With the 2020-21 NBA regular season surprisingly only two weeks away, it is a great time to discuss some fantasy basketball. Unlike fantasy football, where your first two picks, could make or break your team. In fantasy basketball, you do not need to fret as you can find value up and down the draft board.
The two players that we are going to focus on today are the best at their respective positions and who you want to take the last-second shot. Enter Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers and Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat. Both players are capable of taking over a game and will carry the majority of the scoring for their teams this season. That being said, which one should you take first? We’re going to help you decide.
Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Kawhi Leonard vs. Jimmy Butler
Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler are both ranked within the top-20 in fantasy basketball and top-5 at the small forward position. According to FantasyPros.com, Leonard’s overall ADP is 15, while Butler’s ADP is 18.
When it comes to Leonard, he is entering his second season with the Clippers after a solid first season in Los Angeles. The 29-year-old forward averaged a career-high 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 32.4 minutes per game. He also shot 47 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range on 5.7 attempts per game.
Leonard did all of this while sharing the floor with Paul George, who is good scorer in his own right and create his own offense. Los Angeles will be leaning on Leonard once again this season with new head coach Tyronn Lue.
It will be interesting to see how Lue manages Leonard’s minutes, who is known to take a few games off because of load management. But when he’s on the floor, we should expect similar type of stats with George, Marcus Morris, Pat Beverley, and Serge Ibaka playing next to him.
As for Butler, he’s coming off of a tremendous postseason run where they the Heat fell a couple of games short of winning an NBA title. In his first season, the veteran two-guard guard was the perfect addition for a middling Miami squad.
Butler averaged 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. He also shot 45.5 percent from field goal range and a horrendous 22.4 percent from three-point range on 2.1 attempts per game.
The 31-year-old is not much a three-point shooter but you would like to see him bring his shooting percentage up this season, especially with teams keying in on sharpshooter Duncan Robinson more.
Just like Leonard, Butler has complementary players such as Tyler Herro, Kendrick Dunn, Goran Dragic, Avery Bradley, and Bam Adebayo to help with the scoring amongst other things.
With all that being said, if I had to choose on which player to take first, I’d probably take Kawhi Leonard. Despite him missing a few games throughout the season, Leonard is the more efficient player.