Giannis Antetokounmpo

With season-long fantasy basketball drafts starting to tip off, five of our top NBA writers have compiled their list of top 150 players for the 2019-20 NBA season. These rankings are based on standard 9-cat scoring via Yahoo Fantasy and can be used as a cheat sheet for your fantasy basketball drafts. All five writers submitted their top 150 and the composite rankings are listed below. Our writers also provided in-depth analysis for the players they found stood out as high-upside options.

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Garion Thorne

Zach Thompson

Julian Edlow

Tim Finnegan

Greg Ehrenberg

1) Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
2) Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry is set to begin the season in position for huge volume in the Warriors’ offense given Kevin Durant’s departure to Brooklyn and Klay Thompson’s ACL injury. While newly acquired guard D’Angelo Russell will likely fill Thompson’s usage, Curry posted a heavy 36% usage rate in minutes with Durant off the court in each of the Warriors’ last two seasons, up from his average of 29% in each season. The last time the Warriors played without Durant for an entire regular season, Curry had one of the greatest seasons in NBA history, posting a player efficiency rating of 31.5, eighth best in history, and concluded the season with the first-ever unanimous MVP award. – Tim Finnegan

3) Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
4) James Harden, PG/SG, Houston Rockets
5) Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

You can only base so much off of a 20-game sample, but Karl-Anthony Towns was unstoppable after the All-Star break. Despite averaging fewer than 33 minutes per contest, the former first-overall pick put up 28.1 points and grabbed 13.4 rebounds, all while maintaining an eye-popping .635 true shooting percentage on a massive 33.3% usage rate. That last aspect is really what sets Towns apart as the clear No. 1 fantasy selection in 2019-20. It’s his ability to blend insane volume with elite efficiency. Consider that of the 24 qualified players operating at a usage rate above 28.0% last season, only Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo did so with a better true shooting rate than Towns. However, where Antetokounmpo hasn’t shown a propensity to shoot threes and Curry possesses underwhelming rebounding and assist numbers, Towns has no obvious deficiency. Heck, even his assist rate shot up to a career-best 17.2% in 2018-19. Add the fact that Towns has missed a mere five games across his first four years in the league, and you’ve got an asset that checks every single box. – Garion Thorne

6) Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
7) LeBron James, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers

A report from Yahoo Sports during the summer indicated that LeBron James is a candidate to begin the season as the starting point guard for the Lakers. James has always been a ball-dominant forward who plays a lot of point, but has been reluctant to handle that role full-time because he says it is more taxing on him physically. If James plays more point this season, it likely means more opportunities for assists. James created 16 potential assists per game last season, second most in the league, and that number will be a candidate to rise given more time playing point. In addition to acquiring star PF/C Anthony Davis, the Lakers have also built more shooting around James—including stud shooter Danny Green–which will help more of those potential assists fall to covert to assists. More shooting will also help give James more floor-spacing to score around the basket. The Lakers built a poor roster around James last season because James thrives with shooters around him, and the Lakers lacked good 3-point threats, clogging up floor spacing and reducing 3-point shooting efficiency. – Tim Finnegan

8) Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trailblazers
9) Joel Embiid, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers
10) Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
11) Bradley Beal, PG/SG, Washington Wizards
12) Kyrie Irving, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
13) Jrue Holiday, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have a new head of basketball in David Griffin, who is best known for being the Cavaliers GM during their championship run from 2015-2017. Griffin was also in the Suns’ front office during the Steve Nash years. Griffin has a strong reputation and built one of the greatest offensive teams in NBA history with the Cavs in 2017, as his Cavs set a playoff scoring efficiency record by scoring 120 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs. Griffin believes that Jrue Holiday can become an MVP candidate and compared Holiday to Steve Nash, who immediately flourished in Phoenix with the right role and supporting cast around him. Nash won the MVP in his age 30 and 31 seasons in his first two seasons in Phoenix, something that Griffin believes Holiday can also do in his first season under Griffin. – Tim Finnegan

14) Paul George, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
15) Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Miami Heat
16) Luka Doncic, PG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
17) Russell Westbrook, PG, Houston Rockets

Westbrook is the most difficult stud to rank this season. Even though we’ve seen him share a backcourt with Harden in the past, it was with Kevin Durant as the top option, and Harden was featured off the bench. This time around, I’d expect Russ to play second fiddle to Harden, although he won’t be in a bench role. Both will be on the court to start and finish games, but Westbrook could see fewer minutes between, and have to run with the second unit. It’ll be an interesting dynamic, but the season-long triple-double average no longer seems plausible. – Julian Edlow

18) Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks
19) Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz
20) Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons
21) Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic
22) Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics
23) Devin Booker PG/SG, Phoenix Suns
24) Ben Simmons, PG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
25) Pascal Siakam, SF/PF, Toronto Raptors

While it’s quite the leap to go from undrafted to a second-round pick in the span of 365 days, I truly believe Pascal Siakam is worthy of the distinction. It’s widely accepted that the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player will be first in line to fill the offensive void left by the departure of Kawhi Leonard, but just how much responsibility Siakam might have maybe hasn’t been explored enough. Aside from the Cameroonian forward, there are two members of the Raptors’ championship-winning starting five remaining: Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol, two players that averaged only 16.0 and 13.8 field goal attempts per 100 possessions, respectively, last season in Toronto. However, while both are passive when it comes to shooting the ball, each is a highly-skilled playmaker with immense basketball IQ — meaning Siakam will be the one taking the shots, but he won’t have to create them all on his own. It’s also not like we haven’t seen Siakam thrive with Leonard off the court. The 25-year-old logged 1,012 minutes in the absence of Leonard in 2018-19, a split in which he produced 1.19 points per possession with an exquisite .615 true shooting percentage. Siakam simply has all the tools to rise another level this coming season. – Garion Thorne

26) De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings
27) Donovan Mitchell, PG/SG, Utah Jazz
28) Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns
29) John Collins, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks
30) Chris Paul, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

CP3 is going to miss games. There is no doubt about it and I can’t fault anybody who fades Paul in drafts because of injury concerns. With that said, a lot of players are going to miss games this season. Load management is prevalent throughout the league and a lot of guys going toward the end of the first round are just as certain to miss games as Paul. Nobody is getting docked for missed games like CP3, who figures to be a per game monster this season and is getting picked in the third round of drafts. He is going to constantly have the ball in his hands on an OKC roster devoid of playmakers and he thrived last season without James Harden on the floor. Per 36 minutes, Paul averaged 22.6 points and 12.5 assists without Harden. Prior to getting traded to Houston, CP3 was always a guy who finished ranked inside the Top 5 and we haven’t seen much slip from him on a per-game basis. – Greg Ehrenberg

31) Blake Griffin, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
32) D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
33) Draymond Green, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
34) Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
35) Myles Turner, PF/C, Indiana Pacers
36) Clint Capela, C, Houston Rockets
37) Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks
38) LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
39) DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
40) Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz
41) Mitchell Robinson, C, New York Knicks
42) Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics
43) Kevin Love, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
44) Khris Middleton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
45) CJ McCollum, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
46) Zach LaVine, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls
47) Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
48) Lauri Markkanen, PF/C, Chicago Bulls
49) Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings
50) Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
51) Otto Porter Jr., SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
52) Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets
53) Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers
54) Julius Randle, PF/C, New York Knicks

Mitchell Robinson has all the makings to be the Knicks’ best fantasy play, and R.J. Barrett will show flashes as a scorer, along with the other young pieces. But Randle is the established veteran in New York, and he should have a career year. Without the balance he had on the Lakers, and AD in front of him in New Orleans, Randle could be a 20-10 guy on a nightly basis, just for a team that’ll struggle to win 20 games. – Julian Edlow

55) Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks
56) Bam Adebayo, PF/C, Miami Heat

Hassan Whiteside is out of Miami, making Adebayo the everyday starting center. Adebayo was awesome as a starting center last year for fantasy purposes, averaging 11.8 points and 9.1 rebounds in his 28 starts. He also adds strong percentages and is a capable passer for a big man. Bam is only 22 years old and is in line to make a big leap, not only in terms of playing this season, but also in his per-minute production. Last season was the first time he played over 20 minutes per game and he could push for 30 minutes a night with Whiteside out of town. – Greg Ehrenberg

57) Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
58) Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
59) Jonas Valanciunas, C, Memphis Grizzlies
60) Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
61) Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
62) Robert Covington, SF/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
63) Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets

There are no shutouts in basketball. There are lopsided games and the Hornets will be involved in many of them, but they will put up some points. The question becomes, who will do the scoring? Looking over their roster, it’s crazy how few playmakers there are. This is what puts me onto Rozier as a breakout player this season. He is almost certainly going to lead the team in usage and we could even see him near the top of the league in usage due to the lack of guys on this team who can play with the ball in their hands. Rozier is likely going to be a major drain on field goal percentage, so he’s best suited for a punt FG% build. – Greg Ehrenberg

64) Hassan Whiteside, C, Portland Trailblazers

With Jusuf Nurkic (leg) still on the shelf, Whiteside will likely get plenty of early-season minutes with Portland and provide a great complement to the dynamic backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Whiteside will share time in the frontcourt with Zach Collins and Skal Labissierre but provides better defense and rebounding than those young options. While he isn’t going to stretch the floor, he provides elite defensive stats along with great numbers on the boards. He has been limited by a minor ankle injury this preseason but that has helped keep his draft stock nice and low. He has an extremely high ceiling and a low floor for a pick in the 50-75 range. – Zach Thompson

65) Al Horford, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers
66) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

A healthy, locked in Chris Paul should be a great fantasy weapon to begin the season. But how long will that last? This will be the worst supporting cast CP3 has played with since he was a member of the Hornets, which could hurt him in more ways than it helps. On top of that, Paul’s often injured, and could easily be moved in a trade — although it would take a unique opportunity with the size of his contract. If any of the above happens, the talented SGA, who will already be given good opportunities, could move into a much more fantasy-friendly role. – Julian Edlow

67) Derrick Favors, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
68) Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Sacramento Kings
69) Thomas Bryant, C, Washington Wizards
70) Victor Oladipo, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
71) Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
72) Montrezl Harrell, PF/C, Los Angeles Clippers
73) Josh Richardson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
74) Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
75) Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Indiana Pacers
76) Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
77) Lonzo Ball, PG, New Orleans Pelicans
78) Ricky Rubio, PG, Phoenix Suns
79) Caris LeVert, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
80) Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks
81) Wendell Carter Jr., PF/C, Chicago Bulls
82) Lou Williams, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
83) Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Phoenix Suns
84) Marc Gasol, C, Toronto Raptors
85) Gary Harris, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets
86) Enes Kanter, C, Boston Celtics
87) Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
88) Jeff Teague, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
89) Delon Wright, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks
90) Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
91) Joe Ingles, SG/SF, Utah Jazz

While the Jazz were dealing with injuries in the second half of last season, Ingles impressed with multi-category production. Not counting his final regular-season game, Ingles averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game over his final 40 games of the season. With the Jazz adding Bojan Bogdanovic, Ingles has become a bit of a forgotten asset making him a great value. He can contribute across the stat sheet and could thrive as the sixth man in Utah’s second unit while also serving as an important part of their end-of-game rotation. The 32-year-old may not be the flashiest pick on the board, but Slo-Mo Joe is the kind of late-round value that can help fill in any lacking categories and round out a strong roster. – Zach Thompson

92) Fred VanVleet, PG/SG, Toronto Raptors
93) Dejounte Murray, PG, San Antonio Spurs
94) Brandon Ingram, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans

Is there such a thing as a post, post-hype sleeper? It feels like we’ve been trying to convince ourselves that Ingram’s destined to become a star each of the past two offseasons; but, following a year in which he dealt with blood clots and was sidelined indefinitely, Ingram’s stock has never been lower. It’s kind of incredible, really. We’ve got a former second-overall pick, that just turned 22, entering his fourth NBA campaign after averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds on a career-best 49.7% shooting rate, and he’s generally sitting outside the top-100 in ADP. Is there uncertainty about his place in a totally re-hauled Pelicans offense? Most assuredly. However, playing third banana to Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday isn’t exactly a death sentence, especially if Alvin Gentry’s system resembles the uptempo style New Orleans played at to close out 2018-19. In fact, of all 30 teams, no one ran more possession per 48 minutes than the Pelicans coming out of the All-Star break (106.4). Honestly, no other squad was even close. I’m willing to give Ingram one more chance in an offensive environment that should help him finally flourish. – Garion Thorne

95) Jarrett Allen, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets
96) T.J. Warren, SF/PF, Indiana Pacers
97) Derrick White, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
98) Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
99) Dewayne Dedmon, C, Sacramento Kings
100) Miles Bridges, SF, Charlotte Hornets
101) DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets
102) Serge Ibaka, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
103) Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
104) Bojan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, Utah Jazz
105) Dario Saric, PF/C, Phoenix Suns
106) Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
107) Justise Winslow, PG/SF, Miami Heat
108) Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
109) Kevin Huerter, SG, Atlanta Hawks
110) Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns
111) Collin Sexton, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
112) Dwight Powell, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks
113) Jaylen Brown, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
114) Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets
115) Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings
116) Paul Millsap, PF/C, Denver Nuggets
117) Kevon Looney, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
118) Evan Fournier, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
119) JJ Redick, SG, New Orleans Pelicans
120) JaVale McGee, C, Los Angeles Lakers
121) Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
122) Goran Dragic, PG/SG, Miami Heat
123) Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
124) Zach Collins, PF/C, Portland Trailblazers
125) Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
126) Rudy Gay, SF/PF, San Antonio Spurs
127) Eric Gordon, SG/SF, Houston Rockets
128) Joe Harris, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
129) Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings
130) Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls
131) Brandon Clarke, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies
132) Danny Green, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
133) Alex Len, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks
134) Cody Zeller, PF/C, Charlotte Hornets
135) R.J. Barrett, SG/SF, New York Knicks
136) Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
137) Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Miami Heat
138) Cedi Osman, SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
139) Derrick Rose PG/SG, Detroit Pistons
140) Taurean Prince, SF, Brooklyn Nets
141) Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Denver Nuggets
142) Will Barton, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets
143) D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando Magic
144) Kyle Anderson, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
145) P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
146) Robert Williams, C, Boston Celtics
147) Dennis Smith Jr., PG/SG, New York Knicks
148) Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons
149) Ish Smith, PG, Washington Wizards
150) Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers

Shamet is a long-range specialist, who is in a great spot after being traded from the 76ers to the Clippers in the Tobias Harris deal last season. The second-year player could shuffle in and out of the lineup depending on who else the Clippers have available but has shown he can step up and score when given the chance. In his 25 games with Los Angeles last season, Shamet averaged 27.8 minutes and hit 2.7 three-point shots per game while averaging 10.9 points. He hit multiple threes in 20 of those 25 games and only failed to hit a single three-pointer in one of those games. While his role could fluctuate, he is one of the Clippers’ best long-range threats and should work his way into a nice complementary role next to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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