This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
In the fantasy basketball world, the term "bust" takes on a different meaning than it does in baseball or football. Rarely does an NBA player truly bust in the sense that, in the absence of major injuries, his production falls drastically short of the prevailing expectation. Sure, he might not be as efficient as expected, or he might slip in a category or two, but for the most part, NBA players' production tends to be fairly consistent on a yearly basis.
When we're trying to identify busts in the preseason, what we're really doing is looking for players who are overrated relative to their draft position. At the right price, every player on the list below should be drafted, but the goal is to ensure you're not paying too much for what could be an overpriced asset.
With that in mind, here are some players to consider approaching with caution as draft season approaches:
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers
Of all of the superstars in the NBA, Leonard's box-score stats are probably the least reflective of his real-life value. Calling him the best player in the league isn't a stretch. He's a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time Finals MVP. But he ranked just 14th in usage rate last season, despite being the Raptors' clear-cut best player. He's not really a volume scorer (25.4 PPG over the last three seasons), and he's not exactly a playmaker, either (3.4 APG to 2.0 TPG over that stretch).
Make no mistake: Leonard