Fantasy Basketball: Top Power Forwards/Centers Who Can Shoot From Downtown

10/27/12 in NBA   |   Jnewman482   |   124 respect

4. Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee Bucks)Oct 13, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

This is the most underrated prospect on this list. If you’re in a 12-team league and no one has claimed this guy by the middle of the third round, then you should definitely try to snag him. He was tied for second in the league in three-point percentage last season, making .455 of his shots from downtown.

There are only two potential issues for Ilyasova. First, Monta Ellis is in town now, and he’s going to take up a lot of shot attempts, but that will likely affect Brandon Jennings more than Ilyasova. And second, although Andrew Bogut is gone, the Bucks drafted John Henson and signed Samuel Dalembert during free agency, and both of those guys will take up minutes in the frontcourt. 

Assuming that Ilyasova’s minutes and shot attempts don’t decrease significantly though, he had a career-high 8.8 rebounding average last season, and he also shot nearly 50 percent from the field and averaged 13 points a game.

And even though Ilyasova only averaged .9 three-pointers made per game, that adds up. He’ll give you around four extra three-pointers that you wouldn’t have had otherwise from the 4 spot, and that could make a big difference each week in your fantasy league.

5. Al Harrington (Orlando Magic) October 01, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Al Harrington poses for media day portraits at The Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

This guy has bounced around the league the past few seasons, but he put up pretty decent numbers last year as he averaged 14.2 points, 1.6 three-pointers made and 6.1 rebounds per game. Most importantly though, he’s landed in a great situation in Orlando in terms of what the move is going to do for his production.

With Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson and Jason Richardson gone, that’s 47.7 points missing. Obviously, Arron Afflalo will help close that gap along with the other players that Orlando acquired in the offseason, but Harrington should get plenty of minutes with Glen Davis, Gustavo Ayon and Nikola Vucevic being the other top options at the 4 and 5.

While rookie head coach Jacque Vaughn has a lot of young players on his roster and he knows that expectations aren’t going to be high in Orlando, it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to lean on veterans like Harrington to help give this team a respectable record.

ESPN has Harrington ranked as the 128th best prospect, so you should be able to pick him up with one of your last picks. 
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