NBA Draft Kit: Six Players with Bust Potential
NBA Draft Kit: Six Players with Bust Potential

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

With less than two weeks – yes, two weeks – until NBA opening night, draft season is in full swing. This time of year, nothing is more important than accurately evaluating and projecting players in preparation for an auction or a draft.

Last week, we took a look at undervalued players to target. This time around, we'll zero in on six players who may be poised to disappoint fantasy owners this season:

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

I'm somewhat hesitant to throw Oladipo in this category, but it's important to highlight the risk that comes with drafting him this season. The Pacers are yet to clarify when the two-time All-Star will make his debut, and the current belief is that a return at some point in December would be the best-case scenario.

But even if Oladipo is back on the floor on Dec. 1, he will have missed 19 contests, and the Pacers already hinted that they plan to manage his workload throughout the regular season. Plus, given the severity of the injury, Oladipo will likely require at least a few weeks to work his way back to full speed.

Taking all of those factors into account, getting 50-55 high-level games from Oladipo feels like the optimal outcome. That's more than half of a season, so Oladipo is certainly worth an IR spot if you can spare it, but the risk that he misses more time or struggles to regain his pre-injury form is enough to scare me off.

It's also

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