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NBA Draft Kit: Predicting Possible Busts

Alex Barutha

Alex writes primarily about the NBA for RotoWire. His work has appeared on CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and other sites. He enjoys both year-long and daily fantasy. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.

Anyone who plays fantasy sports, even at a casual level, knows that avoiding busts can be just as valuable as finding sleepers.

There are plenty of reasons a player can get slapped with the “bust” label: injury issues, age, team change, overachievement in the previous season. If your name is Rajon Rondo, you somehow managed to check off all four last year – though, in a twist of fate, here I am yet again talking myself into Rondo as a potential sleeper.

That doesn’t mean that if you, I, or anyone else believes that a player will bust that they shouldn’t be selected at all. Fantasy owners can fall into the trap of labeling someone and subsequently avoiding them to the point of absurdity.

Even if I’m not high on Reggie Jackson, I wouldn’t hesitate to take him if he’s clearly the best player on the board. Should unproven, 30-year-old rookie point guard Milos Teodosic be reached for? Probably not. Can you feel good about selecting him with your final pick i

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