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Fantasy basketball: Major changes at the top of draft make this the most interesting season in years

The storylines this season are almost endless.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is on a career path rivaling the best players in NBA history, including both "His Airness" as well as "King James," yet somehow no one seems to realize it. I’ve been predicting and noting his progress for years, but the majority of the basketball world still makes cases against him even being the best player of the current generation. It’s uncanny. He’s like the Keyser Söze of NBA superstars.

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Where does Ben Simmons play this season? How about Damian Lillard ? Can Chris Paul and the Suns do it again? Does playoffs Donovan Mitchell ever show up in the regular season? Can the Heat or Celtics get back to the top? Might Zion Williamson dunk an actual person through the rim this season?

That’s still just scratching the surface.

Look at the Lakers, who won an NBA championship literally less than a year ago, and have somehow assembled the NBA version of "The Expendables." They seemingly have every NBA action hero of the previous generation on one squad on a team that at least one analyst has pegged to potentially win 70 games.

The Nets put together a superteam last season that health derailed but are the universal favorites to come out of the East this season and face the Lakers in a potential series with so many storylines the NBA world might implode under the weight.

Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and future MVP Luka Doncic are battling for about a hundred crowns. Who’s the best Euro in the NBA (assuming you don’t count Antetokounmpo, "the Greek Freak," in that category)? Which will average a triple-double first? Did either have the swag to pull off the European corn rows look that young Kristaps Porzingis rocked? Just so many questions. Nikola Jokic is fantasy’s most versatile big man. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports And Doncic is also facing challenges from "the Ice Trae," Trae Young . They were traded for each other on Draft Night in 2019, to universal acclaim that the Mavericks got the better of the deal. Yet, it was Young’s Hawks that made the Conference Finals first, while Doncic’s Mavs were watching from home. What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold!

But these are just big things happening around the NBA. What about fantasy?

Here are the big storylines I’m seeing in fantasy hoops this season: Fresh faces in the Rounds 1 and 2

The first two rounds of the draft this season are like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air": They’ve gotten flipped, turned upside down. In fact, they will have very little resemblance to the first two rounds as recently as a couple seasons ago — heck, you could even say as recently as last year! Between age, superteams, injuries and young players making the leap, the top of […]

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