With the NBA Finals set to conclude this week, it's time to take a look at which players have helped or hurt their fantasy stocks heading into next season.
Though we should be careful not to take too much away from such a small sample size of games, especially when it comes to projecting regular season fantasy value, NBA front offices understandably place major importance on what takes place when the lights are the brightest (that is, during the NBA Playoffs).
For all 30 teams, excelling in the playoffs is the ultimate goal. For the 16 teams that reached the playoffs in 2020-21, the insights they have gained will factor into how they choose to construct their rosters and rotations in future years. So while it may not be wise to overreact to recent events, it'd be equally silly to totally ignore what we've just witnessed.
Without further ado, here's a team-by-team breakdown of players whose fantasy stock has moved up or down as a result of their performance in the 2021 postseason.
⬆Stock up: Ja Morant
Morant didn't make the leap many were expecting this season—until the playoffs, that is. Though it resulted in only one victory in Round 1 against Utah, Morant carried Memphis, piling up averages of 30.2 points (48.7% FG, 32.3% 3PT, 77.5% FT), 8.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 threes and 0.4 steals in 40.6 minutes in his first career playoff series. He's not going to log this many minutes on a nightly