I’m going into pick up expecting a noticable difference in Ibaka’s figures overall. His shooting ability is going to be absolutely key with Elfrid Payton running the purpose, and pairing him with Vucevic within the frontcourt provides the Magic two big men that can spread the ground expect much more Ibaka rolls towards the rim this year. That will work out very nicely for his Fantasy value, particularly in Rotisserie leagues. I expect a large bounceback season from Ibaka in Orlando.
The Thunder got more youthful and much more flexible, and also the Magic’s assortment of talent begins to fit together better, making the entire rebuild make a little more sense. This can be a trade with no apparent champion at this time, also it perform out for sides, but there are several apparent those who win and nonwinners for Fantasy reasons. Let us have a look.
The Special Moment were going to need to come to a decision sooner or later, with neither Oladipo nor Payton searching just like a sure-fire lengthy-term keeper, they chosen the man who’s annually further taken off free agency. It’s difficult responsible them, even when they’re betting around the player who’s probably worse at this time.
Champion: Serge Ibaka
Oladipo has enhanced continuously as his career went on, but not really much as you may expect an old No. 2 overall pick. However, the growing season-lengthy figures don’t quite show the extent that Oladipo’s career continues to be based on inconsistency. The next charts may help:
Many trades were rumored to become going lower on draft night, but we actually did not learn about that one until after it happened. The Thunder were inside a bet on the National basketball association Finals, and Ibaka is a big area of the team’s plans for a long time, but GM Mike Presti has not been afraid to shake some misconception with an issue.
However, this certainly solutions any residual questions regarding Payton’s role, and most likely helps make the Orlando roster fit better overall. Payton’s insufficient a jumper is simply a killer, and playing him with Oladipo and Aaron Gordon just caused the ground to crunch. Now, the special moment can enjoy Payton with Evan Fournier, Ibaka and Vucevic, plus whether shooter in Mario Hezonja (or perhaps a free agent), or perhaps an expert cutter and transition ace in Gordon. With increased room to function, Payton must have his best season yet.
Loser: Victor Oladipo
There aren’t any lack of possible explanations for Ibaka’s weird regression in the last couple of seasons, however the probably the first is most likely probably the most apparent: His effectiveness dwindled as his role within the offense did. Requested to place up from the ball much more on offense, Ibaka’s shooting percentage and free throw rate collapsed in the last couple of seasons, resulting in his least productive season in a long time. Ibaka averaged just 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season. The proportion of his shots from beyond 16 ft rose from 37. percent in 2013-14 to 55.3 % last season, even though Ibaka is definitely an elite jump shooter for any big man, it’s difficult responsible him to be a little from rhythm at occasions in Oklahoma City.
The good thing is taht Oladipo must have much more open shots waiting for him in Oklahoma City, so expect him to enhance his 3-point percentage and overall efficiency for that third straight season. However, that’s mostly because Oladipo’s usage is going to crater, by having an expected transfer to the Thunder’s beginning selection. Remember everything stuff I simply stated about Ibaka’s role during the last couple of years? Which will affect Oladipo, too.
That should not function as the issue in Orlando. Whether or not they made the best decision to consolidate a few of their youthful assets by means of Ibaka, it ought to be a benefit for Ibaka’s individual Fantasy value. He’s the precise kind of player you would like alongside Nikola Vucevic within the frontcourt, together with his mixture of shooting and rim protection, and also the Magic possess a strong incentive to make certain he’s a bigger role than he did in Oklahoma City. There’s no Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant in Orlando, so he should visit a big increase in usage, possibly as much as above 20 % the very first time in the career.
Obviously, the very best-situation scenario for his Fantasy value will be the Thunder letting him escape, because Waiters’ could be much more hidden than ever before. He averaged just 9.8 points and a pair of. assists per game for Oklahoma City last season, and would clearly be behind Oladipo within the depth chart this year. At this time, we are most likely past speaking about Waiters’ potential, but he could most likely set up decent Fantasy figures inside a place like Philadelphia, when they have the latitude to produce with big minutes.
Champion: Elfrid Payton
Area of the problem for him is a constantly shifting cast of supporting figures, who frequently did not fit together. Like a rookie, Oladipo had to defend myself against a bigger role than he was most likely ready for, particularly with the special moment using him frequently early like a point guard. That role altered a little with the help of Elfrid Payton in the second season, however the mixture of two pads with shaky jumpers most likely hurt Oladipo around it assisted.
Heading into restricted free agency, Waiters is stuck from a rock along with a hard place. The Thunder don’t always have to re-sign Waiters with Oladipo in position, but I am sure they’d take him back in the right cost. And Waiters just lost one potential suitor because his incumbent team does not cash incentive they are driving the marketplace up either.
Loser: Dion Waiters
Gordon are designed for opposing 3’s on defense, or he is able to provide great energy from the bench, but it’s obvious either move will probably prove harmful to his Fantasy value. Gordon does not turn 21 until per month prior to the season starts, so natural improvement isn’t surprising, but it is difficult to view him like a big breakout candidate within the wake of the move. This is a bit disappointing for one of the most intriguing youthful talents within the league.
The large shock of National basketball association Draft night wasn’t even really concerning the draft. There have been some reaches and surprising falls, however the most unpredicted factor to visit lower was the Thunder and Magic’s surprise trade that sent big man Serge Ibaka to Orlando for any package focused on former No. 2 pick Victor Oladipo.
And, let Waiters function as a warning against presuming Oladipo’s efficiency will certainly improve with less defensive attention in Oklahoma City: He’s shot just 39.6 % in the field and 34.3 % on 3-pointers since joining the Thunder.
Champion: Nikola Vucevic
The Special Moment managed to move on from Tobias Harris partly because Gordon appeared as if an outbreak star within the making, but the choice to add Ibaka kind of complicates things for Gordon. He was solid following the All-Star break, averaging 12. points, 7.3 rebounds, 2. assists and 1.7 combined blocks and steals in 27.9 minutes per game, but he did not quite remove because they may have expected. Gordon’s jumper is really a operate in progress, for it to be interesting to find out if they relegate him to some bench role, or come up with him act as a little forward alongside Ibaka.
Loser: Aaron Gordon
Oladipo may still be Fantasy relevant, since the Thunder will most likely use him because the third option on offense, having a low-usage role player sliding in to the beginning five at power forward. However, there just will not be many shots for everyone between Durant and Westbrook, and the assist rates are almost going to go lower too. This really is clearly a poor move for Oladipo’s Fantasy value, and you are most likely searching in a low-finish starter now.
Vucevic has set up his big figures in the last couple of seasons in less-than-ideal conditions since the same spacing problems that hindered Oladipo and Payton also held him back. However, he did see his production improve following the trade deadline, once the Magic moved Tobias Harris and could have fun with more shooting on the ground. Vucevic shot 54.2 percent in the field following the trades, and averaged 21.6 points in only 29.a few minutes per game. He obtained more proficiently and came fouls more frequently, with protection less in a position to pack the paint from the Magic. The Special Moment are now able to put Ibaka alongside Vucevic, permitting him to publish track of less defensive help or function as a safety valve on Ibaka pick-and-rolls, so he should visit a nice increase in efficiency.