NBA Draft Kit: Spotlight on Defensive Categories
NBA Draft Kit: Spotlight on Defensive Categories

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As a fantasy basketball owner, it's easy to enter a draft with an eye on players who are their team's first option offensively. Big scoring, rebounding, and passing numbers tend to pop out in a way that steals and blocks might not. But while at first glance 20-point-per-game scorer might look more appealing than someone who gets 1.5 steals per game, it's important to remember that in categorical formats, everything matters equally.

Oftentimes, grabbing a few defense-first players can be the difference between missing the playoffs and competing for your league's championship.

With that in mind, here are a handful of players worth targeting who can help you lock up those often-overlooked defensive categories:

The Elite

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

It should be no surprise to anyone that the Greek Freak, now entering his sixth NBA season, is near the top of most experts' draft rankings. Com

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Oscar Heanue
Oscar Heanue has been writing about the NBA for RotoWire since 2015. Some of his work has appeared on NBA.com and CBS Sports. Oscar has also had been published on NBAdraft.net.
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