This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
The NBA is a league so overflowing with stars that it's difficult to botch the first round in fantasy drafts. We (you know, the royal we) spend so much time deciding who to take in the first round, but it's a selection that, barring injuries, rarely makes or breaks fantasy teams. As such, my personal list of must-draft players won't feature anyone whose average draft position (ADP) is inside the top-12.
Without further ado, here's my round-by-round list of must-draft players:
Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers (ADP 14.7)
It's not wise to dismiss any of the players whose ADP is inside the top-12. However, George stepped up in the playoffs with Kawhi Leonard (knee) sidelined, looking like the guy who was an MVP candidate a couple years ago in Oklahoma City. And frankly, he shouldn't be available in the second round of any 12-team league. Players being drafted ahead of him whom I would take George over include, at the very least: Bradley Beal, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets (ADP 24.7)
Ball was phenomenal as a rookie, turning in averages of 15.7 points, 6.1 dimes, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 threes, 1.6 steals and 0.4 blocks in 28.8 minutes while starting 31 of his 51 appearances. It's safe to say he's due for an increase in playing time this season, and his per-36-minutes averages from last year were 19.7 points, 7.7 assists, 7.4 boards, 2.3 threes, 2.0 steals and 0.4 blocks. Maybe