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Fantasy Basketball: Victor Wembanyama leads the 2023-2024 All-Rookie team

Remember those rookie reports we dug into earlier this season? Well, it’s time to wrap things up and reveal the 2023-2024 All-Rookie First and Second Teams for fantasy basketball. With a focus on Victor Wembanyama’s historic campaign, let’s take a look at the rookie sensations who impressed in their debut year. I’ll also talk about where I would consider drafting each rookie next season.

2023-2024 Fantasy All-Rookie First Team

Victor Wembanyama – PF/C San Antonio Spurs

Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrbach kept NBA fans updated on all things Wemby this season. If you followed, he followed Wemby’s production into some of the best rookie performances ever. Now that it’s all said and done, the French phenom finished with the second-most fantasy points in a season in the last 50 years (3,430.75).

Whether it was his near-quadruple-doubles, the shamgods, or Space Jam-esque dunks, we’ve never seen a player do the kind of things on a basketball court that Victor can.

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In summary, Wembanyama finished in the top 10 in points leagues per match and overall value. He was the first rookie since Karl Anthony-Towns to finish in the top 12 in per-game and total value for formats across nine categories.

There is far too much potential for Wembanyama to go lower than first overall in next season’s fantasy drafts, regardless of format.

Chet Holmgren – PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder

Despite being overshadowed by Wemby, Holmgren’s impact cannot be underestimated. He played in all 82 games and helped the Thunder to first place in the Western Conference. He offers so much versatility in the fantasy frontcourt, and we’re just scratching the surface of what he can be.

He finished the season 25th in value per game and eighth in overall value across nine-category formats. If you combine his efficiency and defensive qualities, I will select him as a player in the late first and early second rounds next season.

Brandon Miller – SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets

I was underrated for Miller in preseason, although I changed my tune when he earned 30 minutes a night from the start. He has a similar bag offensively to Paul George, so I see the value in drafting him in the mid-rounds next season. I would like to see more defensive play, but efficiency splits and three-ball are already leading the way. He led all rookies in three-pointers made per game (2.5) and hit the most threes by a rookie in Hornets franchise history (167).

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Amen Thompson – PG/SG/SF, Houston Rockets

Thompson is the best athlete in this rookie class, and a case can be made that he is one of the best athletes in the league. At 6-foot-1, he finished the season with 13 double-doubles (third among rookies) and was the only rookie besides Wemby to record a triple-double.

Thompson has great fantasy skills, especially on defense. With some offseason work on his shooting, the dynamic rookie could be even more profitable in Year 2. I view him as a late-round pick with a head start next season, assuming he stays with the starting unit and plays 30 minutes per night – which could be a challenge given Houston’s depth and flexibility.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. -SG/SF, Miami Heat

The Heat struggled with injuries all year, meaning Jaquez made more of an impact in his rookie year than many expected. He played 75 games and was fantasy relevant for most of the year thanks to averaging 12 points, four rebounds, three assists for a steal and a solid 49/32/81 shooting split. At 23, Jaquez will likely improve his accuracy from three, but his draft position next year will be based on his role. If he continues to come off the bench he’s less intriguing, but given the way the Heat tend to cruise through the regular season, I’d be okay with using a late-rounder on him.

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Dereck Lively II-C, Dallas Mavericks

I went here with Lively because he finished in the top 120 per game in nine categories. Wemby, Holmgren and Miller were the only others to do so. However, Lively played in just 55 games this season, so fantasy managers will need to have him available more in the future. Still, he did his job as an effective rim runner and rim protector when he played and led the league in field goal percentage. Next year he’ll have a timeshare with Daniel Gafford, which should suppress his fantasy value, so Lively will be a late-round flier again.

All-Rookie Second Team

  • Keyonte George – PG/SG, Utah Jazz

  • Scoot Henderson – PG, Portland Trailblazers

  • Brandin Podziemski – SG, Golden State Warriors

  • GG Jackson – SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Trayce Jackson-Davis – PF/C, Golden State Warriors

Honorable mentions: Cam Whitmore and Ausar Thompson

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