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 stock 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.
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.
After running through the Western Conference over the weekend, here's a breakdown of players from the East whose fantasy stock has moved up or down as a result of their performance in the 2021 postseason.
⬆Stock Up: Rui Hachimura
Daniel Gafford was solid in his first taste of playoff action and could be a decent late-round sleeper in fantasy drafts next season. But the presence of a healthy Thomas Bryant (knee) casts a shadow of doubt over Gafford's season-long upside. As such, it's Hachimura who gets the nod of approval here after averaging 14.8 points on 61.7 percent from the field to go with 7.2 boards