2014-15 NBA Fantasy Preview
POSTED: Oct 6, 2014 12:09 PM ET
The 2014-15 NBA season is right around the corner, which means it's time to start preparing for your Yahoo! NBA Fantasy draft!
Use our Fantasy Draft Kit to find out which players are the best in each statistical category and outsmart your competition. Make sure to check back to NBA.com/fantasy throughout the month as we reveal our NBA.com Fantasy Big Board, positional rankings and feature articles.
An unlikely group of players have proven over the last few seasons that they can be trusted to keep control of the rock.
13-14: 0.9 turnovers per game -- 12-13: 1.2 TPG
Ryan Anderson played only 22 games last season after being sidelined by a back injury. But since entering in the league in 2008, he's always been careful with the ball and over the last three seasons he's the only player to average more than 15 points and less than 1.2 turnovers per game.
13-14: 1.3 TPG -- 12-13: 1.8 TPG
Jose Calderon averages 1.7 turnovers and 6.8 assists per game for his career. This is a very good rate and should look even better this season as he takes over the starting point guard job in New York.
13-14: 1.5 TPG -- 12-13: 1.3 TPG
Dirk Nowitzki was the first player since Antwan Jamison in 2007-08 to score more than 20 points per game and commit less than 1.5 turnovers. After posting just 1.3 turnovers per game in 2012-13, Nowitzki is a great high-scoring, low-turnover option.
13-14: 1.6 TPG -- 12-13: 1.4 TPG
13-14: 1.8 TPG -- 12-13: 1.9 TPG
13-14: 1.7 TPG -- 12-13: 1.3 TPG
13-14: 2.6 TPG -- 12-13: 2.6 TPG
'Melo is hardly turnover free. But for a player who scores and has the ball as much as he does, his career average of 2.9 per game is relatively low. This number should continue to fall as he further works the 3-point shot into his game.
13-14: 1.6 TPG -- 12-13: 1.8 TPG
13-14: 1.1 TPG -- 12-13: 1.5 TPG
His turnover numbers are likely to increase as his assumes a larger offensive role in Miami this season. However, he's been quite stingy with the ball for his career and dished out 4.3 assists last season in 30.3 minutes per game.
13-14: 2.1 TPG -- 12-13: 1.2 TPG
Thaddeus Young saw a down year last season in regards to turnovers. But he was also forced into a much larger offensive role than he was used to and sometimes had to force the issue with limited talent around him. He's in a better position in Minnesota this season and should see his turnovers fall back to the 1.0 per game average he recorded between 2011-13.
It's obvious that if a player scores and has the ball in their hands often, they are more prone to turn it over. The following ten players score a lot while also coughing up the rock at a high rate. None of them turn the ball over enough to single-handedly lose the category for your team, though.
13-14: 5.7 TPG -- 12-13: 3.7 TPG
It's highly unlikely Kobe Bryant would have remained at 5.7 turnovers per game for an entire season. But while he probably won't hit that mark this year, it's likely to be higher than his career average of 3.0 per game as the limited talent around him will cause the future Hall-of-Famer to force his offense, which usually causes turnovers.
13-14: 3.6 TPG -- 12-13: 3.8 TPG
13-14: 3.8 TPG -- 12-13: 3.3 TPG
13-14: 3.8 TPG -- 12-13: 3.1 TPG
13-14: 3.6 TPG -- 12-13: 3.2 TPG
13-14: 3.5 TPG -- 12-13: N/A
Michael Carter-Williams did a lot of things well in his rookie season. Holding on to the ball was not one of them and it wouldn't be a surprise to see that number rise this year as he will need to create a lot of offense with even less talent in Philadelphia.
13-14: 3.5 TPG -- 12-13: 3.0 TPG
The lone big man on this list, DeMarcus Cousins has struggled to control the rock in the post for his entire career, averaging 3.1 turnovers per game. After a strong FIBA World Cup performance, it appears he's ready to further breakthrough as one of the best centers in the league, so hopefully turnovers are one of the many areas that improves this season.
13-14: 3.3 TPG -- 12-13: 3.9 TPG
13-14: 3.1 TPG -- 12-13: 3.7 TPG
13-14: 2.2 TPG -- 12-13: 2.8 TPG
Deron Williams' turnovers appear to have improved over the last two seasons. But in reality, his usage, points and assists have fallen and the decrease in turnovers is simply a result of this reduced production. If you draft Williams expecting him to return to his old All-Star self, then expect his average of 3.6 turnovers per game from 2009-12 to return, too.
Extra 10 (no order)