The first batch of scrimmages from inside the Orlando bubble have been surprisingly competitive. But no amount of James Harden isos, Giannis dunks or Bol Bol transition threes can make up for the four-plus months of no NBA basketball that the coronavirus pandemic forced fantasy players to endure.
Thinking back to the spring, when the NBA acted quickly to suspend the season on March 11, it feels more like four years than four months ago. Back then, the times were much simpler. We wondered when Karl-Anthony Towns would return from injury, whether Steph Curry could salvage a productive final month for desperate fantasy owners, and how Clint Capela would look catching lobs from Trae Young. Fast-forward to late-July, and none of those players will even have the opportunity to finish their seasons.
With only 22 of the league's 30 teams in Orlando, most fantasy leagues were left with no choice but to call it a season. But with DFS contests set to return this week, and playoff-only leagues on the horizon, there's no better time to look back and refresh ourselves on the top storylines around the league when play came to a halt in March.
Jayson Tatum was on a tear
At the time of the shutdown, no player was hotter than Jayson Tatum. Fresh off of his first All-Star appearance, the third-year wing averaged 29.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks in his final nine games before the shutdown. Tatum shot a