Which NBA rookie will stand out in 2021-22?

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We know football is in full swing, but we're stoked to see that the NBA season is just around the corner -- tipping off Monday, October 18. With so many current and up-and-coming stars in the league, not to mention rookies like Jalen Green and Cade Cunningham, there's plenty to looking forward to this season. And because the season is nearing, we're taking this opportunity to showcase a couple of what our NBA Draft Guide tools can provide for managers as the fantasy basketball landscape begins to take shape.

This season's Draft Guide is stuffed with exclusive content aimed at giving you the knowledge you need to get prime value in drafts and build championship-caliber teams. It's full steam ahead as we're confident our tools will help with your team management from tip-off all the way to the championship week of your league's schedule. Whether you're looking for positional tiers, top sleepers, mock drafts, overall rankings, expert analysis or player profiles, we're excited to announce that these are some of the on-the-nose fantasy basketball tools we've ever produced.

We'll be previewing a couple of player excerpts from our own Jared Johnson's draft-exclusive Does Summer League Matter? column. In it, Johnson breaks down how fantasy rookies fared in their rookie season's summer league and compared their stats to their regular-season numbers. There are sections dedicated to highlighting the top rookies of each year from 2014-2019, rookie fantasy busts and more.

Check out a preview of some players who Johnson pointed out:

"For this column, I decided to delve into the past six years of Summer League stats to see if there was any predictive quality to these Las Vegas games. I compared the Summer League numbers from the First and Second Teams to their regular season stats, and also pulled the Summer League stats of the rookies who we know went on to have successful fantasy seasons. If you want to know more about what rookies performed in which years, check out my column on the success rate of rookies.

2018’s Best Rookies for Fantasy

Mitchell Robinson: Drafted No. 36, 2018

Summer League: 13.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 4.0 blocks (66.7 FG, 45.5 FT)

Rookie: 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 0.5 turnovers (69.4 FG, 60 FT)
66 games played – Rank No. 47

2017’s Best Rookies for Fantasy

Lauri Markkanen: Drafted No. 7, 2017

Summer League: 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 triples, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal, 1.7 blocks (29.3 FG, 92.3 FT)

Rookie: 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.1 triples, 1.2 TOs (43.4 FG, 84.3 FT)
68 games played – Rank No. 68

2015’s Best Rookies for Fantasy

Karl-Anthony Towns: Drafted No. 1, 2015

Summer League: 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 blocks (39.6 FG, 73.3 FT)

Rookie: 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks (54.2 FG, 81.1 FT)
82 games played – Rank No. 12

2015’s Summer League is one of the better examples for the anti-Summer-League argument. None of the players from the First or Second Teams went on to have a meaningful fantasy season, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is just one of two rookies over the past 18 years to ever post first-round numbers, had a very underwhelming Summer League, as did Kristaps Porzingis."

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