Fantasy Look-Ahead: Breakouts to Watch for 2021-22

Fantasy Look-Ahead: Breakouts to Watch for 2021-22

It's never too early to start thinking about next season. Rest assured, the Happy Gilmores of the Fantasy basketball realm are out there, somewhere, taking chest passes to the gut and growling that there are only five months till next year's fantasy drafts.

For the next several weeks, the focus will be squarely on the 2021 NBA Playoffs, but for those who want to get a head start, here are some players who flashed enough upside this season to boost their fantasy stock.

NO-BRAINERS

De'Aaron Fox, Kings

Fox may be coming off a breakout campaign already, but that doesn't mean he won't take another leap forward next season. After the All-Star break, Fox averaged 28.5 points (49.1% FG, 29.3% 3Pt, 77.8% FT), 6.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.7 threes and 0.4 blocks in 36.5 minutes per game. Sacramento is starving for a playoff (or even play-in) appearance, and the only way that'll happen in the crowded and ultra-competitive Western Conference is if Fox is playing heavy minutes and contributing at a superstar level.

Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets

As sensational as Porter was this season, sporting averages of 19.0 points (54.2% FG, 44.5% 3Pt, 79.1% FT), 7.3 boards, 2.8 threes, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 steals in 31.3 minutes per game, it's possible he is merely scratching the surface of his potential. Just like Fox, Porter took his game to another level following the All-Star break, posting 22.3 points (56.4% FG, 46.4% 3Pt, 80.9% FT), 7.5 rebounds, 3.1

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