NBA Draft Kit: Which Teams are Most Fantasy Friendly?
NBA Draft Kit: Which Teams are Most Fantasy Friendly?

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

In the world of fantasy basketball – and fantasy sports, in general – team success typically operates independently of individual success. A team's win-loss record has no bearing on whether its top players are strong fantasy commodities – looking at you, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton – but how a team operates can influence overall value.

One of the most common metrics to consider in this context is pace. At its root, pace measures how quickly a team plays – in other words, how many possessions does it generate in a given game. The number most often cited – and the one used below – is the team's average number of possessions per 48 minutes.

A higher pace doesn't always translate to more fantasy value – not all possessions end in a made basket – but it what it does always translate to is more fantasy opportunity. A team that averages 103 possessions per 48 minutes is going to have more chances to score – and generate rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks – than a team that averages 97 possessions per 48. In general, pace of play should not be the guiding principle for draft-day decisions, but it's something to take into account in situations when other factors may be close to equal.

In addition to pace, when it comes to evaluating a player's team context, taking a close look at the projected rotation is also vital. Rotations for teams that return a familiar core are inherently easier to

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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