Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Joakim Noah, Chi CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics8035.3.475.7370.011.35.42.221.21.52.412.6
2015 Projections7434.8.503.7410.011.04.11.781.31.72.312.4
2015 Outlook: Noah was outstanding last season, averaging 13.8 PPG, 7.0 APG, 10.8 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 1.5 SPG, 48.5 FG% and 76.7 FT% after the break. That likely was his career-best campaign, though. He's had injury problems in the past and turns 30 midseason. Plus, the addition of Pau Gasol and the return of Derrick Rose should bring his assist production down significantly. He will be a stud fantasy center; just don't overvalue him based on last season. --TC
2. Derrick Rose*, Chi PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics1031.1.354.8441.63.24.31.260.50.13.415.9
2015 Projections6534.4.449.8181.43.47.12.030.80.53.521.7
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
3. Pau Gasol, Chi PF, CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6031.4.480.7360.19.73.41.430.51.52.417.4
2015 Projections6429.0.515.7740.18.43.11.550.41.22.015.6
2015 Outlook: Gasol proved last season that even on a pathetic Lakers team, he could churn out quality stats (especially dimes for a center) despite a relatively limited workload (career-low 31.4 MPG). His scoring surely will take a hit on the talented Bulls, but he'll rack up double-doubles with nice assists and percentages while scoring in the teens. He's a solid big man to target in the middle rounds. --TC
4. Jimmy Butler, Chi SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6738.7.397.7691.04.92.61.721.90.51.513.1
2015 Projections7636.6.451.7771.05.02.31.772.20.51.313.5
2015 Outlook: Butler got off to a slow start due to an early-season toe injury, but once the swingman got up to speed he posted some very intriguing fantasy stats after the All-Star break: 14.1 PPG, 1.1 3-PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.2 APG and 1.8 SPG. Rose is back, so we shouldn't expect Butler's scoring to increase, but that could benefit his overall fantasy game as better shots = better FG%. Eligible at both SG and SF, Butler will provide terrific rebounding for a SG and even better steals for a SF. In fact, it's not outrageous to think Butler could lead the NBA in swipes this season. He's exactly the kind of under-the-radar stat-stuffer who can help you secure a championship in your league. --TC
5. Taj Gibson*, Chi PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics8228.7.479.7510.06.81.10.610.51.41.813.0
2015 Projections7529.2.482.7250.06.71.10.610.51.41.812.5
2015 Outlook: Gibson left no doubt that he can be a fantasy stud with a big enough workload, averaging 42.3 MPG, 19.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, 9.8 RPG and 1.8 BPG in seven starts last season. He'll never see that many minutes per game over a season, and any hope that Boozer's amnesty would clear the way for a breakout campaign for Gibson went out the window when the Bulls inked Pau Gasol. Odds are Gasol will start but both should play similar minutes (upper-20s). Unless Gibson leapfrogs Gasol and plays 35 MPG as a starter, he will continue to under-produce in his typically limited role. However, that still makes him a good PF to round out your frontcourt --TC
6. Doug McDermott*, Chi SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics------------------------
2015 Projections00.0.000.0000.00.00.00.000.00.00.00.0
2015 Outlook: Coach Tom Thibodeau isn't going to give minutes to anyone who doesn't earn them, but it's hard to believe that a baller with McDermott's offensive skill set won't be able to quickly unseat the aging Mike Dunleavy for the starting SF job. McDermott hit 56.7 percent of his 2s, 44.9 percent of his 3-pointers and 86.4 percent of his free throws in his final collegiate campaign. Everyone on the Bulls is a terrific passer, so McDermott should see plenty of quality shots in rhythm. As a result, 12 to 13 PPG and 2.0 3-PPG with excellent percentages should be a safe bet for the rookie, but he could slide up toward 3.0 3s per game if things click. --TC
7. Nikola Mirotic, Chi PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics------------------------
2015 Projections00.0.000.0000.00.00.00.000.00.00.00.0
8. Mike Dunleavy, Chi SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics8231.5.430.8541.54.22.31.720.80.61.311.3
2015 Projections7627.6.438.8471.53.82.01.670.60.51.210.3
2015 Outlook: The clock is quickly ticking away on what little fantasy value Dunleavy offers, because rookie sharpshooter Doug McDermott will be nipping at his kicks as soon as camp gets underway. When Dunleavy gets enough minutes, he can help out deep leaguers a bit in 3-pointers and boards for a SF, but you'd be better off rolling the dice on a younger player with upside. --TC
9. Kirk Hinrich, Chi SG, PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7329.0.393.7601.22.63.92.381.10.41.69.1
2015 Projections6627.9.391.7471.12.53.72.461.00.41.57.5
2015 Outlook: Even with Derrick Rose out of the picture the past two seasons, Hinrich was unable to really do anything of relevance for fantasy teams. Whatever value his 4 to 5 APG and 1.2 3-PPG may have offered, they were countered by shoddy percentages. He'll have even less value now that Rose is back and Jimmy Butler has come into his own. --TC
10. Aaron Brooks, Chi PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7221.6.401.8741.31.93.21.990.70.21.69.0
2015 Projections6418.8.416.8571.11.62.61.840.60.21.47.2
2015 Outlook: We likely won't hear about Brooks in fantasyland unless Derrick Rose goes down with a lengthy injury or another backcourt baller sits out a stretch. The Bulls are very deep and Brooks simply won't see enough action to matter in any but the deepest of fantasy basketball leagues this season. --TC
11. Nazr Mohammed, Chi CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics807.0.429.5330.02.20.30.540.20.40.51.6
2015 Projections00.0.000.0000.00.00.00.000.00.00.00.0
12. E'Twaun Moore, Chi SG, PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7919.1.428.7650.71.71.42.040.80.20.76.3
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13. Tony Snell, Chi SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7716.0.384.7560.71.60.91.550.40.20.64.5
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14. Cameron Bairstow, Chi PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
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