Derrick Favors is emerging as a dominant individual down low within the frontcourt of the Utah Jazz. During the past season, the 6’ 10” Favors took over the Power Forward position and proved to be a key member for his team. Favors’ development within the first seasons of his career was a major concern for his critics. However alongside teammate Rudy Gobert, the two have formed an athletic and dangerous pair of big men. Favors is a dog down low, he has displayed the physicality and skill set to cause reason for concern amongst opponents. On defense, his presence on the glass and changing his competitors shot attempts is a major reason why he has found. Favors’ strong 2014-15 campaign has us expecting big things for the upcoming season.
Coming off of his second consecutive season as the Atlantic Division champions and an early 1st round exit to the Wizards, Jonas Valanciunas is looking to help fortify the Toronto Raptors place within the Eastern Conference. Drafted 5th overall in the 2011 draft, Valenciunas was selected before Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Kenneth Faried. The 7-foot center from Lithuania has been a solid and steady contributor for Toronto. In 3 years with the Raptors, Valanciunas was shuffled in the frontcourt along with Amir Johnson and Patrick Peterson. With Johnson now in Boston, Toronto has brought in aging big man Luis Scola to add size to the roster. The door has swung wide open for Valanciunas to step forward as the primary big man for the Raptors.
Entering his 3rd season with the Phoenix Suns and 7th overall, Eric Bledsoe is in place to be a consistent and dominant option at the point guard position. His added role in Jeff Hornacek’s offense due to the departure of Goran Dragic will put the ball in his hands even more. He has ability to score the ball and contribute across numerous statistical categories makes him a major fantasy contributor. The Suns have been committed to clearing cap space, but now out of the LaMarcus Aldridge race they have a void to fill that might not necessarily be another big man. Bledsoe can post big numbers for the Suns, enabling him to be a unique point guard who still has room to establish himself within the league. Having to compete against CP3, Curry, and now Rondo within the same division will force Bledsoe to produce on a consistent basis.
The ex-Detroit Pistons Center is going to be a highly sought for his services as he is geared to becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. With the belief that the Van Gundy system is profiled around Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe is seeking a short-term maximum deal with a team he can take to the next level. The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers have all shown interest in the big man, who is reportedly set to visit each organization. Greg Monroe has the opportunity to become a cornerstone within the NBA who can put up a double-double on any given night. To his benefit has shown the versatility to play along side another dominant Center while still posting quality numbers.
Entering his third year in the NBA, Victor Oladipo has established himself as a dual threat shooting guard. Paired with Elfrid Payton and a new coaching staff featuring Scott Skiles, the Orlando Magic have the opportunity to establish a new young and athletic backcourt. Since leaving the University of Indiana in 2013, Oladipo has shown the same defensive intensity that earned him National Co-Defensive Player of the Year. On the offensive end, he is the second leading scorer on the team behind Nikola Vucevic. Victor Oladipo is a player who has the ability to make plays off of the dribble, and be a playmaking scorer when in the paint. Surrounded by a young team and a new coach, he has the chance to be a leader and cornerstone within the franchise.