It’s been quite a—boring—ride but we’re almost there, folks. Starting July 30, the NBA will enter a vortex of daily action that will get us back to our couches to indulge as much basketball as we can with games coming left and right. With such a short time between now and the restart (and with the four months we have endured without any NBA hoops around) it makes sense to go through the 22 teams that made it to Disney’s bubble to review what they did during the first months of the 2019-20 season and what we can expect from them going forward. Consider this a primer on who to target, who to avoid, and a know-it-all reviewing exercise of what will be there when NBA DFS contests come back in less than 14 days time.
As has always been the case, I will be using data from both the official NBA website paired with information from DFS contests held on DraftKings through the first months of the season. Every chart uses the same scale (salaries from 3K to 10K except when they don’t fit, fantasy points from 0 to 65) so they can be easily compared between teams to see where each player ranks league-wide.
Regular Season Stats
- Record: 30-35 (.466)
- Offensive Rating: 108.0 (24th)
- Defensive Rating: 109.0 (9th)
- Net Rating: -1.0 (16th)
The Wizards making it to the bubble never made sense with Orlando 5.5 games ahead in the East and even less with them missing Beal/Bertans/Wall, but alas. Not only will the Magic retain a playoff spot, but they’ll also boost their chances of getting an easier first-round opponent given the trouble Brooklyn ran into lately with all of their opt-outs. This is not to say that the Magic will be any sort of favorite to make it past the Raptors or Celtics, but hey, at least Orlando is back playing at the time of the season when things matter, now on back-to-back years!
The reality is harsh, though. The Magic aren’t thrilling at all. I mean, they’re a top-10 team on defense, sure, but their offense stinks bit time ranking 24th in the NBA and they are the fifth-slowest team in the league... What I love about Orlando, though, is how promising this team looks going forward with the likes of Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, and Mo Bamba around. Throw in some high-flying man in Aaron Gordon, a shy-beast in Nikola Vucevic, and an under-the-radar gunner in Evan Fournier, and this is a nicely rounded team that has a little bit of everything. Will the Magic be celebrating in Disney? Not much, but for fantasy purposes they should provide some very nice options to include in your DFS lineups.
Team Leaders (per game)
- MIN: Aaron Gordon (33.0)
- PTS: Nikola Vucevic (19.5)
- 3PM: Evan Fournier (2.7)
- REB: Nikola Vucevic (11.0)
- AST: Markelle Fultz (5.2)
- STL: Jonathan Isaac (1.6)
- BLK: Jonathan Isaac (2.4)
- TOV: Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz (2.0)
- USG%: Nikola Vucevic (25.6%)
- DKFP: Nikola Vucevic (43.3)
- Players Acquired: None
- Players Lost: Al-Farouq Aminu, Jonathan Isaac (until Aug. 7)
Here’s to hoping Isaac makes it back to the rotation as soon as possible because he’s been great. He is expected to be back during the first week of August and to take a slow approach to games going forward, but if (when) Orlando makes it to the playoffs he should be ready to go if all goes according to plan.
There is no secret in who the best DFS play from the Magic is, though. Vucevic has been amazing this season averaging over 43 DKFP per game and even though his price has been high on average at near $8.5K per contest, his ROI (Price/DKFP) is a top-50 one in the NBA this year.
Orlando is one of those teams that bring no surprises or hide any gems in its roster for DFS purposes. Vuc is the highest scorer and the highest-priced player. Gordon is second in both categories and ROI too, and Fournier is fourth in average DKFP and price. The third one, our man Isaac, doesn’t rank third in ROI, though. He actually is a very bad fantasy play given his price and performance, carrying more empty hype than actual production. I for one I’m excited about watching him back playing, but I’d avoid it through the remainder of the season and not put him in any DFS lineup.