Terrence Williams' jersey number change from eight to one represents much more than a different value. Williams could become the Nets' No. 1 fantasy player this year. Just look at how he did during last season's finale, averaging 14.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in March and April. He even had one triple-double, 27 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, during that time. John Cregan of ESPN.com says Williams is poised to break out for several reasons: 1) he has multipositional eligibility; 2) he has the ability to spread the floor; 3) he will up his steals total; 4) he will get to the line more frequently; and 5) he will play his way into heavy minutes in the team's rotation.
Only No. 5 will keep Williams from experiencing the full extent of fantasy land. The key phrase there is "play his way into." That's because Anthony Morrow is currently the team's starting two for his marksmanship. And until Williams can find some consistency with his shot, it will remain that way. Cregan says that last year Williams posted some of the ugliest shooting lines and he's more capable of a 2-for-13 night from the floor than an 11-for-13 night.
But one thing's for sure: Williams can score, and since the Nets finished as the bottom-feeder in points per game last season (92.4), he will get every opportunity in the world to show what he can do. You can add that as No. 6 as another reason why he could go from a fantasy sleeper to a fantasy stud, even if he doesn't crack the starting lineup. If he does, even better; but if not, he'll be a favorite for Sixth Man of the Year.
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