This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Whether it's due to injury, lack of chemistry, or some other unpredictable factor, each season there are always players who underperform relative to expectations. But one bad year isn't always a slippery slope that leads to progressively worse seasons. Some players bounce back.
By identifying bounceback candidates, you may be able to get some steals in fantasy drafts in which other owners are too hesitant to pull the trigger.
Here are some players who underwhelmed a year ago who are poised to bounce back:
Draymond Green, Warriors
Best career 8-cat rank: 13
Last season's 8-cat rank: 49
Green was last a top-20 fantasy player back in 2015-16, which was, of course, the season before Kevin Durant arrived. Since then, his fantasy rank has declined each season, bottoming out at 49 last year. That's mostly been due to a decline in usage, as Green hit four-year lows in points (7.4), rebounds (7.3) and assists (6.9) per game. With Durant moving on, Green has an opportunity to take back a significant portion of the offense. The addition of D'Angelo Russell complicates things, but with Klay Thompson out until the 2020 portion of the season – possibly February or March – the Warriors will need to involve Green if they have any hope of remaining competitive in the Western Conference.
Chris Paul, Thunder
Best career 8-cat rank: 1
Last season's 8-cat rank: 19
Formerly the best player in fantasy basketball, Paul's value has slipped due to age, injuries and changes in