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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rookie Rankings

A list of the top rookies to target in 2013-14 fantasy basketball leagues.

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1. Michael Carter-Williams  Philadelphia 76ers

2013-14 Projected Stats (per game)
G Min Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TO FG% FT%
76 32.0 10.0 4.7 6.1 1.7 0.5 0.4 3.2 40.9 68.9

Selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, rookie Carter-Williams will start at the point guard position on a team with a new head coach and a new system. The Syracuse standout will have ample opportunity to shine, as the depth chart is cleared out at the point guard position, giving him a chance to hit 30-plus minutes per night if he doesn't disappoint. Carter-Williams showed his wild style of play in the summer league, putting up 13.6 points (27 percent from the field), 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 4.8 turnovers in 34 minutes per game. His ability to put up numbers in all categories makes him a fantasy wild card. Expect to be surprised, for better or for worse, by the unpredictable rookie.

2. Victor Oladipo  Orlando Magic

2013-14 Projected Stats (per game)
G Min Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TO FG% FT%
75 31.1 15.5 3.7 3.5 1.6 0.8 0.8 2.3 46.3 74.7

Drafted by the Magic with the second overall pick in this June's draft, the supremely athletic Oladipo projects to be a lockdown perimeter defender immediately, but it's unclear how long it might take for his offense to catch up. Oladipo filled up the stat sheet as a junior at Indiana last season and during summer league play with the Magic, but his mid-range shot still remains a bit unreliable at this stage of his development. To work around this issue, the Magic plan to give Oladipo minutes at both guard spots this season, with the hope that his physical gifts will allow him to thrive as a facilitator while still maximizing his strengths as a slasher. Because he had limited ball-handling responsibilities in college, Oladipo could experience some growing pains while manning the point, as evidenced by the 4.8 turnovers he averaged during summer league. However, with veteran guards Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo unlikely to be a part of the next great Magic teams, the Magic figure to exercise plenty of patience with Oladipo in his rookie season, allowing him to learn the ropes as he goes.

3. Trey Burke  Utah Jazz

2013-14 Projected Stats (per game)
G Min Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TO FG% FT%
66 34.4 16.1 3.8 6.5 1.4 0.2 1.9 3.1 42.0 77.2

The Jazz acquired Burke the 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft from the Timberwolves with a draft-night trade and immediately installed the Michigan product as their starting point guard. Burke scored 18.6 points and dished out 6.7 assists for the Wolverines last year and led Michigan to the national title game against Louisville winning most of the major college basketball postseason awards in the process. He did much of his damage from long range, attempting 5.1 shots from three-point range and hitting at a 38 percent clip. It appears they'll be taking a "sink or swim" approach to Burke's development journeyman John Lucas is the only other established point guard on their roster currently. But he'll also have the benefit of just about the best tutor one can imagine for a rookie guard Jazz legend and Hall-of-Famer John Stockton.

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