In case you were looking for another perspective on this summer’s active free agent activity and its bearing on fantasy values, here’s Brian McKitish and his view on how things will pan out for the free agents that have joined new teams this summer. He discusses Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Rasheed Wallace, Hedo Turkoglu, Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza, along with the teammates they will likely affect.
McKitish’s conclusions seem well-grounded. He makes a good point about Turkoglu’s potential value in 2009-2010:
Turkoglu is at his best when he can act as a playmaker from the forward position, but Jose Calderon is a pass-first point guard, and the Raptors won’t need Turk to create as much as he did in Orlando. Turkoglu handed out an average of 4.9 assists last season, a number that’s sure to go down as Calderon runs the show.
His discussion of Ariza’s rising value in Houston is also helpful:
Not only is Ron Artest gone, but the Rockets could miss both Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady thanks to injuries for at least the beginning of the season (if not the entire season). Suddenly, the Rockets have become a team with limited offensive options, and Ariza immediately could become a go-to player on the offensive end. And although Ariza is much better suited as a role player, his fantasy owners could be in for a treat in 2009-10. In Houston, he’ll see more minutes than ever, which will lead to a corresponding jump in statistics across the board. Expect career highs in every relevant fantasy category, but be careful with his field goal percentage because he’ll likely struggle mightily from the floor with the additional attention that he didn’t receive as a role player.
Look for Ariza to make more turnovers and commit more fouls, too.