This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
No matter how extensive your prep may be, there are always players who go from prince on draft night to frog once the actual games begin. A variety of factors at play can derail a selection – injury, unexpected playing time hits and unrealistic expectations about the player are some of the most common. Getting dinged with multiple busts in one fantasy draft can send you scrambling to make trades where you may have poor leverage or carry out waiver wire selections who are dart throws, at best.
As the start of the 2021-22 NBA campaign nears, here are some potential busts to be aware of throughout draft season
Kemba Walker, Knicks
A veteran player with chronic knee issues walks onto a Tom Thibodeau's roster – no, it's not the opening line of a bad joke, although the whole Kemba-Knicks fit could come off like one for those who invest unnecessarily high draft capital in Walker.
As the last two seasons in Boston demonstrated, the 31-year-old needs to have his overall workload managed carefully. His best shot of making it through what is now a full, 82-game regular-season grind is with a fair amount of maintenance days built in. Of course, that goes against everything Thibodeau has come to represent, so it remains to be seen how the Knicks will handle Walker's increasingly concerning knee issues.
The most likely scenario is Walker sitting out his fair share of games for rest and potentially still missing others due to injury.