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Third Year Players Breaking Out
Third Year Players Breaking Out

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March 22, 2023

The 2020 NBA draft class was loaded! From early lottery to end of the first round, this group of players is special, and we’re seeing the fruits of their labor in year three. There are three players in this class whose stock has risen more than their peers, and we’re highlighting them today!

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You can buy a stock when it’s at its lowest and sell for a profit when it begins to rise, or you can play the long game and invest in an up-and-coming star.

What do you think? Is there a third-year player whose stock has gotten a bigger boost than these three? Hit me up on Twitter @ZaktheMonster and let me know!

James Wiseman, $49.32

It’s technically Wiseman’s third year in the league, but after tearing his meniscus as a rookie and missing all of the 2021-22 campaign, he’s only playing his second season on the court.

Wiseman looked like a major bust throughout most of this season, as he averaged just 6.9 points and 3.5 boards across 12.5 minutes with Golden State. However his minutes have more than doubled since he came to Detroit and increased production has followed.

Wiseman played only 19 minutes in Tuesday’s blowout loss to Atlanta, but prior to that one, he averaged 14.5 points, 9.6 boards and 1.1 blocks across 27.4 minutes in 12 straight starts. As if that weren’t good enough, Wiseman has logged four double-doubles over his last six games while averaging 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.

You can see his stock is trending up as well.

Despite the massive turnaround, Wiseman’s stock is a modest $49 and hasn’t risen as quickly as I think his career outlook has changed.

Bol Bol has a very similar share price to Wiseman. He broke out to start the 2022-23 season, but quickly fell back to earth as teammates around him got healthy. The Magic acquied Bol at little cost from Denver last season while the Pistons seemed to prioritize Wiseman at this year’s deadline. 

Bol has faded as Orlando’s loaded frontcourt returned to action, while Detroit has shown its desire to give Wiseman ample playing time. Similar prices - vastly different trajectories.

It’s a great time to bet on Wiseman who is still just 21 years old and finally starting to show why he was the number two overall pick in his draft class.

Tyrese Haliburton, $233.60

Haliburton has been one of the best players in the 2020 class and the Kings stole him with the 12th overall pick. After a season and a half of stellar production, he was flipped to Indiana for Domantas Sabonis at last season’s trade deadline in a blockbuster that’s worked out well for both sides.

In Year 3, Haliburton is showing flashes of young Chris Paul. He’s averaging 20.8 points, 10.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.9 triples while shooting nearly 50/40/90 from the floor. He’s hit a new groove over his last six games with 27.7 points, 13.3 assists and 3.3 triples.

Unfortunately, the Pacers’ All-Star PG has missed four straight and five of the last 11 games, which is a big reason his share price has fallen over the last week. It’s not a major dip, but any time a player of this caliber can be bet on at a discount is a golden opportunity. 

Haliburton’s share price is on par with superstars Donovan Mitchell and Kawhi Leonard, but nearly all of Haliburton’s value is in Future Value. That will continue to rise if he keeps improving and becomes a true superstar.

Immanuel Quickley, $121.78

The Thunder are surely kicking themselves for trading IQ on draft night. The 25th overall pick from 2020 has taken a huge step forward: delivering big performance after big performance and earning the rare trust of coach Tom Thibodeau. 

This season, Quickley has averaged 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 dimes, 0.9 steals and 1.9 triples while shooting 44.2% from the field, 35.7% from 3PT, and 82.4% from the charity stripe.

The playing time and counting stats, except for assists, are career-highs while he’s somehow kept his turnovers around one per game despite his increase in usage. His stock has been soaring as a result.

Quickley has played most of the season off the bench and he’s a strong candidate to win Sixth Man of the Year. He also filled in admirably for Jalen Brunson while he nursed a foot injury, flashing his tantalizing upside in a high-usage role.

He went off for 38 points on March 5 against Boston, 16 rebounds on November 2 against Atlanta and 15 assists on December 27 against Dallas. Those are eye-popping totals for the young combo guard.

That potential makes Quickley a great option to Go Long on. We can be nearly certain that when a role opens up, he has the chance to blossom into a true star.

Prices are current as of 3/22/23 at 3:00 PM EST
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