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1. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
2. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
3. Mikal Bridges, Brooklyn Nets
4. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
5. Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz
Sleeper: Shaedon Sharpe, Portland Trail Blazers
Sharpe may not qualify as a small forward for everyone—he does at Yahoo and CBS but not ESPN, per FantasyPros—but no matter where he slots up, he could be one of this season’s best breakout performers.
The rebuilding, Damian Lillard-less Blazers should have all kinds of minutes, touches and shots available to their young players, and Sharpe will almost certainly see a ton of them.
Portland let him loose late last season, and the results were—statistically speaking—wholly ridiculous. He scored 20-plus points in eight of his final 10 outings, averaging 23.7 points on 46 percent shooting, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over that stretch.
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