slow start, he was easily a top-10 fantasy player after the All-Star break with 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting 53.1 percent from the floor and 86.2 percent from the line over his last 25 games. Now a full-blown superstar on an aging Spurs roster, Leonard is poised to deliver a full breakout in 2014-15. He's a borderline first-round draft pick in fantasy leagues thanks to his statistical diversity and upside. --BM
4. Nicolas Batum, Por SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8236.0.465.8031.87.55.12.020.90.72.513.01547
2015 Projections7836.1.452.8181.96.74.71.961.00.82.413.51411
2015 Outlook: One of the most unique fantasy players in the game, Batum finished 17th on our Player Rater on the strength of his statistical diversity. Batum won't dominate any one particular category, but with 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers with terrific percentages, the 25-year-old is one of the most well-rounded fantasy players in the game. We'd love to see him get back up over a steal and a block per game, but there's very little to complain about with Batum's fantasy game. He's a second-round talent who may fall into the third round due to his lack of scoring. --BM
5. Goran Dragic, Pho PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7635.1.505.7601.63.25.92.101.40.32.820.31506
2015 Projections7733.5.487.7591.43.16.22.291.40.32.717.71398
2015 Outlook: After underperforming in his first season with Phoenix, Dragic delivered a brilliant post-hype breakout season for the Suns in 2013-14. He finished the season as a top-20 fantasy player on the strength of 20.3 points, 5.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. Part of his breakout was aided by Eric Bledsoe's inability to stay on the court, but make no mistake, Dragic was dominant all season long. With newcomers Isaiah Thomas and Tyler Ennis in town, the Suns have a freakishly deep and exciting backcourt, which may cut into Dragic's bottom line. That said, he should remain a top-30 fantasy candidate as he has separated himself as the clear leader of the group. --BM
6. Monta Ellis, Dal SG, PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8236.9.451.7880.83.65.71.781.70.33.219.01433
2015 Projections7837.2.438.7871.03.75.91.841.80.33.219.31362
2015 Outlook: Armed with top-notch quickness and speed, Ellis can be a dynamic fantasy player thanks to his ability to fill up the stat sheet in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers. He was terrific in his first season in Dallas, finishing 22nd on our Player Rater thanks to his 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.8 3-pointers. Improved shot selection resulted in fewer 3-point attempts (2.5) but a corresponding bump in field goal percentage (45.1 percent). Chandler Parsons' arrival adds a bit more firepower to the Mavericks lineup, but there's still plenty of ball to go around for Ellis to remain a borderline elite option in fantasy leagues. --BM
7. Eric Bledsoe, Pho PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics4332.9.477.7721.24.75.51.641.60.33.317.7795
2015 Projections7031.6.465.7760.94.55.11.651.50.63.115.51171
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
8. Kobe Bryant, LAL SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics629.5.425.8570.54.36.31.121.20.25.713.876
2015 Projections5731.3.450.8411.24.54.71.471.10.33.221.61071
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
9. Klay Thompson, GS SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8135.4.444.7952.83.12.21.340.90.51.718.41156
2015 Projections8134.1.438.8122.63.22.21.290.90.51.717.11101
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
10. Gordon Hayward, Uta SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7736.4.413.8161.15.15.21.891.40.52.816.21301
2015 Projections7735.9.422.8191.25.24.81.921.30.62.516.01316
2015 Outlook: Hayward parlayed his breakout season into a four-year, $63 million contract to remain in Utah. The Jazz may have been forced to overpay for Hayward, but the 24-year-old is extremely versatile with 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 3-pointers last season. He shot only 41.3 percent from the floor, but his 81.6 percent from the line helped him finish 39th on our Player Rater. Hayward has improved massively in each of his first four seasons, and the Jazz will continue to rely heavily on him on the offensive end, even with Dante Exum in town. Given his ability to put up numbers in multiple categories, Hayward is a fantastic pick in the fourth or fifth round. --BM
11. Dwyane Wade*, Mia SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics5432.9.545.7330.24.54.71.571.50.53.019.01053
2015 Projections5732.6.501.7400.24.44.81.711.40.72.818.51051
2015 Outlook: D-Wade will turn 33 midseason, but with 26,331 minutes' worth of wear and tear on his knees, his body behaves a lot older than that. Wade said he'd like to play 75-plus games this season, but he hasn't reached that mark in his previous three tries (and only five times during his 11 campaigns in the Association). LeBron's absence will make things even tougher on Wade, even with Luol Deng as a capable contributor in James' stead. Still, Wade's stats were solid last season and will be this one, too, when he's not in the infirmary. Bottom line: Don't be the person who thinks he's drafting a Hall of Fame stud in the second round; be the person who snags a good value scorer if he drops into the middle rounds. --TC
12. DeMar DeRozan, Tor SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7938.2.429.8240.84.34.01.781.10.42.222.71471
2015 Projections8037.6.433.8280.83.93.71.761.00.32.122.11430
2015 Outlook: For a minute there (14 November games), it looked like DeRozan suddenly figured out how to shoot 3-pointers (1.5 per game that month). That turned out to be an aberration, as he never topped 0.8 per game in any other month. To his credit, he shot a career-high 30.5 percent from 3-point range, but that's nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, the Raps will continue to lean heavily on him as a scorer (22.7 PPG, 17.8 FGA), and he's a favorite for those of us who love volume free throw shooters (8.0 FGA per game at 82.4 percent). DeRozan also chipped in a career-high 4.0 APG. Even if he never delivers from beyond the arc, there's a lot to like in his fantasy game. --TC
13. Wesley Matthews, Por SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8233.9.441.8372.53.52.41.790.90.21.316.41196
2015 Projections7634.3.436.8332.43.42.41.721.10.21.415.71065
2015 Outlook: A prototypical fantasy shooting guard who can score, create steals and knock down 3-pointers in bunches, Matthews turned in his best professional season in 2013-14, finishing 44th on our Player Rater at the end of the season. With 16.4 points, 0.9 steals and 2.5 3-pointers while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and 83.7 percent from the line, Matthews is as solid as they come at the shooting guard position. Select him with confidence as a top-50 player in this season's fantasy drafts. --BM
14. Victor Oladipo, Orl SG, PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8031.1.419.7800.94.14.11.281.60.53.213.81058
2015 Projections7334.6.449.7891.14.64.51.331.80.53.417.11209
2015 Outlook: The Magic cleared the way for a full-fledged breakout campaign for Oladipo by shipping Arron Afflalo out of town. Now, they will funnel their offense through his versatile skill set, which means he has the potential to push his scoring into the upper teens. Tack on the potential for 5 APG, 5 RPG, 2 SPG and 1 3-PPG, and its clear that Oladipo is going to generate a lot of valid hype in Fantasyland heading into the season. If he can get comfortable beyond the arc, well see his 3s and FG% rise, making him a complete fantasy stud. Unfortunately, a fractured cheekbone is going to cost him the first month or so of the season.
15. Andrew Wiggins, Min SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics--------------------------
2015 Projections7730.4.433.7920.94.31.40.671.10.72.113.4910
2015 Outlook: Selected by the Cavs with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Wiggins was subsequently traded to the Timberwolves as part of the Kevin Love deal -- a move that will undoubtedly make him one of the top fantasy rookies this season. Securing quality minutes is key for a young player that's as athletically gifted as Wiggins, and the rebuilding Wolves will not be shy about getting their new superstar on the court early and often this season. We should expect some growing pains on the offensive end, and he'll probably struggle with his field goal percentage, but he'll provide immediate help on the defensive side and should be able to rack up plenty of steals. There's enough upside and opportunity here to consider Wiggins starting in rounds 7-8. --BM