This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
In the world of fantasy basketball – and fantasy sports, in general – team success typically operates independently of individual success. A team's win-loss record has no bearing on whether its top players are strong fantasy commodities – looking at you, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton – but how a team operates can influence overall value.
One of the most common metrics to consider in this context is pace. At its root, pace measures how quickly a team plays – in other words, how many possessions does it generate in a given game. The number most often cited – and the one used below – is the team's average number of possessions per 48 minutes.
A higher pace doesn't always translate to more fantasy value – not all possessions end in a made basket – but it what it does always translate to is more fantasy opportunity. A team that averages 103 possessions per 48 minutes is going to have more chances to score – and generate rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks – than a team that averages 97 possessions per 48. In general, pace of play should not be the guiding principle for draft-day decisions, but it's something to take into account in situations when other factors may be close to equal.
In addition to pace, when it comes to evaluating a player's team context, taking a close look at the projected rotation is also vital. Rotations for teams that return a familiar core are inherently easier to