2019 NBA Dynasty Rookie Rankings


Tier (#) 2019 Dynasty Preview - 1/11/20
1 (1)
Ja Morant, Grizzlies - Career Projection: Superstar/Hall of Famer
Ja is an electric athlete, can get to the basket whenever he wants and is one of the best passers to come along in years. His scoring, assists and steals will help win categories and don't sleep on his 3pt shot.
1 (2) Zion Williamson, Pelicans - Career Projection: Superstar/Hall of Famer/Fingers crossed
Zion is getting close to a return to action and could take the NBA by storm. If/when healthy he belongs at the top of this list, simple as that.
2 (3) Tyler Herro, Heat - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/3pt Sniper
Herro is a special, special shooter and is starting to round out the rest of his game, showing excellent court awareness and some play-making ability. He'll be one of the most fun players to own for a lot of years to come.
2 (4) DeAndre Hunter, Hawks - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/Stocks Winner
Hunter should plug right in and give you production from day one. His defensive numbers will be impressive but it remains to be seen if he'll take on a scoring role for the Hawks.
2 (5) Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies - Career Projection: All-Star/Fantasy Monster
How the fuq did Clarke fall to no.21 on draft day? He's a future All Star in the League and could be a fantasy monster from day one. He's not as flashy as some of the guards on this list but he'll be real fun to own.
2 (6) P.J. Washington, Hornets - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/Solid
P.J. makes a big move up the board. The Hornets will be a dumpster fire this year but that will spell big minutes for him. His 3pt shot looks legit and he does a little bit of everything on the court.
3 (7) R.J. Barrett, Knicks - Career Projection: Star/All-Star/Potential Hall of Famer
R.J. is going to be a great player in real life but for fantasy purposes his lack of efficiency and turnovers hurt his value. He's hitting a little rookie wall right now.
3 (8) Rui Hachimura, Wizards - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star
Rui shows flashes of big time potential but he's very inconsistent right now. He gets a lot of minutes, which makes him more fun to own, and which will speed up his development.
3 (9) Coby White, Bulls - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/Scoring Machine
Coby has been hot and cold recently but is looking like he could become an elite scorer in the League. He's a score first guard who gets shots up in volume, although he suffers from a lack of counting stats.
3 (10) Jarrett Culver, Timberwolves - Career Projection: Starter/Defensive Stopper
Although Culver's shooting isn't great, he will fill up the stat sheet with great stocks, a ton of transition buckets, rebounds and eventually some 3's. He's got some stealth upside as a possible NBA star. He's got the tools.
3 (11) Jaxson Hayes, Pelicans - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/Sleeper-star
He might not produce a ton in year one but Hayes has all kinds of upside and could blossom in year 2 or 3 of his career.
3 (12) Darius Garland, Cavs - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/Category Winner
His fantasy upside is unlimited but injuries raise a red flag. Garland is starting to find his groove with the Cavs and is likely to have some big games this year, which could catipult his stock.
4 (13) Sekou Doumbouya, Pistons - Career Projection: Starter/Sleeper-star
Sekou is the youngest player in the draft and has all the traits you look for. It might take a few years but if you can afford to wait on him it might be worth it.
4 (14) Eric Paschall, Warriros - Career Projection: Future Starter/Glue Guy
Paschall has shown a vastly improved isolation game and one on one scoring ability to go along with his great strength and vertical explosion. He's established himself as a long term NBA player with potentially some All-Star upside.
4 (15) Matisse Thybulle, Sixers - Career Projection: Defensive Super-Star/Sleeper
Matisse has the potential to put up insane defensive stats, while also hitting 3's and playing a solid all around game. He can be a category winner for both steals and blocks. Get him if you can.
4 (16) Cam Reddish, Hawks - Career Projection: Possible Starter
If everything clicks he could be a top 10 fantasy player in this class but he'll have to be a much more efficient scorer than what we saw at Duke.
5 (17) Daniel Gafford, Bulls - Career Projection: Possible Starter/
He fell too far on draft day. Gafford has a defined role, which he plays really well. The minutes won't be there this year but he's one to keep an eye on in the future.
5 (18) Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Pelicans - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/
Nickeil has shown flashes but the minutes haven't been there lately. He's a guy who can stuff the stat sheet when given the chance. So be patient.
5 (19) Cam Johnson, Suns - Career Projection: Specialist/Starter/Possible All-Star
The 3pt shot is real. Cam is fitting in seamlessly on the wing in Phoenix.
5 (20) Kendrick Nunn, Heat - Career Projection: Starter/Bucket Getter
Nunn of us saw this one coming. Kendrick has come out of nowhere and is putting up nice scoring numbers for the Heat. He's old for a rookie but that doesn't diminish his awesome early-season production.
5 (21) Goga Bitadze, Pacers - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star/Sleeper-star
The Pacers might have gotten a huge steal in Bitadze. He's got a really nice shooting stroke, can hit the 3pter and defends at the rim. Teams will regret passing on him...but the playing time isn't really there yet.
6 (22) Kevin Porter Jr., Cavs - Career Projection: Possible Starter/Boom or Bust
There could be great things ahead for KPJ. He's a scoring machine who plays with finesse and brute force. But he's got some red flags as well.
6 (22) Chuma Okeke, Magic - Career Projection: Starter when healthy
Okeke could be a nice pick up for a rebuilding team. Before his injury he was looking like a possible top 10 draft pick. He's got great size on the wing, defensive instincts and a nice 3pt stroke.
6 (22) Grant Williams, Celtics - Career Projection: Sneaky Upside Starter/Glue Guy
He does a little bit of everything and could be a fun guy to own.
6 (22) Terrence Davis, Raptors - Career Projection: Surprise Rookie/Sleeper Star
Davis is having a great rookie season and shows promise as a long term starter down the road.
7(26) Darius Bazley, Thunder - Career Projection: Sneaky Upside Starter/Star
Bazley has a ton of game. There will be growing pains and it might take a while but don't sleep on this kid. He's going to be good.
7 (27) Bol Bol, Nuggets - Career Projection: It all comes down to health
Bol is back on the court and is making a big splash in the G League. He's a long term project that could pay off big time down the road. Or at least give you an intriguing trade chip.
7(28) Bruno Fernando, Hawks - Career Projection: Possible Starter/Blocks Specialist/With Upside
Bruno will get a shot at minutes and could put up decent rebounds, blocks and FG%. Eventually he'll be hitting some 3's as well.
7(29) Dylan Windler, Cavs - Career Projection: 3pt Sniper/Starter
Windler still isn't healthy and is basically just a stash for next year.
8(30) Keldon Johnson, Spurs - Career Projection: Starter/Possible All-Star
How did he fall to no.29 on draft day? The playing time might not be there his rookie season so patience will be required but Johnson is a talented player with NBA size and translatable skills.
8(31) Jordan Poole, Warriors - Career Projection: Possible Starter/3pt Bomber
Poole is a high volume shooter who has no fear about putting up shots. He's got a quick release and also a quick first step, which keeps the defense honest. He should get plenty of minutes for the beaten down Warriors, giving him some added value in his rookie campaign.
8(32) Nassir Little, Blazers - Career Projection: Role Player/Defender
Little might be more valuable in real life than on a fantasy roster as his percentages and 3pt shooting just aren't there yet. He's a longer term prospect for deeper leagues.
8(33) Romeo Langford, Celtics - Career Projection: Bench scorer/boom or bust
It could be a long time before Romeo gets meaningful minutes in the League, and can be left on the waiver wire or held as a stash.
8(34) Luka Samanic, Spurs - Career Projection: Possible Starter/
The minutes might not be there early in his career so this is more of a longer term play.
8(35) Ty Jerome, Suns - Career Projection: Possible Starter/3pt Specialist
Ty could get minutes early in his career with the Suns. He might not be the most exciting player to draft but could be a sneaky steal.
8(36) Ky Bowman, Warriors - Career Projection: Scorer off the bench
Ky has been getting big minutes for the Warriors, showing off his scoring ability and competitiveness. It's hard to say what his value will be next year once the Warriors are back to full strength but he's doing enough right now to warrent an add in most keeper leagues.
8(37) Carson Edwards, Celtics - Career Projection: Boom or Bust/Sleeper Star
We always underestimate him. If he gets starters minutes in the League his numbers could be niice.
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