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32. Grant Hill - PHX [SG]
After a nightmarish six years in Orlando where Hill missed an average of 49 games per season due to injury, Hill has landed with a Suns team that will not require big minutes nor big production from him. Heís likely to assume a Michael Finley-type role as a 25 mpg veteran that can either start or come off the bench to help stabilize the team. This is good for Hillís health and championship aspirations, but it will likely not be as good for his fantasy output. And since most of Hillís value was tied up in his ability to score and create as the focal point of an offense (he has never had a consistent three-point shot nor contributed much in defensive categories), becoming a role player on a great team may sap him of most of his roto value.
33. Francisco Garcia - SAC [SG,SF]
Garcia is a long 6-7 swingman who made his name in college as a tenacious defender and clutch scorer with good shooting range. Garcia hasnít had a lot of opportunities to produce yet in the NBA, but he finished strong last season with averages of 13.1 points, 4.7 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.0 treys, and 1.7 combined steals/blocks with excellent shooting percentages in 11 April games. If the Kings trade Ron Artest this offseason without bringing another starting wing back, Garcia could have more chances this season to build upon that output.
34. Sasha Pavlovic - CLE [SG]
Pavlovic showed himself to be a decent role player last season, and if he re-signs with the Cavs, heís likely to remain on the fringe of fantasy relevance. For now he remains a free agent, though, so his outlook is still murky. And heíll need to improve his field goal shooting even if he does land back in Cleveland.
35. Gerald Green - MIN [SG,SF]
Green has the opportunity to break out in Minnesota this season. He is currently one of several young swingmen on the Wolves, competing with Corey Brewer and Rashad McCants for playing time behind Ricky Davis. The Kevin Garnett trade suggests that the Wolves are conducting a full-blown youth movement, though, so it is likely that Green will get a chance to grab a starting spot even ahead of a vet like Davis. Green averaged almost 16.0 points and 1.8 treys per game in 26 starts with the Celtics last season. With his athletic ability, one would expect him to eventually improve on the 3.6 boards per game he grabbed as a starter. Heís definitely worthy of mid-to-late round sleeper status.
36. Damien Wilkins - SEA [SG]
Wilkins is a fringe fantasy prospect this season. He showed last year that he can produce well from the starting lineup with solid scoring, steals, treys, and shooting percentages. Unfortunately for his outlook, the Sonics now have Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak and Mickael Gelabale all playing the swing positions. If Wilkins gets minutes, he could be fantasy relevant, but the development of the 27-year-oldís game is likely to be a low priority on a team thatís essentially starting over this season.
37. Luther Head - HOU [PG,SG]
Head has played the same role for the Rockets in his two NBA seasons: a scoring combo-guard/instant-offense injection off the bench. Heís solid at that role, capable of scoring in the low double-figures with plenty of three-point shooting. The problem for him is that the Rockets brought in two veteran guards, Steve Francis and Mike James, this offseason who may be best suited for that same role. They also drafted another player of the same mold in Aaron Brooks, and if Bonzi Wells returns to health, there just wonít be that many minutes to go around in the backcourt. Head could see a big drop in numbers if he loses a lot of court time to the newcomers.
38. DeShawn Stevenson - WAS [SG]
Stevenson was especially strong after the All-Star break last season, when he averaged almost 14.0 points and 1.5 treys made per game during the last 32 games. Heís also considered a defensive stopper, something thatís in short supply for the run-and-gun Wizards. Stevensonís fantasy outlook this season is also tied to rookie Nick Young, who should push him for minutes. If Stevenson can hold off Young early on, he could supply some late-round value in deeper leagues.
39. Brent Barry - SAS [SG]
At age 35, Barry is now nothing but a three-point specialist from a fantasy perspective. He also wonít hurt your shooting percentages, so in deep leagues, especially toward the end of the year, when you need a quick infusion in that category without hurting your field goal percentage, he could be worth a look Ė especially in a four-game week for the Spurs. But heís got no upside to speak of.
40. Eddie Jones - DAL [SG]
Jones has joined a Mavericks' roster of approximately one million perimeter players. At this point in his career, Jones is expected to provide mainly leadership and spot shooting in a Michael Finley-like role, but he may get even fewer minutes than Finley. Temper your fantasy expectations accordingly.
41. Charlie Bell - MIL [SG,SF]
Bell became a surprise starter for the Bucks last season after injuries decimated most of the teamís perimeter players. Bell took advantage to post the best numbers of his career, including 13.5 points and 1.5 treys per game. Bell resigned with the Bucks, but he is unlikely to replicate those kind of numbers with everyone healthy again.
42. Jerry Stackhouse - DAL [SG,SF]
Stackhouse remains Ė barely Ė fantasy relevant after re-signing with the Mavericks this summer. He offers little more than low double-digit scoring without much peripheral production, but thereís always the chance that someone could get injured in front of him. Keep an eye on him if Jason Terry or Josh Howard were to go down Ė you could get 15-20 points per game during a short stretch if Stackhouse ever got consistently good minutes.
43. Bonzi Wells - HOU [SG]
Wells used to be an impact fantasy producer, capable of using his strong post-up game to dominate smaller guards in the paint or his quickness to go around bigger forwards on the perimeter. He was an afterthought last season, though, as injuries robbed him of the majority of the year for the second season in a row. The Rockets have added quite a few perimeter players this offseason, so Wells needs to produce early if he wants a spot in the rotation. Wells is also arguably the best rebounding guard in the league when healthy, and the presence of his former coach Rick Adelman in Houston could give him a leg up in the playing time battle.
44. Martell Webster - POR [SG]
It might be time for Webster to put up or give up his spot in the rotation for an exciting Blazers team that is oozing with young talent. Webster was a lottery pick in the 2005 NBA Draft (straight out of high school), but so far the only NBA-ready skill that heís shown is an ability to knock down the long ball. Brandon Roy now has the shooting guard position locked up in Portland for the foreseeable future, so Webster will have to move to the small forward slot and perform well if he wants playing time. Given that Travis Outlaw is his main competition, Webster has got a decent chance to make that happen.
45. Morris Peterson - NOH [SG]
After playing himself onto the roto impact-player list in 2005-06, Peterson fell completely out of the Raptors' rotation last season and was a big fantasy disappointment. Peterson did not seem to fit in with the new Raptors' regime, so he relocated to New Orleans during the offseason. The Hornets should be a good fit for Peterson, as they need long-range shooters who can knock down open shots created by Chris Paul. If Peterson earns a starting nod and meshes well with the team, he could provide good production as a later round pick. Remember two seasons ago when his 16.8 points, 2.2 treys, 4.7 boards, and 1.3 steals from put him in the top-50 for most scoring systems.
46. Juan Dixon - TOR [PG,SG]
Following a midseason trade from Portland, Dixon averaged 11.1 points, a trey, and a steal per in 26 games. Unfortunately, the team added perimeter performers Carlos Delfino and Jason Kapono this offseason, so Dixon may end up the odd man out of the rotation. Should Dixon see regular minutes, his excellent quickness and ability to score could make him useful for stretches, especially when the Raptors have a four-game week.
47. J.R. Smith - DEN [SG]
Smith is an enigma for this upcoming season. Will he be the player he was before the fight, suspension and Iverson trade, capable of lighting it up from downtown? Or will he be the player that he was after the suspension, who fell out of favor in coach George Karlís rotation and seemed to lose confidence down the stretch? Chances are that Smith will be closer to the latter, as his playing opportunities are diminished with Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony taking up most of the minutes at the shooting guard and small forward positions. Smith also has to regain his health and piece of mind after a car accident this summer left him with a sprained shoulder. Heís still worth a look based on the upside he showed last year, but he should be picked as a late-round flyer as opposed to as a rotation player.
48. Nick Young - WAS [PG,SG]
Young was the first shooting guard taken in this yearís draft, and he goes to a Wizards team that really needs help at that position. He was streaky at the Las Vegas Summer League, but he did show moments of quickness and explosiveness while driving to the rim as well as a streaky long-range jumper. If Young can find some consistency, he may be worth taking a late-round flyer on as a prospect with upside.