Top 5 Coolest Draft Prep Tools

My five favourite draft prep resources, ranked:

01

How to Play Fantasy Basketball (by Rotowire)

This is just a great article to read before every fantasy basketball season.  The advice applies to any season and league format.  The user-friendly interface allows you to jump to the sections that are most interesting to you.  There are no player rankings here, but you will walk away better prepared for your draft after reading this article.  

02

StatMuse

Conventional wisdom said that Terry Rozier would have a down year when Gordon Hayward joined the Charlotte Hornets.  StatMuse suggested otherwise.  With a simple search query like, "Terry Rozier with (or without) Gordon Hayward in Boston," you can see that Rozier was actually better off playing with Hayward.  This is a great tool to play with, especially after players reunite with former teammates during the offseason.  You will have fun with the plain English search queries and the cartoon sketches of your favourite NBA players.

 

03

Boxscore Geeks

This tool makes it very easy to compare multiple players, and presents their stats "per 48 minutes."  It calculates the number of "Wins Produced" for each player based on their conventional boxscore stats.  Boxscore Geeks claims that any player who has more than 0.175 "Wins Produced Per 48 Minutes" (WP48) produces TWICE as many wins per minute as an average player.  In other words, they are stars!  Play around with this method of evaluating players.  Maybe you can find star players that will be available in the late rounds of your next fantasy draft.

04

CourtIQ (by RotoGrinders)

Will Jarrett Allen benefit if the Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kevin Love this offseason?  With CourtIQ, you can see what The 'Fro's stats look like with and without Kevin Love in the lineup.  This is a great tool to use after the typical musical chairs of the NBA offseason.  You just might find a dark horse who is poised to break out when a superstar teammate leaves town.

05

Basketball Reference

This site has TONS of data on every page, and it can be intimidating to look at.  But I suggest sorting the player rankings by "box plus minus (per 100 possessions)" to see if you can find undervalued players who might be draft-worthy.  Have a look at players' shot selection, or maybe win shares, if you think it might help you prepare for your draft.