Tier 5: Solid tertiary options
19. Tim Hardaway Jr, Dallas Mavericks
18. Caris LeVert, Cleveland Cavaliers
17. Dillon Brooks, Houston Rockets
16. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Hardaway can be a frustrating player to watch at times, but Dallas keeps him around due to his propensity to put up points in a hurry. LeVert has moved to a wing position in Cleveland, and they will be counting on him to give their lineup some extra juice.
Brooks, a one-time target for the league’s lone Canadian team, has been ripped quite often on social media, but he’s still a worthy starter in this league. Barnes’ performances with the Kings have helped establish him as a role player who can shoulder a big offensive load for Sacramento.
Tier 4: Automatic Scorers
15. Bruce Brown, Indiana Pacers
14. Bojan Bogdanovic, Detroit Pistons
13. RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
12. Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic
Brown chased in after the best season of his career for the champion Nuggets, and he will try everything he can to get Indiana back on the path to relevancy this season. Bogdanovic continued to shoot well and score with ease on a Pistons team that provided him with minimal support.
Barrett was up and down last season, but he clearly made strides in the right direction. The Knicks should keep working on him as they try to stay in the postseason. 2023-24 might be Wagner’s big breakout, as the Magic might be relevant enough for him to get more national publicity.
Toronto Raptors SF OG Anunoby is Top 10 in the league.
Tier 3: High-End Starters
11. Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
10. Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
8. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Johnson has been a quality scorer for quite some time, and the Victor Wembanyama effect could draw more eyeballs over to him in the 2023 season. Giddey is a true Swiss Army Knife, as the Australian dynamo has been instrumental to Oklahoma City’s very quick resurgence.
Anunoby, who wants a shiny new contract, is a reliable handle away from climbing up into one of the top tiers, as his defense is already as dominant as one could hope for. Middleton has struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons, but he is one of those veterans who should be underrated at your own peril.