2014 Outlook: Coming into the year with huge expectations, Dragic struggled early before turning things on in the second half of 2012-13. He posted a modest 14.0 points, 6.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 32.3 minutes before the All-Star break and a brilliant 16.1 points, 9.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in 36.0 minutes after the break. After five seasons, it is clear that Dragic can be a dynamic fantasy player when given 35-plus minutes per game. Some may be concerned about the addition of Eric Bledsoe in the Suns backcourt, but Dragic and Bledsoe should be able to coexist in what is now an exciting Suns backcourt.
2014 Outlook: Teague ended last season as a Jrue Holiday-lite fantasy option, scoring, dishing out dimes, chipping in steals and attempting more 3s than free throws. Teague's overall value this season will depend a lot on how new coach Mike Budenholzer uses him. His upside is something like what we saw in 11 February games: 18.3 PPG, 9.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.5 3-PPG and 90.0 FT%. He's a respectable shooter for a PG, likely hovering around the mid-40s, and has no competition for minutes. Holiday will generate more hype this season, but you should be able to draft Teague later and get more bang for your fantasy buck, especially if he gets to the line a lot this season.
2014 Outlook: Hill is a point guard in name only, because he doesn't rack up more than a handful of assists. There isn't much upside to be found, either, because there are so many other scoring options on the Pacers. Still, he is the starting point guard on a very good team, which means he will be able to contribute some stats, probably similar to what he did in '12-13.
2014 Outlook: A knee injury may have derailed Westbrook's playoff aspirations, but it didn't stop him from finishing 7th on our Player Rater after posting 23.2 points, 5.2 boards, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers during the regular season. Offseason surgery on the aforementioned knee will keep him out of action for the first 4-6 weeks of the season. Westbrook hasn't missed a single regular season game in his 5-year career, but will miss at least the first 10-20 contests this season. He's one of the league's most well-rounded fantasy players, and while he'll be a risky investment, he should provide first round value upon his return provided that he's able to fully recover from the injury.
2014 Outlook: Acquired by the Suns in an offseason trade, Bledsoe has generated serious buzz in the fantasy community now that he's expected to earn starter's minutes for a full season. After posting 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in 12 starts a season ago, it's easy to see why fantasy owners are so excited about his prospects in Phoenix. An incredibly explosive athlete, Bledsoe is a prime breakout candidate; just don't expect to get him at sleeper value after all the buzz this offseason.
2014 Outlook: Oladipo is a genuine athletic freak of nature who should sport a terrific FG percentage right away by finishing well around the rim. He should also chip in an excellent steal rate and crash the glass well. There really is just one question when it comes to his fantasy expectations as a rookie: Can he bang down jumpers? If he does, Oladipo should score at least in the low teens and be a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. If he doesn't, his other production will still help fantasy owners, but his scoring could limit his overall impact. Oladipo has a tremendous motor, though, so it's hard to doubt that he will make a big impact right away.
2014 Outlook: A brilliant passer who also can knock down the 3-pointer, Calderon comes to Dallas after averaging 7.1 assists and 1.8 3-pointers between Toronto and Detroit last season. He'll join a revamped Mavericks roster where he's expected to start alongside Monta Ellis in the backcourt. With scorers such as Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki at his disposal, Calderon should find plenty of assist opportunities with his new team.
2014 Outlook: Nash struggled through a truly disastrous first season in Los Angeles, playing in only 50 games and posting only 12.7 points, 6.7 assists and 1.1 3-pointers per game. Slowed by various injuries in 2012-13, the 39-year old will be a risky investment in fantasy leagues this season. The Lakers don't have much in the way of depth behind him, but they'll still need to limit his minutes if they want to keep him healthy all season. Nash will still be able to provide assists, 3-pointers and great efficiency when healthy, but there are definitely safer options in a deep point guard class this season.
2014 Outlook: A gritty guard who plays with high energy and passion, Vasquez was a fantasy revelation last season, averaging 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in 34.4 minutes per game as the full-time starter in New Orleans. Now in Sacramento, Vasquez will face serious competition for the starting point guard job from third-year guard Isaiah Thomas. We expect Vasquez to eventually win out, but he should see a dip in production due to the depth in the Kings' backcourt. Although Vasquez still should earn 30-plus minutes per game, fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the position battles in Sacramento during training camp, as his value will be heavily tied to playing time.
2014 Outlook: A year after "Linsanity," the former New York Knick was solid in his first full season as a starter for the Rockets. Averaging 13.4 points, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 3-pointers per game, Lin was slightly undervalued in fantasy leagues last season thanks to his statistical diversity. Lin will have some added firepower at his disposal with Dwight Howard in town, which could result in some additional assists, but do not discount the presence of upstart second-year man Patrick Beverley in the backcourt. Beverly played admirably in the postseason in 2012-13, and it would not be surprising to see him cutting into Lin's minutes in 2013-14.
2014 Outlook: A brilliant second half in 2012-13 had fantasy owners dreaming big things for Thomas before the Kings acquired Greivis Vasquez in the offseason. Despite the potential for a time share, Thomas has proved that he can still be a valuable fantasy commodity even in limited minutes. He averaged 17.3 points, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.1 3-pointers in only 30.6 minutes per game in 28 games after the All-Star break last season. The depth in the Kings backcourt may limit Thomas' upside, but he should still be able to carve out some nice value thanks to his impressive per-minute production.
2014 Outlook: Jan. 25. That's the date that Rondo tore his ACL. Typically, it takes a full year or more to return to form, though there's been talk that he might be ready for opening night. Follow his progress during training camp, but anyone who had Derrick Rose last season should be skeptical about Rondo's prospects. To make matters worse, he no longer has Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce to finish his passes. This could allow him to stretch his PPG up over 15.0, but his assists and FG percentage likely will take a hit. He's a decent investment if he falls far enough in your draft, but unless he's close to full speed in camp, you're probably better off leaving the potential headache to someone else.
2014 Outlook: Lowry has had his moments as a fantasy option, but he's really just a mediocre point guard, whose negatives (mediocre scoring, assist numbers, awful FG percentage) outweigh his positives (some 3-point and steals production). He also could be trade bait, since he's in the final year of his contract and will share duties at the one with another mediocre option in D.J. Augustin.
2014 Outlook: The Pistons handled Knight with kid gloves, as they attempted to determine exactly what they had in him. In the end, he never really got comfortable at PG or SG, but don't forget that he's just 21. On the Bucks, he should be turned loose to prove he can handle the starting PG job, though we can expect O.J. Mayo to handle the rock a lot, too, which will allow Knight to shoot plenty. If he steps up, he could offer scoring in the mid-to-upper teens with a lot of 3s and maybe 4-5 dimes, though he'll likely sport a FG% in the low 40s. You should be skeptical about whether he will take the step, though.
2014 Outlook: After last season's renaissance campaign, we should expect Nelson's scoring to regress this time around. The Magic shouldn't need him to chuck nearly 14 shots a game, because their younger options should take on larger roles on offense. The upside to this reality is that his field goal percentage should get on the right side of 40 percent again and he might keep his dimes up. The bottom line is when Nelson isn't injured, he's a helpful No. 2 fantasy PG.