NBA Draft Kit: Best and Worst Late-Round Targets
NBA Draft Kit: Best and Worst Late-Round Targets

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

After examining the safest, most underrated and most overrated players likely to come off the board in Rounds 1 through 3 and 4 through 6 earlier this week, it's time to shift focus to Rounds 7, 8 and 9.

Utilizing Yahoo ADP data, here are the players to target for the best value, as well as some to consider avoiding in the upper-middle rounds:

Round 7

Safest

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder

Gilgeous-Alexander had a better rookie year than anticipated with the Clippers, and his role is likely to expand in Oklahoma City. Though he'll probably start the season at shooting guard next to Chris Paul, Paul's inability to stay healthy may thrust Gilgeous-Alexander into the point guard role at some point, which would, of course, increase his value

Expect the second-year guard to take on a prominent role with the rebuilding Thunder, and he could see more than 30 minutes per contest right away. While he ranked just outside of the top-130 for the whole season, Gilgeous-Alexander was trusted more by coach Doc Rivers down the stretch. Over his final 13 appearances, SGA ranked as the 60th-best fantasy player with marks of 14.8 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and a combined 2.1 steals/blocks.

Underrated

Ricky Rubio, Suns

Trapped in Utah's slow-paced offense and arguably misused, Rubio will hopefully have a chance to transform into his former self with the Suns. The presence of Devin Booker means Rubio may still spend a decent amount of time off-ball, but

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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