NBA draft guide

Fantasy basketball is one of the earlier fantasy sports invented. In fact, it started just about at the same time as fantasy baseball. Which, as you probably know, is the first fantasy sport ever played. Fantasy basketball became popular in the ’90s and it’s no surprise that it has been growing ever since. In this NBA draft guide, we share tips on how to make it work for you.

The draft

The draft, like in any other fantasy sport, is a crucial part of the process of winning. That’s why aside from understanding the sport and the general rules, knowing all the ins and outs of the draft is key. In this NBA draft guide, we’ll discuss exactly that. Because if you do the draft well, you’ve already taken an important step to win. Although the draft is not final in the sense that trades aren’t possible throughout the season (if you play season-long), nevertheless the draft forms the firm foundation for your team. Also as a new player, you will find your way around. It just takes some thorough preparation. Below we go into the essentials of the draft.

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Know your league

The draft process changes depending on what type of contest you take part in. So before you concern yourself with who to pick, make sure you understand the rules. The scoring system and rules can differ quite a bit. What might be a great all-rounder to have on your team, is possibly not so attractive in terms of points. Depending on how your players will be collecting points for you, you need to adjust your strategy. Other things to keep in mind is whether your league allows trades. This indicates whether your draft is set in stone or if changes throughout the contest are possible.

Current NBA climate

To get a good idea who you want to have on your team and develop a strategy accordingly, do your research. A good first step is to check out sports sites, which often provide valuable information about players. From statistics to a review of recent performances. This is information that is helpful to develop an idea for the ideal NBA draft guide. However, you have to anticipate the fact that in most drafts you’re likely not going to have your first choice. So if you make a shortlist of players for each position and who is your first, second and third choice that will prove very helpful. Other things to be aware of when it comes to the current NBA climate is recent injuries or developments in any of the player’s private life.

Prepare a list

Just as it’s important to make a list of your favorite players to have on your team, making a list of players to avoid is equally important. If you’ve been studying the current NBA events and have found some information that certain players would be a bad choice, write it down. In the heat of the draft, you’ll want to have a list to refer to.

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It’s tempting to blindly pick your favorites. But assembling a well-balanced team is what will get you the most points. It’s helpful to first write down your favorites and then filter them per position. If you’re in doubt, it’s preferred to pick a multi-positional player. This will give you more flexibility throughout the league. The most important categories for collecting points in fantasy basketball is rebounds, assists, and points. Some of the contests have 5 different point categories, which add blocks and account steals. Do you see how important it is to know the rules of your league before you draft? Some players are much stronger in particular categories than others. You need to be fully informed to make the best decisions for your basketball draft.


Some NBA contests have more categories to score points in, like 8 or 9. Although this flexibility of gathering points seem appealing it might actually complicate the drafting process.  You might think the best strategy is to draft players who would star in all categories, but that is impossible. Instead, pick a few categories you want to focus on and pick players accordingly. If during the last few draft rounds you still have some ‘spare’ players to pick, it might be tempting to choose those that could potentially perform well in the additional categories. However, it’s better to just strengthen your focus categories and go with that.

Mind the bias

As an NBA fan, it might be tempting to stay true to your favorite teams and only pick those players. However, if you play fantasy sports beyond the purpose of just fun (money!), then it’s strongly recommended to keep your bias at home. Do your research unbiased and when you filter sources, make sure you even check out all the information about the other teams as well. Of course, everyone has their favorite players, but bias is not your friend when it comes to the basketball draft. Or any fantasy sports draft, for that matter.