These are basically predictions so it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it is obvious that some teams can offer rookies the opportunity right off the bat. (Hello, Atlanta and Brooklyn!)
Jayson Tatum, for example, averaged 18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 5 Summer League games en route to a slot in the All-Summer League second team. But could he even crack the 20-minute mark with Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart in front of him in the rotation? Time can only answer the question but playing in a stacked Boston Celtics team could limit Tatum’s ceiling, at least, in his rookie year.
Markelle Fultz will be good, but if he hits the rookie wall sooner rather than later, his teammate Ben Simmons will be there as well as T.J. McConnell. Shorter leash equals lesser production not to mention Philly is targeting the playoffs after years of looking from the outside.
So who could be our anti-Jayson Tatum and force their way into fantasy relevance as rookies? Let’s look at 6:
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