Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
31. J.R. Smith, Cle SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7432.7.415.6522.64.03.02.030.90.31.514.5
2015 Projections7431.4.423.7062.24.22.71.801.20.31.514.9
2015 Outlook: Smith said during the offseason that he wants to become a leader. That sounds laughable, considering his history, but he wouldn't be the first baller to grow up as he nears his 30s. Until he proves otherwise, though, we have to assume J.R. is J.R. and we will see streaks of prolific 3-point shooting separated by streaks where he's on the waiver wire. His upside should be capped by the presence of Carmelo Anthony (better scorer), Iman Shumpert (better defender) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (younger), who will suck up a good chunk of the minutes and touches available at the 2 and 3 spots. Also assume that Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher will have no patience for any of his typical on- or off-court antics. --TC
32. Andre Iguodala, GS SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6332.4.480.6521.04.74.22.631.50.31.69.3
2015 Projections7230.6.465.6181.04.64.32.381.50.41.89.9
2015 Outlook: A 17-to-19 point-per-game scorer for the Sixers from 2006-10, Iguodala has become more of a facilitator and defensive specialist in recent seasons, averaging a versatile 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game in his first season with the Warriors. He'll continue to do a lot of little things for Golden State, but the 30-year-old veteran may begin to lose playing time to youngsters Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. A potential timeshare, combined with his declining numbers and subpar free throw percentage, should drop Iggy from the middle rounds to the late rounds in fantasy leagues. --BM
33. Matt Barnes, LAC SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6327.5.438.7331.54.62.01.470.90.41.39.9
2015 Projections6726.4.448.7431.44.71.91.460.90.61.39.8
2015 Outlook: The veteran Barnes had some success in his two seasons with the Clippers. He was particularly strong in the second half last year with 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.2 3-pointers in 32.1 minutes per game after the All-Star break. Limited minutes often lead to inconsistency for Barnes, but he should still be considered a late-round option in fantasy leagues. --BM
34. Danny Green, SA SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6824.3.432.7941.93.41.51.371.00.91.19.1
2015 Projections7425.9.439.8152.03.41.61.331.00.81.29.9
2015 Outlook: Although 2013-14 was largely considered a disappointment for Green, he still managed to post a versatile 9.1 points, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.9 3-pointers in just 24.3 minutes per game. A deadly sharpshooter, Green has shot over 40 percent from downtown in each of his past three seasons. He's a perfect fit for this Spurs team, as its passing and ball movement plays well to his strength as a spot-up shooter and hides his inability to put the ball on the floor to create his own shot. Playing time is a bit of a concern with Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili needing minutes, but Green is a fine late-round selection for his ability to provide steals, blocks and 3-pointers even if he's seeing only around 25 minutes per game. --BM
35. Terrence Ross, Tor SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics8126.7.423.8372.03.11.00.900.80.31.110.9
2015 Projections7829.2.420.7982.23.41.10.910.90.41.211.8
2015 Outlook: Although Ross' overall numbers don't stand out, his production in 61 starts at small forward is promising: 12.2 PPG, 2.3 3s, 42.7 FG percentage, 40.1 3-point percentage and 86.8 FT percentage. He is only 23 years old, so there is plenty of room for improvement. However, since he doesn't do much beyond bang down 3s, his value beyond that largely will be dependent upon how many shots he can get off. The Raptors have just enough offensive weapons that we shouldn't expect a big spike in field goal attempts this season for Ross, so keep your expectations in check. Consider him a latter-round pick as a 3-point specialist and with upside. --TC
36. Ersan Ilyasova, Mil PF, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics5526.9.409.8230.76.21.31.180.80.11.111.2
2015 Projections6227.3.457.8050.97.21.41.280.90.41.112.2
2015 Outlook: The injury-prone Ilyasova couldn't stay healthy last season, playing only 55 games. However, in a 15-game stretch after the All-Star break, he averaged 14.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 50 FG% and 84.9 FT%, proving that he still has the skills to be a fantasy contributor. However, since he chips in next to nothing in 3s, steals or blocks, his game is better suited for points leagues, where he needs volume to make a serious impact. Since rookie star Jabari Parker also plays the 3 and 4, it's unlikely that Ilyasova will see enough FGA to be a beast this season. Still, there is room for a healthy Ilyasova to chip in 12 PPG and 7 RPG, with good percentages. --TC
37. K.J. McDaniels, Hou SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics------------------------
2015 Projections7625.8.444.7530.64.30.90.690.81.41.310.0
2015 Outlook: The second pick of the 2014 draft's second round is a tantalizing fantasy prospect as a small forward capable of blocking a lot of shots. In fact, McDaniels led the ACC with 2.8 BPG last season while chipping in 17.1 PPG, 1.2 3s, 7.1 RPG and 1.1 SPG. He is 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan and incredibly athletic, which makes him a versatile defender. He could form a tag team with Hollis Thompson at small forward as the defensive complement to Thompson's 3-point specialist role. Both carry sleeper potential. If McDaniels wants to seize full starter's minutes as a rookie, he'll have to improve his jumper and prove that he can settle in offensively. --TC
38. Wilson Chandler, Den SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6231.1.416.7242.04.71.81.440.70.51.313.6
2015 Projections6627.8.424.7431.74.51.61.340.80.41.212.5
2015 Outlook: Given his ability to contribute in multiple categories, Chandler can be a unique fantasy talent when minutes and opportunity allow. But he struggled last season shooting just 41.6 percent from the floor and averaged only 0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks despite seeing 31.1 minutes per game in an injury-depleted Nuggets lineup. He did manage 13.6 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 3-pointers per game, but may not have the same opportunity if the Nuggets can stay healthy this season. His value will be heavily tied to the health of the oft-injured Danilo Gallinari. --BM
39. Paul Pierce, Wsh SF, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7528.0.451.8261.54.62.41.161.10.42.013.5
2015 Projections7326.3.446.8191.44.52.71.351.00.42.012.6
2015 Outlook: With Trevor Ariza out of the picture, Pierce, Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. will form some sort of committee at the 3. That likely means none of them will be a major fantasy factor, but all three could have their moments this season. Surely Pierce will start, but the Wizards won't overwork him early because they'll want him fresh for the postseason. He's 37 now, and we already saw his production wane significantly last season. Don't be afraid to add the vet later in drafts -- he'll get you some quality base-level stats -- but know there is no upside here. --TC
40. Nick Young*, LAL SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6428.3.435.8252.12.61.51.000.70.21.517.9
2015 Projections6827.4.427.8291.92.51.41.080.70.21.315.8
2015 Outlook: A talented scorer and shooter who can also be wildly inconsistent, Swaggy P will have an opportunity to earn plenty of minutes for the revamped Lakers in 2014-15. His value will be closely tied to the health of Kobe Bryant, but Young should still be a great option for points and 3-pointers even with Kobe healthy. Young averaged an extremely productive 17.9 points and 2.1 3-pointers in just 28.3 minutes last season, and he should remain an explosive offensive player in fantasy leagues for the Lakers this year. --BM
41. C.J. Miles, Ind SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics5119.3.435.8531.62.01.01.180.90.30.99.9
2015 Projections6021.1.420.8521.82.41.11.100.90.31.010.9
2015 Outlook: Aside from chipping in 1.5 to 1.9 3-pointers per game, primarily as a reserve, Miles has been a fantasy nonfactor most of his career. That likely won't change this season, but the swingman should have the chance to compete for the starting 2 and/or 3 roles now that Lance Stephenson and Paul George are out of the picture. Even then, Miles would offer next to no upside beyond 3-point production. --TC
42. Caron Butler, Det SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics5625.3.394.8401.84.11.51.370.80.31.110.5
2015 Projections6325.4.405.8291.73.61.31.300.80.21.010.1
2015 Outlook: Considering how prone to injury Butler was in his physical prime, it's a minor miracle he's still balling in the NBA at age 34. Deep-league squads can benefit from Butler's 3-point production, but he isn't going to have a big enough role in the deep Pistons roster to help in standard leagues. --TC
43. Harrison Barnes, GS SF, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7828.3.399.7180.84.01.51.380.80.31.19.5
2015 Projections7927.2.414.7360.84.11.41.170.80.21.29.4
2015 Outlook: After a promising rookie campaign, Barnes took a step back as a sophomore shooting just 39.9 percent from the floor with 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 28.3 minutes per game. The arrival of Andre Iguodala likely stunted his growth, but Barnes will still need to battle with Iggy and Draymond Green for minutes at small forward. We still like the 22-year-old as a long-term prospect, but he's only a candidate in deeper leagues unless injuries open the door for more playing time. --BM
44. Tony Allen, Mem SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics5523.2.494.6280.23.81.71.041.60.31.69.0
2015 Projections6125.0.475.6850.14.11.51.001.60.41.59.2
2015 Outlook: Allen has made a name for himself as one of the league's toughest wing defenders, which has made him a fixture in the Grizzlies rotation at shooting guard. Though he is an elite steals artist (1.6 per game), Allen's fantasy game still leaves a lot to be desired due to his deficiencies on the offensive end. He's never been much of a 3-point shooter, and he averaged just 9.0 points per game in 23.2 minutes last season. He may be useful as a steals specialist in deeper leagues, but he'll be in a timeshare with Courtney Lee and has limited upside. --BM
45. Gerald Green, Pho SF, SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics8228.4.445.8482.53.41.50.840.90.51.815.8
2015 Projections6925.9.437.8311.93.11.30.820.70.51.613.5
2015 Outlook: Green thrived in the Suns' fast-paced offense, revitalizing his career with averages of 18.5 points, 0.8 steals and 2.7 3-pointers in 28.8 minutes per game after the All-Star break. A streaky shooter and gifted scorer, Green can fill up the box score even in limited minutes. And with newcomers Isaiah Thomas and T.J. Warren joining the team, he'll need to keep his per-minute production high in order to duplicate his success from last season. Given the crowded situation at shooting guard and small forward, Green should be considered a quality late-round option in standard leagues for scoring and 3-point shooting. --BM