The 2013 NBA Draft class was pretty weak overall, but there are still going to be a few solid contributors worth a look in fantasy basketball. In order to have success right away, a player needs skill and an opportunity. Here are three players who have both.
Scouts were high on Zeller to begin the college season a year ago, then soured on him, and then loved him again. He was drafted #4 overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, and that is a perfect location for him. Barring an injury, he should be the starting power forward alongside Al Jefferson. He is working on being a consistent stretch four who can hit midrange jumpers, and his motor is already a huge plus for him. Unless Steve Clifford decides to rotate bigs and limit playing time for his rookie, it should be a nice, productive season for the Indiana big man.
Like his college teammate Zeller, Oladipo is mature enough to step in right away and play. Not only that, but the opportunity will be there for him to play right away for a young Orlando Magic team. They have tinkered with the idea to allow him to play point guard, so that could either sink or swim his fantasy basketball value. He is not a high pick, but the middle rounds will be a good time to grab a guy with great upside.
Anthony Bennett and Michael Carter-Williams are the major challengers for this position, but McLemore is probably the guy with the most upside in the entire draft. He can score with relative ease, so look for him to flourish in Sacramento if his shot is falling, this could be the biggest sleeper in the NBA.