Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Stephen Curry, GS PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7836.5.471.8853.34.38.52.271.60.23.824.06950
2015 Projections7536.6.466.8833.34.27.92.251.60.23.523.25891
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. Chris Paul, LAC PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics6235.0.467.8551.34.310.74.572.50.12.319.14800
2015 Projections7434.6.471.8651.24.010.14.392.50.12.318.54884
2015 Outlook: Paul delivered yet another dominant season finishing 12th on our Player Rater on the strength of 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.3 3-pointers with his usual terrific efficiency despite missing 20 games with a shoulder injury. Few can match Paul's dominance in assists and steals, and even less can do it while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 85 percent from the line. The point guard position may be as good and as deep as it's ever been, but Paul is clearly an elite option among his peers. Draft him accordingly. --BM
3. James Harden, Hou SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7338.0.456.8662.44.76.11.681.60.43.625.46547
2015 Projections7337.0.453.8602.34.65.71.631.60.43.524.25764
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
4. Russell Westbrook, OKC PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics4630.7.437.8261.55.76.91.801.90.23.821.83702
2015 Projections7636.5.442.8141.45.97.61.902.00.24.025.06135
2015 Outlook: Although knee injuries limited him to just 46 games in 2013-14, Westbrook quickly regained his athleticism and explosiveness with 21.8 points, 5.7 boards, 6.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in just 30.7 minutes per game, quite impressive given the concerns around his recovery. In fact, his per-minute numbers may have been the best of his six-year career. Last season's knee troubles may have some owners worried, but don't forget that this is a guy who hadn't missed a single game in his career prior to last season. With Kevin Durant sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks, Westbrook will be asked shoulder a heavy offensive load to start the season. Already a first round pick, Westbrook can be bumped up a spot or two on your draft sheets. --BM
5. John Wall, Wsh PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8236.3.433.8051.34.18.82.441.80.53.619.35920
2015 Projections7335.9.440.8021.34.09.12.521.70.63.620.04920
2015 Outlook: As is the case for most young ballers -- even the extremely talented ones -- it took Wall a few seasons for his body to adjust to the rigors of an 82-game campaign and pull his entire statistical arsenal together. The payoff last season was a full 82-game slate of high-end production, accented by career highs of 19.3 PPG, 16.3 FGA, 8.8 APG and 1.8 SPG. Furthermore, he added a 3-point shot to his game, averaging 1.3 per game and a respectable 35.1 percent. So long as he stays healthy, Wall will match or exceed those numbers this season. He has had nagging issues with his left knee, but he's heading into his physical prime at 25, so the upside is worth the risk of an early draft pick. --TC
6. Kawhi Leonard*, SA SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics6629.1.522.8021.06.22.01.661.70.81.212.83517
2015 Projections7434.7.514.8121.27.22.21.702.00.81.315.94046
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
7. Damian Lillard, Por PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8235.8.424.8712.73.55.62.370.80.32.420.76032
2015 Projections8236.9.426.8622.53.45.92.270.80.32.620.05422
2015 Outlook: There was no sophomore slump for the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year as Lillard finished inside the top 20 on our Player Rater for the second straight season. With averages of 20.7 points, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.7 3-pointers per game while shooting 87.1 percent from the free throw line in 5.2 attempts per game, Lillard is already a borderline elite point guard option in fantasy leagues. We'd like to see him improve his field goal percentage and increase his defensive intensity, but there's still plenty to love about the 24-year-old. Consistent and durable (he hasn't missed a game in his two-year career), Lillard is an extremely safe selection in this season's fantasy drafts. --BM
8. Ty Lawson, Den PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics6235.8.431.7981.23.58.82.721.60.23.217.64123
2015 Projections7535.1.454.7901.13.37.92.721.50.12.916.24159
2015 Outlook: Minor injuries forced Lawson to miss 20 games, but that didn't stop him from posting career highs in points (17.6), assists (8.8), and steals (1.6). As the team's main scorer and playmaker, Lawson saw his counting stats skyrocket at the expense of his field goal percentage, which dipped to a career-low 43.1 percent. The career 47.4 percent shooter should see improvements in his efficiency with added firepower in the form of a healthy Danilo Gallinari along with newcomers Arron Afflalo and Gary Harris. Provided that the Nuggets can remain healthy, we should expect a slight dip in scoring, but a corresponding bump in assists and field goal percentage from Lawson this season. He's not quite an elite option, but he's a great high-end second-tier point guard and a top 25-30 fantasy player. --BM
9. Nicolas Batum, Por SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8236.0.465.8031.87.55.12.020.90.72.513.04893
2015 Projections7836.1.452.8181.96.74.71.961.00.82.413.53931
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
10. Kyle Lowry, Tor PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7936.2.423.8132.44.77.43.021.50.22.517.95640
2015 Projections7136.5.418.8162.34.67.62.921.50.32.617.14373
2015 Outlook: Lowry posted career-best numbers in nearly every category last season, including 17.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 2.4 3s, 38.0 3-point percentage, 13.7 FGA and 4.9 FTA. He also played 79 games, the most since 2007-08. The catch? It was a contract season. So how much regression should we expect? Certainly it's hard to expect him to match or exceed last season's production. However, he is in his prime at 28, has little in the way of competition for minutes and the Raptors need him to run the offense and score. That means he will have every opportunity to remain a fantasy force. Just don't forget his shoddy FG percentage will hurt roto teams, and he is bound to spend some time in the infirmary. --TC
11. Kyrie Irving, Cle PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7135.2.430.8611.73.66.12.281.50.32.720.85141
2015 Projections7434.5.467.8581.93.36.02.401.60.32.518.94622
2015 Outlook: The arrival of LeBron James and Kevin Love means Irving's volume will take a significant hit. He is not going to get 17-18 FGA each game like he did the past two seasons. While that will keep his scoring limited, it might actually benefit him and his fantasy game. His propensity for injury is well documented, and a lessened load should keep him healthier. We also should see a significant jump in his FG percentage since he won't have to chuck shots out of necessity. Of course, the downside of having a pair of superstars join his squad is that we won't see him rise near the top of the Player Rater, as he likely would have as the lone star in Cleveland. --TC
12. Goran Dragic, Pho PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7635.1.505.7601.63.25.92.101.40.32.820.35293
2015 Projections7733.5.487.7591.43.16.22.291.40.32.717.74452
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
13. Mike Conley, Mem PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics7333.5.450.8151.42.96.02.941.50.22.117.24472
2015 Projections7734.0.446.8231.42.86.12.901.80.22.116.04132
2015 Outlook: An underrated option in a deep crop of fantasy point guards, Conley posted career highs in points (17.2), field goal percentage (45.0) and 3-pointers (1.4) in 2013-14. His efforts were good enough to rank 37th on our Player Rater, despite the fact that his steal totals dropped from 2.2 per game to 1.5 per game last season. Conley can do a little bit of everything for fantasy owners, and he has top-20 potential if he can return to his dominant steal numbers. He's rarely injured, and is an extremely safe second-tier fantasy point guard. --BM
14. Monta Ellis, Dal SG, PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics8236.9.451.7880.83.65.71.781.70.33.219.05331
2015 Projections7837.2.438.7871.03.75.91.841.80.33.219.34758
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
15. Eric Bledsoe, Pho PG, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTSPTS
2014 Statistics4332.9.477.7721.24.75.51.641.60.33.317.72779
2015 Projections7031.6.465.7760.94.55.11.651.50.63.115.53604
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