NBA Draft Kit: Five Fantasy Breakouts For 2021-22

NBA Draft Kit: Five Fantasy Breakouts For 2021-22

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

One of the keys to having a successful fantasy basketball season is determining which players are poised for breakout campaigns.

Whether it's because of their own individual improvement, or the betterment of the situation around them, every season a number of players take significant steps forward. This season will be no different, and identifying those players could be the key to winning your league.

Here are five players poised to make a significant leap in fantasy value in 2021-22:

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs

Murray already made significant strides last season, averaging career highs in points (15.7), rebounds (7.1), assists (5.4) and three-pointers (0.9) per game. Part of the reason for his improved production was that he averaged 32 minutes per game – six minutes more compared to the previous season. He was another year removed from a torn ACL that kept him out of the entire 2018-19 season, which was likely one of the main reasons for his increase in playing time.

As good as Murray was last season, he has the potential to be even better this year because of the departure of DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan led the team with a 26.1 percent usage rate and was also one of the Spurs' top playmakers, averaging 6.9 assists per game. Murray could see increased production in both departments, while continuing to provide stellar rebounding numbers for a point guard. While he may never become a lethal three-point shooter, his new role for a rebuilding Spurs team could

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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